Monthly archives: January 2017

Featured Wedding~Victoria Popoff & Devin Hill

Married October 4, 2016

Victoria and Devin first met when they both worked at Brenda Athletic Club. Devin was a certified personal trainer, and Victoria was the group exercise director and Pilates instructor. With many mutual friends, their paths crossed on multiple occasions. Victoria describes their attraction as irresistible: 

“Our relationship is like a magnet, a force we had no choice over.” During their first date, they both knew it was different, and the topic of marriage didn’t scare either of them. Their love progressed quickly, and they announced their engagement just a few months after their first date.

“We wanted to give our guests undivided attention in each setting. At our family-only wedding, we wanted to be respectful of our parents’ conservative and religious backgrounds,” explained Victoria.

“With under 30 guests, it made for a small, intimate day that gave us quality time with each family member as we had hoped for.”

The couple knew they wanted a romantic wedding and reception on the beach but also knew everyone they were inviting could not travel in such a short time frame, so they planned three separate wedding events. The first was a  private ceremony and brunch on her parents’ property, which would include family only.

Long wooden benches created the aisle Victoria’s father escorted her down. She carried a delicate bouquet of dried lavender which paired nicely with her soft off-the-shoulder Ruca Lace gown by Watters that she found at Mira Bridal Couture. In a navy blue Hugo Boss suit, Devin watched every step she took. Victoria’s adopted brother, Alex, carried a hand-built Lego ring holder with Princess Leah and Hans Solo figurines inspired by Devin’s love for Star Wars.

After their “I do’s”, the couple escorted family to a farm table draped in natural elements, moss, succulents, place cards held by natural Wood rose flowers, and a collection of Blue Spode China, a third generation family heirloom. Favors included individual bags filled with Clayton’s Coffee and custom mugs personalized by West Coast Promotions.

After brunch, the family enjoyed outdoor games, including life-size Jenga, Connect Four and Cornhole.

“Our dream was to be married on the beach, with our closest friends,

so we planned our destination wedding and celebration with 28 of our closest

friends a week after our family wedding.”

Tucked between two scenic bluffs overlooking the Sea of Cortez, Victoria’s uncle escorted her down the stairs of the Esperanza Resort to the private beach where Devin stood. Victoria chose to keep her wedding-day look uncomplicated, unfussy, and incredibly effortless in a plunging back ivory crepe gown by Willowby Watters that she found at her long-time friend Mira’s bridal salon in downtown Modesto.

Reflecting the setting, Victoria wanted her hair timeless, so her hair stylist Noel created soft mermaid waves that draped around her shoulders and she carried an organic cascading bouquet of greenery and ivory roses. The couple wrote their own vows and the ceremony was officiated by Victoria’s childhood Australian pen-pal Lisa, who flew in just for the occasion.

Instead of including bridesmaids and groomsmen, the couple decided to ask their guests to dress in a neutral palette, which included ivory, beige, and gray. With the sunset and the ocean views establishing an atmosphere of earthly elegance, they decided to mirror this theme in their decor for the cliff side reception on the resort’s Seaside Terrace.

A family-style rustic wooden table created a warm and intimate dinner. Personalized menus and monogrammed linens were just a few of the personal touches added to their decor. Award-winning musician from the Central Valley, Neil Buettner played during dinner. Afterward, guests enjoyed the fresh aromatic cigars rolled on the spot and danced under the stars. The evening ended when Victoria surprised Devin with a stunning fireworks display over the high tide of the ocean.

Several weeks later, the newly married couple hosted a wedding celebration on the Vine Arbor of Galletto Ristorante. Friends enjoyed hand-passed Hors d’ Oeuvres, music by The Nines, and three-layer pleated buttercream cake.

We were thrilled to select Victoria as the cover for this issue. Congratulations, Victoria and Devin Hill!

Resources

Photography Aaron Draper,   Ceremony and Brunch  Popoff Family Residence, Modesto, CA  Bridal Gown Savannah by Watters at Mira Bridal Couture , Modesto, CA,  Suits and Tuxedos Hugo Boss,  Rings  Melissa Joy Manning, Berkeley, CA  Entertainment  Darin Morris, Baker  Carissa Lemos,  Event Coordinator Dainty Arrow Designs  Specialty Rentals Classic Party Rentals and Unique Boutiques  Stationery ESTY.com  Alterations Sewing and More  Modesto, CA  Hair Stylist Noel Espinoza  Make Up Artist Make Up by Katie C  Favors Clayton’s Coffee and Coffee Mugs by West Coast Promotion  DIY Custom Newspaper as the program and Crossword Puzzles

DESTINATION WEDDING RESOURCES

Photography Aaron Draper, Ceremony and Reception Esperanza – An Auberge Resort
Cabo San Lucas,  Bridal Gown Baikal by Watters  Mira Bridal Couture, Modesto, CA Entertainment Neil Buettner,  Videography Jerad Hill  Florist Elena Damy Designs  Hair Stylist Noel Espinoza  Make Up Artist Make Up by Katie C

