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Gold Country

Complimentary Bridal Guide


For The Discerning Bride

Winter/Spring 2015

Your Wedding in Beautiful Surroundings...

The Pinecrest Chalet

The Lair of the Golden Bear 209-965-3276 500 Dodge Ridge Road Pinecrest, CA

lairofthebear.org pinecrestchalet.com

Still Memories PHOTOGRAPHY





Table of Contents What to Wear for your E-Session.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Erica Elizabeth Designs.. . One on One.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

All Services Complimentary

Our Love Story.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Union Hill Inn.. . . . . . Venue Feature.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Wedding Planning Checklist.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Real Weddings.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 The “First Look�.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Tips for Choosing your Wedding Venue.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Resource Listings.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Wine Tasting Rooms.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Bridal Show Events.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79-82 Cover Photo Photographer:

Elizabeth Messina elizabethmessina.com

Floral & Event Design: Mindy Rice Hair & Makeup: Erin Skipley

Design/Publisher Kevin White Michelle White

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Wedding Gown: Claire Pettibone Headpiece: Twigs & Honey

Editorial Contributers Katelyn James Erica Elizabeth Tracy Barbutes Wedalert Christine Tuohy Michelle White



Shower Time.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Wedding consultants advise in all aspects of your wedding day. Need help? Have a question? Contact us today.

Bride to Bride.. . Helpful advice from real brides.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Planning Your Wedding Just Got Easier

Tossing the Garter and Other Customs.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

What to wear for your e-session

by Katelyn James

Here are my TOP TEN tips and recommendations for making decisions about engagement sessions outfits! Enjoy! 1. Most of my couples have two outfits for their engagement session. One outfit is normally on the dressier side and one outfit is more relaxed and casual. 2. Coordinating doesn’t mean “matching”. Wearing the same color in a different shade is actually more ideal than trying to find the EXACT color purple! 3. If one of you is wearing something with a lot of color and pattern, sometimes it’s best to have the other person wear a neutral! 4. This is just an idea! Take it or leave it! Some couples plan their attire to coordinate with their wedding day so that their Save The Dates match the wedding theme and decor! 5. Don’t over think it! Some of my favorite outfits have been when the guy is just wearing a simple colored vneck!



Photos: Katelyn James


6. Make sure you are equal when it comes to how formal your attire is. If the bride is wearing a little black dress…. the groom probably shouldn’t be in shorts and tennis shoes. :) 7. Don’t be afraid to be yourself and wear something that is unique to you! It’s great to wear a dress with a cardigan…. that’s probably what I would wear!… but if you have a unique style, be sure to show it off! Some of my favorite engagement shoots have incorporated my couple’s unique style! 8. If you’re wearing plaid, the bigger the better!! It would be better to have a solid dress shirt than a shirt with teeny tiny patterns. The camera can’t pick those tiny patterns up from far away and that can sometimes result in Chromatic Aberration. 9. Accessorize! Scarves, necklaces, belts…. I love them all! They can add so much to an outfit! 10. Last but not least, this is a tip that I highly recommend paying attention to: Wear attire that is flattering to your figure and your skin tone. It seems like common sense but I’m guilty of this all of the time. We all know that everyone has certain things that look GREAT on them and certain things that aren’t really made for them. For example… I’m pale… because I’m a redhead. I’ve accepted it… I know that’s never going to change… and because of that, I also know that wearing a strapless, pale yellow sundress for a portrait session is NOT IDEAL! I also know that I personally never LOVE the way I look in pictures in sleeveless shirts. Why? I don’t know! I’m fine with my arms…. but I just don’t like that look! So if I were to have a portrait session with my husband Michael… I wouldn’t wear a sleeveless shirt. It’s a compliment to say “Oh, well Katelyn will make it look amazing”…. but the truth is, if you don’t like the way you look in stripes on a normal, day-to-day basis, you’re not going to love the way you look in your images that I take. If you’re self conscious about your legs, don’t wear a mini-skirt. If you’re self-conscious about your arms, it’s probably not smart to wear a tube top…. not that those are even “in” anyway (thank goodness). Bottom line, make sure you wear something that you’re comfortable in. Sure, I’m going to teach you how to pose in super flattering ways, but you’ll love your images so much more if you wear an outfit that you’re comfortable and CONFIDENT in!! Confidence photographs well!! ;) GoldCountryWeddings.com



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Photos by Still Memories Photography

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Arnold, Ca.




