Real Weddings Magazine

Real Weddings Partner Profile: Jennifer Gilchrist The Blissful Bride Coach

Welcome back to another installment of Real Weddings Magazine’s Partner Profiles!

This week we highlight multi-talented beauty and coaching expert, Jennifer Gilchrist The Blissful Bride Coach. Let me tell you, this is one amazing woman! If you’ve been wanting to learn more about Jennifer Gilchrist and The Blissful Bride Coach, now’s your chance! Take it away, Jennifer…

CLB-Divas-Jennifer-2-66-2 (2)

Jennifer Gilchrist The Blissful Bride Coach

Tell us a little about your company? My passion is to empower brides to ditch the wedding stress and instead feel calm, radiant and beautiful throughout their entire wedding experience. I have been in the wedding business creating hair and makeup designs for brides for over 15 years, serving nearly 1,000 brides. During that time, I also had a life coaching and transformational healing practice. I realized that brides from my beauty business needed my expertise and tools of my coaching business. So I designed a coaching program specifically to support you throughout your wedding planning process.

What sets you apart from your competition? I’ve never seen anyone offer this type of package for brides. Being in the bridal hair and makeup business for over 15 years, I learned I had a talent for creating the vision that brides have for themselves on their special day, really helping them to authentically express their beauty outwardly.

What inspired me to create my life coaching and transformational healing practice, Divine Spark Within, was helping people to connect deeply with themselves and their truth so they could be fully self expressed in joy, peace and love. I have a very holistic approach in helping brides manage the stress, as well as, the unexpected triggers and dramas that happen throughout the engagement and on wedding day. I address the emotional needs as well as teach practical tools and support to ensure the bride feels calm, radiant and beautiful until she walks down the aisle.

crpooed for print 2-126

Where do you find inspiration? In the quiet time with myself and God is where I can most get connected with my desires and passions which is very inspirational for me. Also, in nature, especially near water. Sharing conversation with positive, forward thinking people. Reading books, inspirational music.

Do you regularly blog? Yes, you can follow my blog HERE. I have been having fun exploring video blogging. I have a YouTube channel HERE where I give regular tips on how to be a Blissful Bride. I share them on my blog and social media as well. I also write blogs, mostly with tips to manage stress that overwhelm while planning your wedding.

Are you on social media? Yes, you can follow me on Facebook HERE, Twitter HERE, Pinterest HERE, YouTube HERE, LinkedIn HERE and Google+ HERE.

What professional organizations are you a member of? AFWPI


What’s your favorite comment/compliment that one of your clients has given you? My coaching clients tell me they love my calming presence and they feel very “seen” by me and how validating and good that feels to them. My bridal hair clients are always ecstatic about the outcome of their hair and makeup. “It’s even better then I expected, thank you, its perfect and I love it!” My client’s husband was skeptical about her getting make up done and when she got home he called he Janet 2.0 and took her out for dinner. She text me immediately and told me story and how beautiful she felt. That made my day.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? 33rd Street Bistro for breakfast.

What’s your favorite local charity? WEAVE

What is your favorite fun thing to do locally? I love hanging out with friends and good conversation.

Do you have secret vice or indulgence? What is it? I love chocolate (especially Capital Confections Truffles).

dolphin and me pic

Do you have any hidden talents? My favorite thing to do is swim with the wild dolphins in Kona, Hawaii. I’ve swam with them over 40 times. There are usually at least 100 or so, but the pod sizes I have swam with have ranged between 25 and approx 400. They are so amazing, and so much fun. I am nicknamed the Dolphin Whisperer from a retreat group I go to Hawaii with each year. They often come to play in the bay where we stay and stay for hours. They let you right in, eye to eye, to play with them. They are beyond intelligent and intuitive. I could go on for hours about the dolphin encounters I have had. They have taught me so many valuable lessons.

If you weren’t in the business that you are in now, what other business/profession would you have liked to have done? At some point I would love to run retreats for women in Hawaii and other fabulous destination locations. I see where my coaching business will continue to expand and grow as I do and evolve into different areas. I love empowering people and helping them to connect and trust their intuitive gifts, it makes my heart sing.

If you were to plan your own wedding, or re-do your wedding, what element(s) would be most important to you? To have fun and savor the day and be surrounded by those I love.

What advice would you can give to brides and grooms getting married today? Often times I see brides sweating the small things all the throughout the engagement process as well as on the day of from what I know is a manifestation of some fear or stress that hasn’t been dealt with. And it is really sad to witness that. So, I would tell couples as a reminder that when you find yourself completely obsessing, angry or panicking over the little details, see if you can catch yourself. Take a step back and breathe.

And I invite you to connect back with your “why”. Why are you getting married…. Get back to that place of love in your heart and remember what is truly important. You are getting married to the person you deeply love. And that is going to be your reality at the end of the day and that is a beautiful gift. All weddings have something go on and often things are triggered that aren’t expected throughout this process. And I love supporting my brides with these things…..but at the of the day remember to stay connected to your WHY! And that will immediately shift your perspective to your current circumstances.

