Since we’re on the topic of giving you a sneak peek of our covers…let’s get right to our new covers for the Summer/Fall 2013 issue of Real Weddings Magazine! It’s been so hard keeping this under wraps (and it was really hard to pick final covers — we had so many amazing cover options!). The magazine arrives this week, but without further ado, we present our new cover model winner along with our beautiful (and dramatic!) cover model finalists!

Congratulations to Sacramento area real bride, Stephanie Lozano, for being chosen as our cover model winner! Stephanie graces the upcoming cover of our Summer 2013 issue.

Real Weddings Magazine-Summer 2013

On the Summer 2013 Cover (above):  On Stephanie: dress from The Bridal Box, headpiece from Hair Comes the Bride, earrings from Sparkle Bridal Couture and flowers by Ambience Floral Design. Sequin linen (used as a backdrop) by Mimi & Co. 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 stunning young women—Stephanie, Becky and Angel—turned into our “Drama Queens” (in the best way!) for our shoot at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, Harris Center for the Arts, this past March. They were such good sports to model more than 45 bridal gowns from local area boutiques throughout the day-long shoot, all while the wonderful Charleton, along with Ariel and Joe, from Charleton Churchill Photography, snapped away. In the coming weeks, you’ll get to meet each one of our cover model finalists individually, see all of the stunning gowns, the gorgeous bouquets, the fabulous hair and make-up, and all of the wonderful accessories through our upcoming blog post series, “Drama Queens.” So stay tuned! In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of our upcoming Fall 2013 cover featuring all three of our cover model finalists, Stephanie, Becky and Angel!

Real Weddings Magazine-Fall 2013

On the Fall 2013 Cover (above):  On Stephanie (left): dress from Alma’s Bridal Boutique, headpiece by Preston & Olivia, flowers by A Special Day Designs. On Becky (middle): dress from Sparkle Bridal Couture, headpiece by Arturo Rios Couture Millinery, flowers by A Special Day Designs. On Angel (right): dress from Always Elegant Bridal & Tuxedo, headpiece by Arturo Rios Couture Millinery, flowers by Amore Flowers by Katie. Sequin linen (used as a backdrop) by Mimi & Co. 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: Nelli Badikyan, Aimee Carroll, Caitie Herrera, Jamila B. Khan, Desiree Patterson, Paris Ryan, Kelley Saia, Gloria Schroeder, Wendy Sipple, Kelly Soderlund, 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:

Three Stages at Folsom Lake College

Harris Center for the Arts

916-608-6888  |



Charleton Churchill Photography

916-520-4447  |  888-414-8718


with special thanks to Ariel Berlin and Joe Jackson


Hair and Make-up for Becky

Dexe Thao, Hair

Beela & Dexe

916-692-0937  |

Lea Buehler, Make-up

Special Event Hair and Makeup

916-705-5827  |


Hair and Make-up for Angel

Nicole Richardson, Hair


Jenifer Haupt, Make-up

Makeup by Jenifer Haupt/I Make Beautiful

916-532-9800  |


Hair and Make-up for Stephanie

Melissa Oretta, Make-up

Amelia Kalogero, Hair

All Dolled Up

530-888-1562  |


Sequin Linens (used as backdrops)

Mimi & Co.

916-525-1235  |


Bridal Gowns

Alma’s Bridal Boutique 

916-434-8084  |

Always Elegant Bridal & Tuxedo 

530-755-4282  |


The Bridal Box 

916-742-4638  |


Bride To Be Couture 

916-972-8223  |


The Clothes Mine Bridal & Formalwear

209-267-0417  |  209-890-7532  |



De La Rosa’s Bridal & Tuxedos

916-983-3400  |


Diamond Bridal Gallery

916-521-9856  |


Dreamnette Bridal

916-780-4747  |


Enchanted Bridal Shoppe

916-965-5683  |


Sparkle Bridal Couture

916-538-6615  |



Arturo Rios Couture Millinery

310-839-3814  |


BaubleBar  |


Bel Aire Bridal  |


Belle Bijou  |  530-903-0650


Hair Comes the Bride

800-485-4444  |


Jesse Ciani

916-685-3819  |


Leah C. Couture Millinery

212-947-3505  |



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



Max & Chloe

888-MAX-CHLOE  |


Preston & Olivia



Floral Design

A Special Day Designs

530-903-0163  |


Accents by Sage

916-799-6242  |


Ambience Floral Design

916-786-6851  |


Amore Flowers by Katie

916-770-6680  |


Blooms by Martha Andrews

916-300-5948  |


Botanica Floral & Event Design

916-673-8650  |


Design with Floraé

916-484-5779  |



916-212-5179  |



Bocca Catering

916-834-3554  |


If you’d like to be part of our next cover model contest, for our Winter/Spring 2013 issue (out in November 2013), please email us at and we’ll send you the form as soon as it’s ready (we’ve been a little busy finishing the magazine to send to the printer, but this is next on our agenda!)  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 Editor/Publisher Wendy Sipple.

Photos by Charleton Churchill Photography, copyright Real Weddings Magazine.

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