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Amazingly, right after the ceremony, the rain stopped, which allowed the photographer, Bill Quinn, to get some great outside shots while guests mingled inside during the cocktail hour.

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Then it was time for the reception to begin! The ballroom at Vizcaya was beautifully decorated in shades of pale pink, champagne, and ivory, with touches of black and gold. Audrey Chaney from Botanica Floral and Event Design made the most beautiful floral arrangements, mixing up tall and short throughout the room. Botanica also provided many wonderful decor pieces including the adorable settee that the bride and groom used for their sweetheart table. The floral and decor pieces that were intended for the outdoor cocktail hour, found new homes all throughout the ballroom.

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After dining on a delicious meal, then came dessert! Musarrat Afshan of Pretty Sweet outdid herself with this amazing assortment of sweets. The beautiful trays and serving pieces were provided by Botanica Floral and Event Design. In addition to the dessert buffet, each guest was served a beautiful cupcake in the same flavor as the bride and groom’s cutting cake. Take-out boxes were provided for guests to take a few sweets home.

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The best “wow factor” of the day came during the first dance. Yes, DJ Mike Anderson of Creative Memories Entertainment actually made it snow in the the ballroom! The guests were blown away and it made for such a memorable first dance. It was the perfect touch for a December wedding!

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Some how, the rain that had foiled the morning ceremony plans, managed to continue holding off during the evening hours. So after the wedding reception was over, photographer Bill Quinn took Suzanne and Titus out for some great photos around Downtown and Old Sacramento.

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Congratulations Titus and Suzanne! May you have an amazing happily ever after!

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Special thanks to my AMAZING vendors!!

Venue: Vizcaya   vizcayasacramento.com

Photography: Quinn Photography   www.quinnphotography.net

Flowers and Decor Rentals: Botanica Floral and Event Design   botanicaevents.com

DJ and Lighting: Creative Memories Entertainment   www.creativememoriesdj.com

Dessert :  Pretty Sweet    https://prettysweet.co/

Linen: Mimi and Company   mimiandcompany.com

 

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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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Last month, I coordinated an open house event for one of my corporate clients, the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California.  They purchased this amazing old home in Downtown Sacramento that had been converted in to office space.  Even after those renovations, the house still need much more remodeling and renovations so they’ve been hard at work with those since December.  Having seen the building when they first purchased it and seeing it now after all those renovations, it’s just so wonderful to see it be restored to it’s true grandeur.

Now that the OPSC staff are finally settled in, they held a cocktail style reception open house on the evening of April 18th to show members and invited guests all of the hard work.  To keep with the vintage look of the interior, I chose these wonderful moss green tablecloths from Mimi & Company for the cocktail tables.    The beautiful orange and green centerpieces made Annette Wood from Floral Arrangements by Annette, were the perfect compliment to our linen choice.  Thanks to “Mother Nature” literally raining on our parade (okay, it was more like sprinkling) we weren’t able to have as many cocktail tables outside on the majestic front porch.  Fortunately, we were able to find space for those displaced tables inside.

The delicious food was provided by Hannibal’s Catering and Wendy from Primo Bar did a fabulous job with the bar tending.  Neumann Enterprises also did a great job with valet parking.  Tables and bar glassware were rented from Classic Party Rentals.  Special thanks to Steven Stafford for all these great pictures!

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Spring has to be, by far, my favorite season!  I simply love walking through my yard/garden and seeing all of my plants that have grown back after the winter.  And, despite my allergies, I LOVE all the flowers and trees that are in bloom too!  I’m always counseling my clients on ways to stretch their flower budgets.  The easiest way is to use local, in season flowers.  A recent walk through my garden inspired me to run back into the house for my camera and take some pictures of “what’s in season” right now:

Of course, my lilac tree caused me to stop and take the first picture.  It is in full bloom and quite beautiful!  These fragrant blossoms come in many colors including white (like mine), pinks, and purples/lilac and are great flowers for centerpieces.

Next I came across my white and purple bearded irises which are blooming like crazy.  Bearded irises come in tons of different colors.

Most people are more familiar with the “standard” iris which I also have several types of.  And while they too are grown in many colors, mine just happen to be yellow and purple.

Next I found that my hydrangea were blooming.  Hydrangea comes in various shades of pink, purple, and even white.  They are a hugely popular flower for weddings.  However, all the floral designers I have worked with do caution my clients that hydrangea are not heat tolerant flowers.  Therefore, consider using them only for indoor weddings.  I did have a client use them once for an outdoor August wedding but the florist put the arrangements out at the very last possible moment so they would last through the reception.  My bushes are planted in a very shady area of my yard.  I have both pink and light purple.

In the same flower bed as my bearded irises is calendula which is actually an annual that is quite good at re-seeding itself every year.  This super cheery orange flower has been coming back in my garden for 11 years now.  Calendula grow in various shades of yellow and orange and would make great flowers for both bouquets and centerpieces.

And finally, my rose bushes are all starting to bloom.  Roses come in just about every color of the rainbow and grow pretty much Spring through late-Fall in my garden.  In fact, roses are my favorite flower, hence the 20-plus bushes I have planted around my yard :).  This particular rose just seemed so perfect so I had to take a picture of it.

Of course, since I took these pictures just two days ago, I see I have other plants that are starting to bloom (like my purple salvia and gerbera daisies).  Guess I better get the camera out again!

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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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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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In this week’s edition of Favorite Things Friday, I was inspired by my latest issue of Brides Magazine and all the pictures of bridal gowns and bridesmaids dresses.  This week I will focus on the bridesmaids.  This first picture is of two very beautiful plum colored taffeta dresses by Impression Bridal.  I love the style of these two dresses because I think it can flattering on a variety of different body types, which is often a problem when trying to outfit an entire bridal party.  This plum color would be so pretty for a fall, winery wedding.  It is also available in a large selection of colors.

This next dress is from Eden Bridals.  This garnet, V-neck satin cocktail dress, for once, might actually be something your maids will wear again.  I think it’s very sheik and sophisticated.  This dress is available in colors other than garnet as well.

This final photo was taken at my client’s wedding at the world famous Hotel Del Coronado last September.  The bridesmaids are all wearing gowns, in the same clover color, from Davids Bridal, but the bride let each of them choose their own style.  I just LOVE this trend for wedding parties.  Every body type is different and it’s so difficult to find a dress style that will flatter every lady in your bridal party.  By giving guidelines on things like color, length, and, of course, designer, your maids will appreciated you so much better when they have the freedom to choose a style that flatters their individual figures.  On wedding day, all of your bridesmaids look perfect which helps to make you look FABULOUS :).

Until next time, happy planning!

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