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Featured Wedding~Victoria Popoff & Devin Hill

Married October 4, 2016

Victoria and Devin first met when they both worked at Brenda Athletic Club. Devin was a certified personal trainer, and Victoria was the group exercise director and Pilates instructor. With many mutual friends, their paths crossed on multiple occasions. Victoria describes their attraction as irresistible: 

“Our relationship is like a magnet, a force we had no choice over.” During their first date, they both knew it was different, and the topic of marriage didn’t scare either of them. Their love progressed quickly, and they announced their engagement just a few months after their first date.

“We wanted to give our guests undivided attention in each setting. At our family-only wedding, we wanted to be respectful of our parents’ conservative and religious backgrounds,” explained Victoria.

“With under 30 guests, it made for a small, intimate day that gave us quality time with each family member as we had hoped for.”

The couple knew they wanted a romantic wedding and reception on the beach but also knew everyone they were inviting could not travel in such a short time frame, so they planned three separate wedding events. The first was a  private ceremony and brunch on her parents’ property, which would include family only.

Long wooden benches created the aisle Victoria’s father escorted her down. She carried a delicate bouquet of dried lavender which paired nicely with her soft off-the-shoulder Ruca Lace gown by Watters that she found at Mira Bridal Couture. In a navy blue Hugo Boss suit, Devin watched every step she took. Victoria’s adopted brother, Alex, carried a hand-built Lego ring holder with Princess Leah and Hans Solo figurines inspired by Devin’s love for Star Wars.

After their “I do’s”, the couple escorted family to a farm table draped in natural elements, moss, succulents, place cards held by natural Wood rose flowers, and a collection of Blue Spode China, a third generation family heirloom. Favors included individual bags filled with Clayton’s Coffee and custom mugs personalized by West Coast Promotions.

After brunch, the family enjoyed outdoor games, including life-size Jenga, Connect Four and Cornhole.

“Our dream was to be married on the beach, with our closest friends,

so we planned our destination wedding and celebration with 28 of our closest

friends a week after our family wedding.”

Tucked between two scenic bluffs overlooking the Sea of Cortez, Victoria’s uncle escorted her down the stairs of the Esperanza Resort to the private beach where Devin stood. Victoria chose to keep her wedding-day look uncomplicated, unfussy, and incredibly effortless in a plunging back ivory crepe gown by Willowby Watters that she found at her long-time friend Mira’s bridal salon in downtown Modesto.

Reflecting the setting, Victoria wanted her hair timeless, so her hair stylist Noel created soft mermaid waves that draped around her shoulders and she carried an organic cascading bouquet of greenery and ivory roses. The couple wrote their own vows and the ceremony was officiated by Victoria’s childhood Australian pen-pal Lisa, who flew in just for the occasion.

Instead of including bridesmaids and groomsmen, the couple decided to ask their guests to dress in a neutral palette, which included ivory, beige, and gray. With the sunset and the ocean views establishing an atmosphere of earthly elegance, they decided to mirror this theme in their decor for the cliff side reception on the resort’s Seaside Terrace.

A family-style rustic wooden table created a warm and intimate dinner. Personalized menus and monogrammed linens were just a few of the personal touches added to their decor. Award-winning musician from the Central Valley, Neil Buettner played during dinner. Afterward, guests enjoyed the fresh aromatic cigars rolled on the spot and danced under the stars. The evening ended when Victoria surprised Devin with a stunning fireworks display over the high tide of the ocean.

Several weeks later, the newly married couple hosted a wedding celebration on the Vine Arbor of Galletto Ristorante. Friends enjoyed hand-passed Hors d’ Oeuvres, music by The Nines, and three-layer pleated buttercream cake.

We were thrilled to select Victoria as the cover for this issue. Congratulations, Victoria and Devin Hill!

