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Sacramento Wedding Gowns: Dazzling Dresses {Trick-or-Treat}

Hello, my charming Real Weddings readers. There’s nothing spooky about these haunting looks from Casablanca Bridal. Do some early trick-or-treating right here with this eye candy from The Clothes Mine Bridal & Formalwear.


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Strapless beaded and embroidered appliqués sewn on Silky Taffeta with criss-cross Charmeuse Satin bands and matching Silky Taffeta fabric buttons along the bottom of the zipper.


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An array of Swarovski Crystals, rhinestones, and sequins adorn the front and back bodice. The bodice is ruched and flows into an airy pick-up skirt. Iridescent Organza buttons line the zipper trailing the beadwork and embroidery.


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Strapless sweetheart neckline with soft tulle ruched bodice. The skirt is a gathered A-line silhouette. The Soft Tulle overlay features non-beaded lace appliqués scattered throughout the gown.


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This ball gown features two layers of tulle over Printed Shimmer Tulle and Structured Tulle. The sweetheart neckline and low “V” back neckline have pleated organza under the layers of tulle to add dimension to the bodice. A ruched taffeta band sits and the natural waist and is beaded with Swarovski Crystals, rhinestones, sequins, pearls, and 3-dimensional organza flowers. Crystal buttons finish the back bodice to the end of the ruched band.


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Soft Tulle pick-ups over satin with a ruched sweetheart bodice. The natural waist is accented by a beautiful beaded and embroidered sash with 3-dimensional organza flowers.

Find all these enchanting Casablanca gowns and more at The Clothes Mine Bridal & Formalwear. The main bridal boutique is located in Sutter Creek (60 Main Street #2), but they recently opened a second store in Angels Camp (1262 South Main Street). Please note the Casablanca line is only carried in Sutter Creek.

For more information, log on to Also, be sure to “like” them on Facebook here!

Blog post by
Real Weddings Magazine’s Always a Bridesmaid Columnist, Darren Elms.

Photos courtesy of and copyright Casablanca Bridal.

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Sacramento Wedding: Real Weddings Wednesday {Laura & Ken}


The Couple: Laura & Ken

Wedding Date: August 11, 2013

Photography by Melanie Soleil Photography

Tell us a little about you and your beloved: We met at work. We both started working at a restaurant that newly opened in San Francisco. I (Laura) was hired as a hostess and Ken was hired as a server. Ken is originally from New York City and I am originally from Grass Valley. City boy meets small town girl. We were both dating other people for the first year or so of knowing each other. Ken actually moved to California with his ex-girlfriend!

Eventually we both became single and started hanging out before and after work and the rest is history! I moved in with my two kitties after 2 or 3 months of dating and we became engaged a few months later in January of 2013. There was no fancy, dramatic proposal. We just talked about it and decided we love each other and wanted to get married. We went to Shane Co. and picked out my ring. We started planning the wedding right away.

My mom helped a LOT with the wedding planning as it was taking place in my home town and I was living about 2.5 hours away and she was closer to the vendors and venue. We considered holding the wedding off until the next summer, but we decided there was no good reason to wait and to go ahead and plan the day of our dreams!

What was the most amazing part of your day? Honestly, the whole day was very stressful. Everything went amazingly and I’m so glad about all the decisions and plans I made. However, I am naturally prone to anxiety, so I was glad that it was finally over at the end of the night. I have said it many times to everyone who asks, but the most amazing part of the day was taking a drive to a local fast food restaurant after the reception and eating junk food with my new husband. It was just the two of us and all we did was laugh and talk and fall further in love. I didn’t eat a bite at the reception because I was so wound up from all the excitement, so needless to say, I was starving!

Other than that, it was a magical feeling to walk down the aisle and look at my soon-to-be husband waiting for me. I was so excited, everyone said I was pulling my dad down the aisle. He had to tell me to slow down as we were walking.

What else would you like to share about your big day? I would tell other brides to enjoy every moment of planning and not to stress too much. There are so many little details, but the most important thing is to enjoy the time you have and be happy to marry the person of your dreams. The best thing I did was spend the most money on an amazing photographer and hire a wedding planner. I would NOT have been able to keep track of everything and put everything in place myself. The best money you can spend is on good photography/videography and at least a “day of” coordinator.