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ericaelizabeth.com I am so happy to share some favorite images from my recent photo shoot, highlighting the newest creations in my EnglishRose Collection. I am completely entranced with the photography of Caroline Tran, whose singular talents captured the essence of my new Collection. Her artistry, paired with the exquisite gowns from Sara Janks and Jenny Yoo, showcased my new headpiece designs, veils, and sashes, each inspired by the beauty of the classic English rose. I was captivated anew by the seduction and mystery of this intriguing flower while launching a venture into the world of scent (watch for the upcoming premier of my Eglantine parfum). As with my fragrance, each new piece stems from this floral inspiration, with this signature flower adorning crowns, halos, circlets and bandeaus. The art of flower making has origins that reach back through the centuries, when European artisans crafted sumptuous silk roses, custom constructed of silk and hand wrapped with wire.



The time and craftsmanship involved eventually sent the process the way of mass production, but without the same stunning result. For this season’s pieces, I’ve focused on recreating the luxury of a gorgeous blooming English rose, fashioning its Olde World appeal into a rich repertoire of timeless accessories for today’s bride. I love to mix different silks – habatoi, tulle, organza -- to create unique textures, which are then blended with soft French laces and touched with freshwater pearls to add richness and dimension. As I continue to develop ideas and further hone my skills, I’ve embraced the artisanal art of metal fabrication, seen in many of this season’s bridal crowns and tiaras. This intense, time-consuming art, while so different from working with the softest of silks, follows the same deep roots of inspiration. My love of nature infuses each design of winding enamel leaves, hand detailed and finished with spots of pearl and rhinestone that sparkle and gleam with the play of light. My wish is that these creations will not only be cherished on the wedding day, but also treasured as keepsakes through love’s long journey. With love, Erica

Photography: Caroline Tran Gowns: Sarah Janks & Jenny Yoo Hair & Makeup: Theresa Huang



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Sareh Nouri NEW YORK

Bridal Gowns & Veils: Sareh Nouri www.sarehnouri.com Select Bridal Laces: House of Sophie Hallette www.sophiehallette.com Headpieces: Enchanted Atelier by Liv Hart www.livhart.com Photographer: Orange Photographie www.orangephotographie.com Floral: Laura Clare Design www.lauraclaredesign.com Makeup: Saray Barbosa Makeup Artistry www.saraybarbosa.com Hair: Ashley Malone Pimped Out Hair

“I believe finding a wedding dress is like finding a true friend; you should be able to trust it, you should never regret it, and whenever you see it… it should always make you smile.” ~Sareh Nouri GoldCountryWeddings.com


My 2015 collection is inspired by old world charm, 1920’s Paris and takes place in a beautiful chic trashed Parisian apartment – where you can feel the mood from days gone by. This beautiful bride is getting married, and she is dancing barefoot and happy on the old floor in delicate dresses trying on various couture headpieces. To emphasize this mood I have used rose gold, honey-gold, antique gold, silver, cream and ivory Preciosa crystals. In this collection I have also used gorgeous opulent oversized Preciosa crystals in silver to add a touch of glamour to the collection. janniebaltzer.com


Sandra Ă…berg Photography wedding.sandraaberg.com

Hair & Makeup: Mia Jeppson miajeppson.dk


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Faye @Le Management lemanagement.dk