Resources

Photography Aaron Draper,   Ceremony and Brunch  Popoff Family Residence, Modesto, CA  Bridal Gown Savannah by Watters at Mira Bridal Couture , Modesto, CA,  Suits and Tuxedos Hugo Boss,  Rings  Melissa Joy Manning, Berkeley, CA  Entertainment  Darin Morris, Baker  Carissa Lemos,  Event Coordinator Dainty Arrow Designs  Specialty Rentals Classic Party Rentals and Unique Boutiques  Stationery ESTY.com  Alterations Sewing and More  Modesto, CA  Hair Stylist Noel Espinoza  Make Up Artist Make Up by Katie C  Favors Clayton’s Coffee and Coffee Mugs by West Coast Promotion  DIY Custom Newspaper as the program and Crossword Puzzles

DESTINATION WEDDING RESOURCES

Photography Aaron Draper, Ceremony and Reception Esperanza – An Auberge Resort
Cabo San Lucas,  Bridal Gown Baikal by Watters  Mira Bridal Couture, Modesto, CA Entertainment Neil Buettner,  Videography Jerad Hill  Florist Elena Damy Designs  Hair Stylist Noel Espinoza  Make Up Artist Make Up by Katie C

WEDDING CELEBRATIONS RESOURCES

Venue  Galletto Ristorante, Modesto, CA  Photography Plain Jane Photography  Entertainment The Nines Cake Old Tyme Pastries  Event Decor and Specialty Rentals Noel Espinoza, Endsley Event Rentals  Hair Stylist Noel Espinoza  Make Up Artist Make Up by Katie C

 

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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~Shelby & Tevin Jones

Lavender & Lace

Shelby & Tevin Jones

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In the throes of high school, Shelby and Tevin had no idea they were sharing classes with the love of their life. A chance encounter gave way to fate as they evolved from peers to lovers and began planning their wedding.

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Giving themselves ample time, Shelby and Tevin began the process a year and a month in advance and accepted help from family and friends where they felt it was needed. New to wedding planning, Shelby relied heavily on the Knot and her wedding coordinator, Sonia, to keep herself on track. The couple knew that they wanted to hold their ceremony close to home and outdoors, and when Shelby found Pageo Lavender Farm, she fell head over heels in love with her venue. Shelby thought it would be perfect and would help capture the theme of her Lavender & Lace wedding. Pinterest helped Shelby to decide on bridal party colors of navy and grey that would enhance the exquisite beauty of the Pageo Lavender Farm and bring a charming tone to the overall event. Shelby+Tevin+Bogdan+Condor048

Although the planning process was long, Shelby and Tevin are glad they took the extra time and were not stressed out by or fed up with what should be the happiest day of any couple’s life. As Shelby was helped into the gorgeous lace gown she had found at Mira Bridal Couture, she thought back to her high school days, amazed and awed at how her life had played out. Their wedding was one for the books, the ceremony unfolding without incident, and their day was just as special as Tevin and Shelby are to each other.Shelby+Tevin+Bogdan+Condor103

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Resources

Ceremony and Reception~Pageo Lavender Farm, Turlock, CA

Bridal Gown~Stella York from Mira Bridal Couture Modesto, CA

Rings~Geiger’s Jewelers

Cake~Sunrise Bakery

Catering~La Morenita

Alterations~Sewing & More by Arte, Modesto, CA

Specialty Rentals
The Party Connection

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Featured Wedding ~ Aliesha & Brandon Long

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“Everything happens for a reason,” so 10 years ago, when Aliesha met Brandon, neither knew that their reason for everything was standing before them.

Aliesha and Brandon both decided that they wanted to keep their wedding personal and intimate, making sure those that meant the most and had an impact on their lives were present. Therefore after Brandon proposed, Aliesha knew a way she could show them how much they meant to her. She would hold her wedding ceremony in a beautiful walnut orchard on her grandparents’ property, something that had become a tradition in her family and a fantasy she’d had since she was a young girl. Aliesha knew how happy the decision she had made would make her grandmother. With family backing them, the happy couple started the wedding journey.

