Sunday Funday at Rancho Las Lomas - Silverado, CA

"Sunday Funday" at Rancho Las Lomas surely has to be one of the sweetest, most mellow ways I've seen to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon with the kids. Rancho Las Lomas and several participating vendors threw an interactive event benefitting the Orangewood Children's Foundation and showcasing several local event companies as well as a couple of zoological/ornithological organizations, which made it REALLY exciting for both young and young-at-heart.Rancho Las Lomas Fountain pool

inside the outdoors fun gamesLive reptiles and easy crafts for children were available courtesy of Inside the Outdoors.

OC Bird of Prey center bald eagleThat is a REAL BALD EAGLE, visiting the event via the OC Bird of Prey Center, an educational organization that facilitates the rehabilitation and release of recovered birds of prey. Funny story: Matt used to volunteer for that organization in high school. He could tell you a lot more about raptors than you'd ever need to know.

OC bird of prey center owl kestrelcarnival games for kids

RLL Exotics parrotsRLL Exotics was also present with the sweetest, most affectionate parrots I've ever seen. Perfect for children to handle, as well as adults unfamiliar with parrots.

horseshoes game

Dolly's Sweet Dreams cotton candyOf course, what's an event featuring carnival atmosphere without Dolly's Sweet Dreams Premium Cotton Candy?

24 carrots carnivalRancho Las Lomas' exclusive caterer 24 Carrots brought the burgers and 1/4-lb hot dogs!

Shutterbooth photoboothsShutterbooth had a photobooth on deck for all kinds of silly faces.

Facepainting

Bright sunny fun on a bright and sunny Sunday. I'm kind of in the mood for a picnic at the zoo now!

A Pet Affair donation drive

Last month in response to the horrific news about frostbitten dogs found at the San Bernadino County Animal Shelter, a group of pet-lovers including myself put together a small donation drive to garner cold-weather supplies and promote shelter adoptions from the OC Animal Assistance League and LA Animal Services.Eva with the Wedding Pantry hosted, and was supported by Mary Lallande from Jay's Catering, Wendy Ramos from Just Wenderful, Natalie Good from A Good Affair and Brooke from Simply Sweet Cakery, not to mention Luminaire Images! We raised some money, made blankets, sorted donations of pet supplies such as leashes and treats, and had some holiday snacks, it was a fun way to do some good!

Association of Bridal Consultants Orange County November Meeting

I was very flattered to receive the phone call to photograph this ABC Orange County meeting at the beautiful Balboa Bay Club.  It was a gorgeous day out on the marina, and a delight to find that Joanna from Floral Sense had designed the charming autumnal centerpieces atop the elegant Fusion Linens tablecloths, Josh Friedman was serenading the attendees with a live acoustic set, cookies by Simply Sweet Cakery had been laid out as favors, and the Balboa Bay Club's sumptuous lunch menu was printed on quality artistic paper goods by Simply Posh Design. Special thanks to Stacey of Hitching Post PR for recommending me for this lovely luncheon!