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

Also, make sure to follow Jennifer Gilchrist The Blissful Bride Coach on Facebook HERE, Twitter HERE, Pinterest HERE, YouTube HERE, LinkedIn HERE and Google+ HERE.

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

Photos courtesy of Jennifer Gilchrist The Blissful Bride Coach.

Subscribe to the Real Weddings Magazine Blog! Click here:


Win $100 to Vitality Medical Laser & Skin Clinic at Warm Summer Breezes & Hot Wedding Ideas Open House

Planning a wedding? Don’t miss the Warm Summer Breezes & Hot Wedding Ideas Open House at Orchard Creek Lodge on August 3rd from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Stop by this event for your FREE copy of Real Weddings Magazine and our planning resource, Real Weddings Magazine’s The Planning Guide! Plus, enter to win $100 to Vitality Medical Laser & Skin Clinic from our booth at this event.

Orchard Creek

Here are the details:

When: August 3, 2014

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Orchard Creek Lodge at 965 Orchard Creek Lane in Lincoln

Cost: FREE Admission.

RSVP: Please RSVP to Meghan Louder at 916-625-4043 or

For more information, log on to

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 Orchard Creek Lodge.

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

Subscribe to the Real Weddings Magazine Blog! Click here:


What’s Your Wedding Season: Spring {The Layout}

Since we’re talking layouts…let’s get started on the “What’s Your Wedding Season: Spring” layout! For this feature, we partnered with four amazing design teams to provide four unique takes on the seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.

Since it’s been a little crazy hot these days, let’s think of blissful spring breezes, romantic thoughts and simply gorgeous design…that’s our “Spring” inspirational shoot! So without further ado, here’s our “Spring” layout:

Sacramento Wedding Photographer-Real Weddings Magazine-Sacrament Sacramento Wedding Photographer-Real Weddings Magazine-Sacrament Sacramento Wedding Photographer-Real Weddings Magazine-SacramentSacramento Wedding Photographer-Real Weddings Magazine-Sacrament


Tune in in the coming weeks for more from the “What’s Your Wedding Season: Spring” blog post series!

The “What’s Your Wedding Season: Spring” feature was produced by Aimee Wendell-2Chic Events & Design, Shannon Mahoney-Thistle and Honey, Caitlin Herrera and Wendy Sipple-Real Weddings Magazine.

Thank you to all of the wedding professionals who contributed to this piece:


Wine & Roses Hotel, Restaurant and Spa

209-334-6988  |



The Memory Journalists

916-802-8004  |


Design, Styling and Coordination

2Chic Events & Design

888-542-CHIC  |


Design, Styling and Floral Design

Thistle and Honey

916-542-7715  |


Bridal Gown

Enchanted Bridal Shoppe

916-965-5683  |


Bridesmaid Gown 

Enchanted Bridal Shoppe

916-965-5683  |



HSN  |



Ruby & Cordelia’s Millinery and Fancy Goods

402-430-6777  |


Hair and Makeup

Maple & Moss

916-768-2577  | 



Sweet Cakes by Rebecca

916-370-7760  |



Honey Paperie

916-257-1641  |



America’s Party Rental

916-339-3544  |


The Find

888-501-7012  |



La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

916-321-9333  |

Blog post by Real Weddings Editor, Wendy Sipple.

Photos by The Memory Journalists © Real Weddings Magazine.

Subscribe to the Real Weddings Magazine Blog! Click here:


Real Weddings Magazine: Looking Pretty by the Lake {The Layout}

Have you seen the “Looking Pretty by the Lake” cover model contest finalist feature in the most recent issue of Real Weddings Magazine?

For our cover model contest finalist feature, we picked three amazing real brides from the hundreds who entered to serve as our fashion models for our shoot at The Landing Resort & Spa this past March. We are honored to have Ciara, Nicole and Rosette as this issue’s three cover model finalists! These uber easy-going, beautiful and funny young women let us poke and prod them, dress them up and make them up at our all-day shoot ― all with the beauty of The Landing Resort & Spa and landscape of Lake Tahoe in the background. Ciara, Nicole and Rosette, our sincere thanks for being such great Real Weddings Magazine cover model contest finalists!

Well, before we post photos not seen in the print magazine, let’s at least show you the ones IN the print magazine! So without further ado, here’s their beautiful feature!

