What Not to Do At A Wedding!

The official kickoff of wedding season is upon us, so we felt it only right to highlight a few no-nos for those the celebrations ahead. Bottom line: remember that it’s the couple’s big day, and you’re there to offer love, support, and encouragement from beginning to end. Avoid these little (and big!) guest mistakes, and you’ll be sailing smoothly all wedding season long.

DON’T BRING AN UNINVITED PLUS-ONE
Unless your invitation specifically includes a plus-one, don’t show up with a guest on the fly.

POST WITHOUT PERMISSION
When in doubt, pause before you post anything about a wedding to social media, especially  big reveals like the bride in her dress BEFORE the ceremony begins.

FORGET TO RSVP
So much time and effort goes into seating charts and meal planning, so if you plan on attending it’s an absolute must to RSVP.

CAUSE DRAMA
A baby meltdown is understandable, but as a grown-up wedding guest, save the drama for your mama.

MAKE CRITICAL COMMENTS
This is not the time or place to be a Debbie Downer. Remember, if you can’t say anything nice…eat cake and zip your lip.

SHOW UP TOO EARLY
We get it, you’re excited to celebrate. But don’t intrude on private moments before the day officially kicks off.

SHOP WAY OFF THE REGISTRY
Sentimental gifts are always appreciated, but also make sure to respect the time and effort the couple has put into crafting their registry.

WEAR WHITE
This may seem like an old-fashioned rule, but avoiding white at a wedding is still always a good idea.

WALK DOWN THE AISLE
Show up late? Make sure to enter from the sides rather than walk down the aisle.

BE THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Don’t be THAT guest who tries to play “second shooter”. Of course, couples always love extra moments captured but make sure you aren’t getting in the way of the professional photographer.

STAY GLUED TO YOUR PHONE
Make sure to be present and truly celebrate. You can always post your #latergram

TRY TO RUN THE SHOW
Unless specifically asked to be the event planner, leave it to the professionals the couple has hired to let the wedding day run smoothly.

STEAL THE MIC FOR A TOAST
It may seem like a good idea in the moment (especially after a drink or two) but just don’t do it.

 

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Featured Wedding~Emilie & Michael Sorensen

Married October 22, 2016

“Life was like a box of chocolates.” ~ Forest Gump

Destiny has a way of making itself apparent. When Emilie and Michael, watching Forrest Gump on their first date, discovered they shared the same favorite movie , they knew they were destined to be together.

Seven months into their eight-month engagement, Emilie had gotten a hefty chunk of the wedding planning out of the way and was surprised to find that she was enjoying herself! Having spent her time in the wedding industry modeling wedding gowns for Mira Bridal Couture, working for The Platinum Photo Booth and Sounds in Motion DJ, Emilie had the process down and was able to book the vendors she and Michael wanted with little stress. Therefore Emilie and her family embarked on the DIY projects and created beautiful and meaningful wedding favors which included caramel apples with a tag saying “He picked her. She picked him.” Tasty and simple.

Emilie and Michael wanted to keep their wedding unique, simple, and classic, and went with a vintage-glam theme. Colors of ivory, gold, and black kept it classic while golden feathers and items inspired by the film Forrest Gump helped to tie the theme in with their favorite movie and first date. Emilie arranged the seating chart, and the guest book, which brought her vintage-glam Forrest Gump theme together perfectly, placing pictures of her and Michael in an antique photo holder with quotes from their beloved movie. Emilie found her beautiful wedding gown at Mira Bridal Couture, an a-line creation with beaded lace, a fitted bodice, and voluminous tulle skirt which captured the theme of her wedding with its vintage appeal and fit. Their gorgeous wedding bands from Ciccarelli Jewelers were stunning and flawless. Everything was coming together seamlessly, just as Michael and Emilie had.

On the evening of October 22nd, with Sounds in Motion playing their music, the couple danced their first dance as husband and wife to “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison, a song that represented love, spirituality and destiny for the newlyweds. With an old vintage suitcase, a box of chocolates, and golden feathers, Emilie and Michael included their favorite quote from their favorite movie…
“I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or it we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze. But I think maybe it’s both, maybe both is happening at the same time.” For Emilie and Michael Sorensen, their sweet life together was just beginning.

