Monthly archives: August 2017

Featured Wedding ~ Kaitlin & Camilo

Married March 25, 2017

Kaitlin and Camilo met each other in PE class on their first day of high school. The two clicked instantly and remained good friends over the next four years, then went their separate ways for a year just before Camilo joined the Air Force. “We reunited just after Camilo registered for the United States Air Force”, explains Kaitlin. “Our friendship turned into romance immediately.”

“Our planning process was tricky,” says Kaitlin. “In April of 2016 Camilo and I were stationed in Minot, North Dakota. We decided to plan our 2017 wedding in Modesto because we both grew up there and all of our friends and family were there. Since we were over 1500 miles away, I turned to my mother, Mira. She has been in the wedding industry for over ten years, so of course it made perfect sense to have her plan with us.”

Kaitlin worked closely with her mother and expressed her ideas for decor, fashion, the guest list, food, and music. Through hundreds of text messages and emails, Mira was confident she understood their vision. Kaitlin and Camilo flew home for the holidays and spent several days squeezing in appointments with venues, caterers, photographers, and their DJ. They finalized their wedding party attire, and of course, Kaitlin found her wedding gown at her mother’s bridal salon. 

The bridesmaids wore floor length Dessy dresses in blush, her mother served at Matron of Honor and wore a champagne and blush ombré sequin gown, and the groomsmen in black tie tuxedos.

The couple selected The Century in downtown Modesto for their wedding venue. “I traveled to New York Bridal Fashion Week with my mom several years ago,” says Kaitlin. “We stayed in the cutest four-story brownstone, and when Camilo and I walked into The Century for the first time I was reminded of New York’s brick structures highlighted by the city lights at night. It was perfect!”

Kaitlin has been fortunate to grow up in the wedding industry, making it easier to select some of the vendors she hired. One of the first vendors she hired was George, the owner of Sounds in Motion DJ. Kaitlin has known George and his wife Erin since she was ten years old and she was thrilled to have him emcee the entire night; and since Erin is the owner of The Century, Kaitlin knew she would be in good hands. 

“I traveled to New York Bridal Fashion Week with my mom several years ago,” says Kaitlin. “We stayed in the cutest four-story brownstone, and when Camilo and I walked into The Century for the first time I was reminded of New York’s brick structures highlighted by the city lights at night. It was perfect!”

Following the ceremony, guests were entertained by local musician Neil Buettner, The Platinum Photo Booth, and tray passed hors d’oeuvres.  Hand made scrolls with each guests name hung from the champagne flutes filled with pink bubbly as everyone was escorted to the reception.

The evening was intimate, with a selective guest list of 90. Ghost chairs lined the aisle with a variety of ivory flower arrangements and candles. Six flower girls dressed in mix and match beaded and feathered tutu dresses with capes dropping rose petals as they preceded the bride. 

Kaitlin wore an elegant Martina Liana gown with an illusion racerback and grand train with lace-edge detailing. Kaitlin was escorted by her father, and her mother served as Matron of Honor.

 

A special treat for Kaitlin was their three tier round wedding cake. Debra from Creative Cakes by Deb has been making cakes for Kaitlin since her 13th birthday and it was meaningful for her to have Debra create her wedding cake too. Kaitlin and Camilo chose red velvet and chocolate layers draped in ivory and gold frosting.

Throughout the planning process my mom would send pictures that included her dropping our Save the Dates in the mailbox, the assembly line of invitations she worked for hours on, and various add-ons she was pulling together. It was difficult to not be there with her but we could not have pulled off such an ornate and stylish affair,” explains Kaitlin. “We are forever grateful.”

Shortly after their wedding, Camilo was deployed. Kaitlin temporarily moved back to Modesto to be close to her friends and family until her husband returns safe.  Congratulations to Kaitlin and Camilo and thank you for your service.

Images: Will Khoury   /   Venue, floral, decor, and specialty rentals: The Century, Modesto, CA Bride’s attire: Martina Liana from Mira Bridal Couture   /   Wedding party and flower girls attire: Badgley Mischka, Dessy, and Tutu Du Monde from Mira Bridal Couture   /   Groom’s attire: Michael Kors, Mira Bridal Couture    /   Musician: Neil Buettner   /   Entertainment: Sound in Motion  /   Stationery: The Paper Habit   /   Escort scrolls: Hi Note, Etsy   /   Caterer: Fuzio’s Universal Bistro   /   Cake: Creative Cakes by Debra    /   Bar Service: Mobile Mixologist   /   Photo booth: The Platinum Photo Booth    /     Alterations: Sewing & More   /   Hair stylist: Aliesha  Lechuga, Bella Vagos   /   Make up: Make Up by Katie C, Brittney Jenkins   / Favors: Coffee Bean Bags, West Coast Promotion   /  Calligraphy: Melissa Rayl-McManis

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Featured Wedding ~ Marissa &  Wyatt

Married August 28, 2016

After four happy years together, Marissa and Wyatt decided it was time to tie the knot. They organized a secluded “backyard picnic style wedding” at Vintage Gardens, and invited some of their closest family and friends – who had no idea the couple would be getting married.