WEDDING CELEBRATIONS RESOURCES

Venue  Galletto Ristorante, Modesto, CA  Photography Plain Jane Photography  Entertainment The Nines Cake Old Tyme Pastries  Event Decor and Specialty Rentals Noel Espinoza, Endsley Event Rentals  Hair Stylist Noel Espinoza  Make Up Artist Make Up by Katie C

 

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Featured Wedding~Hazel & Alan Chuop

Married September 24, 2016

Hazel and Alan’s ceremony was held at St. Joseph’s Church in Modesto, California, and the reception followed at The Century in Downtown Modesto. As soon as Hazel saw the venue, she knew that it would match the theme that she had in mind: Rustic Romance.
Putting her own flair on the theme, Hazel included succulents into her bouquet of ivory and pink roses and hydrangeas as well as in the men’s boutonnières. Her bridesmaids were dressed in sea foam green chiffon, which offset the bride’s stunning wedding gown: a tulle ballgown with a slight cap sleeve, beaded illusion back and a gorgeous cathedral-length veil.

At the reception, the room was decorated with tall, gold candelabras with ivory hydrangeas and pink roses. The couple was thrilled with their beautiful ceremony and reception and knew that because they had kept faith in one another and in God, they were truly blessed.

RESOURCES  Photography, Kori & Jared Photography  Ceremony, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Modesto, CA  Reception The Century, Modesto, CA  Bridal Gown, Allure, Miosa Bridal  Wedding Party Dresses, Lulu’s  Suits, Express and Men’s Wearhouse  Rings, DeVons Jewelers  Entertainment Sounds in Motion  Cinematography, NorCal Filmworks  Photo Booth, The  Platinum Photo Booth  Florist, The Century, Modesto, CA  Cake, Creative Cakes by Debra  Catering, Fuzio Universal Bistro  Bar Service, Mobile Mixologist  Transportation, The Limousine Connection

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What Not to Do At A Wedding!

The official kickoff of wedding season is upon us, so we felt it only right to highlight a few no-nos for those the celebrations ahead. Bottom line: remember that it’s the couple’s big day, and you’re there to offer love, support, and encouragement from beginning to end. Avoid these little (and big!) guest mistakes, and you’ll be sailing smoothly all wedding season long.

DON’T BRING AN UNINVITED PLUS-ONE
Unless your invitation specifically includes a plus-one, don’t show up with a guest on the fly.

POST WITHOUT PERMISSION
When in doubt, pause before you post anything about a wedding to social media, especially  big reveals like the bride in her dress BEFORE the ceremony begins.

FORGET TO RSVP
So much time and effort goes into seating charts and meal planning, so if you plan on attending it’s an absolute must to RSVP.

CAUSE DRAMA
A baby meltdown is understandable, but as a grown-up wedding guest, save the drama for your mama.

MAKE CRITICAL COMMENTS
This is not the time or place to be a Debbie Downer. Remember, if you can’t say anything nice…eat cake and zip your lip.

SHOW UP TOO EARLY
We get it, you’re excited to celebrate. But don’t intrude on private moments before the day officially kicks off.

SHOP WAY OFF THE REGISTRY
Sentimental gifts are always appreciated, but also make sure to respect the time and effort the couple has put into crafting their registry.

WEAR WHITE
This may seem like an old-fashioned rule, but avoiding white at a wedding is still always a good idea.

WALK DOWN THE AISLE
Show up late? Make sure to enter from the sides rather than walk down the aisle.

BE THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Don’t be THAT guest who tries to play “second shooter”. Of course, couples always love extra moments captured but make sure you aren’t getting in the way of the professional photographer.

STAY GLUED TO YOUR PHONE
Make sure to be present and truly celebrate. You can always post your #latergram

TRY TO RUN THE SHOW
Unless specifically asked to be the event planner, leave it to the professionals the couple has hired to let the wedding day run smoothly.

STEAL THE MIC FOR A TOAST
It may seem like a good idea in the moment (especially after a drink or two) but just don’t do it.

 

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Featured Wedding~Emilie & Michael Sorensen

Married October 22, 2016

“Life was like a box of chocolates.” ~ Forest Gump

Destiny has a way of making itself apparent. When Emilie and Michael, watching Forrest Gump on their first date, discovered they shared the same favorite movie , they knew they were destined to be together.

Seven months into their eight-month engagement, Emilie had gotten a hefty chunk of the wedding planning out of the way and was surprised to find that she was enjoying herself! Having spent her time in the wedding industry modeling wedding gowns for Mira Bridal Couture, working for The Platinum Photo Booth and Sounds in Motion DJ, Emilie had the process down and was able to book the vendors she and Michael wanted with little stress. Therefore Emilie and her family embarked on the DIY projects and created beautiful and meaningful wedding favors which included caramel apples with a tag saying “He picked her. She picked him.” Tasty and simple.

