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A PUBLICATION BY SAN JOAQUIN MAGAZINE SUMMER 2011

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YOUR LOCAL WEDDING PLANNING & RESOURCE GUIDE


We’ll capture the joy while you cherish the moments. Celebrate the beginning of your journey at the Doubletree Hotel, Modesto. Ideal for wedding settings from small, intimate ceremonies to large, lavish celebrations accommodating up to 1200 guests. Offering 49,000 sq. feet of unique indoor and outdoor venues to create the wedding of your dreams.

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At Wine & Roses, we have the picture-perfect venues to make your wedding dreams a reality. We offer award-winning creative cuisine, exceptional service, luxurious hotel rooms & suites for you and your guests, full service resort spa with preparatory and bridal services & unique gifts, and a private bride’s changing room. We boast a fine dining restaurant and a variety of indoor/outdoor venues to accommodate all of your wedding events including rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, groomsmen dinners, and post wedding gatherings. We offer over twenty years of wedding experience to create your perfect event.


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Whether your vision is for a small intimate gathering or a celebration extraordinaire, your wedding demands a spectacular venue, enchanting atmosphere, delectable menu, inspiring music, and exquisite flowers. Cazale’s breathtaking creative vision is balanced with a full knowledge of complete event planning, allowing you to relax and enjoy your significant day. Dennis and his staff at Cazale’s look forward to helping you create the wedding of your dreams – a celebration that you and your guests will fondly remember for a lifetime.

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PUBLISHER | EDITOR Tony Zoccoli MANAGING EDITOR Jamie Menaker

WHAT’S INSIDE

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WEDDING TIPS AND TRENDS BRIDAL EVENTS IN SAN JOAQUIN

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BRIDE-TO-BE BOOKSHELF HAUTE ITEMS FOR THE BIG DAY BRIDAL GOWN TRENDS I DO OVER: RENEWING VOWS LOVE ON THE DOCKS

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Bridal beauties take our breath away against the mechanics of the Port of Stockton. photography by Matthew James

SOMETHING BLUE: ROAD TRIP BY THE SEA

True love hits the road on the way to Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, and Morro Bay. by Jenn Thornton

WEDDING TIMELINE

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LOCAL BRIDE AND GROOMS Ten San Joaquin bride and grooms share the details of their big day. by Katy Berry

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TOP TO BOTTOM: SWEET PEAS FLORAL; MATTHEW JAMES; COURTESY CA TOURISM; PALM SPRINGS

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ASSISTANT EDITOR Katy Berry CREATIVE DEPARTMENT David Martinez EDITORIAL INQUIRIES jamie@sanjoaquinmagazine.com CONTRIBUTING WRITER Jenn Thornton PHOTOGRAPHY Amanda Collins, Briggs Photography, Brodie Jayne, Connie Leal, Giselle Vincent, Lori Makabe, Matthew James Photo, Mohsoh Photography and Design SALES AND MARKETING DIRECTOR Heather Hilton ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Michelle Cox, Kelly Moore, Vikki Sandor-Girolami, Valerie Zoccoli, Deana Cimoli EDITORIAL/ADVERTISING OFFICES San Joaquin Weddings 95 W. 11th Street, Suite 206 Tracy, CA 95376 Phone: (209) 833-9989 Fax: (209) 833-9979 Email: tony@sanjoaquinbride.com www.sanjoaquinbride.com

San Joaquin Weddings magazine accepts freelance contributions, however, there is no guarantee that manuscripts or photography (solicited or unsolicited) will be returned. San Joaquin Weddings magazine assumes no responsibility or liability for claims made by advertisers contained herein. The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of San Joaquin Weddings magazine or its parent company, Inside Magazines Publishing Company, or its owners. Inside Magazines is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from this publisher. Photographs, graphics, and artwork are the property of Inside Magazines Publishing Company. © 2011 Inside Magazines

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Dameron Hospital is well known for comprehensive Women’s Services. Each year over 1,600 babies begin their lives at Dameron Hospital. Dameron’s A.G. Spanos Family’s Start of Life Center offers both mothers and infants a safe, caring environment for child birth. On site services include a Level III Intensive Care Nursery with 24 hour Neonatology coverage and the Oshtory Pediatric Center. Dameron Hospital will support you in finding an Obstetrician and Gynecology physician who will listen to you and one you will feel comfortable with. W O M E N ’ S S P E C I A L I Z E D S E RV I C E S :

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Photos courtesy of: Ellie Grover Photography

Lodi’s most charming & romantic vineyard event and wedding destination

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We can also bring in lighted topiaries for added ambiance on your special day. Our service includes all lights, installation & take down.

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TIPS AND TRENDS

compiled by Jenn Thornton

Cue the singing angels! The tastemakers at Anthropologie have unveiled BHLDN, a newly launched line of ethereal bridal wear for modern brides with vintage tastes. Boho-chic party frocks and heirloom inspired gowns are staples of this curated collection that also features jewelry, headpieces, footwear, and delicates. Guest designers such as Fleur Wood and Tracy Reese have also been tapped to create original looks for the artisan brand, featuring built-in boning, corsets, and quality textiles in a variety of figure-flattering silhouettes. Look for a complementary collection of upscale DIY decorations and inspired extras—think candelabras and glassware—to premiere later this year. www.bhldn.com

THAT’S MONEY

The latest win-win on the wedding front is Deposit a Gift, an online cash-only registry that’s ushered in a flexible new era of no-hassle gift giving. Betrothed couples set up a safe, online account into which guests deposit monetary contributions to fund unconventional gifts—college, a first home, a dream experience. What’s more, Deposit a Gift also serves as a hub for the Big Day, where couples can set up their own command center to upload photos and videos, create a personal event website, and share details with family and friends. www.DepositaGift.com

VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING

“Happily Ever After” begins with Type A planning. Thanks to a well of online resources for the DIY wedding coordinators, nailing down the who-what-wed (with sanity intact) has never been easier. Here, a few of our favorite virtual conspirators. ACCESSORIES For dramatic wed carpet entrances, we love the flirty birdcage veils from Designs by Portobello (portobellojewelry.com), and bedecked hair jewels from Lo Boheme (loboheme.com).

ENTERTAINMENT Say cheese to Smilebooth (smilebooth.com), a retro rentable with personalized backdrops.

PAPERIE Custom letterpress invites on heavy stock from Pressroom & Company (pressroomandco.com) are just your type.

