Northern California Wedding Planner | Laura and Leah ~ S.F City Hall & Foreign Cinema

From our fun phone sessions to visiting them in San Francisco to walk their space with them, we've been pretty hooked on Laura and Leah from the start.  If there is one thing that keeps us so passionate about what we do, it would definitely be the connections that we make with our couples.  Our glimpse into their world was cozy, energetic and so genuine. 

Photo by Amanda Wei Photography

Photo by Amanda Wei Photography

It was no surprise that Laura and Leah's engagement shoot was featured in the Knot Northern California edition, shot by Amanda Wei Photography.  We knew their photos would be super adorable.

When it came to planning details with Laura and Leah, they were quick to make decisions and knew just what they wanted.  They had already selected their date and ceremony location, and we were so excited to be a part of a ceremony at the San Francisco City Hall.  The architecture and the romantic buzz of couples getting married all around us was so fun.  Next, they chose Foreign Cinema for their reception and it couldn't be more perfect for an intimate event.

Their day was captured beautifully by Amanda Wei of Blueberry Photography

Their day was captured beautifully by Amanda Wei of Blueberry Photography

Our favorite part of the evening had to be Laura and Leah's salsa dance that was so perfectly them, and their smiles just showed how in love they are!  

Foreign Cinema blew us away with their amazing staff & service not to mention the passed appetizers followed by a four course meal with delicious dessert.  Guests did not leave hungry, and they danced the night away.  We couldn't have loved their wedding day more, just an absolute joy to share in the love between the two of them and their beautiful family & friends.

Creative Partners:
Planning & Styling: The 530 Bride // Photography: Amanda Wei Photography
// Ceremony: San Francisco City Hall // Reception: Foreign Cinema // Florals: Ampersand SF // DJ: Sunny Dawn // Linen Runner:  WeDo Designs // Hair and Make-up: Lavish Hair and Make-up Studio

Northern California Wedding Planner | Chico Wedding ~ Anndria & Razz

This wedding was fun from the moment we met Anndria, her laugh and high energy personality kept things light and we were always excited to see what else she had crafted for her wedding day (this girl can rock the Cricut machine!) 


We can't wait to see their full gallery, but you can check out their amazing vendor team below for more information! 

Photographer: Billings Photography
Venue: White Ranch Events, Chico
Florist: Little Red Hen Floral and More
Catering: Roots Catering 
Cake: Cinful Desserts
DJ: The Wedding DJ 
Planning: The 530 Bride  

Northern California Wedding Planner | The Fine Print

Booking your wedding venue is an exciting milestone, you've found the place where your family and friends will gather to celebrate with your marriage.  When you sign your venue agreement don't let your excitement rush you into signing before you have read the policies of the venue in close detail.  

Venue Policies

Dreaming of a romantic candle-lit reception or a sparkler send off? Want to party until 2 am? It is very possible your venue policy prohibits open flame and has an ordinance that requires music to be off by 10 or 11 pm.  Maybe you want to bring in an outside caterer, double check that you are able to choose your vendors and if there are any additional fees for doing so.  Bring your list of must-haves/wants with you to a venue appointment and go over each item.  


From a timeline standpoint, the first thing I want to know is when you will have access to the venue and what the set-up and break-down terms are.  Best case scenario is having access to the venue for rehearsal including some additional time for setting up tables and chairs (without linens if outdoors.)  Not only does it save time for the wedding day, but it also allows couples to see the table placement, aisle and other set-up to make sure they approve of the layout.  Will guests be able to leave their cars in the parking lot after the reception if they called a cab? These are important questions to ask your wedding planner!


Be sure to confirm if outside alcohol is permitted, and the requirements for serving.  The venue may require you to hire security and the number of guards may depend on the guest count and the type of alcohol you are serving.  For example, if you have 150 guests and the venue requires 2 guards, then figure $25-40 per hour for each guard for 5 hours plus travel. 