 

RESOURCES

Photography, Rachelle Davis Photography  Ceremony and Reception, Del Rio Country Club, Modesto, CA  Bridal Gown, Essense of Australia, Mira Bridal Couture, Modesto, CA  Wedding Party Dresses, Bill Levkov, J’aime Bridal  Alterations, Sewing and More Alterations, Modesto, CA  Suits and Tuxedos, Rossini Formalwear, Modesto, CA  Rings, Ciccarelli Jewelers, Modesto, CA  Cake, Julie’s Sweet Delights  Entertainment, Sounds In Motion DJ  FLORIST, Country Shelf Floral  STATIONERY, Shutterfly.com  TRANSPORTATION, Dream Limousine Service

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Featured Wedding~Melissa & Brent Mendoza

Married October 1, 2016

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

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The Newest Issue of Bridal Couture Magazine!

There are two types of brides in my opinion.
There are brides who have dreamed of their big day since they were little and got to be a flower girl in their cousin’s wedding. For years, they’ve had a Pinterest board dedicated to being a “Future Mrs. Fill-in-the-Blank,” with strong opinions about color trends like “blush and bashful” (a Steel Magnolias reference for any fans out there), and a pre-selected list of bridesmaids that pushes10 women, at least.

Then there are the brides who are doers more than dreamers; they know that they’ll get married one day, but they’ll figure out the details when the time is right…my dear friend Victoria Hill (Popoff) was this kind of bride and I am thrilled to have her as our Spring/Summer 2017 cover model.
In early 2016, her wonderful, then-boyfriend asked her if she would spend the rest of her life with him. There was no big secret planning of a surprise proposal, no traditional planning of how to ask the parents, not even a bended-knee.  All it took was one date, one deep conversation—and the race to the big day was on.

Victoria knew that planning a wedding would be a challenge, with all of the typical stuff…ceremony, flowers, cake, etc. But she had no idea where to start. And she didn’t have the slightest clue she would have to make so many decisions, back to back. Would she like anemones in her flower arrangements? Buttercream frosting or fondant? Elbow length or fingertip length veil?What I love about this issue of Bridal Couture Magazine is that whether you’re a dreamer or a doer we have pages and pages of inspiration, ideas and advice from the newly married couples we have featured. Brides on both ends of the spectrum—from the overly curious to the utterly clueless.  You may already have a photographer and a list of shots you want him or her to get. But are you prepared to pose for the perfect picture?

So relax, if you can, as you flip through and get some pointers, advice and ideas. And when the planning gets stressful, try to think back to the moment you said “yes,” and think ahead to the years of happiness and love you two will share.

~ Mira East

Photo:Aaron Draper

 

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The January 2017 Issue of Bridal Couture Magazine is Extra Special!

We are thrilled to announce our cover model for our Spring 2017 issue will be newly married Victoria Popoff (now Hill). Victoria, a lifelong resident of Modesto, is business owner, philanthropist, and leader in our community.  Since she was young she began volunteering at retirement hospitals, working as a counselor at group homes, teaching children to swim and inspiring our community to love fitness. Victoria is the founder and owner of Studio V Pilates & Fitness in Modesto, CA and recently celebrated her fifth year in business. She is active with Women’s Education & Leadership League in educating the community with unifying opportunities in emotional, financial and physical wellness, along with other female powerhouses and continues to lead with love. Today we celebrate with her as we enthusiastically share her marriage to Devin Hill on the cover and featured in our next issue available January 2017!Victoria and Devin Hill

We have a special place in our heart for Victoria. She was one of the first models for Bridal Couture Magazine in 2010 and has continued to support BCM not only through the publication and support of local vendors but has supported and modeled for UNVEILED~BCM’s annual fashion show and fundraiser.

We can’t wait to share the details of their October 4, 2016 creative and rustic-chic affair.  We will take you behind-the-scenes at their organic-inspired wedding ceremony surrounded by close family, along with their destination celebration full of A-list vendors from home (duh.), sandy beaches, neutral palettes, personal touches, and envy-worthy designer duds by Watters, Erica Koesler, and more (swoon…).

Stay tuned….We will be sharing the cover image and featured wedding details soon!

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Photo credit: Santini Pinheiro Photography

 

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