FAVORS Confectioners Delysia Chocolatier (delysia.com) and Totally Chocolate (totallychocolate.com) are among the latest purveyors to mold the aphrodisiac into custom creations such as monogrammed chocolate menus.

REGISTRY Compile a wish list of oneof-a-kind finds from around the world at Merci Registry (merciregistry.com).

DECOR Shop Luna Bazaar (lunabazaar.com) for posh paper accents like parasols and paper lanterns, or score custom Mexican FOOD Forego the traditional “sitwedding banners at Mexican Sugar down” and hire San Francisco-based Skull (mexicansugarskull.com). mobile bistro Spencer On-the-Go (spenceronthego.com) for fine French takeaway served from a converted taco truck. 14

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RINGS Nothing beats a sparkler with a story. Source a unique selection of estate jewels and beautifully preserved gemstones at Aawsomblei Antique and Vintage Jewelry (etsy.com/shop/ Aawsombleijewelry).


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Here comes the Bride Bridal Events in San Joaquin • compiled by KATY BERRY Bridal Expo, an Evening of Elegance

July 20, Sacramento Forget stressful planning. This event has live music, champagne, and hors d’oeuvres to accompany the beautiful setting of the Vizcaya Pavillion. Sip on some bubbly while you browse vendors and speak with local exhibitors. 5-9 p.m. $20 door/$15 online. Vizcaya Pavillion and Mansion, 21st and U St., Sacramento, www.bridal-expos.com

* Valley Wedding Professionals Present: “Hot August Brides & Quinceañeras”

August 1, Stockton Come relax and browse nearly forty local wedding vendors as you enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres and beverages, and view all the latest bridal trends in a fun fashion show. There will also be giveaways throughout the night including a grand prize drawing for one very lucky bride. 5-9 p.m. $10. University of the Pacific Grand Ballroom, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 946-2538, www.valleyweddingpros.com

* Stockton’s 15th Annual Summer Bridal Event

August 10, Stockton This local show includes a Fashion Show Extravaganza which showcases all the latest styles and trends in bridal party attire. Aside from the fashion, brides-to-be can browse vendors for cakes, flowers, DJ’s and much more. 6-9 p.m. Ticket price TBA. Stockton Hilton Hotel, 2323 Grand Canal Boulevard, Stockton, (209) 475-9161, www.bridalevents.info

The Reserve at Spanos Park Bridal Show

August 25, Stockton The Reserve at Spanos Park will be open for free tours of their facilities, available for all your bridal events including weddings, reception dinners, and bridal showers. Guests will also be able to sample the chef’s culinary delights, and meet with the area’s leading wedding professionals. Reservations requested. 6-9 p.m. Free. The Reserve at Spanos Park, 6301 West Eight Mile Road, Stockton, (209) 477-4653, www.thereserve.americangolf.com www.countryclubreceptions.com

Party & Wedding TV: The Big Event, Sacramento! August 28, Sacramento Showing nearly 100 exhibitors, this “big event” is set up like a trade show and has an impressive array of vendors. From favors to honeymoon ideas, the bride and groom will be able to satisfy even their most exclusive desires at this exciting show. And the event will be televised throughout Northern California. 2-9 p.m. $30 for group ticket (admits up to 5 guests). The Sheraton Hotel, 1230 J Street, Sacramento, www.sacbridalshow.com

* Get Married Modesto!

August 28, Modesto This fabulous event will surely have you singing “Here Comes the Bride” as you browse all the fun, food, fashion and local inspiration San Joaquin has to offer. Brides will be able to plan their dream wedding on the spot and even have a chance to win a decadent prize in the Wedding Cake Giveaway by My Sweet Spot. 12-4 p.m. $10. Modesto Banquet Hall, 810 North 9th St., Modesto, (209) 324-7972, www. getmarriedmodesto.com

* Fifth Annual Modesto International Wedding Festival

September 18, Modesto With a fashion show featuring stylish new bridal trends, and an expansive array of vendors, the motto of this festival is “Why dream when you can plan?” Here you’ll find everything you need to create your special event and make it memorable. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $8. Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L Street, Modesto, (877) 700-BRIDE, www.internationalweddingfestival. com

Party & Wedding TV: The Big Event, Modesto! September 18, Modesto Similar to the Sacramento event, this show has been a favorite of local brides for years. There will be vendors for everything, from bubbles and balloons to candles and cars. You name it, they have it. Plan your wedding in one day! This event will also be televised throughout Northern California. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $30 for group ticket (admits up to 5 guests). Vintage Faire Mall, Sisk & Dale Rd., Modesto, www.partyandwedding.com

* Central California Bridal Show

October 23, Modesto Located in the elegant Grand Ballroom of the Doubletree Hotel, this fabulous event will connect brides with seasoned wedding and event specialists who know how to make their dreams a reality. Enjoy prizes, food tasting, live music, and a fashion show featuring the 2011 Fall Collections. One lucky bride will also win the gown of her dreams. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $10 admission, $5 off with online coupon. Doubletree Hotel, 1150 Ninth St., Modesto, (209) 521-5600, www.centralcaliforniabridalshow. com

* Stockton’s 19th Annual Premier Bridal Event

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January 8, Stockton From the same people who brought you Stockton’s Annual Summer Bridal Event comes a winter wonderland of vendors and fashion, all at the beautiful Lexington Plaza Waterfront Hotel. 1-5 p.m. Ticket price TBA. Lexington Plaza Waterfront Hotel, 110 West Fremont St., Stockton, (209) 4759161, www.bridalevents.info


Bride-to-Be

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compiled by JENN THORNTON Signature Sasha: Magnificent Weddings by Design by Sasha Souza

Spotlighting sensational weddings teetering at over-the-top (table aflame, anyone?), this gorgeous coffee-table book provides plenty of visual inspiration. Author, designer, and event planner Sasha Souza approaches the usual wedding topics with unconventional thinking (we love her insights on “color couture” and “inspiration boards”). The result is a wedding resource that, while sumptuous on nearly every page, gives incredibly astute advice about executing the details.

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Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda

This poetic ode to love and longing contains verse after verse of passion-igniting prose from Noble Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda. Scandalous upon its release in the 1920s, this classic work remains unabashed with passion, romance, and oceanic imagery. Equal in desire is Neruda’s The Captain’s Verses. Together these classic companions make for a wonderful honeymoon send-off or a thoughtful wedding present.

