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B R I D A L COUTURE M ag a zi ne


Fall/Winter 2013

The Decade of Delectation

I n s p ir e d by t h e Earl y Ni net eent h C ent ury The Central Valley’s Mo s t D is tin c tive W e d d ing s 2014 Bridal Style Direct from the Runway The Evolution of Wedding Etiquette

San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced Calaveras & Tuolumne County Bridal Couture Magazine by Mira, A Division of Mira Bridal group Inc.



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Welcome to the sixth issue of Bridal Couture Magazine! The Central Valley is overflowing with wedding inspiration and we are delighted to pull in our favorites elements to share with you. Throughout this issue and on we’ve included details from our Featured Weddings to the latest in wedding fashion, our favorite hair styles, choice wedding rings, and more. Most important I have found the significance in keeping up with changes and 2013 marks a momentous time in the wedding world as same-sex marriage becomes legal in California. Refining our publication to unite all newly engaged couples in context was of great urgency. As you turn the pages of this issue I hope you find friends, family, loved ones, ideas, creative thoughts, talented vendors, but most of all inspiration to create your special day no matter what format, arrangement, theme, or style. —Mira Jantz Publisher / Editor-in-Chief Mira Jantz Copy Editor Publisher / Editor-in-Chief Mira Jantz with her husband, Mike and daughter Betty Mantel Lee Kaitlin at UNVEILED 2013 Contributing Writers Tiffany Jantz Layout Design Mira Jantz Contributing Photographers Stephanie Baker, Jamie Bearg, Lori Makabe, Kori & Jared Heuvel, Charleton Churchill, Scot Woodman, Amber Collins, Holly Smith, Bogdan Condor To our readers: Bridal Couture Magazine welcomes your feedback. Please e-mail us at If you prefer snail mail, do not hesitate. Our mailing address is 1201 J Street Modesto, Ca. 95354. Advertising Inquiries: Advertising inquires can be sent to Subscriptions/ Back Issues: Please email your mailing address along with list of issues requested to Copyright 2012-2014 by Mira Bridal Group Inc. D.B.A Bridal Couture Magazine by Mira. All rights reserved. Materials in this magazine may not be reproduced in any form with out written consent from the publishers. Any and all submissions to Bridal Couture Magazine become property of Mira Bridal Group Inc. and may be used in any media. We reserve the right to edit. The opinions expressed in the editorial of this publication are those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the ownership or management of this publication. All submitted materials, including images, logos, and test for advertising and editorial are assumed to be the property of the provider and Bridal Couture Magazine and Mira Bridal Group Inc. While we make every effort to ensure that the information contained through out the magazine and with in the content is correct, mistakes may occur. If you notice an error, please e-mail us at so that we may make any necessary corrections for the future. Bridal Couture Magazine reserves the right to refuse any advertising and/or submissions. Advertisers assert that they own and/or have the rights to and are authorized to publish the content in which they provide to Bridal Couture Magazine, including advertising, editorial submissions, featured wedding submissions, and images. Advertising content is not the responsibility of Mira Bridal Group Inc. or Bridal Couture Magazine and will resume no responsibility for any arrangements, written or verbal, that readers enter into with advertising partners/vendors, and cannot be held responsible for any advertising partners/vendors business practices. Mira Bridal Group Inc. and Bridal Couture Magazine cannot be responsible for any claims made by its’ advertising partners/vendors.

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Aisle Style E ditors ’ P icks

Some of our favorite looks for Spring and Summer take you back to the classics with formal indoor and outdoor options like these. Left to right. Embellished lace fit and flare bridal gown by Maggie Sottero, crystal encrusted heel by Paradox London, chiffon a-line maids from Occasions by JLM Couture, mens Seersucker Suit by After Six for Dessy, pearl drop earrings by, “Bridesmaid” and “Maid-of-Honor” lace thongs by Hanky Panky. For the black-tie wedding we’ve found this stunning Noir by Lazaro beaded halter gown and black lined tuxedo jacket.

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Aisle Style Downton Style Cue “The Suite” by the Chamber Orchestra of London as we find wedding inspiration of the early


Those who loathe Lady Mary’s dreadful decisions are at the same time enraptured in her love for Matthew. Amid tales of love, scandal and perfectly placed china, the Downton Abbey effect is much like the Real Housewives, but with proper etiquette and poise.

While most wedding details were not seen in the long awaited walk down the aisle, Lady Mary’s attire was not missed. Consider these looks inspired by the Edwardian Era to set the tone for your nuptials.