Tossing the Garter

and other customs

Today, the tradition of the wedding garter is tame in comparison to France of the 14th century. In North America, the bride wears two garters; one as a keepsake garter and the other for the throw away. Both garters are worn on the right leg just above the knee. Before the removal of the garter, the bride first throws her bouquet to the single women. The groom removes the throw away garter from the brides leg, sometimes he removes it with his teeth, but more appropriately nowadays he uses his hands. He does this while the bride is sat in a chair. After the garter is removed, he then throws it to the single male guests. The male guest then takes the garter and places it on the leg of the single female guest who has caught the bouquet. Those that catch either item are said to be the next to marry. In some instances, it is said that they will marry each other.The keepsake garter is removed later in private during the honeymoon night. Numerous wedding garter traditions have been obtained over the years that still seem to become rules of etiquette today. Take a look at a few that are still popular and some that have long since been forgotten. The garter tradition originated back to the 14th century. In parts of Europe the guests of the bride and groom believed having a piece of the bride’s clothing was thought to bring good luck. They would actually destroy the brides dress by ripping off pieces of fabric. Obviously, this tradition did not sit well with the bride, so she began throwing various items to the guests – the garter being one of them. It became customary for the bride to toss the garter to the men. But this also caused a great problem for the bride….sometimes the men would get drunk, become impatient and try to remove the garter ahead of time. Therefore, the custom derived at having the groom remove and toss the garter to the men. With this change, the bride began to toss the bridal boutique to the unwed girls who were eligible for marriage. Another interesting custom dated back to the ancient times where the wedding garter represented the virginal girdle. When the groom removed the garter from the bride, this represented the bride’s relinquishment of her virginity. An Old English custom was while the bride and groom were in their bridal chamber, the wedding guests would sneak into the chamber picking up discarded stockings and throwing them at the couple. Whoever flung a stocking that hung on the bride or groom’s nose, would be the next to marry. “ Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue and a Silver Sixpence in her Shoe” Did you ever wonder where the custom “Something Blue” derived from? Wearing something blue dates back to biblical times when the color blue was considered to represent purity, faithfulness and fidelity. Back then the bride would wear a piece of blue clothing or a blue band around the bottom of her dress. The ancient Roman maidens also wore blue on the borders of their robes to symbolize their love, fidelity and modesty, while the Christians associated it with the purity of the Virgin Mary. Article Courtesy of Wedalert.com Karen Bridal Angel GoldCountryWeddings.com



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Photos: Coliena Rentmeester

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Bride To Bride

Helpful advice from real brides!

Mark & Genevieve 1. Your unique wedding at a glance: My wedding was so much better than I thought it could be. It was beautiful and graceful and so much fun. It was a mix of everything I love, which is a lot of things that don’t necessarily go together. 2. Your biggest challenge in planning your wedding: My biggest challenge with my wedding was doing it 99% all by myself. I had plenty of support but not a lot of hands out for help. 3. How you overcame/made it work: I made it work mostly on my own, but at some point, I just started assigning tasks to family members. 4. Favorite moments: My favorite moment was during the ceremony. I was engrossed in mine and my husbands vows, but in the background I heard a whole lot of sniffling. 5. Funniest moments: The funniest moment I had was way before my wedding day really started. My best friend, and bridesmaid, came knocking at my cabin at 4:30 in the morning. She scared the living daylights out of me, but I was the one with the coffee! 6. Your advice for other brides: Think about everything you want your wedding to be, after all, you only get one! Take the time and consideration of the details, because those are the things you will look back on and love. 7. Most important lesson you learned from your wedding: What I really learned was that I absolutely love weddings. Not because of what they look like, but because of all of the love involved. Sure, family can be less than fun sometimes, but the love and support you can receive is amazing. Besides, it’s the best day ever if you get to marry your best friend!



Photos by: Still Memories Photography

Tim & Tammy 1. Your biggest challenge in planning your wedding: The biggest challenge in planning our wedding was the fact that we lived about 3 hours from the venue. 2. How you overcame/made it work: We overcame this challenge by making sure to coordinate as many vendors in one day as we could. We made several trips but it was well worth it. 3. Favorite moments: Some of my favorite moments of the wedding was walking down the aisle and seeing everyone sitting waiting for us to exchange our vows. It is so surreal when you are finally to this point after all the planning and hard work. 4. Funniest moments: One of our funniest moments was when everyone got up and did the chicken dance during the reception. I loved that. 5. Your advice for other brides: My advice to other brides would be make sure to get your dress in ample enough time prior to the wedding and try the dress on in front of a mirror with plenty of light. You need to make sure that the dress fits perfectly as my dress had some issues with the cups not fitting appropriately and I had to buy some fashion tape at the last minute because there was no time to alter the dress. Also another big flop was the fact that my dress was below my tan line on my back so I would recommend to make sure that you have no visible tan lines. 6. Most important lesson you learned from your wedding: The most important thing I learned from this whole experience is that you really need to take the time to cherish every moment of your special day. It all happens so fast and then it’s over in a blink of an eye. The most important part is having your family and friends there to share this momentous occasion; so take the time to appreciate every moment.



