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Real Wedding~Jessica & Thomas

Married June 10, 2017

NATURAL BEAUTY

“Thomas and I agreed from the beginning that this was our day,” explains Jessica. “We didn’t want high expectations to interrupt our joy and excitement surrounding our wedding.” Finding a venue to match their taste was quickly becoming a challenge for the couple. After several visits to various locations, Thomas mentioned to Jessica that a friend’s ranch might be the perfect spot, and it was. “I could immediately picture having all of our family and friends there and knew that it wouldn’t take much to transform the place into our perfect reception venue.”

A cathedral in the forest created by Redwoods, and a glowing canopy of strung lights, allowed the couple to create a romantic backdrop for their closest friends and family to celebrate.Farm tables blanketed with olive leaf garland, handmade by friends the morning of the wedding, paired with beguiling tin can floral arrangements reflected the couple’s desire. “We received so many compliments on how we decorated and how perfect it reflected our style.” 

Images: Ashley Purple Photography

Ceremony: Morris Chapel, Stockton, CA

Reception: Private Residence

Bride’s attire: Watters, Mira Bridal Couture

Bride’s ring: Brilliant Earth and Roger’s Jewelers

Groom’s ring: Heirloom of Thomas’s Grandfather

Entertainment: Sound Express

Caterer: L & M Blodgett Catering

Farm table rentals: Standard Party Rentals

Florist: The Flower Basket

Cake: Sweet Saneets

Alterations: Sewing and More

Make up: Blissful Beauty by Kendra

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Real Wedding~Kristen & Tyler

Married August 26, 2017 
Kristen and Tyler dated throughout their senior year of high school, but as the school year neared its end reality set in as the school year neared the end that Kristen would be moving to San Francisco for college. Tyler had plans to play baseball for Fresno State. Even though their short-term plans had them living miles apart, they never doubted the strength of their relationship and knew that their future was together.

“The summer before starting college Tyler mentioned over ice cream, ‘We should get married after college.’ I think I laughed, kissed him, and kept eating my ice cream-cone,” explains Kristen. “Tyler has always been a man of his word, and I don’t know why I didn’t think twice about that comment. The rocky road must have been distracting me. Only two months after his college graduation he popped the question. The 26th of August 2017 our vows and some lip-locking was exchanged and we officially became Mr. and Mrs. Bettencourt!”
Kristen, in marketing as a Social Media Influencer, Tyler, now a Personal Trainer and Physical Therapy Aid, chose to keep their ceremony and reception close to home. Their source of inspiration came from their hometown church in Patterson, CA.

“I always pictured a bed of white florals at Mary’s feet and taking a moment to pray with my husband before the conclusion of our ceremony and beginning our new life together.”

“The color white is a symbol of purity, as well as respect and reverence, which are traits we want to carry with us into our marriage,” says Kristen. “The most important aspect of our wedding was promising our lives to each other in front of all our loved ones, but most importantly in front of God. When I learned green symbolizes renewal and promise of new life the vision for our wedding florals came easily. It had to be all white florals with overflowing romantic greenery.” Old world elegance with a modern twist seemed fitting for the couple. “Tyler and I are pretty traditional, “yet we’re 25 and youthful.” Kristen selected stylish floor length bridesmaid’s dresses in black by Calvin Klein for her fun-loving bridesmaids. Tyler, alongside his eight groomsmen, stuck to time-honored elegance with black Vera Wang tuxedos.  
The wedding party’s style coupled with soft gold details throughout The Century would embrace a balance of the vintage architecture and furniture the pair selected.

“Exposed brick, and wooden elements throughout the reception such as our rectangular farm tables and arbor above our sweet heart table brought the natural look we desired,” explains Kristen. “The mix of elegant florals, luxurious ivory linens, and creamy candle light painted the perfect picture in order to transport our guests into a romantic wonderland.”

“Tyler and I really wanted to add fun personal details sprinkled throughout our wedding and bring forward our culture and youthful side,” explains Kristen. ‘We figured everyone loves social media and will be sharing the wonderful moments throughout the night, so we had an illustration made of us as bride and groom and placed on a Snapchat filter for our guests.”

“We wanted our favors to truly express Tyler and me. Tyler’s culture is Portuguese, mine is Mexican,” explains Kristen. “We wanted everyone to have a taste of our culture by trying our favorite signature cookies in custom favor boxes, paired with our favorite coffee beans from our bay area coffee house, Philz.” 

Celebrations continued into the evening with a late night self-serve S’mores bar, The Platinum Photo Booth set-up with black and white photos for the guests, and glow sticks lighting up the room as Kristen and Tyler’s closest friends and family joined them on the dance floor. Making a sparkling exit, the couple kissed under the glimmer. Kristen expressed, “it was the perfect kiss goodnight to our wedding day!”

Images: Lucy Munoz Photography

Ceremony: Sacred Heart Catholic Church 

Reception: The Century, Modesto, CA  

Bride’s attire: Maggie Sottero, Mira Bridal Couture

Groom’s attire: Vera Wang, Men’s Wearhouse

Rings: Ciccarelli JewelersModesto, CA

Entertainment: Sounds in Motion

Caterer: Food Fix

Ceremony florist: Star Events

Reception florist: Bloom Room

Décor, cake, and s’mores bar: The Century

Alterations: Sewing and More

Photo booth: The Platinum Photo Booth

Videography: Anchor & Light Films

Invitations: Lace and Lettering

Bartenders: Mobile Mixologist

Hair stylist: Olivia Bettencourt, Just Teasin’ Salon

Make up: Daniela Pacheco

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Real Wedding ~ Deidre & Darren

Married June 3, 2017

Deidre and Darren might have first locked eyes at Kohl’s, where the two worked in 2012, but it was their flirtatious chemistry that sealed the deal. “It was always endless laughs, flirting, and deep conversations,” explains Deidre.

