Monthly archives: January 2012

Erica and Devin Peterson

Erica never imaged that $.99 Margarita’s after work with friends would lead to a 4 year romance. But it did. Erica met Devin while out with friends and immediately connected.

3 years later she laid in bed playing on her phone, as she grew tired, Devin turned out the lights. She put her phone away and as she sat back she read, “Will you marry me?” written with glow in the dark markers on the ceiling of her bedroom. Shocked, she looked over and Devin was on one knee next to her bedside.

The couple decided for a year long engagement and Erica would finalize most of the planning while on summer break from nursing school. Erica and Devin chose Pageo Lavender Farms in Turlock for it’s charming and romantic setting and June 11, 2011 was set.  “We opted out of a traditional wedding cake because neither of us really enjoy cake, but we love cupcakes,” Erica explains as described the raspberry filled lemon flavoring. For favors, they selected cake pops dipped in chocolate with a personal message for all of their guests.

After a fun-filled evening of dancing the couple to a relaxing honeymoon to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. They still work at Emanuel Medical Center in and live in Turlock.

Venue::Pageo Lavender Farms                                                                  Photography::Moondog Photography                                                                                     Bride’s Fashion::Mira Bridal Couture
Groom’s Fashion::Camara’s Clothier                                                                                   Bridal Party Fashion::Beautiful Beginnings                                                             Entertainment::Nick Bentley                                                                                      Flowers::Allen Flower Shop                                                                                        Cupcakes::Frost Bakery
Cake Pops::Cake A Licious                                                                                           Catering::Mustard Seed Catering
Hair::Estella Alvarado of Bliss Salon & Spa
Make-up::Adriana Perez                                                                                                Custom Hair Accessory::Melissa Ato

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Jennifer and Noel Romero

As the bride and groom descended down the hallway to the grand staircase of the San Francisco City Hall, family watching, they never could have imagined that this would be the most romantic and moving moment of their lives. “It was very emotional for both of us and so important. It was real, we were actually getting married, and it was official,” Jennifer recalls her moment standing with her hands in Noel’s in the middle of the Rotunda.


Jennifer chose to customize her Henry Roth gown with Mira Bridal Couture and her seamstress, Arte. In planning her look she opted for a retro feel to match the look of the glamorous history of the San Francisco City Hall. Peep toe heeled, Jennifer teared as she said “I do”.  The family celebrated with a small reception in Pleasanton just before Jennifer and Noel would embark on a week long wedding in Cancun with their closest friends.

August 27th, one week later, Jennifer modified her look, walked down the aisle off the azure Caribbean Sea wearing her custom gown, carrying a bright gerbera daisy bouquet, her cathedral veil blowing in the ocean breeze, escorted by her sister, and friends by her side.


“We wanted to be in a tropical setting, with beautiful beaches, and looked for a resort that could offer everything for us and our guests.” The trip was planned for 15 of their friends from San Jose, Modesto, and Los Angeles. As a last minute surprise, Jennifer’s sister Jolyn flew in to join the celebration. As guests arrived to their rooms overlooking the dolphin lagoon, they were greeted with beach bags filled with sun block, aloe vera, cotton candy, chocolates, aspirin, water, personalized bottles of Tequila from Mexico, and Swarovski crystal “Team Jen” and “Team Noel” tank tops.
The week long celebration included group snorkeling, pool basketball, beach lounging, lots of dining and dancing, and a trip to Xel-Há, an eco-adventure attraction. “Both weddings were amazing, but the ceremony at the City Hall was better then I ever imagined, it did not feel like a “quickie” wedding, everything was perfect.”


San Francisco City Hall Photography::Brandon Aguiar Photography
Dreams Resort Photography::Juan Navarro
Bride’s Fashion::Mira Bridal Couture
Custom Tailoring::Sewing and More
Floral Bouquet in San Francisco::Simple Flowers


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Twisting Tradition Down the Aisle in Altered Fashion

By Josh Bendahan

Sick and tired of the same old uninspired getups for your friend’s wedding party?
Fear not!  There appears to be a paradigm shift as the rules of groom and groomsmen aren’t so black and white anymore.

