Monday, August 31, 2009

Your day...your way

The great bit of advice that I pass on daily is "if it doesn't offend, it's okay", spoken by the master Colin Cowie. I am a true believer of this when it comes to weddings. In the photo below: During this celebration we had a traditional ceremony on the patio and then made the reception all about the food with a presentation dinner. This was a night to remember for all of the guests and they were raving about it all night long. Love, friends, food and wine...4 important factors for a perfect day!

Friday, August 28, 2009

When it rains, it pours...

What do you do when a rough January storm leaves you with no electricity on wedding day...send in some portables, add more candles and go on with the show. This ended up being one of my favorite ceremonies ever. It was so romantic, I believe some guests thought we turned the lights out on purpose!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Original ideas....

Wedding cakes are fabulous these days and bakers are doing the most amazing things to the traditional wedding cake. The traditional bride and groom wedding topper is still seen occasionally, but more often brides are electing to have a floral topper. While this is a lovely idea, remember this is just one more place to be original and have your personality or theme reflected. Here we have double height cake layers, about 9" each, and then we used a Buddah statue I found at a downtown imports store. Get creative and let your guests see your style!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

J & B continues...

This is a fabulous wedding I coordinated at the River Mill in French Camp. The River Mill is a historic Chicory Mill built in 1873 that is rented out for weddings and special events. It is a "full service" wedding site, meaning that the bride has to get her rentals from them and they provide the cake. They even own the floral shop, so you cannot bring in your own flowers. For this wedding we had them bring in custom linens and upgraded to chivari chairs, plus an incredible amount of orchids. It was stunning and everything glowed, including the bride & groom!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Chilly Fall Evenings

It's starting to cool down in the evenings and the fall weddings are just around the corner. Outdoor weddings are lovely, but it does get chilly after sunset even in Northern California. Lap blankets are a perfect idea for your guests. We offer fleece blankets that come in a range of primary and pastel colors. They start as low as $7 each and can be personalized. Guests just love them! For more info see our store at!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

TnT San Francisco E-session

I have the most amazing couples and I feel so lucky that they select me to play such an integral part in their wedding day. Tracy and Tim are all smiles and delight...all the time. Rebecca at Ford Family Photography truly captured their playful spirit during their e-session. These two are norcal locals and San Francisco is near and dear to them, so making the day trip for this incredible photo session was only natural. Keep an eye out for more photos of these beauties...their amazing wedding is coming up in only a few weeks!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

J & B part 3

A traditional church ceremony is so beautiful. This is Morris Chapel on the lovely UOP campus. This is an open church, meaning you can bring in your own officiate and musicians. The church can supply a referral list if needed. Many churches will only let their parishioners celebrate their ceremony at the church, but there are some that welcome the general public. If you are not attending a church regularly, it is still possible to have the beautiful church wedding that you've always dreamed of.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Want S'mores?

I love it...and the wedding guests will too! I am so excited to be making these S'mores stations at a few of my upcoming outdoor weddings that have fire pits. You can also use t-lites and make a tabletop roast. I found these great marshmallow sticks that are perfect for a wedding. They will look great in glass containers and then the guests just toss them in the fire after they're through.

source: brides.comLink

Friday, August 7, 2009

Something for the Groom

Give that groom a bit of attention during your wedding. A custom sculptured groom's cake can be lots of fun and tasty too. It can be served at the wedding, or if you already have lots of wedding cake, present it at the rehearsal dinner!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

J & B part 2

Another peak at this glorious May day. Allow time in the itinerary to do some photography before the ceremony. Even if you are not seeing each other before the wedding, there are many shots you can get out of the way, allowing you more time to party later! This is a perfect time to get those detail shots, and after spending months of planning it's really nice to see how things turned out.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A & J so hip and hot!

This is another one of my fabulous couples. They are so beautiful and I'm so excited about their upcoming September wedding. Their e-session with the amazing Beth of True Love Photography shows just how fun they've been to work with!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Janell & Bob

I love getting the email from my photographer that the photos from a wedding are's so exciting going through and selecting the photos that I'd like to showcase. There were so many from this beautiful wedding that I'm going to spread them out. Stephanie Baker did an incredible job and here are just a few from the "getting ready" part of the day...