Real Wedding~ Ali & Edgar

Married October 7, 2017 

When Alexandra got up and went to work one morning, she never thought that it would be the day she met the love of her life. Edgar, a patient at the medical office Alexandra worked at, finally built the courage up to ask Alexandra out after seeing her through multiple office visits. A rendezvous over coffee and bowling led to their inseparable relationship.

After their 2014 engagement, Alexandra and her mother worked closely together on all of the details. Incorporating color was important to Alexandra. Vibrant Mexican Maracas were selected as the wedding favors and Alexandra found the colors of them inspirational for the wedding décor.

“Edgar and I really wanted my dad and brother’s trade of welding to make a lasting impression on our special day,” says Alexandra. “We asked them to build a large metal ring that we would have covered in flowers for the altar which we then had staged behind us for the reception.”

On a Fall afternoon, under a sunlit sky, Edgar gazed with emotion as Alexandra walked down the aisle in a stunning Maggie Sottero strapless ballgown. They said their “I Do’s” in front of their closest friends and family followed by celebrations on the  grounds at Pageo Lavender Farm.

“As we look back on such a beautiful day, we also want to pay respects to my Grandma Francis Chapa who was not able to make it to our wedding, Says Alexandra. “She passed away a couple days later while we were Honeymooning in Maui. Edgar and I hope we may continue to love one another in marital bliss like my grandparents had for over 60 years.”

Images:Ashley Purple

Venue: Pageo Lavender Farm

Turlock, CA 

Bride’s attire: Maggie Sottero, Gesinee’s Bridal 

Wedding party dresses:

Groom’s attire: Rossini’s Formal Wear

Entertainment: World Premiere Agency LLC

Photo booth: The Platinum Photo Booth

Specialty rentals: Extreme Party Rental and William’s Party Rentals

Florist: The Flowery

Caterer: La Morenita


Officiant: Chris Theilen, Personal Weddings

Hair stylist: Allayna Fulgham, Exclusive Salon

Make up: Cindi Sterling

Videography: Preserve Studio

Cake: Sunrise Bakery

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Real Wedding~Jessica & Thomas

Married June 10, 2017


“Thomas and I agreed from the beginning that this was our day,” explains Jessica. “We didn’t want high expectations to interrupt our joy and excitement surrounding our wedding.” Finding a venue to match their taste was quickly becoming a challenge for the couple. After several visits to various locations, Thomas mentioned to Jessica that a friend’s ranch might be the perfect spot, and it was. “I could immediately picture having all of our family and friends there and knew that it wouldn’t take much to transform the place into our perfect reception venue.”

A cathedral in the forest created by Redwoods, and a glowing canopy of strung lights, allowed the couple to create a romantic backdrop for their closest friends and family to celebrate.Farm tables blanketed with olive leaf garland, handmade by friends the morning of the wedding, paired with beguiling tin can floral arrangements reflected the couple’s desire. “We received so many compliments on how we decorated and how perfect it reflected our style.” 

Images: Ashley Purple Photography

Ceremony: Morris Chapel, Stockton, CA

Reception: Private Residence

Bride’s attire: Watters, Mira Bridal Couture

Bride’s ring: Brilliant Earth and Roger’s Jewelers

Groom’s ring: Heirloom of Thomas’s Grandfather

Entertainment: Sound Express

Caterer: L & M Blodgett Catering

Farm table rentals: Standard Party Rentals

Florist: The Flower Basket

Cake: Sweet Saneets

Alterations: Sewing and More

Make up: Blissful Beauty by Kendra

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You’re Engaged!

Things to Do as Soon as You Get Engaged!

This is the moment you’ve been waiting for. Holy moley, you have an engagement ring and you’re getting married! It’s so surreal, yet definitely happening, and like it or not, the hours, days, and weeks following that proposal are guaranteed to be a whirlwind.

There are so many things to think about, so many people to contact and so much to get done. Don’t be overwhelmed. You have plenty of time to plan the rest of your lives but if you’re like most newly engaged people, you’ll be itching to share the news with all your friends and dive into the actual wedding planning part headfirst.

Pinterest boards, bridal magazines, blogs, dress shopping, venue hunting…the list goes on and on. Years of watching wedding movies couldn’t have prepared you for what’s to come (trust us, it’s totally different). While the average engagement lasts a year to a year-and-a-half, there are certain things you’ll want to get done stat — no matter how long you plan on being a fiancé.

So where do you get started? There’s no strict order to follow as long as you tackle the immediate to-dos. Committing the rest of your life to the love of your life is scary and amazing and the best kind of stress, however, it’s a major, major milestone, and planning a wedding together is the icing on the cake — we promise!


And your siblings and BFFs too (unless you are keeping your engagement under wraps for a while). The last place they should have to hear about your new status is on social media, so give them a ring personally and tell them the happy news. Chances are, mom and dad already know what’s up and have been waiting by the phone patiently for your call.


Your hands will be in the spotlight for the next couple of weeks, which means your manicure best be on fleek. Or, if you’re going for the natural look, make sure your nails are clean and shaped. Otherwise, friends will be focusing more on your chipped nail polish than your gorgeous engagement ring. Not cool.


A picture is worth a thousand words, right? If you’re ready to share with the world that you’re engaged, open up that Instagram! Take a ring selfie or a sweet pic of you and your fiancé to share the love. Even better—if the actual proposal was caught on film, nothing is better than that look of surprise. And don’t forget to make it Facebook official!

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Real Wedding~Kristen & Tyler

Married August 26, 2017 
Kristen and Tyler dated throughout their senior year of high school, but as the school year neared its end reality set in as the school year neared the end that Kristen would be moving to San Francisco for college. Tyler had plans to play baseball for Fresno State. Even though their short-term plans had them living miles apart, they never doubted the strength of their relationship and knew that their future was together.