Preston Bailey Celebrations by Preston Bailey

This is the latest opus from Preston Bailey, a premier style-maker whose artsy party installations are legendary—bright pops of color, splashes of glam, and dramatic backdrops. Although completely unrealistic for the average couple, clever brides-tobe will find lower-maintenance ways to incorporate Bailey’s ideas into their own wedding. Stunning visuals aside, Bailey also creatively addresses planning concerns.

Wedding Guestbooks by Rag & Bone

Rag and Bone’s collection of fanciful yet refined wedding and bridal shower guestbooks has introduced heirloom bindery for the next-generation wedding. These modern tokens open and lie flat for seamless inscription, and boast 100 percent acidfree ivory paper. Blank pages or signature lines for lengthy wish-youwells are available, and custom calligraphy is optional. We also love Rag and Bone’s “12 Wishes For Your Marriage” keepsake—perfect for bride-and-groom gift exchanges. www.RagandBoneBindery.com

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A very special place for your very special delivery.

Looking forward to your own special delivery? The birth of a new baby is an experience to cherish. And the perfect place to create these special memories is the Women and Infants Center in St. Joseph’s beautiful Patient Pavilion. New moms will enjoy the comfort of their own spacious, private rooms, and feel pampered with small perks – like garden views, a hostess who takes bedside meal orders, and freshly baked cookies delivered in the afternoon. At St. Joseph’s, we are dedicated to your comfort, supplying advanced pain management, including epidurals. You’ll feel reassured knowing there are new C-section surgical suites and a state-of-the-art neonatal ICU. The birth of your baby is a story you’ll share time and time again. Choose the perfect setting – St. Joseph’s Medical Center – where we’ve created a very special place for your very special person.

For information on our Welcome to Life class series, visit StJosephsCares.org/Baby 1800 N. California Street, Stockton, CA 95204 209.943.2000


for the bride...from her groom

» Before meeting her down the aisle, give your sweetheart a thoughtful gift and show her just how lucky you feel to be spending the rest of your lives together.

“Fantasy” Clutch Purse by Mary Frances At Dennis Shea Shoes, Stockton www.maryfrances.com

Tiffany Twist Bow Pendant

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18k gold or sterling silver At Tiffany & Co. www.tiffany.com

Personalized marriage journal www.redenvelope.com

Love Bunnies Ring Holder

Couples Interlude Spa Package At Wine and Roses, Lodi www.winerose.com

At Urban Outfitters, Walnut Creek www.urbanoutfitters.com

“Our Wedding Day” Picture Frame At Best Wishes, Stockton www.grasslandsroad.com

Private Horseback Ride

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Burton Feather Snowboard

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» After all the stressful wedding planning, the work is finally done and it’s time to party. Show your man that you’re ready to start married life in style by giving him one of these sweet gifts.

Sony Bloggie Touch Video Recorder

Engraved Pocket Watch At Things Remembered, Stockton www.thingsremembered.com

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Groom Boxers

At The Knot Wedding Shop www.theknot.com

Handmade Bamboo Fly Fishing Rod At Raising Cane, Stockton www.raisingcanerods.com

Personalized Poker Chips in Mahogany Case www.pokerchiplounge.com

Little Chief Smoker

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Personalized Leather Saddle Journal

Burton Custom Flying V Snowboard

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The Perfect Setting for Your Wedding

Morris Chapel

On the Beautiful campus of the University of the Pacific

There are still plenty of openings to book your 2011 wedding at Morris Chapel.

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I do OVER Renewing your wedding vows by Jenn Thornton

Still crazy for each other after all these years? Re-experience the romance in a reaffirmation ceremony. But before you retake the plunge, consider the vow factors. Who renews? Anyone can be a second-time celebrant, but most commonly those commemorating a milestone year or anniversary. Contemporary motivations to re-tie the knot vary—from having a budget that allows for more elaborate nuptials than at City Hall, to enjoying a smoother, all-around go (who knew it would rain and the first Big Day would turn out to be a Big Disaster!). Regardless of the reasons, the priority of a vow renewal ceremony—and how it differs from a first wedding—is its focus on the deeply personal. Less attention is paid to the externals (flowers, dress, DJ), and more is funneled into honoring the reaffirmation.

Should I set up a guest registry? Renewing vows is not the time to upgrade, so resist the urge to use the event as an opportunity to replace those cracked wine goblets and that barely functioning toaster oven. Registering for gifts—particularly if Crate and Barrel was cleaned out in your honor the first time around—is just plain tacky. But it is the time to be charitable. So, if guests ask to bring a gift (and only if they ask), let them know that their presence is your present, but if they’d like, you would be honored for them to donate to X and Y charity in your name.

Who hosts? Because a vow renewal ceremony typically occurs well into an established marriage, it’s not realistic to expect anyone else—especially the folks (don’t cringe, it happens)—to foot the bill. It is not uncommon, however, for children of the couple to offer to fund the event. In this case, depending on the circumstances, it is appropriate to accept. Who’s in the wedding party? Most vow renewal ceremonies forego standard attendants. Many couples prefer to walk hand-in-hand down the aisle, or have their children escort them.

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How soon after the first ceremony is it appropriate to renew vows? There is no hard and fast rule here, but unless you are Seal and Heidi Klum, who renew their vows annually in a fabulous locale with a star-studded guest list and an endless reserve of cash to spend, most couples wait for a milestone year. The most common exception to this is elopers, who may want to organize a special ceremony for friends and family soon after they return. Are renewal vows the same as traditional vows? They can be the same, but it is more customary for couples to pen their own vows to mark the evolution in the relationship and infuse the ceremony with a personal touch. This can also include readings from family, serenades from friends, and the exchange of new, special reaffirmation bands. Is there a reception? A post-celebration is the norm, but the majority of couples elect to fete in an intimate capacity. Champagne barbecues and gourmet family-style potlucks are popular, as are larger shindigs with the works—cake, dancing, original guest list. Whatever you do, don’t skimp on memories—hire a photog to capture keepsakes to later pass down to those who mean the most.


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From Monterey to Morro Bay—a romantic road trip down California’s Highway 1 by Jennifer Thornton After a courtship marked by a series of dramatic events and preceded by an agonizing 12-year separation, my first love, Mike, who I met 22 years earlier at age 15 and have loved my entire life, takes a knee atop a craggy cliff in Big Sur and pulls out a ring. He proposes on his birthday because, he says, I am his gift. It’s at this moment that I know for certain he is the only person with whom I can, and will, spend my life. Naturally, when it came down to planning our wedding, we returned to the first scene of our second act, and set off on a coastal road trip to find the perfect beginning to our Happily Ever After.