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No, you may not have your own footman, but consider the formality of the time starting with a refined and formal wedding invitation announcing a black-tie affair, tray passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails before a plated dinner, and not forgetting the importance of a choreographed duet of the wait staff. Be sure to hit the dance floor in 1900’s style, following the example of Irene and Vernon Castle by doing the Foxtrot or Tango. Rings by Vail Creek Jewelry Designs Custom Invitations by An Inviting Design Veil by Erica Koelser Earrings by Tejani Tuxedo looks available at Kenneth’s Fine Menswear, Rossini Menswear, & Mira Bridal Couture Dining Decor’ Set design by Roxanne Catti and Keller’s of Modesto Floral by Yonan’s Floral On location photos by Kori & Jared Photography Wedding gowns, left to right Clementine by Monique Lhuillier Kerry by Watters 3355 by Lazaro Charlette by Claire Pettibone


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Decade of

D electation

Early Nineteenth Century Wedding Style Inspired by Downton Abbey


Photography Kori & Jared Photography Model Kaeli Wilmoth Hair Stylist Rosalind Wyatt Make-up Katie C Floral Yonan’s Floral China and Antique Roxanne Catti and Keller’s Photo Shoot Stylist Mira Jantz On Location The home of Ann & Steve Endsley

You came. To be honest,

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I would never be happy with anyone else

So long as you walked on the earth

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Page 27 Champagne with silver and gold accent “Gianna” gown by Maggie Sottero. 29” lariat of various pearls and silver rondelles and rhinestone comb by Erica Koesler. Page 28 Ivory slim a-line scoop neck with beaded and embroidered sheer silk, illusion tulle at bodice. “Astraea” by WTOO for Watters. Rhinestone necklace and circle fold, beaded aloncen lace veil by Erica Koesler. Page 29 Ivory with gold beaded and embroidered fit and flare gown, “Blakely” by Maggie Sottero. Rhinestone necklace and hanging filigree earrings by Erica Koesler. Page 30 Vienna crepe back satin plunging V-neckline with jewels at the shoulders and deep V-back, “Orianna” gown by Maggie Sottero. Elaborate rhinestone headband by Erica Koesler. Above. Alencon lace, fit and flare gown, classic silhouette crowned with seductive hand beaded boat neckline, “Nicole” by Cristiano Lucci. Princess tiara on a double rhinestone chain base, rhinestone teardrops, and emerald encased rhinestones paired with hanging filigree earrings by Erica Koesler.


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Aisle Style D esigner P rofile ::C ristiano L ucci


Cristiano Lucci describes his gowns as ‘affordable luxury’ and after shooting a few gowns from his pristine collection we have to agree. This stunning new collection highlights curvaceous silhouettes and detailed beading. The 2014 Bride will be thrilled at how flattering the form is. A wedding dress is designed to flatter, hugging your curves in all the right places and conceal where necessary. Avoid the temptation to hide your figure, instead embrace it in one of these sleek fitted gowns. Cristiano Lucci is a powerful force toward the realization of your happily ever after!”

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D irect from the R unway

April 2013 hosts to New York’s Bridal Fashion Week for the 2014 bridal collections. From plunging backs, peplums, legs and illusion necklines, to bold texture, ethereal silhouettes and more. Let these runway picks inspire your bridal look.


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Finding the perfect vendor to assist you in your planning is not always easy. With referrals from friends & family, websites, magazines, bridal shows, and more the entire process can become overwhelming. We have pulled together some of the Central Valley’s leading professionals in hopes to ease some of the workload for you.

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Aisle Style T rending N ow ~O rnate & E xquisite C olumns As you strut down the aisle on your big day, amaze your guests with every angle of your dress. If you’re daring enough, go for a deep, dramatic plunge or illusion detailing of the back of your gown. An open back adorned with jewels or floating bead designs will create the perfect balance of sophistication and seduction. Beautiful back details will promote your wedding gown from ordinary to extraordinary.



