Welcome back to our blog series from our cover model finalists photo shoot, “Beautiful Works of Art,” from the current Winter/Spring 2014 issue of Real Weddings Magazine.
In this installment, you get to know a little bit more about cover model finalist Skye Holliday! Could the camera love her any more? Not only is this young woman drop dead gorgeous, but she’s one of the sweetest people we know! She cracked us up on our shoot…in many of her photos, it looked like she was laughing the whole time, but it was really the crew behind-the-scenes that she was entertaining, and we love her for that! Like Karmen and Anne, we absolutely adore Skye and are so honored that she is one of our cover model finalists for this issue of Real Weddings Magazine.
So without further ado, we present our Real Weddings Magazine Cover Model Finalist, Skye Holliday!
Why she wanted to enter this contest: When she first heard about the contest, Skye didn’t think that it was for her, but a close friend who has been on the cover of Real Weddings herself, insisted that Skye enter. After now going through the experience, Skye could not be more grateful for her friend’s encouragement.
Her love story: Though against online dating, Skye eventually gave in to the craze. She happened upon her now-husband Bryan’s profile even though they weren’t actually “matched.” She found him incredibly handsome and loved what he had to say in his profile. After a week of many phone conversations, the two eventually met in person and they both instantly knew that there was real potential for a relationship.
During a vacation in Italy, Bryan stepped away from Skye momentarily to make a call to a friend. Turns out that “friend” was Skye’s father and Bryan was calling to ask for his permission to propose to Skye. Bryan then returned to Skye and they took a romantic gondola ride. On the ride, Bryan asked Skye, “Is this the perfect moment?” Skye then had an idea of what was coming next, but still couldn’t believe that Bryan was down on one knee. She thinks she managed to squeeze out “Yes” between tears.
Their wedding day: The special day took place at the Citizen Hotel. The ceremony was officiated by a dear friend and both Skye and Bryan were blown away by the time he took to make the ceremony so touching and personal. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails while the wedding party took photos, and shortly after the cocktail-style reception began on the terrace. The joyous day was filled with the traditional memories of a wedding, but some of the hiccups of the day made the best memories: Skye’s veil blowing away in the wind and ending up at a tamale festival; the flower girl falling and landing like a starfish between Skye and Bryan at the ceremony; and probably the most memorable mishap of the day was the hairline fracture a bridesmaid received when going against a 70-year-old guest for the bouquet. Skye and Bryan truly had a magical day filled with great moments and fun stories to last a lifetime.
What Bryan thought about the cover model contest: Bryan seemed a bit indifferent about Skye entering the contest, but with each step closer she got, his excitement grew. When she called to tell him that she was one of the three finalists, he said, “Baby, this is just one more thing that is going to make this time so memorable for us.” And according to Skye, he was right!
Her “cover model” experience: The word that Skye uses to best describe her experience is “Fun!” The application process was nerve-wracking—especially the wait to find out if she became a finalist—but looking back, Skye says the anticipation was part of what made the experience so special. The photo shoot took place just six days before her wedding, so an already exciting time became even more memorable. Skye loved working with the Real Weddings team and experimenting with different looks. Though tired by the end, she says that it was all worth it. It’s an experience that she will always treasure.
The cover model finalist contest photo shoot Real Weddings Magazine team members who produced this editorial feature include: Aimee Carroll, Morgan Casarez, Adriana Fruechtl, Caitlin Herrera, Desiree Patterson, Gloria Schroeder, Wendy Sipple, Leah Sturgeon, Jazmin White and Megan Wiskus.
And, of course, thank you to all the vendors who contributed to our cover model contest shoot. The vendors who participated in our cover model finalist shoot include:
Photographed on location at:
Crocker Art Museum
916-808-7000 | crockerartmuseum.org
Sam, Harry, Guinevere and John
916-949-4748 | sharpephotographers.com
HAIR AND MAKEUP
FOR SKYE: I Make Beautiful
Jenifer Haupt, Makeup
Nicole Richardson, Hair
916-532-9800 | imakebeautiful.com
FOR ANNE: Beela & Dexe
Beela Shaikh, Makeup
Dexe Thao, Hair
916-505-9729 | 916-692-0397 | beelaanddexe.com
FOR KARMEN: All Dolled Up
Melissa Oretta, Makeup
Ashley Lyons, Hair
530-888-1562 | alldolleduphairandmakeup.com
Always Elegant Bridal & Tuxedo
530-755-4282 | alwayselegantbridal.net
The Bridal Box
916-742-4638 | thebridalbox.net
Bride To Be Couture
916-972-8223 | bridetobecouture.com
The Clothes Mine Bridal & Formalwear
209-267-0417 | 209-890-7532 | theclothesmine.com
De La Rosa’s Bridal & Tuxedos
916-983-3400 | delarosasbridal.com
Diamond Bridal Gallery
916-521-9856 | diamondbridalgallery.com
916-780-4747 | dreamnette.com
Enchanted Bridal Shoppe
916-965-5683 | enchantedbridalshoppe.com
House of Fashion
916-554-7440 | hofbridal.com
916-304-5543 | siordesigns.com
Bel Aire Bridal | belairebridal.com
Emily Riggs Bridal | emilyriggsbridal.com
Frou Frou Accessories
740-504-6559 | granvillemillinerycompany.com
HSN | hsn.com
916-685-3819 | jesseciani.com
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
Sparkle Bridal Couture
916-538-6615 | sparklebridalcouture.com
Accents by Sage
916-799-6242 | accentsbysage.com
Ambience Floral Design
916-786-6851 | ambiencefloral.com
Bella Bloom Flowers
916-498-8588 | bellabloomflowers.com
Bloomers Floral Design
916-284-7955 | sacramentofloraldesign.com
Blooms by Martha Andrews
916-300-5948 | bloomsbymarthaandrews.com
Botanica Floral & Event Design
916-673-8650 | botanicaevents.com
In Full Bloom by MJL
916-717-2745 | infullbloombymjl.com
916-834-3554 | boccacatering.com
Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Editor/Publisher Wendy Sipple.
Photos by Sharpe Photographers, copyright Real Weddings Magazine.
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