Ideas for your Fall Wedding

The Knot just announced that fall is now the most popular wedding season.  So move over, June; September through November is where it’s at.  Fall is my absolutely favorite time of the year so I’m not mad about it.

Now there is a right way to do a fall wedding and there is a wrong way.  The wrong way is a throw fall-themed affair.  The right way is THIS!  And perhaps surprisingly, you won’t find an orange pumpkin, bale of hay, or fake leaf in site.  What you will find though is deep, rich colors, textured fabrics, details that add warmth and depth, and subtle nods to the season.  Marsala, plum, hunter green, navy, burnt orange, and even bronze…there is a rainbow of shades to choose from and they even look fantastic when used altogether.  For your men, ditch the tux and think tweed and corduroy pieces.  Bridesmaids dresses can be classic but choose one in any of the dramatic shades just mentioned.  Decor could include gilded leaves, pinecones, fresh herbs and lots and lots of candles.  If you must use pumpkins, go for white or the elusive blue gray.  Flannel blankets to keep your guests warm during your outdoor ceremony is a thoughtful gesture and fresh s’mores would be a great night cap.  Incorporate cranberries, figs, and root veggies into your menu for a taste of the season.

What you think of this fall wedding inspo!  Are you getting married in the fall?  What colors, textures, and details are you incorporating into your wedding?  Comment below!

10 Breathtaking Black Wedding Dresses

A black wedding dress makes the perfect choice for an October wedding. Would you dare?


It’s no secret that I adore wearing black, and I’m not the only one. Black was the uniform of Coco Chanel and is the go to for: lovers of minimalism, the fabulous Grace Coddington, rockers, punks, old, young, sophisticated professionals. Black has always been a fashion staple, and I’m confident it always will be. To quote Christian Dior –  “You can wear black at any time. You can wear it at any age. You may wear it for almost any occasion.” Certainly not just for funerals, black makes for a daring and incredibly beautiful wedding dress color choice. Don’t believe me? Just try not to swoon over the following phenomenal  Black Wedding Dresses


Black Wedding Dresses |

Full length black wedding dressKim Ing Photography via Wedding Sparrow

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 Adorable full skirt black wedding dress | Image by Lauren Campbell

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 Gateway Bridal sequin black wedding dress | Image by Megan Robinson via Green Wedding Shoes

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Sareh Nouri black wedding dress

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Chantall Mallett black wedding dress | Image by Sanshine Photography via Bridal Musings 

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 Dark Pony Designs black bridal skirt | Image by Katie Pritchard via Green Wedding Shoes

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 Jillian Fellers black tulle skirt wedding dress

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BCBG black wedding dress | Image by Rafal Borek via One Fab Day


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Alexandra Grecco black wedding dress with lace overlay | Image by That Happy Day


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Claire La Faye black wedding dress | Image by Brian Whitt via Magnolia Rouge

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Our $600 event space rental fee is good on any event scheduled through March 2017.  Hurry and book now as all future events are subject to a full price fee.

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Hey Saturday!


Photographer: Clicking Sisters

It’s Saturday! I don’t know about you lovely brides, but I’m looking forward to a warm, sunny Saturday, before fall really hits. If you’re going to be spending a good chunk of your weekend planning your wedding, then no worries — I got you covered with some light reading for when you just. Can’t. Do. Anymore. Spreadsheets. Enjoy!

Is your wedding budget getting out of control? Add this to your weekend playlist

Have you come up with your wedding hashtag, yet?

Asked to be the Maid of Honor? Better learn how to bustle

Plus, three past posts you may have missed:
* Wedding Spotlight: Liz and Dave’s rustic chic wedding
* Add a little something to your thank you note
* An amazing engagement party by Anais Events

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Wedding Spotlight: Liz and Dave

Today I’m sharing a wedding that’s so gorgeous and glamorous in all it’s rustic glory, I don’t even want to talk about it, I just want you to scroll down and see for yourself! Liz and Dave’s wedding day, filled with chic rustic touches including a birch gazebo and wood palette wall, was captured by Kaboo Vang of Kaboo Vang Photography.


The decor was kept chic and rustic, with floral centerpieces, chalkboard signage, family style dining and a brilliant color palette of teal and fuchsia.


From the Bride: We intentionally wanted this to be a party and not have a lot of formality. If I had to pick one favorite memory from our day,  it would probably be the photos before the wedding. Dave and I did an hour of photos and it was just us.