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F eatured W eddings

We have collected some of our favorite and most distinctive weddings from the past year. Allow these intimate details to inspire your big day. BRIDALCOUTUREMAG.COM

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Kalyn & Nicolas Belletto Married May 11, 2013

Sparks first flew for Nic and Kalyn when they met at a 2009 stock car race that Nic was driving in. From there, Nic and Kalyn’s romance took off, culminating in the couple’s enchanting wedding on May 11th, 2013. The guests gathered for the reception held in the Stortroen family’s masterfully-restored, brown barn in Lodi, California. “My sister Jennifer & I grew up playing around the old barn while visiting our grandparents,” Kalyn shared. “It has held many wonderful childhood memories.” To add some sparkle for the day of the wedding, the bride and groom’s families adorned the brown barn with mercury glass and chandeliers. Guests were welcomed to their seats with Belletto family almond favors. The wedding decorations were colored in classic grey and white which was juxtaposed with a splash of color from Kalyn’s handmade bouquets. As the sun went down, Nic and Kalyn joined with their friends and family in dancing late into the night to the music of Tongue & Groove. According to the couple, all of the moments of this magical event added up to create “truly the best day ever!” Congratulations Kalyn & Nicolas

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Photography Kori & Jared Photography Ceremony & Reception Private Residence Bridal Gown The Elizabeth Bridal Wedding Party Dresses The Elizabeth Bridal Wedding Party Suits & Tuxedos Rossini Menswear . Formalwear Rings Rogers Jewelers Florist DIY Invitations & Printables Tipton’s Stationery & Gifts Entertainment Tongue & Groove Catering The Choice Catering Specialty Rentals Classic Party Rentals Cathy Ann’s Party Rentals Save the Date Magnets Wedding Paper Diva’s Favors Belletto Almonds

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Jaena & Sean Gurley Married June 30,2012

Congratulations Jaena & Sean

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Brooke & Nick Gaither Married October 20, 2012

Nick and Brooke first met at their favorite burger spot when they were each 17 years old. After eight years of friendship and romance, Nick proposed to Brooke at Brook’s father’s 50th birthday celebration. “It was so special to have all of our family and close friends with us,” Brooke recalls. Eighteen months after he popped the question, the couple said their vows at the dazzling Palm Event Center in the Livermore wine valley. The couple chose black and white as their wedding colors to establish a simple, yet elegant look for the occasion. Their monogram logo, B & N, was printed on the save-the-dates, the invitations, and the menu cards. The couple said their vows in the exquisite Estate Room, in front of an arch created from soft-white drapery and embellished with flower rings. In place of traditional favors, the couple gave donations to the American Cancer Society and the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation on the behalf of each guest. The fun music of KJ and the All Stars had everyone on the dance floor late into the evening giving everyone a night to remember. Nick and Brooke were thrilled with the way that the event came together. These happy newlyweds look forward to a bright future together: enjoying time with friends and family, boating, and catching some Giants games. Congratulations Brooke & Nick


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Photography Stephanie Baker Photography Ceremony The Estate Room, The Palms Event Center Pleasanton Reception The Ballroom, The Palms Event Center Pleasanton Bridal Gown Novella Bridal Suits & Tuxedos Rossini Menswear . Formalwear Wedding Cake Two for Two Cakes Rings Gabriel Fine Jewelers Florist Mandy Scott Events Invitations & Printables Hyegraph & Calligraphy Entertainment Keith Johnson All Stars Harpist Krista Strader Event Coordinator Mandy Scott Events Hair & Make-Up Get Your DO up! Drapery, Chairs, Lighting Hartmann Studios Linen Rentals La Tavola

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Samantha & Yaser Herrera Married May 4, 2013

Yaser first met Samantha when she began working at his family’s restaurant, La Parrilla. Samantha’s “beautiful smile and captivating personality” are what first drew him to her, Yaser explains. After a six-year-long loving courtship, Yaser proposed to Samantha on his birthday. During the year of wedding planning, Samantha used several websites to help inspire and organize the special day. The couple took on many DIY projects such as their monogrammed cake topper, place cards, and even adding a little flare to the bride’s shoes. Guests had a fun time posing with props in the photo booth. The resulting photo strips made for great favors! The wedding celebration was a complete success. Yaser and Samantha advise couples who are currently planning their wedding to, “stay organized…don’t let the planning bog you down…and enjoy every minute [of the wedding day] because time flies!”

Congratulations Samantha & Yaser

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Photography Kori & Jared Photography Ceremony & Reception The Reata, Oakdale Bridal Gown House of Fashion Wedding Party Dresses David’s Bridal Suits & Tuxedos Men’s Wearhouse Brides Ring Ben Bridge Jeweler Groom’s Wedding Band DeVon’s Fine Jewelers Wedding Cake Sunrise Bakery Florist Scenic Floral Entertainment Sounds in Motion Photo Booth The Platinum Photo Booth Cinematography Rumble Cinematography Catering Grgich Catering Invitations & Printables Sonja’s Brides Bridal Hair Stylist Parlour 308 Carol Eklund Make-Up Salon Vanity Hannah Chilton Hair Stylist Carol Eklund Parlour 308 For more of Samantha & Yaser’s wedding visit