RWS-LookingPrettyByTheLake-SF14-TheLayout RWS-LookingPrettyByTheLake-SF14-TheLayout2 RWS-LookingPrettyByTheLake-SF14-TheLayout3 RWS-LookingPrettyByTheLake-SF14-TheLayout4RWS-LookingPrettyByTheLake-SF14-TheLayout5 RWS-LookingPrettyByTheLake-SF14-TheLayout6 RWS-LookingPrettyByTheLake-SF14-TheLayout7 RWS-LookingPrettyByTheLake-SF14-TheLayout8 RWS-LookingPrettyByTheLake-SF14-TheLayout9 RWS-LookingPrettyByTheLake-SF14-TheLayout10 RWS-LookingPrettyByTheLake-SF14-TheLayout11


Tune in in the coming weeks when we introduce you to each of our three cover model contest finalists. Would you like to be our next cover model? Enter our cover model contest by August 5 ― click this link to learn more!

The cover model finalist contest photo shoot Real Weddings Magazine team members who produced this editorial feature include: Aimee Carroll, Morgan Cásarez, Kelle Collier, Kathryn Frels, Caitlin Herrera, Desiree Patterson, Emily Peter, Brittany Schroeder, Gloria Schroeder, Wendy Sipple, Leah Sturgeon and Megan Wiskus 

And, of course, thank you to all of the vendors who contributed to our cover model finalist shoot:

Photographed on location:   

The Landing Resort & Spa

855-700-5263  |



Bogdan Condor Photography

Bogdan Condor and 

Constantin Psenitchi (assistant)

209-595-0215 |


Hair and Makeup

For Ciara:  

Happi Ybarra, 

Happily Beautiful (Makeup) 

530-632-0607  |

Christina Alba, 

Primp by Christina Irene (Hair)

916-955-1028  |


For Rosette:  

Jenifer Haupt, I Make Beautiful/

Makeup by Jenifer Haupt (Makeup) 

916-532-9800  |

Lea Buehler,

Lea Buehler BGorgeous (Hair) 

916-705-5827  |


For Nicole: 

Melissa Oretta, All Dolled Up (Makeup)

Ashley Lyons, All Dolled Up (Hair)

530-888-1562  |


Bridal Gowns

Alma’s Bridal Boutique

916-434-8084  |


Always Elegant Bridal & Tuxedo

530-755-4282  |


Bellisima Bridal Boutique

530-661-8084  |


The Bridal Box

916-742-4638  |


Celestina Bridal Boutique

916-605-8417  |


The Clothes Mine Bridal & Formalwear

209-267-0417  |  209-890-7532  |


De La Rosa’s Bridal & Tuxedos

916-983-3400  |


Dreamnette Bridal

916-780-4747  |


Enchanted Bridal Shoppe

916-965-5683  |


House of Fashion

916-554-7440  |



916-304-5543  |


Sparkle Bridal Couture

916-538-6615  |



Erica Koesler Wedding Accessories


HSN  |


Katie Burley Millinery

301-503-3543  |



Arden Fair Mall  |  916-925-2845

Country Club Plaza  |  916-485-3885

Downtown Plaza  |  916-444-3333

Sunrise Mall  |  916-962-3333

Westfield Galleria at Roseville | 916-771-3333


Ruby & Cordelia’s Millinery & Fancy Goods

402-430-6777  |


Sorrelli Jewelry

877-659-4374  |


Sparkle Bridal Couture

916-538-6615  |


Stella & Dot

800-920-5893  |


Accents by Sage

916-799-6242  |

Ambience Floral Design

916-786-6851  |


Design with Floraé

916-484-5779  |



916-212-5179  |


Molly Ryan Floral

916-287-1799  |  530-717-7417  |


Morningside Florist

916-635-9891  |


Natural Flair Custom Floral Designs

530-677-0878  |


The Posh Posey

916-337-3215  |


Thistle and Honey

916-542-7715  |


Visual Impact Design

916-489-3746  |



Bocca Catering

916-834-3554  |


Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Editor/Publisher Wendy Sipple.

Photos by Bogdan Condor Photography, copyright Real Weddings Magazine.

Subscribe to the Real Weddings Magazine Blog! Click here:


Save-the-Date: A Decadent Affair, Presented by Wine & Roses Hotel, Restaurant & Spa

Save-the-date and join us for A Decadent Affair, presented by Wine & Roses Hotel, Restaurant & Spa, on August 24th from 5 – 7:30 p.m.

We’ll be there handing out complimentary copies of the newest issue of Real Weddings Magazine and signing up brides to win the Wine & Roses’ Ultimate Treatment package from the uber-fabulous spa at Wine & Roses (value of $175) — so be sure to reserve your spot for this spectacular event HERE!


Here are the details:

Event:   A Decadent Affair, presented by Wine & Roses Hotel, Restaurant & Spa

When:  Sunday, August 24, 2014

Time:  5-7:30 p.m.

Where:  Wine & Roses Hotel Restaurant & Spa at 2505 W. Turner Road in Lodi

Cost: $30 per person plus tax. For tickets click here, or call 209.371.6117 or

For more information, log on to Wine & Roses’ A Decadent Affair web page!

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 Wine & Roses Hotel, Restaurant & Spa.

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

Subscribe to the Real Weddings Magazine Blog! Click here:


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...