How to Decorate the Scoreboard Area

There’s nothing wrong with leaving our scoreboard area as is on your wedding day.  There are so many interesting, inexpensive, and innovative options, we thought we might give you a few ideas on how to liven up this space.

Photograph: Shoop’s Photography

The most budget-friendly option is to use the scoreboard to exhibit personal photos. A gallery of images of  yourselves, friends, family, travels, and past weddings of your loved ones can activate a space, and make it interactive as your guests mingle and view the photos. In essence, your walls become a conversation starter.

Photograph: Two Twenty Photography

Shadelle and JR used a portion of the scoreboard to post some cute, wedding focused signage.  Letters and signs are easily found at Hobby Lobby, Michaels or even on Etsy. If you are the DIY type, which Shadelle and JR were, you can easily find some old frames, paint them and have someone with beautiful penmanship paint on a saying. The best thing about this? Not only is it budget friendly, but can be re-purposed at your home in a beautiful gallery wall including pictures from your wedding day!

Photograph: Two Twenty Photography

I love how Shadelle and JR incorporated a fun photograph along with their wedding hashtag. This is an easy  way  to communicate to guests your hashtag. This way they will know when posting their pictures of your wedding to social media – typically your friends will have some candid shots no one else will have!

Photograph: Two Twenty Photography

Here’s a peak at the scoreboard area from the grooms perspective during the ceremony.

Photograph: Dee and Kris Photography

Briana and Steven kept with their rustic, diy wedding theme by dressing up the scoreboard with lit letters and burlap banners. The heart made out of string lights is a sweet touch and super budget friendly.

Photograph: Chris Howard Photography

A lot of our coupled choose to use wedding decor rental companies to help decorate The Pavilion. Why not opt to bring some of the decorations outside? If you can fit it in to your budget, the L O V E signs are always a hit! Nicole and Jared chose a beautifully rustic love sign from Roots Reclaimed.

Photograph: Kaboo Photography

Photograph: Lyndsay Undseth Photography

Ramona Arnold from Simple Country Weddings, has an amazing collection of vintage and rustic pieces that can add a bit of glamour to your day, including the L O V E sign used above at Michelle and Adam’s wedding and Eliza and Keeane’s day. Both couples used the same sign, but used them to create a unique look for each of their respective wedding days.

Photograph: Lyndsay Undseth

Photograph: Lyndsay Undseth

Alison and Craig chose a lit up rustic sign that looked amazing both before the sun set and after.  The couple sourced their sign from Tin Roof Farmhouse and couldn’t be happier with that decision. From Alison, ” Our favorite detail was the huge wooden L-O-V-E letters that we rented from Tin Roof Farmhouse.  We went back and forth a lot on whether or not to rent them and then whether or not to have them outside (since there was rain in the forecast) and we were SO happy that we rented them and had them outside because so many people took pictures in front of them (couples, groups of friends, families etc.) and it made me so happy and contributed to our “love” theme!”

Looking for more ideas on how to decorate The Pavilion at Haggin Oaks. Click on the weddings below to see how each of our couples made their day uniquely theirs.

Briana and Steven’s gorgeous DIY day

Nicole and Jared‘s charming baseball lover’s wedding day

Alison and Craig’s Love themed wedding day

Eliza and Keean’s romantic wedding day

Shadelle and JR’s lighthearted day

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

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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day!  Whether your “dad” is your birth father, step dad, adopted dad, big brother, little brother, grandpa, uncle, or just a super awesome family friend who took you under his wing, today we salute him.  From all those times he played with you as a kid, or when he wiped your tears or taught you something new, to the times he tried to put the fear of God into anyone you brought home (at least my dad tried to do this) to that final walk down the aisle to give you away, he’s been the absolute best.  Thanks for everything, dad.  Happy Father’s Day to you!

Photograph: Lyndsay Undseth Photography

Photograph: Anna Perevertaylo Photography

Photograph: Jessica Roman Photography

Photograph: Amanda Collins Photography

Photograph: Kaboo Vang Photography

Photograph: Kaboo Vang Photography

Photograph: Chris Howard Imagery

Photograph: Topher Simon Photography

Photograph: Shoop Photography

Photograph: Andrew and Melanie Photography

Comment below and tell me a little bit about the father figure in your life.  How will you honor him on your wedding day?