With her stunning  lace gown, Liz looked every inch a Hollywood star as she surprised Dave during their first look (just wait until you see Dave’s face!)





From the Bride: Dave and I met at an event we were both working. I was the coordinator and he was the tour manager for the performer at the event. He took a picture of me and “offered” to tag me on Facebook…30 min after he left the event he sent me a private message. That was it. We’ve been together ever since.

First think you need to know about me is that I’m a control freak. We had started talking about engagement and looking at rings in January (5 months after we met). We actually found the ring on the first day, but kept looking. Of course the biggest obstacle was that the ring we found was at Costco (amazing selection) and he does not have a Costco card. So I had to be there when he bought the ring. So he has the ring in his pocket and I’m over here like “Can I have it now?” We went to dinner and as he’s proposing Faithfully by Journey then Marry Me by Train comes on…. It was non traditional and perfect but us.




Any Advice to those who are planning? Identify 3 really important moments that you want to have at your reception. We have access to so many great ideas and narrowing down what you would like to have and how to make it cohesive can be overwhelming. Pick 3 things that you really want to make a statement. For us it was the wood wall, our dance floor lighting and table décor. Because the colors that we picked were so bold (fuchsia and teal) we had to use them thoughtfully.









Processional: Marry Me for my bridesmaids and first part of Faithfully for myself
Recessional: The last end of Faithfully
First Dance: Come rain or come shine (this was a ridiculously hard choice and we actually didn’t make it until the day before)




Congratulations and Best Wishes, Liz and David!


Photographer: Kaboo Vang, Kaboo Vang Photography | Flowers: Budding Events | Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas |
Cake: Above and Beyond Cake |  Bride’s Dress: Casablanca | Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo | Groom’s Suit: H&M| Groomsmen: H&M| Hair and Makeup: Amy Perdigone, The Traveling Stylist

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Happy Fri-yay!


Photograph by Kaboo Vang Photography

I’m absolutely giddy over our upcoming wedding spotlight next week. The photo above is just a small taste of what’s to come… You guys, it is so, so good. I promise.  Until then, let me leave you with a few links to get you through the weekend!

From the 1920’s to today, wedding dress trends throughout the years!
Engagement season is coming!
Tying the knot around the spookiest day of the year? These chic ideas are to die for…

Plus, three past posts you may have missed:
* Vendor Spotlight: Kaboo Vang photography
* Alyssa and Scott’s Glam Hollywood Affair
* 5 ideas for your something blue

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Add Something Special to Your Thank You Notes

Congratulations! You’re a newlywed! Now that you’re back from the honeymoon and you’ve opened all your gifts the next big thing to do is start writing those wedding thank you cards. Technically you have 2 weeks post-shower and 3 months post-wedding date to get these out.

I recently attended a wedding. A few weeks later, as expected, I received a card in the mail. I fully expected the standard thank you note, but I was surprised to find a super thoughtful addition inside the envelope.

There was a printed photo of me and my husband dancing at the wedding… The handwritten note was written on the opposite side. What a great idea! With photo prints costing less than they ever have, why not skip the custom thank you cards that are bound to end up in the waste bin and opt for a more personalized, special touch?!

Without further ado, here are some of my favorite ways to thank your guests…


Photograph by Kaboo Vang of Kaboo Photography

Include a picture of you and the guest(s) from the wedding day. They may not have taken photos themselves and now they’ll have a special memory of the day to hold on to.


Photograph by Lyndsay Undseth Photography

Did you have a photobooth at your wedding? Include a great shot of your guests from their photobooth session.



Photograph by Tra Huynh of Two Twenty Photos

Did you take a group shot of all your guests at your wedding?  Shadelle and JR did and it’s one of my favorite pictures from their wedding.


Photograph by Carlos Almanza of Xsight Photography

As did Alyssa and Scott.  So adorable and would make the perfect touch as a liner for your thank you notes.



Photograph by Alisha Cole of Colehearted Photography

Consider using your thank-you notes as an opportunity to show off your first pictures together as husband and wife. Our recent newlyweds Nicole an Mark did just this, by having their photographer snap a photo of  the two holding a “thank you” banner—so be sure to ask if your photographer can’t do the same. If you go this option though, keep in mind how long it will take to get your photos back from your photographer and how long it will take to receive your order and then write those thank you’s.

