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Featured Wedding~Emilie & Michael Sorensen

Married October 22, 2016

“Life was like a box of chocolates.” ~ Forest Gump

Destiny has a way of making itself apparent. When Emilie and Michael, watching Forrest Gump on their first date, discovered they shared the same favorite movie , they knew they were destined to be together.

Seven months into their eight-month engagement, Emilie had gotten a hefty chunk of the wedding planning out of the way and was surprised to find that she was enjoying herself! Having spent her time in the wedding industry modeling wedding gowns for Mira Bridal Couture, working for The Platinum Photo Booth and Sounds in Motion DJ, Emilie had the process down and was able to book the vendors she and Michael wanted with little stress. Therefore Emilie and her family embarked on the DIY projects and created beautiful and meaningful wedding favors which included caramel apples with a tag saying “He picked her. She picked him.” Tasty and simple.

Emilie and Michael wanted to keep their wedding unique, simple, and classic, and went with a vintage-glam theme. Colors of ivory, gold, and black kept it classic while golden feathers and items inspired by the film Forrest Gump helped to tie the theme in with their favorite movie and first date. Emilie arranged the seating chart, and the guest book, which brought her vintage-glam Forrest Gump theme together perfectly, placing pictures of her and Michael in an antique photo holder with quotes from their beloved movie. Emilie found her beautiful wedding gown at Mira Bridal Couture, an a-line creation with beaded lace, a fitted bodice, and voluminous tulle skirt which captured the theme of her wedding with its vintage appeal and fit. Their gorgeous wedding bands from Ciccarelli Jewelers were stunning and flawless. Everything was coming together seamlessly, just as Michael and Emilie had.

On the evening of October 22nd, with Sounds in Motion playing their music, the couple danced their first dance as husband and wife to “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison, a song that represented love, spirituality and destiny for the newlyweds. With an old vintage suitcase, a box of chocolates, and golden feathers, Emilie and Michael included their favorite quote from their favorite movie…
“I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or it we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze. But I think maybe it’s both, maybe both is happening at the same time.” For Emilie and Michael Sorensen, their sweet life together was just beginning.



Photography, Rachelle Davis Photography  Ceremony and Reception, Del Rio Country Club, Modesto, CA  Bridal Gown, Essense of Australia, Mira Bridal Couture, Modesto, CA  Wedding Party Dresses, Bill Levkov, J’aime Bridal  Alterations, Sewing and More Alterations, Modesto, CA  Suits and Tuxedos, Rossini Formalwear, Modesto, CA  Rings, Ciccarelli Jewelers, Modesto, CA  Cake, Julie’s Sweet Delights  Entertainment, Sounds In Motion DJ  FLORIST, Country Shelf Floral  STATIONERY, Shutterfly.com  TRANSPORTATION, Dream Limousine Service

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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, Etsy.com
Seating chart etched on glass and cigar bar sign, BeeCuriousDesigns, Etsy.com

Watch, Edward’s Jewelers

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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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