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Brooke & Nick Gaither

Married October 20, 2012

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Nick and Brooke first met at their favorite burger spot when they were each 17 years old.  After eight years of friendship and romance, Nick proposed to Brooke at Brook’s father’s 50th birthday celebration.  “It was so special to have all of our family and close friends with us,” Brooke recalls.Nick & Brooke Gaither_Stephanie Baker Photo_BridalCoutureMag

Eighteen months after he popped the question, the couple said their vows at the dazzling Palm Event Center in the Livermore  wine valley.  The couple chose black and white as their wedding colors to establish a simple, yet elegant look for the occasion. Their monogram logo, B & N, was printed on the save-the-dates, the invitations, and the menu cards.  The couple said their vows in the exquisite Estate Room, in front of an arch created from soft-white drapery and embellished with flower rings.  In place of traditional favors, the couple gave donations to the American Cancer Society and the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation on the behalf of each guest.  The fun music of KJ and the All Stars had everyone on the dance floor late into the evening giving everyone a night to remember.  Nick and Brooke were thrilled with the way that the event came together.

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These happy newlyweds look forward to a bright future together: enjoying time with friends and family, boating, and catching some Giants games.

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The Estate Room,  The Palms Event Center

The Ballroom, The Palms Event Center

Bridal Gown
Novella Bridal

Suits & Tuxedos
Rossini Menswear . Formalwear

Wedding Cake
Two for Two Cakes

Gabriel Fine Jewelers

Mandy Scott Events

Invitations & Printables
Hyegraph & Calligraphy

Keith Johnson All Stars

Krista Strader

Event Coordinator
Mandy Scott Events

Hair & Make-Up
Get Your DO up!

Drapery, Chairs, Lighting
Hartmann Studios

Linen Rentals
La Tavola

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Kacey & Paul Skifter

Married August 25, 2012

Shades of pink shadow over Union Hill Inn in Sonora, Ca. for the intimate wedding ceremony and reception of Kacey & Paul during a late Summer afternoon.    Kacey & Paul Skifter by Stephanie Baker for Bridal Couture Mag
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Photographer::Stephanie Baker Photography
Venue:: Union Hill Inn, Sonora, Ca.
Brides Fashion::Madeline Gardner
Bridesmaids Fashion::Bill Levkoff
Groom & Groomsmen Fashion::Men’s Wearhouse
Florist::Friend of the Family
Paper Goods::Friend of the Family
Cake::Lila & Sage
Catering::Lila & Sage

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Better than a Trail of Bread Crumbs

With the 2013 spin on the fairy tale Hansel & Gretel in theatres now, BCM wanted to share our version of the children’s fairytale. Editor-in-Chief, Mira Jantz created the bridal style set inspired by Hansel & Gretel in our Spring/Summer 2012 issue. With so much buzz over the newest release we thought we’d bring back our interpretation.

As Hansel and Gretel were tempted into the woods by the promise of something magical, let the gowns on these pages lure you into the same. The shadows breathe of intrigue and draw you into a dream.  If you can be enticed by something pleasing and mischievous, these dresses will suit your sweet tooth and inspire your passionate fairy-tale event.
Hansel&Gretel_BridalCoutureSteel tulle surplice draped bodice with metallic beaded and embroidered lace applique ball gown with dramatic pleated ruffle skirt by Watters. Grey pin-stripe suit by Selix. Suspenders from Kenneth’s Fine Menswear. Jewelry by Tejani.Hansel&Gretel_BridalCoutureMag3Champagne tulle and shimmer taffeta ball gown with Swarovski crystals by Watters.Hansel&Gretel-BridalCoutureMagazine
Airy blush silk mousseline tiered strapless dress, bodice is embellished with beaded and hand embroidered flowers in blush by Watters. Grey pin-stripe suit, Selix. Silk polk-a-dot tie Kenneth’s Fine Menswear.  Ivory silk short sleeve low collar belted blouse and tulle ball gown skirt by Fancy New York at  All jewelry by Tejani.
Left, Tara Keely gown, Manolo Blahnik Something Blue Satin Pump, jewelry by Tejani.
Right, Tara Keely gown, Christian Louboutin Glitter Platform Peep Toe Silver Slingback, Jewelry by Tejani, tuxedo by Selix.

Hansel and Gretel interpretation by Mira Jantz
Photography::Stephanie Baker Photography
Hair stylist::Aliesha Lechuga and Ashley Rocha of Bella Vagos Salon, Modesto
Make-up::Amber Cromwell
Set Design::Fiore Event Design
Writer::Betty Mantel Lee
Cakes & Desserts::Valerie Elizabeth Confections
Models::Rebekah Adams, Aliesha Lechuga, and Josh Williams.

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Daniela & Trevor Cordova Married June 3, 2012

Married June 3, 2012

Trevor and Daniela met over five years ago while they were both attending CSU Chico. Well, technically they met when Daniela started dating Trevor’s roommate, but when that relationship didn’t work out, Trevor convinced her to go out on a date with him. After their first date, Daniela said that she knew he was the one for her. After they graduated, they moved back to the area together, and eventually landed at his family’s farm in Denair. After over 3 1/2 years of dating, Trevor proposed to her in the house that they shared.

