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FALL 2020<br />

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR COVER MODEL WINNER CHRISTINA!<br />

OUR COVER MODEL CONTEST FINALIST SHOOT WAS PHOTOGRAPHED EXCLUSIVELY BY<br />

JAMES YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHY ON LOCATION AT OLD SUGAR MILL. FOR MORE, TURN TO PAGE 100.<br />

DISPLAY UNTIL JANUARY 31, 2021<br />

ON CHRISTINA:<br />

GOWN FROM DE LA ROSA’S BRIDAL & TUXEDO // EARRINGS BY MY TRENDY TRAILER // BRACELETS BY SATYA JEWELRY<br />

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FEATURES<br />

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REALWEDDINGSMAG.COM<br />

JAMES YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

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EXPERT ADVICE:<br />

WEDDING PLANNING<br />

IN THE AGE OF COVID-19<br />

<strong>Real</strong> <strong><strong>Wedd<strong>in</strong>g</strong>s</strong>’ contributor Kourtney Jason<br />

checks <strong>in</strong> with local wedd<strong>in</strong>g pros to help you<br />

get through this crazy time <strong>and</strong> still have the<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g of your dreams.<br />

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STYLE: FOR THE LOVE OF SHOES<br />

Bor<strong>in</strong>g shoes for your wedd<strong>in</strong>g day <strong>are</strong> a big no<br />

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FOOD & DRINK: SIGNATURE COCKTAILS<br />

Spice up your reception with these signature<br />

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great too!<br />

STYLE / STYLED SHOOT:<br />

LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK<br />

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TOTALLY CRAY IN LOVE<br />

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STYLE / STYLED SHOOT:<br />

HONEY BEE GOOD<br />

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<strong>in</strong>spire an effortless <strong>and</strong> elegant design with<br />

the perfect amount of charm.<br />

STYLE / STYLED SHOOT:<br />

THE MOUNTAINS ARE CALLING<br />

Adventure awaits <strong>in</strong> the mounta<strong>in</strong>s! This styled<br />

shoot comb<strong>in</strong>es the best of natural elements <strong>in</strong><br />

a gorgeous <strong>and</strong> wide-open sett<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

STYLE: COVER MODEL CONTEST<br />

FINALIST FEATURE: SUGAR RUSH<br />

Our gorgeous real bride models, Christ<strong>in</strong>a <strong>and</strong><br />

Natalie, stun <strong>in</strong> our Cover Model Contest Photo<br />

Shoot w<strong>here</strong> they played dress up at the Old<br />

Sugar Mill with dr<strong>in</strong>ks <strong>in</strong> h<strong>and</strong>, of course.<br />

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BRANDY & DAVE<br />

Celebrat<strong>in</strong>g 23 years of<br />

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HAWK MEADOW STUDIO<br />

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SATOSTUDIO<br />

DANTE FONTANA/STYLE MEDIA GROUP<br />

HAILEY AYSON PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

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10 Editor’s Letter<br />

14 W<strong>in</strong> It<br />

18 Beh<strong>in</strong>d-the-Scenes<br />

28 Ask the Experts: Tips from the Pros<br />

30 Plus One<br />

34 Events Calendar<br />

36 <strong>The</strong> Gift Guide<br />

185 Style Files<br />

186 Style Files: <strong>The</strong> White List Directory<br />

199 Style Files: Flowers<br />

206 Style Files: Cakes & Desserts<br />

210 Style Files: Design & Décor<br />

LIZ KOSTON PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

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FALL 2020<br />

DISPLAY UNTIL JANUARY 31, 2021<br />

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ISSUE #27-F20<br />

RWS-SF20-CoverModel-#1-OSM-FINAL-NATALIE.<strong>in</strong>dd 31<br />

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR COVER MODEL WINNER CHRISTINA!<br />

OUR COVER MODEL CONTEST FINALIST SHOOT WAS PHOTOGRAPHED EXCLUSIVELY BY<br />

JAMES YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHY ON LOCATION AT OLD SUGAR MILL. FOR MORE, TURN TO PAGE 100.<br />

ON CHRISTINA:<br />

GOWN FROM DE LA ROSA’S BRIDAL & TUXEDO // EARRINGS BY MY TRENDY TRAILER // BRACELETS BY SATYA JEWELRY<br />

BOUQUET BY PLACERVILLE FLOWERS ON MAIN // HAIR AND MAKEUP BY ALL DOLLED UP BEAUTY + BRIDAL<br />

8/11/20 2:30 PM<br />

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR COVER MODEL WINNER NATALIE!<br />

OUR COVER MODEL CONTEST FINALIST SHOOT WAS PHOTOGRAPHED EXCLUSIVELY BY<br />

JAMES YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHY ON LOCATION AT OLD SUGAR MILL. FOR MORE, TURN TO PAGE 100.<br />

ON NATALIE:<br />

GOWN FROM SPARKLE BRIDAL COUTURE // HAIRPIN AND JEWELRY BY ADORA BY SIMONA<br />

BOUQUET BY WILD FLOWERS DESIGN GROUP WITH WHOLESALE FLOWERS FROM FIFTYFLOWERS.COM<br />

HAIR BY HALO SALON & DAY SPA // MAKEUP BY HAPPILY BEAUTIFUL MAKEUP ARTISTRY & SKIN STUDIO<br />

SET DESIGNED BY CAIN EVENT PLANNING<br />

SET DÉCOR FLOWERS BY WILD FLOWERS DESIGN GROUP WITH WHOLESALE FLOWERS FROM FIFTYFLOWERS.COM<br />

SET RENTALS BY BLOSSOM FARM VINTAGE RENTALS<br />

8/16/20 9:14 AM<br />

editor’s letter<br />

WENDY WITH MIDORI KAWAGOE FROM<br />

STRELITZIA FLOWER COMPANY WITH THEIR<br />

NEW GREETING RIGHT BEFORE THEY PUT ON<br />

THEIR MASKS...OH HOW WE MISS HUGS!<br />

To say that COVID-19 threw a<br />

monkey wrench <strong>in</strong>to wedd<strong>in</strong>g<br />

plann<strong>in</strong>g is a crazy understatement.<br />

<strong>The</strong> wedd<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>dustry is filled with<br />

talented professionals, who can, well,<br />

pivot, <strong>and</strong> do pivot for the benefit of<br />

their clients. It’s why it’s even more<br />

vital right now to have pros <strong>in</strong> your<br />

corner, help<strong>in</strong>g to guide you through<br />

this crazy time, lead<strong>in</strong>g up to your<br />

big day. We <strong>are</strong> so lucky to work with<br />

many of these professionals—we’re<br />

honored to feature their work with<strong>in</strong><br />

the pages of our magaz<strong>in</strong>e, website<br />

<strong>and</strong> social media. <strong>The</strong>y want to help<br />

you achieve the wedd<strong>in</strong>g of your<br />

dreams <strong>in</strong> this new "normal." So let’s<br />

get started, sh<strong>all</strong> we?!<br />

PIVOT. Need wedd<strong>in</strong>g plann<strong>in</strong>g advice? We have not one,<br />

but two, expert advice columns <strong>in</strong> this issue with<br />

one to guide you through plann<strong>in</strong>g your wedd<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the age of COVID-19.<br />

Next, you’ll flip over our wedd<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spiration photo shoots start<strong>in</strong>g on page 45: “Love You to the Moon<br />

<strong>and</strong> Back,” “Tot<strong>all</strong>y Cray <strong>in</strong> Love,” “Honey Bee Good," <strong>and</strong> “<strong>The</strong> Mounta<strong>in</strong>s <strong>are</strong> C<strong>all</strong><strong>in</strong>g.” <strong>The</strong>n, check out our<br />

cover model contest f<strong>in</strong>alist feature: “Sugar Rush” (note, norm<strong>all</strong>y we do two cover model features, but with<br />

the p<strong>and</strong>emic we had to push one to our next issue!). We had a great time play<strong>in</strong>g dress up—with gorgeous<br />

hair, makeup, accessories, bouquets <strong>and</strong> dresses—<br />

<strong>and</strong> work<strong>in</strong>g with talented design teams to create<br />

DO YOU HAVE IT?<br />

<strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g décor sets. Oh, <strong>and</strong> if you want to see more<br />

<strong>The</strong> White List Directory by <strong>Real</strong> <strong><strong>Wedd<strong>in</strong>g</strong>s</strong><br />

photos from any of our shoots, be sure to tune <strong>in</strong><br />

...an exclusive {AND FREE, TOO!!} mobile directory<br />

to our website for each photo shoots’ blog series—<br />

of hundreds of wedd<strong>in</strong>g pros from <strong>Sacramento</strong> to the<br />

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pros <strong>in</strong> our “Style Files: <strong>The</strong> White List Directory,” <strong>and</strong><br />

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CHRISTINA’S COVER:<br />

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ON CHRISTINA:<br />

GOWN FROM DE LA ROSA’S BRIDAL & TUXEDO<br />

EARRINGS BY MY TRENDY TRAILER<br />

BRACELETS BY SATYA JEWELRY<br />

BOUQUET BY PLACERVILLE FLOWERS ON MAIN<br />

HAIR AND MAKEUP BY ALL DOLLED UP BEAUTY + BRIDAL<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMES YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHY ON LOCATION<br />

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ON NATALIE:<br />

GOWN FROM SPARKLE BRIDAL COUTURE<br />

HAIRPIN AND JEWELRY BY ADORA BY SIMONA<br />

BOUQUET BY WILD FLOWERS DESIGN GROUP<br />

WITH WHOLESALE FLOWERS FROM FIFTYFLOWERS.COM<br />

HAIR BY HALO SALON & DAY SPA<br />

MAKEUP BY HAPPILY BEAUTIFUL MAKEUP ARTISTRY & SKIN STUDIO<br />

SET DESIGNED BY CAIN EVENT PLANNING<br />

SET DÉCOR FLOWERS BY WILD FLOWERS DESIGN GROUP<br />

WITH WHOLESALE FLOWERS FROM FIFTYFLOWERS.COM<br />

SET RENTALS BY BLOSSOM FARM VINTAGE RENTALS<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMES YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHY ON LOCATION<br />

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Nathalia K<strong>all</strong>an, Emily Peter-Corey,<br />

Wendy Sipple, Leah Sisto,<br />

Ales<strong>and</strong>ra Velez<br />

Fashion Team<br />

Sunny Bhat, Eudelys Estaba,<br />

Tara Harbert, Tatiana Jitari,<br />

Nathalia K<strong>all</strong>an, Ada Pizon,<br />

Am<strong>and</strong>a R<strong>in</strong>ehart, Aavra Roseli,<br />

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Editorial Assistant<br />

Dante Fontana<br />

Staff Photographer<br />

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Abigail Blank, Kristen Castillo,<br />

Suzie Dundas, Darren Elms,<br />

Tara Harbert, Kourtney Jason,<br />

Jennifer Resnicke, Marg<strong>are</strong>t Snider<br />

Kourtney Jason, Kelley Saia<br />

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2G20C <strong>Wedd<strong>in</strong>g</strong> Photography,<br />

5 Star <strong>Wedd<strong>in</strong>g</strong> Films <strong>and</strong> Photography,<br />

Andrew & Melanie Photography,<br />

Carrie Ayn,<br />

Charleton Churchill Photography,<br />

Chuck Roberts Photography,<br />

Danielle Alysse Photography,<br />

Darci Terry Photography,<br />

Dee & Kris Photography,<br />

Erica Baldw<strong>in</strong> Photography,<br />

Factory 404 Company,<br />

Fits <strong>and</strong> Stops Photography,<br />

Forty Eleven Photography,<br />

Hailey Ayson Photography,<br />

Hawk Meadow Studio,<br />

Image Society,<br />

James Young Photography,<br />

JB <strong>Wedd<strong>in</strong>g</strong> Photography,<br />

Jennifer Clapp F<strong>in</strong>e Art Photography,<br />

Kathryn White Photography,<br />

Krist<strong>in</strong>a Cilia Photography,<br />

Kylie Compton Photography,<br />

Lixxim Photography,<br />

Liz Koston Photography,<br />

Natacha Jolene Photography + Film,<br />

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Love<br />

always<br />

W<strong>in</strong>s.<br />

<strong><strong>Wedd<strong>in</strong>g</strong>s</strong> <strong>in</strong> 2020 look a lot different than the celebrations we’re used to see<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> experienc<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Lovebirds who planned to get married earlier this year have had to cancel, postpone or completely<br />

reimag<strong>in</strong>e the happiest day of their lives, <strong>and</strong> couples who have wedd<strong>in</strong>gs planned for later<br />

this year <strong>are</strong> left <strong>in</strong> limbo try<strong>in</strong>g to figure out what to do.<br />

Couples can now get married onl<strong>in</strong>e. Zoom receptions <strong>are</strong> now<br />

a "th<strong>in</strong>g." Some couples refuse to wait <strong>and</strong> <strong>are</strong> elop<strong>in</strong>g now, <strong>and</strong><br />

then plann<strong>in</strong>g for an <strong>in</strong>-person reception later. And don’t even mention<br />

the honeymoon. It will likely have to wait until 2021.<br />

Last year, the wedd<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>dustry brought <strong>in</strong> $72 billion <strong>in</strong> revenue.<br />

This year’s revenue will be noth<strong>in</strong>g close to that. <strong>The</strong> vendors<br />

who have had a whole year of events get pushed back have been<br />

impacted just as much as the couples who have been dream<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

plann<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> sav<strong>in</strong>g for their special day.<br />

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wildfires, floods, power outages <strong>and</strong> travel restrictions. “Though<br />

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always w<strong>in</strong>s.”<br />

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upside down, it hasn’t stopped couples from gett<strong>in</strong>g engaged.<br />

Whether you’re th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g about postpon<strong>in</strong>g your wedd<strong>in</strong>g for 2021<br />

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loved ones who cannot be with her at her appo<strong>in</strong>tment,<br />

along with more options to accommodate<br />

brides’ schedules <strong>and</strong> needs.”<br />

At <strong>The</strong> Clothes M<strong>in</strong>e, Owner Tracy L<strong>in</strong>denberger<br />

has been navigat<strong>in</strong>g the changes at bridal appo<strong>in</strong>tments<br />

to ensure the safety of both the store’s staff<br />

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that their dress shopp<strong>in</strong>g experiences will be different<br />

no matter what,” L<strong>in</strong>denberger says. “Stores will be<br />

different—but we promise to still make it special.”<br />

She suggests brides c<strong>all</strong> the stores <strong>in</strong> advance to<br />

make appo<strong>in</strong>tments <strong>and</strong> ask how the appo<strong>in</strong>tment<br />

will go. “F<strong>in</strong>d out what will be different <strong>and</strong> how you<br />

should be prep<strong>are</strong>d for new safety precautions,” she<br />

says. “At <strong>The</strong> Clothes M<strong>in</strong>e, we will avoid close contact<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g bridal appo<strong>in</strong>tments. I suggest brides br<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

friend or relative who can help <strong>in</strong> the fitt<strong>in</strong>g room to<br />

zip up <strong>and</strong> secure the dresses. We’ll request everyone<br />

wear masks. <strong>The</strong> experience will be slightly more<br />

self-service, but we will make sure we’re assist<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong><br />

shar<strong>in</strong>g our knowledge.”<br />

More signage will be posted around the store to<br />

answer frequently asked questions, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g how<br />

long will it take to order <strong>and</strong> ship the dress. “If you<br />

<strong>are</strong> proceed<strong>in</strong>g with your<br />

orig<strong>in</strong>al wedd<strong>in</strong>g date, ask<br />

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months to order a dress.<br />

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sh<strong>are</strong>s. “Rush shipp<strong>in</strong>g is<br />

also an option, <strong>and</strong> you<br />

should trust the expertise<br />

of the store you’re work<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with.”<br />

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La Rosa’s Bridal & Tuxedo,<br />

is cont<strong>in</strong>u<strong>in</strong>g to work with<br />

brides <strong>and</strong> grooms on<br />

their orders, some <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

rush shipp<strong>in</strong>g. “We<br />

have been try<strong>in</strong>g to be<br />

m<strong>in</strong>dful with our brides<br />

as they come <strong>in</strong> with their<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g plans set <strong>in</strong> the<br />

upcom<strong>in</strong>g months,” she<br />

says. “We have been able<br />

to get gowns right away,<br />

whether <strong>in</strong> stock or on<br />

a rush order. Because<br />

we do on-site alterations,<br />

we’ve been able to<br />

accommodate our customers<br />

with fast turnaround alterations. Our tuxedo<br />

company we work with is also able to still send out<br />

tuxes or suits for the men. We <strong>are</strong> <strong>all</strong> <strong>in</strong> this together<br />

<strong>and</strong> we will get through it <strong>in</strong> time.”<br />

WEDDING PLANNERS<br />

Veronica Enns, owner <strong>and</strong> wedd<strong>in</strong>g planner at <strong>The</strong><br />

530 Bride, is cont<strong>in</strong>u<strong>in</strong>g to work remotely, while<br />

provid<strong>in</strong>g support to her clients through email, phone<br />

<strong>and</strong> virtual plann<strong>in</strong>g sessions. “We’re leverag<strong>in</strong>g our<br />

onl<strong>in</strong>e plann<strong>in</strong>g dashboard,” she says. “We have created<br />

a process for assist<strong>in</strong>g couples with the steps for<br />

be<strong>in</strong>g prep<strong>are</strong>d to postpone to hopefully make that<br />

process a bit more streaml<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>and</strong> less of an impact<br />

on couples.”<br />

Communication is key, not just with updat<strong>in</strong>g your<br />

vendors but also alert<strong>in</strong>g guests to any changes. “We<br />

recommend us<strong>in</strong>g your wedd<strong>in</strong>g website to update<br />

any changes or even hav<strong>in</strong>g one family member or<br />

your planner assist with reach<strong>in</strong>g out to guests if any<br />

changes need to be communicated or confirmed with<br />

guests,” she says.<br />

Ca<strong>in</strong> Event Plann<strong>in</strong>g Owner Rachelle Ca<strong>in</strong>-Wigg<strong>in</strong>s<br />

is focus<strong>in</strong>g on be<strong>in</strong>g flexible dur<strong>in</strong>g this time. “Couples<br />

need empathy first,” she says. “It’s an emotional time.<br />

<strong>Wedd<strong>in</strong>g</strong> logistics <strong>and</strong> details come second after acknowledg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

their feel<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>and</strong> how I can best service<br />

them dur<strong>in</strong>g this time.”<br />

Krist<strong>in</strong>a Foerster of Events by Krist<strong>in</strong>a Elyse is also<br />

adjust<strong>in</strong>g to follow the orders from the Governor’s office<br />

as they <strong>are</strong> released.<br />

“Due to the shelter <strong>in</strong><br />

place m<strong>and</strong>ate, <strong>all</strong> our<br />

April to June wedd<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

have been pushed to<br />

later this year or early<br />

next year. This is new for<br />

everyone, so <strong>all</strong> we can<br />

do is stay flexible, patient<br />

<strong>and</strong> positive.”<br />

Danielle Roe is mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

herself available to<br />

clients at any given time.<br />

“We <strong>are</strong> work<strong>in</strong>g with our<br />

clients to provide nearly<br />

round-the-clock manage-<br />

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ment of the reschedul<strong>in</strong>g of their big days,” the owner<br />

of Danielle Roe Events says. “From negotiat<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

vendors to keep<strong>in</strong>g a positive outlook <strong>and</strong> remember<strong>in</strong>g<br />

that we <strong>are</strong> <strong>all</strong> <strong>in</strong> this together, we’re work<strong>in</strong>g on<br />

provid<strong>in</strong>g options to meet the needs of our clients. In<br />

the end, be<strong>in</strong>g k<strong>in</strong>d, stay<strong>in</strong>g level headed <strong>and</strong> provid<strong>in</strong>g<br />

top-notch communication will only help to build<br />

our bus<strong>in</strong>ess <strong>and</strong> strengthen our relationship with our<br />

couples.”<br />

Most wedd<strong>in</strong>gs that will occur this year <strong>are</strong> expected<br />

to be sm<strong>all</strong>er, which could mean more work<br />

beh<strong>in</strong>d-the-scenes, accord<strong>in</strong>g to Lynne Zavacky-Barth,<br />

owner of eNVy Event Management. “You would th<strong>in</strong>k<br />

that would mean less work, but with new policies <strong>and</strong><br />

procedures put <strong>in</strong> place from each venue, this could<br />

result <strong>in</strong> a bit more work, especi<strong>all</strong>y on the day of,”<br />

she says. “Keep<strong>in</strong>g guests soci<strong>all</strong>y distant will be the<br />

biggest factor.”<br />

Epic Thyme Events Founder Christi Nasser is<br />

shift<strong>in</strong>g her company’s policy to <strong>all</strong>ow clients to move<br />

their wedd<strong>in</strong>gs without penalty. “Mov<strong>in</strong>g forward, we<br />

<strong>are</strong> do<strong>in</strong>g our best to keep our couples motivated<br />

<strong>and</strong> excited to plan dur<strong>in</strong>g this time,” she says. “We’ve<br />

added helpful work-from-home tools to our meet<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

<strong>and</strong> we’re build<strong>in</strong>g virtual programs around topics like<br />

budget<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> floral design.”<br />

Kend<strong>all</strong> Erlenbusch of Kend<strong>all</strong> Melissa Events is<br />

turn<strong>in</strong>g to virtual sessions<br />

to stay connected to her<br />

clients. “I feel it has been a<br />

huge silver l<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g <strong>throughout</strong><br />

this whole p<strong>and</strong>emic.<br />

I truly feel closer to my<br />

couples than ever before<br />

because we <strong>are</strong> hopp<strong>in</strong>g<br />

on Zoom, chatt<strong>in</strong>g on<br />

FaceTime, <strong>and</strong> meet<strong>in</strong>g up<br />

on Google Hangouts. We<br />

should be do<strong>in</strong>g more of<br />

this,” she says. “Schedules<br />

<strong>and</strong> distance sometimes<br />

makes it hard to meet up<br />

package for under 10 guests on its wedd<strong>in</strong>g lawn,<br />

Director of Sales Sarah Lemberg says. “We will cont<strong>in</strong>ue<br />

to do so as the gather<strong>in</strong>g numbers <strong>in</strong>crease <strong>and</strong><br />

change as well,” she says. “It’s important to be flexible<br />

right now, <strong>and</strong> hav<strong>in</strong>g 36 acres <strong>all</strong>ows us to be creative<br />

<strong>in</strong> several different spaces that we have around the<br />

property, which can be utilized for their big day.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> team at Arden Hills is tak<strong>in</strong>g every precautionary<br />

measure accord<strong>in</strong>g to the CDC, Sales Manager<br />

Kathy Cameron says. “With larger groups, we <strong>are</strong> able<br />

to keep social distance between guests by <strong>all</strong>ow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

our clients to have their events outside by our pool<br />

<strong>are</strong>a on our beautiful grounds,” she says.<br />

Couples can learn more about Catta Verdera<br />

Country Club through virtual tours <strong>and</strong> phone plann<strong>in</strong>g<br />

sessions, says Events Manager Christ<strong>in</strong>a Addiego. To<br />

fill your time at home, Addiego sh<strong>are</strong>s a number of fun<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g plann<strong>in</strong>g projects. “Use the plann<strong>in</strong>g checklist<br />

from <strong>Real</strong> <strong><strong>Wedd<strong>in</strong>g</strong>s</strong> <strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong>’s <strong>The</strong> Plann<strong>in</strong>g Guide<br />

to get organized (you can f<strong>in</strong>d it at realwedd<strong>in</strong>gsmag.<br />

com/the-magaz<strong>in</strong>e.) Browse save-the-dates <strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong>vitations,<br />

<strong>and</strong> save your favorites. Research cake designs<br />

<strong>and</strong> ask for quotes. Research makeup artists <strong>and</strong> ask<br />

for quotes. Create your music playlist. Register for<br />

gifts. Write your wedd<strong>in</strong>g vows,” she says.<br />

Director of Events <strong>and</strong> Cul<strong>in</strong>ary Services Kathleen<br />

Mahan says Helwig W<strong>in</strong>ery is focus<strong>in</strong>g on social distanc<strong>in</strong>g<br />

guidel<strong>in</strong>es while<br />

re-work<strong>in</strong>g the event<br />

spaces to accommodate<br />

the “new normal.” “We<br />

<strong>are</strong> work<strong>in</strong>g closely with<br />

our vendors to ensure we<br />

<strong>are</strong> <strong>in</strong> the loop <strong>and</strong> help<strong>in</strong>g<br />

each other provide<br />

the best experience <strong>and</strong><br />

safest practices to our<br />

couples,” she says.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Willow B<strong>all</strong>room<br />

<strong>and</strong> Event Center Owner<br />

Angelica Whaley has<br />

been postpon<strong>in</strong>g events<br />

as often as we’d like, but<br />

now we have the realization<br />

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couples hop<strong>in</strong>g to get<br />

married <strong>in</strong> 2021, book<br />

say hello more than we once did.”<br />

She’s focus<strong>in</strong>g on be<strong>in</strong>g a source of positivity<br />

through these uncerta<strong>in</strong> times. “As we cont<strong>in</strong>ue to<br />

plan, I try to <strong>in</strong>ject as much positivity as possible <strong>in</strong>to<br />

each conversation to keep them excited about plann<strong>in</strong>g<br />

their wedd<strong>in</strong>g when I know it is tough to keep<br />

truck<strong>in</strong>g along when the world seems upside down,”<br />

she says.<br />

your venue, caterer, DJ <strong>and</strong> photographer/videographer<br />

<strong>and</strong> relax,” she says. “Enjoy be<strong>in</strong>g engaged. This<br />

will give you someth<strong>in</strong>g amaz<strong>in</strong>g to look forward to.”<br />

Vizcaya <strong>Sacramento</strong> has a virtual tour available,<br />

<strong>and</strong> they <strong>are</strong> book<strong>in</strong>g new wedd<strong>in</strong>gs for 2021. For<br />

2020 wedd<strong>in</strong>gs, the event team is assess<strong>in</strong>g each<br />

event as an <strong>in</strong>dividual commodity. “<strong>The</strong>re <strong>are</strong> many<br />

factors that go <strong>in</strong>to each event <strong>and</strong> no two <strong>are</strong> alike,”<br />

says Rachel Ryl<strong>and</strong>, event coord<strong>in</strong>ator <strong>and</strong> sales manager.<br />

VENUES<br />

Many local venues <strong>and</strong> event staffs <strong>are</strong> proactively<br />

communicat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> work<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> t<strong>and</strong>em with the couples<br />

expect<strong>in</strong>g to get married <strong>in</strong> the com<strong>in</strong>g months.<br />

Whether the event is postponed a few months or for<br />

an entire year, these venues <strong>are</strong> <strong>all</strong> support<strong>in</strong>g the difficult<br />

decisions that must be made.<br />

Wise Villa W<strong>in</strong>ery has created a sm<strong>all</strong> wedd<strong>in</strong>g<br />

“We <strong>are</strong> tak<strong>in</strong>g the couple’s specific requests <strong>and</strong><br />

desires <strong>in</strong>to consideration while look<strong>in</strong>g at their event<br />

as a whole.”<br />

Hotel Sutter General Manager Ruthella Turner says<br />

<strong>all</strong> wedd<strong>in</strong>g parties for 2020 have either cancelled or<br />

rescheduled, as most couples have not been <strong>in</strong>terested<br />

<strong>in</strong> limit<strong>in</strong>g their event to 10 guests. “For couples, they<br />

want to sh<strong>are</strong> their big day with family <strong>and</strong> friends,<br />

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<strong>and</strong> if they can’t, then<br />

they <strong>are</strong> look<strong>in</strong>g for quick<br />

<strong>and</strong> easy wedd<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>and</strong> a<br />

larger party later or they<br />

have simply adjusted their<br />

date.”<br />

S<strong>and</strong>ra Dom<strong>in</strong>ey, event<br />

sales manager of <strong>The</strong><br />

Ridge Golf Course <strong>and</strong><br />

Events Center, is respond<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to couples <strong>in</strong> a timely<br />

manner to assist with their<br />

concerns <strong>and</strong> work<strong>in</strong>g<br />

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date to <strong>in</strong>clude the other<br />

guests who were not able<br />

to be at the sm<strong>all</strong>er affair.”<br />

Celebrations now offers<br />

date nights delivered<br />

to people’s doors, which<br />

<strong>in</strong>cludes a sm<strong>all</strong> twoperson<br />

sweetheart table.<br />

“We can deliver a sm<strong>all</strong><br />

amount of the good old<br />

days to people, even if it<br />

is only for a few hours one<br />

even<strong>in</strong>g.”<br />

At <strong>Sacramento</strong> Event<br />

Co., Owner Jennifer Corrigan<br />

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date. “Most venues will<br />

reschedule your date to a<br />

is look<strong>in</strong>g ahead<br />

to wedd<strong>in</strong>gs later this<br />

year <strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong> 2021. “We<br />

future date, if it’s available,” she says.<br />

Silt W<strong>in</strong>e Company Director of Events Robyn<br />

Lazzer<strong>in</strong>i says newly engaged couples should still plan<br />

their 2021 wedd<strong>in</strong>gs right now. “Most wedd<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>are</strong><br />

planned at least n<strong>in</strong>e months <strong>in</strong> advance. Don’t let this<br />

deter you from plann<strong>in</strong>g your wedd<strong>in</strong>g next year,” she<br />

says. “We’d love to talk to couples about their special<br />

day.” Lazzer<strong>in</strong>i is meet<strong>in</strong>g with couples over Zoom <strong>and</strong><br />

offer<strong>in</strong>g virtual tours <strong>and</strong> slideshows of the space.<br />

<strong>all</strong> know these clouds will clear. And once they do, <strong>all</strong><br />

event companies will be extremely busy. We, along<br />

with a lot of other local wedd<strong>in</strong>g vendors, <strong>are</strong> currently<br />

updat<strong>in</strong>g our <strong>in</strong>ventory <strong>and</strong> prepp<strong>in</strong>g our offices <strong>and</strong><br />

w<strong>are</strong>houses, so we can once aga<strong>in</strong> provide top service<br />

to <strong>all</strong> those who <strong>are</strong> plann<strong>in</strong>g events,” she says. In the<br />

meantime, she’s do<strong>in</strong>g everyth<strong>in</strong>g virtu<strong>all</strong>y at the moment<br />

with her clients, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g digital render<strong>in</strong>gs to<br />

visualiz<strong>in</strong>g their wedd<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

At Rough <strong>and</strong> Ready V<strong>in</strong>eyards, Assistant Manager<br />

Am<strong>and</strong>a Rodgers says they <strong>are</strong> book<strong>in</strong>g wedd<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>and</strong><br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ue to give tours by appo<strong>in</strong>tment with masks <strong>and</strong><br />

social distanc<strong>in</strong>g guidel<strong>in</strong>es <strong>in</strong> m<strong>in</strong>d. <strong>The</strong>y <strong>are</strong> happy to<br />

do video plann<strong>in</strong>g meet<strong>in</strong>gs, sh<strong>are</strong> videos of the location,<br />

<strong>and</strong> offer digital contracts.<br />

“When book<strong>in</strong>g your vendors <strong>and</strong> venue, be sure<br />

that t<strong>here</strong> will be no additional charges for reschedul<strong>in</strong>g<br />

your date due to COVID-19,” she says. “If t<strong>here</strong> is a<br />

resurgence <strong>and</strong> the governor shuts everyth<strong>in</strong>g down<br />

aga<strong>in</strong>, you want to be sure that you can reschedule<br />

without penalty.”<br />

HAIR AND MAKEUP<br />

All Dolled Up Beauty + Bridal is adjust<strong>in</strong>g its bus<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

model to offer more virtual services to temporarily<br />

replace <strong>in</strong>-person trial runs, says Owner Melissa Oretta.<br />

She’s also add<strong>in</strong>g a postponement policy that offers a<br />

24-month w<strong>in</strong>dow <strong>in</strong> which clients can postpone their<br />

date once without fees, rate <strong>in</strong>creases or penalties.<br />

Oretta has extended the company’s operat<strong>in</strong>g hours, <strong>in</strong><br />

order to ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong> communication with her clients.<br />