Photos by: Still Memories Photography


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Shower Time

by Christine Tuohy

It’s time for the party preceeding your nuptials! Here’s a list of ideas for party themes and games that’ll keep everyone having a great time. First, the basics. Anyone close to the bride can host the shower, be it the Maid of Honor, the bride’s sister, or Mom. The shower should be at least 2 weeks before the wedding itself, and showers are usually informal affairs that can be anything from a brunch in a restaurant to a pool party barbecue in your back yard. They can be ‘girls only’ or co-ed to include the whole gang! Traditionally food is served, guests mingle, and the bride opens her gifts. (be sure to have a friend write down who gave which gift to make it easier for the bride later when she writes her thank-you notes) As for the theme of the party, the sky is the limit. How about a day at the spa with you and your bridesmaids? Perfect pedicures, massages and facials, all in a relaxing, sweetly scented atmosphere. Spa parties can be held at a spa, or even do-it-yourself in your home! At home, you can have a cupcake baking party, or a wine and cheese tasting with an array of tasty international cheeses from your local market. How about a scrapbooking party? Set up the table with all sorts of scrapbook supplies and have your girlfriends bring photos, recipes, and other memorabilia to create a great book the bride can keep for years. For the more casual shower (co-ed or not) have a barbecue with cocktails and music, or a Happy Hour theme with wings, mozzarella sticks and interesting beers and wines. A bowling party at the local bowling alley is also a fun option! Now that you have some shower ideas, it’s game time! Try the following games to keep the laughter rolling: Bridal Mad Libs. Type out the story of how the couple met, or how they got engaged and make a Mad Lib out of it! Oven Mitt Pantyhose Game. Give all the ladies oven mitts and knee high panty hose and line them up. Start the timer, and the first to put on both panty hose while wearing the oven mitts wins a prize! (Baking Mix, perhaps?) Honeymoon Scavenger Hunt. Hide wedding or honeymoon related items around the house or yard and get everyone searching! Rule #1 at your wedding shower: Have fun!


Our Love Story Shane & Nicole “We met by joining the same kickball team in DC. My friend, Alan (who was also our officiant) and Shane’s friend Tom (one of his groomsmen) worked together. Tom recruited Alan and Shane to join the team, and Alan convinced me to join as well. We were immediately interested in each other, but it took Shane a couple weeks of kickball and flipcup games to finally make a move! Although neither of us is from DC originally, it will always be where we fell in love. Some of our first dates were to the national museums, the zoo and to embassies’ open houses. We chose our venue due to its historical significance and proximity to all the major DC attractions. Our guests were able to easily walk everywhere! The day of the wedding was a little stressful because we knew it would rain at some point, but it was unclear exactly when it would happen. Fortunately, the rain held off for the ceremony and cocktail hour! It started pouring down right after we entered for dinner and the reception! We like to think we got the best of both worlds – the beautiful outdoor ceremony we planned, plus plenty of good luck from the rain, while everyone danced the night away.”


Photos: Emily Clack Photography



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Tricia Thompson Design is the premier wedding and event coordinator in Tuolumne County. With almost 30 years of experience in interior design, fashion consulting and event planning, I have unique skills and an eye for design to give you a stress-free planning process and flawless wedding day. It is my intention to free you to focus on your guests while assuring a memorable and successful day filled with love and joy. We invite you to visit www.triciathompsondesign.com for more information and to request an appointment.

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Union Hill Inn

by Tracy Barbutes

When you read, time and again, reviews like “enchanting” “piece of heaven” “dream wedding” “stress free” and “where heaven and earth come together” – it isn’t difficult to understand why people travel near and far to celebrate their weddings at the Union Hill Inn. This rustic and refined Sierra Nevada wedding venue has been featured in Brides Magazine, Martha Stewart’s Weddings Magazine, and was awarded by BuzzFeed as the #1 spot in their “22 of the coolest places to get married in America.” Union Hill Inn is located near California’s Sierra Nevada historic and charming gold rush communities of Columbia, Sonora and Jamestown. It is a short day trip to Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe and the worldfamous Napa Valley. To the north, across the Stanislaus River, is the historic town of Murphys, with more than a dozen wine-tasting rooms in the downtown area and more at the surrounding wineries. Innkeepers Barbara and Don provide multiple accommodations for you and your wedding guests, including an inn with four suites, a dairy barn with two suites, as well as three cottages. These charming cottages include a Groom’s Coop (a converted chicken coop!), a Bridal Cottage and a Road House. Tents and RV’s are welcome too. Be sure to speak with Barbara about your needs. You will have many choices for your wedding ceremony at this site, including a romantic wedding chapel (a former barn), underneath the branches of a massive oak tree for an intimate setting, in addition to assorted lawn or pavilion areas. The pet-friendly grounds include a romantic chapel; a foot bridge ideal for romantic photo opportunities; an historic garden; two pavilions (Upper and Grand); a gazebo; a swimming pool; an amphitheatre; off-street, private parking; various ponds, as well as oodles of nooks and crannies to sneak away for a private moment. There are trails throughout for walking, running, hiking and horse and buggy rides. Rather than rush through a ceremony and reception, you and your guests may celebrate in the banquet hall until the wee hours of the night. This California destination wedding location is an ideal place to spend an entire weekend with all of your family and friends. unionhillinn.com



