Wedding Spotlight: Brenda and Thomas

Brenda and Thomas’ blush, gold, navy blue wedding had me at hello.  Their wedding incorporated two of my loves – a rustic, romantic vibe with chalkboard and burlap accents. Let’s proceed to the party + see their rustic chic wedding photographed beautifully by Angelee Arceo.

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From the bride: Thomas and I met a little over 3 years ago through mutual friends whom I had reconnected with after a couple years. We realized we had crossed paths before but never had officially met until then. We got engaged the morning of October 12, 2015, while on a family vacation in Hawaii. We had arrived the day before and had been running errands all day long. That night his mother, aunt and I were on the deck relaxing listening to the waves and admiring the starry sky when we saw shooting stars. I told the ladies make a wish (apparently he heard me). The next morning, I woke up to him say, “What did you wish for?” and I kept telling him, “I can’t tell you, if I do it will not come true.”  He kept insisting I tell him, and I continued to repeat my reasoning for not saying. Then he magically pulled a box from I don’t know where and asked, “Is this what you wished for? And opening it. Then he asked if I would marry him, and of course I said Yes, with tears flowing down my face. That magical moment brought us to an even more magical wedding.

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With the assistance of some incredible vendors, like Simple Country Weddings, Above and Beyond Cakes and Heidi’s Floral Design, the bride planned and designed the whole day.
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img_9061-zf-7203-85538-1-014From the bride: Start planning as soon as you can. Find your venue and set the date, you really can’t do anything until this is set. Keep lists, spreadsheets on excel were my best friends. I had a crazy spreadsheet that I would have been lost without. It contained all the following to keep track of everything: guest name (individually, helped me know our headcount), mailing address, if the invite was mailed, hand delivered, response card received, not received, food choice (if you are having platted), I had a column for each of our choices, chicken, steak, vegan, gift column makes writing thank you cards so much easier, and a column saying I mailed my thank you cards out. It truly was my best friend.  Also if you are sending response cards assign each card a specific number that matches your spreadsheet that way if someone sends it back without names, or does not, you can reference your list and know who it is, or who is missing.
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From the bride: We absolutely loved our sweetheart table. It looked even better than I had imagined. Especially with the lovely French doors and chandelier we had rented from Simple County Weddings, linen, and the lovely custom made Mr. & Mrs. sign my father in law had designed for us.img_8715-zf-7203-85538-1-051

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At one point around 11:30 p.m. when I had changed dresses everyone was inside under the tent dancing and no one was in the lovely lounge area outside under the lights. We walked out there and just slow danced, smiling and enjoying a moment where everything was quiet around us and just enjoyed the fact that we had survived all the months of planning and were finally Mr. & Mrs. Quezada.

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Music Choices –

 Wedding Party and Parent Processional: From the Ground Up-Dan and Shay

Bride Processional: How Long Will I Love You– Ellie Goulding

Recessional: Crazier-Taylor Swift

Bridal Party Reception Entrance: Uptown Funk-Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars

Bride and Groom Reception Entrance: Can’t Stop The Feeling– Justin Timberlake

First Dance: I Get To Love You– Ruelle

Father Daughter: I Loved Her First-Heartland

Mother Son: Humble and Kind-Tim McGraw

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From the bride: We really wanted to find a magical open place and The Pavilion at Haggin Oaks was that for us. The moment we walked into that tent and looked out towards the golf course we were sold. We had been on the search for a venue that had all the requirements we wanted. It provided a lovely area for a ceremony, if it was hot the tent provided shade, the grounds were lovely, the white drapery and chandeliers gave that romantic vibe we wanted. As well you can’t beat a place that provides everything, (tables, chairs, linens, napkins, all the plates, glasses, etc.) Truly made the planning process so much easier, and the best part, only one wedding per day so you can be there early setting up and start as late as you want. I arrived at 10am and our wedding didn’t start until 6:30 p.m. and ended at 12:30 a.m. We loved that you provided golf carts to transport our guests, especially since we had elderly people at our wedding.

Congratulations + Best Wishes to Brenda and Thomas!

Vendors :

Photography:  Angelee Arceo Photography  | FlowersHeidi’s Floral Design | Brides Dress: Second Summer Bride | Brides Shoes: Tieks by Gavrieli | Bridesmaid Dress: Weddington Way SF Groom:  Hugo Boss | Groomsmen:  Macy’s | Groom and Groomsmen Bowtie and Socks: The Tie BarHair & Makeup:   The Colour Bar – stylists Erin, Sue, and Cameron | Stationary: Paper Source | Cake: Above and Beyond Cakes | DJ:   Beat Fleet DJs | Décor: Simple Country Weddings | Cookies: Cookie Connection | Cake Pops: Ettore’s

Interested in hosting an event at the Pavilion at Haggin Oaks? Call Rebecca Kirtlan at 916-870-8597 for more information.

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Vendor Spotlight: Angelee Arceo Photography

img_0297-edit-zf-7708-03179-1-008Photograph by Angelee Photography

Capturing a moment is such an important part of any special occasion; you want to make sure that you leave that responsibility in the hands of someone you trust to do the job right and well. This is the exact reason that we love working with Angelee and after looking through our blog post, we’re sure that you’ll fall in love with her too…

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familyWhat led you to wedding photography?

I love seeing the love and compassion the couple have for each other. It makes it so special to be apart of their beautiful day and see all their loved ones so happy about the celebration. I knew I would love to capture the true beauty and emotion of their love for each other.

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How long have you been a photographer?

I have been a photographer since 2012

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What do you love most about being a photographer in the Sacramento area?
I love the beauty of the area and everything it has to offer , especially the River Delta where I am from.

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What do you love most about photographing weddings?
I love being able to look at the pictures as I am editing them and remembering every moment and all that was said and done to make that picture so special.

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If you only had 3 words to describe photography style/aesthetic what would they be?
Fun, emotional, and bold

If you could tell a soon-to-be bride and groom one thing about photography on their wedding day, what would it be?
Really think about your ceremony time for lighting and what time the sunset it and consider doing a first look if you are going to have a late ceremony.

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What makes your photography unique?
I create a special relationship with the couple before the wedding and I make sure to continue that relationship even after the wedding is over. I try to really connect with my couples to make they comfortable with me.

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Do you believe in the “first look” concept and why would you recommend to a bride and groom?
I think first looks are great for couples who have a late ceremony that is close to sunset. If you are worried about timing and light issues, you should consider doing a first look so you get beautiful sun kissed pictures.

Do you have a travel policy?
I am available for all travel and only charge a travel fee for anywhere outside of the Sacramento area.

For more of Angelee’s beautiful work or inquire about her photography services head over to her website:

www.angeleearceophotography.com

Instagram: @angeleearceo

Facebook: Angelee Arceo

Interested in hosting an event at the Pavilion at Haggin Oaks? Call Rebecca Kirtlan at 916-870-8597 for more information.

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