Monthly archives: April 2012

Gift Registry::Redefined

Who says you can’t ask for what you really want? Our shopping team along with the professionals at Keller’s Gifts and Portico Home & Garden bring you what’s hot in registry and gift registry tips.

1. Register early. We recommend you tackle this shortly after you announce your engagement, and please do it together. Believe it or not there are lots of fun finds for the groom too.

2. Consider your lifestyle. Don’t feel you have to register for cliche items. What do you need? What will you use day to day? Will you have dinner parties? If so, put lots of thought into the type of dinner ware and dining decor that fits your style.

3. Be considerate to your guests by selecting a range of price points and don’t forget to send thank you cards. Notes for gifts received before the wedding should be sent with in two weeks of receiving them. For gifts received at the wedding or after, notes should be sent with in a month after you return from your honeymoon.

1. Le Creuset Batter Bowl and Whisk, Cherry Collection Keller’s Gifts
2. Artichoke salt and pepper shakers from Portico Home & Garden
3. Pears salt and pepper shakers from Portico Home & Garden
4. Aiden Grey cake stand w/cake papers-food safe ink papers from Portico Home & Garden
5. Woodward and Charles Salad Bowl with Tongs from Keller’s Gifts
6. Baccara Champagne Flutes from Keller’s Gifts
6. Good Grips Tea Kettle with Cork and Polished silver from Keller’s Gifts

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Press Announcement::Bridal Couture Magazine & Red Bow Weddings Merge

Modesto, Ca. -April 17, 2012 – Mira Bridal Group Inc. is excited to announce the merger of Bridal Couture Magazine and Red Bow Weddings, Every Bride’s Guide.  With this merger comes many opportunities including stronger marketing with print advertising, on-line presence, and face to face branding with  the new sponsorship of “Get Married Modesto,” Modesto’s leading bridal fair.


To serve the anticipated increase in audience, Bridal Couture Magazine, the Central Valley’s most desired wedding publication, is working to develop stronger web and social media presence through a newly designed bride-friendly website, blog and mobile application.


Purchased by Stacy Vasquez in 2010, Red Bow Weddings has doubled in sales and advertising opportunities and is well known in the community for its travel-friendly size and comprehensive planning resource tools. The merger of Bridal Couture Magazine and Red Bow Weddings will give our current and future advertisers the profitable advantage of advertising within one all-inclusive resource instead of deciding between two competing publications.


The staff at Bridal Couture Magazine is pleased to introduce the new pull-out Red Bow Weddings Resource Guide.  This professional combination strengthens the opportunity for Central Valley wedding and event planning companies to increase their business, build their branding, and strengthen their profits. Together we combine the impact and versatility of magazine, resource guide, internet research, mobile applications, social networking, and hundreds of bridal prospect leads into 5 premium marketing packages that provide the Central Valley and Foothill brides complete saturation and awareness of your business at an unbeatable price. BCM is the only wedding magazine to sponsor the area’s leading bridal fairs, from Lodi, Stockton, Modesto and throughout the Valley, and the only wedding publication with update, modern, and active presence through on the web and social media and marketing outlets.


We look forward to a very successful 2012 and future.


Mira Jantz & Stacy Vasquez

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Jennifer & Brett Ingle

Brett proposed to Jennifer at sunset in La Jolla, near the restaurant where they first met.  Despite a long walk in 4-inch heels, Jennifer’s tears were only from happiness as Brett got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.  They celebrated with dessert and champagne and began planning for a Fall 2011 wedding.

The September 18, 2011 wedding at the Maderas Golf Club in San Diego was perfect. Brett brought his fun-loving nature to the ceremony as he high-fived each bridesmaid as they walked in, and high-fived all the guests as the bride and groom walked out.  He also wore a cowboy hat many times throughout the day, as a nod to his alter-ego, singer Bret Michaels.

As Jennifer points out, their wedding day magic was made possible by many women in her family, including her mother, her grandmother and her sister, a wedding and event planner.  The only heartache of the day was missing Jennifer’s grandfather, Erv Keller.  Her grandmother, Julie Keller, was ever-present to offer support and to let Julie know that her grandfather would approve and was certainly looking down from above and smiling at her happiness.

