Mika’s cupcakes for shelter

I recently discovered Mika’s Cupcakes for Shelter, located in Hayward www.mikascupcakes.com. The cupcakes are so cute, and incredible delicious! – not that I am a cupcake connoisseur or anything (oh wait, yes I am!) But they also have such a nice story behind the company – the owners created it to help the homeless families they were helping to support. What a nice thing to add to a wedding – cute cupcakes and good karma!

Amphitheatre of the Redwoods | Santa Cruz wedding venue

The Amphitheatre of the Redwoods is an exceptional site for a wedding.  The trees provide a sort of natural cathedral for the event, and the location allows for all kinds of unique decorations.  But the best part is that the site is completely yours for two days, so there is no rush to put up decorations and get them down before the next wedding party arrives in a few hours.  You could even have the rehearsal dinner here and stay the night!  This site is truly unusual and perfect for a DIY experience.

Updated carrot salad

carrot salad (1 of 2)

After a trip to the farmer’s market, we made old fashioned carrot salad, but gave it an update.  The homemade mayonnaise with lime and ginger gave it an asian flair, so instead of raisins we topped it with poppy seeds, which looked perfect with the spaghetti cut on the carrots.

Photos by Tony Fitzgerald Photography



Roses of Yesterday and Today | Santa Cruz wedding venue

We photographed some of the unusual roses at Roses of Yesterday & Today.  These are the roses your grandmother would recognize, but are not as common today.  We are fortunate to have this local grower who is preserving the heritage.  It is a really lovely location and does allow an occasional wedding to take place there.  They just need lots of advanced notice in order to make as many roses as possible bloom all at once – but wouldn’t that be a special occasion!