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Featured Wedding ~ Kaitlin & Camilo

Married March 25, 2017

Kaitlin and Camilo met each other in PE class on their first day of high school. The two clicked instantly and remained good friends over the next four years, then went their separate ways for a year just before Camilo joined the Air Force. “We reunited just after Camilo registered for the United States Air Force”, explains Kaitlin. “Our friendship turned into romance immediately.”

“Our planning process was tricky,” says Kaitlin. “In April of 2016 Camilo and I were stationed in Minot, North Dakota. We decided to plan our 2017 wedding in Modesto because we both grew up there and all of our friends and family were there. Since we were over 1500 miles away, I turned to my mother, Mira. She has been in the wedding industry for over ten years, so of course it made perfect sense to have her plan with us.”

Kaitlin worked closely with her mother and expressed her ideas for decor, fashion, the guest list, food, and music. Through hundreds of text messages and emails, Mira was confident she understood their vision. Kaitlin and Camilo flew home for the holidays and spent several days squeezing in appointments with venues, caterers, photographers, and their DJ. They finalized their wedding party attire, and of course, Kaitlin found her wedding gown at her mother’s bridal salon. 

The bridesmaids wore floor length Dessy dresses in blush, her mother served at Matron of Honor and wore a champagne and blush ombré sequin gown, and the groomsmen in black tie tuxedos.

The couple selected The Century in downtown Modesto for their wedding venue. “I traveled to New York Bridal Fashion Week with my mom several years ago,” says Kaitlin. “We stayed in the cutest four-story brownstone, and when Camilo and I walked into The Century for the first time I was reminded of New York’s brick structures highlighted by the city lights at night. It was perfect!”

Kaitlin has been fortunate to grow up in the wedding industry, making it easier to select some of the vendors she hired. One of the first vendors she hired was George, the owner of Sounds in Motion DJ. Kaitlin has known George and his wife Erin since she was ten years old and she was thrilled to have him emcee the entire night; and since Erin is the owner of The Century, Kaitlin knew she would be in good hands. 

“I traveled to New York Bridal Fashion Week with my mom several years ago,” says Kaitlin. “We stayed in the cutest four-story brownstone, and when Camilo and I walked into The Century for the first time I was reminded of New York’s brick structures highlighted by the city lights at night. It was perfect!”

Following the ceremony, guests were entertained by local musician Neil Buettner, The Platinum Photo Booth, and tray passed hors d’oeuvres.  Hand made scrolls with each guests name hung from the champagne flutes filled with pink bubbly as everyone was escorted to the reception.

The evening was intimate, with a selective guest list of 90. Ghost chairs lined the aisle with a variety of ivory flower arrangements and candles. Six flower girls dressed in mix and match beaded and feathered tutu dresses with capes dropping rose petals as they preceded the bride. 

Kaitlin wore an elegant Martina Liana gown with an illusion racerback and grand train with lace-edge detailing. Kaitlin was escorted by her father, and her mother served as Matron of Honor.


A special treat for Kaitlin was their three tier round wedding cake. Debra from Creative Cakes by Deb has been making cakes for Kaitlin since her 13th birthday and it was meaningful for her to have Debra create her wedding cake too. Kaitlin and Camilo chose red velvet and chocolate layers draped in ivory and gold frosting.

Throughout the planning process my mom would send pictures that included her dropping our Save the Dates in the mailbox, the assembly line of invitations she worked for hours on, and various add-ons she was pulling together. It was difficult to not be there with her but we could not have pulled off such an ornate and stylish affair,” explains Kaitlin. “We are forever grateful.”

Shortly after their wedding, Camilo was deployed. Kaitlin temporarily moved back to Modesto to be close to her friends and family until her husband returns safe.  Congratulations to Kaitlin and Camilo and thank you for your service.

Images: Will Khoury   /   Venue, floral, decor, and specialty rentals: The Century, Modesto, CA Bride’s attire: Martina Liana from Mira Bridal Couture   /   Wedding party and flower girls attire: Badgley Mischka, Dessy, and Tutu Du Monde from Mira Bridal Couture   /   Groom’s attire: Michael Kors, Mira Bridal Couture    /   Musician: Neil Buettner   /   Entertainment: Sound in Motion  /   Stationery: The Paper Habit   /   Escort scrolls: Hi Note, Etsy   /   Caterer: Fuzio’s Universal Bistro   /   Cake: Creative Cakes by Debra    /   Bar Service: Mobile Mixologist   /   Photo booth: The Platinum Photo Booth    /     Alterations: Sewing & More   /   Hair stylist: Aliesha  Lechuga, Bella Vagos   /   Make up: Make Up by Katie C, Brittney Jenkins   / Favors: Coffee Bean Bags, West Coast Promotion   /  Calligraphy: Melissa Rayl-McManis

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A Glimpse Into Our Wedding World

What is Project Wedding of The Century?
The team at The Century loves everything about weddings! “It’s so rewarding to take the inspirations that our clients provide us and transform The Century into the wedding of their dreams,” explains Erin Doran, Owner of The Century in downtown Modesto, CA.