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DAY ONE: MONTEREY TO CARMEL Tidepooling in flip-flops is my idea, and I’m quick to take full responsibility for what turns out to be a rather unfortunate decision—“disastrous” if you ask my fiancé, who nimbly navigates Monterey’s famed shallows like Jacques Cousteau while I nurse my battered feet on the rocks, soaking up the sun like a seal and laughing hysterically. I love this: Watching Mike gamely execute my ill-conceived plans long after I’ve ditched them. It has become a trademark of our relationship. “Hey, that’s love,” he explains, shrugging his shoulders and showing me the underside of an unwitting starfish. A few hours and at least one hundred sea urchin pokes later, like clockwork Mike starts to freckle, signaling that it’s time to pack up for shadier lands. We find them in nearby Pacific Grove, which we happened upon by accident on our last trip, when out of nowhere Mike proclaimed that our romantic “chi” required rebooting after throngs of tourists flooding Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row had zapped us of our “mojo.” Never without a compass or a map (in this case, one of many fold-out jobs he keeps stashed in his glove compartment—“real men read maps,” he reminds me), Mike navigates us into one of the last enclaves of Main Street Americana. Indeed, Pacific Grove beckons with dollhouse architecture, historic landmarks, sand and cypresses, delicious edibles, and a colorful kingdom of Monarch butterflies.

Despite plans to window shop at the intersection of Lighthouse and Forest Avenues, we are sidetracked by the prospect of strolling the surf at Alisomar State Beach, where, like kids, we play King of the Mountain on the sand dunes (a beachcomber from way back, I win). We also skip out on visiting Point Pinos Lighthouse, and instead grab take-away tuna melts from the Pinos Grill and watch the world go by— first on the beach, and then from the car as it meanders along 17-Mile Drive, which connects sleepy Pacific Grove with deeppocketed Carmel.

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Because this storied gateway is especially curvaceous and the vistas are step-onyour-brakes stunning, the speed limit is set at an understandable 25 mph. Personally, this fast-laner was thankful for the slower pace, mostly because it helped quell the nerves of my nervous fiancé, who was making every effort to avoid cyclists weaving in and out of traffic. It is near sunset when we arrive in Carmel— to many, the crown jewel of coastal California. While charmed by the stone chimneys and gabled roofs of the cottages here, it is a stopover for most people on their way to more affordable locales. Alas, Carmel did not make our list of ceremonial possibles, but because I love its incredible restos (shout out to Mundaka) and Mike will stay anywhere that Clint Eastwood once mayored, we ambled through town, picked up a bottle of wine, and did our best to sidestep the town’s influx of canines. (Here, the four-legged enjoy Elvis-like devotion.) sanjoaquinbride.com

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This exercise so exhausted us that we headed for the Santa Lucia Mountains where, at Carmel Valley Ranch, we were greeted with calmer respite: s’mores by firelight and lights-out slumber. I wake to a game plan that a rejuvenated Mike—infused with the zeal of a mad scientist—has devised and thrusts at me along with a piping-hot cup of espresso. He’s ready to steam for Big Sur and has smartly provided me with the caffeine incentive to get on board. So, after a quick tour of the Ranch’s wedding facilities—the floral gardens and expanses of green make it our frontrunner—it’s to Sur, with love.

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By noon we are in Big Sur, a colony of bohemia that for the most part refuses to embrace Wi-Fi. Our state-of-mind immediately switches gears as we pull into Nepenthe for lunch. I love this clifftop outpost, not particularly for the food, which is good not great (the Ambrosia burger is always a pretty safe bet), but because it was once owned by Hollywood lovers Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth. Mike is good at buttering me up, and I wonder over lunch what else he has up his sleeve. I quickly learn that it isn’t the usual: Trekking to Pfeiffer Falls and beachcombing at Andrew Molera State Park. (Normally I’m pretty good at predicting his moves, this time Mike succeeds in thwarting me.) It’s around now that the wind picks up and nearly sends me off the cliff upon which we’re standing, but, ironically, it takes the good news to really blow me away. Mike has planned a day of pampering at the nearby Ventana Inn and Spa, where we will also stay for the night. I indulge in an El Sur Grande Hot Stone massage, and Mike submits to a Jade Grounding Foot Treatment. After our individual spa therapies we meet up in the Japanese hot bath, check to see if anyone is

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lurking about (coast was clear), and steal a few kisses. Big Sur is a place for abandon, after all. To further rekindle the fires—by now well stoked—my genius fiancé takes me to dinner at Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn, where we first celebrated our engagement. Within earshot of waves cresting against rocks and mere steps from the steep cliffs overlooking shimmering blue seas, we enjoy a heavenly dinner at the inn’s cozy Euro-inspired restaurant and decide that we could get married right there, right then, in that very spot. The same is true for Ventana Inn and Spa where, later—buttered up and liquored up—we hunker down by the fire and drift off to sleep amid sage-scented redwoods.

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Because even Happily Ever After begins with a plan, the following destination wedding tips will put you eight steps closer to the altar. BUDGET REALISTICALLY: Know exactly what you have to spend, and what your guests can afford. Marrying abroad is not always the least expensive option, so monetary considerations must be a given, after which a nonnegotiable guest list should be compiled.

CONSIDER CUSTOMS: Not every country recognizes civil ceremonies, for example, and only permits couples to marry on certain days, so do your homework. DON’T PROCRASTINATE: A far-flung wedding requires time management. Translating and processing required documents takes time in other countries, so don’t wait to get started. POST THE DETAILS: Design a simple website with wedding details, required paperwork, and links to travel deals for guests. UPDATE DOCUMENTATION: Be aware of a country’s passport laws, and make sure that wedding guests have plenty of time to update their paperwork if necessary. ARRIVE EARLY: Don’t leave anything to chance, and we’re not talking about jet lag either. Land at your wedding locale at least two days before the wedding to finalize any lingering details. GET A WRITTEN RECORD: Make sure that you have a written confirmation of all agreements prior to payment.

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snapping photos—or, as Mike describes the journey, a “stop every five seconds.” For us this is no exaggeration, and after touring Hearst Castle and dinner in San Simeon, we roll into Morro Bay just before at dusk. My childhood home for a few years, Morro Bay has definitely changed, but one thing that hasn’t is Morro Rock, a gigantic mound of granite that juts out of the sea and serves as a landmark for runners who use it to measure their distance. Neither one of us felt like strapping on our running shoes, so I introduced Mike to a favorite local pastime—collecting sand dollars and playfully whipping strands of seaweed at unsuspecting beachcombers.

