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COUTURE About the Cover

Cover Model: Victoria Popoff Featured Wedding to Devin Hill on page 74 Photographer: Aaron Draper Gown: Baikal, Willowby by Watters from Mira Bridal Couture, Make Up: Katie C Hair Stylist: Noel Espinoza On location at the Esperanza - An Auberge Resort Publisher / Editor-in-Chief Mira East Design and Layout Mira East Copy Editor Nathaniel Lloyd Contributing Writer Ceciley Smith Advertising and Sales Dawn Ramirez Contributing Photographers Kori and Jared Heuvel, Melissa McKinley, Sara Malough, Will Khoury, Greg Petersen, Colleen Luster, Melicity Spring, Jennifer Rapoza, Ryan Greenleaf, Carson James

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13 Announcements of Art 24 What Not to Do At A Wedding! 26 Trends for 2017 30 Bridal Beauty Timeline 33 Direct from the Runway—Spring 2017 40 BCM Preferred Vendors 43 Featured Weddings 44 Maria & Michael Blohm 48 Hazel & Alan Chuop 50 Brianna & Scott Pittman 51 Nikki & Zachary West 52 Yvonne & Maurice Camara 53 Tiffany & John Boere 54 Haily & Brett Azevedo 56 Trisha & Michael Davis 57 Kayla & Shawn Harris 58 Marite & Matthew Espinoza 60 Lydia Yonan & Peter Markarian 62 Emilie & Michael Sorensen 64 Madison & Giovanni Dalmaso 65 Haley & Zach Fowler 66 Atlantah & Jesse Flora 67 Leslie & Nick Schatz 68 Danielle & Jeffrey Cox 70 Lindsey & Brad Compoy 71Nicolette & Cameron Abicht 72 Jessica & David Steenburgh 74 Victoria Popoff & Devin Hill 80 Kaylee & Steven Watt 81 Sara & Kyle Briggs 82 Amber & John Capua 84 Rebecca & Walter Louie 85 Megan & Brent Boone 86 Melissa & Brent Mendoza 89 Katie & Kevin Reed 90 Breanna Delicious&ideas for your special day & Tim Newcomb 92 Roxanne & Niraj Patil 94 Courtney Sam C ullom 96 Jenelle & Steven Gentry Delicious ideas for your special day

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There are two types of brides in my opinion. There are brides who have dreamed of their big day since they were little and got to be a flower girl in their cousin’s wedding. For years, they’ve had a Pinterest board dedicated to being a “Future Mrs. Fill-in-the-Blank,” with strong opinions about color trends like “blush and bashful” (a Steel Magnolias reference for any fans out there), and a pre-selected list of bridesmaids that pushes10 women, at least. Then there are the brides who are doers more than dreamers; they know that they’ll get married one day, but they’ll figure out the details when the time is dear friend Victoria Hill (Popoff) was this kind of bride. In early 2016, her wonderful, then-boyfriend asked her if she would spend the rest of her life with him. There was no big secret planning of a surprise proposal, no traditional planning of how to ask the parents, not even a bended knee. All it took was one date, one deep conversation—and the race to the big day was on. Victoria knew that planning a wedding would be a challenge, with all of the typical stuff…ceremony, flowers, cake, etc. But she had no idea where to start. And she didn’t have the slightest clue she would have to make so many decisions, back to back. Would she like anemones in her flower arrangements? Buttercream frosting or fondant? Elbow length or fingertip length veil?

Mira East,Victoria Popoff-Hill, Blake Steward at the wedding of Devin Hill to Victoria Popoff Esparanza, Cabo San Lucas

What I love about this issue of Bridal Couture Magazine is that whether you’re a dreamer or a doer we have pages and pages of inspiration, ideas and advice from the newly married couples we have featured. Brides on both ends of the spectrum—from the overly curious to the utterly clueless. You may already have a photographer and a list of shots you want him or her to get. But are you prepared to pose for the perfect picture? On page 24, we went straight to the experts to get their insight of what not to do at a wedding. Plus, there are so many trends surrounding the wedding festivities; brides can sometimes feel like they aren’t measuring up. From the budget to the ceremony, we share some of the hottest trends on page 26. So relax, if you can, as you flip through and get some pointers, advice and ideas. And when the planning gets stressful, try to think back to the moment you said “yes,” and think ahead to the years of happiness and love you two will share. Mira East

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Editor in Chief @MiraEast


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Photo Credit: Mellissa McKinley


Introducing the Newly Engaged! The question is popped, the ring is on and now it’s time to let everyone know. Herald trumpets and town criers seem a bit much, but finding a creative photographer to help you design the perfect engagement photos and announcements is the first step. BCM is delighted to showcase the following photographs as inspirations for our readers in their quest for imaginative engagement proclamations.



Lauren Proescher & Taylor Bowling

Wedding Date::September 16, 2017 Will Koury Photography

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Desiree Boisse-Ferreira & Jonathan Bryant

Wedding Date:: July 2, 2017 Carson James Photography

Cathryna Ruiz & Oscar Acosta

Wedding Date::May 28, 2017 Will Khoury Photography



Dallas Cambell & Anthony Nicolosi Wedding Date:: September 9, 2017 Kori & Jared Photography

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Mikayla McSweeney & Robert Mendes Wedding Date:: September 2, 2017 Melissa McKinley Photography



Kayla Lyons & Adam Pfeifer Wedding Date:: June 17, 2017 Jennifer Rapoza Photography

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Reena Van Slyke & Michael Beaver

Wedding Date:: May 27, 2017 Plain Jane Photography



Lisa Ross & Josh Thomassen Wedding Date:: October 14, 2017 Jennifer Rapoza Photography

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Shelli Johnson & Jared Serpa Wedding Date:: May 13, 2017 Kori & Jared Photography



Stacey Eiden & Nick Tidwell Wedding Date:: August 19, 2017 Jennifer Rapoza Photography




Liz Rapoza & Allen Haugh Wedding Date:: November 11, 2017 Jennifer Rapoza Photography

Kelly Haga & Jonathan Merrill  Wedding Date:: December 1, 2017 Kori & Jared Photography




What Not to Do At A Wedding!

The official kickoff of wedding season is upon us, so we felt it only right to highlight a few no-nos for those the celebrations ahead. Bottom line: remember that it’s the couple’s big day, and you’re there to offer love, support, and encouragement from beginning to end. Avoid these little (and big!) guest mistakes, and you’ll be sailing smoothly all wedding season long.

Don’t Bring An Uninvited Plus-One

Shop Way Off The Registry

Unless your invitation specifically includes a plus-one, don’t show up with a guest on the fly.

Sentimental gifts are always appreciated, but also make sure to respect the time and effort the couple has put into crafting their registry.