Haley Purser, owner of <strong>The</strong>e Makeup Girl, has been<br />

check<strong>in</strong>g with her couples to make sure she’s available<br />

for any date changes.<br />

RENTALS<br />

Brad Isbell, general manager at Celebrations! Party<br />

Rentals <strong>and</strong> Tents, is feel<strong>in</strong>g the impact of the p<strong>and</strong>emic.<br />

“<strong>The</strong>re is no easy way to go from a rout<strong>in</strong>e <strong>and</strong><br />

successful sales forecast down to nearly zero <strong>in</strong> revenue<br />

almost overnight,” he says. Isbell wants to make<br />

the wedd<strong>in</strong>gs special for<br />

the couples keep<strong>in</strong>g their<br />

dates. “We want customers<br />

to feel like they <strong>are</strong> be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

treated fairly <strong>and</strong> that<br />

we <strong>are</strong> provid<strong>in</strong>g rentals<br />

that have followed strict<br />

cleanl<strong>in</strong>ess expectations<br />

set by our ownership,” he<br />

says. “A lot of people have<br />

gr<strong>and</strong> ideas for their big<br />

day but <strong>in</strong> the world of<br />

COVID-19, a 50-person (or<br />

fewer) wedd<strong>in</strong>g can still<br />

Owner of Personify Bridal, Arrvada Isom, suggests<br />

that brides should ask what sanitation procedures their<br />

glam team uses <strong>and</strong> what precautions they may be<br />

implement<strong>in</strong>g. Isom is chang<strong>in</strong>g her cancellation policy<br />

by not enforc<strong>in</strong>g the cancellation fee for events canceled<br />

due to the p<strong>and</strong>emic. “We <strong>are</strong> person<strong>all</strong>y chang<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a few th<strong>in</strong>gs,” Isom<br />

says. “We <strong>are</strong> limit<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

size of the team we take<br />

to people to accommodate<br />

their parties, we <strong>are</strong><br />

implement<strong>in</strong>g the use<br />

of masks for our client’s<br />

protection <strong>and</strong> add<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

few new sanitation procedures.<br />

We <strong>are</strong> already<br />

hyper-sanitary, but we <strong>are</strong><br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g a few changes to<br />

further enforce our sanitation<br />

procedures.”<br />

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Owner Mahaneeya Sarathi says private lash parties<br />

offer both privacy <strong>and</strong> safety for the bridal parties.<br />

“<strong>The</strong>se parties, when booked ahead, <strong>all</strong>ow us to close<br />

the entire salon for the wedd<strong>in</strong>g party for half a day,”<br />

Sarathi says.<br />

Happi Ybarra of Happily Beautiful Makeup Artistry<br />

& Sk<strong>in</strong> Studio is work<strong>in</strong>g to ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong> top-notch<br />

sanitary procedures. “Person<strong>all</strong>y, I always keep a very<br />

sanitary makeup kit,” she says. “I always have <strong>in</strong>dividual<br />

makeup application tools for each client. It is very<br />

important to me <strong>and</strong> I feel it gives a sense of assurance<br />

to my bride <strong>and</strong> her bridal party.”<br />

CAKES AND DESSERTS<br />

Treat yourself dur<strong>in</strong>g the p<strong>and</strong>emic by hav<strong>in</strong>g a date<br />

night cake tast<strong>in</strong>g at home with your beloved. Local<br />

bus<strong>in</strong>esses Above & Beyond Cakes <strong>and</strong> Go West Bak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>and</strong> Events <strong>are</strong> offer<strong>in</strong>g curbside tast<strong>in</strong>g pickups.<br />

Meghan <strong>and</strong> Daniel Jimenez at Above & Beyond Cakes<br />

also offer electronic consultations.<br />

At Go West Bak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> Events, consultations<br />

<strong>in</strong>clude a couple different stages. “A tast<strong>in</strong>g sample kit<br />

is put together based on the event’s time of year, location<br />

<strong>and</strong> style of wedd<strong>in</strong>g,” says Owner Br<strong>and</strong>y West.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> couple schedules a pick-up time, followed by a<br />

scheduled FaceTime or Zoom meet<strong>in</strong>g to navigate<br />

the tast<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> design consultation. We discuss <strong>all</strong> the<br />

needs of their special day,<br />

<strong>and</strong> h<strong>and</strong>le any questions<br />

or concerns, just as we<br />

would face-to-face.”<br />

CATERING<br />

Local chefs <strong>and</strong> caterers<br />

tours. Couples <strong>are</strong> able to do curbside no charge tast<strong>in</strong>g<br />

pickups on Sundays.<br />

Diana Burke-Fuentes, owner of Simple Pleasures<br />

Restaurant & Cater<strong>in</strong>g, is encourag<strong>in</strong>g couples to<br />

plan sm<strong>all</strong>er, <strong>in</strong>timate events that stagger their guest<br />

list. “For example, have a family <strong>and</strong> bridal party<br />

only wedd<strong>in</strong>g day with a fabulous meal <strong>and</strong> a great<br />

videographer to capture <strong>all</strong> of the moments. <strong>The</strong>n,<br />

have an after-wedd<strong>in</strong>g cocktail party or barbecue for<br />

your close friends, which <strong>in</strong>cludes a screen<strong>in</strong>g of your<br />

ceremony <strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong>timate moments, so that they can still<br />

be a part of it,” she says.<br />

At Fat Family Restaurant Group, Fat’s Cater<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Manager C<strong>in</strong>di Chilelli says they <strong>are</strong> wait<strong>in</strong>g to make<br />

any specific changes until they have a better picture<br />

of what restrictions will look like for wedd<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>and</strong><br />

events. She suggests couples hold off on putt<strong>in</strong>g<br />

down deposits <strong>and</strong> sign<strong>in</strong>g contracts until you feel<br />

confident about what you want. “Don’t let anyone<br />

pressure you <strong>in</strong>to someth<strong>in</strong>g you <strong>are</strong> not 100 percent<br />

sure of,” she says.<br />

David Hanson of Off the V<strong>in</strong>e Cater<strong>in</strong>g has had<br />

Zoom meet<strong>in</strong>g requests, though he prefers <strong>in</strong>-person<br />

meet<strong>in</strong>gs, which he’ll still do as long as everyone<br />

follows precautions. “We will do whatever the couple<br />

feels most comfortable with,” he says. He says his staff<br />

will wear masks along with gloves for future events<br />

for the foreseeable future.<br />

“We have always worn<br />

gloves while serv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong><br />

clear<strong>in</strong>g,” he says. “This<br />

will be chang<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

whole wedd<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> event<br />

bus<strong>in</strong>ess for a long time.”<br />

<strong>are</strong> ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g flexibility<br />

when it comes to plann<strong>in</strong>g<br />

menus <strong>and</strong> dishes for<br />

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as loose as possible,” she says. “Instead of <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

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am be<strong>in</strong>g generous <strong>and</strong> over the top to at least get guests to check their wedd<strong>in</strong>g websites as f<strong>in</strong>al plans<br />

the cash flow go<strong>in</strong>g. Now is a great time to book,” she unfold <strong>in</strong> the weeks lead<strong>in</strong>g up to the big day.”<br />

says.<br />

On her end, Celaya has been giv<strong>in</strong>g her clients<br />

Chef Russ L<strong>and</strong>ers of <strong>The</strong> Hidden Table suggests more space <strong>and</strong> time to make decisions. “I typic<strong>all</strong>y<br />

couples spend this time research<strong>in</strong>g their wedd<strong>in</strong>g follow up with emails with<strong>in</strong> 48 hours if I haven’t heard<br />

vendors onl<strong>in</strong>e. “You can learn a lot about each one back from clients about design decisions, but lately<br />

without leav<strong>in</strong>g the comfort of your sofa,” he says. I’ve been <strong>all</strong>ow<strong>in</strong>g up to a week before I follow up with<br />

“Social media has a lot of <strong>in</strong>formation to offer. Like or them,” she says. “In addition, I have also managed<br />

follow a few of their bus<strong>in</strong>ess pages <strong>and</strong> watch what to keep <strong>all</strong> of the clients that have had to reschedule<br />

they <strong>are</strong> up to.”<br />

their events on my calendar. It means that I will be<br />

L<strong>and</strong>ers looks forward to hav<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>-person meet<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

<strong>and</strong> tours when it’s safe to do so. He is currently year, but it was important to me to be as accommo-<br />

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No matter the size of the<br />

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<strong>and</strong> videographers<br />

<strong>are</strong> prep<strong>are</strong>d to<br />

wear personal protective<br />

equipment (PPE) for the<br />

event so that they can<br />

document every special<br />

moment.<br />

Michelle Hewitt, owner<br />

of <strong>and</strong> photographer at<br />

V<strong>all</strong>ey Images Photography,<br />

wants to rema<strong>in</strong> flexible with her clients. “If they<br />

need to move their date, I move with them,” she says.<br />

Image Society’s Lolita Vasquez <strong>all</strong>ows her couples<br />

to change their date for no extra fee, as long as she’s<br />

still available for the new date. She’ll also work with<br />

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she says.<br />

Sweet Marie Photography’s M<strong>in</strong>dy Aagaard<br />

proactively reached out to <strong>all</strong> her clients for the year<br />

to ensure they’d <strong>all</strong> be on the same page navigat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

this p<strong>and</strong>emic. She is not charg<strong>in</strong>g any change<br />

fees for events that have to move dates or locations.<br />

“Ultimately, we want to see our couples marry <strong>and</strong> we<br />

want to tell their story,” she says. “Truly the best th<strong>in</strong>g<br />

we can do as vendors is realize how this affects us <strong>all</strong><br />

<strong>and</strong> we can f<strong>in</strong>d what works best.”<br />

If the orig<strong>in</strong>al photographer you booked is unavailable<br />

on your rescheduled date, Amber Shoop Felts of<br />

Shoop’s Photography will<br />

honor the deposit already<br />

given to the <strong>in</strong>itial photographer.<br />

“We underst<strong>and</strong><br />

that when some couples<br />

choose a new date, their<br />

orig<strong>in</strong>al vendors may not<br />

be available,” she says.<br />

“If we <strong>are</strong> available, we<br />

<strong>are</strong> honor<strong>in</strong>g the deposit<br />

(up to $500) so that their<br />

orig<strong>in</strong>al photographer<br />

doesn’t have to provide<br />

a refund <strong>and</strong> the couple<br />

doesn’t have an added<br />

expense.”<br />

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Koston Photography is<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g it a goal to be<br />

upfront <strong>and</strong> transp<strong>are</strong>nt<br />

with her clients. “I am try<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to accommodate my<br />

couples <strong>and</strong> be as flexible<br />

as possible,” she says.<br />

“If a client’s wedd<strong>in</strong>g is<br />

affected, I am not tack<strong>in</strong>g<br />

on any additional fees to<br />

reschedule. I underst<strong>and</strong><br />

that th<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>are</strong> already<br />

hard on couples <strong>and</strong> I<br />

want to be as accommodat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>and</strong> as helpful as<br />

possible. <strong>The</strong>ir happ<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

is a priority to me.”<br />

Couples can also use this downtime to do their<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g homework. “<strong>The</strong>re’s always plenty of <strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

<strong>and</strong> advice to be found on the web <strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong> pr<strong>in</strong>t,”<br />

says P.J. Oswald, owner of Fits <strong>and</strong> Stops Photography,<br />

who is also currently offer<strong>in</strong>g refundable deposits.<br />

“Now more than ever, magaz<strong>in</strong>es <strong>and</strong> vendors <strong>are</strong> publish<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the content that they’ve been too busy to sh<strong>are</strong><br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g their busy seasons. And while many bus<strong>in</strong>esses<br />

may be closed to foot traffic, I expect that most wedd<strong>in</strong>g<br />

vendors, like myself, would be thrilled to chat with<br />

you by phone or Zoom <strong>in</strong> the meantime.”<br />

James Young of James Young Photography is<br />

work<strong>in</strong>g very closely with couples who have had their<br />

dates taken from them. “I am work<strong>in</strong>g with couples<br />

who have opted for elopements,” he says. “This <strong>in</strong>cludes<br />

plann<strong>in</strong>g the locations, dates, times, etc.”<br />

Jennifer Clapp of Jennifer Clapp F<strong>in</strong>e Art Photography<br />

is also <strong>all</strong>ow<strong>in</strong>g her couples to postpone without<br />

any repercussions. “It is the right th<strong>in</strong>g to do,” she says.<br />

“I can’t even imag<strong>in</strong>e what these couples <strong>are</strong> go<strong>in</strong>g<br />

through.”<br />

FLORALS<br />

A wedd<strong>in</strong>g isn’t complete without flowers. Local<br />

floral designers from Wild Flowers Design Group <strong>and</strong><br />

Morn<strong>in</strong>gside Florist, along with FiftyFlowers.com <strong>are</strong> <strong>all</strong><br />

work<strong>in</strong>g alongside their clients who <strong>are</strong> postpon<strong>in</strong>g or<br />

reimag<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g their wedd<strong>in</strong>g days.<br />

Angie Luna of Wild Flowers Design Group says<br />

they’re offer<strong>in</strong>g complimentary<br />

date changes for<br />

any couples who have had<br />

to move their wedd<strong>in</strong>g<br />

date. “We talk to heartbroken<br />

couples every day<br />

that have been required<br />

to either move their wedd<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

to another date<br />

<strong>and</strong>/or cancel,” she says.<br />

“We want to be t<strong>here</strong> to<br />

help make their dreams<br />

come true <strong>and</strong> make any<br />

transitions to their new<br />

date as easy as possible.”<br />

Morn<strong>in</strong>gside Florist<br />

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sh<strong>are</strong>s some questions engaged couples should ask<br />

themselves as they proceed with wedd<strong>in</strong>g plann<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

“Secure the dates for your venue, <strong>and</strong> other suppliers,<br />

like florists. Consider how social distanc<strong>in</strong>g will affect<br />

your wedd<strong>in</strong>g day. What if t<strong>here</strong> is another spike <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>fections?” he says. “Will you be able to postpone<br />

or cancel with m<strong>in</strong>imum expense? What should you<br />

do about deposits to hold the dates? Will they be<br />

refunded if your wedd<strong>in</strong>g is postponed or canceled?”<br />

Liza Roeser, CEO <strong>and</strong> founder of FiftyFlowers.com,<br />

season,” she says.<br />

expert advice<br />

Couples should also consider wedd<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>surance.<br />

“Plann<strong>in</strong>g your wedd<strong>in</strong>g dur<strong>in</strong>g this time can be<br />

very stressful <strong>and</strong> scary,” she says. “To give couples<br />

a little more sense of security we have started tell<strong>in</strong>g<br />

them about wedd<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>surance. Just like vendors <strong>are</strong><br />

required to have liability <strong>in</strong>surance <strong>in</strong> case of a catastrophic<br />

event, it makes sense for couples to protect<br />

their day by hav<strong>in</strong>g coverage as well, due to unforeseen<br />

circumstances.”<br />

is see<strong>in</strong>g an <strong>in</strong>crease <strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>timate backyard wedd<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

“We have the ability to accommodate flowers for these<br />

<strong>in</strong>timate sett<strong>in</strong>gs,” she says. She added that it’s important<br />

to note that the decision to cancel or postpone the<br />

event may come from the venue if they’re ordered to<br />

shut down, rather than the couple. “I th<strong>in</strong>k it is important<br />

to keep <strong>in</strong> m<strong>in</strong>d that venues may have to cancel<br />

the event,” she says. “Make sure to keep open l<strong>in</strong>es of<br />

communication with your po<strong>in</strong>ts of contact <strong>and</strong> have<br />

another plan if you still want to be married on the day<br />

you have chosen.”<br />

DJs<br />

Extreme Productions Enterta<strong>in</strong>ment’s CEO Matt Brys<br />

has pivoted <strong>all</strong> <strong>in</strong>-person plann<strong>in</strong>g sessions to virtual<br />

sessions via Zoom <strong>and</strong> Skype. “It’s as close as we can<br />

get to be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> person <strong>and</strong> <strong>all</strong>ows us to connect with<br />

more impact than a phone or email exchange,” he<br />

says. Addition<strong>all</strong>y, couples can utilize the company’s<br />

live-stream capabilities. “We can <strong>in</strong>clude guests that<br />

cannot physic<strong>all</strong>y jo<strong>in</strong> them at their live celebration but<br />

still experience the special day through a private, virtual<br />

platform similar to a TV broadcast,” Brys says.<br />

MOBILE BARS<br />

Alyson Pace, co-owner <strong>and</strong> operator of Belle Aventure<br />

Mobile Bar Co., says plann<strong>in</strong>g dur<strong>in</strong>g the p<strong>and</strong>emic<br />

requires more flexibility than we’ve needed or seen <strong>in</strong><br />

the past. “We <strong>are</strong> see<strong>in</strong>g flexibility <strong>in</strong> dates, locations,<br />

<strong>and</strong> guest counts. Many of our couples <strong>are</strong> focus<strong>in</strong>g on<br />

the experiences <strong>and</strong> vendors that they can’t live without,<br />

<strong>and</strong> build<strong>in</strong>g a new plan around that, shift<strong>in</strong>g from<br />

larger venues to private property <strong>and</strong> hav<strong>in</strong>g plans for<br />

different degrees of guest counts.”<br />

At Belle Aventure, they <strong>are</strong> add<strong>in</strong>g elopement or<br />

sm<strong>all</strong> wedd<strong>in</strong>g packages. “Sm<strong>all</strong>er groups natur<strong>all</strong>y<br />

lend themselves to even more cocktail creativity <strong>and</strong><br />

personalization which can be excit<strong>in</strong>g,” she says.<br />

Bryan Greenwalt, owner of Music & More Enterta<strong>in</strong>ment,<br />

says it’s normal to be worried <strong>and</strong> stressed right<br />

now. “Most of this is completely out of our h<strong>and</strong>s <strong>and</strong><br />

we can’t do much about it, so it’s best to take it dayby-day<br />

<strong>and</strong> make logical choices <strong>in</strong>stead of emotional<br />

ones,” he says. “It’s also important to underst<strong>and</strong> that<br />

th<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>are</strong> chang<strong>in</strong>g almost day to day, so it’s ok to wait<br />

until 30 days out before you make a f<strong>in</strong>al postponement<br />

decision.”<br />

At his company, they <strong>are</strong> not charg<strong>in</strong>g cancellation<br />

fees because of COVID-19-related changes. “We<br />

<strong>are</strong> also mak<strong>in</strong>g sure that couples that <strong>are</strong> consider<strong>in</strong>g<br />

book<strong>in</strong>g or have booked for the future <strong>are</strong> confident<br />

<strong>and</strong> know that we <strong>are</strong> go<strong>in</strong>g to work with them through<br />

this <strong>and</strong> they won’t be penalized if they have to make<br />

PHOTO BOOTHS<br />

Chelsea Evans, owner of <strong>The</strong><br />

W<strong>and</strong>er<strong>in</strong>g Photo Bus <strong>and</strong> Capture<br />

Create Studios, wants couples to<br />

remember that we’re <strong>all</strong> <strong>in</strong> this<br />

together. “When it comes to your<br />

vendors <strong>and</strong> your guests, everyone<br />

wants to be accommodat<strong>in</strong>g,” she<br />

says. “If you need to postpone,<br />

try to reach out to your vendors<br />

as quickly as possible to see what<br />

their contracts state, if they <strong>are</strong><br />

available, <strong>and</strong> how they can help<br />

changes due to COVID-19 shutdowns. We’ve left consultations<br />

<strong>and</strong> plann<strong>in</strong>g sessions<br />

up to our couples. We have Zoom,<br />

FaceTime <strong>and</strong> Skype available as<br />

video conferenc<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> we can<br />

take c<strong>are</strong> of almost everyth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

lead<strong>in</strong>g up to the event while<br />

be<strong>in</strong>g ’soci<strong>all</strong>y distanced’ if that’s<br />

what they prefer,” he says.<br />

When wedd<strong>in</strong>gs come back—<br />

<strong>and</strong> they will come back—they<br />

will be huge celebrations. “<strong>The</strong><br />

ones after the COVID-19 situation<br />

you dur<strong>in</strong>g this crazy time. Because<br />

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An <strong>in</strong>crease <strong>in</strong> aw<strong>are</strong>ness of our social behaviors around hygiene is a paradigm shift <strong>in</strong> the right direction.<br />

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Greenwalt predicts. “People need<br />

vendors want, it’s to be <strong>in</strong> the loop<br />

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the release <strong>and</strong> the time to just let<br />

as much as possible, <strong>and</strong> to also be<br />

surfaces, <strong>and</strong> plann<strong>in</strong>g/design of event <strong>in</strong>teractions, account<strong>in</strong>g for both guests <strong>and</strong> vendors.<br />

go. Dance floors <strong>are</strong> go<strong>in</strong>g to be<br />

helpful when need be.”<br />

amaz<strong>in</strong>g after this ends!”<br />

check this out<br />

If you <strong>are</strong> plann<strong>in</strong>g for a 2021<br />

Melissa Oretta with All Dolled<br />

In response to a new paradigm that dem<strong>and</strong>s<br />

better hygiene practices, Tan Wed-<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g, she suggests plann<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Up Beauty + Bridal sums it up best<br />

as much as you can as soon as<br />

with this advice, “Keep your eye<br />

d<strong>in</strong>gs & Events created a guide c<strong>all</strong>ed<br />

possible. “We <strong>are</strong> lett<strong>in</strong>g new 2021<br />

couples know to f<strong>in</strong>d dates as soon<br />

“Event Hygiene Management.” Inside,<br />

you’ll f<strong>in</strong>d guidel<strong>in</strong>es for the plann<strong>in</strong>g<br />

on the most important prize—you<br />

<strong>are</strong> go<strong>in</strong>g to be marry<strong>in</strong>g your best<br />

<strong>and</strong> production of a safe <strong>and</strong> hygienic<br />

as they can because next year is<br />

friend! Noth<strong>in</strong>g can stop that!”OO<br />

event. Head to their website to view it:<br />

go<strong>in</strong>g to be a lot busier than an<br />

—Kourtney Jason<br />

tanwedd<strong>in</strong>gs<strong>and</strong>events.com/covid-wedd<strong>in</strong>gs.html<br />

average wedd<strong>in</strong>g<br />

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ask the experts: tips from the pros<br />

PHOTO OF NIKKI BY<br />

DANTE FONTANA/STYLE MEDIA GROUP<br />

CUPCAKE PHOTO<br />

BY DEEANDKRISPHOTOGRAPHY.COM<br />

2G20C WEDDING<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

Gabby Terrasi & Ashley K<strong>in</strong>g<br />

2g20cwedd<strong>in</strong>gphotography.com<br />

WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR<br />

FOR OUR ENGAGEMENT<br />

SHOOT SESSION?<br />

Embrace the weather <strong>and</strong> environment. Comfort<br />

is key. Itchy sweaters, bra-straps, <strong>and</strong> over/<br />

underdress<strong>in</strong>g can distract you from the moment.<br />

Let yourselves be present. H<strong>in</strong>t: Br<strong>in</strong>g dress shirts<br />

ironed <strong>and</strong> put them on just before tak<strong>in</strong>g pictures<br />

to help your photographer out. Sweat sta<strong>in</strong>s <strong>and</strong><br />

wr<strong>in</strong>kles take extra time to edit.<br />

Play with colors. Pick a color palette you both<br />

like for <strong>in</strong>spiration. No neons, trust us. Save your<br />

sexy, black outfits for date night, they can cause<br />

awkward optical illusions. H<strong>in</strong>t: Not sure w<strong>here</strong> to<br />

start? Google “Pantone color palette.”<br />

Express yourself. Bold new hat? Use it at the end<br />

of your session! Br<strong>in</strong>g a tote to carry alternative<br />

looks. Romantic or playful? Why choose? Wear a<br />

dress first then slip jeans on underneath <strong>and</strong> pop<br />

on a flannel or t-shirt. H<strong>in</strong>t: Br<strong>in</strong>g a cute blanket.<br />

Now you’ve got a chang<strong>in</strong>g tent <strong>and</strong> a place to<br />

cuddle up.<br />

Don’t forget, this is your session! Don’t be afraid<br />

to sh<strong>are</strong> ideas with your photographer. Have fun.<br />

Make a memory!<br />

BAKER & A BLACK CAT<br />

Nikki Ozawa // baker<strong>and</strong>ablackcat.com<br />

WHAT SIZE CAKE OR<br />

HOW MANY CUPCAKES<br />

DO I NEED TO ORDER?<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>in</strong>dustry-st<strong>and</strong>ard serv<strong>in</strong>g size is one 1” x 2” x<br />

4”-sized slice of cake or one cupcake per person.<br />

<strong>The</strong> number of serv<strong>in</strong>gs or cupcakes you would<br />

need to order will be based on the number of<br />

guests expected to attend your event. If you <strong>are</strong><br />

plann<strong>in</strong>g a plated meal, you may not need as many<br />

serv<strong>in</strong>gs, because not everyone will have dessert.<br />

If you <strong>are</strong> serv<strong>in</strong>g lighter f<strong>are</strong> like appetizers <strong>and</strong><br />

cocktails, or lunch <strong>in</strong>stead of d<strong>in</strong>ner, you may need<br />

more serv<strong>in</strong>gs, as your guests may have more<br />

“room” <strong>in</strong> their bellies.<br />

JENN ROBIRDS EVENTS<br />

Jenn Robirds // jennrobirdsevents.com<br />

WHAT SHOULD GO ON MY<br />

SAVE-THE-DATES?<br />

Keep it simple! Gener<strong>all</strong>y, your guests love to see<br />

a photo of the two of you, your names, the event<br />

date, the city <strong>and</strong> state <strong>and</strong> your wedd<strong>in</strong>g website.<br />

To help our clients be ready when it’s time<br />

to send Save-the-Dates (we recommend send<strong>in</strong>g<br />

them at the six-month mark), we encourage<br />

schedul<strong>in</strong>g their engagement session at least<br />

seven months out. This way they have their edited<br />

engagement shots that they can use. Bonus<br />

po<strong>in</strong>ts: schedule your makeup <strong>and</strong> hair trial for<br />

the same date as the engagement shoot.<br />

VINTAGE STAMPS PHOTO BY LITTLE BIRD PAPER COMPANY<br />

STRELITZIA<br />

FLOWER COMPANY<br />

Samantha Widlund // wedd<strong>in</strong>gsbystrelitzia.com<br />

HOW CAN I MAKE<br />

THE MOST OUT OF MY<br />

FLORAL CONSULTATION?<br />

Know what you want <strong>and</strong> what you don’t. Th<strong>in</strong><br />

out that P<strong>in</strong>terest board to your absolute favorites.<br />

Let us know the flowers you love <strong>and</strong> the ones that<br />

make you sneeze.<br />

Send your florist a l<strong>in</strong>k to your P<strong>in</strong>terest board,<br />

email your favorite <strong>in</strong>spiration images or br<strong>in</strong>g them<br />

<strong>in</strong> for your appo<strong>in</strong>tment. Reference pictures often<br />

speak louder than words when it comes to sett<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a vision.<br />

Limit the decision makers. Op<strong>in</strong>ions can be helpful<br />

or they can be overwhelm<strong>in</strong>g. Decid<strong>in</strong>g whose<br />

voices you’ll be listen<strong>in</strong>g to while you make your<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g decisions will save you a lot of headaches.<br />

Be upfront about your budget. <strong>The</strong> more your<br />

floral designer knows, the more she can work to<br />

get you what you want while stay<strong>in</strong>g with<strong>in</strong> your<br />

budget.<br />

Come <strong>in</strong> with an open m<strong>in</strong>d <strong>and</strong> be flexible. Maybe<br />

peonies won’t fit <strong>in</strong> your budget or <strong>are</strong>n’t <strong>in</strong> season—your<br />

floral designer can help you f<strong>in</strong>d other<br />

flowers that can work. Professional floral designers<br />

have a lot of tricks up their sleeves to help you get<br />

the wedd<strong>in</strong>g look you’ve been dream<strong>in</strong>g of!<br />

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plus one<br />

TIPS.<br />

TRENDS.<br />

NEWS.<br />

...<strong>and</strong> fun!<br />

by Emily Peter-Corey<br />

PHOTOS BY 2G20C WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY / 2G20CWEDDINGPHOTOGRAPHY.COM<br />

<strong>Real</strong> <strong><strong>Wedd<strong>in</strong>g</strong>s</strong> is <strong>here</strong> to <strong>in</strong>spire you <strong>and</strong> guide you<br />

through the plethora of talented wedd<strong>in</strong>g professionals<br />

<strong>in</strong> our <strong>are</strong>a, but we also love to clue you <strong>in</strong> to what’s<br />

go<strong>in</strong>g on <strong>in</strong> the wedd<strong>in</strong>g world—whether it’s to sh<strong>are</strong><br />

accomplishments, a romantic story, useful tips or just<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g fun. <strong>Wedd<strong>in</strong>g</strong> plann<strong>in</strong>g is hard. It’s stressful.<br />

It's tir<strong>in</strong>g. But it's also supposed to be fun. And after<br />

go<strong>in</strong>g through it myself recently, I have earned the title<br />

of your Plus One through this wedd<strong>in</strong>g plann<strong>in</strong>g process.<br />

Here, we’ll take your m<strong>in</strong>d off of wedd<strong>in</strong>g plann<strong>in</strong>g (if<br />

only for a bit) <strong>and</strong> sh<strong>are</strong> tidbits from every corner of the<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g world. So, let’s cl<strong>in</strong>k our dr<strong>in</strong>ks, pose for a pic<br />

<strong>and</strong> own the dance floor!<br />

now that’s a cake!<br />

When Cirque de Soleil visited <strong>Sacramento</strong><br />

earlier this year they were proudly perform<strong>in</strong>g<br />

their 2,500th show <strong>and</strong> wanted someth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

celebratory. Meghan <strong>and</strong> Daniel Jimenez of Above<br />

& Beyond Cakes (above<strong>and</strong>beyondcakes.com)<br />

were contacted by the head chef three weeks <strong>in</strong><br />

advance of their arrival request<strong>in</strong>g a custom cake.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> <strong>in</strong>spiration was based entirely on the Amaluna<br />

theme of the show by highlight<strong>in</strong>g the moon<br />

goddess which was <strong>in</strong> the form of a peacock,”<br />

expla<strong>in</strong>s Daniel. “<strong>The</strong> show itself, <strong>and</strong> especi<strong>all</strong>y<br />

the costumes, br<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>credibly vibrant colors <strong>and</strong><br />

action. We knew we wanted to have a design<br />

which was a bit <strong>in</strong>teractive, vibrant <strong>in</strong> color <strong>and</strong> a<br />

gr<strong>and</strong> showpiece.” <strong>The</strong>y collaborated with <strong>in</strong>dustry<br />

pros L<strong>in</strong>dsey Fischer of Magnolia Avenue Events<br />

(magnoliaavenueevents.com) <strong>and</strong> Gett<strong>in</strong>g Hitched<br />

Design + Rentals (gett<strong>in</strong>ghitchedrentals.com)<br />

for the custom birdcage <strong>and</strong> photography team<br />

Ashley K<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> Gabby Terrasi of 2G20C <strong>Wedd<strong>in</strong>g</strong><br />

