Ceremony Alter Design Inspirations

Ceremony altars come in many different shapes and sizes, textures and styles. When you think of walking down the aisle, what type of altar do you envision? Here are a few altar inspirations to get your creative juices flowing!

Desert Wedding
Desert Wedding

The 530 Bride's wedding planning services can help you create the wedding of your dreams by helping you craft the details and the atmosphere that will not only set the tone for your event but make a lasting memory for you and your guests.   Learn more on our services page. 

Wineries in Our Backyard

WineCountry2 There is something about a winery that is just effortless and romantic, making it a perfect location for an engagement party, engagement photography, bridal showers and even an intimate outdoor wedding.  We tend to associate these beautiful winery venues with places like Napa, California or further south but there are locations here in the "530" area that would be just as magical.  Here are a list of some of the local wineries that may be just what you are looking for.

Anselmo Vineyards 28740 Inwood Rd, Shingletown, CA 96088 (530) 474-5546 http://www.anselmovineyards.com

Long Creek Winery Oroville, CA http://www.longcreekwinery.com

Gale Vineyards Durham, CA http://www.galevineyards.com

Dog Creek Cellars Durham, CA http://www.dogcreekcellars.com

Bertagna Son Kissed Vineyards Chico, CA http://www.bertagnawine.com

Odyssey Winery and Vineyards Chico, CA Visit their Facebook page

Rough and Ready Vineyards 17860 Cattle Drive, Rough and Ready, CA (530) 432-7373 http://www.roughandreadyvineyards.com

Vintner's Cellar Redding, CA http://www.222wine.com


If you are thinking of a destination winery event, check out this cool resource mapping out the wineries in California!


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Featured Venue - Gale Vineyards

Between the shady avenues of the vineyard, a secret oasis awaits you. Soaring groves of bamboo, oak, and sycamore cast shadows as you meander throughout the gardens, taking in the smells of warm earth, rich soil, and Italian grapes.you've arrived- Welcome to Gale Vineyards.

Features include Koi Ponds, Outdoor Lighting, Private outdoor setting

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photos courtesy of Gale Vineyards

Fore more information please contact this venue directly:

Gale Vineyards Durham, CA


Phone (530) 891-1264
Email Steve@GaleVineyards.com
Website http://galevineyards.com/

Say 'I Do' Unconventionally!

Who says your wedding guests have to know they are going to a wedding?  Recently, we have seen a spike in Surprise Weddings and we think it is trend that could stick around.  It is perfect for the couple who has gone around and around about where they would want to have their wedding, how much they want to spend, and those who aren't particularly fond of the traditional wedding process. How does one plan a surprise wedding?  Well first thing is first, ..Location!  If you happen to have a spacious home or a large backyard, or know someone who would be willing to host in your honor than you are in luck.  Guests probably won't question a backyard event, so you could use some alternative occasions like an Engagement Party, a Summer Lau, Graduation, or Tri-Tip Cook-off to use as the decoy reason for gathering.  Second, decide who you want to let in on the surprise.  You can choose to tell your parents, maid of honor, best man or whom ever you would like as long as they can keep a secret!  Besides, you will need some helpers to pull this off!

If you do not have the space available, contact some of the local venues for information on the amenities and pricing.  You will need to know your approximate guest count, and a potential date.  Consider asking the venue if they offer lower rates for weekdays compared to Saturday and Sunday rates.

We know a surprise wedding is not for everyone. For brides who have dreamed of their wedding day for years, a more traditional wedding with a set date and invitations may be more appropriate! However, if the thought of a big fancy wedding stresses you out, you may feel relieved by knowing that your guests are going to be blown away by the surprise and it will be a fun and memorable wedding for all!  You can still have a lot of the same elements of a traditional wedding like the bouquet toss, and first dance.  The best part is that it is up to you!

Some of the perks of a surprise wedding are a lower overall budget because you won't have a lot of the formalities such as the cost of invitations & postage, venue (if you are having a backyard event), and you may end up with a smaller guest list which will greatly reduce your expenses.  The biggest perk is getting to be creative, and coming up with a plan on how to carry out your scheme and keeping it a secret until the big reveal!

Want to read more about Surprise Weddings?  Here are some related posts: Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla - Surprise Wedding 100 Layer Cake: Marisa + John - Surprise Wedding Surprise..We Got Married! Rebecca & Damien - Suprise Wedding

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Thomas

Brandy & Brian were married on March 17th, 2012 (Yep St. Patricks Day!)  To catch a glimpse of this couple's fun loving personalities just check out their engagement session, photographed by Emily Heizer Photography.  Their engagment session included a sunrise session in the blooming almond orchards in Durham, and they also incorporated their passion for baseball into their shoot which is now one of my favorite E-Session themes! From my first consultation with Brandy, I could tell she had a distinct vision for her wedding day and she was able to not only incorporate all of the elements that she wanted; but she was able to tie them all together cohesively which isn't always easy.  Her wedding vision: Barn Wedding, Fabric Draping, Uplighting, Burlap Runners, Mismatched Cutlery & Dishes, Mixed Herbs & Greenery, Twine & Lace accents.

See for yourself, this wedding was breathtaking! I really enjoyed working with Brandy & Brian and couldn't be happier to share some of my snapshots from their day!

Ponderosa Ridge Ranch was the couple's wedding venue, and the ranch was the perfect setting for their rustic chic event.

The Ponderosa Ridge Ranch features a lovely barn for events, as well as a grassy patio area. Brandy & Brian obtained the measurements for the barn and chose an ivory colored fabric for draping the room.  We brought an extension ladder and a staple gun, and viola! With the vaulted ceiling, the draping really added an elegant touch.