This is the one area that couples often underestimate, because until you have gotten married you just won't understand how long the wedding day is as a whole, but how fast the reception goes by! You'll need to have all of your personal items, rentals & decor packed in addition to ensuring that all venue requirements are met (tables and chair put away, kitchen/common areas cleaned, and even removing garbage.) Unless you have several volunteers this may not be feasible in the 45 minutes to an hour that you have to clear out.   The real question is, do you want your wedding party or family to clean after your wedding?

We totally get it, Pinterest has all of these inspiration photos that will drive you crazy until you find just the right place to hold your wedding.  We just want to be sure our couples have all of their needs met along the way!

~ Happy Planning~

Northern California Wedding Planner | Creating Your Vendor Team

In the movies wedding planning sure looks glamorous! We won't lie there are some pretty great perks to being a wedding planner like being able to witness so many beautiful wedding days, surrounded by lovely florals and decor.  With that being said, the point we want to hit home is that no one vendor is solely capable of executing the logistics of a wedding day.  We are absolutely a team and we rely on other professionals to be experts at their craft.  We are sharing a handy guide on venue and vendor selection, so make sure to grab your free PDF.


Today we met with wedding vendors who each blew us away with their incredible passion for their profession and for serving couples.  A florist who can take a few inspiration photos and pull pieces that took the design to the next level and made the bride so excited about her upcoming wedding she was instantly glowing.  Later in the afternoon we met with a DJ who gave great advice about the floor plan and had excellent song recommendations to help the couple capture the energy and essence of their relationship into their reception.  While every wedding is unique, there are common practices for weddings and large events that are important to not only keep the event running smooth but to also enhance the couple's experience with their guests.

Wedding budgets can be tricky and understandably it is tempting to want to start cutting costs or to reach out to friends and family who have various connections or interests in related fields.  Personally, if I could give one piece of advice to couples it would be to hire professionals across the board.  While aunt Linda bakes excellent cakes for birthdays and family reunions, taking on your wedding cake is another ball game!

So what goes on behind the scenes amongst vendors? How do they communicate and who gets to decide what is happening when? Well first off, you are the client and can decide when you want to cut the cake! Aside from those details, the main goal is to make the most of your day (it goes by so fast!)  Our preference is to help couple's curate their vendor team based on budget and style preferences but often for event management and partial planning packages the majority of the vendors have already been selected.

When we communicate with your vendors we start to gather details like how many hours of service they are providing, when they will set-up/break-down and any needs they have from us.  From a wedding planner standpoint, I like to start with the photographer's timeline first based on the hours of coverage and where the bride will be getting ready.  Then if the photographer's assistant or (second shooter) is able to capture the groom and groomsmen portraits we build that in as well.  Once we have designated the coverage and ensured that you will get everything that you need covered such as getting ready shots, first look photos, all the way through bouquet & garter if you are opting for those.

For the most part we very rarely have major changes to make on the timeline, but once the timeline has been reviewed by the couple, photo & video team, hair and make-up, caterer and florist we can pass it along to the remaining vendors.  Now, if couples are using a family member or friend I will also call them and go over the timeline to ensure they understand the expectations.  By not voicing your specific needs to your friend or family member even if they are gifting their services, it can easily lead to miscommunication or disappointment if outcome wasn't what you expected.  

Every couple's priorities are different as far as where they want to allocate their budget. For example, If creating an incredible dining experience for your guests is the top of your list you should start with a full service catering who can staff and execute the event to your standard and discuss venue options that are suitable for this experience.  

Make sure to download our free vendor and venue selection guide, this handy PDF is a great starting point. 

~ Happy Planning~

Northern California Wedding Planner | Wedding Show Weekend Recap

Another fun bridal show in the books! Had a blast at the Wedding Show Weekend at Canyon Oaks Country Club in Chico.  The venue is gorgeous and the staff are so friendly and fun! 


We loved getting to meet so many excited couples who are still in the beginning stages of planning their wedding, some couples were already starting on plans for their 2019 weddings!

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We met with a lot of couples who are planning their weddings outside of the Chico area such as Redding, Bodega Bay, Modesto, Butte Meadows and Auburn.  We are happy to travel and have had a lot of fun working with new venues in order to spread our wings a little!  