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Ceremony Site: Empire Mine State Historic Park

Ceremony Musicians: Lisa Stine, Harpist and Phyllis Grant, Flutist

Officiant: Reverend Karen Stone

Reception Venue and Caterer: Tofannelli’s Gold Country Bistro

Photographer: Melanie Soleil Photography

Videographer: Mountain Event Productions

Wedding Planner: Danielle Loberg

Cake/Desserts: Flour Garden Bakery

Flowers: Little Boy Flowers

Favors: Mini succulents from The Succulent Source

Bridal and Bridesmaids’ Attire: David’s Bridal

Hair: Heather Sanderson from Danae Marie’s Salon

Make-up: Lisa Harter from Danae Marie’s Salon

Invitations: Vista Print

Signage: DIY chalboards made from old windows and chalkboard paint

DJ/Entertainment/Band: Milestones DJ

Lighting: Paper lanterns from Save-On-Crafts and shepherds hook lanterns from The Dollar Store.

Honeymoon Location: Hawaii

First Dance Song: ”That’s How Strong Our Love Is” by Otis Redding

Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? Splurge on photography!

Don’t spend too much. You can find so many cute, inexpensive things if you look around enough and do some DIY crafts. Save your money and have an amazing honeymoon!

Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? No, everything went great!

Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Social Media Maven, Aimee Carroll.

Photos courtesy of and copyright Melanie Soleil Photography.

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Sacramento Wedding Review: Girl Tested, Bride Approved {Newlywed Cookbook}

NWCWhether you’re engaged, recently wed, or celebrating a milestone anniversary, The Newlywed Cookbook, Fresh Ideas and Modern Recipes for Cooking with and for Each Other is a beautiful addition to any home chef’s library.

Author Sarah Copeland’s expertly curated collection of more than 130 recipes features the perfect mix of simple and simply elegant dishes for every palate and occasion, while Sarah Remington’s exquisite photos will inspire even inexperienced cooks to brave the food processor.

Sprinkled throughout are the writer/food expert/urban gardener/newlywed’s tips for artful entertaining, thoughtful ingredient sourcing, and, of course, love.

As a self-proclaimed dessert connoisseur, I was instantly drawn to Copeland’s “My Girl’s Brownies”. With less than 10 ingredients (most of which you probably have on hand), I created a crowd-pleasing pan of sinful deliciousness that was gone faster than I could say, “I do!”

Scroll for details on how you can win your own copy of The Newlywed Cookbook, Fresh Ideas and Modern Recipes for Cooking with and for Each Other!

Brownie Recipe Newlywed Cookbook


My Girl’s Brownies


10 tbsp unsalted butter, plus more for the pan

1 cup sugar

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs, chilled

½ cup cocoa powder

½ cup all-purpose plain flour

1 generous pinch (about 1/8 tsp) of fine sea salt

½ cup toasted walnuts (optional)

Preheat the oven to 325. Lightly butter an 8-in baking pan. Line the pan with parchment/baking paper: cut two strips 8 in wide and long enough that they hang about 2 in over each side of the pan the create flaps. Tuck the paper into the edges of the pan and butter the parchment.

Cream the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla and the eggs and mix to combine. Add the cocoa, flour, and salt and stir to bring together, stopping to scrape the bowl as needed. Lightly stir in toasted walnuts, if you wish, with a spatula.

Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake until the top cracks and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out moist but not gooey, 30 to 35 minutes.

Transfer to a wire to rack to cool. Cut into 9 to 12 bars, and serve warm or cool completely.

P.S. These are the perfect brownies for a sundae, and soften into rich folds of vanilla ice cream like a dream.

To find a copy of The Newlywed Cookbook locally, visit Barnes & Noble’s Birdcage and Roseville locations.

Great news! Our friends at Chronicle Books are giving away a copy of the Newlywed Cookbook to one lucky Real Weddings reader! Just click HERE to enter on our contest page!

Photos courtesy of Chronicle Books.

Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine contributor, Morgan Casarez.