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Ashley & Ricky Hogan Married August 4, 2012

For more of Samantha & Yaser’s wedding, visit Ashley and Ricky met during their junior year of high school when they exchanged numbers at a baseball tournament. In their eight-year-long relationship leading up to their engagement, Ashley and Ricky’s love bloomed despite having to overcome the obstacles of demanding college schedules, divergent career paths, and distance. The couple had to plan their special day while in school, but with lots of help from their families the day came together perfectly. Held at The River Mill in French Camp, the wedding was full of DIY projects from escort keys to cups for the candy bar that read, “Love is sweet. Take a treat!” The colors and decorations were inspired by the mum flower. Ashley “love[s] the color of the flower and the way that it sits among other flowers.” Perhaps the most unique DIY project was the paper mustaches that each guest received upon arrival at the ceremony. The couple’s friends and family were asked to hold up their mustaches as the bride walked down the aisle. Everyone had such a fun time with the mustaches, many of the guests ended up using them on the dance floor which made for a memorable ending to this beautiful wedding.

Congratulations Ashley & Ricky

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Photography Kori & Jared Photography Ceremony & Reception The River Mill, French Camp Bridal Gown Mira Bridal Couture Wedding Party Dresses Suits & Tuxedos Men’s Wearhouse Wedding Bands Rogers Jewelers Countryman’s Village Jewelers Wedding Cake M & W Dutch American Bakery Florist Silveria’s Florist Entertainment Sounds in Motion Photo Booth Rental The Platinum Photo Booth Invitations & Paper Goods An Inviting Design Hair & Make-Up Bella Vagos Alterations Sewing & More Transportation Bella Tours Limousine Escort Keys ShabbyMcFabby-Etsy Programs The Modishmanor-Etsy Something Blue Gown Embriodery Stitch by Design

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Carissa & Brittney England Married March 22, 2013

Six months after meeting through mutual friends, Carissa and Brittney’s romantic love story began-over a bowl of fried ice cream. “The story changes depending on whose telling it,” revealed Carissa. Brittney recalls Carissa showing up to a friendly lunch and ordering dessert rather than an entrée suggesting that what Carissa really wanted was to spend time with Brittney. Carissa playfully contests that she just really likes the dish. Regardless of how their relationship began, the couple say that they fell in love soon after. After becoming engaged, the couple faced unique obstacles to their marriage because of the issue of marriage equality in California. “When you become engaged, there are sad, uncomfortable, and unavoidable questions like, are you engaged indefinitely until same-sex marriage is legally recognized?” the couple noted. According to the couple, “becoming domestic partners… definitely [felt] like settling for second-class status.” Despite the legal barriers, Carissa and Brittney knew they wanted to make a life-long commitment to each other and so they began planning their dream wedding.

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Brittney always dreamed of having a large wedding. She valued more traditional wedding practices, such as not seeing Carissa’s dress before the wedding. On the other hand, Carissa wanted a more intimate ceremony. Her vision was a more modern approach to the affair as evidenced by her feather-bodice dress. The two met a happy compromise with a medium sized wedding and a co-ed wedding party. The wedding dÊcor was in black and white with deep red accents which the florist described as a combination of drama and romance. Guests enjoyed several personal touches created by the couple such as the cigar bar accompanied by custom matchbooks and mini Gallo Cabernet wine bottles personalized by Carissa and Brittney with some of their favorite pictures.


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Carissa and her son, Ethan, walked down the aisle to the sounds of a harpist. With their hands bound together, Brittney and Carissa exchanged individually-written vows of love and devotion. Brittney also exchanged vows and a gift with Carissa’s son. Though their wedding took place in March, Carissa and Brittney participated in their official ceremony on July 1st, after proposition 8 was overturned in California, thus allowing the state of California to recognize their love and commitment to each other as equal and legal.

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Melissa & Blake McCall Married November 2, 2012

When Blake and Melissa went on their first ever blind-date, they didn’t expect it would also be their last! The happy couple hit it off instantly, sharing common beliefs, priorities, and plans for the future. On the day the couple was getting baptized at Folsom Lake, Blake asked Melissa to marry him- and they were married that same day! While Blake and Melissa were dating, they often talked about having a wedding on the gorgeous beaches of Carmel. They agreed that, though already married, they still wanted a wedding with their family and friends in Carmel. The bride and groom worked non-stop on the event arrangements and in just three short months, the couple was on their way to their dream destination wedding.