The guests believed they were attending the couples engagement party and were caught by surprise when queued by Cat Power’s “Sea of Love”, Marissa suddenly appeared, escorted by her father, walking through the grand redwood doors. Wyatt anxiously waited at the gazebo accompanied by Marissa’s step-father, who officiated their ceremony.  Following their nuptials, the couple immediately moved to the dance floor as “Sleepwalk” by Santo & Johnny played as their first dance.

Marissa and Wyatt pulled off their covert operation to perfection, with a charming and intimate setting, sweet DIY decor, vintage tablecloths, and home cooked comfort food. Marissa’s grandmother and uncles made her favorite fried chicken and home made mashed potatoes, paired perfectly with corn bread Wyatt had made.

For two months, the couple worked late into the evening planning their surprise event. “Somehow we pulled it off,” Marissa explains, ”it was the most incredible evening made possible through personal connections, fueled by love”.

Marissa and Wyatt leaned to their friends and family for much of the party planning. Ashley from Camp 4 Wine Cafe’ created the Cheese & Charcuterie boards, and their friend Amanda made the hand drawn calligraphy window panes. Other DIY projects included wine bottle flower vases and vintage picnic baskets and blankets.

Images: Marilyn Days Photography   /   Ceremony and Reception: Vintage Gardens   /   Bride’s attire: Reformation   /   Bride’s ring: Ciccarelli Jewelers

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Bridal gifts you’ll want to buy for yourself

There are so many options for cute bridal gifts out there. T-shirts that say “bride” on them? Yes. A personalized ring holder? Please. Pretty wedding notebooks? Need. More than ever, vendors are letting brides customize all sorts of items with their wedding date or future last name. Gear emblazoned with “bride,” “wifey,” “Mrs.” and “bride-to-be” are all over the place. And it’s seriously irresistible.

There are bridal gift options for every possible wedding event, from an engagement party or bachelorette bash, to a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or the wedding day itself. While we recommend sticking to the registry when you’re gifting for the couple, if you want to treat the bride specifically to something she’ll love (and Instagram repeatedly), here are a few ideas. From swimsuits and PJ sets to luggage and trinket trays, here are a few sweet bridal gifts you’ll love giving… or keeping for yourself.

Francesca’s OMG! Ring Trinket Dish, $14

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Get Inspired ~ Alex & William

Married May 27, 2017 

A rustic themed wedding is always popular, but mixed with a little romance it’s perfection!

With an air of free-spirited whimsy paired with a bohemian elegance, Alex’s sexy lace-over-Imperial-Crepe sheath wedding dress from Mira Bridal Couture let her show off her sexy curves while letting her move with ease at their outdoor affair. The details, scalloped lace hem, and on-trend dramatic low back had William wowed! 

Alex ordered rustic wood signage from Paper and Pine Co on Etsy that complimented the specialty furniture rentals from AZCO Rustic Designs & Rentals.

Hanna Overholtzer of Bella Fleur created a breathtaking display of soft floral and greenery garland as the tablescape. Fruitwood wood chiavari chairs complemented the natural surroundings. 

Alex and William entertained their guest during their first dance to Thomas Rhett’s, “Die a Happy Man”. 

“I don’t need no vacation, No fancy destination

Baby, you’re my great escape

We could stay at home, Listen to the radio

Or dance around the fireplace

Baby, I could die a happy man”

Images: Ashley Crook Photography   /   Ceremony and reception: Private Residence, Oakdale, CA   /   Bride’s attire: Essence of Australia from Mira Bridal Couture   /   Bridesmaids attire: David’s Bridal   /   Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse   /   Rings: De Vons Jewelers, Fred Meyer Jewelers   /   Entertainment: DJ Andy Nation   /   Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas   /   Florist: Bella Fleur   /   Videography: White Raven Productions   /   Caterer: Mike’s Branding IronCake: Sunshine Bakery   /   Specialty rentals and lighting: Classic Party Rentals, American Vintage Rentals, AZCO Rustic Designs   /   Signage: PaperandPineCo, Etsy   /   Guestbook: PleaseandThankYouCards, Etsy   /   Alterations: Taylored To You

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