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Ironically, here on the very same beach where years earlier I played a game called “bride and groom” with a neighborhood chum, Mike and I now debated our ceremonial options—an endless list. Somewhere between discussing logistics—what if the fog rolls in, how about if the wind kicks up—Mike, ever the navigator, retook the wheel, reminding me that true and lasting commitment is a journey that is taken together.

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England November 6, 2010 Saint Ignatius Church, Antioch “We were both fresh out of high school when we met,” says Mabel. “We’d ask each other, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ We always wanted to fulfill those goals, so we waited until we were ready before we got married.” Six years later, Michael and Mabel tied the knot, combining Mabel’s Latin heritage with traditional wedding activities. The champagne toast was followed by a tequila toast, conducted in Spanish by the father-of-the-bride with monogrammed shot glasses given as favors. Guests also performed a traditional Latin snake dance. “We stood on chairs and made an arch while everyone ran under us. Then they grabbed Michael and tossed him in the air a couple times. The goal is to have fun and not fall, but some people do,” laughs Mabel. The couple also had a cocktail bar where the libations were aptly named “Something Old” (Jack Daniels and coke), “Something New” (lemon-drop martini), “Something Borrowed” (the Purple Hooter from Hooters Restaurant), and “Something Blue” (a blue Hawaiian). When the day was done, the couple agreed it was a success. “It was just amazing. We couldn’t have asked for a better wedding. We were so happy.”

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April 16, 2011 Wine and Roses, Lodi    When you realize you’ve found your one true love, it just may be the happiest day of your life. So why not propose at the Happiest Place on Earth? That’s what Justin did when he asked Kristina to marry him at Disneyland. The couple sat for a cartoonist who had secretly agreed to add one special touch to their portrait. When the drawing was finally revealed, Justin’s cartoon asked—in a word bubble of course—“Will You Marry Me?”    The year and a half-long engagement gave the couple plenty of time to plan the perfect wedding. Since both the bride and groom are Dutch, Kristina made sure there were plenty of tulips, and she even created a pair of bedazzled wooden shoes to put on display. As an ode to their magical engagement, the cake table displayed Mickey and Minnie bridal hats, and even the bride and groom cake topper was sporting mouse ears. Kristina says her favorite memory of the day was Justin’s toast. “It actually made me cry. It was very touching. He thanked my parents and told me how beautiful he thought I was. He couldn’t stop smiling while he spoke to me.”

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September 25, 2010 Westside Assembly, Lodi    Rebekah and Drew met at church, where both her mother and his grandfather were pastors. The two eventually dated for over a year until Rebekah’s birthday, when Drew popped the question at her favorite restaurant with all their friends and family present.    “Everybody knew about it except for me,” says Rebekah. “My grandmother almost gave it away; she came in and grabbed my hand because she thought it had already happened. But I had no clue.” The couple finally wed on September 25 in the church that brought them together. Rebekah says one of the best parts of the day was that her cousin, who was serving in the Armed Forces in Korea, was able to be there. “Two weeks before the wedding she got notice that she was able to come,” says Rebekah. “She didn’t try on her bridesmaid dress till the day of the wedding. It was crazy, but I was so glad she came. We’ve been close all our lives.” As for the nuptials, Rebekah says she and her beau weren’t nervous, just excited to finally take the plunge. They only wish their perfect day hadn’t flown by so fast.

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September 26, 2010 Viaggio Estate & Winery, Acampo Kristen met Nicholas at one of his annual slip-and-slide summer parties, and it was love at first sight. Four years later, Nicholas decided he didn’t want Kristen to “slip” away, and proposed after taking Kristen for a horsedrawn carriage ride around Lake Tahoe. As a teacher, Kristen was used to planning ahead, so wedding plans were a breeze. The couple used guava-colored accents and a colorful mix of pink, orange, purple, and green flowers for their decor. The warm weather and bright colors of the September wedding made guests feel like it was still summer vacation. Many guests complimented a table displaying the wedding photos of the couple’s parents and grandparents. Kristen and Nicholas also chose to forego wedding favors and make donations to the Mary Graham Children’s Shelter Foundation instead. After the celebration was over, the couple headed to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for a relaxing honeymoon. Looking back on the day, Kristen says it was more than she had hoped for, and offers this piece of advice to future brides: “Enjoy the day, because it goes by so fast. Before you know it, it’s over.”

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LAUREN & DAVID

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August 21, 2010 Viaggio Estate & Winery, Acampo Lauren and David met through mutual friends; a simple enough story, but there was a catch. Lauren lived in California, and David in Washington. That didn’t stop the two from following their hearts. “We didn’t take for granted the time that we did have,” says Lauren. The two made the distance work, eventually moving in together. On the morning of their housewarming party, David proposed. When it came to wedding plans, the couple’s main priority was for their guests to have fun. They hired a band to get the crowd dancing, but the biggest hit was the photo booth. “We still have people tell us it was one of the most fun weddings they’ve been to,” says Lauren. The couple also fondly recalls their “first look” photo session, where they saw each other for the first time. “It took some of the stress off, and getting to see his face when he saw me in my dress was pretty neat.” Lauren says her advice to future brides is to not sweat the small stuff. “The most important part of the day is the marriage. Things will keep happening and changing and it’s easy to get stressed, but try not to. Enjoy the moment.”

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September 25, 2010 Brookside Golf and Country Club, Stockton

   Jaclyn and Andrew dated for six years before finally tying the knot, so when the time came they were ready. The couple planned a beautiful ceremony, choosing a simple, elegant black and white color scheme to reflect their own easy-going nature as a couple. Another meaningful touch was choosing the wedding date to coincide with the birthday of Jaclyn’s father, who had passed away. The wedding was a subtly sweet tribute to him, and donations to hospice were made in lieu of typical wedding favors.    The rest of the day went flawlessly, as guests enjoyed succulent filet mignon, and took in the beautiful décor, full of white roses. “Lisa Fairchild with Blossoms did my flowers, and everything she put together was amazing. When we walked in to Brookside, I started crying because it was very special,” says Jaclyn. Another favorite memory was during the ceremony, when the pastor revealed questions and answers the couple had written about each other. “It was funny because our responses were different, but the same in the sense of how we felt. That was touching and emotional for us.”