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Wedding Planning Checklist 1 Year to 6 Months Prior • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Choose a wedding date Decide whether you want an indoor or outdoor wedding Select the colors, theme, and details of your wedding Choose and book a location and officiant for your ceremony Choose and book your reception location Select the caterer and choose a wedding cake Choose a florist and start planning your wed ding flowers Book the musical entertainment and master of ceremonies Find a photographer Write your guest list Make a bridal registry Decide on bridesmaids, groomsmen, and remainder of bridal party Start shopping for your wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses Begin thinking about your preferred honey moon location

6 Months to 3 Months Prior • • • • • • • • •

Finalize your guest list Choose your invitations Mail invitations Purchase the wedding gown and veil Purchase the bridesmaids dresses Purchase or arrange for rental of groom and groomsmen tuxedos Book your honeymoon Plan the rehearsal dinner Arrange transportation to and from the wedding and reception

• •

Purchase wedding accessories like favors and place cards Finalize all music with the DJ or entertainment provider

2 Weeks Ahead • • • •

Finalize all details with the caterer and give an updated guest count Confirm all plans with your florist Go over the photo timeline of the wedding day with your photographer Obtain your tickets for your honeymoon

1 Week Ahead • • • •

Pack for your honeymoon Give the wedding party their gifts Hold the rehearsal dinner Attend bachelor/bachelorette party

Day Before • • •

Relax with family and friends Get wedding manicure The bride should stay with loved ones and retire early

Your Wedding Day • • • •

Stay calm! Enjoy a healthy breakfast Visit makeup artist and hairdresser Get dressed for your wedding and …

Savor every wonderful moment of your special day!

Bride Tip: When going to bridal shows, type up address labels in advance, so you don’t have to spend time filling out all the prize registration forms.

3 Months to 1 Month Prior • • • • • •

Obtain the marriage license Purchase the wedding rings Have the mothers of the bride and groom choose their dresses Confirm all catering, floral, and travel details Create your wedding programs Plan and invite everyone to the rehearsal dinner

1 Month to Two Weeks Prior •


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Vendor Love Photographer Brian Wright French Grey Photography frenchgreyphotography.com Venue Yachts de Paris Hair and MakeUp Harold James jameshairandmakeup.com



Vendor Love Photographer Craig and Eva Sanders craigevasanders.co.uk Ceremony Cramond Kirk Edinburgh, UK. Reception Harburn House West Lothian, UK. Flowers Flowers by Cherry Blossom Cake Liggy’s Cakes Edinburgh, UK.



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Vendor Love Photographer Still Memories Photography stillmemoriesphotosite.com Venue Lair of the Golden Bear/ Pinecrest Chalet lairofthebear.org pinecrestchalet.com

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Rob & Lisa



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Flowers Ory Floral

The “First Look”

