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926 J Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 492-4430

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926 J St
Sacramento, CA, 95814

(916) 492-4430

The Citizen Hotel ushers in a new era of luxury in downtown Sacramento. Look through our Citizen Hotel Wedding blog to see photos of our elegant wedding spaces and spark your creativity!

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The Citizen Hotel Wedding Blog

Future Citizen Bride & Groom: Ashleigh & Jared

Ashlee

 

Normally we don't post engagement sessions, but after getting our hands on these STUNNING photos, we just had to share them with you! This photo shoot was one big collaboration between Beth from True Love Photo, Shannon from Flourish, and Kate Miller Events. With an "au chocolaut" theme, perfect lighting, and a ridiculously good looking couple, we'll be swooning over these pics all year long! Ashleigh and Jared are getting married at The Citizen this summer—can you even imagine how beautiful their wedding pictures will be?

Thank you Beth for sharing these gorgeous photos with us!

Spotlight: Camille & Reid

Ashlee

 

Congratulations to Camille and Reid, married February 19, 2011 at The Citizen Hotel! We loved all the details in this pretty blue wedding, including golf-themed table numbers and the hanging mad libs that guests filled out ahead of time. Audience participation turned wall art....who knew? Thank you Kristy for these beautiful photos!

Photos by: Kristy Huston Photography

Music by: Creative Memories

Flowers by: Botannica Floral Designs

Cake by: Freeport Bakery

A Ruffles and Fringe Giveaway!

Ashlee

Here at The Citizen Hotel, we love supporting local businesses, especially those of the handmade variety. While perusing Etsy, we came across this adorable Sacramento shop and fell in love with her beautiful headbands and hair clips. We think they would be the perfect rehearsal dinner accessory!

And how cute are these little girl headbands? We know your flower girl wants one....

Nicole has generously offered a $25 Ruffles and Fringe gift certificate to one lucky Citizen Weddings blog reader! To enter, simply visit the Ruffles and Fringe shop and leave a comment telling us which hairpiece is your favorite. We'll pick a winner on Monday, March 28th. Good luck!

The Citizen Guide to the 4 C's

Ashlee

Today's guest post comes from Jessica Carter, a new jewelry blogger & self proclaimed diamond expert. Read more articles by Jessica at her blog, Diamond Clarity.

There is a quite a bit of obsession with the 4 C’s in the jewelry and fashion worlds.  The 4 C’s – Clarity, Cut, Color, and Carat weight mostly applies to diamonds, although it also can be used to judge other gemstones as well.  But, most people haven’t a clue as to what these mean, so they are usually at the jeweler’s mercy when it comes to selecting both engagement rings and wedding rings.  So, for those who would like to be prepared when they go picking engagement and wedding rings, here is a citizen’s guide to the 4 C’s.

The first of the 4 C’s is Clarity.  Diamond Clarity is probably the most important if the 4 C’s because most a diamond’s price is based on it.  Clarity refers to the number of flaws – or inclusions – on a diamond.  Every diamond has inclusions - it is an unavoidable part of the process that creates them.  Diamond clarity is graded on a scale that runs from Flawless - to I3 – Included Level 3, with VVS, VS and SI levels in between that represent different levels of flaws.  Most jewelers push for FL or IF (internally Flawless) diamonds, but VS, VVS grade diamonds and SI diamonds can be used in engagement and wedding rings because the inclusions present are invisible without a microscope.

The next of the 4 C’s is a diamond’s Cut, which refers to how a diamond’s proportions, polish and symmetry affect its ability to reflect, sparkle and disperse light.  The terms associated with these abilities are Brilliance, Scintillation and Fire.  Like diamond Clarity, diamond Cut has a grading scale, this one ranges from Excellent or Ideal to Poor.

Diamond Color refers to the any coloration in a diamond.  Diamond color runs on a scale from D to Z, with D being the ideal colorless diamonds and Z diamonds being yellow or brownish.  Typically, color is only noticeable from I onward, but the color is so slight that these diamond can be used in an engagement or wedding ring.  It should be noted that there are diamonds which are deep shades of other colors, such as blue, pink and red, but these diamonds’ colors are graded on different scale that runs from C1 to C7 and called Fancy Colored Diamonds.