Post Without Permission

When in doubt, pause before you post anything about a wedding to social media, especially big reveals like the bride in her dress BEFORE the ceremony begins.

Forget To RSVP

So much time and effort goes into seating charts and meal planning, so if you plan on attending it’s an absolute must to RSVP.

Cause Drama

A baby meltdown is understandable, but as a grown-up wedding guest, save the drama for your mama.

Make Critical Comments

This is not the time or place to be a Debbie Downer. Remember, if you can’t say anything cake and zip your lip.

Show Up Way Too Early

We get it, you’re excited to celebrate. But don’t intrude on private moments before the day officially kicks off.

Wear White

This may seem like an old-fashioned rule, but avoiding white at a wedding is still always a good idea.

Walk Down The Aisle

Show up late? Make sure to enter from the sides rather than walk down the aisle.

Be the Photographer

Don’t be THAT guest who tries to play “second shooter”. Of course, couples always love extra moments captured but make sure you aren’t getting in the way of the professional photographer.

Stay Glued To Your Phone

Make sure to be present and truly celebrate. You can always post your #latergram

Try to Run the Show

Unless specifically asked to be the event planner, leave it to the professionals the couple has hired to let the wedding day run smoothly.

Steal the Mic for a Toast

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It may seem like a good idea in the moment (especially after a drink or two) but just don’t do it.


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Trends for 2017 Curious what the top wedding trends taking over the Pinterest-sphere’s are? What are couples including to create their beautiful bashes? Check out a couple of our must-have list below — and feel free to steal an idea or two!

Cascading Flower Garlands

Whether adorning tabletops or ceremony altars, lush garlands of cascading blooms are a wedding trend that has truly, well, bloomed! We love how Kori & Jared Photography captured Haley and Zach’s floral decadence. Brides are loving cascading flowers draped along the table and to the floor and countless couples are saying their “I do’s” under ceremony structures dripping with yards of fresh flowers. But why stop there? Garlands of greenery have taken the place of traditional wedding centerpieces and table runners as well for a reception vibe that’s undeniably romantic.

Gown Trends

Plunging Necklines We were treated to a sexier bridal fashion week this season, courtesy of a plenitude of majorly plunging necklines. Deep v-neck styles were seen at almost every presentation, from Galia Lahav to Lazaro, Hailey Paige, and more. One thing's for sure, designers are counting 2017 brides to make bold, skin baring choices, and the result is elegantly sexy — perfect for modern brides looking to make a statement.

Bare Shoulders Get ready to bare those shoulders! The offthe-shoulder trend so ubiquitously seen on the ready-to-wear runways, finally trickled its way down to the bridal world. The trend was seeing in both minimal and ornate styles.

Metallic Foil Invitations

Metallics are the new sparkle as brides are leaning to the luxe look of metallic foiled inks when it comes to their wedding stationery. Chic and sleek, these glided invitations manage to be fresh, romantic, and gorgeously glam all at the same time. Your guests won’t be able to resist checking ‘yes!’ the moment they pull that metallic invite out of their mailbox.

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The DJ / Live Music Hybrid

Going crazy trying to decide between a DJ and live music for your reception? Well, so are countless other brides. That’s why couples are now asking themselves, “why not both?” Having a DJ like George, owner of Sounds in Motion DJ spinning contemporary tunes and live musicians accompanying them with classic instruments creates a too-cool party atmosphere — one that’ll keep your guests talking way after the final dance.

Some Flair Oversized bows also grabbed our attention on the runways. All of the designers accented their wedding dresses with oversize bows, be it as a show-stopping back or waist detail, a romantic addition to sleeves, or even attached to jewelry.


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Health & Beauty

Bridal Beauty Timeline

our wedding day is one of the most exciting and memorable days Y of your life. Planning this magical day can be both enjoyable and a little stressful. One worry on every brides’ mind is how their skin is going to look on that day. Our publisher, Mira East met with the owner of Nirvana Face and Body to find out how they can help you with your skincare journey.

“Escape into a world of bliss with our one of a kind facial treatments. Our expert estheticians perform a deep relaxing massage of your head, chest, neck, shoulders, arms, and hands, while your skin is steam misted, cleansed, smoothed, and hydrated. In this bridal beauty timeline, we focus on three of our amazing facial treatments; The Detox Facial, The Non-Chemical Facial Infusion, and The Renewing Facial.” ~Tenile Rollins, Owner Nirvana Face and Body


24 Weeks: Start with one Detox

Facial every other week for the first twelve weeks. Then continue with one Non-Chemical Facial Infusion with LED add on once a month for the following twelve weeks.

What is the Detox Facial: Clear, tone, and even out your skin with this detoxifying facial specifically designed to clear acne and treat uneven skin tone and texture left behind from breakouts. This treatment includes LED light therapy.

Nirvana Face and Body is a holistic skin spa located in a peaceful oasis in the heart of downtown Modesto, CA. They have been graciously serving our community for over 10 years. Their spa is founded in holistic beliefs and the continuous journey between inner peace and outer beauty. In demonstration of these beliefs they bring you the highest standards of products, treatments, and services. In order to get your skin glowing by your wedding day it is ideal to start your skincare journey 6 months before your wedding day. Nirvana has created a timeline with several different time frames suited for every bride!

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Non-Chemical Facial Infusion: Our Osmosis

non-chemical facial infusion uses the most potent form of vitamin A to gently resurface the skin. It will increase circulation, deliver nutrients deep into the skin, boost immunity, and stimulate collagen.


12 Weeks: Start with one Detox Facial every other week for the first six weeks. Then continue with one Non-Chemical Facial Infusion with LED add on every other week for the next four weeks.

What is the Renewing Facial: We use powder

actives and USDA certified organic masks to create a completely customized facial that will promote repair and remodeling in the skin while restoring its radiance and beauty.

LED: An amazing add on to

any facial. Therapeutic Led light is applied directly to the skin to increase collagen and elastin production, reduce inflammation, speed healing, increase circulations, and destroy bacteria.


4 Weeks: One Renewing Facial

with LED add on every week for 4 weeks or One Detox Facial the first week and one Renewing Facial with LED add on for the remaining 3 weeks.

“We cannot emphasize enough how essential your home care regimen is to your skin’s health. We proudly offer skin care products from Osmosis Pur Medical. Their unique philosophy is based on analyzing the skin and body to treat skin conditions at their source, restoring beauty and wellness. Let us assist you in maintaining and enhancing benefits in between visits by creating a customized at home regimen. Your esthetician will pick products specifically for your skin type and with your skin care goals in mind.”

