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For many years we have seen bold and bright flowers making a statement. However soft and decadent colors are making their way back in. Think of magical and fantasy type movies such as “Snow White” . Look for cabbage roses and peonies!

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Courtesy of The Full Bouquet

If you are looking for something extravagant!

Courtesy of Sheri Martin Interiors



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Happy New Year!! Each new year brings fun and exciting new trends. Colors, flowers, decor, gowns, entertainment, and more! Where to begin? No worries, we are here to help! Each week, yours truly will keep you updated with what’s hot and what’s not!

For my first trend of the year…color! What do you think is hot this year? This may throw you off a bit, but tangerine is the way to go. It’s bold, bright and beautiful. This color can definetely make a statement and bring a lot of life to your big day. Tangerine would look great with lime greens, pinks or even purples. I am loving the teal and tangerine color combination.  Here are a few ideas of how this bold color can be used.

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Blue, white, and yellow nautical bouquetOne of the best ways to narrow down a theme for your wedding day is to think about what the two of you enjoy doing together.  It could be travel, biking, watching classic movies or, as this couple chose, sailing.  Wendy and Dale love to go sailing together, so they decided to have a nautical wedding day with a navy blue, white, and yellow color palette and lots of fun ship-themed details.  They chose the gorgeous brick patio at Old Town’s Firehouse Restaurant for their ceremony and reception, and decorated it with navy blue linens, napkins tied with seashells, and floral pieces designed by Garden of Weedon‘s Suzanne O’Brien.  A gorgeous navy blue and white cake was provided by Freeport Bakery, and Jenn Bartell Photography and Design was on hand to document the day.  It turned out to be a chic, sophisticated event that truly reflected this couple’s personality and style.

Wendy and Dale’s day began with one of the most unique pre-ceremony “reveals” we have ever seen.  On a dock on the riverfront, Wendy waited patiently with her back turned to the water as Dale arrived in a boat and walked up the ramp to meet her.  What a unique idea and what a beautiful result!

Reveal on river dockBride and groom on river dockBride and groom portraitFollowing their reveal, Bride and Groom walked around downtown Sacramento while Jenn Bartell snapped tons of lovely photos.  Meanwhile, Catrina Maria Designs was back at the Firehouse, working with restaurant staff and florist Suzanne O’Brien to prepare everything for their arrival.  Let’s see what the rest of their wedding day looked like…

Brick ceremony site with candelabraCeremony with rose petals in aisleBlue and white nautical table settingNautical table, cute place settingsYellow napkin with seashell detailNavy blue and white nautical cakeNautical table, candles, blue and white flowers, table nameShip themed table nameCandles, sand, and seashells

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Remember way back in July when we gave you all a little sneak peek of uber-fabulous, adorable couple Sarah and Chad?  Well, now that now that the busy summer season is behind us, we thought it would be a great idea to revisit this couple’s unique, lighthearted day to remind us of the wonderful time that was had by all.

Bride and Groom in Capitol ParkBride's dress and white and green bouquetBride and Groom's blue shoes!The day began at St. Elizabeth Church in Sacramento, where guests gathered beneath the church’s soaring wood arches to witness the ceremony.The church where the ceremony was heldInside the church during the ceremonyAfterward, the Bride and Groom’s unique personalities became immediately apparent as guests were greeted by Dr. Bach and the Jazz Practitioners, a New Orleans-style jazz band.New Orleans Jazz Band Tuba PlayerThe band kept guests entertained and led the procession to the Sutter Club, a few blocks over.  Here, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour and dinner, all while serenaded by a Latin jazz band.Entrance to the Sutter ClubAfter dinner, the party really got started!  In another unique twist, rather than using the normal inside spaces for dancing, Sarah and Chad invited guests to the rooftop of the club’s parking garage.  We designed a rockin’ rooftop party, with two bars, a huge open dance floor outlined in market lights and paper lanterns, and one of the best bands in Northern California, Hip ServiceWalkway to the dancefloorBeautiful RefreshmentsThe band, Hip ServiceThe dancefloor gets wildThe guest dance to "Shout" with an umbrellaBride and Groom dancing with the umbrellaFather and Sister of the Bride breakin' it downThe rooftop party continues into the nightBride and Groom share their first danceOK, didn’t that look like a good time??  We’re not sure if we’ve ever seen a group get down like this one, and it was a joy to witness!  We love how these pictures by Jessamyn Harris Photography managed to catch the high-energy, positive feel of the whole day.  Sarah and Chad’s day was unique, fun, and absolutely magical…what more could you ask for?

