When we saw Michelle on SPARKLE Bridal Couture’s Instagram, we knew right away how perfect she would be for our “Rapunzel” styled shoot! This self proclaimed vintage- and antique-lover had a blast watching our talented and creative team come together to make this unique decor inspiration shoot. Read on to learn about Michelle’s favorite part of modeling and her sweet love story.

We hope you enjoy “Rapunzel” as much as Michelle (and we) did!

RW: What made you want to model for this photo shoot?
MC: I received a call from Sparkle Bridal Couture and she said that Wendy from Real Weddings saw my picture on their Instagram and wanted to know if I would like to model for one of their shoots. I was immediately intrigued because I thought to myself, “When would I get to do this again? I’m only going to be a bride once, so what the heck!”

RW: What was your favorite part of modeling?
MC: I was totally spoiled! I was able to relax, get dolled up and just be myself. I also really enjoyed working with the team. They were all so amazing and fun, and their attention to detail was extraordinary.

RW: What was your favorite part of this shoot? Did you relate to the concept?
MC: I loved seeing what goes on behind the curtains and literally witnessing all of it come together. I wasn’t sure what to expect of the theme at first but boy did they pull it off! I was blown away at all of the details: the food, cakes, invites, décor, etc. I am totally a vintage, antique, funky, unique-loving kind of gal so this was totally up my alley.

RW: What do you do for a living?
MC: I work in Human Resources in the public sector.

RW: What do you do for fun?
MC: During my free time, I love to go to yard sales, antique stores, farmers markets and spend time outdoors. I am also a rescue mama with 3 doggies and 3 kitties so those guys sure keep me busy!

RW: Tell us about your love story.
MC: He’s going to hate me for telling this story, but we actually met online. For our first date, we went to play mini golf. He surprised me with a single rose and we immediately connected. Two years later, he wanted to take a trip to Fort Bragg, CA in the middle of a storm and while he was extremely sick. I was so irritated because you know what grumps guys can be when they’re sick and I couldn’t understand for the life of me why he still wanted to go! We didn’t let the weather ruin our trip and went to get those funky looking plastic ponchos so we could take a walk on the beach. About a mile in, and soaking wet because those ponchos couldn’t hold back the rain, he got down on one knee. I was completely blown away and of course said YES!

RW: Tell us about your own wedding.
MC: We are getting married at Fausel Ranch in Placerville in May 2017. We absolutely fell in love with the ranch and with Deanna and David. Our wedding will have a vintage feel to it with mismatched china plates and electric insulators for candleholders.

RW: If you could offer any advice to future brides, what would it be?
MC: Enjoy every minute of it, take your time, but start early and slow. Our wedding is still a few months away, but we started planning and collecting things right after we got engaged, and now we have (almost) everything we need. We have been able to really enjoy our engagement without the rush and pressure of planning the wedding.

—Interviewed by Kelley Saia

“Rapunzel” was produced by Shari Wise—Events by Wise, Kelly Peart—Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals, Letitia Martin—Strelitzia Flower Company, Susie Baggett and Wendy Sipple—Real Weddings Magazine.

The Details  //  Venue
Historic Oakdale Ranch  |  530-787-4744  |  historicoakdaleranch.com

Wescott & Co. Photography & Media  |  855-701-0449  |  wescottco.com

Design, Styling and Coordination
Events by Wise  |  530-848-3843  |  eventsbywise.com

Styling and Floral Design
Strelitzia Flower Company  |  530-758-5050   |   strelitziaflowers.com

Ettore’s European Bakery & Restaurant  |  916-482-0708   |   ettores.com

BlackPine Catering & Events  |  530-661-1845   |   blackpinecatering.com

Hair and Makeup
Nor Cal Natural Beauty  |  Melissa Rascon, Hair and Makeup  |  916-792-8896  |  norcalnaturalbeauty.com

Sparkle Bridal Couture  |  916-538-6615  |  sparklebridalcouture.com

Hair Accessories  (Michelle’s Main Look)
Ellen Marie Design  |  ellenmariedesign.com
Ruby & Cordelia’s Millinery and Fancy Goods  |  rubyandcordelias.etsy.com

Jewelry  (Michelle’s Main Look)
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
Style Avenue Studios  |  916-812-1114  |   styleavenuestudios.com

Braided Sash  (Michelle’s Main Look)
Sara Gabriel saragabriel.com

Hair Accessories (Michelle’s Additional Looks)
Cappellino Millinery  |  cappellinomillinery.com
Ellen Marie Design  |  ellenmariedesign.com
Sara Gabriel saragabriel.com

Jewelry  (Michelle’s Additional Looks)
Hair Comes the Bride  |  haircomesthebride.com

Bella Vita Invitations   |  916-682-8226  |  bellavitainvitations.com

Styling, Furniture and Décor Rentals
Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals  |  530-681-8937  |  blossomfarmrentals.com

Chiavari Chairs, Flatware and Glassware Rentals
Celebrations! Party Rentals & Tents
916-773-2133  |  775-773-8900  |  celebrationspartyrentals.com

Cake Stands, Vintage Plates and Linen Rentals
Party Royal Rentals  |  530-676-4453  |  partyroyalrentals.com

Custom Signs, Banner and Décor Pillows
Swoonable  |  swoonable.net

Justin Buettner Wedding Photography  |  916-220-0159  |  jbweddingphoto.com

Special thanks to our real bride model, Michelle, and all of the professionals who contributed to this feature!

Stay tuned from even more photos from our “Rapunzel” styled shoot coming soon!

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

Photos by Wescott & Co. Photography & Media / copyright Real Weddings Magazine.

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