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Real Wedding~Jessica & Thomas

Married June 10, 2017

NATURAL BEAUTY

“Thomas and I agreed from the beginning that this was our day,” explains Jessica. “We didn’t want high expectations to interrupt our joy and excitement surrounding our wedding.” Finding a venue to match their taste was quickly becoming a challenge for the couple. After several visits to various locations, Thomas mentioned to Jessica that a friend’s ranch might be the perfect spot, and it was. “I could immediately picture having all of our family and friends there and knew that it wouldn’t take much to transform the place into our perfect reception venue.”

A cathedral in the forest created by Redwoods, and a glowing canopy of strung lights, allowed the couple to create a romantic backdrop for their closest friends and family to celebrate.Farm tables blanketed with olive leaf garland, handmade by friends the morning of the wedding, paired with beguiling tin can floral arrangements reflected the couple’s desire. “We received so many compliments on how we decorated and how perfect it reflected our style.” 

Images: Ashley Purple Photography

Ceremony: Morris Chapel, Stockton, CA

Reception: Private Residence

Bride’s attire: Watters, Mira Bridal Couture

Bride’s ring: Brilliant Earth and Roger’s Jewelers

Groom’s ring: Heirloom of Thomas’s Grandfather

Entertainment: Sound Express

Caterer: L & M Blodgett Catering

Farm table rentals: Standard Party Rentals

Florist: The Flower Basket

Cake: Sweet Saneets

Alterations: Sewing and More

Make up: Blissful Beauty by Kendra

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Real Wedding~Kristen & Tyler

Married August 26, 2017 
Kristen and Tyler dated throughout their senior year of high school, but as the school year neared its end reality set in as the school year neared the end that Kristen would be moving to San Francisco for college. Tyler had plans to play baseball for Fresno State. Even though their short-term plans had them living miles apart, they never doubted the strength of their relationship and knew that their future was together.

“The summer before starting college Tyler mentioned over ice cream, ‘We should get married after college.’ I think I laughed, kissed him, and kept eating my ice cream-cone,” explains Kristen. “Tyler has always been a man of his word, and I don’t know why I didn’t think twice about that comment. The rocky road must have been distracting me. Only two months after his college graduation he popped the question. The 26th of August 2017 our vows and some lip-locking was exchanged and we officially became Mr. and Mrs. Bettencourt!”
Kristen, in marketing as a Social Media Influencer, Tyler, now a Personal Trainer and Physical Therapy Aid, chose to keep their ceremony and reception close to home. Their source of inspiration came from their hometown church in Patterson, CA.

“I always pictured a bed of white florals at Mary’s feet and taking a moment to pray with my husband before the conclusion of our ceremony and beginning our new life together.”

“The color white is a symbol of purity, as well as respect and reverence, which are traits we want to carry with us into our marriage,” says Kristen. “The most important aspect of our wedding was promising our lives to each other in front of all our loved ones, but most importantly in front of God. When I learned green symbolizes renewal and promise of new life the vision for our wedding florals came easily. It had to be all white florals with overflowing romantic greenery.” Old world elegance with a modern twist seemed fitting for the couple. “Tyler and I are pretty traditional, “yet we’re 25 and youthful.” Kristen selected stylish floor length bridesmaid’s dresses in black by Calvin Klein for her fun-loving bridesmaids. Tyler, alongside his eight groomsmen, stuck to time-honored elegance with black Vera Wang tuxedos.  
The wedding party’s style coupled with soft gold details throughout The Century would embrace a balance of the vintage architecture and furniture the pair selected.

“Exposed brick, and wooden elements throughout the reception such as our rectangular farm tables and arbor above our sweet heart table brought the natural look we desired,” explains Kristen. “The mix of elegant florals, luxurious ivory linens, and creamy candle light painted the perfect picture in order to transport our guests into a romantic wonderland.”

“Tyler and I really wanted to add fun personal details sprinkled throughout our wedding and bring forward our culture and youthful side,” explains Kristen. ‘We figured everyone loves social media and will be sharing the wonderful moments throughout the night, so we had an illustration made of us as bride and groom and placed on a Snapchat filter for our guests.”

“We wanted our favors to truly express Tyler and me. Tyler’s culture is Portuguese, mine is Mexican,” explains Kristen. “We wanted everyone to have a taste of our culture by trying our favorite signature cookies in custom favor boxes, paired with our favorite coffee beans from our bay area coffee house, Philz.” 

Celebrations continued into the evening with a late night self-serve S’mores bar, The Platinum Photo Booth set-up with black and white photos for the guests, and glow sticks lighting up the room as Kristen and Tyler’s closest friends and family joined them on the dance floor. Making a sparkling exit, the couple kissed under the glimmer. Kristen expressed, “it was the perfect kiss goodnight to our wedding day!”

