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Just Engaged: Presenting Kristina & Christopher

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The Couple: Kristina & Christopher

Wedding Date: November 1, 2014

Photography by Angelee Arceo Photography

How did you meet your fiancé( e )? Chris and I met through mutual friends. We lived about an hour and half away from each other. My roommate was dating a friend of his who came to our house on the weekends. Chris tagged along one weekend to celebrate a friend’s birthday. From that night on, he continued to take the hour and a half trip with his friend every weekend to see me.

How was the question popped? Chris had planned a weekend trip to his parents cabin in Fall River. We were driving along the delta river roads ( the same roads we have driven back and forth to visit each other for years) and he was complaining that his radio wasn’t working correctly. He pulled over to change his antenna, which I thought was very odd. He asked me to take off his antenna and bring it to his side of the car. When I walked around to the other side, he was on one knee with a ring at sunset in front of the bright yellow bridge.

What type of wedding are you planning? Dish all the details! Our big day will take place at Delta Diamond Farm Event Center, just down the road from where Chris proposed.

We are expecting about 150 of our friends and family to attend our unique and personalized event. Our ceremony will be officiated by my uncle and will take place in the courtyard under the beautiful oak trees. Our colors are navy blue, tan, and creams, with tiny pops of orange. We have seven groomsmen and six bridesmaids, who will be standing by our sides.

The reception will be in the old green barn under the beautiful chandeliers. Cocktail hour will follow the ceremony and will include games and a photo booth on the second floor of the barn. All the design and rentals will be put together by the fabulous Tricia Bass-Mainer from Getting Hitched? Wedding Design and Rentals. Trish is designing custom table runners, place settings, and decor for us that will be a mix of rustic country elegance. Dinner will be a barbecue buffet from Tin Roof in Lodi and we will have two open bars. After dinner, the DJs from Jukebox Music will fill our dance floor in celebration. We are so excited to dance and celebrate with everyone!

If money were no object, what would be your one splurge at your wedding? Our one splurge would be on transportation and accommodations for our family and wedding party. We would rent a fancy hotel for all of us to stay in and limos to drive us to and from the venue.

Are there any questions you would like to ask other engaged couples, newlyweds or wedding vendors? Ask them here and readers will leave comments for you below! We are planning to go to St. Lucia for our honeymoon. What restaurants and activities should we be sure to visit? What airlines have the best rates?

Most overnight accommodations for our guest are about 20 minutes away from our venue on rural river roads. What are some good transportation options for our guest? Shuttles, taxis, etc?

We are planning on an open bar for 150 guests. We have hired bartenders but will be purchasing the alcohol and mixers on our own. What do we need to be sure to purchase and how much of everything should we purchase? Where can we get the best deals?

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

Photos courtesy of and copyright Angelee Arceo Photography.

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Sacramento Wedding Inspiration: What’s Your Wedding Season: Summer {The Layout}

Ready for more photos from our styled shoots in the current Summer/Fall 2014 issue of Real Weddings Magazine? We’re here to fulfill your wish this Sunday afternoon!

The hot colors, cool flowers and a playful bride….that’s our “Summer” inspirational shoot! So without further ado, here’s our “Summer” layout:

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The “What’s Your Wedding Season: Summer” photo shoot was produced by Sandy Stringer—Strings & Champagne Events, Kristin Elliott—Posh Shoppe Florist and Wendy Sipple—Real Weddings Magazine.

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

Location 

Whitney Oaks Golf Club

916-632-8333  |  916-408-8347  |  whitneyoaksgolf.com

 

Photographer 

White Daisy Photography

530-401-0820  |  whitedaisyphoto.com

 

Design, Styling and Coordination

Strings & Champagne Events

916-397-9346  |  strings-champagne.com

 

Design, Styling, Floral Design and Décor

Posh Shoppe Florist

916-485-7065  |  poshfloristinc.com

 

Bridal Gown

Sparkle Bridal Couture

916-538-6615  |  sparklebridalcouture.com

 

Bridesmaid Skirt

Sior

916-304-5543  |  siordesigns.com

 

Jewelry

HSN  |  hsn.com

 

Hair and Makeup

All Dolled Up

530-888-1562  |  alldolleduphairandmakeup.com

 

Cupcakes

Cake Couture

530-680-8609  |  cakecouturedesigner.com

 

Paperie

Honey Paperie

916-257-1641  |  honeypaperie.com

 

Table, Umbrellas and Glassware

Celebrations! Party Rentals & Tents

916-773-2133  |  celebrationspartyrentals.com

 

Chairs, Chargers and Salad Plates 

America’s Party Rental

916-339-3544  |  americaspartyrental.com

 

Vintage Dishes, Flatware and Signage

Dogwood Party Rentals

916-505-4250  |  dogwoodpartyrentals.com

 

Chest, Lanterns and Glass Dishes

Simple Country Weddings & Vintage Décor Rentals

916-271-6345  |  simplecountryweddings.com

 

“Love Is Sweet” banner

Lisa T Creations  |  lisatcreations.etsy.com

 

Linens 

Mimi & Co.

