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10 You’re Engaged!

18 Fairytale Bride -Top Designers Give

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Their Renditions of the Ideal Wedding Attire For Princess To Be Meghan Markle

12 Bridal gifts you'll want to

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16 Tips to Keep Your Skin Soft & Glowing This Winter

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You're engaged! Things to Do as Soon as You Get Engaged

This is the moment you've been waiting for. Holy moley, you have an engagement ring and you're getting married! It's so surreal, yet definitely happening, and like it or not, the hours, days, and weeks following that proposal are guaranteed to be a whirlwind. There are so many things to think about, so many people to contact and so much to get done. Don't be overwhelmed. You have plenty of time to plan the rest of your lives but if you're like most newly engaged people, you'll be itching to share the news with all your friends and dive into the actual wedding planning part headfirst.

GET A MANICURE Your hands will be in the spotlight for the next couple of weeks, which means your manicure best be on fleek. Or, if you're going for the natural look, make sure your nails are clean and shaped. Otherwise, friends will be focusing more on your chipped nail polish than your gorgeous engagement ring. Not cool. POST A RING SELFIE A picture is worth a thousand words, right? If you're ready to share with the world that you're engaged, open up that Instagram! Take a ring selfie or a sweet pic of you and your fiancé to share the love. Even better—if the actual proposal was caught on film, nothing is better than that look of surprise. And don't forget to make it Facebook official!

Pinterest boards, bridal magazines, blogs, dress shopping, venue hunting...the list goes on and on. Years of watching wedding movies couldn't have prepared you for what's to come (trust us, it's totally different). While the average engagement lasts a year to a year-and-a-half, there are certain things you'll want to get done stat — no matter how long you plan on being a fiancé. So where do you get started? There's no strict order to follow as long as you tackle the immediate to-dos. Committing the rest of your life to the love of your life is scary and amazing and the best kind of stress, however, it's a major, major milestone, and planning a wedding together is the icing on the cake — we promise! CALL YOUR PARENTS And your siblings and BFFs too (unless you are keeping your engagement under wraps for a while). The last place they should have to hear about your new status is on social media, so give them a ring personally and tell them the happy news. Chances are, mom and dad already know what's up and have been waiting by the phone patiently for your call.

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CHERRS! Round up some of your best friends and family and go out for a celebratory drink, or have a special date night solo if that's more your style. You're engaged, and that's totally worth toasting.



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Bridal gifts you'll want to get for yourself

There are so many options for cute bridal gifts out there. T-shirts that say "bride" on them? Yes. A personalized ring holder? Please. Pretty wedding notebooks? Need. More than ever, vendors are letting brides customize all sorts of items with their wedding date or future last name. Gear emblazoned with "bride," "wifey," "Mrs." and "bride-to-be" are all over the place. And it's seriously irresistible. There are bridal gift options for every possible wedding event, from an engagement party or bachelorette bash, to a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or the wedding day itself. While we recommend sticking to the registry when you're gifting for the couple, if you want to treat the bride specifically to something she'll love (and Instagram repeatedly), here are a few ideas. From frames and shirts to jewlery and clutches, here are a few sweet bridal gifts you'll love giving... or keeping for yourself. DIY LOVE Ring Holder, The Cofran Home

Say yes "mrs" necklace, $78 Kate Spade

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inter brides might not have to worry about frizzy hair and melting makeup, but those getting married in cold climates have their own beauty emergencies to conquer — like skin flaking and makeup caking.

Use Sunscreen

You winterize your home, your car and even your wardrobe. But what about your skin? Protecting your skin from the harshness of the cold weather is vital and easier than you think. Cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air, which steal moisture away from the skin. Without immediate care, dry skin can lead to cracking and irritation and increase painful skin conditions. “As the weather gets colder, we start a fire, turn up the heater and snuggle up to our soon-to-be,” explains Tenille, owner and Esthetician of Nirvana Skin Care. “This can have some major perks, but not with your skin.” To make sure your skin doesn't dry out from the cold, add moisturizing oils to your bath; use a petroleum jelly product on your nails, heels, and elbows; and drinking lots of water are just a few tips. Tenille has provided us with her top 10 tips for maintaining your bridal beauty during the winter.

Stay Hydrated

Yes, we still need water! We tend to drink less water in the winter because we turn to hot drinks like cocoa and tea, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside, out. A little warm water with lemon can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time.

Yes, we still need water! We tend to drink less water in the Even though you don’t see the sun, ultraviolet rays are still present when you go outside, even when it’s cold, gray, and overcast. A sunscreen with an SPF of 30 will form a protective barrier from those damaging rays. Remember the reflection off the snow’s surface can be just as damaging to skin as standing in full sun. Wearing sunscreen will help prevent fine lines, crow’s feet, smile lines, wrinkles, and age spots.

