Real Weddings is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary 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.

Michelle (right) graced our Summer/Fall 2008 cover shot at Newcastle Wedding Gardens & Red Horse Barn by The Memory Journalists.

Where and when did you get married?

September 27, 2013 at Kenyon Estate in Vallejo

Any children (fur or human)?

Yes! Our first born is our fur baby Cooper, he is a seven-year-old Boxer, we also have a cat named Butters and our daughter Hannah is almost two-and-a-half.

What do you do for a living?

I am a marketing specialist at Entercom Sacramento focusing on the Eat Farm to Fork movement in our community.

Where are you currently living?

Gold River

What do you enjoy doing locally?

I love to spend as much time with my husband and daughter as possible; we love camping, going to the lake, hiking and just enjoying each other. In all of my other free time you can find me on a bike at TEAMRIDE Folsom, I am absolutely obsessed with the studio, the people (its family owned) and of course, the workout.

What has been your biggest achievement since being a Cover Model?

I am proud to say that I have accomplished a great deal both professionally and personally. I am incredibly proud of my relationship with my husband and the way we are raising our daughter together.

What is your favorite part of marriage?

Marriage has domesticated me in the greatest way. I have learned to live, work and play with my husband, who happens to also be my best friend.

Lastly, how was your Cover Model experience?

Fabulous! Can I do it again? It was one of the best things I have had the privilege of doing!

Melissa Herman | Herman Wedding Dee & Kris Photography

Melissa Herman | Herman Wedding Dee & Kris Photography

Melissa Herman | Herman Wedding Dee & Kris Photography

Melissa Herman | Herman Wedding Dee & Kris Photography

Melissa Herman | Herman Wedding Dee & Kris Photography

 The cover model finalist contest photo shoot Real Weddings Magazine team members who produced this editorial feature include: Rachel Gabrielle, Cait Herrera, Aimme Mundy, Desiree Patterson, Kelley Saia and Wendy Sipple

And, of course, thank you to all of the wedding professionals who contributed to our cover model finalist feature:


Newcastle Wedding Gardens & Red Horse Barn

916-663-4553  |


The Memory Journalists

916-802-8004  |


For Megan:  

Halo Salon & Day Spa

Alexis Bogdanoff (Hair), Megan Gray (Hair Assistant)

Mary Gray (Makeup)

916-782-8842  |

For Michelle: 

Facia Bella

Danielle Beck (Hair)

Elana Chambliss (Makeup)

For Mitzi:

Maribou Spa Salon

Jill Cromwell (Hair)

Jill Jurchuk (Makeup)

Amy Jarman (Assistant)

916-984-5555  |


Dreamnette Bridal 

House of Fashion  |  916-554-7740  |

Miosa Couture  |  916-443-1301  |

P.W. Jitters


Executive Jewelers


Ambience Floral Design  |  916-786-6851  |

Amour Flowers by Katie

Flourish  |  916-212-5179  |

Horse and Carriage 

Nevada City Carriage Company  |  530-265-8778  |

Special thanks to our real bride models, Megan, Michelle and Mitzi, and to all of the professionals who contributed to this feature!

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 / copyright Real Weddings Magazine.

Michelle’s engagement and wedding photos by Dee & Kris Photography.

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