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.
“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!
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