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Real Weddings Dazzling Dresses: Late Summer Bouquet

Summer salutations, my Real Weddings readers. Summer may be winding down, by we’re turning up the heat with these gorgeous gowns brought to us by Bellisima Bridal Boutique in Woodland. Enjoy the pretty.

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David Tutera – Ivy

Strapless Venise and metallic lace, tulle and organza ball gown wedding dress, softly curved neckline and back bodice trimmed with hand-beading, dimensional Venise lace bodice with accents of beaded metallic lace, dropped waistline, full softly gathered tulle and organza skirt with matching lace appliqués cascading down to chapel length train, detachable spaghetti and halter straps included.

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Justin Alexander – 8738

Heavily beaded metallic embroidered lace over organza A-line gown. The gown features a soft sweetheart neckline and is finished with crystal and tulle covered buttons over the back zipper and a chapel train.

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St. Patrick of Pronovias – Amilia

Strapless tulle with rebrode lace applications with silver beading. This gown is available with a corset or zip back. Shown with tulle veil.

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Kenneth Winston Private Label by G – 1583

Sheer batteau neckline consisting of intricate beadwork adorns the bodice entirely with a stunning back piece that is finished with layers of ruffled organza.

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Bellísima Sweetheart – 6034

Matte satin and corded lace mermaid features a strapless neckline and a thin satin detachable belt with beaded motif. Style has a chapel length train and satin buttons that cover the zipper.

Find all these gorgeous gowns and more at Bellisima Bridal Boutique, 517 Main Street in Woodland. 530-661-8084, bellisimabridalboutique.net. And, don’t forget to “Like” Bellisima Bridal Boutique on Facebook at facebook.com/Bellisimabridalboutique.

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

Photos courtesy of and copyright (in order of appearance) David Tutera Bridal, Justin Alexander Bridal, St. Patrick of Pronovias, Kenneth Winston Private Label by G and Bellísima Sweetheart.

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Real Weddings Wednesday: Presenting Cindy & Matthew

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Wedding Date: October 27, 2013

Photography by Colleen Riley Photography

Tell us a little about you and your beloved: We met each other freshman year of college, both of us having different recollections of the first time meeting! Matt says he tried to spark up a conversation during the first week of school, but I don’t recall talking to him for the first time until the last week of school!

We spent the entire year seeing each other in passing on campus, smiling at each other but never saying a word. Matt felt like he was shut down the first time and it took him the entire year to try again. We never ended up dating but remained in contact sporadically through the years.

Twelve years later, we connected and gave ourselves a real shot at being together. After our first year together, we got pregnant with our son, Kian. Matt proposed the day after he was born. Our wedding planning was a breeze! We are both very easy going and we planned it all in about 3 months!

What was the most amazing part of your day? Having all of our loved ones from all over the world all together in one room.

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Ceremony Site: The Palace of Fine Arts San Francisco

Ceremony Musicians: Nick Rossi Trio

Officiant: Our dear friend Jessica got officiated just for us!

Reception Venue: The Prescott Hotel

Photographer: Colleen Riley Photography

Caterer: Postrio

Cake/Desserts: Mini Cupcakes and Macaroons

Flowers: DIY

Bridal Attire: David’s Bridal

Bridesmaids’ Attire: Nordstrom Rack

Hair: DIY

Make-up: My friend Rita is a professional make up artist! She did my make up as my wedding gift.

Invitations: DIY

Signage: DIY

DJ/Entertainment/Band: Jason Kick

Photo Booth: We used an iPad wedding photo booth app, had our iPad on a tripod and our photographer provided a backdrop.

Furniture Rentals: Abbey Rentals

Transportation: SF Mini Bus and UBER

Honeymoon Location: TBD

First Dance Song: “At Last” by Etta James

Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? Weddings don’t have to be expensive! With the proper time and planning, you can save a lot by doing things yourself or having friends help.

Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? Made it more intimate so we could have more quality time with certain people!

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

Photos courtesy of and copyright Colleen Riley Photography.