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Each guest received a hand-written invitation to the event which arrived in its own bottle. Inspired by Melissa and Blake’s love of the ocean, the wedding was nautical themed complete with a sea shell wedding cake! During the ceremony, the over 24 members of the wedding party walked bare-footed down the aisle. As part of the sand ceremony, Melissa and Blake broke sand dollars and poured the sand into a frame which held a picture of the loving couple. Guests were invited to their seats with sea horse place cards and sea shell menus set atop a picture of the couple. Dolphins were spotted jumping in the distance and a friendly seal came up to congratulate the newlyweds. The sun set on a wedding day couldn’t have been more enchanting for Blake and Melissa.


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Katie & Travis Bartelink Married July 12, 2012

Though the couple attended the same high school, it wasn’t until Travis and Katie ran into each other years after graduation that the two really hit it off. On New Year’s Eve of 2012, Travis proposed to Katie at Disneyland against a backdrop of fireworks. Katie had always dreamed of a destination wedding on the inviting shores of Hawaii, but the couple also loved the idea of a larger, outdoor wedding held closer to home.

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Rather than deciding between the two options, the couple decided to do both! After one and a half years of planning, Travis and Katie, surrounded by their closest friends and immediate family, held their dream wedding ceremony on the breathtaking Po’olenalena Beach in Maui, Hawaii. Three weeks later, the newlyweds held the reception at Borges Ranch in Farmington, California. The reception was decorated with antiques that Katie and Travis had been collecting from garage sales and antique stores to accomplish a unique rustic look. All of their hard work and planning concluded with the memories of two beautiful events that will be cherished for a lifetime.

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Christine & Andrew Reyes Married April 22, 2013

Christine and Andrew’s romance first began when the couple met in Los Angeles while working on an independent horror film. With their matching relaxed personalities and taste for adventure, the two hit it off right away. After the couple became engaged, they agreed that they wanted a stress-free, intimate occasion that reflected their fun-loving attitudes. Christine and Andrew decided on the magnificent shores of Cancun, Mexico. As a nod to their unique meeting story and fun destination wedding, the couple’s save-the-dates featured a movie slate propped up in the sand. A deep purple and angelic while colored the details of this enchanting beach event. Christine and Andrew wanted something casual, modern, and simple, while maintaining a traditional look for the bride and groom.


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Surrounded by their closest friends and immediate family, the couple exchanged pledges of commitment over the gentle sounds of the ocean waves. With the help of the planning staff at the La Blanc Spa Resort, the couple pulled off their dream beach wedding. “Our destination wedding was one the best decision we’ve ever made,” happy couple shared. They advise couples engaged to be wed to “choose to have a destination wedding.... it’s one of the best decisions we’ve ever made!”

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Photography Scot Woodman Photography Destination Location Le Blanc Resort, Cancun, Mexico Bridal Gown Suits & Tuxedos Florist Le Blanc Resort Cake Le Blanc Restaurant Invitations & Printables

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Lindzi & Sean Powers Married May 18, 2013

Lindzi and Sean first met at a Mother’s day barbeque that Sean was hosting. During that first encounter, neither the bride nor the groom suspected that they would be madly in love one year later. After a couple of years of friendship and love, the two decided to get married. The couple agreed on hosting an outdoor wedding celebration almost immediately. For the ease of the guests, they chose to have both the ceremony and reception in the same location. “Our planning mantra was ‘We want our guests to have fun’,” Lindzi noted. After visiting multiple venues, the couple fell in love with the rustic and breathtaking Pageo Lavender Farms in Turlock, California.

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Sean and Lindzi’s idea of a dream wedding was one that took an unconventional approach to traditional elements of the celebration. From the lawn games, to the ice cream station, even down to the details of the bridal gown, the couple’s unique personalities were infused into every detail of the enchanting event. The theme of the wedding, vintage simplicity and rustic effortlessness, was conveyed with burlap and lace in the décor. The palatte of the wedding included neutrals with a peachy-pink undertone. On the wedding day, the couple exchanged their own unique messages of love in front of their dearest friends and family. Guests enjoyed dancing the night away to the sounds of Whiskey Picnic and Sounds in Motion or playing a friendly game of bean bag toss. Favors included a DIY ice cream bar created by the bride and the maid of honor as well as custom honey jars from Burch Bees. For the newlyweds, it was an event to remember for the rest of their lives. As for their guests, the happy couple believe that their wedding manta came true!

