Monthly archives: January 2014

Alicia & Lena Wheeler

Married November 12, 2013

Lena + Alicia WeddingPlanning a wedding involves months (sometimes years) of endless details, pressing deadlines, family drama and—far too often—enough stress to make you just want to elope. Not for Alicia and Lena. Following an 8 year courtship, Alicia and Lena decided on 11-12-13, giving them just eight days to plan their nuptials.Lena + Alicia Wedding
Lena easily recalls sitting at lunch on November 4th and begging Alicia to elope, tossing her destination ideas, locations, painting extravagant pictures of what their honeymoon would look like if they just “bagged the whole wedding ordeal.” No matter what she said, she could not convince Alicia to buy into her intricate vision. Alicia could not carry out such an important moment without her friends and family. Lena’s strong spontaneous streak and an irresistible impulsive nature, alongside her obsession with unique number combinations, made the date 11-12-13 an obvious choice and Lena declared to Alicia that this had to be the date. A compromise was reached and with the generous help of a close circle of friends the wedding date set and preparations put in motion.
Planning for Alicia was difficult because she had a full work schedule during the week of all the decisions being made.  Lena took care of all the details and made every difficult decision. Concetta was Lena’s very first stop, as nothing is more important to the couple than food and wine.   They were thrilled that Paul Tremayne agreed to host the reception at Concetta, as it is their absolute favorite spot to dine in Modesto.  Their close friend Tiffani helped Alicia pick out her dress and had it altered 4 days before the wedding.
“My hair and makeup were done that morning and all I had left to do was slip into my dress and show up,” explained Alicia.  More of their close-knit friends, Julie, Marci, and Scott, arranged the set-up of the ceremony site, complete with a champagne station while Shannon, Diane, and Rachel arranged flowers in antique milk bottles, strung white lights, and hung pennants at Concetta.Lena + Alicia WeddingLena arrived as everyone would have expected, a few minutes late and riding across Kewin Park on her cruiser bike with their two dogs, Porter and Pippa, trotting by her side.  Friends and family immediately burst out in cheers as she took her place adjacent to their friend and Minister, Kate Trompetter.Lena + Alicia WeddingAs Alicia made her way down the long staircase escorted by her parents, the group circled around the altar and joined Lena in drying tears of joy.  “My bride, Alicia, was beyond breathtaking and our nuptials unfolded exactly how I hoped they would.”  Lena looks back at the eight-day planning process and references the 1991 American comedy “Father of the Bride.”  “At one point or another, I identified with each character in the film but mostly, I identified with George Banks.  I did my fair share of complaining about the mounting cost of everything and wasted a lot of time wondering why in the heck we couldn’t just elope.”Lena + Alicia WeddingLena shares her thoughts for other newly engaged couples going through the motions of planning their special day. “Get married.  Get married in the company of your family members who may or may not be around next year.  Get married and gather your friends around you.  Their presence will strengthen your union and deepen your bond.  They will rally around you and do things that make you wonder what amount of good you ever did in this life to be so incredibly lucky.”