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This past October 2016, couture wedding dress designers from around the world debut their latest bridal collections to buyers and press at the New York Couture Bridal Market. This season is all about the bold bride who is looking to make a statement. Some of our favorite looks included front plunging necklines, textured fabrics, and our absolute favorite new trend, off-the-shoulder necklines. Here are just a few of our editor's picks straight off the runways.






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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.

Venues, Catering, & Cakes

Event at California State University, Stanislaus

Spring Creek Golf & Country Club

The Almond Pavilion

The Fruit Yard

Turlock Golf & Country Club




The Century


Diablo Grande Golf & Country Club 209.892.5515

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L&M Blodgett Catering

Edible Arrangements

209.551.3030, 209.951.7788, 209.943.1200, 209.634.3030

Elkhorn Banquet Facility & Restaurant

Wine & Roses Hotel - Restaurant - Spa 209.371.6117


In Good Taste Catering

DoubleTree by Hilton

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Greens Events





Pageo Lavender Farm 209.632.5052

Sunrise Bakery


Fashion Mira Bridal Couture 209.338.9333

Rossini Menswear.Formalwear 209.529.6860

Sewing & More Alterations 209.523.7189


Photography & Cinematography Jennifer Rapoza Photography 209.613.4476

Florist, Event Design & Decor


Country Darling Floral


Ciccarelli Jewelers


Vail Creek Jewelry Design 209.667.4653

Tailor Made Events 209.918.2710

Yonan’s Floral






Health & Beauty

Plain Jane Photography

Streaks Salon 209.523.9800


A picture is worth a thousand words and all it takes is the perfect pictures to tell a story. We invite you to share yours. Are you a newly married couple and would like to have your wedding featured in BRIDAL COUTURE Magazine or online at Visit us online at for details.

Melissa McKinley Photography

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Featured Weddings


Yonan’s Jewelers

Nirvana Skin Care

If you would like to be considered for an invitation to join BCM’s preferred resource list, please let us know. Contact us at If any member of our preferred vendors resource guide does not perform as you expected, we want to hear about it.

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William Khoury Photography 209.614.1079

Entertainment Sounds in Motion 209.522.5999

Paper Habit 209.567.0605

Photo Booth The Platinum Photo Booth 209.648.0490





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Maria & Michael Blohm Married July 9, 2016



After signing up for an online dating website,

Maria was extremely skeptical about finding anyone interesting, let alone the love of her life. So when she deleted her account only to later reactivate it at a friend’s urging, she was shocked to meet Mike the very same day. Two months of online communication later, Michael and Maria met face to face knowing even in their first meeting that something amazing was taking place. Two years into their relationship, after an elaborate and unique proposal, Michael and Maria were ready to plan their wedding! Rich violet would be worn by her bridesmaids and soft ivory would create the palette of the ceremony. Maria had gained a lot of insight into wedding planning and vendor selection from Bridal Couture Magazine. Her photographer, Will Khoury, Sounds in Motion DJ, The Platinum Photo Booth, Sunrise Bakery, Yonan’s Jewelers and Yonan’s Florals helped Maria remain calm and avoid ‘Bridezilla’ moments. She was also able to calmly and efficiently plan her wedding with the help of her family and friends who were more than willing to be of service. Small challenges arose as the couple neared the day and finding time in their busy schedules as

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assistant principal and firefighter was almost impossible. Maria and Michael had to step back and remind themselves that these were moments they would not be able to get back and tried to accomplish planning as much as they could together. Before they knew it, July 7th, 2016 was upon them. In the gorgeous Saint Zaia Cathedral, Maria and


Michael married before their guests and God. At the reception in the stunning Century, Maria and Michael realized that the day was going by as fast as it had come and as the bride and groom took it all in, they knew that it had been and always would be the most amazing day of their lives.

RESOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY Will Khoury Photography CEREMONY Saint Zaia Cathedral Church Modesto, CA RECEPTION The Century Modesto, CA BRIDAL GOWN Enzoani, Bride To Be Couture WEDDING PARTY DRESSES Weddington Way SUITS AND TUXEDOS Men’s Wearhouse RINGS Yonan’s Jewelers Turlock, CA FLORIST Yonan’s Floral Turlock, CA CATERING Branding Iron CAKE Sunrise Bakery Turlock, CA ENTERTAINMENT Sounds in Motion DJ SINGER Ashor Darwood PHOTO BOOTH The Platinum Photo Booth TRANSPORTATION Bella Tours Limousine STATIONERY ALTERATIONS Sewing and More Modesto, CA



Rustic Romance

Hazel & Alan Chuop Married September 24, 2016

Hazel and Alan’s ceremony was held at

St. Joseph’s Church in Modesto, California, and the reception followed at The Century in Downtown Modesto. As soon as Hazel saw the venue, she knew that it would match the theme that she had in mind: Rustic Romance.

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RESOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY Kori & Jared Photography CEREMONY St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Modesto, CA RECEPTION The Century Modesto, CA BRIDAL GOWN Allure, Miosa Bridal

Putting her own flair on the theme, Hazel included succulents into her bouquet of ivory and pink roses and hydrangeas as well as in the men’s boutonnières. Her bridesmaids were dressed in sea foam green chiffon, which offset the bride’s stunning wedding gown: a tulle ballgown with a slight cap sleeve, beaded illusion back and a gorgeous cathedral-length veil. At the reception, the room was decorated with tall, gold candelabras with ivory hydrangeas and pink roses. The couple was thrilled with their beautiful ceremony and reception and knew that because they had kept faith in one another and in God, they were truly blessed.

WEDDING PARTY DRESSES Lulu’s SUITS Express Men’s Wearhouse RINGS DeVons Jewelers ENTERTAINMENT Sounds in Motion CINEMATOGRAPHY NorCal Filmworks PHOTO BOOTH The Platinum Photo Booth FLORIST The Century Modesto, CA CAKE Creative Cakes by Debra CATERING Fuzio Universal Bistro BAR SERVICE Mobile Mixologist

TRANSPORTATION The Limousine Connection



Brianna & Scott Pittman

Married April 30, 2016

Jennifer Rapoza Photography

“Don’t tell me it ’s not worth tryin’ for You can’t tell me it ’s not worth dyin’ for You know it ’s true Everything I do, I do it for you”

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Murphys, CA

Nikki & Zachary West

Married June 11, 2016

Photography by Ryan Greenleaf

Grand Island Mansion Walnut Grove, CA

RINGS Ciccarelli Jewlers Modesto, CA FLORIST Beautiful by Nature ENTERTAINMENT Showtime Entertainment MAKE UP ARTIST Jocelyn McKay HAIR STYLIST Jordan Segna PHOTO BOOTH Giggle & Riot LINENS Celebration Party Rental



Yvonne & Maurice Camara

Married June 18, 2016

Jennifer Rapoza Photography

CEREMONY AND RECEPTION Mother Lode Ranch Sonora, CA RINGS Kay Jewelers BRIDAL GOWN David’s Bridal

