Monthly archives: July 2012

Kate Trompetter & David Rogers

Married  June 2, 2012

It seemed like the Facebook wires were burning up covering Kate’s wedding.  No, not Kate Middleton.  On June 2, 2012 the Facebook feeds were busy streaming several delightful details (and photos) of the ceremony uniting Kate Trompetter to David Rogers.

Chances are, with 300 guests in attendance, mostly local vendors providing all services for the celebration, and the couple’s level of involvement in the community, many BCM readers will have already heard about Dave and Kate’s day.

Yet word-of-mouth and social networking could never capture the intimate and personalized particulars of a party that was planned as a celebration of relationships.  Only the couple could provide those, and they agreed to share them with BCM.

A point of pride for both Dave and Kate was that no MC was needed for the event.  “It all came together seamlessly,” explained Dave.  “From the mingling, to the ceremony, to the toasts, it all just flowed.”  It’s a modest statement coming from the drummer who kicked off the festivities by marching in with a drum line.Kate&Dave-BridalCoutureMag-FeaturedWedding

Dave described the reason for inviting Enochs High to play their cadence with him for his entrance as “a way to make our guests aware that the ceremony was starting.   We didn’t want to have someone get on the microphone and say ‘please move to the chuppah so that the ceremony can begin.’  The battery was a surprise to most everyone, although Kate admits “I probably only kept it a secret from about 90% of our guests.”Kate&Dave-Fall2012-BridalCoutureMagazine-feature

After making his way in through the crowd of their family and friends, Dave joined Kate under the chuppah and the ceremony commenced with Marci D’Arpino officiating.  The couple had made the decision to not have chairs for the ceremony so their guests stood (for less than 15 minutes) as the vows were read and rings were exchanged.  The vows were adapted from a poem Dave’s father had written for Dave’s mother in 1972.  Kate’s and Dave’s wedding rings were ones they had made themselves with the help of the Wedding Ring Experience.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, Dave broke the traditional glass by stomping on it.  The glass was a gift and came in a pouch that gives Kate and Dave the option to send it back to the vendor, who will turn around and make it into a mezuzah for the couple’s home.Kate & Dave_Bridal Couture Magazine-feature

Another unique element to Kate and Dave’s day?  “We chose not to have a wedding party,” Kate explained, “but toasted our ‘inner circle’ of about 30 of our closest family and friends in an intimate moment prior to the official ceremony.”

To hear the couple give an account of their reception, or party portion of the day, gives the sense that excellent food and exceptional music were the evening’s aim.  The menu was designed by Paul Tremayne of Concetta and included (but wasn’t limited to) poached salmon, ribs, ravioli, beets, and watermelon salad.  Pure Love Baking provided the desserts of vegan mini cupcakes and vegan mini donuts which were served with exquisite coffee from Serrano Social Club.

While three quarters of the guests dined at “farm tables” provided by JCD Atmospheric Studios, everyone else got to pick a blanket from a basket and enjoy the meal picnic-style.  “It was so amazing to walk around and see families, little kids, all gathered on blankets enjoying the food and time together,” said Kate.

Music was just as sensational as the food.  Neil Buettner, who introduced the couple, was on-hand to perform the song for the first dance.  Dave and Kate danced to Neil’s arrangement of the Beatles’ “Here, There, Everywhere.”  Music for the evening’s festivities was performed by local band Hot Club Faux Gitane and a band out of San Francisco, Big City Revue.Kate Trompetter&David Rogers-BridalCouturemagazine-feature 2012

Perhaps the most special musical moment of the evening, however, came when friend Jeff Bonilla unveiled his arrangement of “Stand by Me,” which he wrote in the style of the “Playing for Change” movement.  Each separate musician, all friends, came in at a different moment in the song until all were performing together to produce an almost symphonic sound.Kate&Dave-bridalCoutureMagazine-featuredwedding-fall2012

Kate and Dave admit that the feedback they have received in the weeks since their wedding has been overwhelming and humbling.  Their guests had an amazing time and were touched by the inclusion of Dave’s sons, Zyan and Seth, in the ceremony.  The couple also explained that though the wedding was their vision, the actual implementation of the vision was made entirely possible by Kate’s mom, Dawn Cunningham.  “Everyone who was involved with this wedding got a list from my mom,” Kate shared.
When asked what thoughts came to mind as they relived their day, Kate and Dave had a few practical tips and a couple of profound insights.