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Featured Partner: J. Marie Custom Events

Having spent years working for some of Sacramento’s leading caterers, Jordan Brushia was more than qualified when, in 2006, she struck out on her own to establish J. Marie Custom Events, a full-service event planning, catering, and venue management company.

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By working closely with both brides and local wedding venues, Brushia is able to create what she describes as “the best atmosphere possible for all involved” and says she loves seeing a couple’s special day come together. “I find the best moment in the execution and excitement of a day well planned,” she shares. “I feel blessed to be a part of such intimacy.”

Here, she shares her Top 10 Tips for Wedding Day Perfection:

1. Efficiency is a must during the planning process.

Find the fastest way to expose yourself to all things weddings, and try not get caught up in expectations or pre-conceived notions. Absorb as much information as possible. With every conversation and article, you’ll find direction.

2. Be selective with your guest list.

The cost of extra attendees eats up funds that could be better spent on the little extras you truly desire.

3. Pinterest without attachment.

Use Pinterest to find inspiration, then work with a coordinator or wedding professional to figure out how to execute your favorite ideas. Keep an open mind – our job is to be realistic without making you comprise too much.

4. Find a venue with all the right stuff.

Established venues with seasoned coordinators alleviate stress on the big day. Consider paying a little extra for set-up and break-down. Every minute of your day counts and folding chairs is not something your brother wants to do while you delegate (although he may say otherwise).

5. Enjoy the weekend.

Yes, it’s your special day but what about the evening before and morning after? I say keep the festivities going. A six-hour wedding that took a year to plan shouldn’t be the finale. If you can’t afford a luxury cruise for a honeymoon, escape for a few days to a B&B and stay in bliss as long as possible.

6. Hire a day-of coordinator.

The name just doesn’t do this service justice. A good coordinator won’t wait until the last minute to offer essential advice. We are proactive and can help you get everything in place. We serve as a buffer, provide organization, and can optimize your day in all sorts of ways.

7. Set aside extra money in your budget for last minute items.

Parking, bottled water for the bridal party, lunch… it all adds up and the last thing you want to do the day of your wedding is balance your check book.

8. Breathe!

You set the tone for your day. If bad weather strikes, the one element that can be controlled is your attitude. Positivity is infectious and can truly create a magical atmosphere. Find the beauty in the moment.

9. Don’t be afraid to negotiate.

Ask away! You have no way of knowing the financial climate of the businesses you’re contracting with. As a vendor, we have no problem saying no if a request stretches our limits.

10. Focus on your core values.

Values are where we put our money and time. What do you value most about your wedding day? Is it food, photography, overnight accommodations? In the end, you’ll be glad you focused your energy on the things that are most important to you.

To learn more about J. Marie Custom Events, log on to jmarieservices.com. And, make sure to “like” J. Marie Custom Events on Facebook here!

Photo courtesy of J. Marie Custom Events.

Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine contributor, Morgan Casarez.

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Win $100 to The Landing Resort & Spa at the North Lake Tahoe Bridal Faire!

We’re so excited for the North Lake Tahoe Bridal Faire on August 24, 2014 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m at Squaw Valley, Olympic Village. Are you planning on going?

Stop by this great event for your FREE copy of Real Weddings Magazine and our planning resource, Real Weddings Magazine’s The Planning Guide! Plus, enter to win a $100 gift certificate to The Landing Resort & Spa from our booth at this event.

Pre-register for this amazing event HERE!!!

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Here are the details:

Date: August 24, 2014

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Olympic Village Lodge, Squaw Valley, CA

Cost: Admission is FREE!

About: North Lake Tahoe is a four-season wonder for weddings and honeymoons. The Bridal Faire is the event not to be missed to create the wedding of your dreams.

The first 100 brides and grooms to pre-register HERE will receive one automatic entry into the Grand Raffle for 8 days, 7 nights accommodations at your choice of Maui, Costa Rica, Greece or the Canary Islands.

For more information, log on to facebook.com/NorthLakeTahoeBridalFaire.

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

 

Hope to see you there!

Photo courtesy of and copyright North Lake Tahoe Bridal Faire.

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

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