Photography (2g20cwedd<strong>in</strong>gphotography.com)<br />

to capture every detail of the display. Above &<br />

Beyond Cakes spent around 70 hours on this<br />

project but it was well worth it. Daniel says, “Cirque<br />

de Soleil loved the cake! It was amaz<strong>in</strong>g to receive<br />

so many personal messages from the amaz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

staff <strong>and</strong> fans from across the globe. Def<strong>in</strong>itely an<br />

experience we will never forget!”<br />

See more photos on realwedd<strong>in</strong>gsmag.com<br />

floral jewels<br />

You might be consider<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

flower crown for your wedd<strong>in</strong>g<br />

but have you ever considered (or<br />

even heard of!) floral earr<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>and</strong><br />

r<strong>in</strong>gs? We’ve been lucky enough to work<br />

with Strelitzia Flower Company<br />

(wedd<strong>in</strong>gsbystrelitzia.com) on<br />

multiple shoots <strong>and</strong> it seems that<br />

team member, Midori Kawagoe,<br />

always creates someth<strong>in</strong>g out<br />

of the box for us. On our “Love<br />

You to the Moon <strong>and</strong> Back” photo<br />

shoot, Midori brought with her fresh<br />

floral earr<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>and</strong> a r<strong>in</strong>g. Yes, these<br />

delicate flowers <strong>are</strong> perfectly<br />

placed on hoop earr<strong>in</strong>gs to<br />

add an <strong>in</strong>credible pop of color<br />

<strong>and</strong> texture. <strong>The</strong>y lasted for<br />

hours <strong>and</strong>, needless to say,<br />

were oohed <strong>and</strong> aahed over by<br />

every team member on set! <strong>The</strong><br />

best part? If your wedd<strong>in</strong>g flowers <strong>are</strong><br />

booked with Strelitzia, they offer<br />

brides a complimentary flower<br />

crown, floral earr<strong>in</strong>gs or sm<strong>all</strong><br />

posy bouquet to use for your<br />

engagement photos.<br />

See more photos on realwedd<strong>in</strong>gsmag.com<br />

Times <strong>are</strong> tough, but our community is tougher. Case <strong>in</strong> po<strong>in</strong>t,<br />

<strong>The</strong> Party Concierge (partyconcierge.com) started a positivity<br />

campaign titled <strong>The</strong> Happ<strong>in</strong>ess Hero aimed at thank<strong>in</strong>g local<br />

bus<strong>in</strong>esses, organizations <strong>and</strong> everyday do-gooders with a<br />

b<strong>all</strong>oon bouquet. If you have a nom<strong>in</strong>ation, follow <strong>The</strong> Party<br />

Concierge on Facebook <strong>and</strong> Instagram for details, or be a<br />

Happ<strong>in</strong>ess Hero yourself by send<strong>in</strong>g a cheerful b<strong>all</strong>oon bouquet<br />

to someone deserv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>all</strong> while support<strong>in</strong>g a sm<strong>all</strong>, local bus<strong>in</strong>ess.<br />

GRAPHIC COURTESY OF THE PARTY CONCIERGE<br />

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plus one<br />

luscious lashes<br />

Have you heard about<br />

<strong>The</strong> Lash Lounge<br />

(thelashlounge.com)? Well<br />

editor/publisher, Wendy,<br />

<strong>and</strong> I have not only<br />

heard about it, we’ve<br />

experienced it! We<br />

were lucky enough<br />

to each receive a<br />

treatment: Wendy a<br />

lash extension, <strong>and</strong> me a<br />

lash lift. Wendy came out with<br />

luscious lashes that feel natural (read more about her<br />

experience on our blog; search <strong>The</strong> Lash Lounge),<br />

w<strong>here</strong>as my lash lift provided me with perfectly curled<br />

lashes that no longer require me to curl my eyelashes<br />

before apply<strong>in</strong>g mascara every day. I was so relieved<br />

to take a step out of my makeup rout<strong>in</strong>e! Plus, the<br />

experience was relax<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> professional (ask them<br />

about the lash nap, yeah, it’s a th<strong>in</strong>g!). Editor’s note: We<br />

both received our treatments before the bus<strong>in</strong>ess shut downs due<br />

to COVID-19. As of press time, <strong>The</strong> Lash Lounge DOCO <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>The</strong> Lash Lounge Roseville <strong>are</strong> follow<strong>in</strong>g state orders <strong>and</strong> <strong>are</strong><br />

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plus one<br />

dress to impress<br />

Long time Folsom bridal shop, De La Rosa’s Bridal<br />

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new location at 6606 Folsom-Auburn Road, Suite<br />

2, still <strong>in</strong> Folsom. <strong>The</strong> new location is stunn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with crystal ch<strong>and</strong>eliers <strong>and</strong> a fun greenery w<strong>all</strong><br />

(perfect for those “I Said Yes to the Dress” pics for<br />

Instagram!); offers plenty of seat<strong>in</strong>g for your bride<br />

tribe along with mirrors to show <strong>all</strong> those<br />

beautiful angles. S<strong>in</strong>ce 1974, this local<br />

gem has been serv<strong>in</strong>g brides <strong>and</strong><br />

grooms, along with their families...<br />

now a beautiful new location to<br />

celebrate their 46 years <strong>in</strong> bus<strong>in</strong>ess;<br />

what an accomplishment!<br />

sweet tooth<br />

It’s never too early for a sweet treat <strong>in</strong> my book <strong>and</strong><br />

luckily Frank Vilt’s Cakes (frankviltscakes.com) now<br />

offers breakfast pastries. Owner, Frank, has a knack<br />

for bak<strong>in</strong>g delicious cakes, cupcakes <strong>and</strong> cookies,<br />

but has now exp<strong>and</strong>ed his confection selection <strong>in</strong><br />

his Cameron Park bakery. Sw<strong>in</strong>g by for croissants,<br />

c<strong>in</strong>namon rolls, scones, <strong>and</strong> even iced teas…oh, <strong>and</strong><br />

you might as well pick up some cupcakes while<br />

you’re t<strong>here</strong>. And, #wedd<strong>in</strong>gtrend, d<strong>are</strong> we suggest<br />

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the fraction of the orig<strong>in</strong>al price <strong>and</strong> a special “Off the Rack” department at the Yuba City<br />

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(theclothesm<strong>in</strong>e.com) <strong>in</strong> Sutter<br />

Creek has always offered<br />

beautiful bridal gowns—like<br />

the one that Kylee wears<br />

as one of her “extra looks”<br />

<strong>in</strong> our “<strong>The</strong> Mounta<strong>in</strong>s <strong>are</strong><br />

C<strong>all</strong><strong>in</strong>g” feature (see our<br />

website for more gorgeous<br />

snaps!)—but they’ve also<br />

found some great options<br />

for the bride who may be<br />

say<strong>in</strong>g today, “We’ll just get<br />

married now <strong>and</strong> have the<br />

formal event next year!” We<br />

love that these dresses can be<br />

dressed up <strong>and</strong> dressed down,<br />

<strong>and</strong> the best part: You can wear<br />

it aga<strong>in</strong> <strong>and</strong> aga<strong>in</strong>!<br />

custom dreams<br />

Have you ever dreamed of creat<strong>in</strong>g your own custom wedd<strong>in</strong>g<br />

dress, but thought it was, well, just a dream? Diamond Bridal G<strong>all</strong>ery<br />

(diamondbridalg<strong>all</strong>ery.com) <strong>in</strong> Citrus Heights is ready to make that dream<br />

a reality—they now offer DIY (Design It Yourself) wedd<strong>in</strong>g dresses!<br />

You choose your dress base then add lace, appliqués, bead<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>all</strong> with<br />

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G<strong>all</strong>ery. How amaz<strong>in</strong>g to th<strong>in</strong>k that you will never see your wedd<strong>in</strong>g dress<br />

on anyone but yourself!?!<br />

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4 “Bride” One-Piece Swimsuit, $55 at Swoonable (made loc<strong>all</strong>y <strong>in</strong> Folsom), swoonable.net<br />

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CLOVER CLUB COCKTAIL<br />

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Belle Aventure Mobile Bar Co.<br />

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Ingredients<br />

• 1/4 oz. raspberry syrup<br />

• 1 1/4 oz. g<strong>in</strong><br />

• 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice<br />

• 1 egg white<br />

• Edible gold glitter<br />

Directions<br />

Add <strong>in</strong>gredients to shaker <strong>and</strong> shake vigorously<br />

without ice for 30 seconds to emulsify the<br />

<strong>in</strong>gredients. Add ice <strong>and</strong> shake aga<strong>in</strong> until the dr<strong>in</strong>k<br />

is well-chilled (about 12-15 seconds). Stra<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>to a<br />

chilled coupe glass. Garnish with edible gold glitter.<br />

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Ingredients<br />

• 2 oz. Tito’s vodka<br />

• 2 oz. club soda<br />

• 1/2 oz. lavender simple syrup<br />

• 1/2 lemon, juiced<br />

• 2 sprigs of basil<br />

• Stem of fresh lavender<br />

• Lemon Slice<br />

Directions<br />

In a shaker, lightly muddle lemon juice <strong>and</strong> basil.<br />

Add vodka, lavender syrup <strong>and</strong> ice. Shake well, then<br />

pour <strong>in</strong>to t<strong>all</strong> crystal glass. Top with club soda <strong>and</strong><br />

garnish with fresh lavender <strong>and</strong> lemon slice.<br />

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Salud! Mobile Bar<br />

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Ingredients<br />

• 2 oz. Peruvian pisco<br />

• 1 oz. fresh blood orange juice<br />

• 1/2 oz. simple syrup<br />

• 1 egg white<br />

• 2 dashes of Angostura bitters<br />

• Blood orange slice<br />

Directions<br />

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, comb<strong>in</strong>e egg<br />

white, pisco, simple syrup <strong>and</strong> blood orange juice.<br />

Cover, shake vigorously for 15 seconds <strong>and</strong> stra<strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>to cocktail glass. Top with bitters <strong>and</strong> garnish with<br />

blood orange slice.<br />

FREEDOM & TONIC<br />

Ingredients<br />

• 1 1/2 oz. Juniper Grove American dry g<strong>in</strong><br />

• 1/2 oz. grenad<strong>in</strong>e<br />

• Tonic water<br />

• Fresh white peach, quartered<br />

• Fresh blueberries<br />

• Chamomile flower<br />

Directions<br />

L<strong>in</strong>e the bottom of your glass with grenad<strong>in</strong>e <strong>and</strong><br />

fill with ice. Muddle 1/4 of the white peach with g<strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong> shaker <strong>and</strong> gently stra<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>to ice-filled goblet. Top<br />

with tonic water, fresh blueberries <strong>and</strong> chamomile<br />

flower.<br />

CEYLON-VIE<br />

Ingredients<br />

• 1 1/2 oz. Source One vodka • 5 m<strong>in</strong>t leaves<br />

• 1 oz. Ceylon syrup<br />

• Soda water<br />

• 1 oz. charred lime juice • M<strong>in</strong>t <strong>and</strong> charred<br />

Directions<br />

lime wheel<br />

Muddle m<strong>in</strong>t <strong>in</strong> a shaker. Add vodka, Ceylon syrup,<br />

<strong>and</strong> fresh juice from limes that have been charred<br />

<strong>in</strong> a skillet. Add ice <strong>and</strong> shake hard. Stra<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>to a<br />

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Diane is a food lover <strong>and</strong> expert<br />

<strong>and</strong> has been cater<strong>in</strong>g events<br />

for more than 14 years. When<br />

not <strong>in</strong> the kitchen, you can<br />

f<strong>in</strong>d her <strong>in</strong> her organic garden<br />

plant<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> pick<strong>in</strong>g for your<br />

event.<br />

FOREVER VINTAGE<br />

RENTALS<br />

Rhonda Piper & Cara Nelson<br />

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Owners <strong>and</strong> best friends, Cara <strong>and</strong><br />

Rhonda, unknow<strong>in</strong>gly accumulated<br />

30 years worth of amaz<strong>in</strong>g v<strong>in</strong>tage<br />

f<strong>in</strong>ds <strong>and</strong> f<strong>in</strong><strong>all</strong>y decided to rent them<br />

out. <strong>The</strong>y <strong>are</strong> passionate about their<br />

treasures <strong>and</strong> can’t wait to sh<strong>are</strong><br />

them with their clients.<br />

STEVENZ COMPANY<br />

Stevens <strong>and</strong> Jan Price<br />

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Stevens <strong>and</strong> Jan started Stevenz<br />

Company <strong>in</strong> the mid ’80s produc<strong>in</strong>g<br />

p<strong>in</strong>e furniture <strong>and</strong> folk art <strong>and</strong> now<br />

rent <strong>and</strong> sell reclaimed redwood<br />

harvest tables <strong>and</strong> benches, <strong>and</strong><br />

Jan also creates floral for wedd<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

<strong>and</strong> events. <strong>The</strong>ir tables make their<br />

clients’ events unforgettable!<br />

BELLE AVENTURE<br />

MOBILE BAR CO.<br />

Alyson & Jean Pace<br />

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Husb<strong>and</strong>-<strong>and</strong>-wife team Jean <strong>and</strong> Alyson<br />

launched their Rockl<strong>in</strong>-based mobile<br />

bar bus<strong>in</strong>ess <strong>in</strong> 2018. <strong>The</strong> name—which<br />

translates to “beautiful adventure ” <strong>in</strong><br />

French—pays homage to Jean’s heritage<br />

while also symboliz<strong>in</strong>g the beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g of new<br />

adventures <strong>in</strong> life.<br />

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Lake <strong>Tahoe</strong>, w<strong>here</strong> Mark Twa<strong>in</strong> once said the air is<br />

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offer everyth<strong>in</strong>g you could want for the wedd<strong>in</strong>g of<br />

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retreat lets you unplug, relax, <strong>and</strong> sh<strong>are</strong> the full<br />

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Say “I do” <strong>in</strong> a meadow bloom<strong>in</strong>g with wildflowers<br />

<strong>and</strong> surrounded by the rugged peaks of the Sierras.<br />

Heavenly. <strong>The</strong> aptly named Heavenly jux taposes<br />

awe-<strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g panora mas of <strong>Tahoe</strong>’s sapphire waters<br />

with the excitement of nearby cas<strong>in</strong>os <strong>and</strong> nightlife.<br />

Let your spirit soar as you ride the aerial tram to<br />

exchange vows aga<strong>in</strong>st a backdrop of the dazzl<strong>in</strong>g<br />

lake. Follow it up with a private mounta<strong>in</strong>top<br />

reception.<br />

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style: get to know our real bride model<br />

ON SAVANNAH:<br />

GOWN FROM THE BRIDAL BOX<br />

EARRINGS BY OLIVE + PIPER<br />

BRACELET FROM MACY’S<br />

love you to the<br />

MOON<br />

<strong>and</strong> back<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY HAILEY AYSON PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

ON LOCATION AT HELWIG WINERY<br />

STARRING NEWLYWED BRIDE SAVANNAH GEIST<br />

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO MODEL<br />

FOR THIS PHOTO SHOOT?<br />

Savannah: I’ve always wanted to be a real<br />

bride model, <strong>and</strong> I had mentioned that to<br />

<strong>Real</strong> <strong><strong>Wedd<strong>in</strong>g</strong>s</strong> <strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong> editor, Wendy, <strong>in</strong><br />

the past—unfortunately, the couple who was<br />

go<strong>in</strong>g to be a part of this shoot had to back<br />

out last m<strong>in</strong>ute due to COVID-19, <strong>and</strong> Wendy<br />

c<strong>all</strong>ed me...thankfully I had just gotten married<br />

earlier this year, <strong>and</strong> was available for the shoot<br />

(happen<strong>in</strong>g the next day), <strong>and</strong> (voilà) the stars<br />

aligned <strong>and</strong> I got to be a real bride model!<br />

TELL US ABOUT YOUR MODELING<br />

EXPERIENCE. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE<br />

PART OF THE DAY? HOW DID YOU FEEL<br />

AFTERWARD?<br />

Savannah: I absolutely loved this whole<br />

experience. I am so used to be<strong>in</strong>g beh<strong>in</strong>d<br />

the camera <strong>and</strong> hav<strong>in</strong>g pictures taken of my<br />

desserts as part of my bus<strong>in</strong>ess, Savannahs<br />

Savory Sweets. It was so much fun work<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

everyone <strong>and</strong> see<strong>in</strong>g the creative process from<br />

another side. After the shoot, I was ready to<br />

go out <strong>and</strong> party—I felt so glamorous.<br />

I didn’t have a favorite part—it was <strong>all</strong><br />

amaz<strong>in</strong>g. I absolutely loved the concept<br />

<strong>and</strong> the beauty <strong>in</strong> the venue <strong>and</strong> how<br />

rustic yet beautiful it <strong>all</strong> was.<br />

IF YOU COULD OFFER ANY<br />

ADVICE TO ENGAGED<br />

COUPLES, WHAT WOULD IT<br />

BE?<br />

Savannah: Simply enjoy<br />

each other <strong>and</strong> be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

engaged; t<strong>here</strong> is no rush, <strong>and</strong> try<br />

not to overth<strong>in</strong>k th<strong>in</strong>gs. Enjoy the little<br />

moments spent plann<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> shar<strong>in</strong>g a beautiful<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g day with your partner. OO<br />

—Interviewed by Emily Peter-Corey<br />

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ON SABRINA:<br />

GOWN FROM SECOND SUMMER BRIDE<br />

EARRINGS FROM MACY’S<br />

BRACELETS BY MY TRENDY TRAILER<br />

ON MATT:<br />

JACKET, TIE AND PANTS FROM MACY’S<br />

GROOM’S OWN SHIRT AND SHOES<br />

A DÉCOR INSPIRATION STORY<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SATOSTUDIO<br />

DESIGN, STYLING AND COORDINATION BY OMNI WEDDING & EVENT PLANNING<br />

ON LOCATION AT DELTA DIAMOND FARM<br />

STARRING BRIDE- AND GROOM-TO-BE SABRINA TERRAZAS & MATT CRAY<br />

PRODUCED BY REAL WEDDINGS MAGAZINE TEAM: EMILY PETER-COREY AND WENDY SIPPLE<br />

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ON SABRINA:<br />

GOWN FROM SECOND SUMMER BRIDE<br />

EARRINGS FROM MACY’S<br />

BRACELETS BY MY TRENDY TRAILER<br />

ON MATT:<br />

JACKET, TIE AND PANTS FROM MACY’S<br />

GROOM’S OWN SHIRT AND SHOES<br />

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ON SABRINA:<br />

GOWN FROM SECOND SUMMER BRIDE<br />

EARRINGS FROM MACY’S<br />

BRACELETS BY MY TRENDY TRAILER<br />

ON MATT:<br />

JACKET, TIE AND PANTS FROM MACY’S<br />

GROOM’S OWN SHIRT AND SHOES<br />

THE DETAILS<br />

VENUE // Delta Diamond Farm | deltadiamondfarm.com<br />

PHOTOGRAPHER & VIDEOGRAPHER // Satostudio | satostudio.com<br />

DESIGN, STYLING AND COORDINATOR // Omni <strong>Wedd<strong>in</strong>g</strong> & Event Plann<strong>in</strong>g | omniwedd<strong>in</strong>g<strong>and</strong>events.com<br />

STYLING AND FLORAL DESIGNER // Bloem Decor | bloemdecor.com WHOLESALE FLOWERS // FiftyFlowers.com | fiftyflowers.com<br />

CAKE DESIGNER // Above & Beyond Cakes | above<strong>and</strong>beyondcakes.com<br />

MINI PIES // Ic<strong>in</strong>g on the Cupcake | ic<strong>in</strong>gonthecupcake.com/wedd<strong>in</strong>gs STYLED CUISINE CATERER // <strong>The</strong> Hidden Table | thehiddentablegourmet.com<br />

WINE // Silt W<strong>in</strong>e Company | siltw<strong>in</strong>eco.com<br />

HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTIST // <strong>The</strong>e Makeup Girl | theemakeupgirl.com<br />

GOWNS AND TUXEDO // Second Summer Bride | secondsummerbridesacramento.com SHOES // DSW | dsw.com<br />

JEWELRY AND TIES // Macy’s | Moka Davis, My Stylist@Macy’s Roseville G<strong>all</strong>eria | macys.com/mystylist<br />

ACCESSORIES AND JEWELRY // Adora by Simona | adorabysimona.com // My Trendy Trailer | mytrendytrailer.com<br />

STYLING, CEREMONY ARCH AND CHAIRS, CAKE AND SWEETS VIGNETTES FURNITURE AND DÉCOR, SWEETHEART TABLE, SETTEE, DÉCOR AND GLASSWARE<br />

Gett<strong>in</strong>g Hitched Design + Rentals | gett<strong>in</strong>ghitchedrentals.com<br />

CHARGERS, PLATES, FLATWARE, CHAMPAGNE FLUTES AND NAPKINS // St<strong>and</strong>ard Party Rentals | st<strong>and</strong>ardpartyrentals.com<br />

PAPERIE DESIGNER, PRODUCTION AND PRINTING // Liz Thiem, Designer | Full Circle Press | full-circle-press.com<br />

HAND LETTERING, CALLIGRAPHER AND ILLUSTRATOR // Stephanie Sobierski | stephaniesobierski.com<br />

CUSTOM SIGNAGE // Swoonable | swoonable.net<br />

SPECIAL THANKS TO MITCH AND BARBARA PETER FOR LOANING US THEIR ’67 MUSTANG,<br />

OUR REAL COUPLE MODELS, SABRINA & MATT, AND ALL OF THE PROFESSIONALS WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THIS FEATURE!<br />

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PHOTOGRAPHER &<br />

VIDEOGRAPHER<br />

SATOSTUDIO<br />

Michael Sato<br />

satostudio.com<br />

Grow<strong>in</strong>g up with a father <strong>in</strong> the<br />

photography bus<strong>in</strong>ess, Michael<br />

has been <strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong> wedd<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ce the early ’90s. Adapt<strong>in</strong>g<br />

his own style, he started his<br />

bus<strong>in</strong>ess <strong>in</strong> 2001 with a passion<br />

for build<strong>in</strong>g relationships with<br />

his clients to help document<br />

their special day.<br />

DESIGN, STYLING &<br />

COORDINATOR<br />

OMNI WEDDING &<br />

EVENT PLANNING<br />

Danielle Philipps<br />

omniwedd<strong>in</strong>g<strong>and</strong>events.com<br />

Based <strong>in</strong> Old <strong>Sacramento</strong>, Omni<br />

<strong>Wedd<strong>in</strong>g</strong> & Event Plann<strong>in</strong>g is a<br />

full service wedd<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> event<br />

plann<strong>in</strong>g company who is dedicated<br />

to mak<strong>in</strong>g their clients’<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g visions a reality.<br />

FLORAL DESIGNER<br />

BLOEM DECOR<br />

Liezet Arnold<br />

bloemdecor.com<br />

Liezet, owner of Bloem Decor,<br />

br<strong>in</strong>gs someth<strong>in</strong>g different to<br />

the table with her European<br />

aesthetic. <strong>The</strong> sentiment that<br />

“flowers <strong>are</strong> more than beautiful<br />

but <strong>are</strong> also emotions” has<br />

helped make her a staple <strong>in</strong><br />

downtown <strong>Sacramento</strong> w<strong>here</strong><br />

her floral studio is located.<br />

CAKE DESIGNER<br />

ABOVE & BEYOND<br />

CAKES<br />

Meghan & Daniel Jimenez<br />

above<strong>and</strong>beyondcakes.com<br />

Daniel was born <strong>and</strong> raised <strong>in</strong> <strong>Sacramento</strong><br />

<strong>and</strong> as a teen worked for a local Mexican<br />

bakery. <strong>The</strong> experience eventu<strong>all</strong>y earned<br />

him a job with a box store retailer <strong>in</strong> their<br />

scratch bakery department. He now owns<br />

Above & Beyond Cakes with his wife <strong>and</strong><br />

head cake decorator Meghan, who is an<br />

accomplished artist <strong>in</strong> <strong>are</strong>as of pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

sculpt<strong>in</strong>g, illustrations <strong>and</strong> graphic designs.<br />

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PHOTO OF LIEZET BY DANTE FONTANA/STYLE MEDIA GROUP<br />

STYLED CUISINE<br />

THE HIDDEN TABLE<br />

Chef Russ & L<strong>in</strong>da L<strong>and</strong>ers<br />

thehiddentablegourmet.com<br />

As <strong>Sacramento</strong>’s premier “Farm<br />

to Fork” caterer, <strong>The</strong> Hidden<br />

Table has been proudly serv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

delicious, gourmet food <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>California</strong> for over 10<br />

years. Chef Russ <strong>and</strong> his team<br />

pride themselves <strong>in</strong> creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a personal <strong>and</strong> extraord<strong>in</strong>ary<br />

experience for their clients.<br />

HAIR AND<br />

MAKEUP ARTIST<br />

THEE MAKEUP GIRL<br />

Haley Purser<br />

theemakeupgirl.com<br />

Haley has been a licensed cosmetologist<br />

for 10 years <strong>and</strong> prides<br />

herself on us<strong>in</strong>g only cruelty-free<br />

makeup <strong>and</strong> hair products. Her<br />

mission is to provide each client<br />

with a comfortable service that<br />

leaves them look<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> feel<strong>in</strong>g<br />

their very best.<br />

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SELECT RENTALS<br />

GETTING HITCHED<br />

DESIGN + RENTALS<br />

L<strong>in</strong>dsey Fischer<br />

gett<strong>in</strong>ghitchedrentals.com<br />

L<strong>in</strong>dsey believes that great events<br />

<strong>are</strong> the perfect balance of creative<br />

elements <strong>and</strong> smart plann<strong>in</strong>g. It’s<br />

the details that take an event from<br />

ord<strong>in</strong>ary to exquisite. She is also the<br />

driv<strong>in</strong>g force beh<strong>in</strong>d Gett<strong>in</strong>g Hitched<br />

Design + Rental’s sister company,<br />

Magnolia Avenue Events.<br />

PAPERIE DESIGNER<br />

FULL CIRCLE PRESS<br />

Liz Thiem<br />

full-circle-press.com<br />

Full Circle Press out of Nevada<br />

City is a dedicated team of<br />

four produc<strong>in</strong>g a variety of<br />

materials <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g event<br />

<strong>in</strong>vitations, postcards, menus,<br />

announcements, letterhead<br />

systems <strong>and</strong> more.<br />

TO SEE MORE CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS SHOOT , GO TO REALWEDDINGSMAG.COM


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style: get to know our real couple models<br />

ON SABRINA:<br />

GOWN FROM SECOND SUMMER BRIDE<br />

HEADPIECE BY ADORA BY SIMONA<br />

EARRINGS BY MY TRENDY TRAILER<br />

ON MATT:<br />

TUXEDO FROM SECOND SUMMER BRIDE<br />

TIE FROM MACY’S<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SATOSTUDIO<br />

ON LOCATION AT DELTA DIAMOND FARM<br />

STARRING BRIDE- AND GROOM-TO-BE SABRINA TERRAZAS & MATT CRAY<br />

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO MODEL FOR THIS PHOTO SHOOT?<br />

Sabr<strong>in</strong>a: Matt <strong>and</strong> I have never done anyth<strong>in</strong>g like this before. We wanted to ga<strong>in</strong> this new experience <strong>and</strong> help<br />

create this issue with the amaz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>Real</strong> <strong><strong>Wedd<strong>in</strong>g</strong>s</strong> <strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong> team!<br />

TELL US ABOUT YOUR MODELING EXPERIENCE. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE DAY? HOW DID<br />

YOU FEEL AFTERWARD?<br />

Sabr<strong>in</strong>a: We were a bit nervous, but thank goodness for an awesome crew for mak<strong>in</strong>g it effortless, comfortable<br />

<strong>and</strong> so fun! We had such an amaz<strong>in</strong>g time work<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> creat<strong>in</strong>g with everyone that contributed to such a<br />

beautiful shoot. We felt so giddy afterwards!<br />

Our favorite part was the very last shot of the day, w<strong>here</strong> we were put <strong>in</strong> our favorite saved-the-best-for-last<br />

outfits. <strong>The</strong> wedd<strong>in</strong>g dress <strong>and</strong> suit made us feel like it was our actual first look, s<strong>in</strong>ce it was more our style. So,<br />

it was a bit emotional for us, especi<strong>all</strong>y tak<strong>in</strong>g photos with the gorgeous ’67 forest green Mustang! #drool<strong>in</strong>g<br />

IF YOU COULD OFFER ANY ADVICE TO ENGAGED COUPLES, WHAT WOULD IT BE?<br />

Sabr<strong>in</strong>a: Start plann<strong>in</strong>g ASAP! <strong>The</strong> venue is the hardest part, at least for us because we wanted our home of<br />

Donner Lake or Lake <strong>Tahoe</strong> but had a pretty hard budget. We knew we wouldn’t be able to offici<strong>all</strong>y hold a<br />

ceremony <strong>and</strong> reception for two to three years after our engagement, <strong>and</strong> we just wish we started scout<strong>in</strong>g out<br />

places immediately versus wait<strong>in</strong>g under a year to plan it <strong>all</strong> out. OO<br />

—Interviewed by Emily Peter-Corey<br />

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Events by Krist<strong>in</strong>a Elyse | eventsbykrist<strong>in</strong>aelyse.com<br />

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Diamond Bridal G<strong>all</strong>ery | diamondbridalg<strong>all</strong>ery.com<br />

TUXEDO<br />

Always Elegant Bridal & Tuxedo | alwayselegantbridal.net<br />

SHOES // DSW | dsw.com<br />

JEWELRY<br />

Adora by Simona | adorabysimona.com<br />

Genevieve Rose Atelier | genevieveroseatelier.com<br />

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Macy’s | Moka Davis, My Stylist@Macy’s Roseville<br />

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Satya Jewelry | satyajewelry.com<br />

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Little Bird Paper Company | littlebirdpapercompany.com<br />

CUSTOM SIGNAGE<br />

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MALLORY & RYAN, AND ALL OF THE PROFESSIONALS<br />

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PHOTO OF NIKKI BY DANTE FONTANA/STYLE MEDIA GROUP<br />

PHOTOGRAPHER<br />

HAWK MEADOW<br />

STUDIO<br />

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Audrey grew up lov<strong>in</strong>g to go through<br />

her family photo albums. She believes<br />

<strong>in</strong> spoil<strong>in</strong>g her clients <strong>and</strong> shar<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the power of a portrait, whether it<br />

be wedd<strong>in</strong>gs, boudoir or headshots.<br />

<strong>The</strong> beauty that a perfectly captured<br />

portrait holds is immeasurable.<br />

DESIGN, STYLING &<br />

COORDINATOR<br />

EVENTS BY<br />

KRISTINA ELYSE<br />

Krist<strong>in</strong>a Foerster<br />

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Krist<strong>in</strong>a started her bus<strong>in</strong>ess <strong>in</strong> 2016<br />

after realiz<strong>in</strong>g her passion for creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

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loves gett<strong>in</strong>g to know her clients<br />

<strong>and</strong> work<strong>in</strong>g with some of the<br />

most talented wedd<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> event<br />

professionals around.<br />

CAKE DESIGNER<br />

BAKER &<br />

A BLACK CAT<br />

Nikki Ozawa<br />

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Nikki’s passion for the art of<br />

bak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> her unique personal<br />

touches have led to her cakes <strong>and</strong><br />

cupcakes mak<strong>in</strong>g appearances<br />

<strong>in</strong> both national blogs <strong>and</strong> local<br />

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lifelong memories.<br />

LITTLE BIRD<br />

PAPER COMPANY<br />

Michelle Celaya<br />

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Owner <strong>and</strong> creative director,<br />

Michelle, is an architect turned<br />

stationer <strong>and</strong> has a passion for<br />

good design, especi<strong>all</strong>y when it<br />

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY<br />

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PARK VICTORIAN<br />

STARRING BRIDE- AND GROOM-TO-BE<br />

MALLORY AREND & RYAN CLIFFORD<br />

ON MALLORY:<br />

GOWN FROM DIAMOND BRIDAL GALLERY<br />

VEIL BY GENEVIEVE ROSE ATELIER<br />

EARRINGS FROM MACY’S<br />

ON RYAN:<br />

TUXEDO FROM<br />

ALWAYS ELEGANT BRIDAL & TUXEDO<br />

TIE FROM MACY’S<br />

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO MODEL<br />

FOR THIS PHOTO SHOOT?<br />

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<strong><strong>Wedd<strong>in</strong>g</strong>s</strong> <strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong> <strong>and</strong> when my good friend,<br />

