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