Seth and Tara after being announced

Seth and Tara ~ THIS WAS A TRIUMP {Sequoia Restaurant in Placerville, CA}

Seth and Tara after being announced

Seth and Tara after being announced by Amyx Photography

Portal-tastic is all we can say! Seth and Tara were so fun to work with. It started with a small idea and grew. Seth and Tara both love the game “Portal” and wanted to incorporate it in small ways. The first thing was their Save the Date, they had Gawker artist Sam Spratt create their art work for their Save the Date. Check out more about it here or become a fan on FB. It really fit their quirky personalities.

Seth and Tara's Save the Date by Sam Spratt

Seth and Tara’s Save the Date by Sam Spratt

Seth and Tara's Save the Date by Sam Spratt

Seth and Tara’s Save the Date by Sam Spratt

They had so many fun things, some of our favorites were their boutonnieres. They had hand made paper bouquets and comic book boutonnieres, we loved it! The more we talked to them the more we tied the game into their wedding.  We incorporated the finale song at the end of the game into their recessional. Just a small instrumental part that is actually beautiful and those that understood it was from the game had a chuckle, others just enjoyed it. Before the ceremony they had passed out rocks as guests entered and during the ceremony they gathered them. Here is a excerpt from their actual ceremony (they wrote it all themselves) in regards to the rocks:

“Before you met, your lives were on different paths with different destinations. But love has brought you together and joined these separate paths into one. Each one of your friends and family here today have been given a small polished stone that represents their unique individuality and their presence at your wedding today… I will now ask that everyone please take out the stone you have been given and pause to make a wish or blessing for happiness and good will for the couple for the future of their marriage. Now, we will collect the stones and the couple will then add their individual stones to the container as well. With the combining of these stones, you have now symbolically joined your once separate lives.  As the stones have been combined with love into one container, so now are your friends and family joined, through you, into one. And your once solitary life’s paths are also now one. All that was once separate is now shared, and in this sharing you both will find new strength and joy as together you forge a new life path and destination.”

Tara and Dad walking down the aisle

Tara and Dad walking down the aisle by Amyx Photography

Seth and Tara's first dance

Seth and Tara’s first dance by Amyx Photography

They did a lot of DYI things which we think they pulled off well! Oh the ring pillow was the portal cube, it was awesome too. We did some lighting at their wedding. We choose a soft amber to accent the unique characteristics of the Sequoia Restaurant. This building is filled with so much history and it’s so much more than a restaurant. Tawnia the event coordinator at the Sequoia is a rock star! She was great to work with along with all their wonderful staff; so helpful and kind. The lighting just added a beautiful ambience to the room. That’s why we love ambience lighting so much it can disguise a whole room or just add to the beauty of it. We also provided our photo booth which we customized the print design to tie into the game.

Seth's sister Megan catching the bouquet, she's getting married next year!

Seth’s sister Megan catching the bouquet, she’s getting married next year! (by Amyx Photography)

Dancing!

Dancing! by Amyx Photography

Seth and Tara in the Photo Booth

Seth and Tara in the Photo Booth

We loved Seth and Tara’s “out of the box” thinking and the quirky uniqueness of their wedding while still staying traditional enough. It fit them and made it “their” wedding. Thank you Seth and Tara for letting us share your special day, we loved working with you and getting to know you and your wonderful families! Also thank you to Kirk of Amyx Photography, Tara’s cousin who was their photographer for all the wonderful pictures!

Song Choices:

Wedding Party Processional: Still Alive (Instrumental) from Portal
Bridal Processional: Bridal Chorus (Harp)
Rock Ceremony: Canon in D
Recessional: Safety Dance by Men Without Hats
Wedding Party Introduced: One More Time by Daft Punk
First Dance: Book of Love by Peter Gabriel
Cake Cutting: Better Together by Jack Johnson
Father/Daughter Dance: Daddy’s Little Girl by the Mills Brothers=
Mother/Son Dance: Wild World by Cat Stevens
Garter Toss: Another One Bites the Dust by Queen
Bouquet Toss: Don’t Worry About it by N.E.R.D
Honeymoon Dance: With a Little Help from my Friends by The Beatles, Friends by Elton John
Kick off song: Let’s Get it Started by Black Eyed Peas
Last Dance: Don’t Know Why by Norah Jones

Richard and Andrea, Courtesy of CinZo Photography

Sweet and Cute + Cute and Sweet = Richard and Andrea {Tsakopoulos Library Galleria}

Love.

