The Couple: Janice & Josh

Wedding Date: October 13, 2013

Photography by White Daisy Photography

Tell us a little about you and your beloved: We met as co-workers at a restaurant. Then we started carpooling together and hanging out after work. We dated for seven years before Josh proposed at a San Francisco Giants game since Janice is a huge fan.

What else would you like to share about your big day? Our wedding day started out as one of the saddest days as the groom’s father passed away in his sleep the morning of the wedding, which is something none of us were prepared for. With all of our family and friends by our side, we decided to carry on since it is what he would have wanted us to do. Needless to say, our wedding day was emotional as you can see by some of the pictures, but we stood together and still made it a memorable day.

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Ceremony and Reception Site: Palm Event Center at the Ruby Hill Wineries. It is so beautiful. The moment I saw it, I wanted to get married there. Not only is the scenery perfect, but the employees were so helpful before, during and after our day.

Photographer: White Daisy Photography. Aimee Fredy was our main photographer, Trizza Gerhart was the second photographer. I cannot say enough good things about these two photographers. I have been lucky enough to know Aimee since I was five years old when we were on the same gymnastics team, so having her capture my wedding day was a blessing. Not only was she my photographer, she helped me with my planning and advice to make my day perfect. Everything was done so professionally and in a timely manner. I have had so many compliments about how amazing my pictures are.

Cake: Noland’s Cake Shop. I loved this bakery…the main thing I wanted for my wedding cake was for it to be funfetti and they made it happen. I came in for the tasting with pictures of the designs I wanted and they made the cake just perfectly to what I had wanted. They also make you a free cake on your first anniversary, so you don’t have to save it!

Flowers: Katherine Bergman Floral Designs. Katherine was so professional and helpful. I went in to the consultation with no idea of any flowers, but only that I wanted my flowers to be orange (for the giants of course!) and for my bridesmaids to be white. She came up with so many ideas and showed me pictures and came up with the most amazing flowers I could ever imagine.

Favors: DIY

Bridal Attire: House of Fashion. I LOVED my dress. Maggie sottero dresses are beautiful and reasonably priced.

Bridesmaids’ Attire: David’s Bridal. I chose to go with David’s bridal since I had three out of town bridesmaids and figured this would be the easiest. I went in there with my girls who lived in town, we picked out the dress and everything was stored in the computer so the out of town girls could go there and purchase and try in the dress themselves. So convenient!

Hair: Wachaska Glover of Jero’l Hair Salon. Chaska is my cousin and I was so lucky to be able to have her do my hair. Although she does not do wedding hair, everyone at the salon was amazing at hair and all the bridesmaids loved their hair.

Make-up: Vanessa Gale who is a close family friend from Phoenix. She has done my makeup for every prom and senior ball I went to so I was so lucky to have her do my wedding make-up as well.

Invitations: Designed by the groom, assembled by the bride.

DJ: DJ Curtis. He is so amazing! He did everything we wanted and more. My husband is pretty picky on his music, but we were so impressed by him. He provides microphones for the ceremony, cocktail hour music, our amazing intros and then the reception music. He included songs played at Giants games (without me even asking!!) and also brought props for YMCA dances to involve the guests.

Photo Booth: Denon & Doyle Photo Booth. I had a good experience with this company as well. They had someone sit by the booth the whole night to help put together a scrapbook of all the pictures taken that night! I loved it.

Honeymoon Location: Los Angeles for a mini-moon. We went to Disneyland and to a Laker game (and ended up on the kiss cam!) since my husband is a big fan. We also decided to use the rest of the money to buy new things (bed set, dinning table and coffee table) for our house!

First Dance Song: “I Like The Way You Love Me” by Brenton Wood. As I said earlier, my husband was pretty picky on the music and didn’t want the typical song that everyone else had.

Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? Slow down and enjoy it. There will be stressful days and you will breakdown crying, but those days will pass. Your day will be wonderful, even if something bad happens the day of, stay calm and rely on your family and friends.

Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? Don’t go without the videographer! We decided to not have one to save money, but the wedding day goes by so fast and I feel like we missed a lot. If I could go back, I would have had the videographer there to capture the day so we could enjoy it later on.

Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Social Media Maven, Aimee Carroll.

Photos courtesy of and copyright White Daisy Photography.

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