916-525-1235  |  mimiandcompany.com

 

Macarons and Izze Sodas 

Whole Foods Market | wholefoodsmarket.com

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

Photos by White Daisy Photography, copyright Real Weddings Magazine.

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It’s your go-to wedding magazine in a convenient and interactive format! Make your smart device even smarter with the Real Weddings Magazine App! And yes, it really is FREE!

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Just go to the Google Play Store and search “Real Weddings Magazine;” and if you have an iPhone or an iPad, you can go to the Apple App Store and search “Real Weddings Magazine.”

But wait, there’s more…if you want to have the digital edition for your computer, you can download the current edition with expanded layouts and exclusive digital-only editorial by clicking here.

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Win $100 to Time Out Resort & Spa at the Bridal Expo!

Don’t miss the upcoming Bridal Expo at Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights! The show runs Saturday and Sunday, September 6 & 7, during regular mall hours. Who’s planning on going?

Stop by our booth to pick up a FREE copy of Real Weddings Magazine and our planning resource, Real Weddings Magazine’s The Planning Guide! Plus, enter to win $100 to Time Out Resort & Spa from our booth at this event!

Scroll down for all the details!

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Event details:

When: Saturday & Sunday, September 6 & 7, 2014

Time: Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. & Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Where: Sunrise Mall at 6041 Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights

Cost: Admission and parking are FREE!

Register online here and get entered to win a 3-night All Inclusive Honeymoon at Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos or a 3-night stay at the Golden Crown Paradise in Puerto Vallarta!

What You’ll Experience: Bridal Expo is Sacramento’s premier resource for linking brides and grooms with the area’s wedding service providers. By giving you two days to shop, you can complete most of your wedding planning at the show, while saving money and time.

For more information, log on to bridal-expos.com. And, follow Bridal Expo on Facebook, facebook.com/BridalExpoSacramento.

And, of course we’ll be there with complimentary copies of Real Weddings Magazine along with Real Weddings Magazine‘s, The Planning Guide!

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

 

Hope to see you there!

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

Photo courtesy of and copyright River City Imagery. Bridal gown pictured in photo from Enchanted Bridal & Tuxedo Shoppe.

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Real Weddings Friday: Presenting Erin & Blake

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Wedding Date: October 26, 2013

Photography by Ponce’s Portraits

Tell us a little about you and your beloved: We met and became friends in junior high, and went on to attend the same high school and college.

Erin can take credit for their first “date” as she asked Blake to accompany her to the Sadie Hawkins dance during their Freshman year of High School.

A few years after college, Erin found herself in need of a date for a wedding across the country. Remembering Blake’s sweet dance moves, she decided to pick up the phone and asked Blake (once again) to join her. It was during that trip that we realized our long friendship had effortlessly grown into something more.

After nearly two years of dating, Blake surprised Erin during her “Golden Birthday” trip to San Diego. He dropped to one knee on the patio of their beachfront villa at the Hotel del Coronado, and Erin said, “YES!” It was about time that Blake did the asking.

What was the most amazing part of your day? Our vows to each other. We wrote them ourselves, and saying them in front of our friends and family felt so very personal and meaningful. We re-read them to each other after returning from our Honeymoon, and they are promises we will always treasure.

What else would you like to share about your big day? We made sure to stop and take the time to appreciate how all the details came together on our wedding day. All the time put into planning was worth it, and all the DIY touches felt like “us.”

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Ceremony and Reception Site, and Caterer: The Citizen Hotel

Ceremony Musicians: Peter August on Tenor Saxophone and Reggie Graham on Keyboard

Officiant: Andy Imada, a long-time family friend

Photographer: Ponce’s Portraits

Cake/Desserts: Freeport Bakery

Flowers: Ambience Floral Design

Favors: Designed by the bride and groom. Photo strip frames with insert addressed to the guests, to be replaced by their photobooth pictures at the end of the night.

Bridal Attire: La Soie Bridal

Bridesmaids’ Attire: Alfred Angelo

Hair: Tina Romo

Make-up: Shana Beals Makeup Artistry and Studio

Invitations: Etsy

Signage: DIY

DJ/Entertainment/Band and Lighting: Music & More Entertainment

Photo Booth: Rocket Booths

Décor Rentals: Celebrations! Party Rentals & Tents

Honeymoon Location: Tahiti and Moorea, French Polynesia. We stayed in a fabulous and romantic hut over the water.

Any other of your wedding vendor(s) you’d like to call out that we missed in the above questions? Tuxedo Fashions for groomsmen attire (the ONLY vendor in NorCal with non-beachy tan tuxes!).

First Dance Song: “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton.

Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? Make sure to utilize time each week to check things off your list – don’t wait until the final months because they fly by, and you want to enjoy the process!

Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? We asked ourselves this question after our wedding, and we agreed that we would not have changed a thing.

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

Photos courtesy of and copyright Ponce’s Portraits.

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