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Featured Wedding~Victoria Popoff & Devin Hill

Married October 4, 2016

Victoria and Devin first met when they both worked at Brenda Athletic Club. Devin was a certified personal trainer, and Victoria was the group exercise director and Pilates instructor. With many mutual friends, their paths crossed on multiple occasions. Victoria describes their attraction as irresistible: 

“Our relationship is like a magnet, a force we had no choice over.” During their first date, they both knew it was different, and the topic of marriage didn’t scare either of them. Their love progressed quickly, and they announced their engagement just a few months after their first date.

“We wanted to give our guests undivided attention in each setting. At our family-only wedding, we wanted to be respectful of our parents’ conservative and religious backgrounds,” explained Victoria.

“With under 30 guests, it made for a small, intimate day that gave us quality time with each family member as we had hoped for.”

The couple knew they wanted a romantic wedding and reception on the beach but also knew everyone they were inviting could not travel in such a short time frame, so they planned three separate wedding events. The first was a  private ceremony and brunch on her parents’ property, which would include family only.

Long wooden benches created the aisle Victoria’s father escorted her down. She carried a delicate bouquet of dried lavender which paired nicely with her soft off-the-shoulder Ruca Lace gown by Watters that she found at Mira Bridal Couture. In a navy blue Hugo Boss suit, Devin watched every step she took. Victoria’s adopted brother, Alex, carried a hand-built Lego ring holder with Princess Leah and Hans Solo figurines inspired by Devin’s love for Star Wars.

After their “I do’s”, the couple escorted family to a farm table draped in natural elements, moss, succulents, place cards held by natural Wood rose flowers, and a collection of Blue Spode China, a third generation family heirloom. Favors included individual bags filled with Clayton’s Coffee and custom mugs personalized by West Coast Promotions.

After brunch, the family enjoyed outdoor games, including life-size Jenga, Connect Four and Cornhole.

“Our dream was to be married on the beach, with our closest friends,

so we planned our destination wedding and celebration with 28 of our closest

friends a week after our family wedding.”

Tucked between two scenic bluffs overlooking the Sea of Cortez, Victoria’s uncle escorted her down the stairs of the Esperanza Resort to the private beach where Devin stood. Victoria chose to keep her wedding-day look uncomplicated, unfussy, and incredibly effortless in a plunging back ivory crepe gown by Willowby Watters that she found at her long-time friend Mira’s bridal salon in downtown Modesto.

Reflecting the setting, Victoria wanted her hair timeless, so her hair stylist Noel created soft mermaid waves that draped around her shoulders and she carried an organic cascading bouquet of greenery and ivory roses. The couple wrote their own vows and the ceremony was officiated by Victoria’s childhood Australian pen-pal Lisa, who flew in just for the occasion.

Instead of including bridesmaids and groomsmen, the couple decided to ask their guests to dress in a neutral palette, which included ivory, beige, and gray. With the sunset and the ocean views establishing an atmosphere of earthly elegance, they decided to mirror this theme in their decor for the cliff side reception on the resort’s Seaside Terrace.

A family-style rustic wooden table created a warm and intimate dinner. Personalized menus and monogrammed linens were just a few of the personal touches added to their decor. Award-winning musician from the Central Valley, Neil Buettner played during dinner. Afterward, guests enjoyed the fresh aromatic cigars rolled on the spot and danced under the stars. The evening ended when Victoria surprised Devin with a stunning fireworks display over the high tide of the ocean.

Several weeks later, the newly married couple hosted a wedding celebration on the Vine Arbor of Galletto Ristorante. Friends enjoyed hand-passed Hors d’ Oeuvres, music by The Nines, and three-layer pleated buttercream cake.

We were thrilled to select Victoria as the cover for this issue. Congratulations, Victoria and Devin Hill!


