It’s the Weekend!

Photograph: Two Twenty Photos

Guys! We are in the final countdown to Pippa Middleton’s big day. Like final, final countdown.  A church wedding, glass palace reception and royals in attendance?!? I couldn’t be more excited to see Pippa Middleton’s wedding day photos. My bets are on Prince George and Princess Charlotte to steal the show!

It’s tomorrow! Details on Pippa’s wedding dress!

Everything known about her big day so far

Advice on how to clean and preserve your dress. I should really take this to heart as I’ve yet to do clean mine (7 years on…)

Yes to this! Say no to losing weight for your wedding.

Plus, three past posts you may have missed:
* Host a brunch wedding
* How to use Pinterest to plan your wedding, without going crazy!
* Pantone’s Color of the year, Greenery is perfect for a golf course wedding

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Happy Friday!


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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Cheers to the weekend!


Photograph by Amanda Collins Photography

Any Easter plans this weekend? I’m keeping fingers crossed for good weather for the Easter Egg Hunts and weddings we are hosting this weekend! Hope you all have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

Isn’t this the sweetest?

Kind of like Ted and Robin from How I Met Your Mother but, you know, in real life.

(GASP) No bridal party? Might just save you some money…

Plus, three past posts you may have missed:
* Host a brunch wedding
* How to use Pinterest to plan your wedding, without going crazy!
* Pantone’s Color of the year, Greenery is perfect for a golf course wedding

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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.







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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.


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  | Flowers: Heidi’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 Bar| Hair & Makeup:   The Colour Bar – stylists Erin, Sue, and Cameron | Stationary: Paper Source | Cake: Above and Beyond Cakes | DJ:   Beat Fleet DJs | DĂ©cor: 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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Wedding Spotlight: Eliza and Keean

You know when you see a photo and it just stops you in your tracks? Gives you goosebumps? Literally takes your breath away? That is EXACTLY how I felt when I opened up the gallery for today’s wedding spotlight. The super talented Lyndsay Undseth was kind of enough to share Eliza and Keean’s beautiful wedding photographs with us.

From the bride: We wanted to have a romantic, classic and fun wedding. A day that would represent both of our styles and our unique relationship while still being timeless. We were able to achieve that thanks to our wonderful vendors. Our colors of blush pink and gold went perfectly with the natural beauty of the venue.

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The cutest ring security ever!
Haggin Oaks Wedding_0020From the Groom: We met early in high school and started dating shortly after meeting each other in class. Although we chose to attend different colleges, we worked through the challenges of being apart and realized that our life was meant to be together. During our junior year of college, Eliza was supposed to be going on a lunch date with one of her eventual bridesmaids. Instead, I had her bridesmaid send her on a scavenger hunt across different memories in our relationship. The last clue ended with her finding me in a park, where I played “Can’t Help Falling in Love” on the ukulele, which ended up being our first dance song, before proposing.Haggin Oaks Wedding_0021

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Haggin Oaks Wedding_0028From the bride: The flowers were one of my favorite details for that day. Our bouquets and boutonnieres, the centerpieces and other floral pieces were the perfect way to personalize the venue and transform it into that romantic feel. Thank you Natural Flair Designs!Haggin Oaks Wedding_0029

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From the groom: I think we both had pretty high expectations for our vision of our wedding day, but wanted to stay within our budget. The Pavilion at Haggin Oaks gave us the flexibility to make our entire vision a reality, not just having one or two parts of it like at other venues. Not only that, but the venue itself has natural beauty. Since we wanted a summer, evening wedding, we felt the need to be outside under the lights. The wonderful turfed area gave us that feel and it was already part of the venue. It was a blank canvas that we could mold into the perfect site for our wedding day. It was everything we could have asked for.

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From the bride: We spent a lot of time searching for a venue; we both were picky and needed to find something that was perfect. When we came across The Pavilion at Haggin Oaks I loved it before we even had a chance to visit it. At the time Keean and I were still in a long distance relationship, so I sent him to visit the site and hoped he liked it in person just as much as I did from photos.  He did! This venue had natural beauty, a variety of options so you can personalize your day and a great staff that we were able to work with.Haggin Oaks Wedding_0051

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From the Bride: We incorporated a handful of traditions into out wedding. Our something old was a small ring my dad gave me when he and my mom got married. I was only seven years old so now the ring barely fits on my pinky, I tied it onto my bouquet so I had it with me the whole day. Something New: A beautiful pearl necklace my grandmother gave me specifically for the special day. Something borrowed and blue: A blue aquamarine ring my grandmother has had for many years, she let me use it as my something borrowed and something blue for the day.