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model f<strong>in</strong>alist, I looked <strong>in</strong>to the opportunity,<br />

which I hadn’t actu<strong>all</strong>y known about before. It<br />

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR MODELING<br />

EXPERIENCE. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE<br />

PART OF THE DAY? HOW DID YOU FEEL<br />

AFTERWARD?<br />

M<strong>all</strong>ory: It was a great experience, although<br />

probably different than most, with the shoot<br />

be<strong>in</strong>g delayed due to COVID-19 <strong>and</strong> us do<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the couple shoot <strong>in</strong>dependent from the styled<br />

décor part of the shoot. My favorite part of the<br />

day was see<strong>in</strong>g the different looks the team<br />

came up with for Ryan <strong>and</strong> me, especi<strong>all</strong>y one<br />

or two I wouldn’t norm<strong>all</strong>y try myself. Ryan<br />

says his favorite part was watch<strong>in</strong>g me try on<br />

different wedd<strong>in</strong>g dresses <strong>and</strong> see the different<br />

looks on me.<br />

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209.267.0417<br />

www.theclothesm<strong>in</strong>e.com<br />

IF YOU COULD OFFER ANY ADVICE TO<br />

ENGAGED COUPLES, WHAT WOULD IT BE?<br />

M<strong>all</strong>ory: Plann<strong>in</strong>g can be overwhelm<strong>in</strong>g, but<br />

if you spread out your checklist over multiple<br />

weekends <strong>and</strong> free slots <strong>in</strong> your calendar, <strong>and</strong><br />

if you both commit to help<strong>in</strong>g plan, it will come<br />

together. Even if it’s completely different than<br />

what you thought your wedd<strong>in</strong>g would be.<br />

Lean on family <strong>and</strong> friends for help. You’d be<br />

surprised who wants to jump <strong>in</strong> if you just ask.<br />

And celebrate sm<strong>all</strong> victories <strong>and</strong><br />

accomplishments—a little w<strong>in</strong>e seems to make<br />

plann<strong>in</strong>g much easier. OO<br />

—Interviewed by Emily Peter-Corey<br />

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ON KYLEE:<br />

GOWN FROM DIAMOND BRIDAL GALLERY<br />

JEWELRY BY STYLE AVENUE STUDIOS<br />

ON JARED:<br />

TUXEDO FROM THE CLOTHES MINE<br />

TIE FROM MACY’S<br />

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A DÉCOR INSPIRATION STORY<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY LIZ KOSTON PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

DESIGN, STYLING AND COORDINATION BY TAN WEDDINGS & EVENTS<br />

ON LOCATION AT HIGHLANDS RANCH RESORT<br />

STARRING NEWLYWEDS KYLEE & JARED HICKS<br />

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TIE FROM MACY’S<br />

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VENUE AND STYLED CUISINE CATERER<br />

Highl<strong>and</strong>s Ranch Resort | highl<strong>and</strong>sranchresort.com<br />

PHOTOGRAPHER<br />

Liz Koston Photography | lizkoston.com<br />

VIDEOGRAPHER<br />

Baker Animation | youtube.com/bakeranimation1<br />

DESIGN, STYLING, COORDINATOR<br />

AND PLANT-DYED SILK RIBBONS<br />

Tan <strong><strong>Wedd<strong>in</strong>g</strong>s</strong> & Events | tanwedd<strong>in</strong>gs<strong>and</strong>events.com<br />

STYLING AND FLORAL DESIGNER<br />

Amour Florist & Bridal | amourmoments.com<br />

WHOLESALE FLOWERS<br />

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CAKE AND DESSERT DESIGNER<br />

Savannahs Savory Sweets | savannahssavorysweets.com<br />

HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTISTS<br />

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GOWNS<br />

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Diamond Bridal G<strong>all</strong>ery | diamondbridalg<strong>all</strong>ery.com<br />

Second Summer Bride | secondsummerbridesacramento.com<br />

SHOES // DSW | dsw.com<br />

JEWELRY AND TIES<br />

Macy’s | Moka Davis, My Stylist@Macy’s Roseville G<strong>all</strong>eria<br />

macys.com/mystylist<br />

JEWELRY<br />

Olive + Piper | olive<strong>and</strong>piper.com<br />

Style Avenue Studios | styleavenuestudios.com<br />

TUXEDO<br />

<strong>The</strong> Clothes M<strong>in</strong>e | theclothesm<strong>in</strong>e.com<br />

RENTALS AND LINENS<br />

Olgas Rustic Rental | olgasrusticrental.com<br />

PAPERIE AND PLACE CARDS DESIGNER<br />

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CUSTOM SIGNAGE<br />

Swoonable | swoonable.net<br />

STYLING MAT<br />

Suzy Pierce Art | suzypierce.com<br />

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR REAL COUPLE MODELS,<br />

KYLEE & JARED, AND ALL OF THE PROFESSIONALS<br />

WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THIS FEATURE!<br />

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PHOTO OF RICK & JENNIFER BY XSIGHTUSA.COM<br />

PHOTOGRAPHER<br />

LIZ KOSTON<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

Liz Koston<br />

lizkoston.com<br />

Liz is a photographer with a<br />

DESIGN, STYLING &<br />

COORDINATOR<br />

TAN WEDDINGS &<br />

EVENTS<br />

Rick <strong>and</strong> Jennifer Tan<br />

tanwedd<strong>in</strong>gs<strong>and</strong>events.com<br />

FLORAL DESIGNER<br />

AMOUR FLORIST &<br />

BRIDAL<br />

Mary Lee<br />

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Mary’s passion for event <strong>and</strong><br />

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DESIGNER<br />

SAVANNAHS<br />

SAVORY SWEETS<br />

Savannah Geist<br />

savannahssavorysweets.com<br />

sense of adventure. She loves<br />

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Arrvada Isom <strong>and</strong> Aloha London<br />

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OLGAS RUSTIC<br />

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Olga Onishchenko<br />

olgasrusticrental.com<br />

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VALLEY PRESS CO.<br />

Whitney Vickrey<br />

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Aimee Carroll<br />

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Aimee’s love child, Swoonable,<br />

Personify Bridal offers on-location<br />

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EARRINGS BY OLIVE + PIPER<br />

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SUGAR<br />

us<br />

STARRING OUR COVER MODEL CONTEST FINALISTS<br />

CHRISTINA ADDIEGO AND NATALIE PINA<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMES YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

ON LOCATION AT OLD SUGAR MILL<br />

SET DESIGN BY CAIN EVENT PLANNING<br />

SET FLORAL DESIGN BY WILD FLOWERS DESIGN GROUP<br />

WITH WHOLESALE FLOWERS BY FIFTYFLOWERS.COM<br />

SET CAKE DESIGN BY GO WEST BAKING AND EVENTS<br />

SET RENTALS BY BLOSSOM FARM VINTAGE RENTALS<br />

MOBILE BAR BY SALUD! MOBILE BAR<br />

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ON CHRISTINA (AS BRIDE):<br />

GOWN FROM THE BRIDAL BOX<br />

HEADBAND BY ERICA KOESLER<br />

EARRINGS BY OLIVE + PIPER<br />

HAIR AND MAKEUP BY ALL DOLLED UP BEAUTY + BRIDAL<br />

ON NATALIE (AS BRIDESMAID):<br />

GOWN FROM SPARKLE BRIDAL COUTURE<br />

EARRINGS BY ADORA BY SIMONA<br />

HAIR BY HALO SALON & DAY SPA<br />

MAKEUP BY HAPPILY BEAUTIFUL MAKEUP ARTISTRY & SKIN STUDIO<br />

SET DESIGNED BY CAIN EVENT PLANNING<br />

SET DÉCOR FLOWERS BY WILD FLOWERS DESIGN GROUP<br />

WITH WHOLESALE FLOWERS FROM FIFTYFLOWERS.COM<br />

SET RENTALS BY BLOSSOM FARM VINTAGE RENTALS<br />

SET CAKE BY GO WEST BAKING AND EVENTS<br />

MOBILE BAR AND CURATED COCKTAILS BY SALUD! MOBILE BAR<br />

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ON NATALIE (AS BRIDESMAID):<br />

GOWN FROM SPARKLE BRIDAL COUTURE // EARRINGS BY ADORA BY SIMONA // BOUQUET BY RODARTE FLORAL DESIGN<br />

HAIR BY HALO SALON & DAY SPA // MAKEUP BY HAPPILY BEAUTIFUL MAKEUP ARTISTRY & SKIN STUDIO<br />

ON CHRISTINA (AS BRIDE):<br />

GOWN FROM THE BRIDAL BOX // HEADBAND BY ERICA KOESLER // EARRINGS BY OLIVE + PIPER // BOUQUET BY MORNINGSIDE FLORIST<br />

HAIR AND MAKEUP BY ALL DOLLED UP BEAUTY + BRIDAL<br />

SET DESIGNED BY CAIN EVENT PLANNING // SET DÉCOR FLOWERS BY WILD FLOWERS DESIGN GROUP WITH WHOLESALE FLOWERS FROM FIFTYFLOWERS.COM<br />

SET RENTALS BY BLOSSOM FARM VINTAGE RENTALS // SET CAKE BY GO WEST BAKING AND EVENTS // MOBILE BAR AND CURATED COCKTAILS BY SALUD! MOBILE BAR<br />

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ON NATALIE // TOP:<br />

GOWN FROM SPARKLE BRIDAL COUTURE // JEWELRY BY SATYA JEWELRY // BOUQUET BY THE BLOOM LAB<br />

HAIR BY HALO SALON & DAY SPA // MAKEUP BY HAPPILY BEAUTIFUL MAKEUP ARTISTRY & SKIN STUDIO<br />

ON CHRISTINA // BOTTOM:<br />

GOWN FROM THE CLOTHES MINE // HAIR FLOWER BY OLIVE + PIPER // EARRINGS FROM MACY’S // BOUQUET BY THE PARTY CONCIERGE<br />

HAIR AND MAKEUP BY ALL DOLLED UP BEAUTY + BRIDAL<br />

SET DESIGNED BY CAIN EVENT PLANNING // SET DÉCOR FLOWERS BY WILD FLOWERS DESIGN GROUP WITH WHOLESALE FLOWERS FROM FIFTYFLOWERS.COM<br />

SET RENTALS BY BLOSSOM FARM VINTAGE RENTALS // SET CAKE BY GO WEST BAKING AND EVENTS // MOBILE BAR AND CURATED COCKTAILS BY SALUD! MOBILE BAR<br />

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THIS PAGE AND OPPOSITE PAGE ON BOTTOM<br />

ON NATALIE (AS BRIDE):<br />

GOWN FROM SPARKLE BRIDAL COUTURE<br />

EARRINGS BY MY TRENDY TRAILER<br />

SHOES FROM DSW<br />

BOUQUET BY WILD FLOWERS DESIGN GROUP<br />

WITH WHOLESALE FLOWERS FROM FIFTYFLOWERS.COM<br />

HAIR BY HALO SALON & DAY SPA<br />

MAKEUP BY HAPPILY BEAUTIFUL MAKEUP ARTISTRY & SKIN STUDIO<br />

ON CHRISTINA (AS BRIDESMAID):<br />

GOWN FROM SECOND SUMMER BRIDE<br />

EARRINGS FROM MACY’S<br />

BRACELET BY ADORA BY SIMONA<br />

BOUQUET BY WILD FLOWERS DESIGN GROUP<br />

WITH WHOLESALE FLOWERS FROM FIFTYFLOWERS.COM<br />

HAIR AND MAKEUP BY ALL DOLLED UP BEAUTY + BRIDAL<br />

SET DESIGNED BY CAIN EVENT PLANNING<br />

SET DÉCOR FLOWERS BY WILD FLOWERS DESIGN GROUP<br />

WITH WHOLESALE FLOWERS FROM FIFTYFLOWERS.COM<br />

SET RENTALS BY BLOSSOM FARM VINTAGE RENTALS<br />

SET CAKE BY GO WEST BAKING AND EVENTS<br />

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ON CHRISTINA // TOP:<br />

GOWN FROM ALWAYS ELEGANT BRIDAL & TUXEDO<br />

JEWELRY BY OLIVE + PIPER<br />

SHOES FROM DSW<br />

BOUQUET BY WILD FLOWERS DESIGN GROUP<br />

WITH WHOLESALE FLOWERS FROM FIFTYFLOWERS.COM<br />

HAIR AND MAKEUP BY ALL DOLLED UP BEAUTY + BRIDAL<br />

ON NATALIE // MIDDLE:<br />

GOWN FROM SPARKLE BRIDAL COUTURE<br />

HAIRPINS BY HAIR COMES THE BRIDE<br />

EARRINGS FROM MACY’S<br />

BOUQUET BY WILD FLOWERS DESIGN GROUP<br />

WITH WHOLESALE FLOWERS FROM FIFTYFLOWERS.COM<br />

HAIR BY HALO SALON & DAY SPA<br />

MAKEUP BY HAPPILY BEAUTIFUL<br />

MAKEUP ARTISTRY & SKIN STUDIO<br />

ON CHRISTINA // BOTTOM:<br />

SEE OPPOSITE PAGE CREDITS<br />

ON NATALIE // BOTTOM:<br />

SEE OPPOSITE PAGE CREDITS<br />

SET DESIGNED BY CAIN EVENT PLANNING<br />

SET DÉCOR FLOWERS BY WILD FLOWERS DESIGN GROUP<br />

WITH WHOLESALE FLOWERS FROM FIFTYFLOWERS.COM<br />

SET RENTALS BY BLOSSOM FARM VINTAGE RENTALS<br />

SET CAKE BY GO WEST BAKING AND EVENTS<br />

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ON NATALIE // TOP:<br />

GOWN FROM SPARKLE BRIDAL COUTURE<br />

EARRINGS FROM MACY’S<br />

BOUQUET BY BELLA BLOOM<br />

ON NATALIE // MIDDLE:<br />

GOWN FROM SPARKLE BRIDAL COUTURE<br />

NECKLACE AND EARRINGS FROM MACY’S<br />

BRACELET BY ADORA BY SIMONA<br />

BOUQUET BY GARDEN OF WEEDON DESIGNS<br />

ON NATALIE // BOTTOM:<br />

GOWN FROM SPARKLE BRIDAL COUTURE<br />

HEADPIECE BY HAIR COMES THE BRIDE<br />

EARRINGS FROM MACY’S<br />

BOUQUET BY STRELITZIA FLOWER COMPANY<br />

HAIR BY HALO SALON & DAY SPA<br />

MAKEUP BY HAPPILY BEAUTIFUL<br />

MAKEUP ARTISTRY & SKIN STUDIO<br />

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ON NATALIE:<br />

GOWN FROM SPARKLE BRIDAL COUTURE<br />

HEADPIECE AND EARRINGS BY ADORA BY SIMONA<br />

BOUQUET BY VISUAL IMPACT DESIGN<br />

REALWEDDINGSMAG.COM // REAL WEDDINGS | 107


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ON CHRISTINA:<br />

GOWN FROM DIAMOND BRIDAL GALLERY<br />

JEWELRY FROM MACY’S<br />

BOUQUET BY WILD FLOWERS DESIGN GROUP<br />

WITH WHOLESALE FLOWERS FROM FIFTYFLOWERS.COM<br />

HAIR AND MAKEUP BY ALL DOLLED UP BEAUTY + BRIDAL<br />

SET DESIGNED BY CAIN EVENT PLANNING<br />

SET DÉCOR FLOWERS BY WILD FLOWERS DESIGN GROUP<br />

WITH WHOLESALE FLOWERS FROM FIFTYFLOWERS.COM<br />

SET RENTALS BY BLOSSOM FARM VINTAGE RENTALS<br />

SET CAKE BY GO WEST BAKING AND EVENTS<br />

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ON CHRISTINA // TOP:<br />

GOWN FROM SECOND SUMMER BRIDE<br />

EARRINGS AND BOUQUET BY STRELITZIA FLOWER COMPANY<br />

NECKLACE BY MY TRENDY TRAILER<br />

ON CHRISTINA // MIDDLE:<br />

GOWN FROM THE CLOTHES MINE<br />

HEADPIECE AND BRACELET BY ADORA BY SIMONA<br />

EARRINGS FROM MACY’S<br />

SHOES FROM DSW<br />

BOUQUET BY THE PARTY CONCIERGE<br />

ON CHRISTINA // BOTTOM:<br />

GOWN FROM SECOND SUMMER BRIDE<br />

EARRINGS BY STELLA & DOT<br />

BRACELETS BY SATYA JEWELRY<br />

BOUQUET BY VISUAL IMPACT DESIGN<br />

HAIR AND MAKEUP BY ALL DOLLED UP BEAUTY + BRIDAL<br />

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ON CHRISTINA // TOP:<br />

GOWN FROM ALWAYS ELEGANT BRIDAL & TUXEDO // EARRINGS BY MY TRENDY TRAILER // NECKLACE FROM MACY’S<br />

BOUQUET BY CURIOUS FLORAL<br />

ON CHRISTINA // BOTTOM:<br />

GOWN FROM DIAMOND BRIDAL GALLERY // EARRINGS FROM MACY’S // BOUQUET BY BLOEM DECOR<br />

HAIR AND MAKEUP BY ALL DOLLED UP BEAUTY + BRIDAL<br />

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ON CHRISTINA // TOP:<br />

GOWN FROM THE BRIDAL BOX // HEADPIECE BY ADORA BY SIMONA // EARRINGS BY MY TRENDY TRAILER<br />

ON CHRISTINA // BOTTOM:<br />

GOWN FROM DE LA ROSA’S BRIDAL & TUXEDO // EARRINGS BY MY TRENDY TRAILER // BRACELETS BY SATYA JEWELRY<br />

BOUQUET BY PLACERVILLE FLOWERS ON MAIN<br />

HAIR AND MAKEUP BY ALL DOLLED UP BEAUTY + BRIDAL<br />

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ON NATALIE:<br />

GOWN FROM SPARKLE BRIDAL COUTURE<br />

HAIRPIN AND JEWELRY BY ADORA BY SIMONA<br />

BOUQUET BY WILD FLOWERS DESIGN GROUP<br />

WITH WHOLESALE FLOWERS FROM FIFTYFLOWERS.COM<br />

HAIR BY HALO SALON & DAY SPA<br />

MAKEUP BY HAPPILY BEAUTIFUL MAKEUP ARTISTRY & SKIN STUDIO<br />

SET DESIGNED BY CAIN EVENT PLANNING<br />

SET DÉCOR FLOWERS BY WILD FLOWERS DESIGN GROUP<br />

WITH WHOLESALE FLOWERS FROM FIFTYFLOWERS.COM<br />

SET RENTALS BY BLOSSOM FARM VINTAGE RENTALS<br />

SET CAKE BY GO WEST BAKING AND EVENTS<br />

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ON NATALIE // TOP:<br />

GOWN FROM SPARKLE BRIDAL COUTURE<br />

NECKLACE AND BRACELET FROM MACY’S<br />

EARRINGS BY MY TRENDY TRAILER<br />

BOUQUET BY MORNINGSIDE FLORIST<br />

ON NATALIE // MIDDLE:<br />

GOWN FROM SPARKLE BRIDAL COUTURE<br />

HEADPIECE BY ERICA KOESLER<br />

EARRINGS BY MY TRENDY TRAILER<br />

BOUQUET BY BELLA BLOOM<br />

ON NATALIE // BOTTOM:<br />

GOWN FROM SPARKLE BRIDAL COUTURE<br />

EARRINGS BY DELICORA<br />

NECKLACE FROM MACY’S<br />

BOUQUET BY AMOUR FLORIST & BRIDAL<br />

HAIR BY HALO SALON & DAY SPA<br />

MAKEUP BY HAPPILY BEAUTIFUL<br />

MAKEUP ARTISTRY & SKIN STUDIO<br />

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ON CHRISTINA (AS BRIDESMAID):<br />

GOWN FROM SECOND SUMMER BRIDE<br />

HEADPIECE AND EARRINGS BY ADORA BY SIMONA<br />

NECKLACE FROM MACY’S<br />

BRACELETS BY MY TRENDY TRAILER<br />

SHOES FROM DSW<br />

BOUQUET BY WILD FLOWERS DESIGN GROUP<br />

WITH WHOLESALE FLOWERS FROM FIFTYFLOWERS.COM<br />

HAIR AND MAKEUP BY ALL DOLLED UP BEAUTY + BRIDAL<br />

ON NATALIE (AS BRIDE):<br />

GOWN FROM SPARKLE BRIDAL COUTURE<br />

JEWELRY FROM MACY’S<br />

SHOES FROM DSW<br />

BOUQUET BY WILD FLOWERS DESIGN GROUP<br />

WITH WHOLESALE FLOWERS FROM FIFTYFLOWERS.COM<br />

HAIR BY HALO SALON & DAY SPA<br />

MAKEUP BY HAPPILY BEAUTIFUL MAKEUP ARTISTRY & SKIN STUDIO<br />

SET DESIGNED BY CAIN EVENT PLANNING<br />

SET DÉCOR FLOWERS BY WILD FLOWERS DESIGN GROUP<br />

WITH WHOLESALE FLOWERS FROM FIFTYFLOWERS.COM<br />

SET RENTALS BY BLOSSOM FARM VINTAGE RENTALS<br />

SET CAKE BY GO WEST BAKING AND EVENTS<br />

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THE DETAILS<br />

VENUE // Old Sugar Mill | oldsugarmillwedd<strong>in</strong>gs.com<br />

PHOTOGRAPHER // James Young Photography | jamesyoungphotography.com<br />

VIDEOGRAPHER // JB <strong>Wedd<strong>in</strong>g</strong> Photography | jbwedd<strong>in</strong>gphoto.com<br />

HAIR AND MAKEUP FOR CHRISTINA // All Dolled Up Beauty + Bridal | <strong>all</strong>dolleduphair<strong>and</strong>makeup.com<br />

HAIR AND MAKEUP FOR NATALIE // Halo Salon & Day Spa<br />

| halosalondayspa.com<br />

Happily Beautiful Makeup Artistry & Sk<strong>in</strong> Studio | happilybeautifulmakeup.com<br />

GOWNS // Always Elegant Bridal & Tuxedo | alwayselegantbridal.net<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bridal Box | thebridalbox.net // <strong>The</strong> Clothes M<strong>in</strong>e | theclothesm<strong>in</strong>e.com<br />

De La Rosa’s Bridal & Tuxedo | delarosasbridal.com // Diamond Bridal G<strong>all</strong>ery | diamondbridalg<strong>all</strong>ery.com<br />

Second Summer Bride | secondsummerbridesacramento.com // Sparkle Bridal Couture | sparklebridalcouture.com<br />

SHOES // DSW | dsw.com<br />

ACCESSORIES // Adora by Simona | adorabysimona.com<br />

Delicora | delicora.com // Erica Koesler | ericakoesler.com<br />

Hair Comes the Bride | haircomesthebride.com // Macy’s | Moka Davis, My Stylist@Macy’s Roseville G<strong>all</strong>eria | macys.com/mystylist<br />

My Trendy Trailer | mytrendytrailer.com // Olive + Piper | olive<strong>and</strong>piper.com<br />

Satya Jewelry | satyajewelry.com // Stella & Dot | stelladot.com<br />

FLOWERS // Amour Florist & Bridal | amourmoments.com // Bella Bloom | bellabloomflowers.com<br />

Bloem Decor | bloemdecor.com // <strong>The</strong> Bloom Lab | thebloomlab.com<br />

Curious Floral | curiousfloral.com // Garden of Weedon Designs | gardenofweedon.com<br />

Morn<strong>in</strong>gside Florist | morn<strong>in</strong>gsideflorist.com // <strong>The</strong> Party Concierge | partyconcierge.com<br />

Placerville Flowers on Ma<strong>in</strong> | placervilleflowersonma<strong>in</strong>.com // Rodarte Floral Design | rodartefloraldesign.com<br />

Strelitzia Flower Company | wedd<strong>in</strong>gsbystrelitzia.com // Visual Impact Design | visualimpact-design.com<br />

Wild Flowers Design Group | wildflowersdesigngroup.com<br />

WHOLESALE FLOWERS // FiftyFlowers.com | fiftyflowers.com<br />

STYLED DÉCOR VIGNETTES<br />

DESIGN, STYLING AND COORDINATOR // Ca<strong>in</strong> Event Plann<strong>in</strong>g | ca<strong>in</strong>eventplann<strong>in</strong>g.com<br />

SET FLORAL DESIGNER // Wild Flowers Design Group | wildflowersdesigngroup.com<br />

with Wholesale Flowers from FiftyFlowers.com | fiftyflowers.com<br />

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—Interviewed by Emily Peter-Corey<br />

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ON NATALIE:<br />

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eal wedd<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

Emily is no stranger to wedd<strong>in</strong>g plann<strong>in</strong>g—after <strong>all</strong>,<br />

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was a breeze. “<strong>Wedd<strong>in</strong>g</strong> plann<strong>in</strong>g was hard,” she<br />

says. “It probably didn’t help that I looked at wedd<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

<strong>all</strong> day only to come home <strong>and</strong> look at more.”<br />

Emily <strong>and</strong> Mikey met <strong>in</strong> the “normal” way, at least<br />

for modern daters: on an app. But what’s not as normal<br />

is the fact that their first date lasted 11 hours. “My best<br />

friend <strong>and</strong> dad highly suspected I was kidnapped,”<br />

jokes Emily. <strong>The</strong> two dated for three years before Mikey<br />

popped the question casu<strong>all</strong>y one weekday morn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

over coffee <strong>and</strong> donuts. “I started cry<strong>in</strong>g before I even<br />

said anyth<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>and</strong> just asked her,” Mikey says. “It was<br />

pretty pathetic, but she said yes, so joke’s on her!”<br />

<strong>The</strong> two got to work plann<strong>in</strong>g an elegant but laidback<br />

celebration at their venue, which they customized<br />

with touches special to the two of them. A bridesmaid<br />

designed the signage, Emily’s p<strong>are</strong>nts made the table<br />

numbers <strong>and</strong> dessert st<strong>and</strong>s, <strong>and</strong> they made a custom<br />

“Mr. & Mrs.” sign that harkened back to the proposal: a<br />

cup of coffee for Mikey <strong>and</strong> a donut for Emily. <strong>The</strong>y also<br />

<strong>in</strong>cluded signage bear<strong>in</strong>g quotes from “<strong>The</strong> Office,”<br />

one of their favorite shows. “Our welcome sign had a<br />

quote from Dwight Schrute,” says Emily. “He says to<br />

Angela, ’I just want to be friends. Plus a little extra. Also,<br />

I love you.’ It may sound silly to some, but that show<br />

means a lot to me <strong>and</strong> it’s someth<strong>in</strong>g that I’ve been able<br />

to sh<strong>are</strong> with Mikey, so it was important to <strong>in</strong>corporate<br />

<strong>in</strong>to our wedd<strong>in</strong>g day.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> couple skipped traditions like the garter toss<br />

<strong>and</strong> bouquet toss to avoid <strong>in</strong>terrupt<strong>in</strong>g the party. It was<br />

the right decision, as Emily says her favorite part of<br />

the reception was hav<strong>in</strong>g plenty of time to dance with<br />

everyone <strong>in</strong> attendance. But Mikey’s favorite part of the<br />

reception was <strong>all</strong> about danc<strong>in</strong>g with Emily, especi<strong>all</strong>y<br />

when one of her favorite songs came on <strong>and</strong> everyone<br />

watched as the two of them tore it up together on the<br />

dance floor.<br />

Over<strong>all</strong>, Emily <strong>and</strong> Mikey were surprised at how<br />

low-stress the day was, especi<strong>all</strong>y s<strong>in</strong>ce Emily says<br />

she was <strong>in</strong>decisive <strong>and</strong> overth<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g every wedd<strong>in</strong>g<br />

plann<strong>in</strong>g decision. She expected to be overwhelmed<br />

with anxiety <strong>and</strong> nerves on the big day, but says she felt<br />

calm <strong>and</strong> comfortable from the vows to the speeches<br />

to the danc<strong>in</strong>g. But <strong>in</strong> retrospect, Emily th<strong>in</strong>ks she<br />

knows why that was. “I committed myself to Mikey a<br />

long time ago, so choos<strong>in</strong>g to spend my life with him<br />

was easy. When you love a person so endlessly, t<strong>here</strong>’s<br />

noth<strong>in</strong>g to it when you choose them to marry.”OO<br />

—Suzie Dundas<br />

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MARIE & MICHAEL<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREW & MELANIE PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

Marie <strong>and</strong> Mike’s love story could be straight out of<br />

a romantic movie. Both from <strong>California</strong>, they met <strong>in</strong><br />

London w<strong>here</strong> Mike was liv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> Marie was start<strong>in</strong>g<br />

her solo backpack<strong>in</strong>g trip across Europe.<br />

Marie’s father hadn’t told her, but he emailed several<br />

of his friends for European travel recommendations<br />

<strong>and</strong> one of those friends emailed Mike. Marie <strong>and</strong><br />

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It was truly the best day <strong>and</strong><br />

h<strong>and</strong>s down the most <strong>in</strong>credible party<br />

we have ever thrown.<br />

—Marie<br />

hour sightsee<strong>in</strong>g tour across London. <strong>The</strong>y liked each<br />

so much that Marie delayed her plans to visit Irel<strong>and</strong><br />

for a week <strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong>stead extended her time <strong>in</strong> Engl<strong>and</strong>.<br />

In meant-to-be fashion, as she prep<strong>are</strong>d to fly<br />

home, Mike was fly<strong>in</strong>g back to <strong>California</strong> for a conference<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>Sacramento</strong>. Over the next year, Marie traveled<br />

to Engl<strong>and</strong> to visit Mike <strong>and</strong> the couple met up for<br />

travels <strong>in</strong> Spa<strong>in</strong>, Mexico, Arizona, Utah <strong>and</strong> New York<br />

City. A year later, Mike moved back to <strong>California</strong> <strong>and</strong><br />

another year later they got engaged.<br />

After an 11-month engagement, they married at<br />

the Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Marie loved<br />

walk<strong>in</strong>g down the aisle with her p<strong>are</strong>nts to meet Mike.<br />

“We grasped each other’s h<strong>and</strong>s,” she says. “It was<br />

def<strong>in</strong>itely a very cool moment like, ’This is it! We did it!’”<br />

<strong>The</strong> couple worked with planner Jenn Robirds<br />

Events for their ceremony <strong>and</strong> their reception, the<br />

latter which was held at <strong>The</strong> Willow B<strong>all</strong>room <strong>and</strong><br />

Event Center.<br />

“We re<strong>all</strong>y wanted to make sure our family could<br />

be t<strong>here</strong> <strong>and</strong> to make the weekend easy for everyone,”<br />

says Marie, not<strong>in</strong>g she <strong>and</strong> Mike hired a 56-person bus<br />

to transport their family from the Kimpton Sawyer<br />

Hotel <strong>in</strong> downtown <strong>Sacramento</strong> to the ceremony<br />

then reception.<br />

Marie honored her gr<strong>and</strong>father, who was a beloved<br />

accordionist for Italian wedd<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>and</strong> other special<br />

events <strong>throughout</strong> the Central V<strong>all</strong>ey. <strong>The</strong> newlyweds<br />

played a record<strong>in</strong>g of him perform<strong>in</strong>g “That’s Amore.”<br />

Marie says that was the most sentimental moment of<br />

the wedd<strong>in</strong>g day. Addition<strong>all</strong>y, Marie’s cous<strong>in</strong> made<br />

cannoli us<strong>in</strong>g her gr<strong>and</strong>mother’s recipe. “It was re<strong>all</strong>y<br />

special to <strong>in</strong>corporate my gr<strong>and</strong>p<strong>are</strong>nts <strong>in</strong> our wedd<strong>in</strong>g<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ce they <strong>are</strong> no longer with us,” she sh<strong>are</strong>s.<br />

<strong>The</strong> f<strong>all</strong> wedd<strong>in</strong>g featured dark <strong>and</strong> moody colors<br />

like black, gold <strong>and</strong> maroon <strong>and</strong> their stunn<strong>in</strong>g black<br />

<strong>and</strong> gold cake was non-traditional <strong>and</strong> one of Marie’s<br />

favorite elements. Mike’s favorite part of the day was<br />

“see<strong>in</strong>g <strong>all</strong> of our closest family <strong>and</strong> friends together.<br />