by Katelyn James

First Looks.….they might possibly be the best new wedding trend out there. When I first heard about doing a “First Look” I thought to myself…”that’s cool… but I’ll NEVER do it for my own wedding”. Ohh I can be SO wrong sometimes! Not only did Michael and I share a First Look on our wedding day, I also encourage ALL of my couples to do one as well! First Looks are amazing and SO incredibly helpful to photographers! I have had several photographers ask about First Looks recently and so I thought that maybe I should do an Ask Anything post about them! I’m definitely not a pro at shooting them but I have had more couples opt for the First Look this year than I expected and I LOVED IT! So, there are several reasons why brides do NOT want to do First Looks: 1. Momma won’t approve 2. The Bride wants that “AH!” moment to be when she is coming down the aisle and 3. It’s just too non-traditional. Well, my answer to brides that are unsure is this…. 1. I know you love your Momma, but if this is something you want to do, it’s your wedding and you should go for it! 2. I understand wanting him to be totally shocked and in awe of you as you come down the aisle…that’s understandable, I wanted that too! The thing is, he is going to be “in awe” of you coming down the aisle no matter what! Michael still bawled when I came down the aisle, even though we had seen each other before the ceremony. That moment is so incredible and it doesn’t lose that special feeling if you see each other before hand…. believe me! Michael would tell you that even though we saw each other beforehand, when I came through the back doors of the church and Photos:Katelyn James




walked down the aisle, it was still one of the most powerful moments of our ceremony! and 3. True, this is a VERY non-traditional concept but it’s AMAZING for several reasons: 1. Your guests will not have to wait over an hour for you to arrive at your reception! When a bride and groom wait to do ALL of their portraits after the ceremony, (family, bridal party, romantic portraits and then travel to the reception) that usually takes an hour and a half, sometimes longer if the couple wants a ton of awesome portraits of just the two of them! Because this is so time consuming, it often leads to rushed portraits and can cause a little stress for the Bride and Groom because they aren’t enjoying their portraits together, they are worrying about their guests having to WAIT. 2. A first look allows you to have time with JUST your husband. When couples decide to see each other for the first time in private, it is an emotional moment that the two of them share and it’s so incredibly intimate. I get to stand off to the side and document it! This is a time for the couple to love on each other, for the groom to tell his bride how STUNNING she is and this moment serves as an once in a lifetime photo opportunity! What most brides don’t realize is that when a bride walks down the aisle, her man may think she looks fabulous, but he is unable to tell her that until AFTER the ceremony! The first look allows couples to embrace and just be together for a few minutes on their wedding day and that is priceless!! 3. Couples that choose a first look always end up with 40% more portraits than those who do not opt for the First Look AND the bride’s makeup is still in tact (sometimes tears from the ceremony can require a makeup touchup and this can take close to 15 minutes of time). 4. It calms nerves…. BIG TIME. This is huge for the groom. Almost ALL grooms that have experienced a First Look admit that seeing their bride beforehand eases the wedding day jitters and allows them to relax and actually enjoy their ceremony! (Michael would agree!) 5. Last but not least, a First Look is the answer to the wedding day timeline crisis! It creates ample portrait time and allows the bride and groom to celebrate freely. Attention all late fall, winter and early spring brides…. you will most likely run out of natural light for portraits after your ceremony….a First Look is a great solution for this issue!! Right Brit?! (My fabulous January Bride that is doing a first look! Can’t wait!!) While I LOVE first looks, I never pressure my couples into doing them. I always tell them all of the reasons why it’s a smart decision but if they really aren’t interested, I drop it. It’s their wedding day! It’s my job to make them happy and to help them plan a great time-line for pictures, but ultimately, it’s their decision. Whew! I could go on and go. Really, I could! I LOVE first looks and I love how much my couples appreciate them afterwards! It is definitely a HUGE decision but I have never had a couple that wasn’t THRILLED that they decided to go for it! GoldCountryWeddings.com


Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Venue by Tracy Barbutes

One of your first decisions along your wedding journey should be selecting your venue: many sites book up well in advance. Before you begin your research, talk with your fiancé and create a list of what you want, keeping in mind both of your likes and dislikes. Be honest with one another as you discuss the following questions: Do you and your fiancé want a religious ceremony? Having a religious ceremony may dictate whether you have the ceremony in one place and the reception at another venue. How many guests would you like and are they mobile? Your wedding day is, of course, about you. It is about your guests as well. Do you have elderly family members who want to share in your special day but have limited mobility? Will they be able to easily access your ceremony and reception? What type of surroundings do you both enjoy? Do you prefer something elegant and sophisticated; shabby chic; a grand ballroom or a forest? If you choose to have an outdoor wedding, does the venue have a back up plan for inclement weather? Will the venue provide a tent (or tents) to protect you and your guests from rain or excessive sun, or heaters if it gets chilly? Dates Select a range of dates while conducting your venue search, which allows you to choose the venue that you like best. If you’re set on a specific date, your venue selections may be more limited. Would you like a local or destination wedding? A destination wedding creates quality time with wedding guests on neutral ground. (It may also greatly reduce your guest list.) A destination wedding may be an all-inclusive location near your home where you and your guests stay for a weekend, or it may be on an exotic island in the Caribbean. Budget Be realistic –what can you afford? Now that you’ve agreed on your style and budget and are about to embark on your search, remember: Never to make any final decisions based on what you see online. Always visit a venue before you sign a contract! Use the following guidelines when making calls and visiting sites: Are there enough accommodations nearby for all your guests? If you have out of town guests, where will they stay? Vendor Lists Does the venue have a preferred vendor list? If so, will they allow you to use someone who is not on the list? Will they charge you if you use a vendor not on the list? Is the venue wheelchair accessible? Will be any other events on-site the day of your wedding? Are there overtime charges? Is the gratuity is included in the price? Are the set-up and clean-up included in the final price? Is a band or loud music allowed? What are the cancellation and postponement policies? Check to see if the following items are included: Tables, Chairs, Linens, Dishes, Silverware, Parking (If parking is a problem, you may need to hire a shuttle bus or vans-an added expense) and Areas for the bridal party to get dressed.



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Cakes Lila And Sage 209-728-2604 Murphys, Ca lilaandsage.com

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Chef Dave Cooks 209-928-1306 Sonora, Ca chefdavecooks.com

Columbia Kate’s 209-532-1885 Columbia, Ca columbiakates.com

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Lila And Sage

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Event Coordinators Events Extraordinaire 209-352-0429 Sonora, Ca sonora-events.com

Tricia Thompson Designs 209-596-0267 Sonora, Ca triciathompsondesign.com

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Florists Sweet Lilacs

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Petals and Plum 916-223-4959 Colfax, Ca petalsandplum.com

The Country Florist 530-743-7387 Marysville, Ca mycountryflorist.com

Camino Flower Shop 530-644-5730 Placerville, Ca caminoflowershop.net

Mountain Laurel Florist 209-532-9533 Sonora, Ca mountainlaurelca.com

Columbia Florist 209-532-6878 Columbia, Ca columbiaflorist.net

Jewelry Taylor Jewelers 209-533-9302 Sonora, Ca

Music/Entertainment Sound Extreme Productions 209-532-0868 Sonora, Ca soundextreme.com

Mountain Motion Entertainment 209-753-7113 mountain-motion.com

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Daniel Roest

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Scott Harvey Wines 209-267-0122 Sutter Creek, Ca scottharveywines.com

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Rusty Rockers Band 209-293-3139 therustyrockers.com

Officiant Sierra Ceremonies 209-728-8372 Murphys, Ca sierraceremonies.com


Photo-Booths Sound Extreme Productions 209-532-0868 Sonora, Ca soundextreme.com

Photography Still Memories Photography 209-536-0428 Sonora, Ca stillmemoriesphotosite.com

Wes Davis Photography 916-821-6794 Sacramento, Ca wesdavisphotography.com

Christine Dibble Photography 209-536-1740 Sonora, Ca christinedibblephotography.com

Tracy Barbutes Photography 209-559-4477 tracybphoto.com

Rentals Classic Party Rentals 916-444-6120 Sacramento, Ca classicpartyrentals.com

Party Royal Rentals 530-676-4453 Shingle Springs, Ca partyroyalrentals.com

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Venues Pinecrest Chalet

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Ironstone Vineyards

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Black Oak Casino Resort

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Willow Creek Events

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Library Galleria 916-264-2800 Sacramento, Ca librarygalleria.com

Union Hill Inn

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Ridge Golf Club

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Dodasa Ranch

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Timber Creek Ballroom 916-774-3870 Roseville, Ca timbercreekballroom.com

The Redwoods

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McCaffrey House 888-586-0757 Twain Harte, Ca mccaffreyhouse.com

Sequoia Woods Country Club 209-795-1000 x8 Arnold, Ca sequoiawoods.com

Hotel Leger

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La Contenta Golf Club 209-772-1714 Valley Springs, Ca lacontentagolf.com


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Best Western

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Prospect 772 Winery 209-736-9361 Angels Camp, Ca prospect772.com