Because they started early it was easy for them to stay with local and organic vendors.  They were able to make welcome baskets for out of town guests with products procured entirely from Farmer’s Market.Kate&Dave_Details-featuredBridalCoutureMagazine2012

Dave shared the thought that came to his mind frequently was that it was so important during planning to stay calm and remember that no matter how much work goes into it, nothing will ever be ‘perfect’ but it will be the couple’s perfect day.Kate&Dave-friends&family_BridalCoutureMagazine
And the thought that sprang to Kate’s mind?  “It felt like everything good Dave and I had ever done in our lives came back to us at our wedding.  It was beautiful and very touching.”Kate Trompetter&David Rogers-BridalCouturemagazine-feature 2012

For more on Kate Trompetter & David Rogers wedding, pick up a copy of the latest issue of Bridal Couture Magazine.

Photography::Nine by 9 Photography & Wheeler & Williams Photography
Venue::Private Residence
Bride’s Fashion::Mira Bridal Couture
Dinner::Paul Tremayne, Concetta
Desserts::Pure Love Baking
Coffee::Serrano Social Club
Day of Coordinator::Nicole Smith
Event Décor and Set up::JCD Atmospheric Studios, Inc.                                                    Hair & Make up Artist::Kristin Noelle
Reception Entertainment::Hot Club Faux Gitane & Big City Revue
Additional Music::Neil Buettner
Drumline::Enochs High School Marching Band
Cinematography::El Nido Cinematography
Invitations::Julie Orona, Never Boring Designs

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Hillary & Ben Simonson

Married June 2, 2012

Ben and Hillary Simonson were married on June 2, 2012 at the River Mill in French Camp, CA.   Their colors were fuchsia and black and in a nod to individuality, the bridal party went with custom-made fuchsia converse for their shoes.Hillary-&-Ben-Simonson_StephanieBakerPhotography_BridalCoutureMagazine

The planning process was incredibly fun for the couple and Hillary’s mother acted as wedding planner while Ben was the artistic one who put it all together. Ben designed the table numbers, programs, menus, and seating charts.Hillary-&-Ben-Simonson_StephanieBakerPhotography_BridalCoutureMagazine
The entire day was marvelous for the couple and they are hard-pressed to choose a favorite moment.  “We were very happy with our Candy Buffet and Photo booth.  They were both a huge hit at the reception!”Hillary-&-Ben-Simonson_StephanieBakerPhotography_BridalCoutureMagazine
Photographer::Stephanie Baker Photography
Venue:The River Mill
Bride’s Fashion::Mira Bridal Couture
Groom’s Fashion::Mira Bridal Couture
Bridesmaid’s Fashion::Mira Bridal Couture
Bridal Accessories::Sonja’s Bridal
Music::Sounds in Motion
Florist::Silveria’s Flowers & Gifts
Videographer::Starlight Videos

Hillary & Ben just announced they will be parents in 2013,  Congratulations Hillary & Ben!

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Samantha & Kyle Perez

Married June 8 , 2012

For Samantha and Kyle, it took a collective effort to get everything together for their wedding day. The bride’s parents offered their house as the location for the reception, which it meant a lot to the bride because it was the house that she grew up in. Samantha knew that this offer did not come lightly: the offer meant many hours of hard work would go into the yard, and no detail was left unattended.Samantha-&-Kyle-Perez_Stephanie Baker Photo_BridalCoutureMag

Having a wedding in the backyard added a lot of of stress, and the bride was thankful to her grandparents, bridesmaids, and family and friends for helping to pull it all together, making the day all that more special. Samantha said that all of her stress melted when they were all finally ready and in the car heading to the church. That’s when the fun real began: all 13 of her bridesmaids delighted her by singing, “Going to the Chapel.” Samantha said that is when she realized that she was on her way to marry her best friend, and that put the whole planning and preparation into perspective.Samantha-&-Kyle-Perez_StephanieBakerPhoto_BridalCoutureMag

After a perfect ceremony, they excitedly began celebrating with those they loved. As the french doors opened to back yard, Kyle and Samantha were announced for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. Perez. Glancing at the scene before her, the bride said that she could finally see that everything was exactly as she had always imagined and hoped it would be, right down to the wonderful man walking beside her. All of the planning and hard work it took to have the wedding at her parent’s home was worth it: the market lights that created an open air tent contrasted beautifully with the twilight sky, and the rustic barn wood, supplied by the bride’s grandfather, was filled with delicate babies breath creating the centerpieces that complemented each other perfectly. Sitting at the head table, they looked around to see all of the people special to them surrounding them and were filled with unspeakable joy. Samantha-&-Kyle-Perez_StephanieBakerPhoto_BridalCoutureMag
After dinner, speeches, and a parody song sung by the bride’s sister, the band started the party on a high note as the new husband and wife were lifted onto the shoulders of their family and friends. There was an open homemade bar that was flowed freely all night, and the dance floor stayed packed. The night ended with a final song from the band followed by fireworks. The whole day was– in the couple’s words “perfect,” and Mr. and Mrs. Perez are looking forward to spending the rest of their lives together.

