Purple uplighting at Croatian American Cultural Center

Jenny and Ian, Married! {Croatian American Cultural Center}

Jenny and Ian at Croatian American Cultural Center

Jenny and Ian at Croatian American Cultural Center

Watching these two and how in love they are was so amazing. Ian adores Jenny and you see it as he stares at her. Sarah with Sarah Maren Photography captured their love in time. She is one of the funnest photographers to work with. She is so easy going and adds comfort to the bride and groom which is appreciated I am sure. By the end of your wedding you are normally done taking pictures and your face hurts from smiling so much. She just makes it fun and funky, we love that!

Jenny and Ian at Croatian American Cultural Center

Jenny and Ian at Croatian American Cultural Center

Jenny at Croatian American Cultural Center

Jenny at Croatian American Cultural Center

Ian at Croatian American Cultural Center

Ian at Croatian American Cultural Center

Jenny and Ian had Rev. Edward J. Donaghy officiate their wedding. He did great and is very diverse is what he can offer. We really enjoyed working with him and his professionalism. We also did some basic uplighting in purple for them which really pulled in their color scheme. Purple seems to be the color scheme for this year. 🙂 Jenny and Ian were married at the unique Croatian American Cultural Center. Mike there is so detailed oriented and truly wants his clients to enjoy their day. He has put a lot of work in remodeling the already beautiful venue to add so much more for his clients.  The staff there really tries to go above and beyond and are so helpful. We enjoy working there when we get the chance.

Jenny and Bridal Party at Ceremony site

Jenny and Bridal Party at Ceremony site

Ian and Groomsmen

Ian and Groomsmen

So fun ideas they had for the night were the “Shoely Wed Game” where the couple sits back to back with one of each others shoe. Then the DJ asks a question, “Who’s more likely to…” and they hold the shoe up who they think it is. This is always fun when we do this at weddings, they did very well. Also for their garter toss, Ian removed it and put it around a football to throw. That always gets the single guys involved and more determined to catch the garter. We genuinely enjoyed working with them and getting to know them. Jenny was so organized and knew what she wanted and Ian was so supportive and easy going. It’s always a sad time when we finish planning couples weddings and they are over. We don’t get to see them and plan with them. But we are grateful for the memories, every wedding it different and unique in it’s own way.

Shoely Wed Game

Shoely Wed Game

Purple uplighting at Croatian American Cultural Center

Purple uplighting at Croatian American Cultural Center

Garter toss

Garter toss

Thank you Ian and Jenny for letting us be a part of your wedding day. We wish you many many years of happiness.

Here is one last picture (one of our favorites, they had the BEST wedding party!) and their song choices:

Love this!

Love this!

Wedding Party Processional: Canon in D Johann Pachebel (Guitar)
Bridal Processional: Marry Me by Train
Wedding Party Recessional: Bridal March by Jonathan Cain
Wedding Party Introduced: White Wedding by David Bowe
Intro of Bride and Groom: Star Wars Theme Song
Cake Cutting: Grow Old With You by Adam Sandler
First Dance: Lucky by Jason Mraz
Father/Daughter: My Little Girl by Tim McGraw
Mother/Son: My Wish by Rascal Flatts
Bouquet Toss: Girls, Girls, Girls by Motley Crue
Garter Removal: Foxy Lady by Jimi Hendrix
Garter Throw: FOX NFL Theme Song (possible football)
Anniversary Dance: Remember When by Alan Jackson
Last Dance: All This Time by One Republic

Sacramento Wrestling Federation ~ Clash at the Colonial

Sacramento Wrestling Federation ~ The Seth Fengel Benefit Show

This event is dear to my heart since it is on behalf of my brother. Seth is one of the most wonderful, kindest, caring people I know. He loved with all his heart, anyone and everyone. We are excited to be a part of this event to take a day to remember him and raise money for his headstone. All additional proceeds will be going to charity on his behalf. Seth was always giving back to the hospitals to comfort those there since he knew how it felt. He was an amazing example to all of us.

Seth Fengel Benefit Show - Sacramento Wrestling Federation

Seth Fengel Benefit Show – Sacramento Wrestling Federation

Excerpt from Sacramento Wrestling Federation, “The Sacramento Wrestling Federation in conjunction with Sound Image Entertainment proudly presents “September 2 Remember” – The Seth Fengel Benefit Show. This special benefit show will feature 8 exciting wrestling matches including our main event as “Big Country” Jody Kristofferson takes on Dylan Drake for the SWF Heavyweight Championship. Proceeds from this event go to the family of Seth Fengel to purchase a headstone for his gravesite.”

Thank you to all who choose to support this very worthy cause. Visit www.sacramentowrestling.com and www.sethfengel.com for more details on the event and the young man to whom this show benefits.”

Why does Josh Edlow, President/Owner of Sacramento Wrestling Federation do these events? He has an amazing story so take a moment to visit his website to learn more about how it all began but here is a quote from Josh, “This is my home, and this community has been so supportive of me throughout my life, that it is time for me to give back.” In 2011, the Sacramento Wrestling Federation will bring this unique fundraising opportunity to local high schools in California’s capital city. “We are excited to bring an innovative, fun filled, action-packed event that will draw the masses and bring much needed attention and funds to ailing youth programs.”

Here are some pictures from their last event “Clash at the Colonial” for the UC Davis Hospital. It was a blast and our boys LOVED it! We hope to see you at the next one..