Congratulations Lindzi & Sean


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Photography Kori & Jared Photography Venue Pageo Lavender Farm Turlock, Ca. Bridal Gown Stephanie James Couture Wedding Party Dresses Ann Taylor Suits & Tuxedos Vito’s Entertainment Wiskey Picnic Sounds in Motion Florist Bridevine & Branches Weddings & Events Event Coordination Bridevine & Branches Weddings & Events Catering Scotty’s Catering Cake Creative Cakes By Debra Invitations & Printables Favors Burch Bees Cinematography Rumble Cinematography Forever Vintage Rentals Unique Boutiques Classic Party Rentals Make-up Blissful Beauty by Kyndra Hair Stylist Lindsey Dovik of Indulgence Studio For more of Lindzi & Sean’s wedding, visit

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Jessica and Timothy Cline Married April 6, 2013

Jessica and Tim met when they were both Midshipmen in the United States Naval Academy. The two had an incredible chemistry and after dating for some time, they became engaged to be wed. The loving couple began planning their wedding soon after, despite Tim’s six-month-long overseas deployment. While the two have family in sunny Florida, they decided to have their wedding in warm California, where Jessica was stationed. Jessica fell in love with the Los Willows Winery in majestic Fallbrook, California. Jessica and Tim wanted a simple and elegant wedding that incorporated the stunning colors of the surrounding hills and vineyards as part of the theme of the event. The couple was able to work around their demanding military schedules by dividing up the wedding planning and multiple DIY projects amongst themselves and their friends and family. The wedding invitations, table signs, cupcakes, and card box were all created by the bride, the groom, the friends, and family.


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After much work and planning, the big day had finally arrived. The bridesmaids wore a soft, mint green which was paired perfectly with the classic, grey groomsmen suits. Jessica and Tim clasped their hands tightly together, and said their vows of devotion and love under a grand white gazebo embellished with cream-colored, fabric pillars. The outdoor reception was held under a roof of lavish, pulled fabric decorated with a stunning crystal chandelier. As the sun set on their romantic outdoor wedding, the newlyweds were grateful that they were able to share this important piece of their history with their friends and family. The two look forward to many romantic days and years to come. Congratulations Jessica & Tim

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Antonia & Chris Riley Married September 1, 2012 Photography Scot Woodman Photography Venue Del Rio Country Club, Modesto Bridal Gown Mira Bridal Couture Wedding Party Dresses Mira Bridal Couture Suits & Tuxedos Florist Yonan’s Floral Decor’ & Rentals Yonan’s Floral Classic Party Rentals Entertainment Sounds in Motion Photo Booth Rental The Platinum Photo Booth Videographer Light Dance Films Transportation Dream Limousine Wedding Bands Family Heirloom & PI Jewelry Alterations Sewing & More

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Kate & Joshua Halecky Married October 13, 2013 Photography Lori Makabe Photography Venue Viaggio Winery, Acampo Bridal Gown Le Soie Bridal Florist Bella Bloom Entertainment Elite Entetainment Cake Something Sweet

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Sarah & Jon Robins Married May 11, 2013

Though the two knew each other in high school, it wasn’t until Jon and Sarah began talking at their 10 year high school reunion that their romance really began. The couple had loved visiting the winery at the elegant Berghold Vineyards. So, when Jon and Sarah became engaged they knew right away that they wanted to hold their wedding at this exceptional venue. Planning the big day was sometimes challenging, but with the help of friends, family, and weding websites, the couple was able to create a beautiful, memorable event. The details of the wedding were colored in a deep royal blue, soft white, and entwined with a splash of magenta. Jon and Sarah created an intimate experience with only the couple’s closest friends and immediate family in attendance. Guests relished the quality time spent with the bride and groom and enjoyed the home-made jars of honey favors. The newlyweds are excited to begin their new lives together as husband and wife.

Congratulations Sarah & Jon

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Heather & William Jachimek Married March 30, 2013 “When I saw you I fell in love and

you smiled because you knew”

-Arrigo Boito

When two old souls collide and share a love of modern art, style, and sophistication, they are bound to have a breathtaking and timeless wedding that is a statement within itself. Heather and William did not spare any expense to create their perfect wedding. The fine paper invitations embellished with satin set the tone for this memorable, black-tie event. As guests arrived, they could view the Rolls Royce that William purchased for Heather as a gift for their special day, thus upholding a tradition that William’s father began on his own wedding day. The couple held their ceremony and reception on their contemporary, private estate at the base of Camelback Mountain. Guests were enveloped in a breathtaking view of the mountain’s form while the crooning sounds of Frank Sinatra played overhead. The stunning bride walked down the aisle just as “A Thousand Years” began to play. Promises of unconditional love were sealed with a kiss against a majestic backdrop of the setting sun.