Venue::Maderas Golf Club, San Diego
Day of Coordinator::Michelle Stowers Ryker
Brides Fashion::Mira Bridal Couture
Bridal Earrings::Nordstrom
Bracelet::Kellers Fine Gift of Modesto
Bride and Groom Wedding Bands::Ciccarelli Jewelers
Bridal Party Fashion::Mira Bridal Couture
Matron of Honors dress::Pea in a Pod
Groom’s Fashion::Men’s Wearhouse
Hair Stylist::Thu Nguyen of Cut Hair Salon
Make-up Artist::Michelle L. Gilmore of Lipstick & Luster Invitations::Paper Habit
Linens::La Tavola
Chargers & Napkins::Classic Party Rentals, Modesto
Cake::Kona Kakes.
Wedding Flutes::Kellers Fine Gifts, Modesto
Reception Band::The Heroes
Lighting::AV Event Design
Photographer::Narrative Images
Guest book::Bella Puzzles Too on Etsy
Candy Box Stickers::Sweet Sanity on
D.I.Y.::Menu cards, wedding program, name place cards, and escort signs through out the venue.

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Left High and Bride

Stories of Couples Abandoned by their Wedding Vendors

It is one of the first worries couples have when first beginning to plan their wedding day.  Brides have nightmares about it, friends and family fear it:  being stranded by a wedding-day provider.  BCM asked for reader horror-stories and too many readers had stories to share!


The Photographer Flakes
Alexis, like all brides, couldn’t wait to see the wedding photos.  She never could have imagined the nightmare waiting for her after the wedding day was over.  The photographer they had hired to capture every special moment closed shop and refused to finish editing pictures.  The photographer also stated it was impossible to complete orders and albums.  After several months of back and forth negotiations, Alexis was finally able to get a high-resolution disc of her photos from the vendor and now has another photographer working to edit them and arrange them into the album she has been hoping for, and deserves.

The Bridal Salon is Gone
Shelly and her fiancé wanted to keep their wedding investment local so they chose a local dress shop as the vendor for the bride and bridal party gowns.  After paying in full for all of the dresses, Shelly’s fiancé drove by the shop and noticed paper covering each window.  The doors were locked and phones went unanswered.  While the bridal party had enough time to order dresses from another local salon, the girls who had paid cash for their gowns lost all of their money.  Those who had paid with credit cards were able to work with their credit card company to claim fraud and get their money refunded.  “It makes you feel so sick that people could do this,” Shelly said, “especially when you are planning the happiest day of your life.  The last thing you’d expect is for yourself, your family and your friends to be robbed.”


Being the organized bride she thought she would be, Susan spent countless hours ensuring she had a bridal binder full of her wedding visions and planning tools. Throughout the hundreds of magazines, Susan found the picture of the dress she had to have. She booked an appointment with a store in the Bay Area that was scheduled to have a Trunk Show with this particular designer.  She attended the Trunk Show and found her gown. She had also recently discovered that a local bridal salon was listed as an “Authorized Dealer.” She stopped by the local bridal salon in hopes to buy her gown closer to home and found that it was also a few hundred dollars less.  She felt a little nervous about ordering through this store because of the lack of organization and cleanliness of the store and staff but they offered a flexible payment option to close the sale, which at the time was perfect for Susan as she was watching her wedding budget closely. Many months had past and Susan knew her dress was due any time.  She decided to go to the store and to her surprise as she drove by, the lights were off.  She became concerned and decided to go into the store.  As she walked up to the entrance she found the doors locked, lights out and the entire store empty.  On the door, a note. “Store is moving, call this number for questions.” After days of getting the run-around from the owner, Susan decided to call the designer. Unfortunately, Susan found that her order had never been placed and the store had its account put on a freeze.  Susan eventually found another store to order her gown in time and moved forward with legal actions against the closed bridal salon. “My wedding was beautiful and this terrible person did not ruin my special day.”


