Monthly archives: March 2015


We are excited to share highlights from the January 29th fashion runway and fundraiser, UNVEILED 2015 Sponsored by Lexus.

For the past five years, Mira Bridal Group, Inc. has fabulously presented this unique experience. This year, UNVEILED 2015 will be presented by the Modesto Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Modesto Class of 2015 in conjunction with Mira Jantz, President of Mira Bridal Group, Inc.

UNVEILED continues to sell out to an audience of 400 community members. In the past UNVEILED has donated a portion of the proceeds to several local charities, including Project Uplift and Without Permission in Modesto. As the Leadership Modesto class immerses itself into the inter-workings of Modesto over the next year, our goal is to use the proceeds from this event to continue the tradition of supporting local non-profit organizations.

Camp Erin Modesto has been selected as the beneficiary of UNVEILED.

Camp Erin® Where Children Learn to Grieve and Heal

Created and supported by The Moyer Foundation, Camp Erin® is the largest network of free bereavement camps in the country designed for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them. It is an experience filled with traditional, fun camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support — led by grief professionals and trained volunteers. Camp Erin provides a unique opportunity for peer bonding between children and teens facing a similar life circumstance. Camp Erin is offered free to all campers.

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Hilary & Daniel Price

Married October 18, 2014Hilary-Leffler-&-Daniel-Price-October-18,-2014-Bliss-Fotography92Though the wedding of Hilary Leffler and Daniel Price culminated in a breathtaking fireworks display, the beginning of their relationship was more like a gentle smolder.  “Danny and I met at work, of all places, and things slowly developed from there,” explains Hilary.  With Danny’s shy disposition and Hilary’s mom being his boss, the start-up for the couple was a little complicated.  However, friends became best friends, best friends became more, and the rest all eventually fell into perfect place.

Hilary-Leffler-&-Daniel-Price-October-18,-2014-Bliss-Fotography67Engaged in March of 2014, the couple decided on a fall wedding.  Planning, therefore, began in earnest.  Trusting Hilary’s vision implicitly, Danny left most of the design to his fiancée, but was present for the food tastings.Hilary-Leffler-&-Daniel-Price-October-18,-2014-Bliss-Fotography95The couple was very committed to getting married at ‘home,’ in the church in which Hilary was raised and Dan had joined.  The Greek Orthodox Church meant so much to the couple due to its sacred traditions and beautiful Greek ceremony.  They felt immensely blessed to be able to have their wedding there.Hilary-Leffler-&-Daniel-Price-October-18,-2014-Bliss-Fotography101Hilary-Leffler-&-Daniel-Price-October-18,-2014-Bliss-Fotography107The theme for the decorations initially came from the linens from La Tavola, and that gave Hilary inspiration to use gold, black, and white décor elements.  Hilary envisioned having the entire room draped and then up-lighted to entirely transform the space. Hilary-Leffler-&-Daniel-Price-October-18,-2014-Bliss-Fotography117

Hilary-Leffler-&-Daniel-Price-October-18,-2014-Bliss-Fotography115Tammy, their coordinator, switched the chandeliers at Del Rio with white lanterns to continue the warm and elegant feel the ceremony began and reception would continue.  Tammy also surprised the couple by designing their initials into the center of the parquet black and white dance floor, which was such a personal touch.  The flowers were designed to be artistic and simple, using a variety of levels and assortment of flowers on the tables.

One of Hilary’s favorite elements of the wedding was her dress.  She initially found the design online and sent it to Mira at Mira Bridal Couture to see if it could be brought in.  Mira’s answer was destiny.  She had just gotten the dress into the store and pulled it to reserve it for Hilary.  The bride-to-be came in for her appointment, fell in love with the dress, picked out shoes and accessories, and called it a day.  Hilary explains, “That dress was the reason I felt like a bride on my wedding day.  It was beautiful, magical, and helped set the tone for the entire day.  Mira did an awesome job, and I am so grateful.”