When the Sonora couple decided to wed, they immediately knew Deidre’s grandparent’s property in Jamestown would be the perfect venue. Deidre loved the natural beauty of the property and wanted to select colors and decor that would not interrupt the allure of the scenery.

The bridesmaids wore navy blue chiffon and strands of garland and wreaths set the table. The couple had support from friends and family while planning their wedding and looking back couldn’t be more grateful. “It was perfect,” expressed Deidre. “It was a heartfelt day full of many emotions.”

Images: Jennifer Rapoza Photography   /   Bride’s attire: Willowby by Watters from Mira Bridal Couture   /    Groom’s attire: Let ‘Er Buck   /   Rings: Roger’s Jewelers   /   Entertainment: Sound Extreme Production   /   Stationery: MagnetStreet.com   /   Florist: Sweet Lilacs   /   Alterations: Sewing & More

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Real Wedding ~ Linda & Edward

Married October, 22 2016

“When planning the wedding the look I had in mind simple elegance. I wanted to stick with the classic colors, black and white, and added hints of gold here and there,” explains Linda. “Pinterest was a huge help. I went to each appointment knowing what I already wanted which made everything flow so much easier.”

“If I could give any one piece of advice to future brides it would be to take a moment at your reception to really just take it all in. The planning process is so long and can be frustrating at times but it truly does flies by! When the day of your wedding comes, make sure you look at your partner and bask in the hard work you did to put it all together,” explains Linda. “Enjoy the fact that you have a room full of people who are there to celebrate your love and commitment to each other. It is so easy to get caught up in the “timeline” of day, that you forget to enjoy it and take it all in with your new husband!”

Images: Ellie Ford Photography   /   Ceremony: St. Thomas Catholic Church   /   Reception: Larsa Banquet Hall   /   Bride’s attire: Liz Martinez Bridal   /   Wedding party attire: Sorella Vita from Mira Bridal Couture, MiraBridal.com   /   Groom’s attire: Vera Wang, Men’s Wearhouse   /   Rings: Gabriels Fine Jewelers   /   Entertainment: Neil Buettner and Matt Harris   /   Traditional Assyrian Dola O Zurna with Peter Ishaya,  Romeo Esho   /   Band: Romeo Khoshaba   /   Florist: Flower Gallery   /   Speciality rentals, design, lighting: Fabric by Design   /   Caterer: Firenze Ristorante   /   Cake: Old Tyme Pastries   /   Videographer: Nor Cal Filmworks   / Hair stylist: Stephanie Marsh with 507 Day Spa and Salon   /   Make up: Emily Vieira

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Real Wedding ~ Rebecca & Adam

Married September 24, 2016

After months of house shopping, Rebecca and Adam decided to drive by one of Rebecca’s favorite homes on the market. As they pulled up, Rebecca was heartbroken to see the house had a “Sale Pending” sign. Adam convinced Rebecca to take one last look, just in case. Rebecca walked in and was immediately greeted by two banners. “Welcome Home,” and “The Schott’s”. She turned to find Adam on bended knee. During his heartfelt proposal, Adam told Rebecca a story she had never heard. Days before Rebecca’s father had passed away, Adam asked for her father’s blessing. A year later, he decided to purchase the house of her dreams as a surprise. Rebecca was overwhelmed with joy.

Planning kicked in immediately with help from Rebecca and Adam’s mothers. “I went to a bridal store in Campbell, CA and thought I found my dream dress. It was the third dress I tried on, explains Rebecca.” “When we went back three months later to pick it up. I put it on and I just felt so upset. It wasn’t my dress. My mom knew something was wrong and told me we would find the right wedding gown. The next day we made an appointment at Mira Bridal Couture and I found my dream dress within minutes. It was the most beautiful dress I’d ever seen and I felt like Cinderella in it. I still am so in love with it! Mira saved my wedding.”

From that point on, all if the wedding planing was simple. For their wedding venue, Rebecca and Adam booked the Galas Barn in Oakdale, CA.  Shades of lavender were selected for the bridesmaids and blush pink and ivory for the floral arrangements. “I have simple and clean taste which played a big role in my decorating and I wanted the least amount of clutter as possible,” says Rebecca. Simplicity was key. “Our wedding was perfect and exactly how we wanted it to be. It truly was the best night ever.”

Images: Ashley Crook Photography    /   Bride’s attire: Essense of Australia from Mira Bridal Couture   /   Bridesmaids attire: Bill Levkoff   /   Groom’s attire: Vito’s Tuxedos   /  Florist: Country Shelf Floral   /  Entertainment: DJ Rod Riley   /   Videographer: White Raven   /   Rings: Rogers Jewelers   /   Caterer: La Huerta Vieja   /    Photo booth: Treadwell Photo Booth   /  Cake: Dawn Hamman   /   Stationery: Dainty Arrow Designs

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