Use More Moisturizer

You may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in spring and summer. But as weather conditions change, so should your skin care routine. Summertime often calls for a lightweight, non-greasy moisturizer to prevent oily skin and blackheads. Pamper your winter skin with a moisturizer that is thick and rich in texture. Look for heavier moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid to help lock in or replace lost moisture.

Refrain from Steamy Showers or Hot Baths

After a long day of wedding planning in the chilly weather, we want nothing more than to crawl into a hot bath. However, extra hot baths and steamy showers will leave your skin stripped of moisture. “Consider a lukewarm bath with oatmeal or baking soda,” explains Tenille. “This can help relieve skin that is so dry and itchy. Don’t forget to apply a moisturizer within three minutes of stepping out of the shower to lock in moisture.”

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Acne-preventing face wash and toners for oil-prone skin may have their place in your summer routine. However, during colder months, these products contain coarse ingredients that will dehydrate skin.

Gently Exfoliate

We often forget to help the skin slough off dead cells in the winter, particularly on our face and hands. Yet moisture can’t get in if the dead cells are too plentiful. Find a gentle exfoliating enzyme and use it on your face and your hands. Then follow immediately with moisture to truly see a smoother difference. Exfoliating body washes or scrubs (sugar is the best) are also helpful in the winter months to get rid of debris and dead skin on the larger area of our body too.

Use a Humidifier

Humidifiers moisturize the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. Take it a step further and place several small humidifiers throughout your home so they help disperse the moisture more evenly. Skin is our largest organ and very reactive to our environment. Adding 5% more humidity to your home can make a big difference before your big day.

Avoid Toxins & Abrasive Fabrics

Particularly if you have eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis, you have to avoid allergens and irritants that may trigger a flare up. Your skin is fragile in the winter, avoiding irritating fabrics (like wool) and chemical-laden detergents. Use mild cleansers and moisturizers designed for sensitive skin.

Eat Well

The holidays can be a bust for eating healthy. Exercise and outdoor activities often lower in frequency or even diminish. So our eating can really play a part in feeling healthy and it will show in our skin. Try eating foods high in water content like cantaloupe, apples, oranges, and watery veggies like celery, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots. These can help hydrate your skin from the inside, out. Don’t forget your vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin.

Seek a Professional

With all of the wedding errands, fittings, and vendor meetings, it’s a good idea to have a skin care specialist on your side. Your Esthetician can help trouble shoot any skin care concerns, edit your skin care regimen and perform treatments to help keep your skin glowing, and have your skin ravishing as you prepare to walk down the aisle.





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Top Designers Give Their Renditions of the Ideal Wedding Attire For Princess To Be Meghan Markle

Ask anyone today who the "luckiest girl in the world" is and hands down you’ll hear

MEGHAN MARKLE! The fairy tale dream of marrying her prince charming has come true for this lucky lady, literally! Now that it is official, Meghan will soon be on the royal hunt to find the perfect wedding dress, which will sure become as iconic as she and Harry’s royal union! Designers around the world will be making submissions no doubt but here are some tantalizing renditions from world re-known couture and bridal designers.

MAISON ALEXANDRINE A structured bodice and round skirt bridal gown made of silk taffeta; hand embroidered with silk thread, pearls and Swarovski crystals.

ALESSANDRA RINAUDO Created in a mermaid handmade embroidered french lace gown with a detachable over-skirt in silk organza and lace , giving at the entrance a very important and classic gown effect – the “wow” effect. The neckline calls upon the English monarch costume of a veiled yet elegant décolleté. The back of the dress has a modern and sensual detail “O” cut, which represents the regal spouse who is paying respect to Royal Family’s rules without missing her independent personality. The classic 5mt length veil is made of refined lace embroideries, the same to the dress.

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ALESSANDRA RINAUDO Sensual and feminine, modern and trendy, created in a delicate powder pink tones, with a special and precious lace embroidery, and the 3D effect of fringed at the bottom of the skirt is made from the special crystal lace.


MAISON ALEXANDRINE Made of French tulle; hand embroidered with varied sizes pearls, organza petals and Swarovski crystals creating a “water drop� effect; the veil is also hand embroidered with pearls, Swarovski crystals and organza petals creating delicate flowers.

BERTA From the Berta "Seville" collection is where ethereal meets romance. A silhouette hugging style with touches of soft details, including a light, whispy hand crafted cape

BERTA From the Berta Spring 2018 "Seville" collection is the true definition of beauty. A jaw dropping plunging neckline featuring a stunning voluminous skirt.



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White. Off-White. Ivory. Cream. Champagne: Wedding dress shopping might feel like a chiffon blur of similar colors, but there's more than just the right color when finding the perfect wedding dress. This season designers are reinterpreting bridal looks in new, vintage-inspired, and completely unexpected ways. Consider oversized bows, victorian volume, caplets, and flutter sleeves. Here are just a few of our editor's picks straight off the runways.






