Can you tell we’re just a tad excited about the new Winter/Spring 2013 issue of Real Weddings Magazine arriving this week?  Well, we’re just too giddy to contain ourselves any longer…we just had to share the covers for our upcoming Winter 2013 and Spring 2013 issues right away!! So without further ado, we present our new cover model winner along with our gorgeous cover model finalists!
Congratulations to Sacramento area real bride, Nicole Shafer, for being chosen as our cover model winner! Nicole graces the cover of our Spring 2013 issue.

On the Spring 2013 Cover (above):  On Nicole: dress from Enchanted Bridal & Tuxedo Shoppe, earrings by Stella & Dot, flowers by Petals & Plum. For hair and make-up credits, along with additional photo shoot credits, please scroll to bottom of post.

As always, we picked three spectacular real brides from the hundreds who entered our cover model contest to serve as our fashion models. These young women—Tosha, Heidi and Nicole—got to play dress-up for the day and literally were queens of the castle, Preston Castle that is, this past September at our shoot. And Kris Holland of Kris Holland Photography captured all of the stunning local gowns and bouquets through his lens. We’re thrilled to have all three of our cover model finalists grace our Winter 2013 cover below.

On the Winter 2013 Cover (above):  On Tosha (left): dress from Dreamnette Bridal, earrings from HSN, flowers by Verbena Flowers & Trimmings. On Heidi (middle): dress from Always Elegant Bridal & Tuxedo, earrings from HSN, flowers by Natural Flair Custom Floral Designs. On Nicole (right): dress from The Bridal Box, earrings by Stella & Dot, flowers by Beautiful By Nature Florist. Furniture and chandelier from The Find. For hair and make-up credits, along with additional photo shoot credits, please scroll to bottom of post.

We’ll share more photos from this shoot soon, we promise! But for now, we had to share our new covers with you!

The cover model finalist contest photo shoot Real Weddings Magazine team members who produced this editorial feature include: Aimee Carroll, Morgan Casarez, Rhonda Lou Hayden, Jamila B. Khan, Desiree Patterson, Paris Ryan, Kelley Saia, Gloria Schroeder, Wendy Sipple, Leah Sturgeon 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:
Preston Castle
209-256-3623  |
Photography by:
Kris Holland Photography
916-531-7341  |
with special thanks to Anne Williams
Hair and Make-up for Tosha by:
All Dolled Up
Melissa Oretta, Make-up
Lisa Sacco, Hair
530-888-1562  |
Hair and Make-up for Heidi by:
Jamey Amin, Hair
Cait Herrera, Make-up
Hair and Make-up for Nicole by:
Nicole Richardson, Hair
Jenifer Haupt, Make-up
Makeup by Jenifer Haupt/I Make Beautiful
916-532-9800  |
Dresses provided by:
Alma’s Bridal Boutique
916-434-8084  |
Always Elegant Bridal & Tuxedo
530-755-4282  |
The Bridal Box
916-742-4638  |
The Clothes Mine Bridal & Formalwear
209-267-0417  |
De La Rosa’s Bridal & Tuxedos
916-983-3400  |
Dreamnette Bridal
916-780-4747  |
Enchanted Bridal & Tuxedo Shoppe
916-965-5683  |
Haven Bridal Mart
916-983-9146  |
It’s All About Me Bridal Boutique
916-985-3885  |
Shoes provided by:
DSW Shoe Warehouse  |
Accessories provided by:
Advantage Bridal
877-933-7467  |
800-284-5757  |
Jesse Ciani
916-685-3819  |
Louise Green Millinery
310-479-1881  |
Stella & Dot
Stacey Yow, Independent Stylist
408-315-0020  |
Flowers provided by:
Ambience Floral Design
916-786-6851  |
Angie Zimmerman Designs
916-941-1171  |
Beautiful by Nature Florist
916-821-6966  |
Blooms by Martha Andrews
916-300-5948  |
916-212-5179  |
Natural Flair Custom Floral Designs
530-677-0878  |
Petals & Plum
916-223-4959  |
Verbena Flowers & Trimmings
916-933-3163  |
Visual Impact Design
916-489-3746  |
Furniture, vases and chandelier provided by:
The Find
916-798-4292  |
Catering provided by:
Bocca Catering
916-834-3554  |
If you’d like to be part of our next cover model contest, for our Summer/Fall 2013 issue (out in May 2013), download the entry form here! And, tune back in to our blog to see more from our cover model finalist series posting soon!
Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Social Media Maven, Aimee Carroll.
Photos by Kris Holland Photography, copyright Real Weddings Magazine.
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