Monthly archives: April 2014

Jessica & Carlos Hampton

Married September 28, 2013CCP-0398Jessica and Carlos met in the ER at Memorial Medical Center he was working as an EMT and she a medical assistant. They would often see each other in passing when he brought patients in from the ambulance. One day, Carlos bumped his gurney into Jessica’s computer, apologized, and promptly introduced himself. Soon after, they had their first date, and the rest is history. Jessica’s main wedding-planning tool was Pinterest. She used the site every opportunity she had, as it really was a fantastic way to see a ton of ideas all together. For both Jessica Featured Wedding and Carlos, the process of planning their wedding was fun and exciting. They were both involved and went to every appointment and made all of the tough decisions together. They agree that this took away a lot of the stress and made it
fun. Jessica worked hard to keep everything as straightforward as possible; she organized everything in spreadsheets, including vendors, address lists, payment records, and anything that could be listed which made everything easily accessible. Things were very systematic.

The couple chose their photographer first, then Jessica’s dress, and everything fell into place from there. The most important thing for Jessica and Carlos was remembering that it was a big party to celebrate their commitment to one another. They wanted to focus on everyone having a good time and enjoying themselves. They made an effort to go with the flow and floated in a good direction. CCP-0238A

Both the bride and the groom loved the idea of an outside wedding and Jessica had always loved the idea of a reception in a tent, they found a location in Brentwood that offered both. Since their families are in different geographic locations, Brentwood was a perfect meeting point, almost equal travel distance from both directions. Jessica and Carlos wanted an elegant feel to the day and to keep everything clean and simple, they chose not have a color scheme. For décor, they opted to go with white flowers with rhinestones and other accents.

Jessica gave her girls total control over their dresses. She preferred neutral colors and they liked purple, so they all compromised and went with different shades of purples for the bridesmaids’ dresses and the men wore a light grey.CCP-0758One of the biggest challenges for the couple was attending a wedding every weekend in September leading up to theirs, that made things a little crazy and Jessica was feeling a bit disorganized the week of, but things worked themselves out.
CCP-0708CCP-0693 Jessica and Carlos really believe that getting married is a unique event; everything from planning to the actual day is an experience. They loved every moment, and think sometimes it is easy to forget the reason for the big day. “Loving someone is wonderful; sharing your love with others is a remarkable gift. Your wedding day is the start of a journey, so always take time to enjoy it.”


Charleton Churchill Photography

Ceremony & Reception Location
Newberry Estate Vineyards

Bridal Gown
Miosa Couture

Wedding Party Dresses
Pretty Maids & Liz Fields
Starlet Bridal

Suits & Tuxedos
Men’s Wearhouse

Wedding Cake
Creative Cakes by Debra

Samuel Jewelers
& Z Jewelry

Flowers by Geri

SF Bay D.J.

Elle Dees Catering

George Street Photography

Photo Booth
Hot Shot Photo Booth

Air Show
Patriots Jet Air Team

Invitations & Paper Goods

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Riki & Jason Young

Married August 24, 2013Young-Wedding-712
Riki and Jason met in 2009 while at Lake Don Pedro. It was love at first sight for the two who couldn’t be separated after that day. Just after three years together Jason surprised Riki with a weekend getaway to Monterrey were he proposed at Lovers’ Point.

When the newly-engaged couple started planning their special day, they knew one thing: it had to be an all-white wedding with just a hint of gold for the color scheme. The color palette stayed true throughout the décor and all the way to the desserts.
Before saying “I DO” the couple shared personal vows they had written for one another. After the ceremony Riki and Jason were incredibly eager to be swept away by their photographer and have their first moment together as husband and wife captured as the sun set behind them.Young-Wedding-803

After returning from pictures and being announced as Mr. and Mrs. Young, Jason was surprised with a gift from his wife. Riki had arranged to have a light-up dance floor for the evening, which is just up Jason’s alley, as he loves to dance.

Young-Wedding-953The entire ceremony and reception was exactly what the couple had envisioned during their year of engagement and planning.


Jamie Bearg Photography

Ceremony & Reception Location
Del Rio Country Club
Modesto, CA

Bridal Gown
Maggie Sottero

Wedding Party Dresses
Bill Levkoff
Mira Bridal Couture

Suits & Tuxedos
The Wedding Party by Mira
Mira Bridal Couture

Alexandra’s Home and Garden

Cake & Desserts
Creative Cakes by Debra

Sounds in Motion

J Reel Eyes Media

Specialty Rentals
Classic Party Rentals

Photo Booth
The Platinum Photo Booth

JCD Studios

Dance Floor
Boogie Lights Entertainment

Hair Stylist
Cassie Fullen
Electric Beach Day Spa

Make-Up Artist
MAC Make-Up, Ashley

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Pinteresting Weddings::Unique or Pin-dictable?

Bridal Couture Magazing-PinningYoung women of decades past used to collect magazine clippings and photographs of  dresses and flowers and décor ideas to organize them into wedding binders, preparing for the special day they knew someday would come. Modern women no longer keep collections such as these in their hope chests, and instead turn to Pinterest to create their
dream wedding visions.

On Pinterest, one of the trendiest internet sharing sites, users go digital and create vision boards of elements they wish to include in the planning of their ceremonies and receptions.

Everything from the perfect color palette to the style and flavor of cake is captured on
boards. Floral arrangements, dress designs and every DIY idea a bride could imagine is pinned on cyber-walls for all to adopt and then adapt to their personal tastes.Pinning-with-Bridal-Couture-Mag

Does all of this pinning and sharing make a wedding too “pin-dictable?” One bride explained that Pinterest allowed her to keep all of the ideas she liked stored in one place, easily accessible for the moments when she needed to give visual explanations to vendors, planners and parents who essentially pulled her entire vision together. This allowed her to have the wedding of her dreams all while maintaining her hectic work schedule.

To the Pinterest bride we offer a little suggestion… perspective. When implementing said ideas you either have to do it yourself or pay a vendor to do it for you. Remember to keep a little perspective handy when you’re pinning away and trust the advice you receive from your
wedding planner or vendors about that “great idea” you got from Pinterest.
Have you started pinning yet? Some of the ideas featured on may inspire you to begin. Check out our Pinterest!Pinteresting_BCM

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