Monumental Matrimony

The Century, located in downtown Modesto, will be hosting wedding ceremonies from 10:00am until 7:00pm on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018. Providing each couple a 45 minute slot to exchange vows and enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne (or sparkling cider) with their guests. The Century will also provide the officiant to make the vows official and provide a photographer to document this special day for each set of love birds. A private online gallery of your wedding photos will be provided within 48 hours.

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Real Wedding ~ Vanessa & Dorian

Married September 24, 2016

“We are both central valley kids who met in September of 2008 while we were away at college  in Santa Barbara,” says Vanessa. Vanessa’s college roommate and close friend was also a high school friend of Dorian’s. A FaceBook friend request led to posts that included their friends’ mini feeds, which led to texting.

Although they frequently hung out in social settings, Vanessa had turned down several of Dorian’s date requests. He finally lured her in with a bet, “I can get us a free pizza and pitcher of beer – it’s not a ‘date’ if I don’t spend money,” he said. Unable to resist a challenge and her favorite food and booze, she agreed. Not knowing that he had brought her to a spot where he had once worked, they walked in to  free pizza and pitcher of beer. After a second pitcher and some arcade gaming fun, he thanked her for finally going on a “date” with him.

After eight years of dating, the couple wed September 24, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oakdale, CA. Followed by an elegant outdoor reception on a private residence. “It was a truly special time for us,” said Vanessa. “As if it couldn’t get any better, we found out a month after our wedding that we were pregnant.”

A huge congratulations to Vanessa and Dorian as they welcomed their daughter, Stella Rae, on June 12, 2017.

“The specialty linen was key because it is aesthetically dominating to the eye, and was the “dress” of our party,” says Vanessa. “Alternating linen made a profound statement by mixing and matching thick, cream and tan stripes for the square tables and a classic elegant floral on the round.”

“The “must-haves” and inspiration all started with the tenting and draping, the alternating of round and square tables and chandeliers with amber up-lights in order to create a warm and love-filled ambiance. “A timeless elegance could only be achieved with neutral colors”, explains Vanessa. “So creams and tans with gold accents were the appropriate color fit.”

Vanessa selected a Lazaro ivory crystal embroidered bridal slip gown, highlighting a deep V neckline on the front and back. A delicately beaded bodice lined with beaded trim paired perfectly with her wedding inspiration. Vanessa paired a cathedral Alencon lace veil to compliment her sweep train.

“Ultimately, the day was my Pinterest board dream come true,” explains Vanessa. “Personal details such as in the “ForeverLASSOed” hashtag, photo booth logo, place cards, personally made table numbers, and custom hotel totes that included snacks and special wedding favors were a must. It was the only way to personalize the day in a way that was special to both of us.”

 

Images: Miller Photography   /   Ceremony and reception: Private Residence   /   Bride’s attire: Lazaro   /   Wedding party attire: WeddingtonWay.com   /   Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse    /   Rings: The Vault Fine Jewelers   /   Cake: Moss Rose Bakery   /   Florist: A Touche of Flowers    /   Entertainment: Sounds in Motion    /   Videography: Auteur Weddings   /   Photo booth: The Platinum Photo Booth   /   Stationery: Minted.com    /   Specialty rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Real Wedding ~ Rebecca & Adam

Married September 24, 2016     

After months of house shopping, Rebecca and Adam decided to drive by one of Rebecca’s favorite homes on the market. As they pulled up, Rebecca was heartbroken to see the house had a “Sale Pending” sign. Adam convinced Rebecca to take one last look, just in case. Rebecca walked in and was immediately greeted by two banners. “Welcome Home,” and “The Schott’s”.

She turned to find Adam on bended knee. During his heartfelt proposal, Adam told Rebecca a story she had never heard. Days before Rebecca’s father had passed away, Adam asked for her father’s blessing. A year later, he decided to purchase the house of her dreams as a surprise. Rebecca was overwhelmed with joy.

Planning kicked in immediately with help from Rebecca and Adam’s mothers. “I went to a bridal store in Campbell, CA and thought I found my dream dress. It was the third dress I tried on, explains Rebecca.” “When we went back three months later to pick it up. I put it on and I just felt so upset. It wasn’t my dress. My mom knew something was wrong and told me we would find the right wedding gown. The next day we made an appointment at Mira Bridal Couture and I found my dream dress within minutes. It was the most beautiful dress I’d ever seen and I felt like Cinderella in it. I still am so in love with it! Mira saved my wedding.” From that point on, all if the wedding planing was simple.

For their wedding venue, Rebecca and Adam booked the Galas Barn in Oakdale, CA.  Shades of lavender were selected for the bridesmaids and blush pink and ivory for the floral arrangements. “I have simple and clean taste which played a big role in my decorating and I wanted the least amount of clutter as possible,” says Rebecca. Simplicity was key. “Our wedding was perfect and exactly how we wanted it to be. It truly was the best night ever.”

Images: Ashley Crook Photography   /   Bride’s attire: Essense of Australia from Mira Bridal Couture   /   Bridesmaids attire: Bill Levkoff   /   Groom’s attire: Vito’s Tuxedos   /   Florist: Country Shelf Floral   /   Entertainment: DJ Rod Riley   /   Videographer: White Raven   /   Rings: Rogers Jewelers   /   Caterer: La Huerta Vieja   /   Photo booth: Treadwell Photo Booth   /   Cake: Dawn Hamman   /   Stationery: Dainty Arrow Designs

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Real Wedding ~ Deidre & Darren

Married June 3, 2017

Deidre and Darren might have first locked eyes at Kohl’s, where the two worked in 2012, but it was their flirtatious chemistry that sealed the deal. “It was always endless laughs, flirting, and deep conversations,” explains Deidre.

When the Sonora couple decided to wed, they immediately knew Deidre’s grandparent’s property in Jamestown would be the perfect venue. Deidre loved the natural beauty of the property and wanted to select colors and decor that would not interrupt the allure of the scenery.

The bridesmaids wore navy blue chiffon and strands of garland and wreaths set the table. The couple had support from friends and family while planning their wedding and looking back couldn’t be more grateful. “It was perfect,” expressed Deidre. “It was a heartfelt day full of many emotions.”

Images: Jennifer Rapoza Photography   /   Bride’s attire: Willowby by Watters from Mira Bridal Couture   /    Groom’s attire: Let ‘Er Buck   /   Rings: Roger’s Jewelers   /   Entertainment: Sound Extreme Production   /   Stationery: MagnetStreet.com   /   Florist: Sweet Lilacs   /   Alterations: Sewing & More

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