Andrea and Richard, Courtesy of CinZo Photography

Andrea and Richard, Courtesy of CinZo Photography

These two were happily married in July at a little Catholic church in downtown Sacramento, Saint Elizabeth’s Catholic Church. It was so cute and quaint. They had a family Priest that had married all of Richard’s family before him marry them and kept the tradition going. These two were so fun to work with, we thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them! They are so genuine and responsible and funny, all our planning sessions wee full of laughter.

Saint Elizabeth's Catholic Church, Courtesy of CinZo Photography

Saint Elizabeth's Catholic Church, Courtesy of CinZo Photography

Andrea and Mom, Courtesy of CinZo Photography

Andrea and Mom, Courtesy of CinZo Photography

Richard, Courtesy of CinZo Photography

Richard, Courtesy of CinZo Photography

We had the luxury of going from place to place with API Limousine. Dani was so professional and accommodating! Made the day flow easily and got us to everywhere we needed to be. The Reception was held at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, such a gorgeous building. Please enjoy all these pictures (except the lighting one, we did that) courtesy of their wonderful photographers CinZo Photography. They also had some delicious food from Hannibal’s Catering. We had a lot of fun with their whole awesome wedding party! They had quite the entrance, the room is very long and they all got to walk it. The wedding party had to keep the energy in the room till Richard and Andrea entered and I think they did an awesome job! We did little blurbs about each person and a mini love story about Richard and Andrea. It really made it intimate and helped all the guests get to each each person in the wedding party with some laughter.

Richard and Groomsmen, Courtesy of CinZo Photography

Richard and Groomsmen, Courtesy of CinZo Photography

Andrea and Bridesmaids, Courtesy of CinZo Photography

Andrea and Bridesmaids, Courtesy of CinZo Photography

Group picture (Family Tradition) Courtesy of CinZo Photography

Group picture (Family Tradition) Courtesy of CinZo Photography

So many fun things and details about their wedding. We provided some basic soft amber and soft rose uplighting to enhance the building and a photo montage. They are not as popular as they use to be but if you are sentimental they are a really great touch. Everyone was in tears, a great way to re-live memories and to see their lives before they were brought together. One of my favorite little details was the favors. Richard’s aunt made oreo pops for everyone. So cute and man did she put A LOT of work and detail into everyone.

Homemade favors, Courtesy of CinZo Photography

Homemade favors, Courtesy of CinZo Photography

Richard and Andrea, Courtesy of CinZo Photography

Richard and Andrea, Courtesy of CinZo Photography

We are so grateful for all our clients and the relationships we make with them all. These two are no excpetion! I mentioned after her wedding it felt like we broke up cause we talked, emailed, texted so much prior to the wedding and it ended. 🙂 Thank you Richard and Andrea for letting us be a part of your lives for such a special day.

Uplighting at Tsakopoulos Library Galleria

Uplighting at Tsakopoulos Library Galleria

Song choices:

Seating of Sponsors: Canon in D by Lumiere Strings
Seating of Family and lighting of Unity Candle: Same
Wedding Party Processional: Joy of Man’s Desiring by Festival Strings Lucerne
Bridal Processional: Bridal March by Jonathan Cain
Unity Candle: Ava Maria by Josh Groban
Recessional: Wedding March
Wedding Party Introduced: Raise Your Glass by Pink, Danza Kuduro by Don Omar ft. Lucenzo, Bust a Move by Young MC, I Believe in a Thing Called Love by the Darkness, Yeah 3x by Chris Brown, All of the Lights by Kayne West
Cake Cutting: Better Together by Jack Johnson   
First Dance: When You Kiss Me by Shania Twain  
Father/Daughter Dance: I Loved Her First by Heartland  
Mother/Son Dance: Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion  
Bouquet Toss and Garter Toss to Follow
Garter Intro: Ain’t No Fun by Nate Dogg
Garter Removal and Toss: Legs by ZZ Top
Bouquet Toss: Girls Just Want to have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
Last Dance: Marry Me by Train