Monthly archives: May 2012

Let the proposal competition begin

With YouTube, Facebook, social media, reality TV outlets and more popping up, unique and creative proposals are popping the question on a scale larger then ever.

On Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012, Issac told his girlfriend Amy, to meet him at his parent’s house for dinner. When she arrived he had stationed his brother to sit her on the back of an open Honda CRV with some headphones on. He “wanted to play her a song”…


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Gown Trends::A Dress By Any Other Length

Today, brides may select a shorter wedding dress for a variety of reasons including the season and typical forecast for the area in which they will be married.  It is also a matter of personal taste in style and in what dress a bride will feel most like herself on her wedding day.

Thinking of trying a shorter design?  Take a look at the gowns featured on this page and make an appointment to try the style.

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Painted Faces on Parade

You can fool any friend who ever knew you… but not the one who loves you deepest.
Whether paper or paint, masks impart an aura of mystery and magic to an event.
They lend color and vibrancy to the atmosphere.  To guests, the masks bestow a sense of anonymity which allows them the freedom to get into a few more daring adventures.  To the one who loves you most and knows you best, your mask will emphasize a burning glance and prove the adage that the eyes are the windows to the soul.  Draw him in and let fantasy delight you both.

Giant Venetian masks, jewel-adorned decor, Marie Antoinette-inspired strolling tables, and a talking red carpet were just some of the evening’s highlights at the Society’s Annual Gala: Red Carpet Masquerade Ball on October 22, 2011. The event, held at Galletto Ristorante, drew in nearly 200 guests and raised over $81,000.00 for children & adults with disabilities.

Staff and committee members collaborated to create an interactive vision that incorporated
the visual theme of a formal masquerade ball with exciting details like a live seafood station,
vodka tasting, and  “strolling tables” that mingled among guests as they were served wine.
The menu was the brain-child of Chef Jesse Layman who took the idea of  “food in disguise” to a new level.

Guests dined on truffle-infused Crab Mac n’ Cheese in oyster shells, sweet pea
“raviolis”, and sous vide tenderloin with lobster cotton candy.  “The Valley’s Got Talent” winner Francesca Heyward preformed her winning rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Billy Jean” to rave reviews and the exciting live auction featured a trip to the Grammy’s and a day with Hollywood casting director, Robert Ulrich.


Photography::Mark Verschelden
On Location::Galletto Ristorante’
Event::Society for the Handicapped Children and Adults Annual Gala, “Red Carpet Masquerade”
Make-up::Amber Cromwell
Hair Stylist::Aliesha Lechuga of Bella Vagos
Face Painting Design::Nicolle Landre of Paint the Face
Jewelry::Jewelry Vault
Gowns::Lazaro & Wtoo by Watters provided by Mira Bridal Couture
Event Decor’ and props including Live Wine Bar, Event Extravagant

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Meghan and Nick Bohr

In 2009 Meghan thought she was reaching for another when she accidentally caught Nick by surprise. With in a month the couple knew they had found love. While driving one day, Meghan casually said, “So I want to get married in September (it was September 2009) do you want to get married this next September or September 2011?” Nick replied, “I can’t wait 2 years to marry you.” So the planning began. With in no time, the gown was ordered, the venue selected the music booked, but the ring was still missing. They had picked one out but no formal proposal had occurred. Until one romantic night in San Francisco. After seeing Cirque de Soleil, Nick surprised Meghan on their hotel balcony, bent on one knee. Just as she had she had dreamed about.

Meghan and Nick incorporated many personal touches in their September 10, 2010 wedding. Because of her Italian heritage and the intimate scenery, they chose Galletto’s Ristorante as their venue. Orchids have always been Meghan’s favorite flower and had envisioned them as her wedding flower since she was a little girl. Her Nonno Leonard, (great grandpa) grew Orchids in his garden in Menlo Park while growing up so Meghan decided on orchids and looked to the Patterson High School Advanced Floral Class to pull together her Martha Stewart inspired potted orchids with Nick and Meghan’s initial tied to the stems.
On the day of their wedding, Meghan’s Noni, (grandmother), presented her with her grandfather’s Olympic gold ring he received in the 1992 Barcelona games. Her grandfather was the Coordinator for the USA Olympic soccer team before passing years later. Meghan wore the ring pinned to the top of her gown signifying the close relationship she had with him. For her bridal bouquet, Meghan clutched a rosary that was given to her as a child from her Aunt. As a symbol of good luck and remembering Meghan’s favorite animal, her Maid-of-Honor gave her an elephant charm to pin to her garter.

In their efforts to continue the personal touches, the couple chose Devenda Banhart’s “Baby” for the wedding party to shuffle down the aisle to and Meghan walked to the sounds of Sugur Ros. After the ceremony, guests mingled before dinner and signed fabric squares for a family quilt in place of a guest book. The potted orchids filled the room as center pieces amongst the tables named after Italian cities.  “I felt like the luckiest woman in the world that day,” she explains as she re-caps the touching memories. All of this, because she mistakenly reached for someone else but touched Nick.

Photographer::Stephanie Baker Photography
Venue::Galletto Ristorante
Bride’s Fashion::Lazaro from Mira Bridal Couture
Groom’s Fashion::Men’s Wearhouse
Bridal Party Fashion::Jim Hjelm from Mira Bridal Couture
Entertainment::Johnny and Kelly
Wedding Bands::Devon’s Jewelers
Invitations::Natalie Wilson
Hair and Make-up::Jeanine Hall

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Better than a Trail of Bread Crumbs

As Hansel and Gretel were tempted into the woods by the promise of something magical, let the gowns on these pages lure you into the same. The shadows breathe of intrigue and draw you into a dream.  If you can be enticed by something pleasing and mischievous, these dresses will suit your sweet tooth and inspire your passionate fairy-tale event.  Let BCM guide you to undiscovered treasures that will be yours to take home to your happily ever after.

Steel tulle surplice draped bodice with metallic beaded and embroidered lace applique ball gown with dramatic pleated ruffle skirt by Watters. Grey pin-stripe suit and suspenders by Kenneth’s Fine Menswear.  All jewelry by Tejani available at Mira Bridal Couture.

Rebekah is wearing a stunning champagne tulle and shimmer taffeta ball gown with Swarovski crystals by Watters.

Rebekah is wearing an airy blush silk mousseline tiered strapless dress, bodice is embellished with beaded and hand embroidered flowers in blush by Watters. Josh is styled by Kenneth’s Fine Men’s Wear in his grey pin-stripe suit, silk polk-a-dot tie. Draped in an ivory silk short sleeve low collar belted blouse and tulle ball gown skirt by Fancy New York is Aliesha.

Gown by Tara Keely,  Manolo Blahnik Something Blue Satin Pump. Jewelry by

Gown by Tara Keely, Christian Louboutin Glitter Platform Peep Toe Silver Slingback, Jewelry by Tejani.

Hansel and Gretel inspired set design by Mira Jantz
Photography::Stephanie Baker Photography
Hair stylist::Aliesha Lechuga and Ashley Rocha of Bella Vagos Salon
Make-up::Amber Cromwell
Set Design::Fiore Event Design
Writer::Betty Mantel Lee
Cakes & Desserts::Valerie Elizabeth Confections
Models::Rebekah Adams, Aliesha Lechuga, and Josh Williams. All of Modesto, Ca.

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