When they became engaged over a year ago, they were determined to incorporate who they were as a couple in all the wedding plans. Farming and almonds are a big part of their lives: Daniela’s father is a farmer in Modesto, so she grew up around farming, while Trevor’s family owns 700 acres in Denair and farms almonds. After Trevor graduated from CSU Chico, he decided to go into the family business and help his dad on the farm, so it was not only their past, but their future as well.BCM_Featurewedding_S.BakerPhoto
It was decided early on that the setting would be “rustic elegance”. After choosing a theme, they started looking for venues. They’d heard about a vineyard in Lodi from a fortuitous conversation that Trevor’s mom had with a stranger, so they decided to go and take a look. As soon as they toured the wedding ceremony area at Oak Farm Vineyards, they were sold. The huge, beautiful, oak tree was exactly where they had envisioned swapping their vows. The grounds were  gorgeous and Daniela said, “It literally took our breath away.” After determining the wedding location, everything started to fall into place. She decided on the colors: buttercup yellow, coral, and ivory, and tried to incorporate almonds as much as possible. With the help of her mother and future mother-in-law, Daniela said that all of their free time was spent on planning the perfect wedding.

On June 3, 2012, a beautiful Sunday morning, they got ready for the big day. The wedding ceremony started at 3:30 p.m., and Daniela fondly remembers walking down the aisle with her dad. As she looked for her groom waiting at the alter, she saw Trevor breaking down at the sight of her. Daniela said, “It was the most surreal moment, and I will always remember that look on his face when he first saw me.”

After the ceremony, a cocktail hour was held by the lake. After the pictures were taken, everyone headed to the wine pavilion where the reception took place. “It was the best night of our lives,” they gushed, joy evident on their faces, “Everyone told us it was ‘one of the best weddings they have ever been to.’” They raved about their DJ who played great music, the fabulous wine, the amazing cake (with almond filling) from Tiers for Two, and the photo booth that their guests enjoyed.BCM-featured-wedding_S.baker-photo
Trevor and Daniela said that the best part of their wedding was having all of their close family and friends there to celebrate. Family is the most important thing to them and they had a wonderful, memorable day creating their brand new family of two.


Photographer::Stephanie Baker Photography
Venue::Oak Farm Vineyards
Bride’s Fashion::Mira Bridal Couture
Shoes::Custom through ETSY, Design Your Pedestal
Hair Accessory::Etsy, Bella Blooms
Veil::Mira Bridal Couture
Groom’s Fashion::Tommy Hilfiger
Ceremony Musician::Larry Henderson
Reception Entertainment::Elite Entertainment
Florist::Michael Hernandes of Simple Flowers
Caterer::Ruben from Albrijes
Jeweler::Vail Creek Jewelers
Cake::Tiers for Two
Rentals::Classic Party Rentals
Invitations:: The Groom, Trevor Cordova
Favors::D.I.Y. quilted mason jars filled with seasoned almonds

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Samantha & Kyle Perez

Married June 8 , 2012

For Samantha and Kyle, it took a collective effort to get everything together for their wedding day. The bride’s parents offered their house as the location for the reception, which it meant a lot to the bride because it was the house that she grew up in. Samantha knew that this offer did not come lightly: the offer meant many hours of hard work would go into the yard, and no detail was left unattended.Samantha-&-Kyle-Perez_Stephanie Baker Photo_BridalCoutureMag

Having a wedding in the backyard added a lot of of stress, and the bride was thankful to her grandparents, bridesmaids, and family and friends for helping to pull it all together, making the day all that more special. Samantha said that all of her stress melted when they were all finally ready and in the car heading to the church. That’s when the fun real began: all 13 of her bridesmaids delighted her by singing, “Going to the Chapel.” Samantha said that is when she realized that she was on her way to marry her best friend, and that put the whole planning and preparation into perspective.Samantha-&-Kyle-Perez_StephanieBakerPhoto_BridalCoutureMag

After a perfect ceremony, they excitedly began celebrating with those they loved. As the french doors opened to back yard, Kyle and Samantha were announced for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. Perez. Glancing at the scene before her, the bride said that she could finally see that everything was exactly as she had always imagined and hoped it would be, right down to the wonderful man walking beside her. All of the planning and hard work it took to have the wedding at her parent’s home was worth it: the market lights that created an open air tent contrasted beautifully with the twilight sky, and the rustic barn wood, supplied by the bride’s grandfather, was filled with delicate babies breath creating the centerpieces that complemented each other perfectly. Sitting at the head table, they looked around to see all of the people special to them surrounding them and were filled with unspeakable joy. Samantha-&-Kyle-Perez_StephanieBakerPhoto_BridalCoutureMag
After dinner, speeches, and a parody song sung by the bride’s sister, the band started the party on a high note as the new husband and wife were lifted onto the shoulders of their family and friends. There was an open homemade bar that was flowed freely all night, and the dance floor stayed packed. The night ended with a final song from the band followed by fireworks. The whole day was– in the couple’s words “perfect,” and Mr. and Mrs. Perez are looking forward to spending the rest of their lives together.

Photography::Stephanie Baker Photography
Ceremony::Sacred Heart Church
Reception::Stokman’s Residence
Bride’s Fashion::Mira Bridal Couture
Groom’s Fashion::Rossini Menswear
Ceremony Musician::Elegance Harp and Flute
Reception Entertainment::Joe Sharino Band
Florist::Blue Floral Company
Caterer::Copper Spur Bar-B-Que
Jeweler::Geiger’s Fine Jewelry
Cake::Tiers for Two
Rentals::Classic Party Rentals

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