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Marianna and Darwin, June 4th, 2011

I adore each wedding we plan, but is there a more memorable one than your own little sister’s? Unlikely.  This couple, high school sweet hearts, have been together for the past 7 years.  Choosing a theme of family traditions was so clear for them.  Details shots to come will showcase their theme and feel of their special day. Be sure to check back for photos of their guest favors: an old family recipe of pepper jelly. Marianna hand made the jelly with her future mother in law.  From the old photos of grandparents on their wedding day displayed in the barn to the table names of past and present family pets, this day was comfortable, classy, and pulled on every heart string.

Marianna and Darwin’s wedding was held at River Highlands Ranch in Smartsville, just outside of Grass Valley.  What was planned as an incredible summer day wedding utilizing the perfectly groomed ceremony tiered lawn turned into the most incredible rainy day wedding.  I wouldn’t be surprised to hear guests recounting this event and forgetting that the rain was even a factor.  We had enough time (3 days!) to regroup and find one of the last tents available in our area.  This afforded us some additional space and the ability to use the ‘outdoors’ for the ceremony.  Thank you clear sided tent for that!

Simply changing ice cold lemonade to hot coco with marshmallows and whipped cream created an intentional event that appeared to be planned for rain (never in the plan!). From the tent, heat lamps, and fire pit to the incredibly warm and comfortable group of guests, this day is sure to be remembered.  I learned how useful market umbrellas can be in the rain as they were placed to keep the s’mores station by the fire pit dry from the sprinkles.

The barn is a dream space to create a perfect flow and we did just that.  The cocktail hour was filled with the sound of shakers at the specialty martini bar, and the photobooth by Mr. DJ Service was a hit even before dinner.  Dinner was spectacular with paired wines and family style food service by Chris Jackson Catering and Events.  The bride claims the food was even better than the food at their tasting which almost never happens for anyone!  The dinning portion of the barn made my heart skip a beat and felt just like Marianna and what we had envisioned early on.  Martha, with Blooms by Martha Andrews, was given some basic ideas and then allowed floral designer freedom to create what we described without boundaries.  We trusted her whole heartedly and she knocked it out of the park. Though the vineyards were supposed to be the backdrop to the incredible dining room in the barn with the doors flung open, we improvised and added a backdrop, moss lettering, and up lights for a breathtaking effect.

The day was full of the ‘dream team’ in action.  This included the vendors above in addition to photography and video by the Memory Journalist (huge team! Thank you Jen, Kelly, Keith and Kirsten), entertainment, MC, and lighting by Mr. DJ Service, wedding cakes by Sweet Cakes by Rebecca, and rentals though both Classic Party Rentals and Celebrations Party Rentals.  The ceremony was officiated by one of Marianna and Darwin’s high school teachers whom they both admired tremendously. Last, but not least, an extra shout out to our adorable paper pieces by Bella Vita Invitations and Invitations Ink…can’t have just one, right?!

I suppose I forgot to mention that Catrina Maria Designs did plan this event; I was of course, also a Matron of Honor.  Being the smart planner that I am, I handed over the reins to my long time best friend and planner, Michaela Rodgers of Plush Weddings.  With my assistant, the amazing Katie, they teamed up to allow me a stress free day with my family. I will be forever grateful for being able to fully enjoy this time and be the best MOH possible.

I imagine Costa Rica is warm and amazing and each day will be sunny for these two! Wishing Marianna and Darwin a perfectly sunny life together!


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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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A sneak peek of Stephanie and Raul’s wedding at Young’s Vineyard in Plymouth, with a beautiful outdoor reception beneath a canopy of lights, a super fun photo booth with props, and lots of delicious desserts.  We’ll have more on this beautiful evening soon!
Outside reception at Young's VineyardLong dinner tables at Young's VineyardCenterpieces and place settings at Young's VineyardOUtside dinner with overhead lights at Young's VineyardWildflower centerpieces at Young's VineyardBride and Groom having fun with a photoboothBride and Groom cutting the cake

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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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Morgan and Brandon (who are sweet and shy and absolutely lovely together) had a gorgeous day surrounded by the sweeping views of David Girard Vineyards in Placerville.  The ceremony was absolutely incredible!  Millington Strings classical ensemble played as Morgan was driven up to the ceremony site by her father in a rare red and white vintage car. All Seasons All Reasons catered the event, providing delicious food and top-notch service, while DJ TJ of the Entertainment Team was great as the evening’s MC.  The white reception tent at David Girard was personalized with eggplant and ivory satin draping by CMC Events, florist Debbie put together knock-out centerpieces and bouquets, and Cake and Candy Specialties created the cake.  Mark Lydell Photography captured the day on film, including lots of kisses between our bride and groom!  Congratulations Morgan and Brandon, you two are the sweetest!

David Girard VineyardsBeautiful shot of the David Girard tasting room and pond.Bride with bouquetThe stunning Bride – we love the expression on her face!GroomsmenGotta love groomsmen and their sunglasses!  Of course, yours truly had to snatch them before the wedding and try to fit all 9 pairs of them into one teeny-tiny apron pocket.  We seriously need to consider bringing a “Groomsmen’s Sunglasses” basket with us to every wedding…Mother of the Bride with locketLove love love this shot of the Mother of the Bride displaying her locket pictures of herself and her lovely newborn daughter.  How can you look at this and not tear up?!Bride and her FatherIt is such a meaningful moment when the Father of the Bride sees his daughter for the first time on the wedding day.  There are few things more touching.

