• Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • As a continuation of last week's slow shutter speed topic, we are going to discuss what you can achieve when you purposely have a slow shutter speed for night time sky photos . You can review all our past Tuesday Photo Tips on the blog.

    Back in July of 2008 I posted these pictures of the night sky when we had gone camping. I thought it relevant to bring them back. I put the camera in manual mode at 2000 ISO with a shutter speed of 8 seconds. I used the timer on the camera so that the depressing of the shutter button wouldn't blur the shot. Pretty cool huh? We can see the Big Dipper in the first shot with just a slight silhouette of our tent, and you can see the Milky Way and the Little Dipper (far lower right) in the 2nd image. The brightest star is either Venus or Mars - not sure - but it's definitely a planet.

  • night time sky photos

  • night time sky photos

  • I've been working on more vacation pictures to blog about, but darn if there weren't thousands of pictures! More soon I promise.




  • Carie
  • posted by Carie

  • Mimi & Company is holding another fabulous event. This event is free! Just RSVP at mimibridal@yahoo.com. See details below:

    Ever wonder where wedding & bridal trends get started?
    Mimi & Company would love to invite you to this unique event happening in Sacramento...

    Love & Lust Wedding Blog" Presents...
    A Wedding Fashion Tips & Trends Event at the Sacramento Convention Center

    Sunday, May 22nd 2011 from 11 am to 3 pm

  • Mimi and company bridal event



  • Carie
  • posted by Carie

  • In your quest for the perfect wedding venue in Sacramento, you definitely need to venture out to Granite Bay Golf Club. The moment you turn onto Golf Club Drive, you know you have arrived at an elegant and special location. We have worked with Heidi Robinson and Granite Bay Golf Club on several occasions and quickly added the venue to our list of favorites in the area. When planning a wedding, one of the most important things is to feel confident that your needs will be met at your venue. You want to be sure that no details will be overlooked, your wedding will be beautiful, run smoothly and your guests will dine on delicious food. All these important details are exactly why we recommend Granite Bay Golf Club to brides and grooms looking for a venue in the Greater Sacramento Area.

    Granite Bay Golf Club recently spent over $70,000 on improvements to their ballroom and all renovations should be completed by June 2011. Now, not only will the views outside the windows be spectacular but the view inside will be even more beautiful!

  • Finding a Sacramento Wedding Venue

  • Heidi Robinson is Granite Bay Golf Club's Catering Sales Manager. We like to call her "Wedding Queen!" We are huge Heidi fans and work with her every chance we get. Heidi is so personable and professional and anything we have ever asked of her has been greeted with her "can do!" attitude. She continues to impress us! We LOVE photographing weddings at Granite Bay Golf Club because of the beauty, elegance and quality of the venue AND because Heidi is so incredible at her job.

    We recently interviewed Heidi to give our readers more insight into her vast knowledge and the delight of having your wedding at Granite Bay Golf Club. Here's the scoop:

    What is GBGC's maximum capacity? 230 Inside and 300 Inside/Outside

    What is included at your location when a couple chooses to book you? We are a full service venue so we handle it all for you. We take care of Cuisine, Bar, Tables, Chairs, Linens, Glassware, China, Etc. You will also enjoy private changing rooms for the bride and groom, a private patio that overlooks the Golf Course and George's Lake. If there is anything you desire that we do not have, we will help you rent it!

    How far in advance should a bride and groom call you to book GBGC? I just planned a wedding in two weeks for a couple. They were in a hurry and the room was open so it worked out great. I have been doing this for long enough that I can help you put together a wedding in a week if needed. If you have a special date you want then you should give me a call about 9 months to 1 year in advance of that date.

    Are there any new features or additions at GBGC that we might not know about? As was mentioned earlier in this post, we are going through a little remodel. One of my favorite features will be the new wrought Iron Gazebo at the ceremony site. But the very best new feature of all is the 2 walls of french glass doors that open out onto a private veranda that overlooks the golf course. It's going to be spectacular!

    Thanks, Heidi! It sounds like there are some very exciting things happening at Granite Bay Golf Club!

  • Finding A Sacramento Wedding Venue

  • You can read more about Granite Bay Golf Club in the Venue Section of our website.

    You can reach Heidi Robinson at Granite Bay Golf Club at:
    9600 Golf Club Drive
    Granite Bay, California 95746
    916.367.4589 ext. 110
    Heidi.Robinson@ourclub.com



  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • There is just so much to tell you about our trip to the United Kingdom that I thought I would just start with an overview of all the places we went and then tell you about each place in later posts. We started our trip in London where we spent almost a week. Yes, I will be posting about the Royal Wedding. From London, we took a train to York for a few days, then a train to Edinburgh for a few days. We rented a car in Edinburgh and drove through Scotland staying in Inverness, the Isle of Sky, in a castle near Oban, ferrying over to the Isle of Mull, and eventually back to Edinburgh where we caught a plane home.

    Planes, Trains, and Automobiles...and Ferries could sum up our trip. It was quite an experience to take a real train (the dinner train in Napa doesn't count). With a train coming into and departing out of the London station every few minutes, it was madness to learn how to navigate around within the few minutes we had before it departed the station. Once on board it was very pleasant and relaxing. I've ridden ferries before where you drive on board (in Seattle) but I've never seen the likes of ferries where semi-trucks drove on board. The cargo hold of this ship was massive and the number of cars was astonishing. Driving around, on the wrong side of the road with the steering wheel on the wrong side, was fun too. Cory and Rob were the only brave ones. Val and I were the mother hens who kept chanting "stay to the left". More on all this in the coming days.

    For now, I'll leave you with a few pictures of our first night in London when we road the London Eye.

  • London Eye

  • Similar to the brief overview of our itinerary that I just gave you, the London Eye is a great way to get an overview of the city of London from high in the sky.

  • London Eye views

  • Here's one more of those "hold the camera out at arm's length" photos that I love of all four of us. Big Ben and the River Thames are in the background

  • London Eye

  • Here's a view of the London Eye at night. It sits right next to the Marriott which is one of the places we stayed.

  • London Eye at night



  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • Today is Cory and my 5 year anniversary! WOW does time fly?! A nice quiet dinner at home will be a pleasant way to spend our anniversary, maybe a bottle of wine and a movie.

    I just love this photo Cory took of us on our trip. Yes I love those photos where you just hold out the camera at arm's length. Cory's arms are pretty long so he is good at these. This was taken while we were on the ferry on our way over to the Isle of Mull in Scotland so we were bundled up outside on the deck.

    Happy Anniversary to my honey!

  • Happy 5 year anniversary


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