Photography Aaron Draper,   Ceremony and Brunch  Popoff Family Residence, Modesto, CA  Bridal Gown Savannah by Watters at Mira Bridal Couture , Modesto, CA,  Suits and Tuxedos Hugo Boss,  Rings  Melissa Joy Manning, Berkeley, CA  Entertainment  Darin Morris, Baker  Carissa Lemos,  Event Coordinator Dainty Arrow Designs  Specialty Rentals Classic Party Rentals and Unique Boutiques  Stationery ESTY.com  Alterations Sewing and More  Modesto, CA  Hair Stylist Noel Espinoza  Make Up Artist Make Up by Katie C  Favors Clayton’s Coffee and Coffee Mugs by West Coast Promotion  DIY Custom Newspaper as the program and Crossword Puzzles


Photography Aaron Draper, Ceremony and Reception Esperanza – An Auberge Resort
Cabo San Lucas,  Bridal Gown Baikal by Watters  Mira Bridal Couture, Modesto, CA Entertainment Neil Buettner,  Videography Jerad Hill  Florist Elena Damy Designs  Hair Stylist Noel Espinoza  Make Up Artist Make Up by Katie C


Venue  Galletto Ristorante, Modesto, CA  Photography Plain Jane Photography  Entertainment The Nines Cake Old Tyme Pastries  Event Decor and Specialty Rentals Noel Espinoza, Endsley Event Rentals  Hair Stylist Noel Espinoza  Make Up Artist Make Up by Katie C


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Sottero and Midgley Behind the Scenes – Spring 2014

Ready for another sneak peek? Take a look at the Sottero and Midgley behind the scenes video and get a glimpse into what it’s like behind the scenes at one of their photo shoots! In this collection, look for pearls and jeweled embellishments, plunging necklines and daring backs… perfect for today’s discerning bride. Indulge in this collection, inspired by the drama and artistry of the legendary Art Deco era! Which one is your favorite? Will you choose a slinky sheath with opulent beading? Or will you pot for a modern twist, with an asymmetrical neckline? Whatever your preference, take a look at the new Sottero and Midgley!

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Lisa and Chris Vento

Chris and Lisa Vento selected Zephyr Cove in South Lake Tahoe to be surrounded by friends and family for their May 21st nuptials. For a less formal setting, they chose a 3 story home for the site of their reception. As guests mingled on the balcony’s over looking Lake Tahoe’s clear blue, Lisa admired the touches that she and some close family members made specifically their big day. Lisa sat up all night the day before making the floral bouquets with her sister Valerie and mother Lorraine. Lisa remembers, “it was not easy at first, but we eventually got the hang of it. But the giggles from our mishaps and the prickles from the rose thorns left me with many memories that I love.”

The food at the reception was all homemade. Lisa and Chris asked his father, Eloy to make his “famous” garlic fries. The fries were placed in mini cups to match the decor. Keeping the “mini” theme the couple chose to have mini-sliders, cob on a stick, fruit kabobs, and mini jars filled with baked beans. As a personal touch, the baked bean jar included a note from the bride & groom.

”My husband and I are very into the “country life” because I grew up in the country and he has always been a big fan of the country. We felt we had to find ways to incorporate this these into our destination wedding. The food matched both of us so well because we are so laid back and casual.”

Photography::Brandon Aguiar Photography
Dessert & Cake::Valerie Elizabeth Confections
Bridal Gown::Essense of Australia from Mira Bridal Couture
Bridal Party Attire::Bianca’s Bridal and Prom
Tuxedos::Mira Bridal Couture
Location::Zephyr Cover, South Lake Tahoe

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Meghan and Nick Bohr

In 2009 Meghan thought she was reaching for another when she accidentally caught Nick by surprise. With in a month the couple knew they had found love. While driving one day, Meghan casually said, “So I want to get married in September (it was September 2009) do you want to get married this next September or September 2011?” Nick replied, “I can’t wait 2 years to marry you.” So the planning began. With in no time, the gown was ordered, the venue selected the music booked, but the ring was still missing. They had picked one out but no formal proposal had occurred. Until one romantic night in San Francisco. After seeing Cirque de Soleil, Nick surprised Meghan on their hotel balcony, bent on one knee. Just as she had she had dreamed about.

