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.

Tania (middle) graced our Winter/Spring 2009 cover shot at Granite Bay Golf Club by Sharpe Photographers (now known as The Red Sneaker Studio).

Where and when did you get married?

My husband and I got married at Viaggio Winery in Lodi on September 10, 2011.

Any children (fur or human)?

A four-year-old son, Sebastian, and two-year-old twin girls, Scarlett and Sophia.

What do you do for a living?

I won a clothing boutique, The Modern Hanger, as an Agnes & Dora Independent Representative.

Where are you currently living?

Rancho Cordova

What do you enjoy doing locally?

We love attending family events, and going out to lunch or dinner to local restaurants downtown.

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

I would have told myself that I was going to get hot in my dress, so to bring a mini fan to have at my table (hidden, of course).

What is your favorite part of marriage?

My favorite party of a marriage is building a family and having kids.

Lastly, how was your Cover Model experience?

I had so much fun, and wish I could do it again as a mom – like a mom photo shoot! I think we all need to be reminded that although we are no longer brides, we are still beautiful and full of style!

Agreed, Tania! We love our brides in all stages of their lives!

The cover model contest photo shoot Real Weddings Magazine team members who produced this editorial feature include: Cathy Carmichael, Caitlin Herrera, Megan Moyer, Desiree Patterson, Kelley Saia, Gloria Schroeder, Wendy Sipple, Leah Sturgeon and Jenn Talley.

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:


Granite Bay Golf Club



Sharpe Photographers (now known as The Red Sneaker Studio)



Bridal Gallery

Bridal Mart

Diamond Bridal Gallery


Dream Weddings

Dreamnette Bridal

Mellie’s Bridal Etc.

Miosa Bride


Flower Girl Dresses

Dreamnette Bridal

Lil’ Suckers

Starlight Starbright


For Chanie:

Image Provocateur and VIP-CAT Cosmetics

Raquel Siders

Jennifer Haupt

For Tania:

Head West Salon, Lauren Stickel (Hair)

Definition Beauty, Leslie Domingo and Wendi Labban (Make-up)

For Lisa:

Bellisimo on-location Bridal Hair and Makeup

Carol Cardinale-Ruiz

Marilyn Rodgers (Assistant)



Ambience Floral Design


Blooms by Martha Andrews


Esther’s Floral Design



Ingrid Fraser Elegant Cakes


Special thanks to our real bride models, Chanie, Tania and Lisa, 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 Sharpe Photographerscopyright Real Weddings Magazine.

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