Images: Lucy Munoz Photography

Ceremony: Sacred Heart Catholic Church 

Reception: The Century, Modesto, CA  

Bride’s attire: Maggie Sottero, Mira Bridal Couture

Groom’s attire: Vera Wang, Men’s Wearhouse

Rings: Ciccarelli JewelersModesto, CA

Entertainment: Sounds in Motion

Caterer: Food Fix

Ceremony florist: Star Events

Reception florist: Bloom Room

Décor, cake, and s’mores bar: The Century

Alterations: Sewing and More

Photo booth: The Platinum Photo Booth

Videography: Anchor & Light Films

Invitations: Lace and Lettering

Bartenders: Mobile Mixologist

Hair stylist: Olivia Bettencourt, Just Teasin’ Salon

Make up: Daniela Pacheco

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Real Wedding ~ Rebecca & Adam

Married September 24, 2016     

After months of house shopping, Rebecca and Adam decided to drive by one of Rebecca’s favorite homes on the market. As they pulled up, Rebecca was heartbroken to see the house had a “Sale Pending” sign. Adam convinced Rebecca to take one last look, just in case. Rebecca walked in and was immediately greeted by two banners. “Welcome Home,” and “The Schott’s”.

She turned to find Adam on bended knee. During his heartfelt proposal, Adam told Rebecca a story she had never heard. Days before Rebecca’s father had passed away, Adam asked for her father’s blessing. A year later, he decided to purchase the house of her dreams as a surprise. Rebecca was overwhelmed with joy.

Planning kicked in immediately with help from Rebecca and Adam’s mothers. “I went to a bridal store in Campbell, CA and thought I found my dream dress. It was the third dress I tried on, explains Rebecca.” “When we went back three months later to pick it up. I put it on and I just felt so upset. It wasn’t my dress. My mom knew something was wrong and told me we would find the right wedding gown. The next day we made an appointment at Mira Bridal Couture and I found my dream dress within minutes. It was the most beautiful dress I’d ever seen and I felt like Cinderella in it. I still am so in love with it! Mira saved my wedding.” From that point on, all if the wedding planing was simple.

For their wedding venue, Rebecca and Adam booked the Galas Barn in Oakdale, CA.  Shades of lavender were selected for the bridesmaids and blush pink and ivory for the floral arrangements. “I have simple and clean taste which played a big role in my decorating and I wanted the least amount of clutter as possible,” says Rebecca. Simplicity was key. “Our wedding was perfect and exactly how we wanted it to be. It truly was the best night ever.”

Images: Ashley Crook Photography   /   Bride’s attire: Essense of Australia from Mira Bridal Couture   /   Bridesmaids attire: Bill Levkoff   /   Groom’s attire: Vito’s Tuxedos   /   Florist: Country Shelf Floral   /   Entertainment: DJ Rod Riley   /   Videographer: White Raven   /   Rings: Rogers Jewelers   /   Caterer: La Huerta Vieja   /   Photo booth: Treadwell Photo Booth   /   Cake: Dawn Hamman   /   Stationery: Dainty Arrow Designs

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Real Wedding ~ Rebecca & Adam

Married September 24, 2016

After months of house shopping, Rebecca and Adam decided to drive by one of Rebecca’s favorite homes on the market. As they pulled up, Rebecca was heartbroken to see the house had a “Sale Pending” sign. Adam convinced Rebecca to take one last look, just in case. Rebecca walked in and was immediately greeted by two banners. “Welcome Home,” and “The Schott’s”. She turned to find Adam on bended knee. During his heartfelt proposal, Adam told Rebecca a story she had never heard. Days before Rebecca’s father had passed away, Adam asked for her father’s blessing. A year later, he decided to purchase the house of her dreams as a surprise. Rebecca was overwhelmed with joy.

Planning kicked in immediately with help from Rebecca and Adam’s mothers. “I went to a bridal store in Campbell, CA and thought I found my dream dress. It was the third dress I tried on, explains Rebecca.” “When we went back three months later to pick it up. I put it on and I just felt so upset. It wasn’t my dress. My mom knew something was wrong and told me we would find the right wedding gown. The next day we made an appointment at Mira Bridal Couture and I found my dream dress within minutes. It was the most beautiful dress I’d ever seen and I felt like Cinderella in it. I still am so in love with it! Mira saved my wedding.”

From that point on, all if the wedding planing was simple. For their wedding venue, Rebecca and Adam booked the Galas Barn in Oakdale, CA.  Shades of lavender were selected for the bridesmaids and blush pink and ivory for the floral arrangements. “I have simple and clean taste which played a big role in my decorating and I wanted the least amount of clutter as possible,” says Rebecca. Simplicity was key. “Our wedding was perfect and exactly how we wanted it to be. It truly was the best night ever.”

Images: Ashley Crook Photography    /   Bride’s attire: Essense of Australia from Mira Bridal Couture   /   Bridesmaids attire: Bill Levkoff   /   Groom’s attire: Vito’s Tuxedos   /  Florist: Country Shelf Floral   /  Entertainment: DJ Rod Riley   /   Videographer: White Raven   /   Rings: Rogers Jewelers   /   Caterer: La Huerta Vieja   /    Photo booth: Treadwell Photo Booth   /  Cake: Dawn Hamman   /   Stationery: Dainty Arrow Designs

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Featured Wedding ~ Kaitlin & Camilo

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

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