Midtown Wedding

Posted on June 3, 2011 – 2:25 PM | by Admin
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By Melody Stone  Photos by Scott Duncan

One day, while stopped at the corner of 21st and J, an idea came to me. As I looked around at a church, a print shop and a bridal store all at the same intersection, I thought, “Gee, one could plan an entire wedding in a few blocks.” I started thinking about the rest of the nuptial necessities and realized that everything one needed could be found right in the heart of Midtown. I decided to see just how local I could get; could I find all the vendors needed to throw a wedding in an eight block radius?

Sacramento wedding coordinator Kendra Pfeiffer was unfazed when I called her with this challenge.  She thought for a minute and decided it was totally do-able. Heck, there’s a floral designer and wedding DJ just within her office!  Not only is an eight-block wedding possible, a bride could conceivably get everything she needs for her special day just by walking around the grid – and the special day itself could be executed on bicycles or foot.  Pfeiffer helped me put together the following for an all-Midtown wedding….

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Dress, tux, bridesmaid dresses:

House of Fashion
2101 J Street
(916) 554-7440

The dress. It’s probably one of the first things that comes to mind when planning a wedding. At House of Fashion a bride won’t want for choices. They have more than 1,000 different styles in the house. The stylists at House of Fashion also outfitted our model groom with a dashing tuxedo, and one can also find all the needed bridesmaid dresses and even mother-of-the-bride dresses.


Mulvaneys Building and Loan
1215 19th Street
(916) 441-6022


Mulvaney’s is definitely a jewel in Sacramento’s culinary crown. You can’t talk about planning a wedding as locally as possible without mentioning the city’s greatest locavore: Patrick Mulvaney. Mulvaney’s B&L specializes in amazing locally grown and produced foods.  If you’re vegan, you might look elsewhere – Mulvaney flies his pig flag proudly.

Reception Location:

Mulvaney’s Banquet Room

The tasteful banquet hall adjacent to Mulvaney’s main restaurant will comfortably seat 30 to 100 people.


Pistol’s Photography
(916) 284-3508

Photographer Scott Duncan has an incredible eye for that ‘right’ shot, and he will work with the wedding party to capture the unique moments on that special day. Plus, he lives in Midtown and shoots for Midtown Monthly – you can’t get much more Midtown than that.

Ceremony Location:

Amber House
1315 22nd Street
(916) 444-8085


Judith Bommer, the owner of Amber House, has prepped her garden courtyard for the wedding season. If one wants a small, say 30 person wedding in a charming Midtown setting, this is an elegant vintage style choice. Couples can also get married in the parlor for a posh cocktail wedding with up to 25 guests.

Wedding Night:

Amber House

The Amber House also has many beautiful rooms for your post-nuptial canoodling. The rooms feature jacuzzi bath tubs, fire places and a private patio. An early morning beverage tray and two course gourmet breakfast can be enjoyed in the room or out in the garden.


Invitations Ink
The Urban Hive,
1913 H Street


Rashell Choo and Jessica Pollock at Invitations Ink work to design invitations that tell the couple’s story. They pick up on hobbies and professions and design an invitation guests will recognize before even reading the names. They delight in clever design details – like the invitations for a wedding of a math teacher: the details were presented as math problems.


1913 Capitol Avenue, Suite B
(916) 212-5179

Shannon Cosgrove-Rivas spends extra time getting to know her brides and crafting a coherent floral design for the reception and ceremony. She put together a unique and funky bouquet for our shoot, perfectly representative of the Midtown personality.

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Rick’s Dessert Diner
2322 K Street
(916) 444-0969

Owner and chef at Rick’s, Ahmed Eita, expertly designs beautiful and tasty desserts for all occasions, but of course, weddings are extra special. A wedding cake from Rick’s can come in a myriad of designs, shapes and colors – all a bride needs is a vision and Eita will do his best to match it.


Music on the Move
1913 Capitol
(916) 991-3738


Doug Harmon at Music on the Move will set the perfect mood for the reception and guide the party through all those major events: the cake cutting, bouquet toss, etc. Having a DJ who is also a good MC is important to ensure the event moves along at a reasonable clip.

Hair, make-up, skin care:

Luxe Hair Lounge & Day Spa
2015 J St #203
(916) 443-1400


Luxe has everything a bride could need for getting pretty on her special day. For our model bride Melody Mora crafted a light and natural make-up pallet with a pop of bright red lips. The hair stylists, Laura Flores and Sarah Rodrigues worked the tiny-top-hat-and-veil hair piece into our model’s hair with lots of voluminous curls.

Wedding Planner:

Pfeiffer Event Planner
1913 Capitol Avenue, Suite B
(916) 607-6024

Kendra Pfeiffer takes a couple’s vision and executes it down to the very last detail. She does everything from invitations to booking caterers and venues. If a bride requires all the vendors to be within an eight block radius, Pfeiffer will make that happen, right down to the last Jordan Almond.




Why rent a limo to go three blocks? Bicycle cabs can be rented by the hour and take you from ceremony to reception in earth-friendly style. Tie some cans and a few balloons to the back and the getaway vehicle is ready to go off to the honeymoon suite.

Our Models: Personal Stylist and blogger (at www.juniperjames.wordpress.com) Kari Shipman graciously agreed to be our bride for this little experiment; she managed to rope the adorable Stephen Potenza in as our groom. Hair and make-up by Luxe Hair Lounge and Day Spa, dress, veil and tuxedo provided by House of Fashion, flowers and boutonniere designed by Flourish, and the backdrop is the Amber House.

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    By Karla on Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    Can anyone provide w/ Laura Flores’ contact info. She’s no longer working for Luxe Hair salon and I would like to receive services from her.

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