So now it’s their turn to design a wedding based on their personal inspirations. The Century’s management team has designed and planned a wedding of their very own. Welcome to The Century’s Mock Wedding.

“We wanted to do a theme that we haven’t done at The Century. Our inspirations will be based on a Woodland Themed Wedding.” Erin explains, “it will be whimsical, natural, organic, fresh. Bringing the outside to the inside.”

What will the evening consist of?
Enjoy a champagne welcome as you browse our beautiful building, strike a pose in the photo booth, witness a mock ceremony, sip on delicious cocktails, savor small delectable bites, enjoy harmonious music. Experience the true beauty of The Century!

If you love what you see at their Mock Wedding and are ready to book your special day then take advantage of the exclusive promotions that they will have available that evening. They will have an information table set up to answer all of your questions.

Finally, you get to take home a tote bag full of inspirational goodies!

This will be a great event to attend for those that are researching wedding venues for their special day.

Join Bridal Couture Magazine on a visual experience under the crystal chandeliers!

Tickets are $40 each.
Inclusions: one glass of champagne, one signature cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, unlimited poses in the photo booth, tote bag of goodies and a visual experience that will leave you inspired.
Adult only event.

We look forward to sharing this special event with you!

Saturday, March 18th of 2017
Doors Open @ 6:00pm

Purchase Tickets Here

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Alicia & Lena Wheeler

Married November 12, 2013

Lena + Alicia WeddingPlanning a wedding involves months (sometimes years) of endless details, pressing deadlines, family drama and—far too often—enough stress to make you just want to elope. Not for Alicia and Lena. Following an 8 year courtship, Alicia and Lena decided on 11-12-13, giving them just eight days to plan their nuptials.Lena + Alicia Wedding
Lena easily recalls sitting at lunch on November 4th and begging Alicia to elope, tossing her destination ideas, locations, painting extravagant pictures of what their honeymoon would look like if they just “bagged the whole wedding ordeal.” No matter what she said, she could not convince Alicia to buy into her intricate vision. Alicia could not carry out such an important moment without her friends and family. Lena’s strong spontaneous streak and an irresistible impulsive nature, alongside her obsession with unique number combinations, made the date 11-12-13 an obvious choice and Lena declared to Alicia that this had to be the date. A compromise was reached and with the generous help of a close circle of friends the wedding date set and preparations put in motion.
Planning for Alicia was difficult because she had a full work schedule during the week of all the decisions being made.  Lena took care of all the details and made every difficult decision. Concetta was Lena’s very first stop, as nothing is more important to the couple than food and wine.   They were thrilled that Paul Tremayne agreed to host the reception at Concetta, as it is their absolute favorite spot to dine in Modesto.  Their close friend Tiffani helped Alicia pick out her dress and had it altered 4 days before the wedding.
“My hair and makeup were done that morning and all I had left to do was slip into my dress and show up,” explained Alicia.  More of their close-knit friends, Julie, Marci, and Scott, arranged the set-up of the ceremony site, complete with a champagne station while Shannon, Diane, and Rachel arranged flowers in antique milk bottles, strung white lights, and hung pennants at Concetta.Lena + Alicia WeddingLena arrived as everyone would have expected, a few minutes late and riding across Kewin Park on her cruiser bike with their two dogs, Porter and Pippa, trotting by her side.  Friends and family immediately burst out in cheers as she took her place adjacent to their friend and Minister, Kate Trompetter.Lena + Alicia WeddingAs Alicia made her way down the long staircase escorted by her parents, the group circled around the altar and joined Lena in drying tears of joy.  “My bride, Alicia, was beyond breathtaking and our nuptials unfolded exactly how I hoped they would.”  Lena looks back at the eight-day planning process and references the 1991 American comedy “Father of the Bride.”  “At one point or another, I identified with each character in the film but mostly, I identified with George Banks.  I did my fair share of complaining about the mounting cost of everything and wasted a lot of time wondering why in the heck we couldn’t just elope.”Lena + Alicia WeddingLena shares her thoughts for other newly engaged couples going through the motions of planning their special day. “Get married.  Get married in the company of your family members who may or may not be around next year.  Get married and gather your friends around you.  Their presence will strengthen your union and deepen your bond.  They will rally around you and do things that make you wonder what amount of good you ever did in this life to be so incredibly lucky.”


Photography::Alison Yin Photography

Ceremony Location::Kewin Park, Modesto, CA

Reception Location::Concetta, Modesto, CA

Bridal Gown::Alfred Angelo

Rings::Platinum Diamond Band by Ivan Gems
Vintage Signet Ring by Fluer de Lis

Florist::Janet’s Flower ‘s

Catering::Paul Tremayne of Concetta

Sounds System::Russell Irwin

Cinematography::El Nido Cinematography

Wedding Cupcakes::Frost

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