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The First Look

Love usually begins with a first look, a second glance, and then lingering eye contact. A wedding day normally begins with the same. The bride steps out in that first moment to audible gasps from her partner. The couple rounds corners to catch the first glimpse of one another before their ceremony begins.

Each glance is filtered through love and caring. Without words they show their guests how committed they are to cherishing the relationship for life. For a suspended moment
in time, the focus is exactly where it should be: on each other.
We’ve gathered some of our favorite moments captured by some of our BCM premier photographers and as always, congratulations to the newly married couples featured. For more on our favorite “First Looks” visit us at BridalCoutureMag.com.

Images provided by
Charleton Churchill, Scot Woodman, Grover Style Photography,
and Kori & Jared Photography

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Laken & Nelson Furtado

Married July 20, 2013

BrideandGroom-106Laken and Nelson met in the fall of 2006 through mutual friends. They were very good friends until Thanksgiving 2009 when Nelson declared his love for Laken and the romance began.
Planning a wedding with a guest list of over 300 wasn’t as stressful as Laken thought it would be.  Fiore Event Design helped and did so much, especially with all the little details that are often overlooked.  The couple told them their tastes, what they liked and didn’t like, and the team at Fiore Event Design would present ideas for the couple to approve. Laken’s aunt, Norik, (who was also her Matron of Honor) helped a with final decision-making and it was great for the couple to always have her there as a second opinion.
Choosing the venue was easy because it was held in Laken’s grandparents’ backyard.  Nelson and Laken wanted to keep the wedding closer for the families and felt it was the perfect location, the backyard had many memories and meaning to it.  The couple aimed for the rustic garden theme and the backyard came equipt with an amazing garden already the couple was careful to no overdo it with the center pieces and décor.  Details-102
Nelson and Laken chose the color coral as there is so much greenery in the backyard and they knew the two would complement each other well.  Laken has always been a huge glitter and jewel person and she loved how Fiore tastefully incorporated some large broaches on the flower vases.Details-16For Nelson and Laken, everything turned out better than they could have ever imagined and they have their family, Fiore, and everyone who helped make that day possible to thank for that!Formals-119

Photography::Grover Style Photography

Ceremony::St. Stanislaus Catholic Church

Reception Location::Private Residence

Bridal Gown::Pronovias at Mira Bridal Couture  209.338.9333

Wedding Party Dresses::Dessy at Mira Bridal Couture  209.338.9333

Tuxedo & Suits::Men’s Wearhouse

Rings::Samuel Jewelers

Florist::Fiore Event Design 209.988.7044

Caterer::Bon Appetite, Skewers, Surla’s

Entertainment::Neil Buttner and Savage Sounds

Cake & Desserts::Creative Cakes by Debra  209.985.6692

Event Coordinator::Fiore Event Design  209.988.7044

Photo Booth::Manteca Photo Booth

Hair Stylist & Make-Up Artist::Mena & Co.

Invitations::Creations by Sandy

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Audrey & Taylor Kinzie

Married July 21, 2012

Adoring the details of Audrey & Taylor Kinzie’s wedding day captured by Grover Style Photography. From the reception orchestra to Audrey’s two-piece get-a-way suit, we can’t help be an awe of the timeless elements.

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Photography::GROVER Style Photography
Church::Immanuel Reformed Church
Venue::Private Residence
Groom’s Fashion::Rossini Menswear . Formalwear
Bridesmaids Dresses::J. Crew
Catering::Copper Spur
Florist::Bella Fleur Floral Design
Rentals & Decor’::Fiore Event Design
Hair::Filomena Nault of Mena & Co.
Jewelry::La Vie Parisienne
Music::Knight Sounds