Photography::Stephanie Baker Photography
Ceremony::Sacred Heart Church
Reception::Stokman’s Residence
Bride’s Fashion::Mira Bridal Couture
Groom’s Fashion::Rossini Menswear
Ceremony Musician::Elegance Harp and Flute
Reception Entertainment::Joe Sharino Band
Florist::Blue Floral Company
Caterer::Copper Spur Bar-B-Que
Jeweler::Geiger’s Fine Jewelry
Cake::Tiers for Two
Rentals::Classic Party Rentals

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Fifty Shades of Fun

Christian and Ana.  There is a slim chance these names mean nothing to the BCM reader.  Yet odds are, the names are very familiar and send chills up the spine of anyone who has read the Fifty Shades of Grey Series.


If you’ve read the book, or the entire series (while going sleepless for a week while devouring each line of every page in all three books) you know that a theme for the heroine is sexual awakening, learning to trust her partner, and finding excitement in mutual pleasure.  The editors at BCM had the idea to take these themes and the flavor of the series as inspiration for some engaging and unique bachelorette party ideas.

FiftyShadesofFun_BridalCoutureMagazineLessons in performing Pole & Lap Dances:: Imagine the opening beats of “Beast of Burden” by the Rolling Stones, and your lover’s face as you treat him or her to a private lap dance.  Pole dance studios here in the area offer bachelorette party packages that give women the opportunity to learn some simple skills of seduction.  The classes can also boost the confidence of brides and their maids which is a key ingredient in the recipe of intimacy.
An Evening Exploring Intimate Apparel & Accessories:: Do you know somebody, or have a friend of a friend, who knows much more than you do about intimate apparel and accessories?  Host an evening in and have that friend take you through a repertoire of exciting and naughty bedroom implements, and if you don’t know already, explain to you what each item is for.
Just a Night of Being Naughty:: A final idea is to do what ladies have been doing for decades:  going out on the town and just being sweetly wicked for one whole night.  How would Fifty Shades fit into this scenario?  Lock her wrists with a textured grey tie or simple handcuffs, blindfold her and bring in a trio (or quartet!) of hot Christian Greys to tempt her, tease her, and fulfill one small, innocent fantasy before the party is over.

Remember to have her and the rest of the party sign an N.D.A and save taking pictures for the wedding. This night might not be something she is willing to share.

Boudoir Photography::Bella Boudoir Stdio, Modesto

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Bride by Nature

Inspired by an Organic Milieu

Organic and whimsical is how Jamie Bearg describes her photographic style for the Bride by Nature photo shoot that is the subject of this month’s BCM cover.

“I love to capture moments,” Jamie says, “by using different angles.”  Her goal with a photo shoot is to shoot in natural light to create shadows and enhance the appearance of the subject.  “The interaction of light and shadow is fascinating.  Light can make the subject feisty or dull while shadows can make the subject mysterious and romantic.”

The Bride by Nature photo shoot was inspired not only by women she has met who were definitely “meant to be beautiful, glowing brides” but also by the almond orchard by which Jamie frequently drives.  Jamie explains, “It’s so beautiful, mature, and well-maintained.  It just always seemed to catch my eye and I began to imagine what kind of wedding would be fitting for a location like that.”
BridebyNature-JamieBeargPhotography_BridalCoutureMagJamie strived to create a capricious and couture feel for the shoot.  She knew it had to be high-fashion and make a statement without being overdone.  It also had to feature aspects of the surrounding nature.

To pull the look together Jamie and vendors utilized antique silverware, wood invites and wood table numbers, simple yet gorgeous flowers and linens, boldly natural chairs, a lovely model and a majestic horse.

Jamie recommends this style of photography to any couple looking for photos that will capture their unforgettable moments with much depth, feel and emotion.

BridebyNature-JamieBeargPhotography_BridalCoutureMagPhotographer::Jamie Bearg Photography
Invitation/Table Number/Menu Design::Nic. Roc. Designs
Lazaro Wedding Gown::Mira Bridal Couture upon special request
Hair::Coren Bogetti from Panache Salon
Wedding Day Planning/Design & Floral::Alexandra’s Home & Garden
Linens::Classic Party Rentals
Chargers/Plates::I Love Paris
Handbags::Cara Kiely Handbags
Model::Shannon Kull

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