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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Wedding Planning Timeline

The secret to a stress-free wedding day? Scheduling enough prep time! Here, get a complete breakdown to what happens when on your wedding day courtesy of Adorn Wedding Invitations.Adorn Wedding Invitations
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Featured Wedding~Kayleigh & Jeremy Leaver

Married October 3, 2015

The Price Ranch, Waterford, CA

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