Camps Restaurant 209-736-8181 Angels Camp, Ca campsrestaurant.com

Knowles Hill Inn 209-352-4333 Sonora, Ca knowleshill.com

Saddle Creek Resort 209-785-8587 Copperopolis, Ca saddlecreek.com


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Videographers Cole Video 209-288-2675 Sonora, Ca thecolevideo.com


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Travel Lodge 1-800-525-4055

The National Hotel 209-223-0500

Auburn Holiday Inn 888- 976-4808 Best Western 877-574-2464 Comfort Inn 866-611-6301

Jackson Rancheria Hotel 209-223-1677 Holiday Inn Express 1-877-859-5095

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Best Western Plus 1-800-568-8520

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Holiday Inn Express 916-358-3100 Marriott 916-293-8723 California Suites 510-429-9700 Suite America 916-941-7970


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Murphys Murphys Suites 209-728-2121

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Four Winds Cellars 3675 Six Mile Road 209-736 4766 www.fourwindscellars.com

Milliaire Winery 276 Main Street Murphys 209-728-1658 www.milliairewinery.com

Twisted Oak Winery 4280 Red Hill Road Vallecito 209-736-9080 www.twistedoak.com

Calaveras Wines

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Mineral Wines 769 Dogtown Road Angels Camp 209-743-4100 www.mineral-wines.com

Val du Vino Winery 634 French Gulch Road Murphys 209-728-9911 www.ValduVino.com

Hatcher Winery 425 Main St Murphys 209-605-7111 www.hatcherwinery.com

Newsome Harlow 403 Main St Murphys 209-728-9817 www.nhvino.com

Vina Moda Winery 147 Main St Murphys 209-728-1917 www.vinamoda.com

Hovey Winery 350A Main Street Murphys 209-728-9999 www.hoveywine.com

Renner Winery 448 Main St Murphys 209-728-2314 www.rennerwinery.com

Sonora Wines

Ironstone Vineyards 1894 Six Mile Road Murphys 209-728-1251 www.ironstoneweddings.com

Stevenot Winery 458 Main Street #3 Murphys 209-728-3485 www.stevenotwinery.com

La Folia Wines 263A Main Street Murphys 209-728-5298 www.lafoliawine.com

Tanner Vineyards 202 B Main Street Muphys 209-728-8229 www.tannervineyards.com

Lavender Ridge Vineyard 425 A Main Street Murphys 209-728-2441 www.lavenderridgevineyard.com

Twisted Oak Tasting Room 363 Main St. Murphys 209-728-3942 www.twistedoak.com

Allegorie Tasting & Art Gallery 432 Main Street Murphys 209-728-9922 www.allegoriewine.com

Cinque Wines 83 Main Street, Sutter Creek 209-267-0900 www.CINQUEwines.com

Black Sheep Winery 221 Main St Murphys 209-728-2157 www.blacksheepwinery.com

Miller Wine Works 67 Main Street, Sutter Creek 209-267-5828

Brice Station Vineyards 3353 E. Hwy 4 Murphys 209-728-9893 www.bricestation.com

www.millerwineworks.com Scott Harvey Wines 79 Main Street, Sutter Creek 290-267-0122 www.scottharveywines.com Sierra Ridge Winery 54 Main Street, Sutter Creek 209-267-1316 www.sierraridgewine.com

Broll Mountain Vineyards 106 Main St Murphys 209-728-9750 www.brollmountainvineyards.com

Sutter Creek Wine Tasting 85 Main Street, Sutter Creek 209-267-5838 www.suttercreekwinetasting.com

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International Wedding Festival Merced January 11th, 2015 12-4pm

Cameron Park Community Center March 1st, 2015 10am-3pm cameronpark.org

Modesto Centre Plaza Jan 25, 2015, 11am-4pm internationalweddingfestival.com

The Bridal Expo

Folsom Bridal Show

Bridal Expo at Red Lion Hotel January 11, 2015 11am - 5pm A Touch of Henna Southeast Asian Bridal Expo March 22, 2015 12:00-6:00 p.m. bridal-expos.com

The Firehouse Wedding Showcase The Firehouse Restaurant March 1st, 2015 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM firehouseoldsac.com

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Calaveras Wedding Faire Ironstone Vineyards March 22, 2015 12pm-4pm calaverasweddings.com

Luxury Wedding Show

Tsakopoulos Library Galleria January 4, 2015 12 pm - 4 pm luxuryweddingshows.com

Chico Bridal Show

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