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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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Newly Engaged~Bianca & Alexis

The perfect summer engagement session!

Photo by one of BCM’s preferred vendors, William Khoury Photography

Bianca & Alexis will be married September 3, 2016.

Photo by: William Khoury Photography

Photo by: William Khoury Photography

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Featured Wedding ~ Laurraine & Alexander Said

Married June 20, 2015

Los Angeles, California

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What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas: unless you are Laurraine. This single trip had her dreaming about tying the knot with a blind date that turned out to be the man of her dreams. Laurraine just so happened to be on the way to Las Vegas when a friend of hers mentioned a man she just had to meet, who was visiting the city at the same time as she and staying in the same hotel. (Coincidence? I think not.) His name was Alexander Said. As soon as they came face to face in the Paris Hotel bar, Laurraine knew he was the one, and Sin City had been transformed to the “City of Love”.

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Alex proposed in July of 2014 on the beautiful Paradise Cove Beach in Malibu and the planning began soon after they set their date. June 20th 2015 was going to be there before they knew it. Their theme: classic and traditional: reflecting their pure love for one another  and with a touch of Victorian to  embellish their wedding affair. Alex and Laurraine were in business.

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After discussing a budget they both agreed upon, the real work began. Laurraine and Alex kept lists specialized for ” Must Haves” and “Nice to Haves”, keeping the exciting planning process free from unnecessary stress on the happy soon to be newlyweds. Meetings with the vendors were planned around their work schedules making sure that they were checking items off their to-do lists in hopes that procrastination would not rear its ugly head. Each check brought them closer to their special day.

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Timing was everything, and Laurraine met with many vendors to create a proper timeline. As organized as Alex and Laurraine were, they still had a few issues of staying within their agreed budget, and then came the RSVP. Collecting addresses had taken on a life of its own, but after overcoming that hurdle, their finish line was in sight.

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The day of the wedding was magical and more than the couple could have ever dreamed of. Laurraine  had no doubt in her heart, as she walked down the aisle of St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Christian Cathedral wearing the dress of her dreams, that her wedding was perfect.

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Resources:

Photography: William Khoury Photography 

Ceremony: St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox

Reception: The Great Caesar Banquet Hall — Tujunga, Ca

Bridal Gown: Ian Stuart, Panache Bridal

Suits and Tuxedos: Mens Wearhouse

Rings: The Diamond Outlet

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VENDORS

VENUES, CATERING & CAKES

Black Oak Casino 

Tuolumne, CA
(877)747-8777

DoubleTree by Hilton, Modesto
Modesto, CA
(209)525-3037

Edible Arrangements
(877)363-7848

Event Services at California State University
Turlock, CA
(209)667-3919

Events at the Tower Health and Wellness Center
Toscana’s Ristorante
(209)216-3555
Romeo Medical Clinic
(209)216-3320
The Flowery
(209)216-3383

The Fruit Yard
(209)577-3093

Hurst Ranch
(209)984-3016

In Good Taste Catering
(209)652-5223
[email protected]

L & M Blodgett Catering
(209)838-7967

Larsa Banquet Hall
209.634.7096

Elkhorn Banquet Facility & Restaurant
209.477.2200

Jackson Rancheria
800.822.9466

Pageo Lavender Farm
Turlock, CA
(209)632-5052

Spring Creek Golf & Country Club
Ripon, CA
(209)599-3258

The Century
Modesto, CA
(209)648-0490

The Reata
Oakdale, CA
(209)847-1025

Turlock Golf & Country Club
Turlock, CA
(209)634-5471

Wine & Roses Hotel . Restaurant . Spa
Lodi, CA
(209)371-6117

PHOTOGRAPHY & CINEMATOGRAPHY

Greg Petersen

(209)380-4777

Kori & Jared Photography
(209)253-8021

Melissa McKinley Photography
(209)818-7774

William Khoury Photography
(209)614-1079

ENTERTAINMENT

Sounds in Motion
(209)522-5999

FLORIST, EVENT DESIGN & DÉCOR

Country Darling Floral
(831)915-5664

Lori Cole Events
(209)480-4668

Willow Floral & Design
(209)640-3121

Yonan’s Floral
(209)664-9325

FASHION

Mira Bridal Couture &
The Wedding Party by Mira
(209)338-9333

Sewing & More Alterations
(209)523-7189

PHOTO BOOTH
The Platinum Photo Booth
(209)648-0490
(310)935-3835

GIFT REGISTRY, INVITATIONS, & PAPER GOODS

Paper Habit
(209)567-0605

JEWELERS

Ciccarelli Jewelers
(209)524-7746

Gabriel Fine Jewelers
(209)529.2100

Vail Creek Jewelry Design
(209)667-GOLD

Yonan’s Jewelers
(209)656-9219

HEALTH & BEAUTY

Nirvana
(209)529-3807

Streaks Salon
(209)523.9800

 

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