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Pulling off a backyard wedding is not an easy task. But, with a fabulous couple and “rock star” vendors, it can be done, especially when you have an amazing backyard like Mindy and Jerad! It’s a beautiful yard full of tall trees right on the Sacramento River….the ideal setting for their mid-September wedding. The weather simply couldn’t have been more perfect. Not too hot but not too cold, an amazing Sacramento September day!

When having a backyard event, rentals become extremely important. Celebrations was able to provide so many things that we needed including the tables, chairs, linens, china, flatware, stemware, bars, galvanized tubs and even the dance floor. Their crew worked tirelessly to get that all set-up the day before. When you suddenly bring 100 plus people to your home, your plumbing system simply can’t deal with that. United Site Services to the rescue with their trailer style restrooms that were flush toilets (no port-a-potties for this wedding). Visual Impact Design made all of the beautiful floral pieces while Freeport Bakery made the delicious cake and cupcakes. Big time KUDOS to the groom, Jerad, who spent hours and hours setting up all the lighting in his backyard!

After a very touching ceremony, guests enjoyed delicious appetizers from Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que while Primo Bar made certain everyone had something to drink. Lucille’s also served up an incredible BBQ dinner buffet and Kevin from Extreme Productions kept the crowd dancing well into the night.

Thank you to the amazing Beth from True Love Photo for all of these great pictures!

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Congratulations to my clients, Caitlin and Josh, who were married this past weekend at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento. Their reception was held at the Elks Tower Ballroom. Here is a link to some of the professional pictures taken by Jessica LoCicero Photography that she posted on her blog:

http://www.jessiesphotos.com/blog/2012/06/sacramento-cathedral-of-the-blessed-sacrament-elks-tower-wedding-photographer-merryvale-napa-rehersal-dinner-jessica-locicero/

Can’t wait to see all of the photos! Great job Jessica!

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Wilson Vineyards was the beautiful setting for Chris and Rhea’s August 27th Western Chic Wedding.  It was the perfect venue for their theme.  Chris and Rhea love western design and they also love to hunt.  Hence those two “loves” were incorporated into the decor.  Right now, I just have my less than great pictures from my point and shoot camera.  However, hopefully soon I will have some really great pictures from Andrea Price of Andrea’s Images.  I can’t wait to see those.  For now, here’s a preview of the day including a few from some fun bridesmaids/groomsmen who were hamming it up for the camera :).

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Last night I attended the local quarterly meeting for the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC), of which I am a member.  I always thoroughly enjoy these meetings.  It’s so great to see all of my wedding planning colleagues and catch up on business, kids, wedding trends, and even discuss all the latest episodes of the various wedding shows we watched…LOL!  We are a great group of people for whom wedding planning is our passion.

The quarter’s event was planned by our local group’s fearless leaders, Lora Ward of A Day To Remember, and Kendra Wershing of  Pfeiffer Event Planning.  We met at the really cool Beatnik Studio, a cooperative studio/gallery on 17th Street in Sacramento.  This would be a perfect location for someone who is looking for a hip/modern vibe for their wedding or special event.  As an added touch, local artwork hangs on the walls for your guests’ viewing pleasure.

My favorite part of the evening was definitely the food.  Lora and Kendra arranged for the Mini Burger Truck to cater the event.  They are a brand new business here in Sacramento and the two owners/chefs are trying to bring a more upscale food truck culture to Sacramento.  The burgers (both beef and chicken) were DELICIOUS and cooked fresh, to order, right in the truck.  They were definitely given a more adult twist.  I also had he sweet potato tater tots…..YUM!!  In addition to a daily schedule of places they serve, the Mini Burger Truck is also available for events.  How much fun would this be at a wedding after party, a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, or birthday party?!

Our evening concluded with two educational presentations.  The first was from long-time ABC member, Norville Weiss of Wedding Gown Specialists, on gown preservation.  He specializes in wedding gown cleaning and restorations of heirloom gowns.  This was followed by a presentation from Paulette and Don Woods of Forget Me Nevers flower preservation.  They specialize in preserving wedding flowers and bouquets and had some wonderful examples of their work to share with us.  Their biggest words of wisdom were the sooner they can get the bouquet the better.  Don will even pick it up from you at your reception!  I wish I had known about this service for my own bouquet 18 years ago.  Same with the specialized gown preservation.  My mother took my gown to a dry cleaner thinking this would be fine (no one had taken the time to educate either of us on this).  Unfortunately, most of the beads, that she personally hand sewed onto my gown, were ruined.  Thank goodness for good pictures!

As always, it was a great meeting and I look forward to our next one in May.

