Why did you enter this contest?

I entered this contest because the owner of my salon, Alexis, does a lot of photoshoots with Real Weddings Magazine and she was the one that informed me that the magazine only uses real brides and showed me their entry form.

What do you do for a living?

I am a hairstylist. I work about four to five days a week alongside nine other girls at Halo Salon and Day Spa in Roseville.

What do you do for fun?

My free time consists of traveling! My fiancé and I are always traveling at least one weekend out of the month. Our latest trip was to Europe for two weeks! Usually it’s dirt bike related, due to his job, but we have so much fun together whatever we are doing. If we are not traveling, we are usually at the dirt bike track or the lake jet skiing! And if we aren’t at the lake or track, you can find me either shopping online or at the mall or hanging out with our two kitties!

Tell us your love story.

I met Ryan through a mutual friend in Arizona. I was born and raised in Arizona, and him in California. We casually dated for a little and then decided to get serious and really do the long distance relationship, which was very tough. However, we did that for two years while I finished up school, and then we decided it was time for me to make the move to California. From the day I moved we had been thrown so many obstacles. It was hard finding a job and getting established, being away from my family and friends, and being in a whole new state. Then in December 2016, I was diagnosed with liver cancer. And, as if that wasn’t hard enough to deal with, Ryan’s father was diagnosed with brain cancer and unfortunately lost his battle. Again, if we weren’t already trying to grieve the loss of his father, we then lost his two cousins to a drunk driver.

Going through all of this, within less than a year, really gave us perspective on life and just how precious it really is. If we could go through all of the horror and pain and sorrow we went through together and come out on the other side stronger than ever, I think we both knew we were meant for each other in every way possible. That man has stood beside me in the worst time of both of our lives. He never left my side, despite loosing everyone he did.

He proposed to me on my birthday on March 25th, 2018. We were in Indianapolis for a supercross race and it was freezing cold! They just had a blizzard and got over a foot of snow the morning before. We went to breakfast and then decided to go walk around the Sailors and Soldiers Monument, which is a big circle with large fountains that were covered in snow. It was so beautiful! It was a brisk morning, just the two of us, walking around in the snow. He told me he wanted to take a picture of me in front of it so I started walking towards the front and realized I didn’t hear him behind me. I turned around and there he was in the snow, kneeling, asking me to spend forever with him! Honestly, it was so perfect!

Tell us about your wedding day. 

Our wedding day will be on March 25th, 2019 in Big Sur, California. We are a bit non-traditional, so the full big wedding day wasn’t really for us. We decided to only invite our immediate family and closest friends. We are hiking and kind of scaling some rocks down by a cliff to have our wedding. It will be a little more on the adventurous side! We are wearing leather jackets and converse and it will be freezing cold and possibly rainy and just everything I could ever want! Our theme is described as this moody bohemian dream. The color pallet is deep blues, greens, oranges and reds. I am most looking forward to marrying my best friend and being surrounded by the rugged cliffs and waves of Big Sur. It just brings this sense of peace and calm for us. We hope our guests will say how unique and romantic this was and just how different it is than your normal wedding, but mostly we just want them to support us and be happy as we join together and become husband and wife.

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?

My fiancé was surprised that a bridal magazine wasn’t hiring professional models for a cover shoot, so he was so excited when I was picked as a finalist, and honestly I was so surprised too! I didn’t think I would ever be lucky enough to spend full day at a photoshoot trying on these beautiful gowns!

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?

This cover model experience was honestly one of the best days of my life! The application was more of a tell-all about yourself and then I got to meet Wendy and her adorable assistant Emily. We had a quick 10-minute interview/introduction and then I got the call that I was a finalist and told to be there  for the shoot! My favorite part of the day was the last dress I got to try on. It was so beautiful and so much fun, and we were outside shooting it and so many people were walking by and commenting and staring and honestly it was just so surreal and exciting! The whole day was magical. Everyone on set that day was amazing and kind and genuine and it was such a blessing to meet and spend the day with all the wonderful people! And after the shoot was over, I just wanted to rewind the day and do it all over again!!

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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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