A Florist No More
Jamie and Kelly were weeks from their fall wedding and doing what all couples do during that time frame:  making final payments to all of their vendors.  When Jamie walked up to the door of her florist she found it locked.  Thinking that because of work she had gotten there past closing she looked for the hours of business sign on the door and felt her heart sink when she saw instead a handwritten note posted.  The sign explained that the business had closed, no orders would be fulfilled and no deposits would be returned.  Shaken by this development so close to her wedding, Jamie turned to friends for help and advice.  They rallied around her and made calls to a well-established, local-favorite florist on McHenry.  The florist wasn’t able to do the flowers for free, but did do them at a reduced rate and made sure they captured the vibrant colors of fall that Jamie had planned to have all along.


A Safety Net
John Kirkpatrick, of Omega Pacific Insurance, says that there are policies you can take advantage of for as little as $160. Some of these policies cover mishaps such as a lost or damaged tuxedo or dress, lost rings, severe weather and ruined photos.  Contact an agent you trust to see if they can help you find a policy that will give you a matrimonial peace of mind.

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Kristin and Christian Safian

On a cloudy evening in Cabo San Lucas, Chris prepared a picturesque setting on the beach outside the Westin Resort. He had a small light placed in the ring box so Kristin could distinguish the beauty of the ring they designed together. Before they could join, rain appeared and the evening’s events were quickly moved inside. Showers did not delay their engagement. Chris proposed, Kristin accepted and the date was set.


Their May 2, 2010 wedding was not a casual affair. Kristin had a uncanny ability for event planning and design, which would not go unnoticed at their formal wedding. No expense was spared in joining this couple in love. Kristin helped with every decision, meticulously planning every detail down to the linens, centerpieces, floral arrangements, menu, place cards and gowns.

They chose a venue near Fresno with a lake view. Their ceremony was held in a garden setting with wisteria vines climbing the arbor. The bridesmaids wore strapless black mermaid style gowns, while Kristin graced the aisle wearing a strapless lace gown with a sweetheart neckline. Unbeknownst to the guests, Kristin was also wearing a Tarina Tarantino Hello Kitty garter given to her by Chris.


As they exchanged vows, Kristin and Chris could not contain their happiness, as they both eagerly said, “I do” and Chris kissed his bride. The reception was custom and sophisticated. Guests all signed a magnum bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon that the couple plans to open on their anniversary. To capture individual congratulatory greetings from their guests, they video taped live messages. Kristin made sure every guest had a personalized name card and menus at each setting.

White lights adorned the outdoor venue overlooking the lake, and Kristin recalls that moment as, “everything I wanted, it was my dream wedding with the perfect man.”
The dancing started and Kristin and her maids retreated to one of the guest cottages. When they returned, the maids zipped off the bottom half of their floor length gowns to reveal shorter, dance worthy dresses. Kristin expressed her modern twist with an ostrich feather cocktail dress as her reception attire.  The couple returned to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for their honeymoon in a luxury beachfront villa.


Once the couple returned from their tropical getaway, the wedding duties were not over yet. They had yet to celebrate the family tradition of a Chinese wedding. Kristin’s new mother-in-law was thrilled to give the new couple everything they wanted.
A traditional red, gold and silver Chinese Kwa couture gown was made for Kristin for their ceremony and a hot pink Cheongsam gown for her reception.  The details continued with custom-designed red silk envelopes with gold paper inserts, guests were entertained by the lion dancers from the Beijing Olympics, orchids shipped from Thailand adorned the tables and they gifted their guests with personalized gold chopsticks.
Having endured two wedding ceremonies, two receptions, four wedding dresses and over 300 guests, Dr. and Mrs. Christian Safien now peacefully reside in Fresno, Ca.


Photography::Stephanie Baker Photography
Venues::American Wedding at Wolf Lakes and the Chinese Wedding at Hong Kong Flower  Lounge                                                                                                                           Cake::Old Tyme Pastries
Bride’s Fashion::Tara Keely

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