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Molly & Blaine Cox Married June 23, 2017

Blaine and Molly met while she

attended Central Catholic High School, and Blain was in his first year at Modesto Junior College. Despite mutual friends introducing the pair, the sparks didn't fly until two years later when they moved away for college. Blain attending University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and Molly at George Washington University in Washington D.C. After spending most of their first semester on the phone with each other, the pair decided to try and date long distance. Once the couple finished school they moved to the Bay Area where Blain could continue school at Santa Clara University School of Law.

A few years later, Molly and Blaine moved back to Modesto to be closer to friends and family. Selecting the locations for their ceremony and reception was simple. “I went to St. Stanislaus Elementary School and Central Catholic High School,” explains Molly. “Having the ceremony at St. Stanislaus Church was an easy choice.” Her parent's home is located in the middle of a vineyard outside Modesto, and she knew a reception at her childhood home would be meaningful. With the locations set, Molly and her mother could start creating the details. “I found a gorgeous lace Atelier

Pronovias dress that had a vintage look to it, but also some really pretty details like the illusion neckline and low back that made it unique,” she says. “I loved that it had the same feel as the dresses my Grandmother's wore for their weddings, but still had some details that made it more modern.” Molly’s older sister, Jenavieve was married in Modesto at her parent's home a few years before and had several vendors they were thrilled to work with again, including Copper Spur and Sounds in Motion DJ. The only major concern the couple had was the construction going on at her parents home.



Molly's favorite color is yellow, so this became the primary color for the wedding. A soft buttery hue in chiffon was selected for the bridesmaids. Shades of pinks, peach, and mint created the palette for the rest of the wedding dĂŠcor.

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“All the way up until the last few days before the wedding, the backyard looked like a construction site,” explains Molly. “My parents were in the middle of building a pool house in their backyard, so ensuring it was completed before the wedding day was a process.” By June 23, 2017, the outside was completed. The inside not entirely complete, but it turned out to be a perfect location for Molly and her bridesmaids to get ready in.

“Our wedding week was hit by a heat wave that brought some of the hottest temperatures with a few days reaching 109 degrees” explains Molly. “To ensure our guests would be comfortable, we ordered a few hundred battery powered mister fans that were handed out at the reception and large fans that we placed around the property. By the time guests were arriving for the reception, the sun was setting and the weather had cooled off making for a perfect sunset celebration.”



One of the Molly’s favorite details of the day was a crest designed by Holly Anna Calligraphy with the couple's initials. They had it designed into the programs, menus, and on their seating chart. Paired with gold beaded charges, gold flatware, and centerpieces to compliment the dÊcor.

Images: Joleen Willis / Ceremony: St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Modesto, CA / Reception Venue: Private Residence, Modesto, CA / Bride's attire: Atelier Pronovias, Jin Wang / Wedding party: Morilee Bridesmaids Groom's attire: Vito's Tuxedos / Entertainment: Sound in Motion, / Videography: Well Spun Weddings / Caterer: Copper Spur / Cake: Creative Cakes by Debra / Specialty Rentals: Events Xtreme Party Rentals / Florist: Bloomer's / Calligraphy: Holly Anna Calligraphy

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Married November 11, 2017 Salvatore Cincotta Photography Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, Sacramento, CA

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L iz and Allen met when they were in high school during their

Drama Productions class. Both graduates of The University of the Pacific, Liz and Allen shared a strong love for literature, music, and all things Disney. When searching for their wedding venue, they discussed finding a location that would allow them to pull these passions into the décor. Selecting the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria as their wedding venue was a given. “We took our time in planning to make very specific detailed choices,” explains Liz. We decided on rich color tones of crimson, charcoal gray with gold accents.” The bridesmaids wore knee length lace and chiffon dresses in crimson, the groomsmen wore charcoal gray tuxedos. As guests sat under the skylights and the natural light of the

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Liz wore a gorgeous soft A-line wedding dress; comprised of lightweight tulle and adorned with shimmering pearls and glittering Swarovski crystals. Completed with a cathedral veil and gold and pearl head piece.

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five-story atrium, the bride's father walked her down a candlelit aisle lined with flowers in hues of rich scarlet. The couple's high school band teacher was their officiant and they sealed their vows with a custom Love Locks Tree. The mother of the bride, Jennifer Rapoza of Jennifer Rapoza Photography is a dear friend and partner at Bridal Couture Magazine and we are thrilled to feature her daughters beautiful wedding. Liz and Allen reside in Lodi, California and are looking forward to their honeymoon at Walt Disney World Honeymoon in Orlando, Florida. Congratulations Liz and Allen.