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For the reception, the thirty foot long tables were draped with white linens and topped with dramatic cascading hydrangea table runners and balls of white roses placed atop silver vases. Guests enjoyed cocktails, cigars, playing blackjack and dancing late into the evening. This is one love story and wedding that no one will soon forget!

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Jennie & Chris Irwin Married October 5, 2012 Passion is to kiss or to hug and to prove that

action speaks louder than words

Chris and Jennie’s paths first crossed when their boats sailed by one another on the lake. Their eyes locked, the couple shared a smile, and then Chris waved Jennie over to talk. “Before you know it we were laughing and dancing like we had known one another forever,” Jennie recalled. Before these two could exchange numbers, the waves of the lake knocked Chris into the water. Jennie, thinking they would never find one another again, posted a picture of them together on a social network site. Chris saw the picture online and jumped on the opportunity to meet with Jennie again. Jennie regularly met up with members of her bridal party at Jennie’s official wedding planning station- Las Casuela’s. By sharing much of the planning with their friends and family, Chris and Jennie had an easy and fun time creating their perfect day. DIY projects included cork place card holders, “hubbie” and “wifey” chair signs, and the bridesmaid’s pearl and rhinestone wine glasses.

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Jennie and Chris went wine tasting on their first date so it seemed like a perfect idea to hold their wedding at the elegant and romantic Wente Winery. The couple loved the vineyard, the open space, and the twinkling lights. The couple held their outdoor wedding in early autumn. After trying on multiple gowns, the bride found the perfect lace wedding dress that would serve as a tribute to her late mother. “When I tried [the wedding dress] on, I couldn’t help but tear up. Just like that, it was done,” Jennie shared. After pledging to love one another forever, the newlyweds joined their friends in family on the dance floor. As the evening drew to a close, Jenny and Chris acknowledge that they could not have had such a successful event without the help of their loved ones. Photography Draper Photography Ceremony & Reception Wente Vineyards Bridal Gown Mira Bridal Couture Wedding Party Dresses Mira Bridal Couture Suits & Tuxedos Mira Bridal Couture Wedding Cake Wente Vineyard Wedding Ring Tacori Devon’s Jewelers Wedding Band Fred Meyer’s Florist Alexandra’s Home & Garden Cinematography Rumble Cinematography Drapery Ajooba Events

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Tara & Ryan Cardoza Married June 8, 2013

Tara and Ryan’s love story all began when Ryan sent a “wink” to Tara on a popular dating website. The two hit it off immediately and after dating for a while, Ryan proposed to Tara. In a mere six months the couple planned a wedding that included a guest list of 300 people. With the support of their friends, family, and 20 members of their wedding party, Tara and Ryan were able to create a magical, memorable day. The couple chose to have an outdoor that was representative of their unique personalities. The theme was vintage, shabby chic with dashes of grey and yellow in the details. The ceremony and reception were held on the Stevenson Property in marvelous French Camp, California. “The location was a one-of-a-kind experience,” Tara noted. The men in the wedding party wore rolled-up sleeves and bow-ties. The women were encouraged to express their own personalities with their dresses and hair styles. As the eventful day drew to a close, guests took hand-made seed favors that read, “Watch our love grow!” Ryan and Tara look forward to watching their own love grow as they spend the years together.

Congratulations Tara & Ryan

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Michelle & Andrew Hood Married May 17, 2013 Michelle and Andrew celebrated their burning love with a firehouse wedding! After meeting through a relative, Michelle and Andrew became fast friends. The two spent a couple of years getting to know each other before they began dating. “Once we started dating, that was it!” Michelle shared. While celebrating their anniversary in romantic Carmel, California, Andrew asked Michelle to become his wife. The two fell in love with the intimate and sophisticated atmosphere of the Firehouse Restaurant in Old Sacramento. During the 16 months of planning, the bride’s mother was a great help to the busy couple. The wedding was peacock themed, incorporating teal and purple into the decorum. The bride’s garter, however, was orange and black. “I thought the guys would really fight over [a Giants colored

garter], which they did!” Michelle joked. Rather than traditional favors, the couple made a generous donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation on behalf of each guest, in memory of Andrew’s mother. The newlyweds are happy with special day and looking forward to many more to come. Congratulations Michelle & Andrew

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Krista & Brian Luiz Married April 27, 2013