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Sonora, CA

SUITS & TUXEDOS Sierra Bridal FLORIST Sweet Lilacs Studio CAKE Honey Dew Cake Designs

Tiffany & John Boere

Married June 4, 2016

Photos Just So

Twain Harte, CA



Haily & Brett Azevedo

Married November 5, 2016

Haily and Brett realized how much they cared for one another after

their friendship blossomed into a romance as they entered high school. They had lived near each other, and rode the same bus to elementary school when they were younger, but neither ever knew that one day they would be husband and wife. On November 11th, 2016 the couple was married at The Rivermill in beautiful French Camp, California where guests were surrounded by peaceful gardens as they watched Haily meet her groom on a walkway lined with roses and crepe myrtle. Her gorgeous ivory trumpet gown and

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cathedral veil offset the natural scene and a variety of vegetation led the way to the altar set under a majestic native oak tree. During the beautiful ceremony, Haily and Brett pledged their love, faith, commitment, and support to one another. The couple then celebrated their union at their reception, overjoyed to finally be husband and wife. Their wedding cake, a stunning four-tiered butter cream with pleated smooth finish was adorned with olive branches and topped with pale pink and burgundy roses. Magnificent photos were taken to commemorate the special day and the newlyweds wedding details. “A truly magical day and by far the best day of our lives,” said Haily.

WEDDING PARTY DRESSES Occasions by Hayley Paige SUITS AND TUXEDOS Renoir Vito’s Tuxedos RINGS Ciccarelli Jewelers Modesto, CA ENTERTAINMENT Sounds Express STATIONERY Shine Wedding Invitations SPECIALTY RENTALS Unique Boutiques CINEMATOGRAPHY Rumble Cinematography HAIR STYLIST Jordan Segna MAKE UP ARTIST Teara Bullock ALTERATIONS Sewing & More Modesto, CA



Trisha & Michael Davis Married June 3, 2016 Kori & Jared Photography Inn at Park Winters, Winters, CA

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Kayla & Shawn Harris

Married September 24, 2016

Jennifer Rapoza Photography

La Grange, CA

CEREMONY AND RECEPTION The Hacienda La Grange, CA BRIDAL GOWN Mira Bridal Couture Modesto, CA RINGS Kay Jewelers and JVL Jewelry CAKE Simply Delish



E legance & S implicity Marite & Matthew Espinoza Married October 22, 2016

Love can be found around any corner. So when Marite and Matthew met up after connecting online, they were happy to realize that they lived only two blocks away from each other in San Francisco. Marite and Matthew chose the beautiful and quirky Whitmore Mansion to say their “I Do’s” the venue reminding them of their favorite Haunted Mansion ride in Disneyland. They wanted to keep their ceremony simple, low-key, and casual with a touch of bohemian flair. The couple tweaked the “normal” wedding traditions and made it more personal

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with DIY style. Marite, with a love of vintage, recycled, and handmade items, found much of her décor at antique fairs and flea markets. She was honored and pleased to be such an important part of her special day. Although planning went very easily, the bride and groom still had their challenges to face. Marite and Matthew found that they had divided opinions on what they wanted for the day, but after making some compromises, the couple was able to execute their vision more clearly. They kept in mind that the main aspect for their wedding was to have their close friends and family

present…and good food! Marite wore a simple, elegant crepe sheath bridal gown with long sleeves. A deep plunge neckline complimented a slim skirt and a chapel length train, a sweet and simple gown for a sweet and simple day. Rich, floral hues and eucalyptus greenery, matched with indigo dyed napkins, brought the casual, bohemian feel and worked well with her bridal party’s wedding attire: mixed and matched floor length navy blue gowns. The men, wearing navy blue suits, matched the bridesmaids, combining the colors into



the perfect palette. Loose foliage with vines, branches, and leaves created a beautiful bouquet and adorned their cake with a foraged, wild woodland aesthetic. William Khoury captured moment after glorious moment of the lovely bride and groom. They had truly made their wedding unique and simple, remembering that the most important part was to let everything fall into place. They kept their ceremony unconventional, and they celebrated with those that loved and cared for them as much as they loved and cared for each other.


CAKE Julie’s Sweet Delights ENTERTAINMENT DJ Alblix CATERING Taqueria Mis Compadres PHOTO BOOTH DJ Alblix


Lydia Yonan & Peter Markarian Married September 24, 2016

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RESOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY Colleen Luster Photography CEREMONY Mar Zaia Church Modesto, CA RECEPTION Assyrian American Civic Club Turlock, CA BRIDAL GOWN Simone Carvalli SUITS AND TUXEDOS Jos A Bank RINGS Yonan’s Jewelers Turlock, CA CAKE Sunrise Bakery Turlock, CA CATERING Skewers Kabob House ENTERTAINMENT Tamraz Tamraz FLORIST Yonan’s Floral CINEMATOGRAPHER Extreme Vision Films STATIONERY Inprint Printing



Emilie & Michael Sorensen October 22, 2016

estiny has a way of making itself Dapparent. When Emilie and Michael, watching Forrest Gump on their first date, discovered they shared the same favorite movie , they knew they were destined to be together.” Seven months into their eight-month engagement, Emilie had gotten a hefty chunk of the wedding planning out

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of the way and was surprised to find that she was enjoying herself! Having spent her time in the wedding industry modeling wedding gowns for Mira Bridal Couture, working for The Platinum Photo Booth and Sounds in Motion DJ, Emilie had the process down and was able to book the vendors she and Michael wanted with little stress. Therefore Emilie and her family embarked on the

DIY projects and created beautiful and meaningful wedding favors which included caramel apples with a tag saying “He picked her. She picked him.” Tasty and simple. Emilie and Michael wanted to keep their wedding unique, simple, and classic, and went with a vintage-glam theme. Colors of ivory, gold, and black kept it classic


while golden feathers and items inspired by the film Forrest Gump helped to tie the theme in with their favorite movie and first date. Emilie arranged the seating chart, and the guest book, which brought her vintage-glam Forrest Gump theme together perfectly, placing pictures of her and Michael in an antique photo holder with quotes from their beloved movie. Emilie found her beautiful wedding gown at Mira Bridal Couture, an a-line creation with beaded lace, a fitted bodice, and voluminous tulle skirt which captured the theme of her wedding with its vintage appeal and fit. Their gorgeous wedding bands from Ciccarelli Jewelers were stunning and flawless. Everything was coming together seamlessly, just as Michael and Emilie had. On the evening of October 22nd, with Sounds in Motion playing their music, the couple danced their first dance as husband and wife to “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison, a song that represented love, spirituality and destiny for the newlyweds. With an old vintage suitcase, a box of chocolates, and golden feathers, Emilie and Michael included their favorite quote from their favorite movie… “I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or it we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze. But I think maybe it’s both, maybe both is happening at the same time.” For Emilie and Michael Sorensen, their sweet life together was just beginning.

RESOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY Rachelle Davis Photography CEREMONY AND RECEPTION Del Rio Country Club Modesto, CA BRIDAL GOWN Essense of Australia Mira Bridal Couture Modesto, CA WEDDING PARTY DRESSES Bill Levkov, J’aime Bridal ALTERATIONS Sewing and More Alterations Modesto, CA SUITS AND TUXEDOS Rossini Formalwear Modesto, CA RINGS Ciccarelli Jewelers Modesto, CA CAKE Julie’s Sweet Delights ENTERTAINMENT Sounds In Motion DJ FLORIST Country Shelf Floral STATIONERY TRASNPORTATION Dream Limousine Service



Madison & Giovanni Dalmaso

Married May 14, 2016 Kat Ferreira Photography

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Pageo Lavender Farm Turlock, CA


Haley & Zach Fowler Married October 1, 2016

RESOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY Kori & Jared Photography CEREMONY AND RECEPTION Lincoln Farm House Stockton, CA

RINGS Yonan’s Jewelers Turlock, CA ENTERTAINMENT Sounds in Motion DJ

BRIDAL GOWN Lihi Hod, Marina Morrison Bridal

PHOTO BOOTH The Platinum Photo Booth


CAKE Couture Cakes By Mel

SUITS AND TUXEDOS Jim’s Formalwear

DONUT BAR Star Donuts

FLORIST Bella Fleur Floral Design

HAIR STYLIST Kaelin Smith, Bliss Salon

CATERING Angelinas Spaghetti House





Atlantah & Jesse Flora

Married July 29, 2016 Kori & Jared Photography

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Leslie & Nick Schatz

Married November 4, 2016 Melicety Spring Photography

Pageo Lavender Farm Turlock, CA



Danielle & Jeffrey Cox Married June 25, 2016

A Fairytale in the Foothills fter meeting in the 8th grade, Danielle and Jeffrey A developed a love-hate relationship. They had nothing in common and they were completely opposite! Time has a way of changing people, so when Danielle and Jeffrey reconnected after graduating high school and began dating, family and friends were surprised to say the least. Danielle was all woman, and Jeffrey was all man and while the two were aware of the cliché that opposites attract, they also quickly realized that they were better together and brought out the best in one another. Six years later, after a night out at the San Francisco Ballet, Jeffrey nervously popped the question. As soon as the couple got engaged, Danielle began planning her fairytale wedding! They chose Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys, CA, a stunning winery in the California Gold Country and Sierra foothills for the wedding location. The groom particularly loved this part of California where he spent a majority of his career as Fire Captain for Cal Fire. Working around their busy schedules was difficult, but the couple worked well together and were able to make their dream wedding into a reality. Heavily influenced by soft and romantic colors and themes, Danielle was able to convey her vision to her event coordinator and left the big details in her capable hands. Different shades of blush, gold and champagne were to be gushing from her bouquet and centerpieces. She would need sparkles to make the event shine. As her event coordinator added the chandeliers to the already exquisite head table, Danielle knew that her wedding would be nothing short of magical; both beautiful and romantic.

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After 18 months of planning, Danielle and Jeffrey were wed on June 25th, 2016 amongst family, friends, and loved ones. The bride stood side by side with her husband in a gorgeous Lazaro ball gown with a fabulous tulle skirt and beaded bodice, her smiling face beaming. Her bouquet of pale pink and ivory roses, hydrangeas, and peonies were elegant and feminine; complimenting and matching the bride’s beauty. Crystals were scattered throughout the ceremony to add a romantic and mystical glow to the whole affair. Keeping to theme, Danielle had placed her bridesmaids in neutral champagne while the groomsmen wore classic black tie tuxes. Their wedding day had been perfect; filled with cheers, laughter, tears, and a lot of dancing! The couple’s rings were beautiful bands from Ciccarelli Jewelers, and their decadent cake, a 3-layer pale pink, ivory and metallic gold draped with roses and wrapped in greenery was tasteful and delighted the bride and groom. Danielle had finally found her Prince Charming and they could begin their happily ever after.


RESOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY Melissa McKinley Photography CEREMONY AND RECEPTION Ironstone Vineyards Murphys, CA BRIDAL GOWN Lazaro Bridal Galleria, San Francisco BRIDAL JEWELRY I Love Paris WEDDING PARTY DRESSES Two Birds and Bella Bridesmaids SUITS AND TUXEDOS Men’s Wearhouse RINGS Ciccarelli Jewelers Modesto, CA ENTERTAINMENT Sounds in Motion DJ PHOTO BOOTH The Platinum Photo Booth CAKE Lila and Sage FLORIST Alexandra Home and Garden STATIONERY Union Street Papery CATERER Beth Sogaard Catering CINEMATOGRAPHY White Ravem Productions and Charles Rumble MAKE UP ARTIST Jocelyn McKay HAIR STYLIST Creations Salon TRANSPORTATION Stagecoach Limo EVENT COORDINATOR Alexandra Home and Garden



Lindsey & Brad Compoy

Married July 9, 2016 Photography by Photos Just So Oakdale, CA

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Nicolette & Cameron Abicht

Married September 24, 2016 Photography by Melissa McKinley


Waterford, CA


Jessica & David Steenburgh Married September 8, 2016

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Jessica and David fell in love exploring the

outdoors together and knew they wanted their wedding to represent that. They wanted to give their out of town guests a taste of the place they adore. While searching online for a destination venue in South Lake Tahoe, they stumbled about Valhalla. Built in 1924, this historic, beautifully detailed wood and stone hall included a wrap-around, lodge pole pine porch that was perfect for cocktails and their outdoor reception with gorgeous views of the lake. Scrolling through pictures, they immediately knew their ceremony would take place in the Grand Hall in front of the twenty foot tall stone fireplace. Jessica and David worked closely over email and phone with the on-site coordinator to plan most of the details and finally saw the venue for the first time a month and a half before their wedding. “We both wanted to stick with more of a traditional look and keep décor simple and classic so it would not take away from the scenery,” expressed Jessica, “We loved it!”

