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Bright Floral Anniversary Session

These holiday-inspired photos were taken in November 2013, at Gum Grove Nature Park in Seal Beach, California.  Inessa and Robert Nichols chose to commemorate their first wedding anniversary in pictures, with the help of Lisa Anderson from Spark and Tumble Photography.

Anderson had a great time with the couple, and had this to say about their unique style: “Inessa’s flair for vivid florals and fantastic accoutrement made this Gum Grove session a fanciful pleasure for all involved!”

Gum Grove is a 10-acre nature park, complete with wildflowers, shady eucalyptus trees and easy hiking trails. It’s the perfect calm background to highlight Inessa’s bright accessories, and the couple’s playful personality.

Congratulations to Inessa and Robert on their first year of marriage. If this session is any indication, you two have many more fun-filled years to come!

Spark and Tumble Photography | Gum Grove Nature Park


Guest Accommodations!

Everyone will usually have some family that lives out-of-town coming to their wedding. With those out of town family or friends you need space to have them stay. Sometimes they stay with other family members or friends, but if that’s not the case here are some tips on finding places for them.


If you have booked your wedding at a hotel, one of the questions they might have asked was about room blocks. Room blocks are a set of rooms that have been blocked for only guest attending your wedding. You will want to do this when you book your wedding at the hotel so you have enough rooms for the out-of-town guest.

Multiple Hotels

Now let’s say that your wedding is at a winery or museum, somewhere that is not a hotel. You can still ask the local hotels surrounding your location if they can do room blocks. This is almost better because it gives your guest the opportunity to pick the hotel that fits them. Also you can provide different price ranges for your guest instead of just one price. Still do this far in advance so that they can block the rooms for you.


Now that you have rooms blocked for your guest at a hotel or more, you need to send the invitations. The out-of-town guest need a little more time to plan their trip out to the wedding. Also they will need to book the rooms that you have set aside for them. The best option is to include a card with the save the date that have the hotel(s) location, number and email for the guest to look at. Also make sure there is a note, letting them know to mention they are coming for your wedding and get the blocked room.

Social Media

Any more, brides are making their own wedding website. That is also an excellent way to get the information out about the hotel(s). You can make a tab on the web page that mentions accommodations and has the hotel(s) listed with a link to their websites, phone numbers and addresses. This can save you on printing the extra card with this information. Just make sure your save the date has your websites URL. If you don’t decided to do it that way, Facebook is another social media outlet. You can create a private invite for your wedding guest invites only with all the information too. Using social media is another great way of connecting information to your guest.

In Town Guest

Now that you have considered your out-of-town guest you may want to think of your guests that live locally. Just because they are only 20 minutes away doesn’t mean that they might not want to stay in a hotel. So maybe have a few extra blocked rooms for those guests that live locally, in case they want to party the night away and be safe.



Dough-not tease me … it’s Doughnut Bars?!

Move over cutesy cupcakes and candy bars… and make room for the current wedding trend – doughnuts! Yes, we said it. It’s all about doughnut bars right now! No matter what the occasion is, a doughnut bar is a delightful addition to your special event!

No way can you get much better then fried golden dough covered with sugar, chocolate or filled with delicious fruit preserves! These easy-to-order and personalized possibilities, are a great way to send off your guests after a long night of dancing… and seriously, who doesn’t love doughnuts? Are you ready to dive into the doughnut sensation?

These little delectable bites can really make a huge impression at your event and doughnuts are usually a lot more affordable  in comparison to cupcakes, not to mention you can totally bake them yourself!  The great part about having doughnuts is that you can pack them in bags and give them to your guests as a nightlight snack- this way you won’t waste the leftovers!

Want to take it up a notch? Have a doughnut dipping bar! Oh yes, I dare to go down that route! There are endless possibilities of the sauces you could dip them in- sour creme glaze, red velvet, caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, and raspberry sauce! Don’t forget the sugar and sprinkles!

However you decide to “wrap it up” your guests will be grateful for the goodies, making the doughnut bar a memorable, inexpensive and overall delicious wedding trend. At the end, you can top these babies off with a cold glass of milk and mutter the words of the wise cartoon Homer Simpson: “mmm … doughnuts…”!

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Downtown Fullerton Engagement

Harleene Bonales, owner and photographer at Lovemade Photography + Design, sent us these photos of newly engaged Melinda Quiring & Brian Fahey. Here is what she had to say about the happy couple and their shoot site:
“This is Melinda and Brian’s engagement session in Downtown Fullerton, CA.  When we had talked about where they wanted to do their session they mentioned (that) an urban feel is what they wanted to go for.”
“Downtown Fullerton is one of my favorite locations because of the all the different textures and architecture. I can play around and really highlight my photo-journalistic style. I’m offbeat and different, and I love that Melinda and Brian can embrace that and have fun with me! Before any engagement shoot I ask my couples to not worry so much about my camera, just be themselves and be there for each other. Even if it’s a little awkward at first, I get amazing moments like the ones here with Melinda and Brian.”

We love the urban aspects of this photo shoot! Highlighting favorite spots in your city is a wonderfully personal way to show off your “couple style”. Whether it’s your neighborhood coffee shop or the city bus, if it’s a part of your life together it deserves to be celebrated! Congrats Melinda and Brian!