Eastern Ways swordsmen

Susan and Hans uniquely fun Flower Farm Wedding {Flower Farm B&B}

Hans and Susan at Flower Farm Inn

Hans and Susan at Flower Farm Inn

When we first met with Hans and Susan we were excited to get to know them more. Both of them are so full of love for everyone and everything around them. They give back so much not because they have to but because they want to! That is such a rarity these days. They both spend time volunteering and have adopted many dogs to give good loving home to. Six if I remember correctly! Both Hans and Susan have unique talents which Hans shared with us on his wedding day with his special Martial Art performances along with his group. We got to enjoy their Lion Dance and individual dances as well. It really added a unique fun twist for the guests to enjoy. Hans and Susan are not ones to be in the spot light but on your wedding day this is difficult to avoid. So with the special performances it took some of the pressure off of them. Hans only performed for his lovely wife Susan because she enjoys watching him perform. 🙂

Hans performing

Hans performing

So many things to talk about their wedding so I will try my best to not go on and on. First off they were married is April at the quaint and adorable Flower Farm Inn in Loomis, CA. I love all the little details, their website describes them as “a rare combination of country charm and sophisticated elegance.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Susan getting ready

Susan getting ready

Hans and Best Man getting ready

Hans and Best Man getting ready

During the Ceremony they had some swordsmen a part of his group from Eastern Ways participate. It was such a dramatic entrance, all the guests enjoyed it. Also during the Reception these very talented and well disciplined performers performed a Lion Dance, it was so energetic and kicked off the Reception just right! We can thank the awesome Jenn Bartell with Jenn Bartell Photography and Design for all the awesome pictures in this post. Love her fun, funky and creative style. She fit their style to a T.

Eastern Ways swordsmen

Eastern Ways swordsmen

Hans + Susan

Hans + Susan

Lastly I wanted to make sure I mention their cake. Their ridiculously awesome, sentimental cake that the talented team at Sweet Cakes by Rebecca did for them. So with their 6 wonderful dogs that are their family that couldn’t be there, they had the cake designed to include their adorable family so they can share part in their day. These dogs are like their babies and they love them dearly. I just have a picture of the top of their cake before we packed it up at the end of the night with all the dogs put on top from my iPhone and a picture of their reaction when they saw it for the first time. So precious!

Hans + Susan + Family

Hans + Susan + Family

Hans and Susan seeing their cake for the first time

Hans and Susan seeing their cake for the first time

Thanks Hans and Susan for letting us be a part of your special day. We loved getting to know you and helping you make these special memories on your day! Here were their song choices for the few specialty events they had:

Hans + Susan

Hans + Susan

Bridal Processional: A Postcard to Henry Purcell by Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Pride and Prejudice)
Recessional: Meryton Townhall by Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Lion Dance (Eastern Ways Martial Arts School Headed by Tai Sifu Hubbard and Tai Simo Molina)
First Dance: Better Together by Jack Johnson

Jake and Kristen with Wedding Party

Our adorable couple Jake and Kristen! {Whitney Oaks Golf Club}

First Look

First Look

These two are too cute! Their personalities are so fun. Kristen is so spunky and was absolutely gorgeous in her wedding dress! Jake loves her sooo much, it was so enjoyable to watch them interact. That’s why we do what we do, it’s all for love. 🙂

Kristen at Whitney Oaks Golf Club

Kristen at Whitney Oaks Golf Club

Jake at Whitney Oaks Golf Club

Jake at Whitney Oaks Golf Club

These two were married at Whitney Oaks Gold Club. Lindsey there is remarkable. Her and her staff are some of the hardest works we know! Besides, the venue is breath taking. We had the absolute pleasure of working with Jodi from Jodi Yorston Photography. These pictures are spectacular! We love working with Jodi. She knocks everything out in a timely manner but still gets these awesome shots! Thanks Jodi! Jajuan Francis with Design with Florae did a beautiful job with their flowers. The Ceremony set up was so amazing, I wish we had pictures to show you. It added to the gorgeous view from the ballroom at Whitney Oaks. She’s so good at what she does, love her!

Jake and Kristen with Wedding Party

Jake and Kristen with Wedding Party

Kristen with her bridesmaids

Kristen with her bridesmaids

Jake and his groomsmen

Jake and his groomsmen

When sitting and planning Jake and Kristen we go to know them and their vision of what they wanted for their wedding day. Their main goal was to have fun! Another thing he wanted to do was incorporate his mom but not make a big show of  it. So during the ceremony he placed a flower on her seat where she would have been sitting and gave his dad a hug. It was a sweet way to include her since she is no longer with us. They also had Jake’s sister Dana marry them. She was hilarious and really added a personal touch to their wedding. Though we recommend professionals because we have seen weddings with family or friends as the officiant not go great we enjoyed her.

Jake and Krsiten at Whitney Oaks Golf Club

Jake and Krsiten at Whitney Oaks Golf Club

Fun!

Fun!

Music speaks to all of us in some way or another. With their song choices, it was definitely fun. Here were their choices, thanks for letting us share in your special day guys!

Wedding Party Processional: You Raised me Up by West Life
Bridal Processional: I Swear (Instrumental, The Fox players)
Recessional: Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars
Introduction of Wedding Party: Say Hey by Michael Franti
Cake Cutting: Hit me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar
First Dance: Could Not Ask for More by Sara Evans
Father/Daughter Dance: Then They Do by Trace Adkins
Anniversary Dance to Follow: You’re Still the One by Shania Twain
Last Dance: Save the Last Dance by Michael Buble