If you are still in need of a wedding coordinator, or want to learn more about what we do please feel free to shoot us a message

~ Happy Planning!

2.20.16 Cassie + Jaime | Lakeside Pavilion Wedding

Cassie & Jaime's day was filled with so much love and appreciation for their families support, it was beautiful to see how influential their parents were in their lives.  These two chose details that were classy and meaningful to them such as the hanging banners and Mexican wedding cookies, and they weren't afraid to have fun!  

Be Authentic Photography captured so many beautiful moments from their day, here are some of the highlights. Be sure to check out their full blog post here! 

It was an honor being a part of Cassie & Jaime's wedding day, and a big thanks to all of the vendors who made it so special for them!

Venue: Lakeside Pavilion // Photographer: Be Authentic Photography // Caterer: Special Times Catering // Florist: Cambray Rose // Rentals: Party Dogs // Specialty Linens: WeDo Designs // Coordination: The 530 Bride 

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"530" Venues: Outdoor Rustic

Northern California offers an array of beautiful outdoor wedding venues, perfect for your big day.   Here is a quick look at just a few highlights of your options in the "530 area."  

willow creek eventsWillow Creek Events Situated on acres of manicured lawns and canopied by huge oak trees, offering multiple ceremony and reception areas to best suit your needs including a 4000 square foot tent, or indoor barn.; Photo Credit: Willow Creek Events

gover ranch Gover Ranch Located in the oak-covered foothills of Northern California, Gover Ranch is a very special place to enjoy the most meaningful occasions and to create memories that will resonate for years to come. Within the grounds of what was once a working ranch, century-old structures are surrounded by lush gardens and sprawling manicured lawns.; Photo Credit: Gover Ranch Events


TJ FARMS TJ Farms - Chico Surrounded by idyllic green orchards on a country lane, and the grounds are immaculate — you'll find waterfalls, fountains, ivy-covered trellises, a pristine gazebo surrounded by flowers and gently sloping lawns perfect for mingling. Dignified old walnut trees shade the beautiful Southern colonial mansion on the farm.; Photo Credit: Drozian Photoworks


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White Ranch Events - Chico Surrounded by acres of gorgeous scenery, the White Ranch offers the beauty and privacy needed to make the most of your special day. Let the winding paths guide you through a natural setting lined with sprays of flowers, lush, green vegetation and peaceful fountains.; Photo Credit: Kim James Photography


Honker Bay Honker Bay Ranch - Oroville Surrounded by lush greens, offers bridal quarters and plenty of room for large events. Photo Credit: Honker Bay Ranch


Patrick Ranch Museum - Durham This historic venue is located between Chico and Durham, situated on 28 acres of trees and historic artifacts.  A quiet country estate offering the amenities of a state-of-the-art event center.; Photo Credit: Josselyn Peterson Photography

taber ranch Taber Ranch Vineyards & Event Center- Capay Taber Ranch is located on a 500-acre working ranch in the scenic Capay Valley and is available starting in early spring through late fall for up to 300 guests.; Photo Credit: Taber Ranch Vineyards


ponderosa ridge ranch Ponderosa Ridge Ranch - Anderson Ponderosa Ridge Ranch Offers a Truly Personal and Unique Wedding Experience. Offering creekside and barn ceremony sites. Photo Credit: Ponderosa Ridge Ranch

tbs ranch TBS Ranch & Estate - Palo Cedro TBS Ranch & Estate is a place where old west meets modern day facilities, rolling grassy hills with mature oak trees.  Banquet facilities are within a large classic barn and can be used for dinner and dancing.;  Photo credit: TBS Ranch & Estate

Want to see more venues in your area? Leave a comment of what type of venue you are looking for, or send us a message at and we will be sure to assist you with some suitable options!