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Kristen & Tyler Bettencourt Married August 26, 2017

Kristen and Tyler dated throughout their senior year of high school, but as the school year neared its end reality set in as the school year neared the end that Kristen would be moving to San Francisco for college. Tyler had plans to play baseball for Fresno State. Even though their short-term plans had them living miles apart, they never doubted the strength of their relationship and knew that their future was together.

and reverence, which are traits we want to carry with us into our marriage,” says Kristen. "The most important aspect of our wedding was promising our lives to each other in front of all our loved ones, but most importantly in front of God. When I learned green symbolizes renewal and promise of new life the vision for our wedding florals came easily. It had to be all white florals with overflowing romantic greenery.”

“The summer before starting college Tyler mentioned over ice cream, 'We should get married after college.' I think I laughed, kissed him, and kept eating my ice cream-cone,” explains Kristen. “Tyler has always been a man of his word, and I don’t know why I didn’t think twice about that comment. The rocky road must have been distracting me. Only two months after his college graduation he popped the question. The 26th of August 2017 our vows and some lip-locking was exchanged and we officially became Mr. and Mrs. Bettencourt!”

Old world elegance with a modern twist seemed fitting for the couple. “Tyler and I are pretty traditional, “yet we’re 25 and youthful.” Kristen selected stylish floor length bridesmaid's dresses in black by Calvin Klein for her fun-loving bridesmaids. Tyler, alongside his eight groomsmen, stuck to time-honored elegance with black Vera Wang tuxedos. The wedding party’s style coupled with soft gold details throughout The Century would embrace a balance of the vintage architecture and furniture the pair selected.

Kristen, in marketing as a Social Media Influencer, Tyler, now a Personal Trainer and Physical Therapy Aid, chose to keep their ceremony and reception close to home. Their source of inspiration came from their hometown church in Patterson, CA. “The color white is a symbol of purity, as well as respect

“Tyler and I really wanted to add fun personal details sprinkled throughout our wedding and bring forward our culture and youthful side,” explains Kristen. ‘We figured everyone loves social media and will be sharing the wonderful moments throughout the night, so we had an illustration made of us as bride and



“I always pictured a bed of white florals at Mary’s feet and taking a moment to pray with my husband before the conclusion of our ceremony and beginning our new life together."

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“Exposed brick, and wooden elements throughout the reception such as our rectangular farm tables and arbor above our sweet heart table brought the natural look we desired," explains Kristen. "The mix of elegant florals, luxurious ivory linens, and creamy candle light painted the perfect picture in order to transport our guests into a romantic wonderland.”



groom and placed on a Snapchat filter for our guests.” Celebrations continued into the evening with a late night self-serve S’mores bar, The Platinum Photo Booth set-up with black and white photos for the guests, and glow sticks lighting up the room as Kristen and Tyler’s closest friends and family joined them on the dance floor. Making a sparkling exit, the couple kissed under the glimmer. Kristen expressed, “it was the perfect kiss goodnight to our wedding day!”

“We wanted our favors to truly express Tyler and me. Tyler’s culture is Portuguese, mine is Mexican,” explains Kristen. “We wanted everyone to have a taste of our culture by trying our favorite signature cookies in custom favor boxes, paired with our favorite coffee beans from our bay area coffee house, Philz.”

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Images: Lucy Munoz Photography Ceremony: Sacred Heart Catholic Church Reception: The Century Modesto, CA Bride's attire: Maggie Sottero Mira Bridal Couture Groom's attire: Vera Wang, Men's Wearhouse Rings: Ciccarelli Jewelers Modesto, CA Entertainment: Sounds in Motion Caterer: Food Fix Ceremony florist: Star Events Reception florist: Bloom Room Décor, cake, and s'mores bar: The Century Alterations: Sewing and More Photo booth: The Platinum Photo Booth Videography: Anchor & Light Films Invitations: Lace and Lettering Bartenders: Mobile Mixologist Hair stylist: Olivia Bettencourt, Just Teasin’ Salon Make up: Daniela Pacheco




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Desiree& Jonathan Bryant Married July 2, 2017



MOMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE Moments before Desiree's father walked her down the aisle, he and Desiree's mother wrapped her bridal bouquet with "something borrowed". It was a gold letter “D” which belonged to Desiree's brother Daniel, who passed away when she was a little girl.

I LOVE YOU, I KNOW "Our first date was on May 4th and we both have a love for Star Wars, Desiree explains. "I tease Jonathan and tell him he purposely took me out on "May the 4th be with you". Every serious Star Wars fan knows the story: When Princess Leia finally professes her love for Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back, his scripted reply was “I love you, too.” Instead, Harrison Ford says, “I know.” It’s a beautiful moment, repeated by Desiree and Jonathan every day. The couple had the phrase engraved into their champagne glasses, and the ceremony even kicked off with Jonathan and their son, Hunter, walking down the aisle holding lightsabers and dueling in a Star Wars-style battle.

