• Carie
  • posted by Carie

  • This week our Wedding Photo Wednesday post is a reminder to be aware of any photography or other restrictions at your church. You can check out our other Wednesday Posts on the blog.

    Please, dear readers, do not forget to get a list of rules, restrictions or requirements from your church. This is critical information that you will need to relay to your wedding photographer as soon as possible so that they can prepare accordingly. Many churches have restrictions on use of flash or how close a photographer can be to the altar. Some churches also have restricted areas where no one is allowed to enter. Your photographer will want to know all these things before your big day so they can leave their flash at home and bring a zoom lens if necessary. Indoor photography is tricky enough without any surprise restrictions popping up on the day of your wedding.

    Natalie and Ryan were married at the beautiful St. Mary's Church in Sacramento.

  • Restrictions at the Church

  • Many churches also require you to be out of the church at a certain time. This will greatly effect where and when your photographer will do your ever-important group photos. So, all you couples in the midst of your planning, please remember to ask your church for a list of rules, regulations or requirements to help you, your wedding photographer and other vendors prepare for your big day.

    Elizabeth and Claudio held their wedding ceremony at the gorgeous Morris Chapel on the UOP campus in Stockton, California.

  • Restrictions at the Church




  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • How's this for fabulous news?!! Carissa Jones opened a store this week in Downtown Sacramento. Now our favorite specialty dessert gal is just moments away in a retail store where we can go get her famous butter cookies any day of the week and on Saturdays!

    That's right! Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts is open at 12th and F Streets in Downtown Sacramento. Great for Carissa, her customers and clients, not so good for my cookie belly! I've been there twice in the last 3 days and guess what I'm thinking about right now?...Carissa's cookies and cupcakes! Oh boy! I'm in trouble.

    I swiped this photo off of our friend Diana Miller's Facebook page. Diana took some fabulous photos of Carissa, her crew and her fantastic new shop. Yes, I've been there twice and yes I forgot my camera both times...cookies on the brain!

    We're so happy for Carissa and so happy to have another fabulous business in the Sacramento area. Congratulations Carissa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  • Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts opens Storefront

  • Cutie pie Chef Carissa in front of her store.

  • Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts opens Storefront

  • Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts opens Storefront

  • all Photos by Diana Miller of Diana Miller Photography

    Get on down to Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts located at:
    1201 F Street
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    916.952.5253
    Carissa@SugarAndSpice.me



  • Carie
  • posted by Carie

  • This week our Wedding Photo Wednesday post is about why your wedding photographer should attend your rehearsal, schedule permitting of course. You can check out our other Wednesday Posts on the blog.

    About 99% of the time, our lead photographer attends our couples' wedding rehearsal. We like to do this if we can, schedule permitting, for a few reasons. First, by attending the rehearsal, the photographer can get the "lay of the land" so to speak. They get a preview of where everything will be so they can scout out good spots to stand so as not to be in the way but catch those important ceremony shots. We also get a sneak peak at what will take place during your ceremony like candle lighting, rose ceremonies, etc. We want to be prepared to capture all those special moments and seeing exactly how and where things will play out is helpful.

    Christine and Rich did a rose ceremony for their mothers and this is a perfect example of a moment which your photographer will want to be prepared.

  • Photographer Wedding Rehearsal Attendance

  • Below we captured a candle lighting ceremony during Natalie and Ryan's wedding ceremony. Jennifer knew exactly where to stand to get this photo because she saw the rehearsal the night before.

  • Photographer Wedding Rehearsal Attendance

  • The other great thing about your photographer attending your rehearsal is that they get introduced to your family and wedding party so everyone knows who each other is and no one will be surprised when your photographer is directing people the next day. Also, they can share their timeline with your wedding party, family and anyone else involved in your big day. Your photographer can stress the importance of folks being on time and staying after the ceremony for group photos.

  • Photographer Wedding Rehearsal Attendance

  • As I said, this is schedule permitting and your photographer won't always have the luxury of attending your rehearsal but they should if they can. It will help your big day go more smoothly -- the ultimate goal of most couples.



  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • Movie Review - the Expendables

  • The Expendables is a 2010 American ensemble action film written by David Callaham and Sylvester Stallone, and directed by Stallone. Filming began on March 28, 2009, in Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, and the film was released in theaters on August 13 in North America.

    The film is about a group of elite mercenaries, tasked with a mission to overthrow a Latin American dictator. It pays tribute to the blockbuster action films of the 1980s and early 1990s, and stars an array of action veterans from those decades, including Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger (the latter two in cameo roles), as well as more recent stars such as Jason Statham (yummy!), Terry Crews, Gary Daniels, and Steve Austin.

    While a bit cliche, I have watched this movie twice now and both times found it entertaining. How can you not enjoy a movie with all these action heroes!



  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • As it happens, I often start a movie in the middle, then end up having to find when it's on again or order it since I fell in love with it. Amelie was exactly the same case. A movie with subtitles and filmed beautifully. According to Amazon's review, when I ordered it, "Perhaps the most charming movie of all time, Amélie is certainly one of the top 10." I caught myself reading the other reviews on Amazon to see what people thought of this older movie, made in 2002.

    My wife bought it. From the cover, it seemed to me like a 3-snore chick-flick. Boy, was I wrong.

    I have seen thousands of films in my life, and thought nothing could surprise me anymore on a screen. Amelie proved I was wrong.

    There are moments in life, all-too-rare, when you experience something that becomes a part of your life because it somehow, inexplicably, touches your soul. Perhaps it is a painting, a novel, a song, or a movie. Last winter, someone recommended Amélie to me. My life was changed the moment it started.

  • Movie Review Amelie

  • Amélie won best film at the European Film Awards; it won four César Awards (including Best Film and Best Director), two BAFTA Awards (including Best Original Screenplay), and was nominated for five Academy Awards.


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