Emilie and Michael wanted to keep their wedding unique, simple, and classic, and went with a vintage-glam theme. Colors of ivory, gold, and black kept it classic while golden feathers and items inspired by the film Forrest Gump helped to tie the theme in with their favorite movie and first date. Emilie arranged the seating chart, and the guest book, which brought her vintage-glam Forrest Gump theme together perfectly, placing pictures of her and Michael in an antique photo holder with quotes from their beloved movie. Emilie found her beautiful wedding gown at Mira Bridal Couture, an a-line creation with beaded lace, a fitted bodice, and voluminous tulle skirt which captured the theme of her wedding with its vintage appeal and fit. Their gorgeous wedding bands from Ciccarelli Jewelers were stunning and flawless. Everything was coming together seamlessly, just as Michael and Emilie had.

On the evening of October 22nd, with Sounds in Motion playing their music, the couple danced their first dance as husband and wife to “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison, a song that represented love, spirituality and destiny for the newlyweds. With an old vintage suitcase, a box of chocolates, and golden feathers, Emilie and Michael included their favorite quote from their favorite movie…
“I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or it we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze. But I think maybe it’s both, maybe both is happening at the same time.” For Emilie and Michael Sorensen, their sweet life together was just beginning.

 

RESOURCES

Photography, Rachelle Davis Photography  Ceremony and Reception, Del Rio Country Club, Modesto, CA  Bridal Gown, Essense of Australia, Mira Bridal Couture, Modesto, CA  Wedding Party Dresses, Bill Levkov, J’aime Bridal  Alterations, Sewing and More Alterations, Modesto, CA  Suits and Tuxedos, Rossini Formalwear, Modesto, CA  Rings, Ciccarelli Jewelers, Modesto, CA  Cake, Julie’s Sweet Delights  Entertainment, Sounds In Motion DJ  FLORIST, Country Shelf Floral  STATIONERY, Shutterfly.com  TRANSPORTATION, Dream Limousine Service

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Featured Wedding~Melissa & Brent Mendoza

Married October 1, 2016

After becoming best friends in high school, Melissa and Brent kept their friendship strong until they were both in college; it was then they both decided that they wanted something more. For a time Melissa studied abroad in Spain, but she could only think about Brent and as soon as she was back in the States, they made the choice to never be apart again. Four years later, the couple was engaged! Then the real work started.

Melissa and Brent spent their two-year engagement intensely brainstorming and planning their wedding. Neither bride nor groom really knew what they wanted their ceremony to consist of; they even considered the idea of a destination wedding or elopement. But after a weekend getaway in Monterey, the couple fell in love with the gorgeous Clement in Monterey Ca. and knew that was where they wanted to have their wedding. They booked the venue a year in advance and with that decision out of the way, everything seemed to start falling into place. The bride to be did hit a few challenges along the way, such as not being able to visit the venue when needed and trying to manage her vendors from so far away. But as the event drew closer things worked themselves out, allowing Melissa more time to focus her attention on the many details of the ceremony ensuring this most special part of their day went as planned.

The couple booked the reception at Wave Street Studios in Monterey, confident that the area would be a perfect complement to the couple’s unique and quirky styles.

Melissa booked her first bridal appointment at Mira Bridal Couture. Mira was thrilled. They had become friends while participating in the Modesto Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program together.  Finding her gown was easy. A gorgeous design by Maggie Sottero; a slim lace A-line complete with plunging illusion neckline, delicate lace sleeves, and illusion keyhole back. Buttons from the top of the neckline to the end of the extended illusion train gave the elegant garment an added touch. The bridal consultants at Mira Bridal Couture helped her find the bridesmaids dresses too. She selected a soft flowing floor length Watters gown in a subdued latte.

With cascading orchids and succulents, the reception was a sight to behold! A neutral palette accented with sea foam green and latte colors complimented the stunning view from the venue. Ivory flowers with greenery adorned every available corner, tying in the natural aspect of their wedding. Genuine crystals lined the wedding archway, illuminating the bride and her groom.

As the reception came to a close the couple gave a fun toast, thanking all who had come to celebrate their union. Their magical wedding had exceeded their expectations and with beautiful photos to remind them, Mr. and Mrs. Mendoza would remember their night for the rest of their lives.

RESOURCES: Ceremony, The Clement Monterey, Cannery Row, Monterey, CA. Reception, Wave Street Studios, Monterey, CA.  Bridal Gown, Maggie Sottero, Mira Bridal Couture, Modesto, CA.  Wedding Party Dresses, Watters, Mira Bridal Couture, Modesto, CA.  Alterations, Sewing and More Alterations, Modesto, CA.  Suits and Tuxedos, Rossini Formalwear, Modesto, CA.  Rings, Robbins Brothers, Seattle WA. Cake, Layers Cake  Entertainment, Monterey D.J. Catering, Paella Time Florist, Hilda Holl Stationery, WeddingPaperDivas.com and Etsy  Photographer, Sweetness & Light Photography  Event Coordinator, Marisa Meeks  Calligraphy, Melissa Rayl  Hair Stylist, Blush Salon, Monterey  Officiant, Tony Serrano

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