Don’t think I forgot about the moms.  Revisit my Mother’s Day tribute!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday,we are paying tribute to moms everywhere. Whether it’s the lady who gave birth to you or your mother in law, sister, aunt, grandma, great grandma, family friend, or even the neighbor lady down the street, we all have that special woman in our lives who we owe so much to. There is something so extraordinary about sharing your wedding day with your “mom”. It is just as much a life milestone for them as it is for you. To all the moms out there
for kissing our boo boos to helping us with our homework, for giving us dating advice to sending us off to college, and for teaching us about love and for watching us say “I do” to our one and only, we thank you!

Photograph: Kaboo Vang Photography

Photograph: Lyndsay Undseth Photography

Photograph: Lyndsay Undseth Photography

Photograph: Jessica Roman Photography

Photograph: Kaboo Vang Photography

Photograph: Topher Simon Photography

Photograph: Two Twenty Photography

Photograph: Amanda Collins Photography

Photograph: Amanda Collins Photography

Photograph: Andrew and Melanie Photography

Photograph: Colehearted Photography

Photograph: Ari Simphoukan Photography

Photograph: Ari Simphoukan Photography

Wedding Spotlight: Maryka and Andrew


Maryka and Andrew sought to have a simple, romantic and elegant wedding, surrounded by those they love most. I think you will agree that they succeeded on all counts. So much simplistic goodness all photographed by Kaboo Vang:


A beautiful simplistic bridal bouquet filled with white roses and baby’s breath.


andrew_maryka0050-copyMaryka’s dress is from Bride to be Couture and she customized her heels with pearls and rhinestones to go with it.



andrew_maryka1144From the bride: We met through friends. Andrew noticed me long before he began pursuing. Eventually, he made his move and asked me on a double date to the movies. We got engaged on New Years Eve in Old Sacramento under the fireworks.


From the Bride: Don’t stress the details. Remember that at the end of the day its about getting married to the person you love surrounded by people who support you. Make the day about the two of you and let the little details fall into place.


abcd8722-copyFrom the Bride: I incorporated the tradition of something old, something borrowed and something blue. My mom bought a new diamond bracelet and gave it to me while getting ready expressing that ‘diamonds are old’ My shoes were new and I added pearls and rhinestones to the strap. I borrowed the headband I wore from my best friend’s wedding. And I wore blue panties as my something blue! :)







From the Bride: We first fell in love with the look of the venue from the outdoor cocktail area to the white drapery inside. Once meeting with the coordinators we knew that this was the place for us. The laid back and elegant vibe of Haggin Oaks was perfect. We got such a positive vibe upon our tour, not only the location but with the coordinators as well.


Music Choices –
Processional : Canon in D Piano and Violin Duet
Recessional: Take your time by Sam Hunt
First Dance: Who I am with you by Chris Youngandrew_maryka1813-copy

Congratulations and Best Wishes, Maryka and Andrew!


Photographer: Kaboo Vang, Kaboo Vang Photography | Flowers: Bryan Beckler | Stationary:
Cake: Bryan Beckler |  Bride’s Dress: Bride to be Couture  | Bridesmaids Dresses: Davids Bridal| Groom’s Suit: Mens Wearhouse | Groomsmen: Mens Wearhouse | Hair: Kara Gaalswyk – Friend’s Salon | Makeup: Morgan Merrill – MM Beauty  | DJ: Nick  –  Function 45

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Have a Great Weekend.


Photograph by Kaboo Vang Photography

I hope you’ve had a wonderful week and are ready for the weekend, whatever you’ve got planned (or not). I’ve found a few fun links for around the web to hopefully make your Friday flow by a little faster!

J Crew is getting rid of it’s Bridal Collection –  Great deals to be had here!
What a love letter!
6 trendiest flowers right now

Plus, three past posts you may have missed:
* Vendor Spotlight: Angelee Arceo’s beautiful work
* 10 ways to feature herbs in your wedding
* Budget friendly ideas for your wedding cake

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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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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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