Monthly archives: December 2012

Make Her Swoon

Money doesn’t always buy Romance.
Ten easy and inexpensive ways to show her how you feel.

By Cody Azevedo

A major misconception that most men have is thinking that being romantic costs a lot of money, this couldn’t be further from the truth . The underlying factor behind being romantic is putting her desires ahead of your own.

It’s fairly simple to be romantic, but most men just don’t get it or they don’t want to put in the time and effort.  You can show your woman how much you truly love her without breaking the bank.

All you need are sweet, thoughtful and simple romantic gestures for her every now and then to keep the flame burning:

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1.   Create your own set of “Love Coupons”. This doesn’t require a lot of thought. Simple treats like a full body massage,  candle lit bathtub, or as simple as a movie night.
2.   Carry her to bed.
3.   Kiss outside in the rain.
4.   Place a single rose on her pillow.
5.   Have a warm bath towel ready for her when she gets out of the shower.
6.   Send her a random text that say’s, “Honey, I just wanted to tell you that you mean the world to me!”
7.   Make her chocolate covered strawberries and enjoy with a glass of wine.
8.   Go to the Post Office and mail her a handwritten card with all the things you love/appreciate about her.
9.   Rub her neck and shoulders after a tough day at work
10. Wake her up with her favorite breakfast in bed. Give her a good morning kiss and sit with her as she eats.

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Lisa & Randy Varwig

Married October 6, 2012Lisa & Randy Varwog-CharletonChurchill-BCM Feature

Lisa and Randy knew from the moment of their engagement that they both wanted a wedding that celebrated who they are as a couple.  The entire day would have to be chock-full of fun and be cowboy country with a hint of glam.  They wanted the day to be incredibly personalized and knew they would incorporate as many of their family and friends as possible.  They also wanted to have it in a barn.Smalley-VarwigWedding-CharletonChurchill-BridalCOutureMag

Living in the Central Valley it would seem simple to find a barn in which to have a party, but it proved to be a slightly difficult chore.  Lisa took to the internet, though, and found (and fell immediately in love with) Union Hill.  Though the venue was originally booked for the year, Lisa was delighted to get the phone call that Barbara (the owner) had had a cancellation, and on the exact date the couple was looking for.Smalley-Varwig-Wedding-CharletonChurhillFeature2013

Lisa and Randy rented the entire venue for the weekend, which enabled them to keep their friends and family close.  The grounds had 8 adorable cottages and plenty of parking for RV’s throughout.  With the look of the wedding being “Country Glam,”  Lisa and family decorated with chandeliers, pearls, lace, burlap, mason jars (in all shapes and sizes), candles, rhinestone belts and cowboy boots.  Cowboy boots, in fact, were a must for everyone in the wedding.  The bridal party all wore black boots of their choice.  Lisa wore beautiful Lucchese tan and gold boots.VarwigWedding-Featured-CharletonChurchill-BridalCoutureMagazineLisa&RandyVarwig_Feature-CharletonChurchill-BridalCoutureMagazine

As the bride has a major sweet tooth, an epic dessert bar was a must!  The spread included Oreo Truffles, S’more Cookies, Texas Sheet Cake, Cowboy Boot Cookies, Ange Squares and Lemon Bars.  In addition, Lisa and Randy cut their first piece of cake from a traditional three-tiered creation that was wrapped in lace and pearls and topped with a golden “V.”  As a surprise gift, Lisa got Randy a duck-hunting themed groom’s cake as a nod to his love of the sport and the great outdoors.Lisa&RandyVarwig_bridalCouturemag_CharletonChurchill-feature

Other country touches to the celebration included the gift ‘table’ being the bed of Lisa’s dad’s restored ’35 Ford pick-up and dancing into the night to the sounds of the country rock band, Gone Country.

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Photography::Charleton Churchill Photography
Venue::Union Hill Inn, Sonora, Ca.
Bride’s Fashion::Pronovias, Mira Bridal Couture
Bridesmaids Fashion::Alfred Sung, Mira Bridal Couture
Groom & Groomsmen Fashion::Tuxedos of Lodi
Hair::Jessica Vinciguerra & Jenna Wilson, Friend of the family
Make-up::Marica Izzarelli, Friend of the family
Bridesmaids Makeup::Amy Bower, Friend of the family
Wedding Coordinator::Marchand, Friend of the family
Bouquets::Jackie Watanabe, friend of the family
Florist::Heirloom Affairs
Papergoods::My Big Day Designs
Cake: Alicia Moody, friend of the family
Catering::Doug & Laree Joses Family
Rentals::Sonora Rentals
Specialty Rentals: Chandeliers-Heirloom Affairs
Golf Carts- Gold Country Golf & Utility, Jamestown
Videographer::Ryan Smart, Friend of the family
Band::Gone Country
D.I.Y. Projects::Table names, escort cards, wood
direction signs, banners

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Considering Holiday Nuptials?

Inspired by Holiday, Jamie Bearg of Jamie Bearg Photography  and Alexandra Zwald of Alexandra’s Home & Garden pulled together some of their favorite looks to create this whimsical shoot.Happy-Holidays_JamieBearg_BridalCouturemag
Location::J. Haidlen Design House, Oakdale, CA
Photography::Jamie Bearg Photography
Flowers::Alexandra Zwald of Alexandra’s Home and Garden
Jewelry::Susan G. Allen Couture Bridal Accessories (
Make-up:: Ashley Cogburn from Electric Beach Salon and Day Spa (Oakdale, CA)
Hair::Cassie Fullen from Electric Beach Salon and Day Spa
Model::Pia Christin Felmann
Wedding Gown::Amelia Carrara
Faux Fur::Neiman Marcus

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Designer Profile::Pronovias

From cocktail gowns to extraordinary wedding dresses, Pronovias is a fashion leader
in it’s industry.2013-Pronovias-Runway-Show-.001

The Pronovias 2013 Collection of wedding gowns features six collections: Fashion, Glamour, Costura, Dreams, Manuel Mota, and Elie by Elie Saab; an impeccable dress design for every bride.

With more then 3800 retail locations all over the world, including one in your own backyad in Modesto, Ca. (Mira Bridal Couture), the Pronovias 2013 prices run anywhere from $1,500 on up to $10,000. Set with it’s intricate details and handmade elegant designs the Elie Saab collection is the most expensive. The Costura collection is the most affordable, known for it’s classic patterns and silhouettes.

Every year, Pronovias holds one of the largest bridal and cocktail fashion events in the world. The Pronovias 2013 Fashion Show was held in the National Art Museum of Catalonia in Barcelona with a “Garden of Dreams” theme throughout. Their large array of exquisite wedding gowns took center stage, featuring dress designs by Pronovias’ Manuel Mota, Elie Saab, and the classic Barcelona collection.

Pronovias 2013 Runway Event in Barcelona, Spain

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2013 at a Glance

Taking a sneak peak at some of the newest looks for the 2013 season.
Monique Lhuillier

Romona Keveza

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