After becoming best friends in high school, Melissa and Brent kept their friendship strong until they were both in college; it was then they both decided that they wanted something more. For a time Melissa studied abroad in Spain, but she could only think about Brent and as soon as she was back in the States, they made the choice to never be apart again. Four years later, the couple was engaged! Then the real work started.
Melissa and Brent spent their two-year engagement intensely brainstorming and planning their wedding. Neither bride nor groom really knew what they wanted their ceremony to consist of; they even considered the idea of a destination wedding or elopement. But after a weekend getaway in Monterey, the couple fell in love with the gorgeous Clement in Monterey Ca. and knew that was where they wanted to have their wedding. They booked the venue a year in advance and with that decision out of the way, everything seemed to start falling into place. The bride to be did hit a few challenges along the way, such as not being able to visit the venue when needed and trying to manage her vendors from so far away. But as the event drew closer things worked themselves out, allowing Melissa more time to focus her attention on the many details of the ceremony ensuring this most special part of their day went as planned.
The couple booked the reception at Wave Street Studios in Monterey, confident that the area would be a perfect complement to the couple’s unique and quirky styles.
Melissa booked her first bridal appointment at Mira Bridal Couture. Mira was thrilled. They had become friends while participating in the Modesto Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program together. Finding her gown was easy. A gorgeous design by Maggie Sottero; a slim lace A-line complete with plunging illusion neckline, delicate lace sleeves, and illusion keyhole back. Buttons from the top of the neckline to the end of the extended illusion train gave the elegant garment an added touch. The bridal consultants at Mira Bridal Couture helped her find the bridesmaids dresses too. She selected a soft flowing floor length Watters gown in a subdued latte.
With cascading orchids and succulents, the reception was a sight to behold! A neutral palette accented with sea foam green and latte colors complimented the stunning view from the venue. Ivory flowers with greenery adorned every available corner, tying in the natural aspect of their wedding. Genuine crystals lined the wedding archway, illuminating the bride and her groom.
As the reception came to a close the couple gave a fun toast, thanking all who had come to celebrate their union. Their magical wedding had exceeded their expectations and with beautiful photos to remind them, Mr. and Mrs. Mendoza would remember their night for the rest of their lives.
RESOURCES: Ceremony, The Clement Monterey, Cannery Row, Monterey, CA. Reception, Wave Street Studios, Monterey, CA. Bridal Gown, Maggie Sottero, Mira Bridal Couture, Modesto, CA. Wedding Party Dresses, Watters, Mira Bridal Couture, Modesto, CA. Alterations, Sewing and More Alterations, Modesto, CA. Suits and Tuxedos, Rossini Formalwear, Modesto, CA. Rings, Robbins Brothers, Seattle WA. Cake, Layers Cake Entertainment, Monterey D.J. Catering, Paella Time Florist, Hilda Holl Stationery, WeddingPaperDivas.com and Etsy Photographer, Sweetness & Light Photography Event Coordinator, Marisa Meeks Calligraphy, Melissa Rayl Hair Stylist, Blush Salon, Monterey Officiant, Tony Serrano