Only until recently have we started seeing an injection of color into groomsmen’s attire. There are more accent colors being introduced to spice up the mundane traditional look, like that of their bridesmaid counterparts. Men have now started investing in custom made tuxedos and tailored suits, a versatile look for the big day instead of the played out cookie cutter rentals. This way the fashionable male is now equipped to rock their purchases to any other event or occasion in the future.

Now more than ever we’re seeing an increase of colorful socks, candy swirl suspenders and bright accent pocket squares.  Meanwhile, the less adventurous ones are going with more lapel play; a suede midnight blue or navy color really sets the tone for a fashion forward groomsman.

The old school cummerbund seems to have gone extinct altogether and replaced by the dapper three piece suit.  Even the traditional bowtie has been given a facelift with colorful stripes and patterns. Ultimately, the color scheme for each wedding says a lot about the lucky couple, while it also sets the mood and tone for each unique special occasion.


Guys, there is nothing worse than being stuck in a suit or tux for an entire day that you hate or didn’t even pick out. At times the bride and groom can be quite oblivious to the heinous outfits they force onto their entourages, sometimes it’s downright criminal. For those fortunate enough to attend a destination beach wedding somewhere warm, we commonly see a light khaki theme, along with flip flops and some shades.

On the other hand, it’s now more acceptable at indoor weddings to see a fitted crisp black or blue suit along with some Chuck Taylors or Nike’s to play off the cool, comfortable look. We all want to look handsome and stylish while playing our part on the big day, which usually consists of   getting wasted and busting a move on the dance floor. It is nights like these that we sacrifice our self image and dignity for our dear friends’ enjoyment. At least we can now look good doing it, because no one wants to be tagged in candid pictures they can’t stand to look at!

“I don’t think there is a specific reason for the change. I think people are just doing what they want now and not going by what everyone expects to see at a wedding by adding something to make it their own” – Leanne Stratton, wedding hair stylist for LoveLee Promotions.

Amidst all this color influx, we look to see who or what has inspired this booming trend. It’s hard to pinpoint a definitive culprit in this case but guys, we can all agree that we are happy with this change. Color isn’t just for the bridesmaids anymore; we’re starting to get noticed and stand out now!

More grooms are becoming aware that they too have a voice in what is being planned on their big day. Make sure your buddy pipes up next time when finalizing the groomsmen’s attire, ensuring you’ll look just as cool for the wedding as you would at any red carpet event. Just make sure he says ‘please’ when he asks her.

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Lana & Rodney Cordova

On March 3, 2011, Lana Coleman and Rodney Cordova tied the knot in an intimate ceremony at the San Francisco Civic Center. The decision to have the wedding at SF’s City Hall actually came from a recommendation from their close friend Mira Jantz of Mira Bridal Couture, where the bride purchased her dress.

The couple said their “I do’s” in front of their family with their children by their sides as their wedding party. After the ceremony, the party moved to a private wine room at Scala’s restaurant where the tables were adorned by flower arrangements done by the bride herself. The two tier cake was done by a friend of the groom’s sister who made the custom cake tailored just right to the bride’s taste.

A special aspect to the wedding for the bride was the role her sister played in the preparation and overall production of the day. Lana’s sister came from out of town to help with the favors which included crème and white ribbon wrapped boxes filled with chocolate kisses as well as tulle wrapped butterscotch candies with customized ribbons that said “We tied the knot.” The bride also wanted to highlight the talents of both her photographer, Mark Verschelden, and Mira Jantz of Mira’s Bridal Couture. With both of their help that went above and beyond the call of duty, Lana felt her special day was as perfect as could be.

The newlyweds  flew to Florida and enjoyed a 7 night Princess cruise through the Caribbean
(St Marteen, St Thomas and Grand Turk) before spending a few extra days on the sunny beaches of Florida. They now reside in Modesto with their 4 children.


Venue::San Francisco City Hall                                                                      Photography::Mark Verschelden Photography                                                                  Bride’s Fashion::Mira Bridal Couture
Rings::Glaister Jewelers

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