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On Friday evening, I was extremely honored to coordinate Lisa and Andrew’s wedding at Bistro 33.  Approximately 90 family and friends were in attendance to witness the table-side ceremony.  Lisa chose a palate of black and red.  With Christmas only a week away, she had the florist decorate the ceremony arch with a wonderfully fragrant pine garland.  The florist nestled some red flowers in amongst the garland for a perfect touch.

Andrew is currently serving our country in the Marines as is his brother, and best man, Rob.  In honor of this service, Rob along with Andrew’s Marine friends did the ceremonial arch of swords.  I was amazed and in awe, as were the guests in attendance, at the precision the Marine’s had with this.  As Lisa and Andrew reached each group of swords, the swords were lowered and they were told that the cost of passage was a kiss.  As you can see in the photo below, Lisa and Andrew “paid” the price :).  I was fortunate to be able to speak with each of these fine gentlemen over the course of the evening and what a humble, polite, and wonderful group.  Thanks guys for serving our country!  Your sacrifice is very much appreciated by this wedding coordinator.

After the ceremony, a sweetheart table was positioned under the arch and I added an adorable sign that Lisa had made.  The guests then dined on a delicious buffet dinner prepared by the chefs at Bistro 33.  The mother of the groom, Jo, showed a very touching slideshow she had prepared special for Andrew and Lisa.  Then Lisa, Andrew and their guests danced the night away to the sounds of JukeBox Music (thank you Cedric and April).

The history of military service runs deep in both Lisa and Andrew’s families.  To honor this, Lisa and Andrew cut their delicious 2-layer cake with a Marine officer’s sword which had belonged to Lisa’s beloved deceased grandfather.

Lisa and Andrew, congratulations!  I wish you nothing but many blessings and the best in your marriage!

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Recently, I was inspired by this picture on the Paper Divas blog

I simply LOVE this color palette of bubble gum pink and lime green.  It’s so fresh and alive…..full of color and personality!  It says let’s have fun and celebrate!  Of course, it sent me searching for more…..

I then found this really funky and adorable flower girl dress from Bluebonnets and Bows.  It’s so different from the “usual” white dress with coordinating color ribbon that has become popular lately.  How cute would your flower girl look wearing this!

And of course, a color palette this fun and funky simply screams CANDY STATION!!  Bubble gum pink is in the name so you need to have some sweets :).  Bright pink gum balls, green apple sours, Jelly Bellies in coordinating colors….the ideas are endless.

I hope you were as inspired as me.  Until next time, Happy Planning!!

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Last night while flipping through the channels on my TV, I came across the movie, 27 Dresses.  S000000, even though I’ve seen this movie before, I JUST had to stay up until 11:30 pm watching it…LOL!  I LOVE this movie!  It always cracks me and my husband up, especially that last scene with all the dresses lined up on the “friends” who made her wear them in the past.

Having been a bride, a bridesmaid (matron-of-honor 3 times) and now part of the wedding business, I can truly appreciate the humor and the humiliation of bridesmaids dresses.  Some of those things can just be awful!  My poor 6 maids all wore “matchy-matchy” peach with perfectly matching peach dyed shoes…..so 1993 :).  In the 3 weddings I’ve been in as an adult (I do have junior bridesmaid experience too), each one had that same lavender, light purple, periwinkle, whatever you want to call it color!  In two of those weddings, I was pregnant and looked like a grape!  Yes, it was quite the sight!

But, as a bridesmaid, it is our job to remember whose day it is…..NOT OURS!  It belongs to the bride and groom and we are there to support them, funny looking dress and all.  Now that being said, as a bride, it is our job to not alienate our friends and family by asking them to do ridiculous wedding tasks for us or wear the most God-awful dress that cost an absolute fortune.  Brides do need to be sensitive to their bridesmaids’ budgets, tastes and body types.  I think the best trend I’ve seen in “maid fashion” is when the bride picks a color at a bridal store and, with a few simple guidelines, has her bridesmaids pick out their own style of dress.  It looks SOOOOOO much more put together and fashionable.

Oh, and the biggest myth of bridesmaids dresses………you can wear them again!  Yeah right!  Of course, that was the running joke through the entire movie last night….that you can just shorten the dresses and wear them again.  Let me tell you from experience……never happens!  I finally took my old dresses down to the thrift store and gained some valuable closet space in return.  A former co-worker of mine told me the best re-use of a bridesmaid dress story.  When her friend turned 40, they threw a birthday party and all dressed up in old bridesmaid dresses, just so they could say they wore them again.  How funny is that?!

So to all the bridesmaids of past, present, and future…..I salute you!

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