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 Рtypically 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 ‚Äúlove‚ÄĚ 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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Have a Great Weekend.


Photograph by: Doug Miranda Photography

Happy Weekend! I still love, love, love¬†Jin Sun and Ben’s¬†¬†sweet wedding¬†photographed by Doug Miranda.¬†I’ve collected a few fun links from around the blogosphere to brighten up this cold and rainy Friday.

Any brides looking for sparkly flats??? These are gorgeous!

Because dogs ūüź∂

All your dreams suddenly become true with this wedding. #Goals


Plus, three past posts you may have missed:
* Wishing these two a very happy anniversary!
* How to use Pinterest to plan your wedding, without going crazy!
* Ramona Arnold’s¬†romantic, rustic elegance bring just the right touch to your big day

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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!

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‚ÄĒso 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‚Äôs.

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

10 ways to Feature Herbs in Your Wedding

Fragrant, chic and symbolic, herbs are among the biggest new trends in wedding day florals.

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Herbs can make the most lovely table decorations, wedding favors, cake decorations, or bouquet greenery.

Imagine the scent of lavender filling the room as it’s used as confetti, or on the chairs leading down the aisle, or the aroma of a rosemary greeting your guests as they take their seats for dinner.

And along with smelling heavenly, they look beautiful too. Nothing looks more chic and rustic than bundles of lavender dotted about, and sprigs of rosemary look so pretty around a naked wedding cake. They’re also longer lasting than your average greens, which makes them perfect for looking fresh into the wee hours of a wedding.

Check out these 10+ ideas for featuring herbs in your wedding.


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Aren‚Äôt they gorgeous? Okay, I’m¬†off to plant a herb garden. Maybe a herb window box will do‚Ķ

For more pretty wedding greenery, see our Floral Board on Pinterest.

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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5 Ideas for Your Something Blue

When it comes to finding your ‚Äúsomething old, something new, something borrowed and something blue,‚ÄĚ there‚Äôs a lot more wiggle room to change it up and find bits and pieces that fit your personality and your wedding style. Especially when it comes to the something blue.¬†There are lots of options out there, whether it’s footwear, jewelry, or even wearing a blue wedding gown.

I’ve¬†rounded up 5¬†of my¬†favorite ideas from classic to creative to inspire your something blue!


Subtle and sweet, we’re loving a light powder blue hue for a wedding mani.



Have a blue monogram embroidered inside your dress with your new monogram and wedding date!
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Why not dress your ‘maids in beautiful blues?¬†None of your maids will complain about wearing the universally flattering shade.



Your bouquet is a great place to tie in a little something blue. Either wrap the stems with blue ribbon or tuck one small blue flower into your arrangement.


I love the idea of tying a blue ribbon bow in a layered dress. Sweet, simple and easy to execute at the last minute for any of you procrastinators out there.

Slip on a little something blue underneath!

Can you think of any other creative ways to wear your ‚Äėsomething blue?‚Äô

Please share them in the comments!

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Inspiration Board ‚Ēā Transforming a Blank Canvas

Utilizing your venue space in its entirety can sometimes seem like a daunting, or even impossible task.¬† Although the rule ‚Äúless is more‚ÄĚ holds true in most circumstances, that doesn‚Äôt mean you want to neglect a space all together.¬†

More often than not, the golf score board at Haggin Oaks is not even touched by our couples.¬† Located to the left of our garden area, where most couples choose to hold their cocktail hour or outdoor reception, this ‚Äúblank canvas‚ÄĚ allows you to tie in your wedding d√©cor for an all-around finished look.¬† Check out these fun and eye-catching ideas we have found that we are certain will have your guests forgetting they are staring at a score board.¬†

What you have to work with…

Your inspiration…

Hanging Memories

Hanging pictures at different lengths adds an eye-catching display that your guests will love.¬† If you are lucky enough to have pictures from past generations, begin with the oldest pictures from the outside and work your way into the center, ending with a modern day picture of you and your fianc√©.¬† The older generations will feel honored for being incorporated in your wedding and you will truly be reminded just how special ‚Äúyour day‚ÄĚ will always be to you.

Suggestion РThe handrails and planter boxes along the front of the score board are a perfect area to try out this idea.  Not only will the pictures be easy to hang, but you will be able to hang them at eye level so guests will have no problem browsing your photos throughout the evening.  For night receptions, string lights along the top of the rail to light up the pictures in the dark.    

Family Tree


For couples with large families, take the family picture idea one step further.¬† On the score board itself, create a ‚Äúfamily tree‚ÄĚ by hanging pictures of the couples in your family.¬† Have your groom‚Äôs side begin on one side, and yours on the other.¬† Show the connections between each photo and then end with a picture of the two of you in the middle.¬† Write the names and date below each one.

Suggestion – Make sure to hang a banner over the ‚ÄúHaggin Oaks Golf Complex‚ÄĚ sign with your names above the picture of you two.¬† This will ensure that nothing distracts from your captivating wall decor.

You & Him

For a fun and budget friendly option, string together memories of the two of you throughout the years.  Turn it into a timeline of your time together by writing the date and place below each picture.

Seating chart w/ chalk boards

Make your seating chart a unique piece of art.¬† As long as you simply want your guests at a specific table, this table seating option is a clever option that will have guests in awe of just how creative you are.¬† Hang chalk boards (like these heart-shaped ones above) from the score board; the top chalk board should be the largest.¬† Write the table number (or theme ‚Äď however you are distinguishing each table) on each of the top chalk boards.¬† On each of the chalk boards below, write the names of each guest.¬† To save time and money, put couples (Jason & Traci) or specific families (the Smith Family) on the same chalk board.¬† Just remember to buy boards large enough that people will be able to read them!

If all else fails ‚Äď Keep it simple!

Here is an example from a wedding back in July.  Eye catching, unique and adds a great pop of color!  What could be better!?