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.


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.





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.








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.







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





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.


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


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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Beat the Heat – Tips to Stay Cool at Your Summer Wedding

Now that Summer is in full swing, we’re kicking things off with tips for beating the heat at a summer wedding. Here you’ll find the perfect tips for staying cool as a cucumber during wedding season.

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Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

Make sure you keep guests cool by offering a few non-alcoholic beverages before the ceremony begins. Set up a hydration station as guests walk in with fruit-infused water, lemonade, sweet tea, or any other refreshing beverages. Once the ceremony concludes, offer guests frozen cocktails to kick off cocktail hour.

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Avoid having midday ceremonies when the sun is at its strongest. Try to push back the ceremony to late afternoon, this way guests can avoid the scorching heat and it is great timing for your post-ceremony photographs. In addition to our beautiful reception tent, we have a 145 year old oak tree as a our gazebo area and  the 17th Fairway. All of these locations not only provides you with ample shade and visual appeal, but offers an unlimited number of layouts so you can design your ceremony exactly to your vision.

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Cool down your guests by leaving fans on their chairs. This idea also doubles as a fun favor for guests to take home. For a sweet touch, attach a personalized note addressed to your guests thanking them for joining you on your big day. If you happen to be a DIY bride, clink the link to the pretty blog for a free printable for the bright, bright sunshining day fan.

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Keep in mind, your guests aren’t the only ones who are thirsty in the summer’s heat! It only takes a few hours to cause some delicate flowers start wilting. Make sure you talk to your florist about which flowers are best for your outdoor wedding, it might be fun to use some potted plants and flowers here and there to battle the sun. They will still hold up in the heat and add that touch of color that every wedding needs. Succulents are also a great option and are still on trend.

 Bryce Covey Photography via Style Me Pretty (left); Marcia Campbell Photography via Poptastic Bride (right)

Most of your guests’ bags may be too small for sunglasses, and nobody wants to have to squint during the whole ceremony if the sun is blaring. Customize sunglasses with your wedding logo or your initials on the side for guests to put on while they are outdoors (and probably again on the dance floor).

Have you had a summer wedding? How did you keep your guests cool?

Share your ideas with us in the comments below.

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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Wedding Trend: Lawn Games

Happy Summer Solstice, you guys! We couldn’t think of a more perfect way to celebrate this day than with a blog post featuring lawn games for your wedding.

This is a wedding trend we’re loving- perfect  for sunny, warm-weather, outdoor Northern California weddings. Wedding Games are a great icebreaker to get guests together, and let them have some fun during cocktail hour and the reception. Here we share our favorite summertime lawn games.

Croquet is an American favorite As a wedding yard game, croquet can keep any age group entertained for hours. The only thing you need to keep in mind is that you do need a designated area for it, as the wickets in the game can easily trip guests up during the reception when not clearly marked.


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Bocce Ball

As a part of your lawn or indoor wedding games you can have a limbo pole. With a bit of festive music in the background and some friends that will be more than happy to bend over backwards, you cannot go wrong with this party favourite.


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If you are having a summer time wedding badminton will be perfect for your wedding games. Opt for the ‘old school’ look of things and give the ‘net’ a vintage feel. Badminton is sure to attract some players and it might be the perfect icebreaker for sport lovers.


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There’s something about horseshoes at a wedding that always make me smile. Horseshoes are considered a lucky gift to give the bride and groom, supposedly providing both luck and fertility to the happy couple as they enter their marriage. When you incorporate horseshoes into your wedding lawn games of choice, it can be seen as a nod to both good luck and good fun for all ages!


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Arguably the most popular yard game seen at weddings this year, cornhole is certainly an entertaining pastime for guests of all ages. It’s so popular that  many companies on etsy have built a business on creating custom wedding cornhole games especially for your celebration. There’s  a wide variety of unique options. Designs can be as simple as monograms or as elaborate as full images of you and your sweetie.


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The best part of having lawn games? You’ll be able to break them out every summer for years to come, remembering your special day.

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