“Baby fall into my kiss It should just happen like this”

RESOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY Greg Petersen CEREMONY AND RECEPTION Valhalla Tahoe South Lake Tahoe, CA BRIDAL GOWN Maggie Sottero Mira Bridal Couture Modesto, CA WEDDING PARTY DRESSES Forever 21 SUITS AND TUXEDOS Men’s Wearhouse ENTERTAINMENT Sounds in Motion DJ PHOTO BOOTH The Platinum Photo Booth CAKE The Cork & More FLORIST Thrans Floral CATERER Lake Tahoe Catering Company ALTERATIONS Sewing and More Modesto, CA MAKE UP ARTIST Jocelyn McKay



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Victoria Popoff & Devin Hill Married October 4, 2016

and Devin first met when Vtheyictoria both worked at Brenda Athletic Club. Devin was a certified personal trainer, and Victoria was the group exercise director and Pilates instructor. With many mutual friends, their paths crossed on multiple occasions. Victoria describes their attraction as irresistible: “Our relationship is like a magnet, a force we had no choice over.” During their first date, they both knew it was different, and the topic of marriage didn’t scare either of them. Their love progressed quickly, and they announced their engagement just a few months after their first date.

The couple knew they wanted a romantic wedding and reception on the beach but also knew everyone they were inviting could not travel in such a short time frame, so they planned three separate wedding events. The first was a private ceremony and brunch on her parents’ property, which would include family only. “We wanted to give our guests undivided attention in each setting. At our family-only wedding, we wanted to be respectful of our parents’ conservative and religious backgrounds,” explained Victoria. “With under 30 guests, it made for a small, intimate day that gave us quality time

with each family member as we had hoped for.” Long wooden benches created the aisle Victoria’s father escorted her down. She carried a delicate bouquet of dried lavender which paired nicely with her soft off-the-shoulder Ruca Lace gown by Watters that she found at Mira Bridal Couture. In a navy blue Hugo Boss suit, Devin watched every step she took. Victoria’s adopted brother, Alex, carried a hand-built Lego ring holder with Princess Leah and Hans Solo figurines inspired by Devin’s love for Star Wars.



RESOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY Aaron Draper CEREMONY AND BRUNCH Popoff Family Residence Modesto, CA BRIDAL GOWN Savannah by Watters Mira Bridal Couture Modesto, CA SUITS AND TUXEDOS Hugo Boss RING Melissa Joy Manning Berkeley, CA ENTERTAINMENT Darin Morris BAKER Carissa lemos EVENT COORDINATOR Dainty Arrow Designs

After their “I do’s”, the couple escorted family to a farm table draped in natural elements, moss, succulents, place cards held by natural Wood rose flowers, and a collection of Blue Spode China, a third generation family heirloom. Favors included individual bags filled with Clayton’s Coffee and custom mugs personalized by West Coast Promotions. After brunch, the family enjoyed outdoor games, including life-size Jenga, Connect Four and Cornhole.

SPECIALTY RENTALS Classic Party Rentals Unique Boutiques STATIONERY ALTERATIONS Sewing and More Modesto, CA HAIR STYLIST Noel Espinoza MAKE UP ARTIST Make Up by Katie C FAVORS Clayton’s Coffee Coffee Mugs West Coast Promotion DIY Custom Newspaper as the program Crossword Puzzle

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“Our dream was to be married on the beach, with our closest friends, so we planned our destination wedding and celebration with 28 of our closest friends a week after our family wedding.”



“Our dream was to be married on the beach, with our closest friends, so we planned our destination wedding and celebration with 28 of our closest friends a week after our family wedding,” said Victoria. Tucked between two scenic bluffs overlooking the Sea of Cortez, Victoria’s uncle escorted her down the stairs of the Esperanza Resort to the private beach where Devin stood. Victoria chose to keep her wedding-day look uncomplicated, unfussy, and incredibly effortless in a plunging back ivory crepe gown by Willowby Watters that she found at her long-time

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friend Mira’s bridal salon in downtown Modesto. Reflecting the setting, Victoria wanted her hair timeless, so her hair stylist Noel created soft mermaid waves that draped around her shoulders and she carried an organic cascading bouquet of greenery and ivory roses. The couple wrote their own vows and the ceremony was officiated by Victoria’s childhood Australian pen-pal Lisa, who flew in just for the occasion. Instead of including bridesmaids and

groomsmen, the couple decided to ask their guests to dress in a neutral palette, which included ivory, beige, and gray. With the sunset and the ocean views establishing an atmosphere of earthly elegance, they decided to mirror this theme in their decor for the cliffside reception on the resort’s Seaside Terrace. A family-style rustic wooden table created a warm and intimate dinner. Personalized menus and monogrammed linens were just a few of the personal touches added to their decor. Award-winning musician from the Central Valley, Neil Buettner


DESTINATION WEDDING RESOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY Aaron Draper CEREMONY AND RECEPTION Esperanza - An Auberge Resort Cabo San Lucas BRIDAL GOWN Baikal by Watters Mira Bridal Couture Modesto, CA ENTERTAINMENT Neil Buettner VIDEOGRAPHY Jerad Hill CATERING Esperanza Resort

played during dinner. Afterward, guests enjoyed the fresh aromatic cigars rolled on the spot and danced under the stars. The evening ended when Victoria surprised Devin with a stunning fireworks display over the high tide of the ocean. Several weeks later, the newly married couple hosted a wedding celebration on the Vine Arbor of Galletto Ristorante. Friends enjoyed hand-passed Hors d’ Oeuvres, music by The Nines, and three-layer pleated buttercream cake. We were thrilled to select Victoria as the cover for this issue. Congratulations, Victoria and Devin Hill!

FLORIST Elena Damy Designs HAIR STYLIST Noel Espinoza MAKE UP ARTIST Make Up by Katie C WEDDING CELEBRATIONS RESOURCES VENUE Galletto Ristorante Modesto, CA PHOTOGRAPHY Plain Jane Photography ENTERTAINMENT The Nines CATERING Galletto Ristorante CAKE Old Tyme Pastries EVENT DECOR AND SPECIALTY RENTALS Noel Espinoza Endsley Event Rentals HAIR STYLIST Noel Espinoza MAKE UP ARTIST Make Up by Katie C



Kaylee & Steven Watt Married October 1, 2016

RESOURCES PHOTOGRAPHER Melissa McKinley Photography CEREMONY AND RECEPTION Private Ranch Bigelow Farms O’Neals, CA BRIDAL GOWN Maggie Sottero Mira Bridal Couture Modesto, CA WEDDING PARTY DRESSES Dessy Mira Bridal Couture Modesto, CA CATERING Angelina’s CAKE Fizz Bakery BAND Thunder Cover


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Married September 17, 2016

Sara & Kyle Briggs Melissa McKinley Photography


Union Hill Inn Sonora, CA


Amber & John Capua August 27, 2016

The stunning Santa Barbara Courthouse was exactly what

John and Amber were looking for as they searched for their wedding venue. With jaw dropping architecture that celebrates the Spanish heritage of the area, the Spanish-Moorish structure is one of the most beautiful in the U.S. The couple chose the steps of the Sunken Gardens to host their cozy, intimate, and personal ceremony. Amber and John, having been married previously, were perfectly content having a small and elegant wedding; the guests, their closest friends and family, and their children made up the wedding party. Amber took over the planning, including the challenges and difficulties that sometimes come with vendors being so far away. She wanted her theme of cozy elegance to really stand out and be the driving force in her wedding planning, so she chose a palette of soft pink, navy blue, and beige. Her two young daughters wore long flowing pale pink dresses; John’s sons wore navy blue to match him in his modern suit. They sported pink bowties

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while the girls wore pale pink floral wreaths in their hair and carried small bouquets of babies’ breath. On that special day in August, surrounded by the ones that loved and cared for them the most, John and Amber tied the knot. She stood, dazzling in her Lazaro gown and cathedral length veil, a romantic timeless classic. Their ceremony was seamless, the day calm, and their love strong.

