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The Couple:  Gance  & Stephen

Wedding Date:  July 14

Photography by Sarah Duncklee Photography

Tell us a little about you and your beloved:  We met in college through a friend at the University of California-Davis right before graduating so we feel blessed since we almost missed each other.  We both fell in love, and until this day we still debate on which one of us fell for the other first.

We’ve been dating for seven years and have had our ups and downs, but feel truly blessed to have had each other.  We overcame a long-distance relationship and making sacrifices.  We enjoy time with our families, bargain shopping and traveling.  Now we are looking forward to hopefully starting a little family of our own!

What was the most amazing part of your day?:  The most amazing part of our wedding day was when I entered through the doors into the ceremony landscape garden.  All of the preparations and planning had finally come together, as I realized today, our wedding day, was the day that I was going to marry my best friend.  I will never forget that moment.

What else would you like to share about your big day?:  We were really blessed to have all of our family and friends attend and to share this special day with us. Everything went according to plan, and all of the prepping and planning was worth it. We really did have a dream wedding that came true.

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Ceremony and Reception Site, and Caterer:  The Pavilion at Haggin Oaks

Photographer:  Sarah Duncklee Photography

Videographer:  A Sacramento Wedding Photography & Videography (Video above of Gance+Stephen courtesy of A Sacramento Wedding on Vimeo)

Hair:  Lace Salon

Make-up:  Make-up by Nikki Tran

Bridal Attire:  Purchased at Brides Against Breast Cancer Event

Bridesmaids’ Attire:  Ann Taylor

Bridal Jewelry:  Bride To Be Couture

Groom’s Jewelry:  Shane Co.

Invitations:  Wedding Paper Divas

Flowers:  Budding Events

Cake:  Elk Grove Wedding Center

DJ/Entertainment/Band:  Music to Go

Favors:  American Bridal

First Dance Song:  “Faithfully” by Journey

Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now?  Plan and coordinate shopping for vendors with your significant other. Don’t be afraid to make a commitment if you like a venue/vendor as they book fairly quickly and you may not get the date of the venue or vendor by the time you decide.

If possible, find vendors that can do multiple tasks (one-stop-shops, for example, husband/wife team that photographs and does videography).  Don’t be afraid to ask for “custom” packages for your wedding. Most of all make the prepping and planning fun, it’ll be worth it as it will be the most important day in your life.

Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance?  Nothing, everything went smoothly!

Photos courtesy of and copyright Sarah Duncklee Photography.

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