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

Long Creek Winery Oroville, CA

Gale Vineyards Durham, CA

Dog Creek Cellars Durham, CA

Bertagna Son Kissed Vineyards Chico, CA

Odyssey Winery and Vineyards Chico, CA Visit their Facebook page

Rough and Ready Vineyards 17860 Cattle Drive, Rough and Ready, CA (530) 432-7373

Vintner's Cellar Redding, CA


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'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

Teegarden House Event Center - Bridal Faire Recap

We were delighted to be a part of the first Bridal Faire at The Teegarden House Event Center in Yuba City. Not only did we get to meet brides from the area, but we also got to mingle with several talented wedding professionals and businesses. The Teegarden House is a great spot for an intimate wedding or bridal shower celebration, baby shower, birthday party or corporate event. If you missed the event and would like to check out this charming venue just give Cindy at Teegarden House a call to schedule a tour or inquire about hours. Teegarden House Event Center 731 Plumas Street, Yuba City (530) 674-7310

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You're Invited ~ Teegarden Event Center Bridal Faire 4.11.13

The 530 Bride was invited to be a vendor in the first semi-annual bridal faire at the Teegarden House Event Center, Yuba City. We are excited to be a part of the event, and hope that guests will not only have a great time but also get an opportunity to tour the venue and get some face time with some of our area's premier vendors. Hope to see you all there!

Real Wedding at Yuba City Fairgrounds

When planning a large wedding couples might not think of the local fairgrounds, but considering the ample indoor space, parking, and on-site kitchen you may want to keep the fairgrounds in mind.  Besides, we haven't seen the Yuba City Fairgrounds look this cool in well, ever.  Our team assisted WeDo Designs with setting up for this 600+ wedding, and we heard it was quite the party!  Table settings, linens, decor, florals, glassware & flatware provided by WeDo Designs.  Congratulations to Navi & Raj  Kalkat![gallery columns="1" orderby="rand"]

For information about events & rentals at the fair grounds click here.

Featured Venue ~ The White House

When you think of The White House, you may be thinking of politicians and elections.  However we have something else entirely in mind! Our featured venue of the month is The White House in Redding, CA to show you that the White House is not all work and no play! The White House is not only a gorgeous location, but many valuable amenities are included: • Beautiful garden setting • Bridal dressing suite with bathroom • Grooms dressing room • Dance floor • Unique settings for photography • Caterer’s prep area/kitchen • Tables and chairs • Liquor license on site • Ample parking space

If you are looking for the perfect venue for your classic wedding with a little flair we recommend contacting the White House to schedule a tour of the venue.  Even more beautiful in person, it is easy to see why so many other couples have chosen this location for their weddings and were very happy they did! Also available for bridal showers, birthdays, corporate events & more.

You can learn more about this venue by checking out their website, make sure to let them know you found them on The 530 Bride!

Contact: Deborah and Stephen Divine

Phone: 530-221-3219


Address: 7335 Churn Creek Rd, Redding, CA 96002

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   and Like them on Facebook!

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

It's almost here! Get your Chico Bridal Showcase tickets in advance!

This weekend is the Chico Bridal Showcase, only a day and a half left to get your advance tickets and save money! Advance tickets are $7.50, and tickets at the door will be $10.00. Visit the Chico Bridal Showcase website to purchase your tickets!


Be sure to look for The 530 Bride, we look forward to meeting all of you!!!

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Dorenzo!

We first introduced the couple and their engagement story with you in April of this year, and we are excited to congratulate the couple on their marriage and their wedding day on July 3rd 2011.  If you missed our post "On the road to I Do' Melissa & Gavin", Click here to check it out! Melissa is a DIY bride all the way, she arrived at The Palms Pavilion and started decorating at 05:45 a.m on the day of her wedding!

Thinking ahead, Melissa did much of the work before hand such as folding the napkins, creating the programs, and creating personal touches like her picture board featuring many pictures of her and Gavin.

Her table settings included brown table linens with pink runners, which matched her centerpieces that she also created herself. Square Glass Vases filled with glass beads and adorned with different variations of Gerbera Daisy's and Roses.

Melissa made her table number cards and her programs, she was a busy girl!

The lovely head table!

It was a very warm day, but The Palms Pavilion made a beautiful backdrop for Melissa & Gavin's Big Day.