NOTEWORTHY DETAILS Music has always been a huge influence to the couple. Jonathan loves to sing and Desiree has a passion for dance. It only made sense that the couple decided the traditional guest book would not do. Instead, they brought one of their personal guitars and asked guests to sign it and they could hang it in their home.

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Images: Carson James Photo Venue: Palm Event Center in the Vineyard Pleasanton, CA Attire: Mira Bridal Couture Modesto, CA Bride's: Martina Liana Bridesmaids: Watters Tuxedos: Michael Kors Rings: Steve Padis of San Francisco Entertainment: DJ Frank B, Any Occasion Djs Guitarist: Neil Buettner Videography: Right Shot Photography & Videography Florist: Delford West Flowers Caterer: Arnold's Catering



Jessica & Thomas Martin Married June 10, 2017

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NATURAL BEAUTY “Thomas and I agreed from the beginning that this was our day,” explains Jessica. “We didn't want high expectations to interrupt our joy and excitement surrounding our wedding.” Finding a venue to match their taste was quickly becoming a challenge for the couple. After several visits to various locations, Thomas mentioned to Jessica that a friend's ranch might be the perfect spot, and it was. “I could imme-

diately picture having all of our family and friends there and knew that it wouldn't take much to transform the place into our perfect reception venue.” A cathedral in the forest created by Redwoods, and a glowing canopy of strung lights, allowed the couple to create a romantic backdrop for their closest friends and family to celebrate. Farm tables blanketed with olive leaf garland, handmade by friends the morning of the wedding, paired with beguiling tin can floral arrangements reflected the couple's desire. “We received so many compliments on how we decorated and how perfect it reflected our style.”




Images: Ashley Purple Photography, Ceremony: Morris Chapel, Stockton, CA Reception: Private Residence Bride's attire: Watters, Mira Bridal Couture Bride's ring: Brilliant Earth and Roger's Jewelers Groom's ring: Heirloom of Thomas's Grandfather Entertainment: Sound Express Caterer: L & M Blodgett Catering Farm table rentals: Standard Party Rentals Florist: The Flower Basket Cake: Sweet Saneets Alterations: Sewing and More, Make up: Blissful Beauty by Kendra




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Alexxis & Gabe Rudich Married October 7, 2017

lexxis never thought that saving a seat for Gabe in class A would lead her to a lesson of love.

She met Gabe in their science class during the last semester at Merced College. After many days of saved seats, Gabe asked Alexxis to lunch. The couple began dating even though they knew they were heading to different colleges in the Fall. Alexxis would be attending California State University, Stanislaus, and Gabe would be 90 miles south at California State University, Fresno. After a two–year, long-distance relationship, Gabe took Alexx-

is to the place they spent their six month anniversary. With their two dogs as witnesses, Gabe proposed to Alexxis at Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. Planning began almost immediately. “Gabe and I did much of the planning together,” explains Alexxis. “He helped choose the venue, decide on the flowers and cake, and so much more.” Alexxis grew up marching in Portuguese Festa's with her sisters, she recalled one year when her mother was selecting flowers for the event and picked out colors of deep plum with sage green accents. Alexxis loved them so much, she knew that someday they would be the color choices for her wedding. Ivory, lavender, and plum floral arrangements were planted into white pumpkins as centerpieces, and mini-white pumpkins were offered as favor’s to their guests which represented Alexxis’s favorite season, Fall.

Images: Becca Hamilton Photography / Venue: Cardella Winery, Mendota, CA / Bride's attire: Stella York, Premier Bride's Perfect Dress / Wedding party: David's Bridal Groom's attire: Men's Wearhouse / Entertainment: DJ: Marc West / Florist: Infinite Creations / Caterer: Arnold's Catering




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Cynthia & Carlos Tamayo Married November 11, 2017

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Pageo Lavender Farm


Turlock, CA

Cynthia wore an ivory long sleeve lace bridal ball gown by Hayley Paige. The V-front bateau illusion neckline with keyhole back and piping accent was a perfect choice for her late fall outdoor reception. The bridesmaids selected mix and match dresses from and Morning Lavender blending perfectly with the lavender and rose colors incorporated in the flowers.

