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Jeff Maltz and Gillian Garrett: Married May 1, 2011

It was a cloudless May morning as guests began to take their seats on the patio of The Firehouse in Old Sacramento. As Gillian made her way down the aisle wearing a gown passed down from her mother it seemed as if time stood still. When the ceremony got underway, Jeff and Gillian stood embracing each other as they spoke their vows, and exchanged their rings.

The huge shade trees, and branch covered brick on the patio was splashed with spring color thanks to Cheryl with Accents by Sage. The guests enjoyed a signature cocktail while the new couple posed for pictures in the cobblestone alley behind The Firehouse with photographer Mike Greener with Greener Visuals. A breathtaking spread of artfully crafted appetizers was presented by Shannon and The Firehouse staff.

This no-nonsense couple had succeeded in their mission to have a “no-fuss” wedding in all respects but one, the sweets!  They began at the hotels where the out of town guests were greeted with a custom cookie creation. For Dessert an amazing and decadent spread of confectionery was assembled even miniature root beer floats! The finale was a send-off with a lavender handmade marshmallow all thanks to Carissa from Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts.

Family and Friends lined the alley way and waved good-bye as the couple rode away in a  Silver Ride PT Cruiser. Jeff and Gillian are headed to Africa for three weeks and we wish them all the happiness in the world! Thank you both for letting Catrina Maria Design be a part of your special day.

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Since winning the 2010 NACE Tabletop Competition we’ve been brainstorming about creative new ways to use the structure we created for that event.  In our first table, we created a table-sized wooden box and filled it with rocks, moss, and flowers, then placed a plexiglass sheet over the box to serve as the table surface.  We loved the way the table turned out, but at a recent Bar Bat Mitzvah Resource Fair at the Center at Twenty-Three Hundred, we decided to transform it into something more lush and romantic.  So, we took out all the rocks and the manzanita branch and filled the box with freshly picked leaves, bunches of hydrangeas, and ivory candles.  
The result?  Love at first sight!  The table was elegant, unique, and literally glowed with the lights turned down.  We have lots more fun ideas for this table, hopefully we’ll get to try them out soon!  Special thanks to Laurie Schmalzel, Mike Regan, Sara Hamm, and Lara Kiniris for all the fun on the day of the fair!

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