We love these last few pics of the Bride and Groom!  What a beautiful couple, don’t you think?Bride and Groom with classic carBride and Groom in rearview mirrorBride and Groom black and white

Thank you again to Mark Lydell Photography for all these stunning images, and to Morgan and Brandon and their families for allowing us to play a part in their day!

David Girard Vineyards

CMC Draping, Mark Lydell Photography, All Seasons All Reasons Catering, TJ (Entertainment Team), Millington Strings, Cake and Candy Specialists, Florist Debbie

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We were so excited to learn recently that one of our former couples is expecting a baby girl!  Jen and Michael were married in 2007 at the Library Galleria in Sacramento.  Theirs was an elegant, classic winter wedding with a silver, black, and red color theme.  Both of them looked incredible and Michael could really cut a rug!  They are a couple of such warmth and beauty, and we are so happy to hear that they are about to begin a new chapter in life together.  Jen and Michael, we wish you and your daughter all the joy and blessings in the world and wonderful times to come!

The beautiful brideThe Groom and his GroomsmenBlack, silver, and red themed weddingWedding at the Library Galleria in SacramentoBride and Groom DancingThe Bride and GroomThank you to Sharpe Photographers for documenting Jen and Michael’s celebration!

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We just got pictures in from Shannon and Alex’s wedding at Nicholson Ranch Winery and, boy, are they gorgeous!  Allison Stahl caught plenty of pictures of this glowing couple and their simple, elegant affair.  Shannon and Alex got married next to the pond at Nicholson Ranch, with sprays of flowers by Julie Stevens Design and live guitar strumming in the background.  They then led their guests down to the wine caves for an oh-so-classy cocktail hour.  Back up at the reception site, Shannon and Alex kept decorations simple and natural to avoid competing with the beauty of the surrounding countryside.  Shimmering green and eggplant linens from Wine Country Party & Events set the scene, while a delicious array of Latin foods from Wine Valley Catering was set out in stations.  Everyone enjoyed the stunning cake by Patisserie Angelica and danced late into the night to the music of Latin band Latido and a local DJ.  Shannon and Alex couldn’t have been happier at the end of the night, and all three of us at Catrina Maria Designs were so glad to be there!  Thank you Shannon and Alex for sharing your big day with us, and congratulations!Nicholson Ranch WineryThe bride and groom by the pondBridesmaid bouquet set in wheatgrassThe bride and groom with their initialsPictures from family members' weddingsSeating assignments set in a bed of peasSeafood Paella from Wine Valley CateringA centerpiece of Purple Fringed TulipsPurple and white wedding cake

Soccer ball cookies

A view of the reception

The bride and groom in the vineyard

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Alright, this couple is just unfair.  They are beyond gorgeous together, they’re totally committed (they’ve been together for 8 years!), and the photos that Tinywater Photography captured of them are truly breathtaking.  We love the cool, urban feel of their engagement photos and the way Carla and Loren seem so blissful and at ease.  Check them out!

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Carla and Loren Engagement by Tinywater

Awwwww!  Warm fuzzies all over!!  We are in the midst of wedding planning with Carla and Loren and we can’t wait to see their big day come together.  This stylish couple is getting married in Los Lagos and then heading over to Sacramento’s Elks Tower for their reception.  There, they’ll be pampered by a great team, including DJ Mike Regan, Accents by Sage Floral Design, Tinywater Photography, and, of course, yours truly!  It’s going to be a fabulous day!

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On a recent trip up to Washington state we discovered the most amazing, awe-inspiring venue imaginable.  Located in eastern Washington, Cave B at SageCliffe is perched atop a cliff overlooking the Columbia River Gorge.  The grounds are well-kept and lush, with lots of options for ceremony and reception locations.  The views of the gorge are, needless to say, jaw-dropping, and Cave B boasts a great tasting room and a chic, modern restaurant that caters weddings.  The inn at Cave B offers gorgeous rooms, including private guesthouses that hug the cliffside, and is in the process of building yurts.   We could go on and on about this location, but it’s probably best to just let the pictures do the talking…

Columbia River Gorge

Vineyard overlooking the gorgeous gorge

Inn at SageCliffe Cave B

Private guesthouses at the Cave B Inn

Pond at SageCliffe Cave B

Ceremony site? Oh yes.

Lavender and rocks at SageCliffe Cave B

More beauty

Piazza at SageCliffe Cave B

The "Piazza," a great place for a reception

Piazza overlooking the gorge at SageCliffe Cave B

Another view of the fabulous "Piazza"

Yurts being built at SageCliffe Cave B

Yurts in progress

Wine tasting room at SageCliffe Cave B

Cave B tasting room

Restaurant at SageCliffe Cave B

The Cave B restaurant

Chandelier in restaurant at SageCliffe Cave B

Restaurant foyer

Fireplace in restaurant at SageCliffe Cave B

Fireplace in the restaurant foyer

Columbia River Gorge from SageCliffe Cave B

No words

After a peak at these pictures we’re sure you can see why we thought Cave B would make an incredible wedding venue.  For more information on this site, check out Cave B’s website or contact Lacy McCormick at (509)387-7106 or at lacy.mccormick@cavebinn.com.

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