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What do you get when you combine a cool couple, a riverside backyard paradise, and an A-Team of vendors?  You get one awesome wedding day.  Morgan and Todd’s day began with a ceremony at  St. Francis Church in Sacramento, where guests were surrounded by the church’s gorgeous interior and serenaded by the harp and flute music of Music a Due.  Following the ceremony, guests were shuttled by Universal Transportation to a private estate right on the banks of the river.  Talk about beautiful – the reception was held on the property’s huge lawn which was covered with old oak trees and looked out on views of the river which were absolutely breathtaking as the sun went down.  The best part about being on water?  Morgan and Todd were able to make their grand entrance into the reception by boat!  After the excitement of their arrival, Morgan and Todd and their guests enjoyed a scrumptious, family-style meal provided by the Culinary Specialists and two unique cakes by Village Cake.  Then it was on to dancing, where the oh-so-talented Matt Brys of Extreme Productions DJs got the party started.  Wonderful Beth Baugher of True Love Photography was there to document the entire day and she caught some really great shots (which you can check out below!).  This was a great group of people, a great couple, and a truly wonderful day – Congratulations Morgan and Todd!!

Bride and Groom in front of purple wallBride's "final touches" photosGroom and GroomsmenCeremony at St. Francis Church SacramentoThe Ceremony at St. Francis Church in Sacramento with musical accompaniment by Music a DueBride and Groom at St. Francis Church SacramentoGaaaah, love the expression on his face!!Statue and Bride and Groom St. Francis Church SacramentoBride and Groom YellowBeth Baugher’s use of color is so cool!Bouquet and Tree with Shoes!River along the propertyBlue, aqua, and red tablesCenterpieceBride and Groom listening to toastBride and Groom close up

*Sigh*  Lovely.  Thank you True Love Photography for lending us these fabulous photos!

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This utterly sweet couple had their wedding at the gorgeous Monte Verde Inn in Foresthill.  Their “Georgia Peach” wedding was chock-full of one-of-a-kind, incredible details, many of which were created by DIY Bride Anna.  Guests were greeted with hand-painted wood signs and picked up programs and favors from an antique, faded white dresser.   Burlap and button details were added to napkins and centerpieces, and the guests’ favors were homemade.  Anna and Mike’s adorable Boston Terriers acted as flower girl and ring bearer, complete with a little tux and flower garland – too cute!!  Cranberry draping surrounded the ceremony space to create a more intimate feel and to separate it from the reception space.  This draping was later closed completely to hide the ceremony space while it was transformed into a chic dancing space, complete with black and white lounge furniture and nightclub lighting.  The day was a huge success – congratulations Anna and Mike!!Varley White Wedding at Monte Verde InnAnna the Bride at Monte Verde InnFavors in an antique wood dresserCeremony site decorated by Catrina Maria DesignsBride and Groom with Flower Girl and Ring BearerWildflower BouquetNapkin with Burlap and Button detailsPostcard seating assignmentsThe ceremony site turned into a lounge areaBride and Groom in a photo boothThe stunning photos in this post were taken by the oh-so-talented Allison Stahl – thank you, Allison!!  DJ Joe of SJ’s Disc Jockey kept things moving, while a photo booth provided by Wild Rose Photobooth gave guests a fun activity.  Flowers were created by Ambience Floral, ceremony draping was done by CMC Event Designs, and Celebrations provided the rentals.  Thank you to all of these vendors who made this day such a success!

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