“The summer before starting college Tyler mentioned over ice cream, ‘We should get married after college.’ I think I laughed, kissed him, and kept eating my ice cream-cone,” explains Kristen. “Tyler has always been a man of his word, and I don’t know why I didn’t think twice about that comment. The rocky road must have been distracting me. Only two months after his college graduation he popped the question. The 26th of August 2017 our vows and some lip-locking was exchanged and we officially became Mr. and Mrs. Bettencourt!”
Kristen, in marketing as a Social Media Influencer, Tyler, now a Personal Trainer and Physical Therapy Aid, chose to keep their ceremony and reception close to home. Their source of inspiration came from their hometown church in Patterson, CA.

“I always pictured a bed of white florals at Mary’s feet and taking a moment to pray with my husband before the conclusion of our ceremony and beginning our new life together.”

“The color white is a symbol of purity, as well as respect and reverence, which are traits we want to carry with us into our marriage,” says Kristen. “The most important aspect of our wedding was promising our lives to each other in front of all our loved ones, but most importantly in front of God. When I learned green symbolizes renewal and promise of new life the vision for our wedding florals came easily. It had to be all white florals with overflowing romantic greenery.” Old world elegance with a modern twist seemed fitting for the couple. “Tyler and I are pretty traditional, “yet we’re 25 and youthful.” Kristen selected stylish floor length bridesmaid’s dresses in black by Calvin Klein for her fun-loving bridesmaids. Tyler, alongside his eight groomsmen, stuck to time-honored elegance with black Vera Wang tuxedos.  
The wedding party’s style coupled with soft gold details throughout The Century would embrace a balance of the vintage architecture and furniture the pair selected.

“Exposed brick, and wooden elements throughout the reception such as our rectangular farm tables and arbor above our sweet heart table brought the natural look we desired,” explains Kristen. “The mix of elegant florals, luxurious ivory linens, and creamy candle light painted the perfect picture in order to transport our guests into a romantic wonderland.”

“Tyler and I really wanted to add fun personal details sprinkled throughout our wedding and bring forward our culture and youthful side,” explains Kristen. ‘We figured everyone loves social media and will be sharing the wonderful moments throughout the night, so we had an illustration made of us as bride and groom and placed on a Snapchat filter for our guests.”

“We wanted our favors to truly express Tyler and me. Tyler’s culture is Portuguese, mine is Mexican,” explains Kristen. “We wanted everyone to have a taste of our culture by trying our favorite signature cookies in custom favor boxes, paired with our favorite coffee beans from our bay area coffee house, Philz.” 

Celebrations continued into the evening with a late night self-serve S’mores bar, The Platinum Photo Booth set-up with black and white photos for the guests, and glow sticks lighting up the room as Kristen and Tyler’s closest friends and family joined them on the dance floor. Making a sparkling exit, the couple kissed under the glimmer. Kristen expressed, “it was the perfect kiss goodnight to our wedding day!”

Images: Lucy Munoz Photography

Ceremony: Sacred Heart Catholic Church 

Reception: The Century, Modesto, CA  

Bride’s attire: Maggie Sottero, Mira Bridal Couture

Groom’s attire: Vera Wang, Men’s Wearhouse

Rings: Ciccarelli JewelersModesto, CA

Entertainment: Sounds in Motion

Caterer: Food Fix

Ceremony florist: Star Events

Reception florist: Bloom Room

Décor, cake, and s’mores bar: The Century

Alterations: Sewing and More

Photo booth: The Platinum Photo Booth

Videography: Anchor & Light Films

Invitations: Lace and Lettering

Bartenders: Mobile Mixologist

Hair stylist: Olivia Bettencourt, Just Teasin’ Salon

Make up: Daniela Pacheco

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Fairytale Bride

Top Designers Give Their Renditions of the Ideal

Wedding Attire For Princess To Be Meghan Markle

Ask anyone today who the “luckiest girl in the world” is and hands down you’ll hear MEGHAN MARKLE!  The fairy tale dream of marrying her prince charming has come true for this lucky lady, literally!  Now that it is official, Meghan will soon be on the royal hunt to find the perfect wedding dress, which will sure become as iconic as she and Harry’s royal union!  Designers around the world will be making submissions no doubt but here are some tantalizing renditions from world re-known couture and bridal designers.


Created in a mermaid handmade embroidered french lace gown with a detachable over-skirt in silk organza and lace , giving at the entrance a very important and classic gown effect – the “wow” effect. The neckline calls upon the English monarch costume of a veiled yet elegant décolleté. The back of the dress has a modern and sensual detail “O” cut, which represents the regal spouse who is paying respect to Royal Family’s rules without missing her independent personality.  The classic 5mt length veil is made of refined lace embroideries, the same to the dress.


A structured bodice and round skirt bridal gown made of silk taffeta; hand embroidered with silk thread, pearls and Swarovski crystals.


Sensual and feminine, modern and trendy, created in a delicate powder pink tones, with a special and precious lace embroidery, and the 3D effect of fringed at the bottom of the skirt is made from the special crystal lace.


Made of French tulle; hand embroidered with varied sizes pearls, organza petals and Swarovski crystals creating a “water drop” effect; the veil is also hand embroidered with pearls, Swarovski crystals and organza petals creating delicate flowers.


From the Berta “Seville” collection is where ethereal meets romance. A silhouette hugging style with touches of soft details, including a light, whispy hand crafted cape.


From the Berta Spring 2018 “Seville” collection is the true definition of beauty. A jaw dropping plunging neckline featuring a stunning voluminous skirt.


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