Featured Weddings

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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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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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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