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April 29, 2011 Wine & Roses, Lodi Grace and David met at the Joshua Wilderness Institute in 2006, where they spent the year getting to know each other before officially becoming a couple. Several years later, David made a promise to Grace, though for a moment, it didn’t seem he’d keep it. “He told me that he would propose by the end of the year, but it came to New Year’s Eve, and I didn’t think he was going to do it,” she says. That evening, David took his soon-to-be fiancée for a walk at the Brentwood Country Club where he got on his knee and proposed in front of a fountain after the couple tossed a penny in for good luck. The twosome had a romantic candle-lit ceremony at Wine and Roses in Lodi, and continued the celebration there as guests danced and took pictures in a photo booth. Grace says planning the wedding was stressful, but fun. “My favorite part was when David and I would pick stuff out together, like going cake tasting and taking dance lessons. He was definitely involved with helping me. He might not have wanted to, but he did it for me.”

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SOPHIA & ROCKY

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December 31, 2010 Morris Chapel, Stockton    Sophia and Rocky were high school sweethearts—until they lost touch for fifteen years. Eventually curiosity got the best of Rocky, who reached out through the internet and found Sophia once again. “They say as you get older your opinions and views change, but we just melted together,” says Sophia. “It was almost like no time had ever passed between us.” The two instantly fell back in love, and it was only six months later that Rocky proposed to Sophia in front of her whole family at a Fourth of July picnic.    For the wedding, the couple made sure the DJ played all the nineties hits from their high school days. But of all the details, the date was the most meaningful. “We were talking about how lucky we were to have had a second opportunity to find each other and to find love,” says Sophia. “He said, wouldn’t it be neat to get married on New Year’s Eve? It would be like a fresh start every year, for us to look back and reflect on how we’ve grown together and to start anew.” So Rocky and Sophia rang in the New Year with wedding bells, and made their biggest resolutions yet—for better or for worse.

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Wedding Resources Wedding Reception The Reserve at Spanos Park, Stockton

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April 23, 2010 Viaggio Estate and Winery, Lodi Michael and Melissa haven’t been apart since 2006 when they were high school sweethearts. At the tender age of 20, Michael knew he had met his match and proposed to Melissa, then 19. The two planned their wedding over the course of two years, and advise all couples to follow their lead and use a wedding coordinator. “Don’t get stressed out,” says Melissa. “It’s more fun when you’re relaxed about it.” The couple settled on a color scheme of garnet, black, and ivory to evoke drama and romance, while the bride showed her love of sparkle by using crystal accents wherever she could, including the table cloths, champagne glasses, and wedding gown. Despite some pre-wedding jitters, (Melissa says she was nervous about tripping down the aisle), the couple had a beautiful day at the Viaggio Winery. Their favorite memory was sharing a list of reasons why they loved each other. The lists had been written previously and kept secret till the ceremony. When finally revealed, Michael and Melissa found that their number one reason was the same: they were best friends.

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Wedding Photography Brodie Jayne’s Photography (209) 333-8863 www.brodiejayne.com

Wedding Flowers Cazale’s Flower Shop, Stockton Wedding Dress Bliss Bridal Salon, Stockton Wedding Rings Zales, Stockton Wedding DJ XMN Xclusive Music Network, Lodi Bridesmaid Dresses Bliss Bridal Salon, Stockton Wedding Cake Specialty Cakes, Lodi

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SHERMEEN & RAZA

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July 3, 2010 The Lexington Plaza Waterfront Hotel, Stockton

   Shermeen and Raza had been dating for six months when Raza invited Shermeen (then living in LA) to San Francisco for his Christmas work party. When Shermeen arrived at the airport, she was told that Raza had gotten a flat tire and she would be picked up by his friend instead. “I thought we were going straight to the hotel for the party,” says Shermeen. “Then in the middle of an intersection, he said, ‘This is your stop, get out.’ I said, ‘Are you joking?’ I had no idea where we were!” Soon Shermeen recognized the restaurant where she and Raza first met. She walked in and waiters ushered her to a private room filled with candles and rose petals. It turned out there was no Christmas party, just a proposal.     The couple planned a traditional Pakistani celebration spanning three days. “I think the first day was the most fun and exciting since it was more relaxed,” says Shermeen. She was decorated with Henna designs and watched both families battle it out on the dance floor. But even more memorable for the couple was their chance to reunite with friends and family who traveled from all over the world to celebrate.

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wedding planning, so consult with an outside party to evaluate the situation and advise you how to facilitate a mutually respectful conversation from a non-defensive “I feel” position—meaning, don’t get accusatory and refuse to acknowledge your friend’s point of view as equally you do your own. Remember, a wedding is one day, friendship is forever. Q: I am marrying someone outside my faith—how can I honor my fiancé and the beliefs of his family without compromising my own? A: These days, interfaith marriages are more common and accepted than ever before. There are many ways to integrate differing spiritual traditions. Seek the advice of a spiritual counselor. Head off potential issues or hurt feelings before the big day by addressing the issue with both families well in advance (ask your spiritual advisor to facilitate a dialogue if need be). While it is appropriate to listen and be sensitive to the feeling of all parties, it is ultimately you and your fiancé’s decision how faith will play a role in your wedding.

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Q: I don’t get along with my fiancé’s sister—is making her a bridesmaid obligatory? A: In this case it’s best to keep sight of the big picture. Being a bridesmaid is a one-time role, but being warmly received by your fiancé’s family is long-term, so put aside your ego for harmony’s sake and assign your future sister-in-law bridesmaid duty. While you are under no obligation to do so, the gesture will go a long way towards establishing good will within the family, reaffirm for your fiancé why exactly he is marrying you, and may even help provide a starting point to facilitate a better relationship his sister. Q: How do my friend and I maintain peace over competing wedding plans? A: Communicate respectfully—Bride Wars is just a movie. It is common for brides-to-be to become fixated and rigid during 74

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Q: My fiancé’s family is far more affluent than mine. How should wedding costs be handled? A: The division of wedding costs is far less traditional than it used to be—today an equal split is customary. Determine which aspects of the wedding your families feel most strongly about (maybe it is renting the church or buying the gown), and divvy up fiscal responsibilities based on those conclusions. Q: I am planning a destination wedding. Is it inappropriate to set up a gift registry too? A: It is easy to become so swept up in the details that you forget to focus on what is most importance—the presence of wedding guests, especially at a faraway locale, is the present. The etiquette set still considers publicizing gift registry information on a formal invite tacky, and prefers that it be passed by word of mouth or a website. If approached about gift giving personally, by all means, divulge the 411, but do so gently, especially in these economic times. Q: In the interest of cutting costs, is it okay to distribute invites over Facebook? A: There is no denying that social media has and continues to affect the way we communicate. That said, resist the urge to send out wedding invitations via Facebook or save-the-dates via Twitter. Advocates of social media will play up the practical, but rarely does practicality play a role in a romantic wedding. And, believe it or not, some older guests still do not have nor do they want a Facebook page. Plus, we’re not talking about a last-minute kegger but a wedding, so cut back in other places and start stuffing those envelopes—it’s just more appropriate, period.


