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!

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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 Friday!

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Photograph by Lyndsay Undseth Photography

It’s the weekend! (well, almost). Happy Friday! Here’s to spending some time relaxing with family, friends; and getting out into that gorgeous Sacramento weather! Before you do, it’s time for our Weekly Roundup where we curated our some articles that caught on attention.  Time to sit back, see what you’ve missed and get ready for the weekend ahead!

A tattoo lasts forever… oh wait!
Hilarious engagement photo ideas…
Excellent marriage advice

Plus, three past posts you may have missed:
* Now trending!  Brunch weddings
* Use Pinterest to plan your wedding, without going crazy!
* Still love this featured wedding! Alison + Craig’s beautiful day  from the super talented Lindsay Undseth

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Wedding Spotlight: Alison & Craig

Alison and Craig were engaged on Valentine’s Day 2016, so I knew this would be the perfect wedding for today’s heart filled post. It’s filled with so much love and beautiful rustic details from TinRoof Farmhouse. Lyndsay Undseth was there to capture Alison and Craig’s magical day.

From the bride: We went to high school together but started hanging out and then dating through mutual friends during college -10 years ago – in December 2006. On Valentine’s Day (Alison’s favorite holiday) weekend 2016, Craig took me to Costanoa, a rustic resort that is a special place to us that we’ve been a few times and love, the first place he ever took me when we first started dating, and proposed on the beach. He pretended to be taking a self-timed picture, but was actually video-taping the proposal!

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For Parent Seating,“Over The Rainbow” by Cherish Tuttle.
For Bridal Party,“Canon In D” by Pachelbel.
For Bride’s Processional,  “Bridal Chorus (Harp)” by Elizabeth Nicholson/Rob Barrick.
For Recessional, “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” by Natalie Cole.
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We wanted our wedding to be somewhat casual (not too formal), but still classy, beautiful, romantic, intimate and mostly just full of LOVE! I would say they fully succeeded.

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What was it about the Pavilion at Haggin Oaks that made you say “yes to the venue”?
From the Bride: I love twinkle lights and oak trees, and Craig loves golf (and used to practice at Haggin Oaks with his high school golf team!) Haggin Oaks was actually the only venue we looked at in person. When we went there to see the venue and saw that it had an oak tree and twinkle lights (AND a gazebo, which reminded me of Gilmore Girls, a show I love) and a simple tent with beautiful chandeliers, I really couldn’t think of anything else I would want in a venue. I love that Haggin Oaks has a few beautiful features but that it’s otherwise a simple, classic beautiful blank slate for you to add your own personal touches. It just fit our style and tastes more than fancy, ornate venues I’ve seen (which are beautiful, but just didn’t feel like a good fit for us). We love the outdoors – camping, backpacking, hiking, biking and running – and wanted an outdoor component (with a built-in backup option!) – and we lucked out on weather and were able to have the simple, classic, romantic indoor/outdoor wedding of our dreams!

Congratulations + Best Wishes + Happy Valentine’s Day to Alison and Craig!

Vendors :

Photography:  Lyndsay Undseth Photography  | Flowers: In Full Bloom by MJL | Brides Dress: Moisa Bride | Bridesmaid Dress: David’s BridalGroom:  Men’s Warehouse | Groomsmen:  Men’s WearhouseStationary: Minted | Band: The IndestructiblesDJ:   JukeBox Music | Décor: Tin Roof Farmhouse|

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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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…

SHARE A MEMORY
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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.

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Photograph by Lyndsay Undseth Photography

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

ADD A SPECIAL TOUCH

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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.

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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.

 

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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!