It’s pretty r<strong>are</strong> that everyone gets together at once, so<br />

that was re<strong>all</strong>y neat.”<br />

Look<strong>in</strong>g back on their wedd<strong>in</strong>g, they <strong>and</strong> their<br />

guests will remember the danc<strong>in</strong>g. “It was truly the<br />

best day <strong>and</strong> h<strong>and</strong>s down the most <strong>in</strong>credible party<br />

we have ever thrown,” says Marie.<br />

And <strong>in</strong> true romantic movie fashion, the couple<br />

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SHELLY & SAULAR<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHUCK ROBERTS PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

Shelly was liv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>Sacramento</strong> <strong>in</strong> 2015 when she<br />

visited a friend <strong>in</strong> Los Angeles who happened to be<br />

friends with Saular. Those trips became more frequent<br />

as did time spent between Shelly <strong>and</strong> Saular. Flirty texts<br />

turned <strong>in</strong>to everyday chatt<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> gett<strong>in</strong>g to know<br />

each other, <strong>and</strong> by the new year, Saular had asked<br />

Shelly to be his long-distance girlfriend. A few months<br />

later, she moved <strong>in</strong> with him <strong>and</strong> their dog, Nike, soon<br />

jo<strong>in</strong>ed the family.<br />

Shelly <strong>and</strong> Saular got engaged <strong>in</strong> the summer of<br />

2018 dur<strong>in</strong>g a sunset proposal along the Venice Canals<br />

<strong>in</strong> Los Angeles. <strong>The</strong>y married 13 months later at<br />

Orchard Creek Lodge. “We booked <strong>all</strong> of our vendors<br />

<strong>and</strong> planned the wedd<strong>in</strong>g ourselves. We did have a fabulous<br />

day-of timel<strong>in</strong>e that our amaz<strong>in</strong>g photographer<br />

did for us,” sh<strong>are</strong>s Shelly.<br />

<strong>The</strong> couple knew they wanted amaz<strong>in</strong>g photos<br />

<strong>and</strong> they hired Mackenzie Roberts with Chuck Roberts<br />

Photography. “At the end of the day, that’s <strong>all</strong> you have<br />

left so we wanted to hire someone with experience<br />

who would be sure to capture as many moments as<br />

possible,” says Shelly. “Mackenzie was phenomenal to<br />

work with—she knows how to make you feel at ease,<br />

<strong>and</strong> is so fun <strong>and</strong> enjoyable to be around!” <strong>The</strong> bride<br />

says that Mackenzie also helped them figure out the<br />

pros <strong>and</strong> cons of do<strong>in</strong>g pictures before or after the ceremony,<br />

“We did a first look so that we would have time<br />

to take pictures before the ceremony <strong>and</strong> have more<br />

time dur<strong>in</strong>g the reception to m<strong>in</strong>gle with our guests.”<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir wedd<strong>in</strong>g was filled with many personal<br />

touches, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g a custom cake topper featur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

“SM2” s<strong>in</strong>ce their <strong>in</strong>itials have always been the same.<br />

Shelly had custom Nike (a nod to their dog) runn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

shoes made with the date engraved on them. <strong>The</strong>ir<br />

guest book was a map of the Los Angeles <strong>are</strong>a with a<br />

heart pr<strong>in</strong>ted <strong>in</strong> the location of their first apartment <strong>in</strong><br />

Santa Monica, <strong>and</strong> they sh<strong>are</strong>d Milk Bar cookies with<br />

their guests as it’s one of their favorite desserts.<br />

<strong>The</strong> couple <strong>and</strong> their guests enjoyed the relaxed<br />

vibe dur<strong>in</strong>g the reception <strong>in</strong> the b<strong>all</strong>room at the Orchard<br />

Creek Lodge. “It was a fun reception w<strong>here</strong> we<br />

had a DJ <strong>and</strong> were able to dance as well as hangout<br />

<strong>and</strong> talk with a lot of our out-of-town guests,” she says.<br />

One special moment occurred toward the end of<br />

the reception when the couple’s DJ, Mike Anderson<br />

from Creative Memories Enterta<strong>in</strong>ment surprised the<br />

couple by play<strong>in</strong>g clips of their wedd<strong>in</strong>g vows <strong>and</strong> the<br />

speeches mixed <strong>in</strong> with the music. “It made me sob<br />

uncontrollably,” the bride exclaims.<br />

<strong>The</strong> celebration didn’t stop once the wedd<strong>in</strong>g<br />

ended, however. “Our favorite part of the day was<br />

go<strong>in</strong>g to In-N-Out after the reception,” she says. “Just<br />

the two of us <strong>in</strong> our suit <strong>and</strong> dress.” OO<br />

—Kristen Castillo<br />

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ALEX & MICHAEL<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHARLETON CHURCHILL PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

Alex describes the love story between her <strong>and</strong> Mikey<br />

<strong>in</strong> a truly heartwarm<strong>in</strong>g way: “In a way, it feels old.<br />

Like our souls have known each other forever.”<br />

And while that may seem like a love-<strong>in</strong>spired<br />

exaggeration, it’s pretty close to the truth: they’ve<br />

known each other s<strong>in</strong>ce age 11, when they were <strong>in</strong> the<br />

same classes <strong>in</strong> sixth grade. Though they didn’t start<br />

dat<strong>in</strong>g until after college, they were friends from the<br />

moment they met (though Mikey admits his crush on<br />

Alex began way back <strong>in</strong> high school!).<br />

After an <strong>in</strong>timate proposal at home witnessed<br />

only by the couple’s pup Cooper, the two began<br />

their search for the perfect waterfront venue. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

found it on the west shore of Lake <strong>Tahoe</strong> at West<br />

Shore Café <strong>and</strong> Inn <strong>and</strong> tied the knot on a breezy<br />

day <strong>in</strong> August.<br />

<strong>The</strong> ceremony was <strong>in</strong>tention<strong>all</strong>y sm<strong>all</strong>, attended<br />

by just 14 guests. <strong>The</strong>y opted to forgo a wedd<strong>in</strong>g<br />

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We <strong>are</strong> best friends.<br />

We’ve been together<br />

through the good <strong>and</strong><br />

bad <strong>and</strong> <strong>are</strong> each other’s<br />

support.<br />

—Alex<br />

party, decid<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>stead to focus on the commitment<br />

they were mak<strong>in</strong>g to each other. “It was <strong>in</strong>timate <strong>and</strong><br />

us. We didn’t want to feel like we were putt<strong>in</strong>g on a<br />

show for other people,” says Alex.<br />

Though the wedd<strong>in</strong>g was held on one of <strong>Tahoe</strong>’s<br />

famously sunny summer days, Alex says the occasion<strong>all</strong>y<br />

breezy gusts across the lake made the<br />

day beyond memorable. “<strong>The</strong> weather was perfect<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g the whole day,” she says, “but out of now<strong>here</strong>,<br />

t<strong>here</strong> was a huge gust of w<strong>in</strong>d while we were say<strong>in</strong>g<br />

our vows. It was special <strong>and</strong> felt much bigger than<br />

us.” After the ceremony, the two took advantage of<br />

their venue’s location directly across from Homewood<br />

Ski Resort <strong>and</strong> took photos together, framed<br />

by golden grass <strong>and</strong> tower<strong>in</strong>g p<strong>in</strong>e trees.<br />

Alex says the biggest ch<strong>all</strong>enge of wedd<strong>in</strong>g plann<strong>in</strong>g<br />

was putt<strong>in</strong>g the celebration together <strong>in</strong> just<br />

seven months, especi<strong>all</strong>y as they live on the east<br />

coast <strong>and</strong> were also plann<strong>in</strong>g a second celebration<br />

at home for friends <strong>and</strong> family who couldn’t attend<br />

the <strong>Tahoe</strong> nuptials. Even with a planner, who Alex<br />

describes as completely vital, she says it was still a<br />

ch<strong>all</strong>enge to keep track of so many details <strong>in</strong> such a<br />

short w<strong>in</strong>dow. However, the wedd<strong>in</strong>g went off without<br />

a hitch, <strong>and</strong> the two were able to spend their time<br />

focused on what mattered: each other.<br />

“Watch<strong>in</strong>g Alex walk down the aisle was by far<br />

my favorite moment, <strong>and</strong> it was surreal. I felt so<br />

lucky,” says Mikey.<br />

Rather than head<strong>in</strong>g back to the East Coast<br />

post-celebration, the two packed up their beach<br />

gear <strong>and</strong> headed further west for their honeymoon:<br />

to Hawaii. Alex says they were on cloud n<strong>in</strong>e as soon<br />

as the wedd<strong>in</strong>g wrapped up. “We felt thrilled,” she<br />

says. “We were so happy to be married.” OO<br />

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Our favorite part of the day was the<br />

first look...a moment to just breathe with<br />

one another before <strong>all</strong> the beautiful chaos<br />

consumed us.<br />

—Krystal<br />

KRYSTAL & DYLAN<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIELLE ALYSSE PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

Krystal <strong>and</strong> Dylan met <strong>in</strong> 2008 when they both began<br />

work<strong>in</strong>g together. “We dated briefly on <strong>and</strong> off, noth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

too serious,” sh<strong>are</strong>s Krystal. “But the tim<strong>in</strong>g was<br />

always off.” After the couple reconnected a year later,<br />

they gave it another shot <strong>and</strong> have been together for<br />

over a decade.<br />

<strong>The</strong> couple traveled to Las Vegas for Dylan’s work<br />

with some of their best friends. “Our friends ended<br />

up buy<strong>in</strong>g tickets for <strong>all</strong> of us to go to the top of the<br />

Eiffel Tower,” says Krystal. “Once we got up t<strong>here</strong>, I was<br />

walk<strong>in</strong>g toward the other side when I heard Dylan say<br />

my full name, which I thought was weird. When I turned<br />

around he was on one knee!”<br />

While plann<strong>in</strong>g the wedd<strong>in</strong>g, the pair didn’t have<br />

many expectations or deep desires. “Dylan <strong>and</strong> I had<br />

been together so long, I was just excited to get married<br />

<strong>and</strong> sh<strong>are</strong> that moment with our closest friends <strong>and</strong><br />

family,” sh<strong>are</strong>s the bride. “My favorite part was gett<strong>in</strong>g<br />

extra time with my mom <strong>and</strong> the bridal party. Life gets<br />

so busy that it was nice to have extra time with them as<br />

they helped me prep<strong>are</strong> for my perfect day.”<br />

When the big day arrived, one of Krystal’s favorite<br />

moments was the first look. “It was a truly <strong>in</strong>timate<br />

moment between just the two of us, while we were <strong>all</strong><br />

fresh <strong>and</strong> not melted from heat,” she remembers. “We<br />

<strong>are</strong>n’t the dress<strong>in</strong>g up type, <strong>and</strong> usu<strong>all</strong>y stick to jeans<br />

<strong>and</strong> Converse, so it was pretty special to see each<br />

other <strong>all</strong> dolled up. A moment to just breathe with one<br />

another before <strong>all</strong> the beautiful chaos consumed us.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> ceremony was truly a family affair. Krystal’s uncle<br />

officiated the ceremony, <strong>and</strong> her brothers took the<br />

honor of walk<strong>in</strong>g her down the aisle, as her father had<br />

passed away. “I also made sure to have a sign <strong>in</strong> the first<br />

chair on my side, just for him that said, ‘reserved for the<br />

father of the bride who celebrated with us <strong>in</strong> heaven.’”<br />

She also placed a boutonnière on the chair for him.<br />

All three of the couple’s children also participated as<br />

flower girl <strong>and</strong> r<strong>in</strong>g be<strong>are</strong>rs. “Our vows were very heartfelt<br />

<strong>and</strong> had most everyone <strong>in</strong> tears, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g our two<br />

oldest children,” says the bride. This reception followed,<br />

decked with greenery <strong>and</strong> flowers, lights <strong>and</strong> drap<strong>in</strong>g<br />

crystals. “Our first dance was one of my favorite parts<br />

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m<strong>in</strong>gle with <strong>all</strong> the guests as much as possible. Also, my<br />

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eal wedd<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

ERICA &<br />

NICHOLAS<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY<br />

FACTORY 404 COMPANY<br />

For many couples, the moment when one person pops<br />

the question is a huge surprise. But that wasn’t the case<br />

for Erica, who Nick proposed to on a secluded cliffside<br />

<strong>in</strong> Irel<strong>and</strong>. “I know Nick well enough that I was def<strong>in</strong>itely<br />

expect<strong>in</strong>g it,” she says, “but I couldn’t have asked for a<br />

better spot to get engaged to my best friend.”<br />

Erica <strong>and</strong> Nick first met <strong>in</strong> college at the University<br />

of Nevada <strong>in</strong> Reno, <strong>and</strong> Nick rec<strong>all</strong>s tak<strong>in</strong>g Erica out<br />

to d<strong>in</strong>ner for their first date. “My pickup truck was old,<br />

the driver’s side door didn’t open, <strong>and</strong> the passenger<br />

w<strong>in</strong>dow was permanently stuck down,” says Nick.<br />

“Even though the car ride was freez<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>and</strong> I had to<br />

climb through the passenger seat, she didn’t compla<strong>in</strong><br />

once. I knew she was a keeper after that first night.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> two tied the knot <strong>in</strong> an October celebration at<br />

<strong>The</strong> Barn at Second W<strong>in</strong>d. <strong>The</strong>y both wanted a rustic,<br />

country-themed wedd<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>and</strong> the venue was a perfect<br />

fit. “Our wedd<strong>in</strong>g designer L<strong>in</strong>dsey from Gett<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Hitched Design + Rentals set up a display <strong>in</strong> front of<br />

French doors underneath a huge, shady tree. It was so<br />

beautiful,” says Erica. It was also dur<strong>in</strong>g the ceremony<br />

that both experienced their favorite moment of the<br />

day: Erica’s entrance. “Nick looked so happy to see<br />

me walk<strong>in</strong>g down the aisle, which made me even more<br />

emotional,” she says. “I’m not norm<strong>all</strong>y an expressive<br />

person, but I def<strong>in</strong>itely was at that moment.” Nick says<br />

that Erica absolutely <strong>in</strong>terpreted his expression correctly.<br />

“I was so happy to f<strong>in</strong><strong>all</strong>y see her after wait<strong>in</strong>g<br />

for so long!”<br />

<strong>The</strong> party moved <strong>in</strong>side the barn for d<strong>in</strong>ner, with a<br />

few quick moments dedicated to speeches <strong>and</strong> cake<br />

cutt<strong>in</strong>g. But then it was right to danc<strong>in</strong>g; Erica rec<strong>all</strong>s<br />

that guests were on the dance floor the entire night.<br />

“We kept the traditions to a m<strong>in</strong>imum because most<br />

people enjoy dr<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> socializ<strong>in</strong>g the most,” she<br />

says. “We had hip-hop hits play<strong>in</strong>g so people would<br />

dance as much as possible.”<br />

Though the wedd<strong>in</strong>g was just what the couple<br />

wanted, Erica says that their short, seven-month engagement<br />

did make plann<strong>in</strong>g a bit harder. “S<strong>in</strong>ce so<br />

many people plan their wedd<strong>in</strong>gs over a year or longer,<br />

lots of vendors were booked for our wedd<strong>in</strong>g date,” she<br />

says. She recommends that other couples with short<br />

engagements be flexible <strong>and</strong> open-m<strong>in</strong>ded when it<br />

comes to select<strong>in</strong>g vendors. “Don’t stress too much<br />

over the details,” she says, “because you’re not go<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to notice them on your wedd<strong>in</strong>g day anyway. In the<br />

end, everyth<strong>in</strong>g turned out perfect.” OO<br />

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that were grown at the venue. I’m a huge fan of<br />

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it turned out.<br />

—Erica<br />

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eal wedd<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

LARA & PRESTON<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY DEE & KRIS PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

While Lara was work<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Tokyo, Japan, perform<strong>in</strong>g<br />

for a Disney aerial show, Preston, a professional baseb<strong>all</strong><br />

player, was spend<strong>in</strong>g the season play<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the<br />

Nippon Professional Baseb<strong>all</strong> league. “We actu<strong>all</strong>y met<br />

through T<strong>in</strong>der Japan,” sh<strong>are</strong>s Lara. “After a few dates<br />

we both knew this was too good to be true!”<br />

When Lara <strong>and</strong> Preston made the long trip from<br />

<strong>California</strong> to Cape Town, South Africa <strong>in</strong> 2018, Preston<br />

had an engagement r<strong>in</strong>g tucked <strong>in</strong> the bottom of his<br />

backpack. After an afternoon of w<strong>in</strong>e tast<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> a nice<br />

d<strong>in</strong>ner Lara entered their hotel room to danc<strong>in</strong>g c<strong>and</strong>le<br />

light <strong>and</strong> rose petals on the ground. Preston got down<br />

on one knee <strong>and</strong> popped the question.<br />

<strong>The</strong> couple desired a v<strong>in</strong>tage-style wedd<strong>in</strong>g. “We<br />

wanted our wedd<strong>in</strong>g to be magical <strong>and</strong> dreamlike,”<br />

sh<strong>are</strong>s Lara. <strong>The</strong>y decided early on to do everyth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

themselves to save some money. “Together we had a<br />

blast gett<strong>in</strong>g <strong>all</strong> the decorations,” says the bride. “We<br />

shopped at Goodwill multiple times a week to collect<br />

<strong>all</strong> the plates, utensils <strong>and</strong> table decorations to give it<br />

that v<strong>in</strong>tage feel. We needed 120 so it took a lot of trips<br />

to <strong>all</strong> different locations but it was tons of fun.”<br />

Preston’s cous<strong>in</strong>, a local youth pastor, officiated<br />

the wedd<strong>in</strong>g. “Besides the beautiful weather <strong>and</strong> location,<br />

the most special part was look<strong>in</strong>g around <strong>and</strong><br />

see<strong>in</strong>g people from liter<strong>all</strong>y, <strong>all</strong> over the world,” says<br />

Lara. “I had friends <strong>and</strong> family from South Africa, as<br />

well as Australia, Japan, France, <strong>The</strong> Netherl<strong>and</strong>s <strong>and</strong><br />

various parts of America. It re<strong>all</strong>y was emotional to see<br />

everyone come together from <strong>all</strong> corners of the world<br />

to celebrate our special day!” <strong>The</strong> couple also chose<br />

to write their own vows <strong>and</strong> saved them along with a<br />

special bottle of w<strong>in</strong>e that they can open <strong>in</strong> five years’<br />

time to rem<strong>in</strong>isce.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y kicked off the reception with the first dance.<br />

Lara, com<strong>in</strong>g from a lifelong c<strong>are</strong>er <strong>in</strong> contemporary<br />

dance, def<strong>in</strong>itely wanted it to be special. Preston on the<br />

other h<strong>and</strong>, a “two left feet” k<strong>in</strong>d of guy, was terrified.<br />

“We said for months we need to practice, to get it right,<br />

it had to be perfect,” says Lara. But <strong>in</strong> real life, the bride<br />

choreographed it the night before the wedd<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>and</strong><br />

then the morn<strong>in</strong>g of the wedd<strong>in</strong>g, the couple practiced<br />

for 30 m<strong>in</strong>utes then went back to gett<strong>in</strong>g ready for<br />

the big day. “We danced to Haley Re<strong>in</strong>hart’s rendition<br />

of Elvis Presley’s ‘Can’t Help F<strong>all</strong><strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Love.’ It was a<br />

romantic dance that re<strong>all</strong>y stopped the room. Preston<br />

actu<strong>all</strong>y remembered <strong>all</strong> the steps… almost.”<br />

After the chaos of plann<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> gett<strong>in</strong>g ready for<br />

the big day, the couple says it felt like they hardly saw<br />

each other <strong>in</strong> the six weeks prior. “We wanted our<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g day to be about each other, <strong>and</strong> we can’t<br />

remember a moment the whole night that we weren’t<br />

right next to each other.” OO<br />

—Darren Elms<br />

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<strong>The</strong> first look gave us some<br />

special time to see each other, talk to<br />

each other, show off the outfits <strong>and</strong><br />

laugh a bit. It made it feel so much like<br />

our relationship: relaxed <strong>and</strong> fun. <strong>The</strong><br />

stress of the day, wonder<strong>in</strong>g how the<br />

other was do<strong>in</strong>g, just went away when<br />

we got to see one another <strong>all</strong>ow<strong>in</strong>g us<br />

to then re<strong>all</strong>y enjoy our day!<br />

—Lara & Preston<br />

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I never had a doubt <strong>in</strong> my m<strong>in</strong>d<br />

that Marissa is the person that God<br />

has chosen for me.<br />

—Jon<br />

MARISSA & JONATHAN<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JB WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

Marissa <strong>and</strong> Jon met <strong>in</strong> May of 2018 through mutual<br />

friends. At first, th<strong>in</strong>gs moved slowly. Jon, <strong>in</strong> the U.S.<br />

Mar<strong>in</strong>e Corps, was deployed <strong>in</strong> August, return<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

April 2019. Because of the circumstances they had<br />

only limited communication <strong>and</strong> considered each<br />

other friends.<br />

When Jon returned home, they spent every weekend<br />

together, though it <strong>in</strong>volved travel<strong>in</strong>g about 550<br />

miles each way. “We would have the time packed with<br />

specific th<strong>in</strong>gs we were go<strong>in</strong>g to do for our dates,” Marissa<br />

says, “<strong>and</strong> other times we would just do noth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

but talk <strong>and</strong> hang out.” <strong>The</strong>y both agree that those<br />

times just hang<strong>in</strong>g out were when they got to know<br />

each other the best.<br />

One of their first dates was spent explor<strong>in</strong>g Marissa’s<br />

hometown, go<strong>in</strong>g to her favorite places. It put a<br />

picture <strong>in</strong> Jon’s m<strong>in</strong>d of her childhood <strong>and</strong> upbr<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>and</strong> they found they grew up <strong>in</strong> the same k<strong>in</strong>d of lifestyle.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir relationship quickly escalated.<br />

Jon had been immediately <strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong> Marissa<br />

when they met, <strong>and</strong> Marissa, <strong>in</strong> turn, knew at the beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g<br />

that he was the one. So, when he returned from his<br />

deployment they discussed the possibility of marriage.<br />

Marissa had one stipulation: that he get her p<strong>are</strong>nts’<br />

bless<strong>in</strong>g before propos<strong>in</strong>g. Jon also spoke to his family.<br />

“I sought counsel, so I could th<strong>in</strong>k about it <strong>and</strong> pray<br />

about it,” Jon says, “<strong>and</strong> make sure it’s the absolute<br />

right decision, for the right reasons.” He tried to make<br />

a list of pros <strong>and</strong> cons of marry<strong>in</strong>g Marissa—but could<br />

not come up with any cons.<br />

In early July 2019, less than three months after he<br />

returned, Jon showed up at Marissa’s p<strong>are</strong>nts’ house<br />

at 9:30 p.m. two days before he proposed. “<strong>The</strong> k<strong>in</strong>dhearted<br />

people that they <strong>are</strong>,” Jon says, “they welcomed<br />

me <strong>in</strong>. I asked for their bless<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>and</strong> they gave<br />

it to me.”<br />

<strong>The</strong>n, two days later, while they were walk<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

a renowned rose garden, a photographer Jon had<br />

enlisted for the purpose approached Marissa <strong>and</strong> said,<br />

“Can I take a couple of pictures for my personal memoir?”<br />

Though she thought it strange, Marissa consented<br />

<strong>and</strong> turned toward the photographer. When Marissa<br />

turned back around, she saw Jon down on one knee.<br />

It was a beautiful moment for them both.<br />

<strong>The</strong> couple did not have a first look but opted for<br />

a first prayer <strong>in</strong>stead. <strong>The</strong>y held h<strong>and</strong>s as they prayed<br />

from opposite sides of a w<strong>all</strong> next to a doorway. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

couldn’t see each other but the camera could see both.<br />

“We re<strong>all</strong>y wanted the first look to be down the aisle,”<br />

Marissa says. “We believed that if you do the first look<br />

prior, then those pictures <strong>are</strong>n’t the same.”<br />

When Jon saw his bride walk down the aisle emotion<br />

took over <strong>and</strong> he lost it. “It was just pure beauty<br />

<strong>and</strong> pure love <strong>and</strong> pure happ<strong>in</strong>ess,” Jon says.<br />

“Both of us have re<strong>all</strong>y strong faith <strong>and</strong> because of<br />

that, everyth<strong>in</strong>g was easier,” Marissa says. “We knew<br />

that God chose us for each other.” OO<br />

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This is my favorite photo, because<br />

at this moment we <strong>are</strong> walk<strong>in</strong>g out <strong>in</strong>to<br />

life as husb<strong>and</strong> <strong>and</strong> wife.<br />

—Krist<strong>in</strong>a<br />

We were both just so happy at that<br />

moment, <strong>and</strong> blessed to have our family <strong>and</strong><br />

friends shar<strong>in</strong>g that <strong>in</strong> the background.<br />

—Russell<br />

KRISTINA & RUSSELL<br />

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Sure, most people might recommend aga<strong>in</strong>st dat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

your coworkers but for Krist<strong>in</strong>a (known as T<strong>in</strong>a)<br />

<strong>and</strong> Russ, a workplace romance turned <strong>in</strong>to wedd<strong>in</strong>g<br />

bells after they met on the job. Russ applied for a role<br />

w<strong>here</strong> T<strong>in</strong>a worked, <strong>and</strong> as the executive assistant, T<strong>in</strong>a<br />

greeted him when he came <strong>in</strong>to the <strong>in</strong>terview. He got<br />

the job, <strong>and</strong> eventu<strong>all</strong>y, the two started dat<strong>in</strong>g. Three<br />

years later, he ga<strong>in</strong>ed another new title: husb<strong>and</strong>. T<strong>in</strong>a<br />

said yes to Russ’s proposal after he got down on one<br />

knee at her surprise birthday party, surrounded by her<br />

friends <strong>and</strong> family.<br />

<strong>The</strong> two married at Crocker Art Museum <strong>in</strong> early<br />

August. Both <strong>are</strong> avid art lovers, so when T<strong>in</strong>a learned<br />

they could have the ceremony <strong>in</strong> one of her favorite<br />

rooms of the museum, she had a hunch that would be<br />

the perfect spot. “We saw a couple more venues,” she<br />

says, “but we couldn’t get past how amaz<strong>in</strong>g it would<br />

be to be married <strong>in</strong> that b<strong>all</strong>room.”<br />

Though the g<strong>all</strong>ery itself provided plenty of gorgeous<br />

décor for photos, T<strong>in</strong>a <strong>and</strong> her bridesmaids<br />

made a few DIY items to use dur<strong>in</strong>g the ceremony<br />

<strong>and</strong> reception, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g an unplugged ceremony<br />

sign, seat<strong>in</strong>g arrangement sign <strong>and</strong> h<strong>and</strong>-dipped w<strong>in</strong>e<br />

glasses as favors.<br />

It was the celebration of the couple’s dreams, but<br />

t<strong>here</strong> were a few humorous hiccups <strong>throughout</strong> the<br />

day. “Dur<strong>in</strong>g our wedd<strong>in</strong>g ceremony, our pastor c<strong>all</strong>ed<br />

me Katr<strong>in</strong>a three times dur<strong>in</strong>g his speech. On the third<br />

time, my mother-<strong>in</strong>-law corrected him by say<strong>in</strong>g T<strong>in</strong>a<br />

very loudly,” says T<strong>in</strong>a. “<strong>The</strong> whole room laughed out<br />

loud.” Despite the humorous error, Russ still thought it<br />

was a perfect ceremony. “Her smile lights up any room,<br />

<strong>and</strong> she was just breathtak<strong>in</strong>g to behold,” he says. “It<br />

was a sight <strong>and</strong> feel<strong>in</strong>g I will never forget.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> celebration then moved to a second venue for<br />

the reception, which was also filled with moments T<strong>in</strong>a<br />

lov<strong>in</strong>gly remembers. “My favorite part was my best<br />

friend’s toast, which was a rap <strong>and</strong> dance us<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

Fresh Pr<strong>in</strong>ce of Bel-Air theme music,” she says, “but<br />

she plugged <strong>in</strong> her own words to describe how Russ<br />

<strong>and</strong> I met <strong>and</strong> fell <strong>in</strong> love.”<br />

Both T<strong>in</strong>a <strong>and</strong> Russ agree that the biggest ch<strong>all</strong>enge<br />

was stay<strong>in</strong>g with<strong>in</strong> their budget, especi<strong>all</strong>y as<br />

their guest list ended up be<strong>in</strong>g a bit higher than they<br />

were <strong>in</strong>iti<strong>all</strong>y expect<strong>in</strong>g. <strong>The</strong> bride says she’d slow down<br />

the engagement timel<strong>in</strong>e a bit if she had to do it <strong>all</strong> over<br />

aga<strong>in</strong>. “I would try to take more time to plan, to not<br />

feel stressed about money, budget<strong>in</strong>g or guest count.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> couple rec<strong>all</strong>s the wedd<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> the days that<br />

followed as a whirlw<strong>in</strong>d of excitement. “For me, it was<br />

a bit like a roller coaster: crazy excitement, then one<br />

day of rest to say ‘whew.’ <strong>The</strong>n more excitement <strong>and</strong><br />

anticipation,” says Russ. And T<strong>in</strong>a agrees. “I felt relieved<br />

as soon as it was over,” she says. “Plus, I couldn’t wait<br />

to get away on our honeymoon cruise as husb<strong>and</strong> <strong>and</strong><br />

wife!” OO —Suzie Dundas<br />

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CATHARINE<br />

& ANDREW<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY<br />

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Cathar<strong>in</strong>e met Andrew while the pair sh<strong>are</strong>d a house<br />

with n<strong>in</strong>e other young professionals <strong>in</strong> Moseley, a suburb<br />

of Birm<strong>in</strong>gham, Engl<strong>and</strong>. But it was not love at<br />

first sight.<br />

“Andrew was the last of the 10 people to move<br />

<strong>in</strong>,” sh<strong>are</strong>s Cathar<strong>in</strong>e. “By this time I was re<strong>all</strong>y bored<br />

of the process <strong>and</strong> fed up with hav<strong>in</strong>g to get to know<br />

new people. So I re<strong>all</strong>y didn’t try very hard <strong>and</strong> b<strong>are</strong>ly<br />

even spoke to him!” But after several nights out <strong>and</strong> a<br />

few house parties, they f<strong>in</strong><strong>all</strong>y connected. <strong>The</strong>y dated,<br />

try<strong>in</strong>g to unsuccessfully hide their romance from the<br />

housemates, before mov<strong>in</strong>g to London together.<br />

After five years, Cathar<strong>in</strong>e says she had pretty<br />

much given up on Andrew ever propos<strong>in</strong>g. “We traveled<br />

to some amaz<strong>in</strong>g places, with plenty of opportunity<br />

for <strong>in</strong>credible proposals,” she says, “So when we<br />

took a tot<strong>all</strong>y normal trip back to Irel<strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong> October<br />

2018 to visit his p<strong>are</strong>nts, I thought noth<strong>in</strong>g of it.” Andrew<br />

took her to his favorite place, K<strong>in</strong>nagoe Bay, <strong>and</strong><br />

popped the question with an engagement r<strong>in</strong>g he<br />

designed himself.<br />

<strong>The</strong> couple decided to get married <strong>in</strong> Cathar<strong>in</strong>e’s<br />

<strong>California</strong> hometown over the com<strong>in</strong>g Easter holiday.<br />

With less than six months to plan, they orig<strong>in</strong><strong>all</strong>y<br />

agreed on a more <strong>in</strong>timate wedd<strong>in</strong>g. “We realized<br />

how many people wanted to celebrate our union with<br />

us,” says Cathar<strong>in</strong>e. “Our guest list swelled to 60 <strong>and</strong><br />

caused a British <strong>and</strong> Irish <strong>in</strong>vasion <strong>in</strong>to the sm<strong>all</strong> town<br />

of Nevada City.”<br />

With so many out-of-town guests, they <strong>in</strong>vited everyone<br />

to a w<strong>in</strong>e reception at the Nevada City W<strong>in</strong>ery<br />

to help break the ice. “It took away the stress of our<br />

p<strong>are</strong>nts <strong>and</strong> friends meet<strong>in</strong>g each other for the first<br />

time <strong>and</strong> the next day at the wedd<strong>in</strong>g everyone was<br />

already old friends,” sh<strong>are</strong>s the bride.<br />

A warm spr<strong>in</strong>g day greeted the couple at <strong>The</strong> Stone<br />