RESOURCES PHOTOGRAPHER Alyssa Armstrong CEREMONY Santa Barbara County Courthouse Santa Barbara, CA RECEPTION Stella Mares Bistro Santa Barbara, CA BRIDAL GOWN Lazaro SUITS AND TUXEDOS Men’s Wearhouse RINGS Yates & Co Jewelers ENTERTAINMENT Solo Guitarist Nate Latta CAKE The Sugar Lab FLORIST PacWest Blooms




Rebecca & Walter Louie

Married January 16, 2016

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Portola Valley, CA


Megan & Brent Boone

Married June 12, 2016

Photography by Will Khoury

Modesto, CA

“We’ll build this love from the ground up Now ‘til forever it ’s all of me, all of you.”



Magic in Monterey

Melissa & Brent Mendoza Married October 1, 2016

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A fter becoming best friends in high school,

Melissa and Brent kept their friendship strong until they were both in college; it was then they both decided that they wanted something more. For a time Melissa studied abroad in Spain, but she could only think about Brent and as soon as she was back in the States, they made the choice to never be apart again. Four years later, the couple was engaged! Then the real work started. Melissa and Brent spent their two-year engagement intensely brainstorming and planning their wedding. Neither bride nor groom really knew what they wanted their ceremony to consist of; they even considered the idea of a destination wedding or elopement. But after a

“Do you know how lovely you are? In the starlight, in the starlight of my heart Do you know how lovely you are? In the moonlight, in the moonlight of my heart �



RESOURCES CEREMONY The Clement Monterey Cannery Row Monterey, CA RECEPTION Wave Street Studios Monterey, CA BRIDAL GOWN Maggie Sottero Mira Bridal Couture Modesto, CA WEDDING PARTY DRESSES Watters Mira Bridal Couture Modesto, CA

Melissa booked her first bridal appointment at Mira Bridal Couture. Mira was thrilled. They had become friends while participating in the Modesto Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program together. Finding her gown was easy. A gorgeous design by Maggie Sottero; a slim lace A-line complete with plunging illusion neckline, delicate lace sleeves, and illusion keyhole back. Buttons from the top of the neckline to the end of the extended illusion train gave the elegant garment an added touch. The bridal consultants at Mira Bridal Couture helped her find the bridesmaids dresses too. She selected a soft flowing floor length Watters gown in a subdued latte.

ALTERATIONS Sewing and More Alterations Modesto, CA SUITS AND TUXEDOS Rossini Formalwear Modesto, CA RINGS Robbins Brothers Seattle WA

With cascading orchids and succulents, the reception was a sight to behold! A neutral palette accented with sea foam green and latte colors complimented the stunning view from the venue. Ivory flowers with greenery adorned every available corner, tying in the natural aspect of their wedding. Genuine crystals lined the wedding archway, illuminating the bride and her groom.


As the reception came to a close the couple gave a fun toast, thanking all who had come to celweekend getaway in Monterey, the couple fell in ebrate their union. Their magical wedding had FLORIST Hilda Holl love with the gorgeous Clement in Monterey Ca. exceeded their expectations and with beautiful and knew that was where they wanted to have photos to remind them, Mr. and Mrs. Mendoza STATIONERY their wedding. They booked the venue a year in would remember their night for the rest of their advance and with that decision out of the way, lives. and Etsy everything seemed to start falling into place. The bride to be did hit a few challenges along PHOTOGRAPHER Sweetness & Light Photography the way, such as not being able to visit the venue when needed and trying to manage her vendors from so far away. But as the event drew EVENT COORDINATOR Marisa Meeks closer things worked themselves out, allowing Melissa more time to focus her attention on the CALLIGRAPHY many details of the ceremony ensuring this Melissa Rayl most special part of their day went as planned. HAIR STYLIST Blush Salon, Monterey OFFICIANT Tony Serrano

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The couple booked the reception at Wave Street Studios in Monterey, confident that the area would be a perfect complement to the couple’s unique and quirky styles.


Katie & Kevin Reed

Married October 8, 2016

Katie and Kevin Reed decided to get

married in Katie’s favorite season, fall. Using the mellow atmosphere and rich colors of fall, Katie’s wedding colors of navy blue, and charcoal gray were accented with mustard yellow, raspberry, and emerald green. The fullness of the season perfectly complemented their ceremony. Armed with the Bridal Couture Magazine, Katie was able to plan her wedding, making it as unique as possible. Katie crafted roses made out of book pages to add to the groomsmen’s bou-

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tonnières and to the bridesmaid’s bouquets and strung garlands made from leaves hand cut out of book pages. Their wedding favors, signature tea blends from Cup and Kettle in Leavenworth, WA, were exactly what the couple wanted. The last detail that Katie and Kevin insisted upon was the ring bearers carrying not rings, but a family Bible, which belonged to members of the family that had passed on. This touch was meaningful not only the couple, but the families as well. On October 8th, 2016, Katie and Kevin

Modesto, CA

Reed said their “I Do’s” amidst the lovely fall foliage. Their wedding, traditional yet unique, was held at the Redeemer Church in Livingston, California. Katie wore a simple elegant ivory lace sheath gown by Maggie Sottero, with cap sleeves and a fingertip veil. The men looked dapper in charcoal gray suits and royal blue button ups with brown suspenders. Katie and Kevin were overjoyed to see their ideas come together so perfectly. Now that Katie and Kevin have become man and wife, they will relish many fall days together, curled up with a good book and a cup of tea.



