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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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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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I receive lots and lots of trade magazines.  Of course, in those magazines I find many things that inspire me.  This week, I was looking through one particular magazine and came across this advertisement for a company called Fancy Faces from Covington, LA.  Because I was so taken by the tablescape in their ad, that it is the focus of my favorite things this week.

I am in LOVE with this monochromatic design.  The yellows are so pretty and contemporary.  I think what makes this design work so well is the different textures that they used giving the eye something exciting to look at.  The lemons in the tall vases are really cool and add vertical color to the design.  I also love the simplicity of the roses, with no greenery, in the lower vases.  The butterflies add a whimsical touch but don’t overwhelm the design with “cuteness”.  The paper lanterns help bring the color all the way to the ceiling and add some fun to the overall look.  The linens are very simple probably using the venue’s white tablecloths.  Buy adding the yellow runner and simply draping the napkins down the side of the table, it adds contemporary drama without a lot of extra money.  I think I will have to go visit their website to see what other inspiring designs they have.

Happy Planning!

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I just love when a couple has gone the extra mile to add personal touches to their wedding decor.  No this does not mean simply adding your name and monogram to all napkins, menu cards, etc., though those simple touches can really dress up a room.  Adding special, personal family photos and items to your decor can make your wedding much more meaningful and unique, and help you to honor those special family members in your life.

What if you made a collage of photos from when you and your fiance were young…..photos from your childhood or photos from your “dating” years.  Imagine the fun (and most likely a few laughs) your guests would have during the cocktail hour viewing the photos and remembering your past.  Along the same line,  consider placing wedding photos from various family members (parents/grandparents) in frames and placing those on the guestbook table.  That is a wonderful way to honor those special family members whose marriages have perhaps been an inspiration to you.

Other ways to personalize your wedding is think “something borrowed”.  Perhaps it’s using your parents’ cake knife that they used on their wedding day or placing your grandparents’ antique cake topper on your cake.  Maybe it’s your aunt’s beautiful antique lace tablecloth that adds that perfect touch to your guestbook or cake tables.  The ideas are endless!  For bridal showers, bridesmaid luncheon,  and even small/intimate weddings, consider using your mother or grandmother’s fine china that has graced many a holiday table.  For me, it simply doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving or Christmas without the “special dishes” as my siblings and I referred to them when we were children, and I’m sure those feelings apply to many of you too.  Wearing a piece of heirloom jewelry (like grandma’s diamond necklace or your mother’s pearl earings) is something else you can do.

There are so many ways to make your wedding day feel personalized and special.  If you think of any, please feel free to share.  I would love to hear them!

Happy Planning!

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Have you been to our website lately?  My web designer, Julie of TillSey Web Design, and I have been working hard to give the website a fresh and updated look.  Tons of new pictures from last year’s events have been added to the photo gallery.  The “service packages” page explains our services in great detail and some wonderful, heartfelt testimonials from previous clients have been added (thank you to all of my wonderful clients for those very sweet words).  Also, an “about” page has been added so you can see just how An Impressive Event came to be.

So check it out and let me know what you think!

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The service for Suzie’s Bat Mitzvah was held in the morning.  Later in the evening, there was a reception at Granite Bay Golf Club to celebrate this extremely important day.  These next photos are of the set-up and decor.  The theme for the reception was musicals and theater since Suzie is very into acting and musicals.  The tables were named after her favorite musicals and plays, most of which she has been in.  The colors were burgandy (theater curtains) and gold (stars) and we made Suzie “the star of the show.”  I hung gold stars all over from the rafters at the venue.  




The wonderful flower arrangements were designed by Brandi Richards of Party Petals (always a great job….thank you Brandi!). 

The Torah shaped cake, which was decorated in Suzie’s favorite color, pink, was made by MaryAnn Marshall of Baker’s Delight here in Woodland.  The cake was marble with a rich chocolate filling and covered in buttercream frosting.  Really delicious!


That’s all for now.  I have one more post of pictures to share with you that shows just how much fun the guests had at the reception.  So until then….happy planning!

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