Which of these amazing wedding thank you card ideas will you use for the big day? Let us know!

Happy Weekend


Photograph by: Kaboo Vang

Happy Saturday. I hope you have an amazing weekend and can’t wait to see you back here next week for more wedding inspiration and fabulous love stories!

Fun links to get you to Monday:

Hands up if your other half is also your bestie

This is just the loveliest thing

Score on your wedding dress

Plus, three past posts you may have missed:
* Vendor Spotlight: Kaboo Vang photography
* Budget friendly wedding cake ideas
* Five Ways to feature Pantone Colors of the Year in your wedding

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Vendor Spotlight: Kaboo Vang of Kaboo Photography


Choosing a photographer to capture your wedding day and the events leading up to it can be a challenge. The perfect fit includes the right mix of talent, personality, and the artistic style that best expresses who you are as a couple. Allow me to introduce you to a talented photographer who has PLENTY of style and personality. Here is what Kaboo Vang of Kaboo Photography has to say about wedding photography.



What led you to wedding photography?
I always did enjoy being the +1 to my friend’s weddings. I enjoyed the energy and just the meaning to the whole wedding day. That, for your whole life you wait to meet someone and then invite your closest friends and family to witness your forever love.
After 5 years of portrait and fine art photography, a friend approached me to do her City Hall wedding. This was going to be the first time I was going to be behind the camera and not the crazy guest in the pictures. Yes, I was nervous, but I was eager also and ready.
The day came and it was chaotic, didn’t go as planned, but in the end the bride and groom had a great time and I got to witness the love from beginning to end. The most rewarding part was when they saw the images, they were so happy and thankful for capturing their special day. And that was all it took for me to start with wedding photography. The smile and warm words from my clients at the end of the day, just confirms that I did my job right, because I truly believe that in the end, all you have are the memories and the pictures.



How long have you been a photographer?

I have been a photographer for about 10 years.


What do you love most about being a photographer in the Sacramento area?
What I love most about being a photographer in Sacramento are the beautiful venues and natural backdrops. We are so central to the vineyards, ocean, mountains, and many more. I am able to continue to create a variety of images, because there are so many beautiful options. It really is a photographer’s dream.




What do you love most about photographing weddings?
I love photographing all the beauty that is happening in a wedding. Honestly, I am constantly smiling being the camera because it is enchanting.


If you only had 3 words to describe photography style/aesthetic what would they be?
Capturing loving memories


If you could tell a soon-to-be bride and groom one thing about photography on their wedding day, what would it be?
Smile and just have a good time. We will take care of capturing the memories for you.


Any favorite wedding trends happening right now?
I always like to recommend photo booths for weddings. Guests love photo booths and have a great time with them. You also get to go home with all the funny electronic and copy images.

Do you have a travel policy?
Travel fee is dependent on the location of the venue and how many locations I need to travel. Typically, a travel fee is required anything out of Sacramento.





What makes your photography unique?
There are so many styles of photography, but I try to get to know my clients, therefore my clients will be comfortable with me. And when we are all comfortable, I can capture the true feelings of my and assist in the flow of the day. My job is not to just pick up a camera that day and click away, I have to capture all the effort that it took to make that day happen. Like the little heart shaped fabric that was taken from the mother of the bride’s wedding gown and sewn onto a bride’s under skirt. The homemade jam and label that the bride made for all the guests. The little trinket that the bride had attached to her bouquet, that belonged to her grandmother that had passed. I believe in not just the day, but the details.



Do you believe in the “first look” concept and why would you recommend to a bride and groom?
In the beginning of the day, it is really slow, but once the ceremony starts, the day flashes right by. I believe in the first look because it is such a precious time that allows the bride and groom to truly take in the moment, just with each other.


Now go check out Kaboo’s work at Kaboo Photography & lose yourself in her gorgeous Sacramento area weddings.

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Cheers to Saturdays!


Photograph by Aperina Studios |  Styling by: Amrit Dhillon Bains of Anais Events

It’s Saturday and I hope you all are having an amazing weekend. See you next week!

Fun links to get you to Monday:

Epic geeky themed weddings

the ultimate wedding crasher!

Your married! Now what?

This is too cool! Here’s what weddings looked like the year you were born…

Plus, three past posts you may have missed:
* Jacie and Eric’s beautiful rustic wedding
* Budget friendly wedding cake ideas
* Unbelievably stylish engagement party from Anais Events

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