1001 Cranes: A tradition passed down in Hawaiian cultures that acts as a test for the new couple to work through the trial of creating 1001 cranes for peace and harmony in their relationship, which became part of our head table backdrop.Haggin Oaks Wedding_0059
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Haggin Oaks Wedding_0063From the groom: Our wedding day had so many amazing memories that I will remember forever. The moment that brings out the strongest emotions would be at the start of our reception. I think entering the reception as the new “Mr. and Mrs.” finally let the emotions of everything my wife and I have worked at in our relationship come to fruition. The excitement of the moment overwhelmed me in our entrance proving that everything was real. It was truly a wonderful feeling.Haggin Oaks Wedding_0064

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Haggin Oaks Wedding_0068From the bride: I have so many favorite memories from that day, but one of them would have to be our first dance. During the dance it was like no one else was there with us and for those few minutes Keean and I were able to soak in every bit of love we had for each other with no distractions. It was a perfect way for us to appreciate all the time we put into planning that day and reflect on our journey of being together.Haggin Oaks Wedding_0069

Music Choices –

Processional : Groom – Lovelier than you by B.o.B, Bride – I was made for loving you by Tori Kelly ft Ed Sheeran

Recessional: On top of the world by Imagine Dragons

First Dance: Can’t Help Falling in Love by Haley Reinhart

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Would you have any advice for those that are planning a wedding?

From the groom: First off, when planning a wedding you should never lose sight of the excitement and joy that you will be preparing for. Even though it gets stressful, you should never lose sight that you are planning a wonderful day that will be a memory for the rest of your life. It is a happy day, never a stressful one.

From the bride: Secondly, when your day comes, remember that no matter what happens don’t let it get to you. You have worked so hard to make that day perfect; don’t spend it being stressed or angry. The most important part of that day is being happy, finding joy no matter what happens and celebrating you and your partner.


Congratulations and Best Wishes, Eliza and Keean!


Photographer: Lyndsay Undseth, Lyndsay Undseth Photography| Flowers: Natural Flair Custom Floral Designs | Styling: Simple Country Weddings | Cake: Above and Beyond Cakes |  Bride’s Dress: The White Flower Boutique San Diego| Bridesmaids Dresses: Davids Bridal| Groom’s Suit: Men’s Wearhouse | Groomsmen: Macy’s | Makeup: Makeup by Marisa | DJ: Brian  –  Music and More Entertainment | Photobooth: Get Dapper

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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Pantone’s 2017 Color of Year is Perfect for a Golf Course Wedding

Are you as in love with the Pantone Color of the Year as I am? Greenery is a shade that reminds me of spring – it’s fresh, organic, vibrant, and revitalizing, and it’s the perfect color for a golf course wedding. Pantone describe it as “symbolic of new beginnings” and what is more of a new beginning than a wedding? Alla and Viktor’s wedding incorporates this color beautifully and shows how sometimes simple is better. Thank you to Anna Perevertaylo for the gorgeous photographs!



6566If you’re a bride on a budget, all-greenery bouquets will always be much more affordable than fresh flowers. Plus, they look gorgeous when paired with a white wedding gown! It’s a win, win if you ask me.


The “zesty yellow-green” shade can be used in a wide variety of wedding details, including but not limited to bouquets, table runners, bridesmaid dresses, and boutonnieres..

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Even winter brides can get on board the greenery train with a pretty, rustic cake like this. Thanks to Julies Sweet Delights  for the gorgeous wedding cake.










I absolutely ADORE this set up for a photobooth. It’s a perfect use of the space after the ceremony.



Wouldn’t you agree? Will you be incorporating Greenery nto your wedding? Pantone’s Greenery really is a perfect choice for a golf course wedding!  Comment below!  Check out our Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

Congratulations and Best Wishes, Alla and Viktor!


Photographer: Anna Perevertaylo | Cake: Julies Sweet Delights |

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Have a Great Weekend

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Photograph by: Jessica Roman Photography

Happy Friday! I love, love, love the little flower girl pictured above. If there was an award for best side eye, she would win all of them. I’ve collected a few fun links from around the blogosphere to brighten up this cold and rainy Friday.

Looking for an iconic fragrance for your big day?

You know the pact you made with your friend back in college….

Would you pay someone to come up with your wedding hashtag?

Plus, three past posts you may have missed:
* Wedding Spotlight: Liz and Dave’s rustic chic wedding
* Add a little something to your thank you note
* Jessica Roman’s romantic and lush photography

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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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Happy Fri-yay!


Photograph by Shoop’s Photography

Happy Friyay!
I  hope all you lovely brides and wedding-lovers have had another great week! I personally can’t believe the time flies by so fast; and with every week, of course comes awesome new wedding inspiration! While you might not have time to keep up on the latest trends, don’t worry — I love to do that job for you 🙂

Are you a breakaway bride?

Too cute! A flower grandpa!

Brides do Good – Buy a couture designer wedding, for a fraction of the price, with a portion going to prevent child marriage.

Ever wondered where old wedding traditions come from? Now you know!

Plus, three past posts you may have missed:
* Wedding Spotlight: Liz and Dave’s rustic chic wedding
* Add a little something to your thank you note
* Having a fall wedding? Some ideas to inspire

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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

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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