Real Weddings celebrated it’s 10th anniversary in 2017, and in honor of this milestone we are checking back in with our beautiful cover models! We’ve been so lucky to work with over 60 local brides these past 10 years and we’re eager to see where they are now.

Karmen (right) graced our Winter/Spring 2014 cover shot at the Crocker Art Museum by Sharpe Photographers (now known as The Red Sneaker Studio). Real Weddings Magazine Winter/Spring 2014 Cover shot at the Crocker Art Museum by Sharpe Photographers, now know as The Red Sneaker Studio

When did you get married?

We got married March 30, 2013 at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA.

Any children (fur or human)?

We have two sons: Oliver is two and a half and Jacob is eight weeks old. We also have one horse and three cats!

What do you do for a living?

I am a stay at home Mom to the two boys right now! Previous to that, I did both professional equestrian and weight loss coaching.

What do you enjoy doing with your family?

We live in Napa now, and I love taking the kids to the park and then grabbing lunch somewhere as a family on the weekends.

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give yourself on your wedding day?

It goes by so fast so make sure you really take time to soak it in and remember each precious moment. Get a planner who will help make sure the day runs smoothly. And, don’t try to invite the whole world – just make sure the people who you really care about are there to share your special day.

What is your favorite part of marriage?

Having someone to make a life with who always supports you and wants you to be your best, and learning to be humble and make sure you do everything you can to support and love them as well. Every day isn’t easy, but the goal every morning should be to love one another as hard as possible.

How was your Cover Model experience?

It was so fun! My shoot was actually at my wedding venue, so I sort of got to relive aspects of my wedding while playing dress up! At the time, my husband was on a deployment and I hadn’t seen him in months, so it was very emotional but in a great way.

Karmen's wedding photo, shot by Stout Studios.

Photo by Stout Studios.

Photo of Karmen and her husband

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 finalist feature:


Crocker Art Museum

916-808-7000  |


Sharpe Photographers, now known at The Red Sneaker Studio

Sam, Harry, Guinevere and John

916-949-4748  |


For Skye:

I Make Beautiful

Jenifer Haupt (Makeup)  |  Nicole Richardson (Hair)

916-532-9800  |

For Anne:

Beela & Dexe

Beela Shaikh (Makeup)  |  Dexe Thao (Hair)

916-505-9729  |  916-692-0397  |

For Karmen:

All Dolled Up Hair and Makeup

Melissa Oretta (Makeup)  |  Ashley Lyons (Hair)

530-888-1562  |


Always Elegant Bridal & Tuxedo

530-755-4282  |  530-487-7110  |

The Bridal Box

916-742-4638  |

Bride To Be Couture

916-972-8223  |

The Clothes Mine

209-267-0417  |  209-890-7532  |

De La Rosa’s Bridal & Tuxedos

916-983-3400  |

Diamond Bridal Gallery

916-521-9856  |

Dreamnette Bridal (now closed)

Enchanted Bridal Shoppe (now closed)

House of Fashion

916-554-7440  |

Sior (now closed)


Bel Aire Bridal  |

Emily Riggs Bridal  |

Frou Frou Accessories  |

Granville Millinery  (now closed)


Jesse Ciani (now closed)


Arden Fair Mall  |  916-925-2845

Downtown Plaza  |  916-444-3333

Sunrise Mall  |  916-962-3333

Westfield Galleria at Roseville  |  916-771-3333

Sparkle Bridal Couture

916-538-6615  |


Accents by Sage

916-799-6242  |

Ambience Floral Design

916-786-6851  |

Bella Bloom Flowers

916-498-8588  |

Bloomers Floral Design

916-284-7955  |

Blooms by Martha Andrews

916-300-5948  |

Botanica Floral & Event Design (now closed)

In Full Bloom by MJL (now closed)


Bocca Catering

916-834-3554  |

Looking for more Cover Models? Check out the ongoing blog series here!

Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Associate Editor Emily Peter.

Photos by The Red Sneaker Studio, copyright Real Weddings Magazine.

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