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Aliesha, new to wedding planning, was given great advice on how to organize and plan her dream wedding by clients from her work. She had also decided to hire Detailed Look to make her vision possible without breaking the bank. She would first need a theme; and after talking with her fiancé, she was able to create something unique: An Antique Tiki Fairytale, perfectly combining her and Brandons’ interests. Aliesha, her mother and her sister collected antique gold and brass vases and candleholders from different shops in Northern California, adding just the touch they needed. Brandon spray painted the standing candleholders and the tiki masks that decorated the bar, which served four different types of beer he and his friends had brewed for the occasion. The couple took a trip to a rock and mineral show, selecting amethyst pieces for the table settings and a special pink salt crystal for their sweetheart table.

From the wedding favors down to the runners, bar signs and welcome signs, Aliesha, Brandon and their family conquered each task. Although planning was going well, Aliesha, Brandon, and Family still had their challenges to face; they couldn’t believe how such small projects could take so long! As unique as their wedding was, Aliesha and Brandon still wanted to put their own twist on things, so they decided to hire AZCO Rustic Design to host lawn games at their reception! They knew that their guests would have the time of their lives and that their wedding would stand out from all the rest.Brandon + Aliesha Long - Greg Petersen-85

The day neared, and Aliesha and Brandon finalized the details. Aliesha mailed the Agate-style wedding invitations, and Brandon worked on his 1955 Cadillac. On May 28th, 2016, Aliesha rushed from appointment to appointment, makeup and hair and nails. Before she even realized, she was slipping into her Enzoani wedding gown. “Take a deep breath and remember this moment,” Aliesha told herself. As she walked down the aisle into the walnut orchard, Elvis crooning “Love Me Tender” into her ear. She gazed at her husband to be, love filling her heart. Everything was perfect. Aliesha’s advice to future brides: “Pause. Take a deep breath. Remember this moment. Remember it forever.”

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Resources

Photography~Greg Petersen

Ceremony and Reception~Family Ranch, Private Residence

Bridal Gown~Enzoani Mira Bridal Couture, Modesto, CA

Wedding Party Dresses~Dessy Mira Bridal Couture, Modesto, CA

Grooms Suit~Vito’s Tuxedos

Brides Ring~Geiger’s Jewelers

Grooms Ring~Komo Koa Rings

Entertainment~Five Star Entertainment

Cinematographer~White Raven Productions

Photo Booth~Five Star Entertainment

Florist~Country Shelf Floral

Catering~Greens Market

Specialty Rentals~AZCO rustic Design

Lighting~Five Star Entertainment

Cake~Dust & Drizzle

Dessert Bar~Kelly Lynn’s Sweets & Treats

Event Coordinator~The Detailed Look

Paper Goods~Minted.com

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Saying “I Do’ with a dash of lace, a splash of beads, and a handful of feathers

CITY CHIC

THE PLACE: A Swanky Downtown Modesto Venue.

THE PURPOSE: Evening Nuptials and after-party.

THE FOCAL POINT: Super-sexy to Classic gowns to turn up the heat.

Model: Leah Layman
Photography: Kori & Jared Photography
Hair stylist: Carly Alves, Streaks Salon
Make Up Artist: Brittney Jenkins, Streaks Salon
Floral & Decor:Kathie J Designs
Venue:The Century

Saying “I Do’ with a dash of lace, a splash of beads, and a handful of feathers.

UNEXPECTED SILHOUETTE

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Delicate Blossom beaded unlined tulle crop top lined with pearl button back, “Vanu” by Willowby sits perfectly above Watters soft net full A-line skirt with double-faced satin belt, “Nadia”. Available at Mira Bridal Couture or Watters.

SHIMMERY DETAILS

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Glamorous Swarovski crystals, shimmering pearls and sparkling sequins drift down the tulle and lace skirt of this sheath wedding dress, accented with V-neckline and dainty, pearl encrusted spaghetti straps. “Miela” by Maggie Sottero available at Mira Bridal Couture or Maggie Sottero.

 

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