Resources

Photography::Alison Yin Photography

Ceremony Location::Kewin Park, Modesto, CA

Reception Location::Concetta, Modesto, CA

Bridal Gown::Alfred Angelo

Rings::Platinum Diamond Band by Ivan Gems
Vintage Signet Ring by Fluer de Lis

Florist::Janet’s Flower ‘s

Catering::Paul Tremayne of Concetta

Sounds System::Russell Irwin

Cinematography::El Nido Cinematography

Wedding Cupcakes::Frost

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Laken & Nelson Furtado

Married July 20, 2013

BrideandGroom-106Laken and Nelson met in the fall of 2006 through mutual friends. They were very good friends until Thanksgiving 2009 when Nelson declared his love for Laken and the romance began.
Planning a wedding with a guest list of over 300 wasn’t as stressful as Laken thought it would be.  Fiore Event Design helped and did so much, especially with all the little details that are often overlooked.  The couple told them their tastes, what they liked and didn’t like, and the team at Fiore Event Design would present ideas for the couple to approve. Laken’s aunt, Norik, (who was also her Matron of Honor) helped a with final decision-making and it was great for the couple to always have her there as a second opinion.
Choosing the venue was easy because it was held in Laken’s grandparents’ backyard.  Nelson and Laken wanted to keep the wedding closer for the families and felt it was the perfect location, the backyard had many memories and meaning to it.  The couple aimed for the rustic garden theme and the backyard came equipt with an amazing garden already the couple was careful to no overdo it with the center pieces and décor.  Details-102
Nelson and Laken chose the color coral as there is so much greenery in the backyard and they knew the two would complement each other well.  Laken has always been a huge glitter and jewel person and she loved how Fiore tastefully incorporated some large broaches on the flower vases.Details-16For Nelson and Laken, everything turned out better than they could have ever imagined and they have their family, Fiore, and everyone who helped make that day possible to thank for that!Formals-119
Resources

Photography::Grover Style Photography

Ceremony::St. Stanislaus Catholic Church

Reception Location::Private Residence

Bridal Gown::Pronovias at Mira Bridal Couture  209.338.9333

Wedding Party Dresses::Dessy at Mira Bridal Couture  209.338.9333

Tuxedo & Suits::Men’s Wearhouse

Rings::Samuel Jewelers

Florist::Fiore Event Design 209.988.7044

Caterer::Bon Appetite, Skewers, Surla’s

Entertainment::Neil Buttner and Savage Sounds

Cake & Desserts::Creative Cakes by Debra  209.985.6692

Event Coordinator::Fiore Event Design  209.988.7044

Photo Booth::Manteca Photo Booth

Hair Stylist & Make-Up Artist::Mena & Co.

Invitations::Creations by Sandy

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Meghan & Kurt Baudler

Married September 1, 2013

Meghan & Kurt met in the second grade and she still has the letter he wrote to her in the 3rd grade to prove that love endures, going through all of elementary school together they then reconnected years later.2013-09-01 Kurt & Meghan-1738With such a history together, they wanted their wedding to focus on “going back to their roots.” Since they had met at such a young age, they decided to incorporate their shared childhood memories into their special day and on display at the ceremony was a childhood love letter. 2013-09-01 Kurt & Meghan-1656

The couple arranged a reading of the childhood classic, The Giving Tree, and as part of the décor they included chalkboard accents and used photos of themselves growing up for the table numbers. The tree-theme was used throughout the invitations, programs, decorations, and readings.2013-09-01 Kurt & Meghan-1652

Meghan and Kurt wanted the wedding to be simple and casually elegant, they chose Pageo Lavender Farms (their venue) as a starting point to help with deciding on the tone of the wedding and their colors of soft ivory, blush pink, and chocolate brown.  All of the elements came together and complemented the beauty that the farm already offered.2013-09-01 Kurt & Meghan-15172013-09-01 Kurt & Meghan-13662013-09-01 Kurt & Meghan-1092The only challenge for the couple in planning their event was knowing where to stop with the DIY even though they were having so much fun with it!

 

Resources

Photographer::Kori & Jared Photography  209.253.8021

Ceremony & Reception Location::Pageo Lavender FarmTurlock, CA  209.632.5052

Bridal Gown::Pronovias  Mira Bridal Couture  209.338.9333

Wedding Party Dresses::Bill Levkoff

Suit & Tuxedos::Mira Bridal Couture  209.338.9333

Rings::Yates Jewelers

Entertainment::The Nines with a Special performance by Billy D. from Billy D. and the Hoodoos

Florist::Infinite Creations

Catering::Mustard Seed Catering Co

Cake::DIY by the Mother of the Bride

Invitations & Printables::DIY

Specialty Rentals::Classic Party Rentals

Make-Up Artist::Katie C Make-Up Artist  209.204.1458

Hair Stylist::Beauty by Rosalind

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Save the Date! UNVEILED 2014 sponsored by Lexus

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For tickets visit UNVIELED2014.com

unveiled 2013 – behind the veil from Charles Rumble on Vimeo.

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