Why did you enter this contest?

I entered the contest because I think it’s every girl’s dream to try on wedding dresses and feel like a princess for a day, and this would be the perfect way to live out that dream.

What do you do for a living?

I am a research coordinator for oncology.

What do you do for fun?

In my spare time I love hanging out with my kids and my husband. Any family time we get together is fun for us.

Tell us your love story.

I met my husband when we were both working at Old Navy nine years ago. I saw him running in late to work one day and I was smitten! He proposed at our oldest son’s first birthday, in front of all of our friends and family. He is never one to really do outgoing things, so the fact that he did this in front of all of our loved ones really meant a lot to me. I knew he was the one when I realized that he was literally the best person I’ve ever met. He is kind, loving and very patient with me. I know I’m a bit of a handful, but he just balances me. I can’t picture myself without him.

Tell us about your wedding day. 

Our wedding was at Wise Villa Winery in Lincoln (such a gorgeous place). Our color palette was a blush and gold theme, very romantic and soft. My favorite moment was seeing him for the first time waiting for me to walk down the aisle. I’ve always waited for that moment and when it finally happened, it was perfect. I hope the one thing guests say about our wedding was that they enjoyed themselves!

What did your husband/fiancé think about you entering this contest? What did he say when you became a finalist? What did YOU think when you were selected?

When I told my husband, (fiancé at the time), that I entered he thought it was pretty cool. When I told him I was a finalist he was pretty proud and supportive. When I got selected it was a pretty exciting feeling. Almost surreal!

Tell us about your cover model experience. What was the application/selection process like? What was your favorite part of the day? How did you feel afterwards?

The application/selection process was really seamless! My favorite part of the day was every time I was with my hair and makeup girls. My hair and makeup team were a dream to work with! They helped me get through the day and really helped me feel at ease. Afterwards I felt exhausted!

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Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel

916-341-3622  |  sheraton.com/sacramento


Ty Pentecost Photography

Tyrenda Pentecost, Primary Photographer

Gabrielle Davis, Assistant

510-305-4038  |  typentecostphotography.com


Lisa Harter (Hair), Lisa Harter Hair and Makeup Artist

530-559-7292  |  lisamharter.com

Jenifer Haupt (Makeup), Jenifer Haupt, I Make Beautiful

916-532-9800  |  imakebeautiful.com


Melissa Oretta (Hair) and Lynsee Stewart (Makeup)

All Dolled Up Hair and Makeup Artistry 

530-206-7775  |  alldolleduphairandmakeup.com


Always Elegant Bridal & Tuxedo 

530-755-4282  |  530-487-7110  |  alwayselegantbridal.net

Anha’s Bridal 

916-668-0206  |  916-780-4747  |  anhasbridal.com

The Bridal Box 

916-742-4638  |  thebridalbox.net

The Clothes Mine

209-267-0417  |  theclothesmine.com

De La Rosa’s Bridal & Tuxedos

916-983-3400  |  delarosasbridal.com

Diamond Bridal Gallery 

916-521-9856  |  diamondbridalgallery.com

My Martha Design Boutique

530-622-6009  |  mymarthadesign.com

Second Summer Bride 

916-330-4422  |  secondsummerbridesac.com


DSW  |  dsw.com


Chloe + Isabel  |  chloeandisabel.com

Deepa Gurnani  |  deepagurnani.com

Erica Koesler  |  ericakoesler.com

Hair Comes the Bride  |  haircomesthebride.com

Luxurious Bridal

209-400-1915  |  luxuriousbridal.com

Macy’s  |  macys.com

Arden Fair Mall  |  916-925-2845  |  Downtown Plaza  |  916-444-3333

Sunrise Mall  |  916-962-3333  |  Westfield Galleria at Roseville  |  916-771-3333

Perfect Details  |  perfectdetails.com

Ruby & Cordelia’s Fine Millinery  |  rubyandcordelias.etsy.com

Sorrelli Jewelry  |  sorrelli.com

Style Avenue Studios

916-812-1114  |  styleavenuestudios.com

USABride  |  usabride.com


Accents by Sage Floral Design

916-799-6242  |  accentsbysage.com

Amour Florist & Bridal

916-392-8168  |  amourmoments.com

Bella Bloom

916-498-8588  |  bellabloomflowers.com

Bloem Decor

916-447-2001  |  bloemdecor.com

The Blonde Bouquet

909-499-8644  |  theblondebouquet.com

The Bloom Lab

916-996-5572  |  thebloomlab.com


916-212-5179  |  flourishdesigns.com

Morningside Florist

916-635-9891  |  morningsideflorist.com

Paradise Parkway Design Atelier

916-384-5520  |  paradiseparkway.com

Placerville Flowers on Main 

530-622-1121  |  placervilleflowersonmain.com

Relles Florist

916-441-1478  |  rellesflorist.com

Rodarte Floral Design

916-799-3625  |  rodartefloraldesign.com

Strelitzia Flower Company 

530-758-5050  |  strelitziaflowers.com

Visual Impact Design

916-489-3746  |  visualimpact-design.com

Wild Flowers Design Group

916-899-1289 | wildflowersdesigngroup.com


Wholesale Flowers from FiftyFlowers.com

877-507-6737  |  fiftyflowers.com



Cain Event Planning

916-505-0990  |  caineventplanning.com


Celebrations! Party Rentals & Tents

916-773-2133  |  916-562-2900  |  775-773-8900  |  celebrationspartyrentals.com


Simple Country Weddings

916-271-6345  |  simplecountryweddings.com


Rodarte Floral Design

916-799-3625  |  rodartefloraldesign.com

with Wholesale Flowers from FiftyFlowers.com   

877-507-6737  |  fiftyflowers.com


Baker & A Black Cat

530-748-5366 | bakerandablackcat.com


Swoonable | swoonable.net

Special thanks to our Real Bride Models, Josephine & Maggie, and all of the professionals who contributed to this feature!

Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Associate Editor Emily Peter.

Photos by Ty Pentecost Photography/copyright Real Weddings Magazine.

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