Finally, there is the Carat weight.  The carat weight of a diamond refers to how much the diamond weighs, but not its actual size.  The weight affects price as a heavier diamond has more stone to it, and thus a higher price tag.  However, one thing to keep in mind is that a heavier diamond may not but cut as well as a lower carat diamond and thus not be as high quality of diamond.

Spotlight: Jennifer & Eric

Ashlee

 

Congratulations to Jennifer and Eric, married December 30, 2010 at The Citizen Hotel! After a beautiful candle-lit ballroom ceremony, guests ventured up to the terrace for a reception with—get this—live music AND an ice cream sundae station! Can we say party? We love the gorgeous balcony shots, and the way the Capitol lights up through our new fabulous windows. Who knew December lighting was so lovely? Congrats again Jennifer and Eric—thank you for choosing The Citizen for your special day!

Photos by: Sarah Maren Photography Flowers by: Blooms by Martha Andrews Cake and Ice Cream Sundae Station by: Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts Ceremony Music by: Bob Ringwald Reception Entertainment by: The Hits

Spotlight: Luke & Nikki (part one)

Ashlee

Congratulations to Nikki and Luke, married October 3, 2010 at The Citizen Hotel! This wedding was SO beautiful, we had to split it up into two posts because there were too many photos to choose from! Sarah Maren captured this gorgeous couple perfectly, and their love for one another shines in every picture! We'll post the reception and portrait shots later this week.

Photos by: Sarah Maren Photography Bridal Party Makeup by:  Shana Beals Flowers by: The Big Bang Event Design Wedding Coordinated by: Kelle Collier Music by: Larry of Extreme Productions Cake by: Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts Cocktail Hour Entertainment: The Gondoliers

Little White Dresser

Ashlee

Avishag is a full time textile design student, world traveler, and owner of the etsy shop Little White Dresser. She e-mailed us earlier this week about her buy one get one free sale, and we thought our readers might want to check it out! We're currently loving her pretty headbands...

Fancy hair combs....

Vintage earrings....

And things you can wear with or without an accompanying wedding dress (how cute is that gold belt?!)....

Happy weekend!

Spotlight: Mallory & Stephen

Ashlee

Congratulations to Mallory and Stephen, married on October 16th, 2010 at The Citizen Hotel! We loved the pretty paper cranes, the Mr. & Mrs. banner, and of course, the bling-bling blue shoes.

Photos by: The Studio Sacramento Ceremony Music by: Camelia Quartet Reception Music by: Behind the Scenes Sounds Flowers by: Visual Impact Cake by: Babycakes Bakery

Spotlight: Sarah & Jake

Ashlee

Congratulations to Jake and Sarah, married October 17, 2010 at The Citizen Hotel! After an elegant ballroom ceremony, guests danced the night away on our Metropolitan Terrace. We loved their sweet (no pun intended) candy bar, and perfectly simple details. Congrats you two!

Photos by: Jen Stewart Photography Music by: DJ Rick Jenkins Cake by: Ettore's Photobooth by: Profinish Designs

Film Photo Shoot

Ashlee

In a world of digital photography, many photographers love to break out their film cameras every once in a while. Gary Buth is no exception, and here's the result of his recent film photo shoot at The Citizen! Cameras used: Mamiya RB67 medium format camera in 6×7 and 645 formats with a variety of lenses from 50mm to 180mm, Nikon F5 and Nikon F100 35mm format cameras using 35mm to 200mm lenses.

Film stock used: primarily Kodak film consisting of Portra 400VC and 160VC, TMAX 100 B&W, Tri-X 400 B&Wand Ilfrod 3200 B&W. Some of the Black & White film was pushed to ISO1600 and as high as 6400 for increased grain and processed to boost contrast.

All film processing was handled by Richard Photo Lab in Hollywood.

Click here to see the rest!

Spotlight: Rowena and Eric

Ashlee

Congratulations to Rowena and Eric, married on the most coveted wedding date of the year, 10-10-10! This bride and groom tied the knot at the Divine Savior Catholic Church in Orangevale, before heading to The Citizen for their celebratory reception. We loved their sweet wishes and advice tree!

Photos by: Shoop's Shutter Music by: DJ Rico Cake by: River City Cake Company