Images:Christy Kendall Photography / Venue: Pageo Lavender Farm, Turlock, CA Groom's attire: Express / Rings: The Diamond Ring Company / Cinematographer: Wild 35 / Entertainment: Moises Martinez / Caterer: Mustard Seed Catering / Cake: Sunrise Bakery, Florist: Momento's Bridal & Floral / Hair and make up: Blush Studio, Sandy Rodriguez




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Angela & Richard Flores Jr. Married October 7, 2017

Images: Kimberly She Photography / Venue: Reece Farms, Farmington, CA / Bridal attire: WTOO, Mira Bridal Couture, / Wedding party dresses: Azazie Iman / Groom's attire: Men's Wearhouse / Bride's ring: Fred Meyers / Groom's ring: The Crafty Notebook, Etsy / Entertainment and photo booth: DJ Dan Utica




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{Autumn Romance} Alexandra & Edgar Avila

Married October 7, 2017

Pageo Lavender Farm

Turlock, CA


hen Alexandra got up and went to work one morning, she never thought that it would be the day she met the love of her life. Edgar, a patient at the medical office Alexandra worked at, finally built the courage up to ask Alexandra out after seeing her through multiple office visits. A rendezvous over coffee and bowling led to their inseparable relationship. After their 2014 engagement, Alexandra and her mother worked closely together on all of the details. Incorporating color was important to Alexandra. Vibrant Mexican Maracas were selected as the wedding favors and Alexandra found the colors of them inspirational for the wedding dĂŠcor.



“Edgar and I really wanted my dad and brother's trade of welding to make a lasting impression on our special day,” says Alexandra. “We asked them to build a large metal ring that we would have covered in flowers for the altar which we then had staged behind us for the reception.” On a Fall afternoon, under a sunlit sky, Edgar gazed with emotion as Alexandra walked down the aisle in a stunning Maggie Sottero strapless ballgown. They said their “I do’s” in front of their closest friends and family followed by celebrations on the grounds at Pageo Lavender Farm. “As we look back on that beautiful day, we also want to pay respects to my Grandma Francis Chapa who was not able to make it to our wedding, says Alexandra. She passed away a couple days later while we were Honeymooning in Maui. Edgar and I hope we may continue to love one another in marital bliss like my grandparents did for over 60 years.”

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Images:Ashley Purple Venue: Pageo Lavender Farm Turlock, CA Bride's attire: Maggie Sottero, Gesinee's Bridal Wedding party dresses: Groom's attire: Rossini's Formal Wear Entertainment: World Premiere Agency LLC Photo booth: The Platinum Photo Booth Specialty rentals: Extreme Party Rental and William's Party Rentals Florist: The Flowery Caterer: La Morenita Invitations: Officiant: Chris Theilen, Personal Weddings Hair stylist: Allayna Fulgham, Exclusive Salon Make up: Cindi Sterling Videography: Preserve Studio Cake: Sunrise Bakery




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Sylvia & Tyler Lemas Married October 7, 2017



GREAT OUTDOORS Guest feasted alfresco, at long tables lined with gold chiavari chairs. Table-shaped with gold chargers and coordinating candlestick centerpieces enclosed with ivory roses and lush, green garland.

SMITTEN "It was the best day ever," expressed Sylvia. "If I could do it ten times over, I would!"

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EAT, DRINK, AND BE MARRIED The brides family business has a special place in our hearts. In Good Taste Catering is one of BCM's favorite caterers around, so it's not surprising that they provided catering for Sylvia and Tyler's big day. Fit for a king, the menu included Lobster rolls, Chicken and Waffles, Filet Mignon, Chicken Empanadas, Crab Cakes and Remoulade Sauce, and more.


Images: Samuel Potter / Ceremony: The Shrine of Our Lady of Miracles, Gustine, CA / Reception: Diablo Grande Golf & Country Club, Patterson, CA / Bride's attire: Maggie Sottero gown, Erica Koelser veil, Mira Bridal Couture, / Bride's heels: Dolce & Gabbana / Groom's attire:Calvin Klein, Men's Wearhouse / Rings: Steve Padis Jewelry / Entertainment: Johnny & Kelly / Florist: Florie Nunes / Videography: Mindless Imagination / Catering and desserts: In Good Taste Catering, @ingoodtastecatering / Cake: Goodies & Co / Invitations and paper goods: Paper Habit, PaperHabit. com / Calligraphy: Holly Anna / Specialty rentals: Event Extravagant Group / Alterations: Sewing & More, / Hair stylist: Hair by Kyle / Make up: Christian Alvarez



Breann & Zack Atchison Married September 9, 2017

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FLOWER POWER "Flowers were a very important part of our wedding decisions," explains Breann. "I wanted lots of lush greenery powered with white and blush flowers, The Century gave me more than I could have ever asked for.�

DELICATE BEAUTY Breann selected an Enzoani ivory lace bridal gown, with detachable off-the-shoulder lace straps. Deciding on a color palette of neutral colors, Breann's bridal party was able to choose dresses from blush, champagne, and taupe.

