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Mike and Morgan’s modern Citizen wedding

Yay! It has been way too long since I posted a full wedding! Well, the hiatus is over and we’ve got a really good one to share! Working with Mike and Morgan was so fun! We got to know them by working with them on invitation and escort card design before the wedding. You can check out the design in our previous post. They are both kind, smart, down-to-earth, and of course, so very much in love. Their wedding at the Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento was so nice! My day started in the governor’s suite at the Citizen with the girls getting ready.

Morgan was looking SO beautiful!

While I was busy with the ladies, Geoff was doing his thing with the guys.

Then it was time to get married! The ceremony was held on the metropolitan terrace at the Citizen. So lovely, so much love.

LOVE the look on Mike’s face when he saw Morgan coming down the aisle.

I love that Mike and Morgan wanted to stop in for some coffee while we were doing portraits!

100% sweetness.

After some portraits, it was reception time! There were so many cute little details Mike and Morgan did a fantastic job!

These are the escort cards we designed! Morgan and Mike made the cute sign.

This have got to be my favorite idea for favors ever! Each table number was named after a place, event, object, or story that was important to Mike and Morgan’s relationship. The favors for that table were based on that. They now live in Scranton, PA and felt at home the first time they found a new favorite coffee shop. So that table gets little jars of coffee!

The crackerjacks are what Mike used to bribe Morgan into liking baseball games.

So many different favors for so many stories! And each one was adorned with the cute monogram we designed for them.

Why yes, we do have important reasons to be on our phones at our wedding…


Morgan and her dad were so cute!

Party time! What a crazy fun group of guests! Mike and Morgan even had us bring The Shot Spot, our awesome photo booth! So fun!

One of our favorite things about the Citizen is this VEIW! We had to steal Mike and Morgan away from their party for some nighttime balcony pics.

And who could resist a quick jump on the bed!

Cue big sparkler exit!!

Congratulations Mike and Morgan! Thank you for choosing us to be a part of your wedding day. We had so much fun working with you!

Ceremony and Reception Venue | The Citizen Hotel Florist | Blooms by Martha Catering | The Citizen Hotel Cake | Freeport Bakery DJ/Entertainment | Extreme Productions Bridal Hair/Makeup | Ashley Herrenschmidt Photo Booth | The Shot Spot by The Goodness Invitation and Escort Card Design | The Goodness

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Mike and Morgan’s black and white modern wedding design

I am SO excited to share some new design we’ve created here at The Goodness! I say “new” lightly because I work on this months before I get to share them with you, but they are worth the wait! Mike and Morgan wanted something classic and modern, that matched the aesthetic of their wedding venue, The Citizen Hotel. It started out with an order for a monogram and evolved into wedding invitations, invitations for a separate reception in Southern California, escort cards, and thank you cards!

Let’s start with the first thing we designed: the monogram! Simple, classic type with a fancy ampersand. We went through quite a few to get the perfect ampersand! It’s the little details that count.

Mike and Morgan, then decided to get invitations done as well. We started with the monogram as a base and went from there. The crosshatch pattern and the “date dot” was a detail that we were able to carry through the entire suite.

Another of my favorite details is the little icons for meals on the RSVP. They came in handy when we created the escort cards! I also love the wraparound address labels on the RSVP envelopes that say, “Let’s Celebrate!”

Mike’s mom liked the invitations so much that she had me design another suite for the reception she was hosting in Southern California. We wanted to keep a similar look, but make them different. These overall had a lighter look to them and again we used the “date dot” and the tag line “A reception for the newlyweds.” throughout to differentiate this suite.

We were on a roll with all the design so Mike and Morgan decided to have us do their escort cards and thank you cards! The escort cards are my favorite! I love that we used the dot element and used the food icons from the RSVP to let the server know what each guest had ordered.

Here they are all set up at the wedding.

Morgan found the little chair holders (so cute) and made a sign that said “Please take your seat”.

We had their monogram printed on their photo folders for The Shot Spot. (our awesome photo booth!)

I LOVE the way that Mike and Morgan incorporated their monogram into the wedding favors. I’ll talk more about those in their wedding post coming up next!

After the wedding, we used one of their wedding photos to create these super cute matching thank you cards.

What’s even cooler, is when you have The Goodness do your wedding design, we get to make your photo stuff match too! These are the CDs for the photography. We even make matching DVD menus! Fun!

Wedding invitation, escort cards, DVD case for the photographs, RSVP from reception invite, and thank you card!

We had so much fun working on this design with Mike and Morgan! Everything turned out great! Next up we are going to share their wedding photos!

Photography Uncategorized weddings

Derek and Lauren are married! (teaser)

Geoff and I just feel so lucky that we get to be a part of such incredible weddings week after week, year after year. Derek and Lauren’s day was no exception to the amazingness. Derek is a friend of Geoff’s from back in his college days, so it was definitely a special wedding to be a part of. The wedding was at Pajaro Dunes in Watsonville, CA and even though the day started out with some showers, it ended with a beautiful sunset and one happily married couple. 🙂 So excited to share all of the photos!

Photography Uncategorized weddings

Eric and Jamie are married! (teaser)

Eric and Jamie’s wedding was GORGEOUS! Everything was – Jamie, Eric, the bridal party, the venue, loved it all! Eric and jamie are such a super sweet couple, and such a treat to photograph. We are so happy for them. Their wedding at the Old Sugar Mill, one of our favorite venues, albeit windy as all heck, was fantastic! Congrats you two! Here are a few teasers.

I really love this image because it is so telling of the day! That crazy wind had Jamie’s hair going all over the place, but I really love the look here! With smiles like that you can never go wrong!