Breanna & Tim Newcomb Married July 3, 2016


lirty and fun and deliberately carefree, the wedding between Breanna and Tim is definitely one to remember! Cheers to the fabulous wedding vendors that breathed life into this urban chic celebration of love – “especially the girls at Witty Rentals,” said Breanna. Vibrant blooms and greenery were placed everywhere, and the gold and silver door connecting two spaces served as the backdrop where these lovebirds would marry. And while the bridesmaids wore white, mismatched gowns, the groomsmen dressed in sleek navy suits. “I almost exclusively used small local boutique business for all my vendors, and it turned out amazing.” Keeping on budget was important to the couple, so they included many DIY items, like the favors made of Succulents and Tillandsias, the table centerpieces created from gold pots they found at Anthropologie filled with succulents, xerographicas, and confetti dots, and the tee pee they built for the kids to play in. Breanna and Tim involved close friends in their wedding planning and the day-of events, relying on them for their photographer and band. Longtime friends Kori and Jared photographed their wedding, and Michael Sanchez, who was recently on Season 11 of The Voice, performed for their ceremony and reception. “I wanted a non-traditional urban wedding where guests could easily mix and mingle, dance, eat, drink (a lot) and have fun,” explained Breanna. “To top it all off —every single one of my guests raved about the food from Harvest Kitchen.”

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RESOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY Kori and Jared Photography CEREMONY AND RECEPTION Luce Loft San Diego, CA BRIDAL GOWN Amsale GROOMS SUIT Express BRIDES RING Irelia Custom Jewelry

“Nothing before was real This is the way I feel ”

GROOMS RING Private Jeweler in Isreal BAND Michael Sanchez FLORIST Native Poppy CATERING Harvest Kitchen Food Truck BAKER Nomad Donuts BARTENDER Barcon Cocktail Co. SPECIALTY RENTALS Witty Rentals EVENT COORDINATOR Charlotte Hubble MAKE UP ARTIST

London Moore Makeup HAIR STYLIST Meschelle Eagerton Salon Bourdeaux




Roxanne & Niraj Patil

Married October 22, 2016


oxanne and Niraj’s wedding was a real international affair. She’s from Australia, and he was born in India. Friends came from all over the world to celebrate this beautiful occasion. The couple selected the six-story Bellevue Club in Oakland, California, for the location of their ceremony and reception, with an elegant French design of the Louis XIV and XV periods and

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stunning views of Lake Merritt. Roxanne and Niraj married in front of the fireplace of the Mural Lounge and held their reception in the main dining room. The bride wore a delicateA-line gown with intricately beaded threequarter-length sleeves and the groom a royal blue Indo-Western Kurta. Niraj, a graphic designer, created the couple’s wedding invitations and cake

The Bellevue Club Oakland, CA

topper. Other personal touches in their day included favors of gold bags with candy from Australia and India and a Polaroid camera set-up so that guests could take pictures and write personal notes. All aspects of the event came together in seamless unity, with music and joyful celebration of the couple’s own perfect union. Congratulations, Roxanne and Niraj!




Full Throttle

COURTNEY & SAM CULLOM Married June 4, 2016

For Sam and Courtney, who had been best

friends and high school sweethearts, their love story was something almost expected. The couple knew that they were destined for one another while growing up together, so after pizza and ice cream one night, Sam and Courtney made it official and began dating. At her grandmother’s annual Christmas party, Sam surprised Courtney with a proposal–one that her family had hidden from her for an entire month! She happily accepted. Courtney and Sam were not your typical couple. While some couples went to the movies on date night, Courtney and Sam raced motorcycles together and were elated to find that it was just one more thing to add to the list of what they had in common. Sam had actually lured Courtney into racing, and she found herself hooked. They were even on the same team together: Pro 6 Racing. Wanting their wedding day to reflect their relationship, Courtney and Sam kept their theme unique and personal. Courtney picked simple colors of blue and white for the wedding, blue being both the bride and groom’s favorite color. Courtney put her own stamp of uniqueness on their wedding by incorporating their love of motorcycles into the ceremony. The groom’s cake was designed as a motorcycle tire splattering mud onto the couple’s wedding cake: a fun and delicious reminder of the two lovebirds. Courtney also chose to use two helmets, one black and one white, in place of the usual guest book. The couple carefully chose childhood pictures to place on the reception tables and around the venue that showed them on their journey toward meeting each other and falling in love. Their wedding favors, sweet and simple, were little silver heart shaped cookies with their name and wedding date frosted onto them, a treat the guests would savor forever. Courtney created an amazing playlist for the big day and was pleased to hear her DJ play every song. The challenges faced, like keeping track of who RSVP’d and making sure the bridal party was fitted prior to the ceremony, were minor and forgettable. Courtney was filled with joy at finally becoming Mrs. Sam Cullom.

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RESOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY Ashley Crook CEREMONY & RECEPTION Vintage Gardens Modesto, CA BRIDAL GOWN Watters Mira Bridal Couture Modesto, CA VEIL Erica Koesler WEDDING PARTY DRESSES Bianca’s Bridal SUITS & TUXEDOS Men’s Wearhouse RINGS Ciccarelli Jewelers Modesto, CA CAKE Cakes by Sarah COOKIES Village Baking Company FLORIST Jante’s Flower’s & Wedding Chapel ENTERTAINMENT DeBorba Events STATIONERY



Jenelle & Steven Gentry Married August 20, 2016

After a year of dating, Steven

surprised Jenelle on Valentine’s Day with a wine tasting trip to Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys, California. It was there that the couple expressed their love for the property and imagined what a perfect location this would be for a wedding. A year and a half later, surrounded by friends and family, the couple said “I do” in that very place. The planning had begun after Steven proposed to Jenelle on December 25, 2015. The couple booked the lush Princess Bride lawn for the ceremony and the expansive Music room for their reception. Jenelle found the perfect dreamy ballerina-inspired ball gown with a delicate beaded and Swarovski Crystal bodice and flowing soft tulle skirt by Watters. She paired that with a cathedral veil she found through Hannah Hicks on Etsy and Bordeaux chiffon and lace dresses for her bridesmaids. On August 20, 2016, the bride carried a dreamy clutch of dusty miller, brunia, and ivory peonies down the aisle and married the love of her life. “We are still pinching ourselves over finding one another, the collaboration of our families, the dreams we have that match each other before and now together,” explained Jenelle. The couple honeymooned in Playa Del Carmen and has now settled in a custom home they built while planning their wedding.

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RESOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY Kori and Jared Photography CEREMONY AND RECEPTION Ironstone Vineyards Murphys, CA BRIDAL GOWN Watters Mira Bridal Couture Modesto, CA WEDDING PARTY DRESSES Belsoie by Jasmine RINGS Devon’s Jewelers ENTERTAINMENT DJ Alex Leon CINEMATOGRAPY Kyle Rose CATERING Lady Lunch Catering CAKE AND DESSERTS Lila and Sage FLORIST Bloom and Things ALTERATIONS Sewing & More Modesto, CA TRANSPORTATION Stagecoach Limo



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