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BRIDAL APPAREL & TUXEDOS/CLOTHING Bliss Bridal Salon Stockton, (209) 473-9200 www.blissinstockton.com The Elizabeth Bridal Salon Lodi, (209) 369-9046 www.theelizabethbridal.com Formal Connection Stockton, (209) 477-2442 Manteca, (209) 239-5511 www.formalconnection.com Gonzalez Bridal Boutique Lodi, (209) 369-5806 www.cgbridal.com Richard’s Men’s Wear Tracy, (209) 835-4684 www.richardsmw.com Rossini’s Formal Wear Modesto, (209) 529-6860 Theadora Stockton, (209) 474-7407 www.theadoraboutique.com Tracy Bridal & Alteration Tracy, (209) 832-0249 www.tracybridalandalteration.com

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WEDDING DIRECTORY Vito’s Tuxedos & Formal Wear Modesto, (209) 521-6181 www.vitostuxedos.com Wedding Center USA Modesto, (209) 521-5600 www.weddingcenterusa.com

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• MAKE IT YOURS: A cake should complement your individual aisle style and your wedding’s theme, color, and attire. It should also reflect the couple it celebrates, so use monograms, bridal gown accents (think lace and ribbon), or another unique touch to personalize it.

Califas Café & Bistro Lodi, (209) 367-9866 www.califascafebistro.com Midtown Creperie & Café Stockton, (209) 941-9070 www.midtowncreperie.com Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Manteca, (209) 823-6500 www.rmcfmanteca.com

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• DO YOUR HOMEWORK: Collect wedding cake photos and other things that inspire you to share with your wedding cake confectioner.

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• EYE BEFORE YOU BUY: Don’t be in a sugar rush to make a decision. Ask questions, sample the goods, and be open to other ideas. • CONSIDER THE LOGISTICS: It’s okay to be sweet on style as long as you’ve thought about the nuts and bolts of cake-making. Arrange a complimentary tasting, discuss plate/pillar rental fees and delivery costs, and be aware of payment and cancellation policies.

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• MAKE ARRANGEMENTS: Find a collaborative floral designer with whom you connect. Reputable florists will be able to supply references and a work portfolio.

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Sound Express Modesto, (209) 576-1890 www.soundexpressdjs.com

FLORISTS AZ Floral Design Lodi, (209) 327-2611 www.azfloraldesign.com Cazale’s Flower Shop Stockton, (209) 466-7971 www.cazalesflowershop.com Elegant Essence Stockton, (209) 629-3357 www.elegant-essence.com

• SET A BUDGET: Although fiscal demands of weddings vary depending on their elaborateness, plan on setting aside about 8 to 10 percent of your total budget for flowers.

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• STICK TO YOUR STYLE: Not only should blooms be season and style appropriate, they should also complement bridal party attire (especially the bride’s gown), venue, theme, and color palette. Bring fabric and/or color swatches to meetings with florists.

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GIFTS Discovery Shutters and Shading Stockton, (209) 472-9881 www.discoveryshutters.com

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Hidden Hearts by Desirae Young www.hidden-hearts.com Legacy Antiques and Interiors Stockton, (209) 474-7944 www.legacyantiquesandinteriors.com

HOSPITALS Dameron Hospital Stockton, (209) 944-5550 www.dameronhospital.org St. Joseph’s Medical Center Stockton, (209) 943-2000 www.stjosephscares.org

JEWELERS Ciccarelli Jewelers Modesto, (209) 524-7746 www.ciccarellijewelers.com DeVons Jewelers Stockton, (209) 951-9610 www.devonsjewelers.com

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K&T Lights Stockton, (209) 957-0829 www.kandtlights.com Tipton’s Stationery and Gifts Manteca, (209) 823-7644 www.tiptons.biz

PHOTOGRAPHY Amanda Collins Photography Lodi, (209) 200-3377 www.amandacollinsphotography.com Briggs Photography Stockton, (209) 239-7542 www.briggsphotography.com Brodie Jayne’s Photography Lodi, (209) 333-8863 www.brodiejayne.com Connie Leal Photography Brentwood, (925) 550-8506 www.connielealphotography.com Lori Makabe Photography Rio Vista, (707) 374-5272 www.lorimakabe.com Matthew James Photography Lodi, (209) 625-6349 www.matthewjamesphoto.com Mohsoh Photography and Design Lodi, (209) 643-3168 www.mohsoh.info Music and Memories Stockton, (209) 817-7157 www.musicandmemories.net

VENUES/ACCOMODATIONS Bare Ranch Lodi, (209) 482-8725 www.bareranchlodi.com Berghold Estate Winery Lodi, (209) 333-9291 www.bergholdvineyards.com Brookside Golf & Country Club Stockton, (209) 956-6200 www.brooksidegolf.net Ceres Community Center Ceres, (209) 538-5700 www.ci.ceres.ca.us/3061.html Diablo Grande Golf & Country Club Patterson, (209) 892-4653 www.golfdiablogrande.com


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For Brides, Bridal Favors, Mothers, Fathers, Sisters, Brothers, Grandma, Grandpa, Teachers & Children. The true symbol of affection is from the heart.