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PERSONAL TOUCHES "Something very special about my wedding was my father-daughter dance," said Breann. "Our DJ George, made a mix of some of my dad's favorite songs, some oldies as well as some Spanish songs that he liked. My dad is very shy when it comes to dancing and everyone was shocked and absolutely loved seeing him come out of his shell. It was a moment I will never forget!"

Images: Ashley Crook Photography Ceremony: Sacred Heart Catholic Church Turlock, CA Reception, catering, floral, and dĂŠcor: The Century Modesto, CA Bride's attire: Enzoani, Miosa Bride Wedding party attire: Macy's and ASOS Groom's attire: Men's Wearhouse Rings: Kay Jewelers Entertainment: Sounds in Motion DJ Videography: El Nido Productions Photo booth: The Platinum Photo Booth Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas Make up: Jocelyn McKay Bride's hair stylist: Marisa Lomeli, Inspirations Salon Sparklers: Seating chart: Amie Hart, Etsy Transportation: Royal Party Bus



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Sydney & Adam Kirkes Married September 16, 2017

Images: Sharon Elia Ceremony and reception: Godric Grove at Elings Park, Santa Barbara, CA Bride's attire: Stella York from Mira Bridal Couture, Groom's attire: Men's Wearhouse Entertainment: AMS Entertainment Stationery: Esther Elia Cake: Christine Dahl Pastries Specialty rentals: SPARK Creative Events Alterations: Sewing & More,



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Melissa & Heath McManis Married July 15, 2017

The two first met through mutual

summers in the central valley, Melissa looked to JCD Atmospheric Studios for their custom built arbors. Draped with soft ivory flowing silk, the arbor was an easy way to personalize their outdoor wedding and define the open space.

friends followed by their first official date in Carmel, CA. The couple loved Carmel and the memories there so much that it only made sense that Heath would propose there. Melissa wanted to keep everything local so traveling would not become an issue for friends and family. Del Rio Country Club offered beautiful lush landscaping for an outdoor summer ceremony and reception under the sunset. Concerned about the warm

Melissa upgraded the standard centerpiece by draping her tables with statement-making table runners made of lush olive leaf garlands. Paired beautifully with gold chargers and flatware to compliment the gold chiavari chairs.

Scattered throughout various tables were soft candles and blush colored floral arrangements. "We look back in awe of everything," says Melissa. "The entire planning process was perfect and our wedding day couldn't have been better. We feel so blessed to have had our close family and friends, who traveled both near and far, to celebrate the best day of our lives!”



"We wanted classic elegance with a few modern twists. We wanted to be able to look back at our pictures and see an event that was timeless," says Melissa. " Everything we decided on was in a neutral palette, highlighted with subtle hints of blush."

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Melissa owns and operates Calligraphy by Melissa, a local calligraphy business specializing in wedding dĂŠcor, including escort signs, menu boards, and more. Walking into their reception, you could immediately feel Melissa's work throughout.



Images: Melissa McKinley / Ceremony and reception: Del Rio Country Club, Modesto, CA / Bride's attire: Essense of Australia, Mira Bridal Couture, / Bridesmaids attire: Watters, Mira Bridal Couture, / Groom's attire: Calvin Klein, Men's Wearhouse / Florist: Willow Floral / Entertainment: Sound Xtreme / Videographer: Anchor & Light Film / Rings: Gabriel Fine Jewelers / Cake: Malinda Denlinger / Specialty rentals: Standard Party Rentals / Reception Arbors: JCD Atmospheric Studios / Stationery: Paper Habit, PaperHabit. com / Alterations: Sewing and More Alterations, / Bride's make up: Jocelyn McKay / Brides hair stylist: Marybeth Schemper, Salon Salon



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Meagan & Ethan Custer Married September 16, 2017

Ripon, CA

Images:Kevin Layton / Bride's attire: Stella York, Mira Bridal Couture, / Bridesmaids attire: David's Bridal / Groom's attire: Vera Wang, Men's Wearhouse / Rings: Fred Meyer Jewelers / Entertainment: DJ: Danial Diaz, "Jiggy" / Caterer: El Rosal / Photo booth: O'snap Photo Booth




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Charlotte & Darren Nunes Married September 30, 2017

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{Crafted with Love}

Charlotte and Darren were thrilled to blend two heritages into one special event. Charlotte is English and Darren is Portuguese, and it was important to the couple that they incorporated traditions from both of their heritages into the wedding day. Darren, along with the father of the bride handmade everything including the guest book table, which they designed and stained with maps of the countries each was from and the location they met. A few pieces of jewelry that Charlotte wore were her mother's, worn on her wedding day, along with a sapphire broach worn by four generations of women in her family dating back to 1902. 150 guests watched as Charlotte, in her Maggie Sottero blush gown, and Darren said their vows along side their three children, the youngest being baby Grace, born five weeks before the wedding. The reception was held at a private residence where guests enjoyed dinner from El Maguey Mexican Restaurant and Portuguese desserts made by the groom’s mother and aunt. Decorations around the reception were hand-crafted by the mother of the bride and Charlottes two bridesmaids. “We turned a blank canvas of a back yard into a reception fit for a princess,” Charlotte says. The couple and their family reside in Oakdale, CA.