Gavin and his groomsmen had no problem entertaining themselves while his beautiful bride was getting ready!

The Bridesmaids looked lovely in their dresses which were made by the Bride's mother Cathy.

Okay we know you have been waiting to get a glimpse of the bride, and here she is getting ready.

The guests have all arrived and it is time for the ceremony to begin.


It's official everyone, these two have tied the knot!

The Wedding Cake was a beautiful 3 tier cake with paper lanterns hung in the corner, which gave a fun focal point to the room.

The Cocktail Hour gave couples a chance to take some fun and silly pictures in the Photobooth, and then the couple made their grand entrance. Mr. & Mrs Dorenzo walked down the stairs as husband and wife and they got a very warm welcome by all of their guests.

The Reception was kicked off with a great slide-show of pictures of the couple, from all of the their adorable baby pictures up to photos of them when they started dating and of course their engagement pictures. This couple has something magical and it shows! After Dinner, the couple made their way around the room and visited with guests. These love birds were just glowing with happiness. The evening continued with a playful cutting of the cake and of course dancing! The Dance

We want to wish these two the best and may they always smile as brightly as they did on this day!

Open House at The Palms Recap

If you weren't able to attend the open house on May 10th, at The Palms Pavilion in Chico, we don't mind showing you the highlights of the event!  If you attended, but just want to see some of the beautiful table settings and decor again, we don't blame you.

The open house at The Palms Pavilion featured:

To better describe the inspirations behind each of the featured table settings, we will let Nyala & Rabina Khan with WeDo Designs take you through each concept one by one!

"Every year we try to renew our contract with the design world. Competing in various way to capture the attention of brides and event hosts. We want to be identified as a design team not just a rental facility. The biggest factor in any design is color, so we took that element and made it the forefront of our presentations at the May 10th Open House at The Palms Pavilion.

Every year Pantone, a company known as the color authority releases 10 colors for each season as colors of the season/year. The colors are chosen from a plethora of picked brains from the fashion and design world. To follow those color trends we infused them into our table designs. One color however reaches to the honor of "Color of The Year". This year, that color is called "Honeysuckle," which is an elegant pink. To use this color we had to place a custom order for a fabric that matched the Pantone color formula for Honeysuckle.  As you can see on our first table.

The honeysuckle table has a glitter platform pump flower garden theme centerpiece, accented by gold chains and leaf pendents medallions. This next table is using the color "Phlox," a deep royal purple from the fall lineup that carries a richness and glamor.  We used this color as an accent, as it shares glimpses in the ribbon work on the runner and chair cover. The table design is center-pieced with a wine inspired look designed by Cambry Rose Florist. The color showcased here, is "Coral Rose" which was pulled from the spring collection. It's an orangy color with a hint of warmth, and we layered it with a monochromatic organza ribbon detailed overlay. The centerpiece is as fun as the spring color.

"Nougat" from the fall collection is my favorite of them all, and we had the luxury of being able to showcase this color with the ultra luxe satin ribbon wave overlay. This table was kept monochromatic from top to bottom. This table boasts a flowerless centerpiece using feather, fabric, and crystal elements. Showing you that you don't have to have flowers to have effect.

This next table was outside of the color pallet, but is in tune with a special moment of history; The Royal Wedding. We used a soft butter cream luxe lamour table cloth and a exquisite beaded and crystal-ed lace overlay. Nothing short of royal, this table setting was donned with a gorgeous centerpiece designed with a royal crowd in mind by Cambry Rose. This table setting is a true platinum bride vision.

Lets not forget about the great food, drinks & entertainment!

Smores station provided by Chico Catering Photo Booth Provided by The Palms Pavilion


WeDo Designs also has an on-site showroom at the Palms, so lets take a peak!

WeDo Designs always seems to outdo themselves! Contact Rabina Khan with WeDo Designs at or check out them out on Facebook!

If you would like more information on any of the vendors at this event go to

We want to say a huge thank you to Burns Photography, for their beautiful images of this great event.  To contact Burns Photography in Chico, check out