House on their wedd<strong>in</strong>g day. <strong>The</strong> late afternoon ceremony<br />

<strong>in</strong>cluded passages from John Muir, an Irish<br />

bless<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> a s<strong>and</strong> ceremony. “Andrew collected s<strong>and</strong><br />

from K<strong>in</strong>nagoe Bay, <strong>and</strong> I collected s<strong>and</strong> from Santa<br />

Cruz w<strong>here</strong> I went to university,” expla<strong>in</strong>s Cathar<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

“We poured our <strong>in</strong>dividual vessels of s<strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong>to a new<br />

bottle engraved with ‘better together.’” As a wedd<strong>in</strong>g<br />

gift, Cathar<strong>in</strong>e gave Andrew an oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g of K<strong>in</strong>nagoe<br />

Bay by local Irish artist Tanya McColgan.<br />

<strong>The</strong> ceremony was followed by a big family-style<br />

d<strong>in</strong>ner, full of touch<strong>in</strong>g speeches, laughter <strong>and</strong> danc<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

One such touch<strong>in</strong>g speech came from the bride’s father,<br />

“My dad gave a lovely speech, which was planned.<br />

He talked, with humor, about what it was like go<strong>in</strong>g<br />

through <strong>all</strong> the stages of rais<strong>in</strong>g me. He ended with a<br />

great l<strong>in</strong>e, ‘As far as I can tell, Andrew <strong>and</strong> I have three<br />

th<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> common: Dr<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g, Gambl<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> Redheads.’<br />

And the whole place was cry<strong>in</strong>g with laugher. But<br />

what wasn’t planned <strong>and</strong> ended up be<strong>in</strong>g a beautiful<br />

surprise was when Andrew’s dad also gave a speech!<br />

It was re<strong>all</strong>y special hear<strong>in</strong>g his perspective on when<br />

Andrew <strong>and</strong> I started to get together <strong>and</strong> how they<br />

knew, before Andrew did, that I was the one for him.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> groom reflects back on the even<strong>in</strong>g, “<strong>The</strong> most<br />

fun was the celebrations <strong>in</strong>to the night. That memory is<br />

less clear though, which might have someth<strong>in</strong>g to do<br />

with those <strong>California</strong> IPAs.” OO —Darren Elms<br />

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STEPHANIE<br />

&<br />

BRANDON<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY<br />

SWEET MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

When Br<strong>and</strong>on was stationed at a new U.S. Air Force<br />

Base <strong>in</strong> an <strong>are</strong>a he knew little about, he relocated with<br />

a bit of nervousness. Yet, fate had plans for Br<strong>and</strong>on’s<br />

future that he never could have imag<strong>in</strong>ed. “Look<strong>in</strong>g<br />

back, it re<strong>all</strong>y seems so crazy, as Travis Air Force Base<br />

was last on my dream sheet of places to be stationed,”<br />

says Br<strong>and</strong>on.<br />

A few short weeks after gett<strong>in</strong>g to the <strong>are</strong>a, he was<br />

<strong>in</strong>vited to a backyard barbecue that was jo<strong>in</strong>ed with a<br />

neighbor<strong>in</strong>g event, result<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> a fun mix of new <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g people. <strong>The</strong>re he met Stephanie, who came<br />

from the gather<strong>in</strong>g next door, <strong>and</strong> their connection<br />

was undeniable.<br />

When the time came, Br<strong>and</strong>on brought Stephanie<br />

back to the spot w<strong>here</strong> they had gone on their first<br />

date, <strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong> that same place, with their p<strong>are</strong>nts nearby,<br />

Br<strong>and</strong>on kneeled <strong>in</strong> front of Stephanie ask<strong>in</strong>g for her<br />

h<strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong> marriage. <strong>The</strong>y spent the next year plann<strong>in</strong>g<br />

their special day, focused on teamwork <strong>and</strong> communication<br />

to make sure their wedd<strong>in</strong>g represented them<br />

<strong>and</strong> their love <strong>in</strong> the most authentic way possible.<br />

“Our goal was a moody, v<strong>in</strong>tage <strong>and</strong> romantic<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g with subtle h<strong>in</strong>ts of our favorite time of year:<br />

H<strong>all</strong>oween,” Stephanie says. “We tried to keep <strong>in</strong> the<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g traditions but put our own unique twists <strong>in</strong>to<br />

it. It was important to us to still make it feel like a wedd<strong>in</strong>g<br />

but our wedd<strong>in</strong>g.” <strong>The</strong>y also <strong>in</strong>corporated their<br />

golden retriever, Forrest, <strong>in</strong>to the ceremony by hav<strong>in</strong>g<br />

him jo<strong>in</strong> them for a walk down the aisle.<br />

Stephanie says that whether or not the elements<br />

of the wedd<strong>in</strong>g were traditional, they still reflected her<br />

<strong>and</strong> Br<strong>and</strong>on’s personal style. It was not a decision they<br />

took lightly, but it was one that was important to them.<br />

“I wanted to look back at our wedd<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> be happy<br />

that we took the risks to make this wedd<strong>in</strong>g our own...<br />

this theme was very much us, from the ‘American Horror<br />

Story’ themed welcome sign to our <strong>all</strong> black cake,<br />

we were re<strong>all</strong>y happy we stuck to our personal style.”<br />

She says she th<strong>in</strong>ks their guests will remember<br />

how unique their wedd<strong>in</strong>g was, but for them, the most<br />

memorable moment was st<strong>and</strong><strong>in</strong>g atop Taber Ranch,<br />

overlook<strong>in</strong>g their reception while the sun set beh<strong>in</strong>d<br />

them. “We could see <strong>all</strong> of our beautiful friends <strong>and</strong><br />

family, we could see the wedd<strong>in</strong>g we worked so hard<br />

on for months <strong>and</strong> we were offici<strong>all</strong>y married. It was the<br />

most surreal, special feel<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the world.” OO<br />

—Abigail Blank<br />

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everyone else says you should do. Stick to your<br />

style <strong>and</strong> don’t be afraid of be<strong>in</strong>g unique.<br />

—advice from the bride<br />

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CASSIDY & TREVOR<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY FORTY ELEVEN PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

Cassidy <strong>and</strong> Trevor knew each other <strong>in</strong>side <strong>and</strong> out<br />

before they decided to get married after 10 years of<br />

dat<strong>in</strong>g. After <strong>all</strong>, they met <strong>in</strong> middle school <strong>and</strong> started<br />

dat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> their teens. “We went through a lot of changes<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ce be<strong>in</strong>g 15-<strong>and</strong>-a-half, when we got together,” says<br />

Cassidy, “both <strong>in</strong>dividu<strong>all</strong>y <strong>and</strong> as a couple. We made<br />

it through <strong>all</strong> of that <strong>and</strong> could just tell we could make<br />

anyth<strong>in</strong>g work.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> two got engaged on Christmas day, when<br />

Trevor gave Cassidy a large wrapped present, despite<br />

both agree<strong>in</strong>g not to give each other gifts. Cassidy<br />

says Trevor came out with presents, <strong>and</strong> when she<br />

unwrapped one, it was a tortilla warmer. “I thought, ‘oh,<br />

cool, he got me a tortilla warmer,’” says the bride. But<br />

Trevor <strong>in</strong>sisted she open it further, <strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong>side was an<br />

engagement r<strong>in</strong>g. Trevor had asked his sister to buy the<br />

r<strong>in</strong>g, so Cassidy wouldn’t notice the money out of their<br />

sh<strong>are</strong>d check<strong>in</strong>g account, <strong>and</strong> s<strong>in</strong>ce his brother-<strong>in</strong>-law<br />

owns a kitchen store, they wrapped the r<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>side a<br />

tortilla warmer to disguise it. “We also got to keep the<br />

tortilla warmer!” says Cassidy happily.<br />

<strong>The</strong> two planned their engagement <strong>in</strong> about n<strong>in</strong>e<br />

months, which Cassidy says was quite easy. That’s<br />

parti<strong>all</strong>y because Trevor is laid back. “He just wanted<br />

to wear boots <strong>and</strong> a vest, <strong>and</strong> that was it,” she says.<br />

And parti<strong>all</strong>y because she already knew the venue she<br />

wanted. Nearby Magari Estate caught her attention<br />

even before they got engaged, <strong>and</strong> out of curiosity, Cassidy<br />

had already <strong>in</strong>quired about pric<strong>in</strong>g. <strong>The</strong>y wanted<br />

a venue with a barn along with a celebration blend<strong>in</strong>g<br />

country <strong>and</strong> elegance, so this venue was a natural<br />

choice —it was the first <strong>and</strong> only venue they considered.<br />

Cassidy says the wedd<strong>in</strong>g plann<strong>in</strong>g process was<br />

surpris<strong>in</strong>gly easy, because their venue h<strong>and</strong>led much of<br />

the coord<strong>in</strong>ation, logistics <strong>and</strong> decorations. <strong>The</strong> couple<br />

made some DIY signs for the celebration, chose the<br />

table sett<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>and</strong> hung elk antlers over the entrance<br />

to the ceremony space to br<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> a little extra country<br />

style. But their venue h<strong>and</strong>led <strong>all</strong> the other details,<br />

which she says helped make the plann<strong>in</strong>g process<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>less.<br />

Her favorite part of the rustic-chic celebration<br />

was the speeches dur<strong>in</strong>g the reception, which mixed<br />

both emotions <strong>and</strong> humor. However, it was the first<br />

look with Trevor that touched her the most. “See<strong>in</strong>g<br />

him so emotional was touch<strong>in</strong>g,” she says, “because<br />

he’s not super emotional norm<strong>all</strong>y. See<strong>in</strong>g him<br />

get teary-eyed was re<strong>all</strong>y sweet.” OO —Suzie Dundas<br />

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ANNA & DYLAN<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY CARRIE AYN<br />

Anna <strong>and</strong> Dylan met at the University of Wyom<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>and</strong><br />

because of mutual sorority <strong>and</strong> fraternity friends they<br />

spent a lot of time with the same crowd. <strong>The</strong>y went out<br />

<strong>in</strong> a group for H<strong>all</strong>oween just over a year after they met.<br />

“It was our first unofficial date, basic<strong>all</strong>y,” Dylan says.<br />

“We were able to hang out <strong>all</strong> night,” Anna says.<br />

“That was probably the longest amount of time that<br />

we had consistently been able to sit down with each<br />

other, hang out <strong>and</strong> have fun,” Anna says. After that,<br />

“We would go on hikes <strong>and</strong> just be silly. We got to know<br />

each other on a much deeper level that way.”<br />

On one of their hikes, the weather turned suddenly<br />

violent, <strong>and</strong> they had to run for cover. “We ended up<br />

hav<strong>in</strong>g to hide <strong>in</strong> an <strong>in</strong>let <strong>in</strong> the rocks,” Dylan says.<br />

“It was pretty scary; big hail <strong>and</strong> lightn<strong>in</strong>g at a high<br />

elevation.” However, the two stayed calm dur<strong>in</strong>g this<br />

memorable out<strong>in</strong>g. When Dylan decided to propose,<br />

he asked two close friends to hike with him <strong>and</strong> Anna<br />

to the same spot. Because of approach<strong>in</strong>g bad weather<br />

(aga<strong>in</strong>) the experienced hikers practic<strong>all</strong>y jogged the<br />

two miles to the top. Once t<strong>here</strong>, the couple climbed<br />

up to a lookout spot. “I po<strong>in</strong>ted out a ra<strong>in</strong>bow on the<br />

lake, <strong>and</strong> she turned her back to me,” Dylan says. “While<br />

she was turned away, I got down on one knee. When<br />

she turned back I proposed.”<br />

Anna was shocked, though she had noticed someth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

was a little off. “I kept ask<strong>in</strong>g, ‘Why <strong>are</strong> we <strong>in</strong> a<br />

rush?’ <strong>and</strong> no one was respond<strong>in</strong>g,” Anna says. That<br />

made her th<strong>in</strong>k that he might be propos<strong>in</strong>g. “I tried to<br />

conv<strong>in</strong>ce myself that he wasn’t, because I didn’t want<br />

to be disappo<strong>in</strong>ted if he didn’t. When I turned around<br />

<strong>and</strong> saw him on his knee, I was happy.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> wedd<strong>in</strong>g was held nearly five years after they<br />

met. When Dylan saw Anna com<strong>in</strong>g down the aisle, he<br />

says, “I was overwhelmed, <strong>in</strong> a good way, very happy,<br />

full of joy <strong>and</strong> excited. I could hardly believe what we<br />

were about to do.” Though Anna was nervous at be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the center of attention, she says, “<strong>The</strong> second I saw<br />

Dylan I had tunnel vision, <strong>and</strong> I actu<strong>all</strong>y don’t even<br />

remember feel<strong>in</strong>g nervous once I saw him.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> two agreed that the wedd<strong>in</strong>g exceeded <strong>all</strong> their<br />

expectations. “My sister <strong>and</strong> my mom,” Anna says, “put<br />

everyth<strong>in</strong>g together <strong>and</strong> made it so much better than<br />

Dylan <strong>and</strong> I could have ever done on our own.” Anna<br />

says the wedd<strong>in</strong>g was “fun <strong>and</strong> happy <strong>and</strong> a party,”<br />

<strong>and</strong> Dylan agrees. “<strong>The</strong>re were so many close friends<br />

<strong>and</strong> family together—it re<strong>all</strong>y was family <strong>and</strong> fun.” OO<br />

—Marg<strong>are</strong>t Snider<br />

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It was important to<br />

us that our guests had a good<br />

time. We didn’t want a lot of<br />

long, drawn-out th<strong>in</strong>gs. We<br />

wanted a true celebration<br />

with the people we<br />

love.<br />

—Trisha<br />

<strong>The</strong>y say your soulmate might be a world apart from<br />

you or right next door, <strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong> this day <strong>and</strong> age, you can<br />

f<strong>in</strong>d the person who you’re meant to be with a swipe<br />

on the screen regardless of location. Trisha, a dreamy<br />

artist from a sm<strong>all</strong> town, <strong>and</strong> Marco, a fast-paced professional<br />

from the big city, were able to do just that<br />

thanks to modern technology.<br />

Just as the tim<strong>in</strong>g was perfect for their meet<strong>in</strong>g, so<br />

was Marco’s tim<strong>in</strong>g when he proposed to Trisha while<br />

they were on a beautiful hike along the Wash<strong>in</strong>gton/<br />

Oregon border. St<strong>and</strong><strong>in</strong>g atop a giant boulder, as Trisha<br />

posed for a gorgeous photo with a breathtak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

backdrop, Marco dropped to one knee <strong>and</strong> asked for<br />

her h<strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong> marriage.<br />

Trisha worked diligently to plan a wedd<strong>in</strong>g that was<br />

comfortable, romantic <strong>and</strong> representative of herself<br />

<strong>and</strong> Marco. Forgo<strong>in</strong>g some of the traditional elements<br />

that would have rung hollow for them, they focused<br />

on a down-to-earth, easy-go<strong>in</strong>g vibe that would make<br />

their family <strong>and</strong> friends feel right at home. Music was<br />

a focal po<strong>in</strong>t as Trisha planned their special day. “We<br />

also felt it was very important, because of our love<br />

of music to <strong>in</strong>corporate great music <strong>in</strong>to everyth<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

especi<strong>all</strong>y our dance rout<strong>in</strong>e.” One of the more unique<br />

elements was a speci<strong>all</strong>y choreographed dance rout<strong>in</strong>e,<br />

performed by the couple, that had their guests <strong>all</strong><br />

smiles <strong>and</strong> feel<strong>in</strong>g the romance <strong>in</strong> the air. Trisha adds,<br />

“We made sure that the selections of songs re<strong>all</strong>y<br />

represented us <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g the songs we walked down<br />

the aisle to, the song we entered the reception to <strong>and</strong><br />

our first dance.”<br />

A particularly memorable moment for Trisha did<br />

not start out as a bright spot <strong>in</strong> the day but with the<br />

help of her day-of coord<strong>in</strong>ator, Samantha from Two<br />

Roads Event Co., she was able to turn it <strong>in</strong>to the most<br />

heartfelt memory. “Right before I started walk<strong>in</strong>g down<br />

the aisle,” she expla<strong>in</strong>s, “I got so <strong>in</strong>credibly nervous,<br />

my coord<strong>in</strong>ator said, ‘Just focus on your husb<strong>and</strong>.’ So<br />

I looked to him as we walked, as cheesy as it sounds,<br />

the best moment for me was look<strong>in</strong>g at him as we went<br />

down the aisle.”<br />

Trisha says their love has grown deeper, with a new<br />

sense of ground<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> stability that warms her heart.<br />

“I guess it just feels more permanent, like we found<br />

each other, <strong>and</strong> we <strong>are</strong> good,” she expla<strong>in</strong>s. OO<br />

—Abigail Blank<br />

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KACY & ASHLEY<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY 2G20C WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

Kacy <strong>and</strong> Ashley met while <strong>in</strong> middle school. <strong>The</strong> two<br />

became friends <strong>and</strong> rema<strong>in</strong>ed so, even when Ashley<br />

moved away <strong>and</strong> when she eventu<strong>all</strong>y moved back, the<br />

two of them planned an out<strong>in</strong>g as friends to catch up.<br />

Somew<strong>here</strong> along the l<strong>in</strong>e of reconnect<strong>in</strong>g, someth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

magical changed. “Here we <strong>are</strong> today, almost n<strong>in</strong>e<br />

years later, married,” says Kacy.<br />

<strong>The</strong> two got engaged when Ashley planned a surprise<br />

proposal at Kacy’s 30th birthday party. In front<br />

of their friends <strong>and</strong> family, Ashley encouraged Kacy<br />

to thank everyone for attend<strong>in</strong>g the party, completely<br />

unaw<strong>are</strong> of the surprise about to happen. It was then<br />

that Ashley got down on one knee <strong>and</strong> asked <strong>in</strong> front<br />

of their loved ones, just how Kacy had always hoped<br />

she would. “It was truly perfect,” says Kacy.<br />

It was the goal of the couple to br<strong>in</strong>g elegance <strong>and</strong><br />

romance to their wedd<strong>in</strong>g but ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong> a simplistic<br />

vibe. Kacy <strong>and</strong> Ashley <strong>are</strong> used to plann<strong>in</strong>g parties<br />

<strong>and</strong> events for themselves <strong>and</strong> other people, so they<br />

natur<strong>all</strong>y found it easy to develop the ideal wedd<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Keep<strong>in</strong>g the focus on what they loved <strong>and</strong> wanted as a<br />

couple helped them <strong>in</strong> keep<strong>in</strong>g focus on the big picture,<br />

free from any compromise. However, the variety of options<br />

presented to be the biggest ch<strong>all</strong>enge! “We could<br />

do this, or this or THIS! That’s w<strong>here</strong> it starts to get overwhelm<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

However, that’s also when we would pause,<br />

take a step back <strong>and</strong> get back to the m<strong>in</strong>dset that we<br />

<strong>are</strong> plann<strong>in</strong>g the best day of our lives,” says Kacy.<br />

Set <strong>in</strong> the afternoon outdoors, under a gorgeous<br />

tree, the two wed <strong>in</strong> front of their loved ones. It was<br />

important that the officiant tell their story <strong>and</strong> capture<br />

exactly who they <strong>are</strong>, which she did perfectly. One<br />

happy accident that the couple didn’t expect was who<br />

would read their vows first. When the moment came,<br />

the two spontaneously played rock, paper, scissors to<br />

determ<strong>in</strong>e who would go first, which <strong>in</strong>stantly made<br />

everyone laugh.<br />

<strong>The</strong> ma<strong>in</strong> DIY project of the wedd<strong>in</strong>g were the<br />

favors. <strong>The</strong> couple passed out custom-labeled lighters.<br />

Dur<strong>in</strong>g the first dance, everyone held up their lighters<br />

<strong>in</strong> a special nod to Kacy’s dad who passed away three<br />

years earlier. Look<strong>in</strong>g out at their guests <strong>in</strong> that moment,<br />

she was rem<strong>in</strong>ded of the concerts she <strong>and</strong> her<br />

dad would attend. It was a moment the couple wished<br />

would have lasted a lifetime.<br />

<strong>The</strong> favorite part of the day for the brides was<br />

before the wedd<strong>in</strong>g. <strong>The</strong> two stood back to back, with<br />

h<strong>and</strong>s held <strong>and</strong> eyes closed, know<strong>in</strong>g fully that the next<br />

time they would see each other would be at the altar.<br />

Hav<strong>in</strong>g just seen each other the day before, someth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

magical made it feel as if they were touch<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>and</strong> talk<strong>in</strong>g to each other for the first time. “We were<br />

filled with so many emotions: excitement, nervousness,<br />

but mostly pure happ<strong>in</strong>ess, know<strong>in</strong>g that this day had<br />

f<strong>in</strong><strong>all</strong>y come,” Kacy says. “We would soon be Mrs. <strong>and</strong><br />

Mrs.” OO —Tara Herbert<br />

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One very memorable moment was<br />

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JUSTINE &<br />

EDWARD<br />

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Just<strong>in</strong>e <strong>and</strong> Edward’s families had been friends a long<br />

time. But it wasn’t until he moved from Los Angeles<br />

<strong>in</strong>to his aunt’s house <strong>in</strong> American Canyon that the two<br />

got to know each other better. Six months later, they<br />

become a couple dur<strong>in</strong>g a camp<strong>in</strong>g trip.<br />

Fast forward to December 2018 when they got<br />

engaged <strong>in</strong> front of the Golden Gate Bridge <strong>in</strong> San<br />

Francisco. Edward had already asked Just<strong>in</strong>e’s p<strong>are</strong>nts<br />

for their bless<strong>in</strong>g—they hid to catch the proposal<br />

on camera. <strong>The</strong> Golden Gate Bridge was significant<br />

for Edward s<strong>in</strong>ce it symbolized start<strong>in</strong>g a new life <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>California</strong>.<br />

<strong>The</strong> couple, who <strong>are</strong> both registered nurses,<br />

married nearly a year later. <strong>The</strong>y choose their venue,<br />

Vizcaya <strong>Sacramento</strong>, for its warm garden lights <strong>and</strong><br />

romantic vibe. <strong>The</strong> bride is a Disney fan <strong>and</strong> the dusty<br />

blue color scheme helped her vision for an enchant<strong>in</strong>g<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g come to life.<br />

Just<strong>in</strong>e loved walk<strong>in</strong>g down the aisle with her father.<br />

Edward’s aunt officiated the wedd<strong>in</strong>g. “She rooted<br />

for us s<strong>in</strong>ce the beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g,” says the bride, not<strong>in</strong>g that<br />

that aunt’s daughter was the flower girl <strong>and</strong> passed out<br />

seven flowers as she walked down the aisle to represent<br />

the years the couple had been together.<br />

<strong>The</strong> groom honored his father, who passed away<br />

when Edward was young, by hav<strong>in</strong>g the bridal party<br />

enter to the Tarzan song, “You’ll Be In My Heart.” Edward’s<br />

dad often sang that song.<br />

<strong>The</strong> couple’s fur baby, Buddy, wore a tuxedo <strong>and</strong><br />

was the r<strong>in</strong>g be<strong>are</strong>r. Just<strong>in</strong>e <strong>and</strong> Edward had a love<br />

letter ceremony, w<strong>here</strong> they both wrote letters to each<br />

other, to be opened on their first anniversary. <strong>The</strong>y also<br />

asked their p<strong>are</strong>nts to write letters of advice about<br />

marriage <strong>and</strong> to write on the envelope what anniversary<br />

year to open it.<br />

<strong>The</strong> newlyweds had their first dance near the end of<br />

cocktail hour, outside, surrounded by their guests with<br />

sparklers. Dur<strong>in</strong>g the reception, the couple also danced<br />

to NSYNC songs, “Bye Bye Bye” <strong>and</strong> “Pop” s<strong>in</strong>ce they<br />

both loved the boy b<strong>and</strong> when they were kids.<br />

Just<strong>in</strong>e’s favorite moment was the first look. “With<br />

so much built up anticipation <strong>and</strong> only talk<strong>in</strong>g to each<br />

other briefly on the phone, the butterflies <strong>in</strong> my stomach<br />

were stronger than ever,” she says.<br />

“Do<strong>in</strong>g the first look beforeh<strong>and</strong> was great because<br />

we got to re<strong>all</strong>y enjoy the last few hours before our<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g together,” says Edward, who liked hav<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

entire bridal party l<strong>in</strong>ed up before the ceremony. “<strong>The</strong><br />

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anticipation <strong>and</strong> excitement of know<strong>in</strong>g <strong>all</strong> our friends <strong>and</strong><br />

family were wait<strong>in</strong>g just around the corner, the music sett<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the mood, it was great build up to a memorable night.”<br />

Just<strong>in</strong>e <strong>and</strong> Edward did most of the wedd<strong>in</strong>g plann<strong>in</strong>g<br />

on their own. Still they’re grateful for the help from their<br />

venue’s event coord<strong>in</strong>ator. <strong>The</strong>y’re also appreciative of their<br />

event <strong>and</strong> floral designer, CL Décor, “She worked with<strong>in</strong><br />

our budget <strong>and</strong> knew we wanted to be practical. She also<br />

provided florals so it was def<strong>in</strong>itely a w<strong>in</strong>-w<strong>in</strong>. We used the<br />

decorations from our ceremony <strong>and</strong> brought them <strong>in</strong>to our<br />

reception—the vases with lights that l<strong>in</strong>ed the ceremony<br />

aisle <strong>and</strong> the bridesmaids’ lantern bouquets became centerpieces<br />

for the tables.”<br />

“Because our families had already known each other<br />

for years prior, the reception was re<strong>all</strong>y a celebration w<strong>here</strong><br />

everyone was able to catch up with people they hadn’t seen<br />

<strong>in</strong> a while,” says Just<strong>in</strong>e. OO —Kristen Castillo<br />

It looked<br />

like a lot of<br />

people had fun,<br />

<strong>and</strong> that’s one of<br />

the important<br />

th<strong>in</strong>gs we wanted<br />

to accomplish<br />

on our wedd<strong>in</strong>g<br />

night.<br />

—Edward<br />

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Our vision was for an<br />

<strong>in</strong>timate v<strong>in</strong>eyard wedd<strong>in</strong>g with an<br />

elegant yet casual vibe.<br />

—Vicki<br />

VICTORIA & DARRELL<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KRISTINA CILIA PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

Vicki <strong>and</strong> Darrell were engaged for 11 years before<br />

marry<strong>in</strong>g. <strong>The</strong> couple, who met 14 years ago, decided<br />

it was f<strong>in</strong><strong>all</strong>y time for I Do’s after the bride retired from<br />

her job as an elementary school teacher. Vicki says busy<br />

lives <strong>and</strong> grow<strong>in</strong>g families had kept them from gett<strong>in</strong>g<br />

married sooner <strong>and</strong> expla<strong>in</strong>s, “Our engagement was<br />

<strong>in</strong>iti<strong>all</strong>y more of a commitment. Our long engagement<br />

is proof of our commitment to family <strong>and</strong> faith <strong>in</strong> our<br />

relationship. By the time we said, ‘I do’ we sh<strong>are</strong>d a deep<br />

<strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong>separable love.”<br />

<strong>The</strong>y planned a f<strong>all</strong> v<strong>in</strong>eyard-themed wedd<strong>in</strong>g for<br />

their 50 guests at McConnell Estates W<strong>in</strong>ery. <strong>The</strong> bride<br />

says, “It’s a beautiful venue <strong>and</strong> provided just the right<br />

atmosp<strong>here</strong> for our v<strong>in</strong>eyard wedd<strong>in</strong>g.” Dur<strong>in</strong>g plann<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

the couple enjoyed their w<strong>in</strong>e tast<strong>in</strong>g, “<strong>The</strong>ir w<strong>in</strong>es<br />

<strong>are</strong> top-notch <strong>and</strong> it was fun to go for our w<strong>in</strong>e tast<strong>in</strong>g.”<br />

When the big day f<strong>in</strong><strong>all</strong>y arrived, the bride’s sons<br />

walked her down the aisle <strong>and</strong> presented her to Darrell<br />

to be married. “Our vision was for an <strong>in</strong>timate,<br />

v<strong>in</strong>eyard wedd<strong>in</strong>g with an elegant yet casual vibe that<br />

highlighted the natural beauty of the venue,” she says.<br />

<strong>The</strong> daytime event was shaded by a majestic oak tree.<br />

Guests found additional shade under parasols provided<br />

by the couple’s event planner. <strong>The</strong> couple wanted their<br />

guests to feel relaxed, appreciated <strong>and</strong> comfortable so<br />

they encouraged everyone to skip the fancy attire <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>stead wear casual, summer clothes.<br />

<strong>The</strong> ceremony was exactly what the couple envisioned.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir plann<strong>in</strong>g goal was to communicate<br />

<strong>and</strong> express love for each other, God <strong>and</strong> nature. “Our<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g def<strong>in</strong>itely reflected this, as we had our m<strong>in</strong>ister<br />

<strong>and</strong> readers sh<strong>are</strong> scripture <strong>and</strong> we made up our own<br />

vows,” says Vicki.<br />

<strong>The</strong> day was filled with love, friends <strong>and</strong> family.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y hung a “Family Tree” sign on the big oak along<br />

with wedd<strong>in</strong>g photos of their respective p<strong>are</strong>nts <strong>and</strong><br />

other family members. Both the bride’s <strong>and</strong> groom’s<br />

p<strong>are</strong>nts have passed <strong>and</strong> the family tree, “made us feel<br />

like they were t<strong>here</strong> <strong>in</strong> spirit,” says Vicki.<br />

At the end of the ceremony, the newlyweds jumped<br />

the broom to honor their African American ancestors.<br />

<strong>The</strong> groom’s family is from New Orleans so the couple<br />

had a “Second L<strong>in</strong>e” dur<strong>in</strong>g the reception w<strong>here</strong> guests<br />

followed the couple wav<strong>in</strong>g white h<strong>and</strong>kerchiefs while<br />

a Zydeco song played. <strong>The</strong> second l<strong>in</strong>e symbolizes the<br />

beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g of a new life together. “It was re<strong>all</strong>y fun for<br />

<strong>all</strong>,” says Vicki.<br />

Dur<strong>in</strong>g their reception Vicki <strong>and</strong> Darrell skipped the<br />

garter toss <strong>and</strong> bouquet toss, <strong>in</strong>stead <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g their<br />

guests <strong>in</strong> a Soul Tra<strong>in</strong> l<strong>in</strong>e. <strong>The</strong> celebration featured lots<br />

of music <strong>and</strong> danc<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g their most memorable<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g moment of their first dance to “Here <strong>and</strong><br />

Now” by Luther V<strong>and</strong>ross.<br />

Reflect<strong>in</strong>g back on their big day, Vicki <strong>and</strong> Darrell<br />

<strong>are</strong> grateful for each other <strong>and</strong> their time together. “This<br />

was a second (<strong>and</strong> last!) marriage for both bride <strong>and</strong><br />

groom,” she says. “We broke with several traditions to<br />

tailor it specific<strong>all</strong>y for us.” OO —Kristen Castillo<br />

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eal wedd<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

MIA & KEVIN<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY HAILEY AYSON PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

Mia <strong>and</strong> Kev<strong>in</strong> met while attend<strong>in</strong>g the same classes<br />

at Lodi High School. “<strong>The</strong> first time we hung out outside<br />

of school was when my sisters <strong>and</strong> I had a bak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

competition, <strong>and</strong> Kev<strong>in</strong> <strong>and</strong> his friends wanted <strong>in</strong> on the<br />

sweets,” says Mia.<br />

Fast forward to 2018 <strong>and</strong> the couple took a hike on<br />

the Tomales Po<strong>in</strong>t Trail on the Po<strong>in</strong>t Reyes National Seashore.<br />