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Lexington Plaza Waterfront Hotel Stockton, (209) 944-1140 www.lexingtonhotels.com Morris Chapel Stockton, (209) 946-2538 www.pacific.edu Stockton Golf & Country Club Stockton, (209) 466-4313 www.stocktongolfcc.com Tots & Teapots Stockton, (209) 594-0556 www.totsandteapots.com

PROUDLY PROVIDING 18 YEARS OF WEDDING MEMORIES

Van Ruiten Winery Lodi, (209) 334-5722 www.vrwinery.com Variety Banquet Hall & Terrace Stockton, (209) 473-1716 Waterloo Banquet Hall Waterloo, (209) 931-4020 www.thewaterloo.com Wine and Roses Lodi, (209) 334-6988 www.winerose.com

VIDEOGRAPHY Media Fusion Studios Inc. Stockton, (209) 957-4003 www.mediafusionstudios.com

FULL LINE OF TUXEDOS 12 NORTH SCHOOL ST. 209.339.8897 • DOWNTOWN LODI

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Vito’s Tuxedos Tuxedos Starting at

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(209)477-2442 702 Porter Suite

(209)239-5511 110 N. Main St

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Book your upcoming Bridal Shower or Baby Shower in our Tea Lounge

TUXEDO RENTAL AND SALES BEST OF SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY 13 YEARS IN A ROW

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Resource Guide

Todd Franklin, D.D.S. 209.344.4370

Kevin Schimke Jewelers 209.464.9904

www.toddfranklindds.com

www.kevinschimkejewelers.com

Bare Ranch by Michael David WInery 209.482.8725 www.bareranchlodi.com

Your perfect day…A beautiful dress. Dazzling hair. A gorgeous bouquet. What will you reveal when the photographer says “SMILE?” We are the Central Valley experts in beautiful smiles. You deserve to have the best on your wedding day.

Nestled in the heart of Lodi Wine Country, Bare Ranch by Michael David Winery provides the perfect blend of elegance and history with the ideal place to say “I Do.”

the beginning of your

forever and always

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at Brookside Country Club

Berghold Vineyards 209.333.9291

Brookside Country Club 209.956.6200

www.bergholdvineyards.com

www.brooksidegolf.net

Intimate Vineyard Surroundings Romantic Ambiance Exquisite Location & Wines

Onsite Catering • Complete Event Coordination Indoor/Outdoor • Ceremony and Reception

Specializing in Full Service Catering, Weddings and Receptions, Corporate Events, Winemaker Parties

Peck’s Jewelers 209.478.6510

Lori Makabe Photography 707.374.5272

www.pecksjewelers.com

www.LoriMakabe.com

Discovery Shutters & Shadings 209.472.9881 www.discoveryshutters.com

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Black Tie Gourmet 209.369.9555 www.blacktiegourmet.net 209.956.6200 | brooksidegolf.net


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One Stop Shop for All Your Brida

elgessence@yahoo.com www.elegant-essence.com

Central California Bridal Show October 23, 2011, Modesto (209) 521-5600 www.centralcaliforniabridalshow.com

Your Personal Custom Floral Designer Over 16 Years Experience Serving the San Joaquin Valley Directly at your Convenience! Specializing in Wedding Events

Prizes, Fun, Food Tasting, Music, and Fashion Show featuring the 2011 Fall Collections. $10 admission - $5 off with online coupon. 11:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. Doubletree Hotel, 1150 Ninth St., Modesto

Elegant Essence 209.629.3357

DeVons Jewelers 209.951.9610

220 Lincoln Center, Stockton

We can provide the exac wedding dress to meet your n desires and any budget DeVons is family owned and operated for over 80 years. We specialize in certified diamonds, bridal jewelery, silver, 14kt, 18kt, and platinum designer and fashion jewelery. Exclusive authorized dealers for TACORI and Rolex watches.

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Morris Chapel 209.946.2538 3601 Pacific Ave. • Stockton

The perfect setting for your wedding on the beautiful campus of the University of the Pacific.

The Lincoln Center 209.477.4868

Elizabet

info@lincolncentershops.com www.lincolncentershops.com

Elizabeth Bridal Salon Gowns • The Dresses • Accessories • T 209.369.9046 www.theelizabethbridal.com

Stockton’s premier shopping center in your bridal destination-from your engagement to the honeymoon! Flowers, Invitations, Gowns & Tuxedos, Jewelry, Gifts and more. Don’t miss our 2nd Annual Strolling Bridal Faire on February 25, 2012. Tons of local vendors, AMAZING prizes and tons of fun! Not your typical bridal faire

One stop shop for all of your bridal needs. We can provide the exact wedding dress to meet your desires and any budget. Gowns • Dresses • Accessories • Tuxedos

BRIDAL SALO

369-9046 • 20 S. School Stree www.theelizabethbri

SPARKLE bridal couture 916.443.2565 info@sparklebridalcouture.com www.sparklebridalcouture.com SPARKLE bridal couture is Northern California’s First & only bridal salon specializing in bridal and special occasion size 14-30. Located in East Sacramento, the salon offers brides an exquisite selection of stylish gowns that flatter every curve and bring out your inner SPARKLE.

MohSoh Photography 209.747.8669

K&T Lights 209.957.0829

info@mohsoh.com www.mohsoh.com

www.KandTlights.com

MohSoh Photography & Design is a team of photographers, art directors, digital artist, and stylists who have over 20 years of experience in fashion and events imagery.

Lighting accents for indoor and outdoor weddings, including tents and landscaping. Our service includes all lights, installation and take down.

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LAST

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The traveling, the singing, it don’t mean nothing without you The fast cars, the guitars, they are all just second to this life This love that you and I’ve been dreaming of for so long Would all be as good as gone without you. “Without You” by Keith Urban | Photograph taken in Palm Springs 88

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Experience San Joaquin Valley’s Newest and Most Luxurious Hotel

GUEST ROOMS

The University Plaza Waterfront Hotel’s luxurious 179 guest rooms and suites are brimming with the familiar comforts of home and coastal themed touches. Plump pillows and plush top mattresses will provide a wonderful night’s sleep and views of the Delta waterway are a pleasure to wake up to in the morning. Order room service and watch a movie on your plasma TV, work out in the fitness center or connect with home via wireless Internet access.

DELTA BISTRO & LIBATIONS

The modern Delta Bistro offers your favorite cocktail with views of the waterfront and eight large plasma TVs to watch your favorite sport or to catch up on the latest news. The restaurant provides breakfast, lunch, dinner or inroom dining with unique menu selections designed to provide a memorable experience.

MEETINGS & EVENTS

The new University Plaza Waterfront Hotel is a welcoming host for business and social events. With the largest ballroom in the area, a spectacular outdoor event area overlooking the water and additional conference rooms, the hotel can accommodate groups from 10 to 400 people. Customized catering and audiovisual services will truly enhance your event.

Visit our Website at

www.universityplazawaterfronthotel.com for additional information.

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