Meghan and Nick incorporated many personal touches in their September 10, 2010 wedding. Because of her Italian heritage and the intimate scenery, they chose Galletto’s Ristorante as their venue. Orchids have always been Meghan’s favorite flower and had envisioned them as her wedding flower since she was a little girl. Her Nonno Leonard, (great grandpa) grew Orchids in his garden in Menlo Park while growing up so Meghan decided on orchids and looked to the Patterson High School Advanced Floral Class to pull together her Martha Stewart inspired potted orchids with Nick and Meghan’s initial tied to the stems.
On the day of their wedding, Meghan’s Noni, (grandmother), presented her with her grandfather’s Olympic gold ring he received in the 1992 Barcelona games. Her grandfather was the Coordinator for the USA Olympic soccer team before passing years later. Meghan wore the ring pinned to the top of her gown signifying the close relationship she had with him. For her bridal bouquet, Meghan clutched a rosary that was given to her as a child from her Aunt. As a symbol of good luck and remembering Meghan’s favorite animal, her Maid-of-Honor gave her an elephant charm to pin to her garter.

In their efforts to continue the personal touches, the couple chose Devenda Banhart’s “Baby” for the wedding party to shuffle down the aisle to and Meghan walked to the sounds of Sugur Ros. After the ceremony, guests mingled before dinner and signed fabric squares for a family quilt in place of a guest book. The potted orchids filled the room as center pieces amongst the tables named after Italian cities.  “I felt like the luckiest woman in the world that day,” she explains as she re-caps the touching memories. All of this, because she mistakenly reached for someone else but touched Nick.

Photographer::Stephanie Baker Photography
Venue::Galletto Ristorante
Bride’s Fashion::Lazaro from Mira Bridal Couture
Groom’s Fashion::Men’s Wearhouse
Bridal Party Fashion::Jim Hjelm from Mira Bridal Couture
Entertainment::Johnny and Kelly
Wedding Bands::Devon’s Jewelers
Invitations::Natalie Wilson
Hair and Make-up::Jeanine Hall

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Johni & Dale Melden

“Would you like service out?” Johni, then a bagger at Raley’s, routinely asked the handsome man only purchasing a gallon of milk. To which Dale replied “yes” and as he carried out the milk himself, she walked beside him and little did they know this was the beginning of true love. Ten months later on a vacation in Maui, Dale prepared a champagne picnic overlooking Honalulu Bay and asked Johni to marry him.

Their September 17, 2010 wedding was held at the beautiful Reata in Oakdale, where Johni walked down the aisle to “Angel” by Jack Johnson and they recited their individual vows both ending in the promise “Let this ring that I place on your finger be a symbol that you’ll never again be alone.” Surrounded by accents of olive green, guests danced the night away and captured moments of love, family, and friendship in the photo booth the bride and groom featured. The photo booth keepsakes are some of their most cherished moments from that day.

Johni & Dale incorporated several personal touches on their wedding day. Dale is a firefighter and it was such an honor to be able to have over 50 fellow firefighters attend the wedding and then, for just a moment, all wore their hats in tribute to the lovebirds. Also, the bride and groom chose to take their pictures together prior to the ceremony to create a more intimate setting of those first moments together. Since Johni originally wanted to get married on the beach, they decided to do a “Trash the Dress” session with their photographer after all was said and done. This way every dream and desire came true. The day was perfect and full of love…all beginning over one gallon of milk.


Ceremony & Reception::The Reata, Oakdale
Brides Fashion::La Sposa by Pronovias
Groom’s Fashion::Men’s Wearhouse
Catering::Grgich Catering
Rentals::Party City & Classic Party
Florist::Alexandra’s Home & Garden
Photographer::Stephanie Baker Photography
Invitations::Paper Habit
Cupcakes::Tricia Kellogg, Colorado
Photo Booth::The Platinum Photo Booth
Entertainment::Sounds In Motion
Make-up::Jackie Silveira
Hair::Kendra Kallstrom of Peaches & Cream & Consuelo Barajas of Space 07 Salon.

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