“Kev<strong>in</strong> had been watch<strong>in</strong>g the weather <strong>all</strong> week<br />

because constant ra<strong>in</strong> was expected,” says Mia. “Luckily,<br />

it only lightly spr<strong>in</strong>kled <strong>and</strong> was wonderful hik<strong>in</strong>g<br />

weather.” Halfway through the hike, they reached the<br />

end of the pen<strong>in</strong>sula, <strong>and</strong> Kev<strong>in</strong> got down on one knee<br />

with the ocean waves surg<strong>in</strong>g around them. “We hiked<br />

almost 10 miles that day, but the five miles back after<br />

the proposal flew by,” remembers Mia. <strong>The</strong>y headed<br />

to Napa for a celebratory d<strong>in</strong>ner to round out the day.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir favorite parts of the plann<strong>in</strong>g process were<br />

the menu tast<strong>in</strong>g at Park W<strong>in</strong>ters <strong>and</strong> the cake tast<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with Palette Cakes. “You could c<strong>all</strong> us foodies, but both<br />

vendors simply serve the most delicious food <strong>and</strong> desserts,”<br />

sh<strong>are</strong>s the bride.<br />

<strong>The</strong> couple wanted their big day filled with their<br />

closest family <strong>and</strong> friends, amaz<strong>in</strong>g food <strong>and</strong> a go-withthe-flow<br />

vibe. With Mia’s prior youth pastor lead<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the ceremony, the occasion was heartfelt <strong>and</strong> fun. “We<br />

sh<strong>are</strong>d both personal <strong>and</strong> traditional vows <strong>and</strong> loved<br />

do<strong>in</strong>g so,” says Mia.<br />

Guests then moved on to the whitewashed barn<br />

at Park W<strong>in</strong>ters for the reception. “<strong>The</strong> most memorable<br />

moments were dur<strong>in</strong>g the toasts,” sh<strong>are</strong>s Mia.<br />

“<strong>Wedd<strong>in</strong>g</strong> planners typic<strong>all</strong>y recommend each person<br />

giv<strong>in</strong>g a speech to leave it to three to five m<strong>in</strong>utes. Of<br />

<strong>all</strong> five people toast<strong>in</strong>g, not one made it with<strong>in</strong> that time<br />

frame.” Mia’s two sisters toasted together <strong>in</strong>termix<strong>in</strong>g<br />

speech <strong>and</strong> song with modified versions of “Mamma<br />

Mia,” “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?” from<br />

<strong>The</strong> Sound of Music <strong>and</strong> “Satisfied” from Hamilton.<br />

<strong>The</strong> bride exclaims, “It was a crowd pleaser!” Kev<strong>in</strong>’s<br />

Dutch uncle <strong>and</strong> aunt also led the guests <strong>in</strong> a modified<br />

traditional Dutch song c<strong>all</strong>ed “Aan de Amsterdamse<br />

Grachten” dur<strong>in</strong>g the reception.<br />

<strong>The</strong> music cont<strong>in</strong>ued on the dance floor. “I have<br />

never seen a higher percentage of guests on the dance<br />

floor than at our wedd<strong>in</strong>g,” says the bride. “I have heard<br />

this from other vendors who have worked with Joe<br />

from SJ’s Disc Jockey. We honestly did not have time<br />

to pick out songs for danc<strong>in</strong>g. Joe read the crowd, <strong>and</strong><br />

we <strong>all</strong> had a blast!”<br />

What they would have done differently? Mia sh<strong>are</strong>s<br />

“So many th<strong>in</strong>gs. But <strong>in</strong> the end, none of it matters.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> couple would have taken off more time from work<br />

lead<strong>in</strong>g up to the wedd<strong>in</strong>g, packed ahead of time for the<br />

honeymoon <strong>and</strong> even opted for better items to put on<br />

their registry, but what was most important was shar<strong>in</strong>g<br />

such a special day with their loved ones. “We were able<br />

to start the rest of our lives together with our closest<br />

family <strong>and</strong> friends. Any craz<strong>in</strong>ess, lack of plann<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong><br />

spontaneity made it so special.” OO —Darren Elms<br />

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eal wedd<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

LAUREN & JAMES<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SHOOP’S PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

Be<strong>in</strong>g together <strong>and</strong><br />

shar<strong>in</strong>g our love with family <strong>and</strong><br />

friends was the best part.<br />

—Lauren<br />

Lauren <strong>and</strong> James met at a mutual friend’s house<br />

back <strong>in</strong> 2011, when James, an Air Force veteran, had<br />

recently returned back to <strong>California</strong>. <strong>The</strong>y connected<br />

<strong>and</strong> soon start<strong>in</strong>g hang<strong>in</strong>g out at social gather<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>and</strong><br />

sport<strong>in</strong>g events. A year later they moved <strong>in</strong>to their first<br />

place together <strong>and</strong> have ga<strong>in</strong>ed a myriad of fur (<strong>and</strong><br />

feat<strong>here</strong>d) babies.<br />

Over the years, they had talked about gett<strong>in</strong>g married<br />

but the proposal was still a surprise for Lauren.<br />

James got down on one knee <strong>and</strong> proposed follow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the bride’s birthday d<strong>in</strong>ner with her family.<br />

“Because we had been together as a couple for<br />

many years before, seven years at the time, <strong>and</strong> lived<br />

together for about the same amount of time, we had<br />

already felt like we were married,” she says. “We decided<br />

to make it official a week later at the courthouse.”<br />

<strong>The</strong>n they started plann<strong>in</strong>g a formal ceremony <strong>and</strong><br />

reception, which was held months later at Scott’s Seafood<br />

on the River.<br />

<strong>The</strong> couple wanted their wedd<strong>in</strong>g to be comfortable<br />

for them <strong>and</strong> their guests. While they had some<br />

traditional elements like the father-daughter dance<br />

<strong>and</strong> cake cutt<strong>in</strong>g, their celebration was tailored to<br />

their tastes.<br />

Lauren says they weren’t stressed or nervous because<br />

they were already leg<strong>all</strong>y married. “Be<strong>in</strong>g together<br />

<strong>and</strong> shar<strong>in</strong>g our love with family <strong>and</strong> friends<br />

was the best part,” she says.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir ceremony, held outdoors on a warm f<strong>all</strong> day,<br />

was short <strong>and</strong> sweet. “It took longer for us to walk<br />

down the aisle than it did to say ‘I do,’” says Lauren, not<strong>in</strong>g<br />

guests told the couple how much they appreciated<br />

not hav<strong>in</strong>g to sit through a long ceremony.<br />

<strong>The</strong> couple <strong>and</strong> their p<strong>are</strong>nts helped plan the wedd<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

A big highlight was the ice sculpture with flowers<br />

pressed <strong>in</strong>side as well as the newlywed’s <strong>in</strong>itials carved<br />

<strong>in</strong>to it, coord<strong>in</strong>ated by James’s mother. <strong>The</strong>y focused<br />

on hav<strong>in</strong>g colorful, seasonal floral arrangements for<br />

their bouquets <strong>and</strong> centerpieces, br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g beautiful<br />

pops of color <strong>in</strong>to the already picturesque venue. “We<br />

wanted to make sure that our floral arrangements<br />

were colorful. It made sense to us that rather than<br />

pick<strong>in</strong>g a specific color palette or style of centerpiece<br />

<strong>and</strong> bouquets to match a theme for the wedd<strong>in</strong>g <strong>all</strong><br />

of the floral arrangements should be a representation<br />

of what plants were <strong>in</strong> bloom dur<strong>in</strong>g the season at the<br />

time,” rec<strong>all</strong>s the bride.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir reception was held <strong>in</strong> the large tent on-site<br />

with floor to ceil<strong>in</strong>g w<strong>in</strong>dows fac<strong>in</strong>g the mar<strong>in</strong>a. <strong>The</strong><br />

tent, which was draped with fabric <strong>and</strong> glow<strong>in</strong>g lights,<br />

featured three ch<strong>and</strong>eliers <strong>and</strong> a big space for everyone<br />

to m<strong>in</strong>gle <strong>and</strong> dance.<br />

Look<strong>in</strong>g back on their wedd<strong>in</strong>g, they say the most<br />

memorable moment, “was when we were able to step<br />

back <strong>and</strong> take everyth<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>,” says Lauren. “Watch<strong>in</strong>g<br />

our guests enjoy<strong>in</strong>g themselves <strong>and</strong> be<strong>in</strong>g able to<br />

sh<strong>are</strong> that quiet time amongst <strong>all</strong> of the danc<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong><br />

noise was re<strong>all</strong>y special.” OO — Kristen Castillo<br />

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eal wedd<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

SAMANTHA & DEREK<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KYLIE COMPTON PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

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We both agree that we cannot<br />

choose just one favorite part! <strong>The</strong> entire<br />

day was so great from start to f<strong>in</strong>ish.<br />

.<br />

—Sam & Derek<br />

Sam <strong>and</strong> Derek first met at a Folsom High School<br />

basketb<strong>all</strong> game <strong>in</strong> December 2009. Much of their<br />

early relationship was spent long distance while each<br />

attended separate colleges, but they both made it<br />

back to <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>California</strong> together by summer 2014.<br />

Shortly before Sam completed her tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g to become<br />

a licensed marriage <strong>and</strong> family therapist, they took<br />

a trip to Maui w<strong>here</strong> Derek proposed on the beach.<br />

As they planned their wedd<strong>in</strong>g, both Sam <strong>and</strong><br />

Derek put fun with friends <strong>and</strong> family as a priority<br />

for the day. “We wanted to honor those who had<br />

an impact on us <strong>and</strong> our relationship,” sh<strong>are</strong>s Sam.<br />

Work<strong>in</strong>g as a team, they picked their venue, menus<br />

<strong>and</strong> guest list. “I showed him my plans for décor, but<br />

he pretty much trusted me with the design details,”<br />

adds the bride.<br />

<strong>The</strong> couple’s ceremony, performed by Sam’s uncle,<br />

Matthew O’Leary, <strong>in</strong>corporated both traditional <strong>and</strong><br />

contemporary elements. “Matt did a beautiful job<br />

outl<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g our story <strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong>corporat<strong>in</strong>g Bible verses<br />

that reflected the values we identified as pillars of<br />

our relationship <strong>in</strong> the message he wrote,” says Sam.<br />

“Derek <strong>and</strong> I separately named three values. He wrote:<br />

trust, communication <strong>and</strong> support. I wrote: honesty,<br />

communication <strong>and</strong> k<strong>in</strong>dness. Matt highlighted how<br />

comparable these values were!”<br />

<strong>The</strong> reception was held <strong>in</strong> a tent outside at W<strong>in</strong>chester<br />

Country Club right above the grass l<strong>and</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

w<strong>here</strong> the ceremony was held. For their first entrance<br />

as a married couple, the pair danced <strong>in</strong> to the Sugarhill<br />

Gang’s cover of “Apache (Jump on It),” followed<br />

by a first dance to “Speechless” by Dan + Shay. “This<br />

sums us up perfectly,” expla<strong>in</strong>s Sam. “We can have<br />

fun together do<strong>in</strong>g someth<strong>in</strong>g ridiculous, <strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong> the<br />

next moment we <strong>are</strong> calm <strong>and</strong> composed tak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

the moment.”<br />

Sam then danced to “Ku’u Home O Kahalu’u / Ku’u<br />

Lei Awapuhi.” “My gr<strong>and</strong>p<strong>are</strong>nt’s have lived on the<br />

isl<strong>and</strong> of Kauai s<strong>in</strong>ce I was two years old,” she says.<br />

“If t<strong>here</strong> is ever live music when we <strong>are</strong> out to d<strong>in</strong>ner<br />

with them on Kauai, this song is most likely always<br />

played.” Sam’s gr<strong>and</strong>mother jo<strong>in</strong>ed them by the end<br />

of the song. “My gr<strong>and</strong>pa ended up pass<strong>in</strong>g away four<br />

months after our wedd<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> hav<strong>in</strong>g pictures <strong>and</strong><br />

video of us danc<strong>in</strong>g together to my gr<strong>and</strong>ma’s favorite<br />

song is so priceless.” OO —Darren Elms<br />

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eal wedd<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

ANNE & DJ<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY DARCI TERRY PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

Anne walked <strong>in</strong>to the gym with an <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> TRX <strong>and</strong><br />

ended up with the phone number of a charm<strong>in</strong>g personal<br />

tra<strong>in</strong>er named DJ. She was drawn to his “calm <strong>and</strong><br />

patient energy,” <strong>and</strong> he was taken with her beautiful<br />

blue eyes—<strong>and</strong> the fact that she was a scientist.<br />

After four years of dat<strong>in</strong>g, DJ prep<strong>are</strong>d a picturesque<br />

North Lake <strong>Tahoe</strong> proposal under the guise of<br />

visit<strong>in</strong>g their friend, Rob. <strong>The</strong>y started the day with a<br />

stop at their favorite <strong>are</strong>a breakfast spot <strong>and</strong> decided<br />

to go for a hike. When Anne suggested they <strong>in</strong>vite Rob,<br />

DJ quickly parried, say<strong>in</strong>g Rob was work<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> would<br />

meet up with them later. Little did she know, Rob was <strong>in</strong><br />

on the proposal. In fact, before the hike they saw Rob<br />

<strong>in</strong> the grocery store park<strong>in</strong>g lot, <strong>and</strong> though DJ chalked<br />

it up to a work err<strong>and</strong>, Rob was actu<strong>all</strong>y buy<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

celebratory bubbly they’d be enjoy<strong>in</strong>g with<strong>in</strong> the hour.<br />

<strong>The</strong> pair enjoyed their hike <strong>and</strong> the beautiful sunny<br />

day with a backdrop of glitter<strong>in</strong>g snow on the mounta<strong>in</strong>s,<br />

<strong>and</strong> when they reached an overlook, DJ got down<br />

on one knee. <strong>The</strong>ir friend Rob not only caught the<br />

special moment <strong>in</strong> photos while hid<strong>in</strong>g beh<strong>in</strong>d a bush,<br />

but also brought out the chilled Champagne for a toast<br />

to the newly engaged couple.<br />

“I’ll never forget FaceTim<strong>in</strong>g our family members<br />

up on that mounta<strong>in</strong>,” Anne rec<strong>all</strong>s. “DJ surprised me<br />

with the most beautiful private cottage right on the<br />

beach <strong>and</strong> a five-star d<strong>in</strong>ner. It was absolutely perfect!”<br />

<strong>The</strong>y got to plann<strong>in</strong>g right away, <strong>and</strong> their wedd<strong>in</strong>g<br />

date just happened to co<strong>in</strong>cide with the five-year anniversary<br />

of their first date—a fact they didn’t even notice<br />

until after they’d booked their venue.<br />

DJ’s must-have list for the big day was pretty<br />

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straightforward. “<strong>The</strong> only th<strong>in</strong>gs I felt I needed to<br />

have <strong>are</strong> the people I felt were most important to me,<br />

<strong>and</strong> for my beautiful bride to have a good time <strong>and</strong><br />

the wedd<strong>in</strong>g of her dreams,” he says. For Anne, that<br />

meant keep<strong>in</strong>g the event local, so that her 98-year-old<br />

gr<strong>and</strong>mother could be t<strong>here</strong>. She also wanted to have<br />

the reception outside on a warm summer even<strong>in</strong>g for<br />

danc<strong>in</strong>g under the stars.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir ceremony was a traditional <strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong>timate Catholic<br />

mass (Anne rec<strong>all</strong>s that “the church is so beautiful<br />

<strong>and</strong> hardly needed [any decorat<strong>in</strong>g], so we kept it very<br />

simple”), <strong>and</strong> the reception was at <strong>The</strong> Yol<strong>and</strong>a Ranch.<br />

Guests enjoyed lawn games like oversized Jenga <strong>and</strong><br />

Connect Four, <strong>and</strong> cocktail hour <strong>in</strong>cluded not only<br />

dr<strong>in</strong>ks <strong>and</strong> hors d’oeuvres but popsicles as well, on<br />

account of the summer weather.<br />

For DJ a memory that sticks out is when they had<br />

just been <strong>in</strong>troduced as Mr. <strong>and</strong> Mrs. for the first time,<br />

<strong>and</strong> they sat down at their sweetheart table at the<br />

reception. “It was a surreal feel<strong>in</strong>g look<strong>in</strong>g around at<br />

<strong>all</strong> our loved ones <strong>and</strong> know<strong>in</strong>g everyone was t<strong>here</strong> to<br />

celebrate us,” he says. Anne fondly rec<strong>all</strong>s hav<strong>in</strong>g <strong>all</strong><br />

of their favorite people together to celebrate, but also<br />

says that a favorite moment of hers is when she <strong>and</strong> DJ<br />

were rid<strong>in</strong>g to the venue together <strong>in</strong> the limo—just the<br />

two of them, hav<strong>in</strong>g a quiet moment to toast their love.<br />

<strong>The</strong> couple <strong>are</strong> look<strong>in</strong>g forward to build<strong>in</strong>g their<br />

life, their legacy <strong>and</strong> their family together. “Our love<br />

<strong>and</strong> relationship has only gotten better <strong>and</strong> better<br />

<strong>throughout</strong> the years together, <strong>and</strong> I can only imag<strong>in</strong>e<br />

how great it will be with a lifetime to build <strong>and</strong> work at<br />

it,” DJ says. OO —Jennifer Resnicke<br />

THE DETAILS //<br />

PHOTOGRAPHER<br />

Darci Terry Photography<br />

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ERIN &<br />

KYLE<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY<br />

NATACHA JOLENE<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY + FILM<br />

Sometimes friendships <strong>are</strong> meant to be more, such<br />

was the case for Er<strong>in</strong> <strong>and</strong> Kyle. <strong>The</strong> couple had known<br />

each other for years, hav<strong>in</strong>g met at the farm <strong>in</strong> Ohio<br />

w<strong>here</strong> they both worked. Though a little spark always<br />

existed between them, the tim<strong>in</strong>g was never quite<br />

right. For five years they stayed <strong>in</strong> touch, foster<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

great friendship, even though they lived hundreds of<br />

miles apart. But when the stars f<strong>in</strong><strong>all</strong>y aligned, that<br />

spark turned <strong>in</strong>to a flame of eternal love.<br />

Kyle proposed to Er<strong>in</strong> on a quiet even<strong>in</strong>g at home<br />

with paths of rose petals guid<strong>in</strong>g Er<strong>in</strong> to Kyle who<br />

waited on one knee to ask her to be his wife. Over the<br />

course of the next year <strong>and</strong> a half, the couple planned<br />

their wedd<strong>in</strong>g with the help of their venue’s on-site<br />

coord<strong>in</strong>ator. With an unconventional love story, they<br />

wanted their wedd<strong>in</strong>g to be as unique as them. Er<strong>in</strong><br />

says, “We wanted the country feel but with a little bit of<br />

class. We had guests show up <strong>in</strong> nice jeans <strong>and</strong> cowboy<br />

hats, <strong>and</strong> some show up <strong>in</strong> suits.”<br />

To celebrate their histories <strong>and</strong> passions, they chose<br />

an upscale country theme which melded beautifully<br />

with their chosen location. Most importantly, though,<br />

they wanted their wedd<strong>in</strong>g to feel as relaxed as a family<br />

reunion, with many friends <strong>and</strong> family stay<strong>in</strong>g at their<br />

venue <strong>in</strong> cab<strong>in</strong>s the weekend of the event. Er<strong>in</strong> expla<strong>in</strong>s,<br />

“We had people from <strong>all</strong> over the country attend our<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> stay at the ranch for the weekend. Dogs<br />

<strong>in</strong>cluded! It was three days of family <strong>and</strong> fun!”<br />

One particularly unique <strong>in</strong>fluence <strong>in</strong> their stylistic<br />

approach was the groom’s cultural heritage. “Kyle’s<br />

family is Celtic, <strong>and</strong> it is someth<strong>in</strong>g he is very proud<br />

of,” Er<strong>in</strong> says, “so we tried to br<strong>in</strong>g a touch of it <strong>in</strong>to<br />

the wedd<strong>in</strong>g.” From custom r<strong>in</strong>gs to a whiskey barrel<br />

br<strong>and</strong>ed with the tree of life as a guest book, it was the<br />

little th<strong>in</strong>gs that meant the most. Addition<strong>all</strong>y, Kyle <strong>and</strong><br />

Er<strong>in</strong> had a special guest <strong>in</strong> their wedd<strong>in</strong>g party. “My<br />

white German shepherd, Bismark, is a huge part of my<br />

life, <strong>and</strong> it was so important to me that he be <strong>in</strong>volved<br />

<strong>in</strong> my big day,” Er<strong>in</strong> says. “He stayed <strong>in</strong> my cab<strong>in</strong> with<br />

me <strong>and</strong> laid right by my chair the entire time I got ready.<br />

And then he was, of course, <strong>in</strong> our pictures. Flower<br />

necklace <strong>and</strong> <strong>all</strong>!”<br />

Er<strong>in</strong> says her <strong>and</strong> Kyle’s relationship has only grown<br />

more stable s<strong>in</strong>ce their wedd<strong>in</strong>g. Though the day to day<br />

has not changed <strong>all</strong> that much, their bond is solidified <strong>in</strong><br />

a new way. Er<strong>in</strong> teases, “If anyth<strong>in</strong>g, I guess it has brought<br />

us closer together because now we <strong>are</strong> for sure stuck<br />

with each other, for better or worse!” OO —Abigail Blank<br />

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<strong>The</strong> vision we had for our wedd<strong>in</strong>g day was<br />

basic<strong>all</strong>y a relaxed <strong>and</strong> fun family reunion w<strong>here</strong><br />

we <strong>all</strong> got to dress up on Saturday night.<br />

—Er<strong>in</strong><br />

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CHRISTINA<br />

& KYLE<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY<br />

LIXXIM PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

Christ<strong>in</strong>a was work<strong>in</strong>g at a restaurant when she <strong>and</strong><br />

Kyle were <strong>in</strong>troduced by his cous<strong>in</strong>, whom Christ<strong>in</strong>a<br />

had previously worked with. After work, she <strong>in</strong>vited<br />

the two to go for dr<strong>in</strong>ks, <strong>and</strong> Christ<strong>in</strong>a thought she<br />

wouldn’t soon see Kyle aga<strong>in</strong>, but then she found his<br />

phone <strong>in</strong> her car. “Which I say he did on purpose,”<br />

Christ<strong>in</strong>a says. “Yes, I did,” Kyle says.<br />

Right away, they were spend<strong>in</strong>g <strong>all</strong> their time together,<br />

hang<strong>in</strong>g out almost every day. “It just sparked<br />

<strong>in</strong>to a relationship re<strong>all</strong>y quickly,” Christ<strong>in</strong>a says. “At first<br />

I didn’t th<strong>in</strong>k he was someone who would be <strong>in</strong>to me.<br />

So, the fact that he was giv<strong>in</strong>g me <strong>all</strong> his attention—I<br />

loved it.” <strong>The</strong>y spent time together go<strong>in</strong>g on drives,<br />

usu<strong>all</strong>y out of town. “We just loved [tak<strong>in</strong>g] spontaneous<br />

trips when we had several days off, <strong>and</strong> [we<br />

would] go to the aquarium or the beach,” Christ<strong>in</strong>a<br />

says.<br />

In 2017, they took an extra special trip to the beach:<br />

Hawaii. Kyle had secretly bought a r<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> brought it<br />

with him. “We were at the local swimm<strong>in</strong>g spot <strong>and</strong> it<br />

started to ra<strong>in</strong>,” Kyle says. “I asked her to get out of the<br />

water <strong>and</strong> when she ran up, that’s when I did it.”<br />

Although they had discussed gett<strong>in</strong>g married,<br />

Christ<strong>in</strong>a was tot<strong>all</strong>y stunned that he was ask<strong>in</strong>g her<br />

then <strong>and</strong> t<strong>here</strong>. She asked him, “Are you serious? Are<br />

you kidd<strong>in</strong>g me?” Kyle assured her that he was serious<br />

<strong>and</strong> was not kidd<strong>in</strong>g. Kyle says that he had thought<br />

about marry<strong>in</strong>g Christ<strong>in</strong>a, “pretty much s<strong>in</strong>ce the moment<br />

I met her.” When he proposed, he had a feel<strong>in</strong>g<br />

she would say yes, but, “I still felt re<strong>all</strong>y nervous. Afterward<br />

it just felt surreal.”<br />

Over two years of plann<strong>in</strong>g Christ<strong>in</strong>a put the wedd<strong>in</strong>g<br />

together. Her two best friends helped with signage<br />

<strong>and</strong> bridal party tasks, but other than that, she<br />

did everyth<strong>in</strong>g. She made sure to check with Kyle to<br />

see if he agreed with her decisions. “After <strong>all</strong>,” she says,<br />

“it’s not just about the bride.”<br />

“Yes, it is,” Kyle says. “I just knew I wanted to marry<br />

her, I didn’t c<strong>are</strong> about the details.” While she was<br />

work<strong>in</strong>g on the wedd<strong>in</strong>g Kyle would tell her, “I’ll marry<br />

you right now, we don’t need to have this wedd<strong>in</strong>g.”<br />

On the day of the wedd<strong>in</strong>g, while Kyle felt he<br />

couldn’t breathe, <strong>and</strong> was sweat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> trembl<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

Christ<strong>in</strong>a was panicked at walk<strong>in</strong>g down the aisle with<br />

<strong>all</strong> the guests watch<strong>in</strong>g. Once she got to Kyle at the<br />

altar, Christ<strong>in</strong>a says, it was like, “This is real; <strong>and</strong> it was<br />

excit<strong>in</strong>g.” Once they were together they both calmed<br />

down. “I def<strong>in</strong>itely wanted that moment, <strong>and</strong> I wanted<br />

those memories,” Christ<strong>in</strong>a says. “It was stressful, but<br />

I’m so happy we did it.” OO —Marg<strong>are</strong>t Snider<br />

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Dur<strong>in</strong>g the ceremony,<br />

our dog was restless, but then<br />

she went to sleep on the tra<strong>in</strong><br />

of my dress. It was adorable.<br />

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—Andra<br />

ANDRA & BILLY<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY<br />

JENNIFER CLAPP FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

Like many couples, Andra <strong>and</strong> Billy met <strong>in</strong> high school.<br />

But what’s a little more unusual is that they met because<br />

Billy’s friend, who had a crush on Andra, had<br />

asked Billy to break the ice on his behalf. But everyone<br />

fell out of touch after high school, until Andra <strong>and</strong> Billy<br />

reconnected <strong>in</strong> 2013. <strong>The</strong> two dated for five years<br />

before Billy proposed at San Francisco’s Baker Beach.<br />

“Suddenly, he grabbed my h<strong>and</strong> <strong>and</strong> started tell<strong>in</strong>g me<br />

how much he loved me,” says Andra. “I thought, ‘oh,<br />

how sweet!’ But didn’t th<strong>in</strong>k he was about to propose<br />

until he pulled out the r<strong>in</strong>g box.”<br />

Andra <strong>and</strong> Billy planned a September wedd<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

both because she knew she wanted to marry <strong>in</strong> the<br />

f<strong>all</strong> <strong>and</strong> because a friend had gotten engaged at the<br />

same time, <strong>and</strong> the two wanted to space the celebrations<br />

out a bit to make it easy on their mutual friend<br />

group. Fortunately, <strong>The</strong> L<strong>and</strong><strong>in</strong>g Resort <strong>in</strong> South Lake<br />

<strong>Tahoe</strong> proved to be the perfect venue for an autumn<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g, especi<strong>all</strong>y as they were able to host their<br />

reception at the resort <strong>and</strong> host the ceremony across<br />

the street at the beautiful Lakeside Beach. <strong>The</strong>y opted<br />

for a non-traditional ceremony <strong>in</strong>corporat<strong>in</strong>g a c<strong>and</strong>le<br />

ceremony to honor Billy’s late father, security guard<br />

outfits <strong>and</strong> sunglasses for the r<strong>in</strong>g be<strong>are</strong>rs <strong>and</strong> a sparkly<br />

collar for the couple’s pooch, Allie. After the two<br />

were pronounced husb<strong>and</strong> <strong>and</strong> wife, they walked<br />

back down the aisle under a cloud of bubbles blown<br />

by their 100 guests.<br />

After that, it was on to the cocktail hour <strong>and</strong> reception,<br />

w<strong>here</strong> Andra <strong>and</strong> Billy planned plenty to<br />

ensure their guests had an excellent time long <strong>in</strong>to the<br />

even<strong>in</strong>g. “We did Polaroid cameras <strong>and</strong> had everyone<br />

take pictures at the welcome table as they entered,<br />

<strong>and</strong> put them up on a big wood frame of chicken<br />

wire. That was so fun for everyone <strong>and</strong> we love <strong>all</strong> the<br />

pictures that were taken,” says Andra. In addition to a<br />

family-style meal at d<strong>in</strong>ner, the reception <strong>in</strong>cluded a<br />

sprawl<strong>in</strong>g dessert table with a wedd<strong>in</strong>g cake, cookies,<br />

c<strong>and</strong>y, cupcakes <strong>and</strong> even a separate donut bar.<br />

Guests left the reception with p<strong>in</strong>e tree sprigs bear<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the message “Let Love Grow” to plant when they got<br />

home. “We get lots of status updates on how they’re<br />

grow<strong>in</strong>g,” says Andra. “And we love it.”<br />

Andra says that the entire celebration was personalized<br />

to them, <strong>and</strong> she wouldn’t have it any other<br />

way. “<strong>The</strong> wedd<strong>in</strong>g was everyth<strong>in</strong>g we wanted,” she<br />

says. “We didn’t re<strong>all</strong>y follow the rule book.” She says<br />

that while she loved the entire day, one of her favorite<br />

aspects was the fun they had with their kids. “<strong>The</strong>y<br />

loved play<strong>in</strong>g the roles of r<strong>in</strong>g security <strong>and</strong> flower<br />

girls!” OO—Suzie Dundas<br />

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KELLY<br />

& JOHNATHAN<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY<br />

ERICA BALDWIN PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

Kelly <strong>and</strong> John were a fast match, first meet<strong>in</strong>g on a<br />

dat<strong>in</strong>g app. <strong>The</strong>y both quickly ditched the app know<strong>in</strong>g<br />

they found someone special. As Kelly says, they were<br />

two awkward people who managed to f<strong>in</strong>d each other<br />

<strong>in</strong> a world of mundane dates <strong>and</strong> missed connections.<br />

<strong>The</strong> beauty of their matchup <strong>in</strong> a place not meant for<br />

magic came to a head on a day when John booked a<br />

day of glamour for Kelly—an actual ruse for his plan<br />

to propose. Once they were engaged, Kelly says they<br />

decided they wanted “a big party to celebrate our<br />

unique love <strong>and</strong> blend<strong>in</strong>g of our families.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> elements of Kelly <strong>and</strong> John’s ceremony were<br />

not only c<strong>are</strong>fully planned but put <strong>in</strong>to action with clear<br />

<strong>in</strong>tentions. Kelly expla<strong>in</strong>s, “<strong>The</strong> tea ceremony was to<br />

symbolize shar<strong>in</strong>g happ<strong>in</strong>ess <strong>in</strong> the simple everyday<br />

th<strong>in</strong>gs. <strong>The</strong> r<strong>in</strong>g exchange symbolized the sun <strong>and</strong> the<br />

earth <strong>and</strong> the universe as a wholeness <strong>and</strong> harmony<br />