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The Gatsby Effect by BCM

Baz Luhrmann’s take on the classic novel promises to be a captivating fusion of dashing period style and 21st-century sensibility. Inspired by the highly anticipated release of the 2013 “The Great Gatsby”, our Publisher Mira Jantz set out to create her version, bridal style.
Gatsby Effect shot by Grover for Bridal Couture Mag
Above, soft charmuese sleek silhouette with high slit by Enzoani, 2013.  Earrings and bangles by Tejani. Hair accessory by Erica Koesler.  Platform heels by Benjamin Adams. Provided by Mira Bridal Couture.
Below, Kenneth’s Fine Menswear styles our Jay Gatsby in his men’s Corneliana I.D. SPT Coat, Zanella two tone slacks, Eton of Sweden light blue with white collar and french cuff button-up, accessorized with a Vitallano Pancaldi tie and pocket square.
Gatsby Effect shot by Grover for Bridal Couture Mag
“Ah,” she cried, “you look so cool.”  Their eyes met, and they stared together at each other, alone in space.  With an effort she glanced down at the table.  You always look so cool,” she repeated.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Gatsby Effect shot by Grover for Bridal Couture Mag
Twilight illusion bateau neckline and deep scoop back by Watters WTOO Spring 2013
collection. Bangles by Tejani. Provided by Mira Bridal Couture. Vintage Chanel scarf provided by Fashion Editor, Mira Jantz.
Gatsby Effect shot by Grover for Bridal Couture Mag Gatsby Effect shot by Grover for Bridal Couture MagStrapless rouched bodice ballgown in Twilight by WTOO Watters 2013 Collection. Provided by Mira Bridal Couture.
Gatsby Effect shot by Grover for Bridal Couture Mag
Twilight strapless, sweetheart fit and flare gown with 3-tiered ruffled tulle skirt by Watters WTOO Spring 2013 collection. Earrings by Tejani.  Provided by Mira Bridal Couture.  Vintage fur provided by Fashion Editor, Mira Jantz.
Two button, single breasted styling featuring a satin shawl lapel and satin double-besom pockets. Swarovski crystal bowtie. Provided by Kenneth’s Fine Menswear.
Gatsby Effect shot by Grover for Bridal Couture Mag
“In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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Twisting Tradition

Down the Aisle in Altered Fashion

By Josh BendahanNyberg_Murti_Bethany_Carlson_Photography_bridalCoutureMagazineSick and tired of the same old uninspired getups for your friend’s wedding party?
Fear not!  There appears to be a paradigm shift as the rules of groom and groomsmen aren’t so black and white anymore.

Only until recently have we started seeing an injection of color into groomsmen’s attire. There are more accent colors being introduced to spice up the mundane traditional look, like that of their bridesmaid counterparts. Men have now started investing in custom made tuxedos and tailored suits, a versatile look for the big day instead of the played out cookie cutter rentals. This way the fashionable male is now equipped to rock their purchases to any other event or  occasion in the future.

Now more than ever we’re seeing an increase of colorful socks, candy swirl suspenders and bright accent pocket squares.  Meanwhile, the less adventurous ones are going with more lapel play; a suede midnight blue or navy color really sets the tone for a fashion forward groomsman.
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The old school cummerbund seems to have gone extinct all together and replaced by the dapper three piece suit.  Even the traditional bowtie has been given a facelift with colorful stripes and patterns. Ultimately, the color scheme for each wedding says a lot about the lucky couple, while it also sets the mood and tone for each unique special occasion.

Guys, there is nothing worse than being stuck in a suit or tux for an entire day that you hate or didn’t even pick out. At times the bride and groom can be quite oblivious to the heinous outfits they force onto their entourages, sometimes it’s downright criminal. For those fortunate enough to attend a destination beach wedding somewhere warm, we commonly see a light khaki theme, along with flip flops and some shades. Nyberg_Murti_Bethany_Carlson_Photography_NybergMurtiBridalCoutureMagazine
On the other hand, it’s now more acceptable at indoor weddings to see a fitted crisp black or blue suit along with some Chuck Taylors or Nike’s to play off the cool, comfortable look. We all want to look handsome and stylish while playing our part on the big day, which usually consists of   getting wasted and busting a move on the dance floor. It is nights like these that we sacrifice our self image and dignity for our dear friends’ enjoyment. At least we can now look good doing it, because no one wants to be tagged in candid pictures they can’t stand to look at!  “I don’t think there is a specific reason for the change. I think people are just doing what they want now and not going by what everyone expects to see at a wedding by adding something to make it their own” – Leanne Stratton, wedding hair stylist for LoveLee Promotions.

Amidst all this color influx, we look to see who or what has inspired this booming trend. It’s hard to pinpoint a definitive culprit in this case but guys, we can all agree that we are happy with this change. Color isn’t just for the bridesmaids anymore; we’re starting to get noticed and stand out now!

More grooms are becoming aware that they too have a voice in what is being planned on their big day. Make sure your buddy pipes up next time when finalizing the groomsmen’s attire, ensuring you’ll look just as cool for the wedding as you would at any red carpet event. Just make sure he says ‘please’ when he asks her.BridalCoutureMag-Twisting tradition-GriverPhotography

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