Krista and Brian never guessed that they would someday be wed when they first met as teens. Eight years later, after running into each other several times, Krista and Brian became good friends while reminiscing about their youth. But, it wasn’t until they both attended a mutual friend’s wedding that their romantic relationship began to bloom. “It’s all about timing! Everything seemed to just fall in to place and we both knew our relationship was meant to be,” Krista explained. Finally on New Year’s Eve, over a decade after the two first met, Brian proposed to Krista on the beautiful shores of Pismo Beach. At Woodbridge Country Club under a large oak tree, against a backdrop of the sun setting across the vineyards, Krista and Brian said shared their vows of love and devotion. The couple’s 13 month-old son was the charming ring bearer. The colors of the event were eggplant and lilac. In lieu of the traditional guest book, guest’s signed fabric pieces that would be later incorporated into a quilt. For favors, guests received personalized plantable seed card favors and miniature bottles of a custom cocktail with a picture of the happy couple alongside a note that read, “We took a SHOT at love!” Krista and Brian are happy that they were able to share their special day with those closest to them.

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T he E volution


W edding E tiquette

After a 5-year hiatus, same-sex marriage resumes in California leaving many questions around modern etiquette for those preparing to wed, hundreds working in and around the wedding industry, and those with loved ones that may plan their own wedding soon. All wedding celebrations are based on the same principles: two people have made a commitment to one another, they want to express their love and devotion to each other, and they want to share that ceremony with their family and friends. With that in mind, here are a few tips for those BCM readers who are excitedly looking forward to a day that is long overdue.


As ceremonies continue to evolve based on the desires of each unique couple, terminology on the invitation can be a point of uncertainty for many. To keep it simple, the invitation design should reflect the nature of the service and taste of the couple, and include the basics of who, what, when and where. When address the envelopes, modern etiquette now calls for couples’ names to appear on the same line. So whether the invited guests are married or not, their names can appear together above the address to which the invitation is being sent.

When addressing the envelope to a same-sex couple (or straight unmarried couples who live together), modern etiquette now calls for the couple’s names to appear on the same line.


As always, attire should express the tastes of the couple and reflect personal style. Attire should also fit the setting of the ceremony.

Guest Seating at the Ceremony

Because our society is now so connected, and thanks to Facebook we all know how many ‘mutual friends’ we have, seating at ceremonies has evolved from the typical “your side” and “my side.” Family members can be asked to act as ushers and seat people as they arrive according to the couple’s wishes. Another option is to create signage with quotes such as the one Carissa and Brittney England used for their

wedding. It read, “Today, two families become one. So please pick a seat, not a side.”

Terms of Endearment

As everything surrounding ceremonies evolves, so too will the traditional introductions of the couple at the end of the exchange. “Husband and Wife” may no longer fit for many reasons. Inviting the guests to congratulate the couple and their family following the exchange of vows would fit, and be appropriate for, many scenarios. Other than twisting the culture of what one may be use to it’s actually quite simple. The traditional “fiance” or “fiancee” during the engagement is practical. After the ceremony, many couples will introduce each other as a “spouse” or “life partner”. Regardless of which verbiage is used, the meaning is the same and easily understood by others.

Things You Wouldn’t Say At Any Wedding “Which one of you is the bride?”

celebrating with, each other. Skip this question and focus on celebrating with them.

At any wedding, it isn’t important to designate into which roles the couple is categorized. They are two people in love, exchanging vows and making a commitment.

“Why isn’t your family member here?”

“So, is this a real wedding?” One definition of wedding is “the act or an instance of blending or joining.” Whether you call it a “civil union” or a “commitment ceremony,” if you are in attendance as a real guest, with real people joining together in a real celebration of love, then yes, it is a real wedding.

“When are you going to have kids?” The couple on their special day is probably more interested in focusing on, and

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A wedding is a time to celebrate and enjoy the company of those excited about, and willing to affirm, the couple’s relationship. Bringing up relatives who have chosen not to attend could be hurtful to the couple.

“Thank you for the invite… I’m so excited to make a political statement by attending.” If you are attending a celebration of love to make a political statement to your social circle, you are attending for the wrong reasons. Leave the politics out of it and reflect on the privilege of being invited to witness one of the most special days in your friends’ lives.

“I wonder who will walk down the aisle.” “Congratulations! I’m so supportive of your sexual preference.”

Every couple is different. Enjoy the element of surprise. You’ll see many variations on the processional as couples blend families and design their ceremony to reflect their union.

Read that statement one more time, and reflect on the absurdity. Congratulations to all BCM readers who have found that special someone to love and cherish. Best wishes for celebrations that reflect you and lives together that inspire you.


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