<strong>and</strong> union as a family.”<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir reception was no different, with personal<br />

touches <strong>and</strong> welcom<strong>in</strong>g practices woven <strong>throughout</strong><br />

the entire event. Guests sent <strong>in</strong> song requests along<br />

with their RSVP, John designed board game-themed<br />

table assignments <strong>and</strong> guests received not one but<br />

two different wedd<strong>in</strong>g favors: cactus bottle openers<br />

<strong>and</strong> m<strong>in</strong>i potted succulents. <strong>The</strong> over<strong>all</strong> décor was<br />

dedicated to their comb<strong>in</strong>ed uniqueness, <strong>and</strong> even the<br />

artwork curated for the reception. As Kelly expla<strong>in</strong>s,<br />

“We commissioned a few of our artist friends to create<br />

unique artwork of us as a couple to be displayed<br />

<strong>throughout</strong> the reception.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> personal touches did not stop at the décor,<br />

though. Kelly says, “We <strong>are</strong> goofy, silly people <strong>and</strong> our<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g needed to reflect that.” A photo booth, lawn<br />

games <strong>and</strong> three signature cocktails dedicated to their<br />

special day gave it a personal vibe as chill <strong>and</strong> fun as<br />

the bride <strong>and</strong> groom themselves.<br />

Although Kelly says the entire day is emblazoned<br />

<strong>in</strong> her memory, she was particularly touched by how<br />

much pride <strong>and</strong> joy their p<strong>are</strong>nts expressed at their<br />

union. “More than anyth<strong>in</strong>g our wedd<strong>in</strong>g just showcased<br />

how <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> fun we <strong>are</strong>, <strong>and</strong> how we <strong>are</strong><br />

fortunate enough to be surrounded by great people<br />

who also sh<strong>are</strong> that energy,” she says.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir love rema<strong>in</strong>s stalwart, the newly committed<br />

status serv<strong>in</strong>g as a legal representation of what their<br />

hearts <strong>and</strong> heads already knew. Though Kelly acknowledges<br />

that t<strong>here</strong> is always a possibility of bigger <strong>and</strong><br />

better th<strong>in</strong>gs to come. “It’s still s<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>,” she says.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> way we feel about each other has only gotten<br />

stronger.” OO<br />

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AMANDA &<br />

DRAKE<br />

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Both <strong>Sacramento</strong> natives, Am<strong>and</strong>a met Drake when he<br />

threw a party at his dad’s house. “I had noticed Am<strong>and</strong>a<br />

many times at a l<strong>in</strong>e danc<strong>in</strong>g bar we both went to often,<br />

but we were f<strong>in</strong><strong>all</strong>y <strong>in</strong>troduced by a friend that night,”<br />

says Drake. Eight years later, he proposed to Am<strong>and</strong>a<br />

<strong>in</strong> Old <strong>Sacramento</strong> <strong>and</strong> surprised her with brunch with<br />

both of their families to celebrate.<br />

When plann<strong>in</strong>g their big day, the couple knew<br />

what style of décor <strong>and</strong> food they wanted right away.<br />

“We wanted a big wood w<strong>all</strong> with floral letters,” sh<strong>are</strong>s<br />

Am<strong>and</strong>a. “To our surprise, wood w<strong>all</strong>s were available<br />

for use at our venue. Our expectations for the day were<br />

far exceeded.”<br />

Still, the bride admits plann<strong>in</strong>g is an emotional roller<br />

coaster. <strong>The</strong> couple had to unexpectedly change venues<br />

five months before the wedd<strong>in</strong>g, but after f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>The</strong> Ranch at Lone Oak Longhorns, they were more<br />

than happy with the switch. “<strong>Wedd<strong>in</strong>g</strong> plann<strong>in</strong>g can<br />

be stressful, disappo<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> frustrat<strong>in</strong>g, but also fun,<br />

excit<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> relax<strong>in</strong>g,” she says. “Our favorite part was<br />

meet<strong>in</strong>gs with our planner <strong>and</strong> designer, <strong>and</strong> with the<br />

venue. We left each meet<strong>in</strong>g excited for the wedd<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>and</strong> less stressed than before. It re<strong>all</strong>y helped to have<br />

them <strong>in</strong> our corner, mak<strong>in</strong>g sure everyth<strong>in</strong>g was done.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> ceremony was officiated by the maid of honor’s<br />

stepdad, Jack, who Am<strong>and</strong>a says is like family to<br />

the couple. “<strong>The</strong> read<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>and</strong> words chosen by Jack<br />

were fitt<strong>in</strong>g for our relationship <strong>and</strong> were spoken s<strong>in</strong>cerely,”<br />

she says. Am<strong>and</strong>a <strong>and</strong> Drake’s n<strong>in</strong>e-month-old<br />

son served as r<strong>in</strong>g be<strong>are</strong>r <strong>and</strong> jo<strong>in</strong>ed the newlyweds <strong>in</strong><br />

their recessional back down the aisle. “We also loved<br />

our recessional song, Queen’s ‘You’re My <strong>Best</strong> Friend,’”<br />

says Am<strong>and</strong>a. “Aside from the love we have for each<br />

other, we <strong>are</strong> re<strong>all</strong>y great friends!”<br />

Am<strong>and</strong>a <strong>and</strong> Drake say their reception tot<strong>all</strong>y<br />

suited their style. “<strong>The</strong> longhorns roam<strong>in</strong>g the pastures<br />

will never be forgotten by our guests,” says the bride.<br />

“We did have a bit of chaos between the cocktail hour<br />

<strong>and</strong> d<strong>in</strong>ner when a ra<strong>in</strong>storm passed over, however<br />

the lightn<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> pretty sunset made for some pretty<br />

great pictures.” Guests took the weather <strong>in</strong> stride as<br />

they sipped on signature cocktails named after the<br />

couple’s two dogs, Reagan <strong>and</strong> Trigger.<br />

“It was so special to have our son jo<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> on our<br />

formal dances,” remembers Am<strong>and</strong>a. “Once the formalities<br />

were f<strong>in</strong>ished, we had so much fun with our<br />

guests.” OO<br />

—Darren Elms<br />

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We did have a<br />

bit of chaos between<br />

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<strong>The</strong>y say ra<strong>in</strong> on your wedd<strong>in</strong>g day<br />

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<strong>and</strong> a sick groom on the wedd<strong>in</strong>g day makes<br />

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have a long, happy marriage.<br />

—Michele<br />

MICHELE & FORREST<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY FITS AND STOPS PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

Michele often jokes about how she met her husb<strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong><br />

prison. She was work<strong>in</strong>g as a psychologist <strong>and</strong> he was<br />

a correctional counselor when they met at work (yes,<br />

it was a prison).<br />

Forrest began to express an <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> Michele’s<br />

work (admittedly, he mostly wanted an excuse to<br />

talk to his crush), but Michele wasn’t keen to start up<br />

anyth<strong>in</strong>g with her co-worker—especi<strong>all</strong>y because she<br />

had already formed an op<strong>in</strong>ion of him, <strong>and</strong> it wasn’t a<br />

good one. “Even Forrest will tell you I <strong>in</strong>iti<strong>all</strong>y thought<br />

he was a jerk,” Michele says.<br />

A friend encouraged her to at least try one date,<br />

which obviously went quite well. After that Michele’s<br />

op<strong>in</strong>ion changed pretty quickly <strong>and</strong> she fell for his<br />

smile, <strong>in</strong>telligence, humor <strong>and</strong> thoughtfulness.<br />

To celebrate Forrest’s birthday, they reserved an<br />

old Airstream on top of a mounta<strong>in</strong>, <strong>and</strong> one night<br />

after they’d enjoyed a homemade pasta d<strong>in</strong>ner while<br />

watch<strong>in</strong>g the sunset <strong>and</strong> dr<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g beer <strong>and</strong> w<strong>in</strong>e Forrest<br />

got down on one knee <strong>and</strong> proposed. “We took<br />

a selfie overlook<strong>in</strong>g the mounta<strong>in</strong>s with the rema<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

sunlight we had, no makeup, messy hair, hoodie <strong>and</strong> <strong>all</strong><br />

(<strong>and</strong> of course-r<strong>in</strong>g f<strong>in</strong>ger <strong>in</strong>cluded). We refer to that<br />

picture as the ‘authentic picture’ s<strong>in</strong>ce we took much<br />

cuter pictures the next day, but that will always be<br />

the orig<strong>in</strong>al ‘authentic’ picture after we got engaged,”<br />

Michele says fondly.<br />

<strong>The</strong> most ch<strong>all</strong>eng<strong>in</strong>g part of plann<strong>in</strong>g was f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the right venue. <strong>The</strong>y knew they wanted an outdoor<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g, but of course wanted to avoid the ra<strong>in</strong>. Eventu<strong>all</strong>y<br />

they found the Forest House Lodge, <strong>and</strong> while<br />

they enjoyed the weekend road trips tour<strong>in</strong>g potential<br />

venues, Michele rec<strong>all</strong>s the relief of book<strong>in</strong>g the venue<br />

as be<strong>in</strong>g one of their best wedd<strong>in</strong>g-plann<strong>in</strong>g moments.<br />

Before long the big day arrived, <strong>and</strong> despite the<br />

deceptively sunny start to the day, Michele rec<strong>all</strong>s<br />

feel<strong>in</strong>g a couple of dreaded spr<strong>in</strong>kles dur<strong>in</strong>g the ceremony.<br />

It re<strong>all</strong>y started to pour as the couple was tak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

their newlywed photos, but with a clear umbrella <strong>and</strong><br />

their talented photographer, P.J. from Fits <strong>and</strong> Stops<br />

Photography, they made the best of the situation <strong>and</strong><br />

got some <strong>in</strong>credibly romantic <strong>and</strong> epic shots.<br />

<strong>The</strong> couple wrote their own vows, <strong>and</strong> the wedd<strong>in</strong>g<br />

was sm<strong>all</strong> <strong>and</strong> full of family. Forrest’s brother acted as<br />

officiant, Michele’s mother had a moment to pray for<br />

their marriage, <strong>and</strong> their nieces <strong>and</strong> nephews <strong>all</strong> had<br />

special roles to play, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g walk<strong>in</strong>g the couple’s<br />

beloved French bulldogs down the aisle.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> sett<strong>in</strong>g, the view, the <strong>in</strong>timacy of our spot was<br />

unforgettable. I remember fight<strong>in</strong>g back tears try<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to read my vows. It was like time stood still. It was so<br />

beautiful,” Forrest says.<br />

Another (regrettably) unforgettable part of their<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g day was the fact that Forrest ended up with<br />

the flu. “Dur<strong>in</strong>g d<strong>in</strong>ner at the reception, we had to run<br />

up to the room he was feel<strong>in</strong>g so ill,” Michele says. “After<br />

about 10 m<strong>in</strong>utes of rest, he got up, put his vest back<br />

on <strong>and</strong> made his way back down to the reception. I<br />

was shocked <strong>and</strong> so <strong>in</strong>credibly thankful that he made<br />

it through the reception feel<strong>in</strong>g so sick for one simple<br />

reason: me.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> happy couple <strong>are</strong> look<strong>in</strong>g forward to do<strong>in</strong>g<br />

more travel<strong>in</strong>g together before start<strong>in</strong>g their own family<br />

<strong>and</strong> <strong>are</strong> enjoy<strong>in</strong>g day-to-day life with their partner<br />

(ra<strong>in</strong> or sh<strong>in</strong>e, <strong>in</strong> sickness <strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong> health). OO<br />

—Jennifer Resnicke<br />

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KRISTY & VINCE<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMES YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

<strong>The</strong>y say Disneyl<strong>and</strong> is the happiest place on earth,<br />

<strong>and</strong> for teachers Kristy <strong>and</strong> V<strong>in</strong>ce, that proved true<br />

after 10 years of dat<strong>in</strong>g. Thanks to a helpful friend <strong>and</strong><br />

a little Mickey magic, V<strong>in</strong>ce popped the question to<br />

Kristy <strong>in</strong> front of the park’s h<strong>all</strong>mark Sleep<strong>in</strong>g Beauty<br />

Castle. After ask<strong>in</strong>g a friend to secretly h<strong>and</strong> him the<br />

engagement r<strong>in</strong>g, V<strong>in</strong>ce found a Disney photographer<br />

<strong>and</strong> quickly told him what was about to happen. After<br />

Kristy said yes, the photographer took the two of them<br />

on a m<strong>in</strong>i photoshoot around the castle. “<strong>The</strong> rest of<br />

that day was just amaz<strong>in</strong>g,” says V<strong>in</strong>ce. “We were<br />

rid<strong>in</strong>g an emotional high while be<strong>in</strong>g at the happiest<br />

place on earth.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> two got married on a warm day <strong>in</strong> November,<br />

opt<strong>in</strong>g for an elegant w<strong>in</strong>ery celebration rather than a<br />

heavily decorated event h<strong>all</strong>. “I am such a m<strong>in</strong>imalist.<br />

I wanted to go for a simple <strong>and</strong> romantic look with<br />

a touch of color,” says Kristy. “I feel that sometimes<br />

hav<strong>in</strong>g less goes a long way.” <strong>The</strong> venue’s bocce b<strong>all</strong><br />

courts, rows of v<strong>in</strong>es <strong>and</strong> earthy shrubs <strong>and</strong> greenery<br />

provided the perfect backdrop for photos. “<strong>The</strong>y were<br />

<strong>all</strong> so good,” says Kristy. “I cry look<strong>in</strong>g back at <strong>all</strong> of<br />

them!”<br />

Dur<strong>in</strong>g the outdoor ceremony, the couple <strong>in</strong>corporated<br />

elements of Kristy’s Filip<strong>in</strong>o culture that spoke<br />

to the promises they were mak<strong>in</strong>g to each other. <strong>The</strong><br />

couple opted for a buffet-style d<strong>in</strong>ner after the vows<br />

as they wanted the guests to m<strong>in</strong>gle <strong>and</strong> be social—but<br />

then, it was right to danc<strong>in</strong>g. “Our reception was a big<br />

party thanks to our DJ do<strong>in</strong>g an awesome job with<br />

mix<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> old school hip hop, R&B <strong>and</strong> more recent<br />

hits of today,” says Kristy. “<strong>The</strong> dance floor was filled<br />

the entire night.”<br />

To keep the energy high, Kristy <strong>and</strong> V<strong>in</strong>ce tempted<br />

their guests with a sprawl<strong>in</strong>g dessert bar. In addition<br />

to featur<strong>in</strong>g a two-tiered cake (matcha raspberry <strong>and</strong><br />

coffee cake with caramel buttercream!), they also<br />

offered a c<strong>and</strong>y station <strong>and</strong> donut w<strong>all</strong> along with<br />

San Francisco-based It’s-It ice cream s<strong>and</strong>wiches, <strong>in</strong><br />

homage to their hometown.<br />

Though the celebration focused on fun, t<strong>here</strong> were<br />

plenty of touch<strong>in</strong>g moments between friends <strong>and</strong><br />

family <strong>throughout</strong> the day. Kristy had asked her dad<br />

if he wanted to make a sm<strong>all</strong> speech but thought he<br />

didn’t want to as English is his second language. But<br />

just before the wedd<strong>in</strong>g, Kristy heard her dad practic<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a speech while cook<strong>in</strong>g d<strong>in</strong>ner. At the reception,<br />

he surprised the couple by speak<strong>in</strong>g about how proud<br />

he was of Kristy <strong>and</strong> V<strong>in</strong>ce—<strong>and</strong> how hard he worked<br />

on practic<strong>in</strong>g the speech! “It was the best speech I’ve<br />

heard him say yet,” says Kristy. “He knew it would<br />

make me happy if he got up to say someth<strong>in</strong>g dur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

our big day.” OO<br />

—Suzie Dundas<br />

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—Kristy<br />

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STEPHANIE & KYLE<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KYLIE COMPTON AND LIZ KOSTON<br />

WITH LIZ KOSTON PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

Yurts, farm animals <strong>and</strong> rusty tractors: it may not<br />

sound like the perfect background for a wedd<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

but after a quick look at Steph <strong>and</strong> Kyle’s wedd<strong>in</strong>g<br />

photos, just about anyone would be dream<strong>in</strong>g of a<br />

farm wedd<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Steph <strong>and</strong> Kyle, who met when they were both<br />

<strong>in</strong> the same bridal party years earlier, <strong>in</strong>stantly felt<br />

a connection with their venue, Full Belly Farm. “We<br />

knew we wanted to get married outdoors among<br />

trees,” says Steph. “Full Belly Farm has a beautiful,<br />

work<strong>in</strong>g walnut orchard that they <strong>all</strong>ow couples to<br />

get married <strong>in</strong>.” <strong>The</strong> two held their wedd<strong>in</strong>g t<strong>here</strong> <strong>in</strong><br />

September, surrounded by lush greenery <strong>and</strong> orangey,<br />

earthy-colored flower arrangements.<br />

After the ceremony, the couple spent 10 m<strong>in</strong>utes<br />

alone together, which was someth<strong>in</strong>g their officiant<br />

<strong>in</strong>sisted they do before the vows, as well. “It was such<br />

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Our officiant <strong>in</strong>sisted that<br />

we spend the 10 m<strong>in</strong>utes before <strong>and</strong><br />

after the ceremony together, alone. It<br />

was such a center<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> ground<strong>in</strong>g<br />

th<strong>in</strong>g. With <strong>all</strong> of the chaos of the<br />

day <strong>and</strong> stress lead<strong>in</strong>g up to it, it was<br />

wonderful just to be together <strong>and</strong><br />

focus on one another.<br />

—Steph<br />

a center<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> ground<strong>in</strong>g th<strong>in</strong>g,” says Steph. “With<br />

<strong>all</strong> of the chaos of the day <strong>and</strong> stress lead<strong>in</strong>g up to<br />

it, it was wonderful just to be together <strong>and</strong> focus on<br />

one another.”<br />

After enjoy<strong>in</strong>g the moment together, the couple<br />

took photos <strong>throughout</strong> the property’s orchards <strong>and</strong><br />

natural sett<strong>in</strong>gs before mov<strong>in</strong>g the celebration closer<br />

to the farm’s rustic-modern barn. <strong>The</strong>y chose to keep<br />

the décor outdoorsy <strong>and</strong> straightforward, dress<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

family-style tables with greenery <strong>and</strong> fresh fruit. “We<br />

wanted to highlight <strong>and</strong> celebrate everyth<strong>in</strong>g about<br />

the farm,” says Steph. “We didn’t want anyth<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

feel stuffy or formal.”<br />

Both Steph <strong>and</strong> Kyle value try<strong>in</strong>g to keep it local<br />

when it comes to food, so they extended that to their<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g guests on their big day. “<strong>The</strong> majority of the<br />

food was grown at the farm or nearby. Everyth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

was cooked <strong>in</strong> their kitchen,” says Steph. <strong>The</strong> venue<br />

even made the desserts for the celebration, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

pumpk<strong>in</strong>, peach <strong>and</strong> apple pies, <strong>all</strong> of which were<br />

made from fruit grown on the farm.<br />

<strong>The</strong> dance party lasted well past sunset, with a<br />

few guests choos<strong>in</strong>g to camp out at the farm. Steph<br />

<strong>and</strong> Kyle stayed <strong>in</strong> a luxury yurt, though most guests<br />

stayed off-property <strong>and</strong> took the shuttle bus provided<br />

by the couple. Steph says that if she had to do it <strong>all</strong> over<br />

aga<strong>in</strong>, she’d encourage more guests to pitch a tent for<br />

the even<strong>in</strong>g so the after party could go on a bit longer.<br />

She says that although she was a bit sad when the<br />

celebration ended, the day was just what they wanted.<br />

“We rem<strong>in</strong>ded ourselves that the wedd<strong>in</strong>g was about<br />

celebrat<strong>in</strong>g our com<strong>in</strong>g together <strong>in</strong> marriage,” she<br />

says. “Not just about throw<strong>in</strong>g a big party!” OO<br />

—Suzie Dundas<br />

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FLORAL DESIGNER<br />

Strelitzia Flower Company<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>gsbystrelitzia.com<br />

See ad on page 97<br />

DESSERTS<br />

Frank Vilt’s Cakes<br />

frankviltscakes.com<br />

See ad on page 209<br />

FARM TABLE RENTALS<br />

Stevenz Company<br />

stevenzcompany.com<br />

See ad on page 211<br />

SELECT RENTALS<br />

St<strong>and</strong>ard Party Rentals<br />

st<strong>and</strong>ardpartyrentals.com<br />

See ad on page 72<br />

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONALS<br />

VENUE: <strong>The</strong> Maples <strong><strong>Wedd<strong>in</strong>g</strong>s</strong> & Events / VIDEOGRAPHER:<br />

Phillip Alan Films / GROOM’S ATTIRE: Indoch<strong>in</strong>o /<br />

GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE: <strong>The</strong> Black Tux / SELECT PAPERIE:<br />

M<strong>in</strong>ted <strong>and</strong> Paper & Peonies / CATERER: Beth Sogaard<br />

Cater<strong>in</strong>g / DJ: DeBorba Events / TRANSPORTATION: MGM<br />

Transportation / PHOTO BOOTH: Giggle & Riot Funbooths<br />

/ LINEN RENTALS: La Tavola F<strong>in</strong>e L<strong>in</strong>en Rental / for<br />

additional details, visit realwedd<strong>in</strong>gsmag.com/<br />

realwedd<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>and</strong> click on the couple’s wedd<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

MARIE & MICHAEL<br />

pages 126-127<br />

PHOTOGRAPHER<br />

Andrew & Melanie Photography<br />

<strong>and</strong>rew<strong>and</strong>melanie.com<br />

See ad on page 24<br />

WEDDING PLANNER<br />

AND EVENT DESIGNER<br />

Jenn Robirds Events<br />

jennrobirdsevents.com<br />

See ad on page 217<br />

RECEPTION SITE<br />

<strong>The</strong> Willow B<strong>all</strong>room <strong>and</strong> Event Center<br />

thewillowb<strong>all</strong>room.com<br />

See ad on page 121<br />

SELECT RENTALS<br />

Celebrations! Party Rentals <strong>and</strong> Tents<br />

celebrationspartyrentals.com<br />

See ad on page 7<br />

SELECT RENTALS<br />

Forever V<strong>in</strong>tage Rentals<br />

foreverv<strong>in</strong>tagerentals.com<br />

See ad on page 219<br />

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONALS<br />

CEREMONY SITE: Good Shepherd Catholic Church /<br />

VIDEOGRAPHER: Love Unique Studios / BRIDE’S HAIR<br />

ARTIST: DryBar / BRIDE’S AND BRIDESMAIDS’ HAIR AND<br />

MAKEUP ARTIST: MM Beauty / BRIDE’S ATTIRE: Miosa<br />

Bride / BRIDESMAIDS’ ATTIRE: RenzRags / GROOM’S<br />

ATTIRE: R. Douglas Custom Clothier / GROOMSMEN’S<br />

ATTIRE: Men’s Wearhouse / SELECT PAPERIE: M<strong>in</strong>ted<br />

<strong>and</strong> Ashley Baumgartner <strong>Wedd<strong>in</strong>g</strong> Photography &<br />

C<strong>all</strong>igraphy / FLORAL DESIGNER: <strong>The</strong> Posh Posey /<br />

CATERER: Farm to Table Cater<strong>in</strong>g / CAKE: Freeport Bakery<br />

/ DESSERTS: Cannolis by Vita Sarg<strong>in</strong>son / DJ: Function<br />

45 / LINEN RENTALS: La Tavola F<strong>in</strong>e L<strong>in</strong>en Rental / for<br />

additional details, visit realwedd<strong>in</strong>gsmag.com/<br />

realwedd<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>and</strong> click on the couple’s wedd<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

SHELLY & SAULAR<br />

pages 128-129<br />

VENUE AND CATERER<br />

Orchard Creek Lodge<br />

orchardcreeklodge.com<br />

See ad on page 44<br />

PHOTOGRAPHER<br />

Chuck Roberts Photography<br />

chuckrobertsphoto.com<br />

See ad on page 220<br />

BRIDE’S ATTIRE<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bridal Box<br />

thebridalbox.net<br />

See ad on page 70<br />

DJ<br />

Creative Memories Enterta<strong>in</strong>ment<br />

creativememoriesdj.com<br />

See ad on page 219<br />

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONALS<br />

BRIDE’S AND BRIDESMAIDS’ HAIR AND MAKEUP<br />

ARTIST: Michele DeeAnn Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist /<br />

BRIDESMAIDS’ ATTIRE: David’s Bridal / GROOM’S AND<br />

GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE: Men’s Wearhouse / FLORAL<br />

DESIGNER: Ambience Floral Design & Gifts / CAKE<br />

DESIGNER: Div<strong>in</strong>e Desserts / TRANSPORTATION: Galaxy<br />

Limous<strong>in</strong>e & Sedan Services / LINEN RENTALS: Mimi & Co.<br />

/ for additional details, visit realwedd<strong>in</strong>gsmag.<br />

com/realwedd<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>and</strong> click on the couple’s<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

ALEX & MICHAEL<br />

pages 130-131<br />

PHOTOGRAPHER<br />

Charleton Churchill Photography<br />

charletonchurchill.com<br />

See ad on page 26<br />

SELECT RENTALS<br />

Celebrations! Party Rentals <strong>and</strong> Tents<br />

celebrationspartyrentals.com<br />

See ad on page 7<br />

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONALS<br />

VENUE, CATERER AND CAKE: West Shore Cafe<br />

/ CEREMONY MUSICIANS: Brian Hess & B<strong>and</strong> /<br />

VIDEOGRAPHER: Chair 7 Films / WEDDING PLANNER<br />

AND EVENT DESIGNER: Sikora Events / BRIDE’S HAIR<br />

AND MAKEUP ARTIST: Greco Rose Beauty / BRIDE’S<br />

ATTIRE: Nordstrom / GROOM’S ATTIRE: <strong>The</strong> Black Tux<br />

/ FLORAL DESIGNER AND SELECT PAPERIE: Natasha<br />

Kolenco / SELECT PAPERIE AND FAVOR BOXES: Fete<br />

<strong>and</strong> Quill / FAVORS: Rebel Pioneer Bakery / SELECT<br />

RENTALS: <strong>The</strong>oni Collection / LINEN RENTALS: La<br />

Tavola F<strong>in</strong>e L<strong>in</strong>en Rental / for additional details, visit<br />

realwedd<strong>in</strong>gsmag.com/realwedd<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>and</strong> click<br />

on the couple’s wedd<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

KRYSTAL & DYLAN<br />

pages 132-133<br />

PHOTOGRAPHER<br />

Danielle Alysse Photography<br />

daniellealysse.com<br />

See ad on page 219<br />

GROOM’S AND GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE<br />

Tuxedo Den<br />

tuxedoden.com<br />

See ad on page 58<br />

FLORAL DESIGNER<br />

Morn<strong>in</strong>gside Florist<br />

morn<strong>in</strong>gsideflorist.com<br />

See ad on page 201<br />

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONALS<br />

VENUE: <strong>The</strong> Heirloom Inn / BRIDE’S AND BRIDESMAIDS’<br />

HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTIST: Elizabeth Doutherd / Blow<br />

Me Away / BRIDE’S ATTIRE: Miosa Bride / BRIDESMAIDS’<br />

ATTIRE: David’s Bridal / PAPERIE: Shop Arte Papery,<br />

Big Day Pr<strong>in</strong>ts, <strong>The</strong> Rusty W<strong>in</strong>dmill <strong>and</strong> Bailey <strong>and</strong><br />

Beau Paper Company / CATERER: MotherLode Deli &<br />

Cater<strong>in</strong>g / CAKE: Sugar Sweetery / DJ: Epic Events / for<br />

additional details, visit realwedd<strong>in</strong>gsmag.com/<br />

realwedd<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>and</strong> click on the couple’s wedd<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

ERICA & NICHOLAS<br />

pages 134-135<br />

VENUE<br />

<strong>The</strong> Barn at Second W<strong>in</strong>d<br />

thebarnatsecondw<strong>in</strong>d.com<br />

See ad on page 220<br />

PHOTOGRAPHER<br />

Factory 404 Company<br />

factory404company.com<br />

See ad on page 220<br />

EVENT DESIGNER AND RENTALS<br />

Gett<strong>in</strong>g Hitched Design + Rentals<br />

gett<strong>in</strong>ghitchedrentals.com<br />

See ad on page 217<br />

BRIDE’S ATTIRE<br />

Second Summer Bride<br />

secondsummerbridesacramento.com<br />

See ad on pages 2 & 3<br />

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONALS<br />

BRIDE’S AND BRIDESMAIDS’ HAIR ARTIST: Reilly<br />

O’Donnell / Local Girl Studio / BRIDE’S AND<br />

BRIDESMAIDS’ MAKEUP ARTIST: Conni M<strong>are</strong>e /<br />

BRIDESMAIDS’ ATTIRE: Birdy Grey / GROOM’S AND<br />

GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE: Men’s Wearhouse / PAPERIE:<br />

Shutterfly / FLORAL DESIGNER: Garden Wishes /<br />

CATERER: Gourmet Garage / CAKE: Cupcake Crav<strong>in</strong>g / DJ:<br />

DNF Elite Enterta<strong>in</strong>ment / for additional details, visit<br />

realwedd<strong>in</strong>gsmag.com/realwedd<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>and</strong> click<br />

on the couple’s wedd<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

LARA & PRESTON<br />

pages 136-137<br />

PHOTOGRAPHER<br />

Dee & Kris Photography<br />

dee<strong>and</strong>krisphotography.com<br />

See ad on page 219<br />

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONALS<br />

VENUE: Big Star Ranch / BRIDE’S AND BRIDESMAIDS’<br />

MAKEUP ARTIST: Ashley Dymond Hair <strong>and</strong> Makeup /<br />

BRIDE’S ATTIRE: Bride to Be Couture / BRIDESMAIDS’<br />

ATTIRE: Baltic Born / GROOM’S ATTIRE: R. Douglas<br />

Custom Clothier / GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE: Men’s<br />

Wearhouse / PAPERIE: M<strong>in</strong>ted / FLORAL DESIGNER:<br />

L<strong>in</strong>coln Florist <strong>and</strong> Gifts / CATERER: Addy’s Paella /<br />

CAKE AND DESSERTS: Tam’s Sweet Stuff / MOBILE<br />

BAR: <strong>The</strong> Horseshoe Bar / DJ: MR DJ Event Services<br />

/ RENTALS: Delta Restaurant Supply & Party Rentals<br />

/ BATHROOM RENTALS: Executive Washrooms / for<br />

additional details, visit realwedd<strong>in</strong>gsmag.<br />

com/realwedd<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>and</strong> click on the couple’s<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

MARISSA & JONATHAN<br />

pages 138-139<br />

PHOTOGRAPHER<br />

JB <strong>Wedd<strong>in</strong>g</strong> Photography<br />

jbwedd<strong>in</strong>gphoto.com<br />

See ad on page 95<br />

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONALS<br />

VENUE AND CATERER: Woodcreek Oaks Golf Club<br />

/ VIDEOGRAPHER: Ivy + Wild Films / BRIDE’S AND<br />

BRIDESMAIDS’ HAIR ARTIST: M<strong>all</strong>ory Smith / BRIDE’S<br />

AND BRIDESMAIDS’ MAKEUP ARTIST: Megan Soto /<br />

BRIDE’S AND BRIDESMAIDS’ ATTIRE: David’s Bridal /<br />

GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE: Men’s Wearhouse / FLORAL<br />

DESIGNER: Laurel & Fig / CAKE: Cakes by K<strong>are</strong>n /<br />

CUSTOM COOKIES: Vanessa Boorman / DJ: Mike Watson<br />

/ for additional details, visit realwedd<strong>in</strong>gsmag.<br />

com/realwedd<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>and</strong> click on the couple’s<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

KRISTINA & RUSSELL<br />

pages 140-141<br />

PHOTOGRAPHER AND PHOTO BOOTH<br />

Image Society<br />

imagesocietysac.com<br />

See ad on page 12<br />

CATERER<br />

Ludy’s Cater<strong>in</strong>g<br />

ludyscater<strong>in</strong>g.com<br />

See ad on page 118<br />

CEREMONY CHAIR RENTALS<br />

Celebrations! Party Rentals <strong>and</strong> Tents<br />

celebrationspartyrentals.com<br />

See ad on page 7<br />

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONALS<br />

CEREMONY SITE: Crocker Art Museum / OFFICIANT:<br />

Pastor Darrell Robbson / CEREMONY MUSICIAN:<br />

Mike Lockley / VIDEOGRAPHER: Olivia Estrada /<br />

EVENT DESIGNER, RECEPTION FLORAL DESIGNER,<br />

RENTALS AND DÉCOR: Courtney’s Creations & Events<br />