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Real Weddings Dazzling Dresses: Spring into Beauty

Hello, my breathtaking Real Weddings Brides. Stella York is quickly becoming a favorite designer around these quarters. Check out these beautiful dresses courtesy of Dreamnette Bridal in Roseville.

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Simple and oh-so-chic, this A-line Capri Chiffon designer wedding gown will take your breath away. Delightful features include Diamante beading on the shoulder straps and sexy sweetheart neckline. Ruched pleating along the bodice and a side swirl of pleats perfectly accentuate the body. The low back adorned with Diamante beading give this simple yet sophisticated gown all the glam you’ll need on your special day. The back zips up under sparkling crystal buttons. Choose from Capri Chiffon in traditional white or romantic off white.

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Tulle and Dolce Satin trumpet wedding dress handcrafted with stunning detail. Constructed to give you an exceptional fit, you’ll love how its hand-beaded and embroidered Diamante embellished bodice hugs your curves, while its delicate sweetheart neckline frames your face. The light-as-air Tulle skirt shimmers with every turn with its twinkling Diamante details. It then flares full just below the hips to the floor into a gorgeous court train. The delightful combination of Diamante detailing and Tulle give a whimsical effect to this Stella York wedding dress – a perfect choice for any wedding style.

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Add a bit of glamorous charm to your big day with this designer wedding dress in Tulle and Lace from the Stella York collection. Designer details include scalloped Lace edging along the neckline, Lace appliques throughout the fitted bodice and a full, flowy Tulle skirt with Lace vines and a court train. The back comes in corset closure or zipper closure. This wedding dress comes in your choice of ivory, petal or white with an ivory or white 1” waist sash.

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This Lace over Dolce Satin lace wedding dress from the Stella York collection features a lovely sweetheart neckline and trumpet silhouette that is both slimming and sexy. You’ll love how this vintage lace wedding dress takes an eye-turning shape with a close-fitting bodice that hugs the body down through the hips and then gracefully flares out to the hem. Fine detailing, like the slimming vertical lace pattern and elegant scalloped lace edging along the sweetheart neckline and hem, makes this slimming designer gown a perfect complement to your attitude, style and spirit.

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For traditional beauty, this lace bridal gown makes the cut. It features a romantic lace overlay, which can be removed to reveal an elegant Dolce Satin underdress with sweetheart neckline and sweep train.

Find these gorgeous dresses and more from Stella York at Dreamnette Bridal, 1850 Douglas Blvd in Roseville. Call 916-780-4747 or visit dreamnette.com. And, don’t forget to “like” Dreamnette Bridal on Facebook at facebook.com/dreamnette.bridal.

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

Photos courtesy of and copyright Stella York.

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Real Weddings Wednesday: Presenting Lauren & Adam

Lauren & Adam, Photos by Bogdan Condor Photography. See more at www.realweddingsmag.com 0The Couple: Lauren & Adam

Wedding Date: November 9, 2013

Photography by Bogdan Condor Photography

Tell us a little about you and your beloved:

We met through mutual friends in San Francisco. Adam’s college roommate and one of my high school best friends were dating when we all moved to San Francisco about 5 years ago.

They introduced the two of us and we’ve been together ever since. In fact, we’ve since moved to suburbia and live one mile from each other.

Adam proposed over lunch on a park bench in San Francisco on December 31, 2012. We celebrated that night by ringing in the New Year with all our friends. It was perfect!

What was the most amazing part of your day?

Adam: The most amazing part was spending the day with my best friends and, of course, seeing Lauren walk down the aisle.

Lauren: When I first walked out of the building to walk down the aisle, I remember shaking I was so nervous.

I said to my Dad, “Holy shit, all these people are here for us!” (225 looks a lot bigger in person then on a spreadsheet).

Then I saw Adam, the nerves were gone and I was all smiles.

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Ceremony and Reception Site, and Caterer: The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Ceremony Musicians: Lake DJ

Officiant: Adam’s Aunt Bobbie (It meant a lot to us to have someone close to us do the ceremony.)

Photographer: Bogdan Condor Photography

Videographer: XOXO Video

Wedding Planner: We didn’t hire a separate wedding planner, but the day wouldn’t have gone as smoothly without Blanche Tabe, Director of Meetings and Special Events at The Ritz-Carlton. Blanche was there from start to finish.

Cake/Desserts: The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Flowers: Art in Bloom

Favors: DIY (To keep our guests warm we provided fleece throw blankets for the ladies and mini Makers Mark bottles for the men.)

Bridal Attire: Wine Country Bride

Bridesmaids’ Attire: Mia Bella Couture

Hair: The Ritz-Carlton Salon

Make-up: Claire Navarez Makeup Artistry

Invitations: Minted

Signage: Minted and DIY

DJ/Entertainment/Band and Photo Booth: Lake DJ

Lighting: The Ritz-Carlton and Lake DJ (Derek with Lake DJ decided to add red up-lighting right before the reception started. It looked incredible and I really can’t imagine the room without it.)

Décor Rentals: Art in Bloom

Furniture and Linen Rentals: The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Transportation: Tahoe Elite

Honeymoon Location: Belize

First Dance Song: “Give it all we got tonight” by George Straight

Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? Put full trust in your vendors to do what they do best and select vendors who are familiar with your venue. We gave all our vendors a general idea of what we were looking for and they all wowed us!

Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? I would have pre-arranged to preserve my bouquet and Adam’s boutonniere after the wedding. I didn’t think flowers were going to be important to me. I knew they were necessary and that they’d be beautiful but I couldn’t have told you what type of flowers I wanted. When the bouquets arrived in the bridal suite, I almost lost it. They were perfect and I wish I had them preserved and framed.

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

Photos courtesy of and copyright Bogdan Condor Photography.

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{Sponsored} There’s Still Time to Enter to WIN a FREE Weekend in South Lake Tahoe!

Have you entered Tahoe South’s “Match Made in Tahoe” contest, yet? There’s still time to enter to win this fabulous weekend getaway in gorgeous South Lake Tahoe. Please share the good news with all of the engaged couples you know!

If you missed the big announcement, our friends at Tahoe South are giving away a FREE (yes, we said, “FREE!”) wedding planning escape to 8 lucky engaged couples in their “Match Made in Tahoe” contest!

Sound amazing? It is! Scroll down for details on how to enter…

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Enter for a chance to win a FREE weekend exploring Tahoe South’s top wedding locations and activities for you and your spouse-to-be, or your best friend, or whomever you choose to join you in planning your dream wedding.

Do you want to enter? It’s easy! Just click HERE!

If you win the “Match Made in Tahoe” contest, you and your guest will be wined and dined while visiting seven properties across South Lake Tahoe. The Tahoe Wedding Sites properties include: Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, Tahoe Beach Retreat & Lodge, Lake Tahoe Cruises/Zephyr Cove Resort, The Landing Resort & Spa, The Ridge Tahoe, Hard Rock Café, and Edgewood Tahoe. You will also have the opportunity to meet wedding professionals that can help make your destination wedding personal, playful and perfect!

The winners will enjoy this fun-filled weekend itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel near the Heavenly Village for refreshments and a tour, followed by a welcome party perched above the lake at the iconic Ridge Tahoe.

Day 2: Visit The Landing Resort & Spa, Tahoe South’s luxurious new 5-star resort, then explore Edgewood Tahoe’s exquisite lakefront locale. The Hard Rock Café Lake Tahoe will host a lunch party before the you spend the rest of the day exploring on your own.

Day 3: After breakfast, watch the sun light up Lake Tahoe while taking in the Tahoe Beach Retreat & Lodge. You will then go to scenic Zephyr Cove Resort, home of Lake Tahoe Cruises, for a tour and refreshments before venturing out.

Enter before April 27 at midnight and then save the “Match Made in Tahoe” date: May 16-18, 2014. You could be one of the eight lucky winners!

For more information, contest rules and to enter the “Match Made in Tahoe,” click HERE!

 

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

Photo courtesy of Tahoe South.

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Featured Partner: Camellia String Quartet

Ellen Cochran has served as the Camellia String Quartet’s first violinist for more than three decades. Before the recession, she estimates she played nearly 100 weddings annually alongside Bob Woodward (second violin), Nina Vigil (viola), and Alan Clark (cello).

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“We are a service that is and extra, and when pennies are being counted, we are the first to be excluded,” she explains. “We still firmly believe that live music at weddings makes the affair do much classier, and so we persevere.”

Cochran and her fellow members call Sacramento home but are happy to travel as far Grass Valley, Stockton and Fairfield when called upon by area couples.

“We feel the love of the guests surrounding [them],” she shares. “We like to watch the look on the groom’s face when he sees his bride walk down the aisle…It is a blessing to get to know the couple and their families and feel part of the whole process.”

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Although the group is well-versed in the works of Handel and Bach (not to mention a number of contemporary classics), Cochran says the song they’re most often asked to play is Pachelbel’s Canon, a piece that gained popularity after its appearance in Father of the Bride.

“Each quartet member has their own personal favorites and gets to request them when we are playing for receptions. We each take turns selecting the next piece so no one gets left out,” she says. “We do have a tradition at receptions that we cannot go home until we have played ‘Siboney’ as our last song.”

To learn more about Camellia String Quartet, log on to camelliastringquartet.com. And, make sure to “like” Camellia String Quartet on Facebook, facebook.com/CamelliaStringQuartet.

Photos courtesy of Camellia String Quartet.

Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine contributor, Morgan Casarez.

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Girl Tested, Bride Approved: Garden Apothecary

For the perfect dose of post-wedding rejuvenation, immerse yourself in the world of Garden Apothecary, a line of handmade face and body products crafted by professional horticulturist Jennifer Lee Segale. What began as a landscape design and consulting company more than a decade ago grew in 2008 to include small batch, made-to-order organic treats. From tea and candles to sugar scrubs and massage oil, there’s something to soothe even the most planning-weary newlywed.

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Having sampled the roll-on Rose Leaf Flower Essence ($26), I can attest to the calming power of these plant-packed products. Made with a combination of vitamin E and organic almond, rose absolute, and rose leaf oils, the .3 oz container hasn’t left my purse for the past week and is ideal for on-the-go application. Each time I remove the cap, it’s as if I’ve been transported to a rose garden. Knowing the sweetly scented contents are chemical-free is an added bonus, and I’m eager to try the line’s other essences: Cacao & Cardamom, Evening Aphrodisiac, and Lime Peel & Neroli.

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For a dose of skin salvation, reach for one of Segale’s French Green Clay Mud Masks ($10 for two). When mixed with a bit of water or honey, the contents of each compostable, single-use capsule become a gentle treatment, and after one use, my dull, tired skin was left feeling soft and refreshed.

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To learn more about Garden Apothecary, log on to gardenapothecary.com.

Photos courtesy of Garden Apothecary.

Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine contributor, Morgan Casarez.

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