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Sacramento Wedding Contest: TODAY’s the Deadline to Enter the Blissful Bride Contest!

The deadline to enter The Blissful Bride Contest is TODAY! Did you turn your application in? Hurry, email it over by midnight for chance to win a fabulous prize package valued at $2,997!!



Real Weddings Magazine and Jennifer Gilchrist The Blissful Bride Coach, are thrilled to offer this special contest exclusively for local Real Weddings readers! One lucky couple will be chosen to work with Jennifer Gilchrist The Blissful Bride Coach throughout their wedding planning experience, and their Blissful Bride journey will be shared with the Real Weddings Magazine community.


The winning prize package includes:

  • Blissful Bride Coaching Package.

    Module 1 – Blissful Breakthrough
    Take a look at what’s causing you stress and find out what’s in between you and your dream wedding.Module 2 – Blissful Clarity
    Get crystal clear on what YOUR dream wedding looks like so that a plan can be created that supports you in having it.

    Module 3 – Blissful Resourcing
    Review your hair and make-up vision, learn how to create a balanced self-care schedule in which you are making time for your wedding , play, workouts, etc., hiring a support team of professionals, and creating a family and friends plan that supports you.

    Module 4 – Blissful Bridal Plan
    Create your Blissful Bridal Plan, including your Wedding Week Bliss Plan, your Wedding Day Bridal Bliss Plan, building your Day-Of support team and a photography plan so you can embody radiance in your photos.

    Module 5 – Blissful Life
    Follow up after wedding to set the tone for your success in your marriage as you begin a new chapter in your life.

  • (8) 60 minute 1-on-1 coaching sessions with Jennifer Gilchrist The Blissful Bride Coach.
  • (8) guided healing meditations downloads to support you throughout our coaching sessions and beyond.
    Topics include: Clarity of Vision, Clear loving communication with others, Bringing in more peace, Letting go of worry, Good nights sleep, Day of Wedding Intention Setting, and Releasing Stress from body.
  • Training series teaching you easy mediation tools and intention setting.
  • (4) 15 minute SOS laser coaching calls to be used anytime though out your engagement when you need a little support.
  • From Bridal Stress to Bridal Bliss 2 part Audio Training Download.
    - Call 1: “4 Secrets to Avoiding Massive Meltdowns While Planning the Wedding of YOUR Dreams”
    - Call 2: “How to Make Every Moment of Your Wedding Day Blissful”

Total Value of Prize: $2,997



Doesn’t this sound amazing? Who wants to win?

For more information about Jennifer Gilchrist The Blissful Bride Coach, log on to

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Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Social Media Maven, Aimee Carroll.

Photos and information courtesy of Jennifer Gilchrist The Blissful Bride Coach.

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Sacramento Wedding Event: You’re invited to the Bridal Open House at Arden Hills

Sacramento Wedding Photography - Real Weddings MagazineSearching for a fabulous wedding venue? Don’t miss the complimentary “Bridal Open House” at Arden Hills on Sunday, November 2nd, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.!

Newly engaged couples and event planners are invited to the breathtaking resort where they will enjoy tasty appetizers and refreshments while touring the gorgeous site with three elegant ballrooms — one newly remodeled — two lush wedding courtyards, the luxurious overnight Villas and award-winning spa and salon. Known as the area’s premiere wedding destination, Arden Hills is the perfect venue for creating events to remember.

Stop by our booth at this event to get your FREE copy of Real Weddings Magazine and a FREE copy of our wedding planner Real Weddings Magazine’s The Planning Guide!

Plus, enter to win a $50 gift certificate to Fat’s Asia Bistro!

Event details:

When: Sunday, November 2, 2014

Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Arden Hills at 1220 Arden Hills Lane in Sacramento

Cost: Admission is FREE.

What You’ll Experience: Enjoy complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres while you and your fiance tour the resort.

For more information, click HERE or call 916-382-8955.

Be sure to tell them you found out about the event from Real Weddings Magazine!


Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Social Media Maven, Aimee Carroll.

Photo by Jacqueline Photography, © Real Weddings Magazine. For additional cover model shoot photos and details, please click on this link.

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