  The couple chose cracker jacks for their wedding favors, which tied into their love of baseball. Name tags were tied onto each box using twine, helping guests find their place at their assigned tables.

This DIY chandelier made from a Manzanita Branch was a show stopper!

The weather was unpredictable, so it was decided to hold the ceremony indoors and to turn the room over during the cocktail hour. On the night of the rehearsal dinner there were some heavy rains, but luckily the sun came out on the big day.  Before the ceremony, Brandy & Brian had their "First Look Photo's and also took pictures with their wedding party & family members. To see their first look photos click here! After the ceremony, it was time for Brandy & Brian to step out for photos as husband and wife. Check out some additional photos here. A special thanks goes out to all of the vendors who contributed to such a wonderful day, and it was a pleasure working with you all!

Venue - Ponderosa Ridge Ranch | Photographer - Emily Heizer Photography |Rental Items - Top Notch Rentals| Caterer & Bar Service - Gironda's Restaurant | DJ - LJS Productions | Photo Booth - Chico Photo & Video | Wedding Cake & Cupcakes - Blue Sugar Cupcakes | Grooms Cake - Lovely Layers Cakery | Wedding Gown - Always Elegant Bridal & Tuxedo | Hotel Accommodations - Gaia Hotel

Featured Venue ~ Gover Ranch Events Garden

We had heard about this country gem, and all of the praise is well deserved!  If you are looking for an effortlessly beautiful outdoor venue, Gover Ranch should be on your list of venues to check out.   When you tour the grounds of The Gover Ranch Events Garden, you may have the feeling you are walking in the Secret Gardens with all of the greenery, fountains and roses.  We were lucky enough to see the site being set up for a wedding that day, take a look for yourself at some of these snapshots from our time at The Gover Ranch.

Gover Ranch is located at 3774 Gover Road, in Anderson.  To find out more about this lovely venue and schedule a tour, call Gover Ranch (530) 365-7091  or send inquiries to goverranchgarden@gmail.com   and Like them on Facebook!

Did you get married at the Gover Ranch? Share your comments and photos with us!

Our List of The Top 10 Wedding Decor Items

1. Tables and Chairs - We felt this had to be number one, because we haven't seen a wedding yet where the guests didn't need to sit down at some point! Depending on your wedding venue or location you may have to rent tables and chairs if they are not included in your wedding package. Make sure to consider your guest count and how many people can be seated at a table, so that you will have plenty of room to move around. For a basic outline of table sizes and how many guests per table, check out www.kpeterson.com where we found this great diagram.

If you are having your ceremony and your reception at the same location, you might want to consider using the chairs from your ceremony for your reception.  You can opt to have designated helpers to move the chairs, or ask the guests to bring their chair into the reception area after the ceremony has ended.  This cuts down on your rental costs because you won't have to double your chair rentals.

Which style of chair will match your event? The first chairs are Chiavari Chairs which come many different colors and usually include a matching cushion.  These stylish chairs don't come cheap depending on where you rent them from so plan on spending anywhere from $3 -16 dollars per chair. Photos Courtesy of ChiavariChairRental.com

If you are looking for more reasonably priced chair rentals, the most common chairs are one of these varieties which range from $1-2 dollars per chair.

2. Wedding Altars - Say "I Do" at a beautiful altar which is a cymbal of your union as husband and wife, and a focal point for the ceremony. For ceremonies in a church use flowers, ribbons or tulle to dress up the pews or create a custom aisle runner! For backyard or outdoor weddings use gazebos, pillars, large trees, or even your back porch for an altar. Tie in your theme, add flowers or leave it simple its up to you!

3. Table Settings & Linens - Have you selected your plates & glassware, cutlery, chargers and napkins yet?  Keep it simple, or go all out! When it comes to table linens you will have the option of the more budget friendly basic linens that can come in almost any color, or select premium overlays, sheer or even textured linens. Ask your rental company what types of linens they have and the price per table or linen.

4. Centerpieces - Centerpieces are the wow factors of your reception (aside from your beautiful gown of course) this is where your creativity and vision for your event really shines.  Floral arrangements, paper flowers, vases, votive candles, glass pillars, manzanita branches &  candelabras are popular items for centerpieces. Coordinate your decor with the season or with your wedding colors.

5. Wedding Cakes - Cakes are for eating, but these days they are also an elaborate design element.

6. Candy Buffets & Treat Stations - Satisfy any sweet tooth by serving up treats! Candy buffets, sundae stations, serve smores, or chocolates.

7. Wishing Trees - Your guests can write all of their well-wishes for your new lives together and display them on the limbs of a beautiful wishing tree. 8. Photo Booths & Polaroid Scrapbook Stations - Guests will have a blast taking pictures in the photo booth, use the photo strips as a wedding favor and guests can also put their photos in your scrapbook. While guest books are still popular, another trend is to have your engagement picture matted and have the guests sign the matted portion of the photo as a keepsake such as the one below.    These ideas are  interactive elements to your reception which is entertaining for your guests and it will make them feel more involved with the festivities.

9.  Fairy Lights, Up-lighting & Chandeliers - Set the mood with romantic lighting, and change the atmosphere with amber, blue  & purple hues.  Fairy lights create a natural glow in an indoor or outdoor setting, while up lights transform the room.

10. Lounge Seating - This trend has become more popular over the years and is starting to become more affordable, so we felt it deserved to be in the top 10. Your guests will be sitting pretty while they take a break from dancing!