Images: Rachel Azevedo Photography / Bride's attire: Maggie Sottero, Mira Bridal Couture, Groom's attire: Rossini's Formal Wear / Bride's ring: Geiger's Jewelers / Groom's Ring: Rogue Antler Arts Florist: Fresh Ideas Flower Co



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Stephanie & Dylan McCrary Married August 5, 2017

Images: Rustic Blue Photography / Venue: Private Residence Bride's attire: Watters, Mira Bridal Couture,



Lesley & Nicholas John Married May 27, 2017 Leslie wore a lace sheath gown by Essense of Australia. The sweetheart neckline framed her face perfectly and the layers of breathtaking lace complimented her style and her bridesmaids were elegantly dressed in Portobello lace and chiffon floor length gowns.

Lesley grew up attending St Mary’s Catholic Church and participating gin events at the F.E.S Hall in Oakdale, CA. Therefore, holding her ceremony and reception at these two locations there held great significance.

In Lieu of traditional favors, Lesley and Nicholas made a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in the honor of each guest and in the memory of the father of the groom.

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Images: Cabrera Photography / Reception: FES Hall, Oakdale, CA / Bride's attire: Essense of Australia, Mira Bridal Couture, / Wedding party attire: David's Bridal / Groom's attire: Vera Wang, Men's Wearhouse / Caterer: L & M Blodgett Catering, Cake: Blissful Bites / Entertainment: Sounds in Motion DJ, / Rentals: Events 22


Jessica & CJ Richey Married September 23, 2017

Images: Jennifer Rapoza, JenniferRapozaPhotography. com / Ceremony and reception: Montezuma Angus, Jamestown, CA / Bride and bridesmaids attire: Bianca's Bridal / Groom's attire: Leter Buck /Rings: Fred Meyer Jewelers / Entertainment: Sound Xtreme Favors: Honey from their family ranch



Lisa & Josh Thomassen Married October 14, 2017 Spring Creek Golf & Country Club Ripon, CA

Images: Jennifer Rapoza, Ceremony and reception: Spring Creek Golf and Country Club Ripon, CA Bride's attire: Essense of Australia, Mira Bridal Couture, Bridesmaids attire: David's Bridal Groom's attire: Men's Wearhouse Florist: Sweet Lilac Studio Entertainment: Sounds in Motion, Videographer: Petit Four Rings: DeVon’s Jewelers Cake: Burgess Bakery Specialty rentals: Events22 Alterations: Sewing and More Alterations

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Esmeralda & Cory Walker Married September 30, 2017

Images: Jennifer Rapoza Photography Venue: Zumi Vineyard, Sonora, CA Bride's attire: Martina Liana, Bliss Bridal Wedding party dresses: Dessy, Bliss Bridal Groom's attire: Men's Wearhouse Entertainment and Photo booth: Sound Extreme Florist: Sweet Lilacs Invitations:



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Lynsey & Seth Jones Married May 20, 2017

Images: Ashley Crook Photography Ceremony and reception: Walker Ranch, Waterford Ca Brides attire: Mori Lee, Miosa Bride Wedding party dresses: WTOO Mira Bridal Couture Modesto CA Groom's attire: Men's Wearhouse Rings: Fred Meyers Entertainment: Sounds in Motion Specialty rentals: Azco Rustic Designs & Rentals Caterer: Mikes Branding Iron Cake and desserts: Creative Cakes by Debra Florist: Country Shelf Alterations: Sewing and More Alterations Modesto, CA

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RESOURCES The best wedding resources: vendors, venues, catering, salons, and more. BCM introduces you to our highly curated list of wedding resources from the Central Valley and beyond. Recognized to be among the best in their industry, our list includes new and rising stars along side those most accomplished in their field. Their work reflects integrity, creativity, and excellence. You can be confident in their abilities and the quality of their service. These talented profesionals can asist you in creating your big day.

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In Good Taste Catering 209.652.5223

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Pageo Lavender Farm 209.632.5052

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Ashley Purple Photo 209.505.7644

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Sounds in Motion


Photo Booth The Platinum Photo Booth 209.648.0490

Fashion Bridal Vault


Turlock Golf & Country Club

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Wine & Roses Hotel - Restaurant - Spa

Sewing & More Alterations

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Ashley Crook Photography




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Vail Creek Jewelry Design 209.667.4653

Yonan’s Jewelers 209.656.9219

Health & Beauty Nirvana Skin Care


Stationery Paper Habit




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