Because everyone that was invited to share in Hilary and Dan’s day had had some impact on each of their lives, they wanted to give their guests an experience they would never forget.  The attire was black tie, each guest got a personalized menu, and the tables were draped in gold-sequined floor-length cloths.  As guests arrived at the reception they were greeted by the Men’s A Cappella Group from UC Berkeley.  The patio and hallway were laden with gourmet cheese presentations from O’Brien’s and an endless assortment of traditional Greek treats.  Guests were treated to ice carvings of the couple’s names, vintage furniture positioned on the lawn under canopies of white lanterns, and a poet that typed personalized poems on a classic typewriter for each and every guest.Hilary-Leffler-&-Daniel-Price-October-18,-2014-Bliss-Fotography142Oh yes, and the guests shared in the grand finale firework show that symbolized the love of a couple that had started slowly, but that was now a breathtaking example for all of their friends and family.Hilary-Leffler-&-Daniel-Price-October-18,-2014-Bliss-Fotography136



Bliss Fotography

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
Modesto, CA

Del Rio Country Club
Modesto, CA

WTOO by Watters
Mira Bridal Couture

Maid of Honor, Zac Posen
Bridesmaids, Monique Lhuillier and Jenny Yoo

Calvin Klein

Edward’s Jewelers

Weddings by Guru

Acapella Group, UC Berkeley Men’s Octet
Electric Violinist, Gabi Holzwarth
Live Band, Notorious

Lights & Draping, Event Pros Productions
Linens, La Tavola Fine Linen Rental
Furniture & Seating, Hatmann Studios & The Find Rentals

Just Cake, Marina Sousa

Handmade Greek Pastries

Infinite Creations

Tammy Cunha,Infinite Creations
Amber Allen & Katie Root, Del Rio Country Club

Custom Save the Dates, Invitations, Programs, Table Numbers, Personalized Menu Cards, & Napkins
Paper Habit

Creative Stitches

Kelly Carraway, Gloss Salon

Cigar Bands, iCustomLabel,
Seating chart etched on glass and cigar bar sign, BeeCuriousDesigns,

Watch, Edward’s Jewelers

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Featured Wedding ~ Madison & Ross Brayton

Married July 19, 2014

East Lake Ranch Turlock, CAView More: Ross proposed to Maddison at her parents’ house. He had it all set up to surprise her at the front door, down on one knee with the ring in his hand so that right when she opened the door, her life would change forever. Instead, Maddison went out the garage and ruined the surprise that he had planned.  She was still surprised with the ring and excitedly said ‘yes.’

View More: planning started the very next week because as a teacher, summer was really the only time Maddison had to get the planning done. The first thing the couple planned was to get the venue set. As an outdoorsy couple they knew that the venue had to be outside. Upon visiting East Lake Ranch they knew that it was the perfect venue for their wedding. Ross and Maddison loved the set up and how beautiful everything was there.

For the design, Maddison was drawn to simple yet elegant, so she went for design elements with a shabby chic look. The venue didn’t need a lot of floral decorations, just a little pop of color, and they chose the color coral. Maddison thought that the coral would pop beautifully with all of the green and it did exactly that.

Maddison asked her uncle build the Arch for her and Ross, feeling that the ceremony sight just needed something a little extra.  Then her cousins Michele and Dawn took off with all of the decorations for the Arch and made it absolutely beautiful.View More: The boys were in tan since with the bridesmaids in coral, not much more color was needed. For her dress she knew she wanted something different and right when she tried on the Maggie Sottero dress, she knew that it was the dress for her!

After the couple found the venue, and Maddison found her dress, everything else just came together. Pinterest was an inspiration for some of their ideas but all the decorations really came from Maddison’s cousins who came up with the decorations for the wedding, Michele and Dawn.

All of their vendors were so professional and helped the couple determine what they wanted by the first meeting; they never had to make any other appointments.View More: Ross and Maddison made sure to add some fun elements as well, such as a cigar bar that was hosted by a family friend, and silly photos that captured the couple’s fun sides that were taken by Kori and Jared.


Kori & Jared Photography

Ceremony & Reception Location
East Lake Ranch
Turlock, CA

Bridal Gown
Maggie Sottero
Mira Bridal Couture

Wedding Party Dresses

Suits  & Tuxedos
Rossini Menswear & Formalwear

Edward’s Jewelers

Tiers for Two

Willow Floral Design

Sounds in Motion

Paper Good & Invitations
Paper Habit

Mustard Seed Co.

Custom Arch
Steve Harkrader

Michele Jacobs
& Dawn Altman

Wedding Coordinator
Valerie McCall

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