Yep — it’s our most favorite time in the year….our Winter/Spring 2016 issue arrives this week, and so, it’s time to reveal our new cover model finalists and our cover model winner! Can we get a drumroll please?
Congratulations to Sacramento area real bride-to-be, Katie Smoley (to become Guido this coming weekend!), for being chosen as our cover model winner! Katie graces the upcoming Winter cover of our Winter/Spring 2016 issue which arrives this week!
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On the Winter 2016 Cover (above):  On Katie:  Gown from Dreamnette Bridal; Necklace by Stella & Dot; Earrings from Macy’s; Flowers by Bella Bloom; Hair and Makeup by All Dolled Up Makeup & Hair

As always, we picked three amazing real brides from the hundreds who entered our cover model contest to serve as our fashion models for our shoot at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino this past September. We are honored to have Danielle, Jackie and Katie as this issue’s three cover model finalists! These amazing young women let us poke and prod them, dress them up and make them up at our all-day shoot, and they actually looked like they were having fun, which made our jobs so much easier! Danielle, Jackie and Katie, our sincere thanks for being such great Real Weddings Magazine cover model contest finalists!

In the coming weeks, you’ll get to see all of the gorgeous gowns, the amazing locale, the beautiful bouquets, the fabulous hair and makeup, and all of the wonderful accessories all caught by Mischa Photography, in our upcoming blog post series, “Something Blue.” So stay tuned!
But wait…there’s more! We’re thrilled to release a sneak peek of our Spring 2016 cover — which features all three of our cover model finalists: Danielle, Katie and Jackie!
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On the Spring 2016 Cover (above):  

On Danielle (left):  Gown from De La Rosa’s Bridal & Tuxedos; Earrings by Justine M Couture; Flowers by Placerville Flowers on Main;

Hair by Lea Buehler BGorgeous; Makeup by Happily Beautiful

On Katie (middle): Gown from Enchanted Bridal Shoppe; Earrings by Hair Comes the Bride; Flowers by Accents by Sage Floral Design;

Hair and Makeup by All Dolled Up Makeup & Hair

On Jackie (right): Gown from Always Elegant Bridal & Tuxedo; Earrings by Justine M Couture; Flowers by The Posh Posey

Hair by Cierra Shae Bridal Hair & Makeup Artistry; Makeup by Makeup by Mandie

We’ll share more photos from this shoot soon, we promise! But for now, we had to share our new covers with you!
The cover model finalist contest photo shoot Real Weddings Magazine team members who produced this editorial feature include: Susie Baggett, Christina Fawcett, Cait Herrera, Nathalia Kallan, Rachel Meeker, Tara Mendanha, Desiree Patterson, Emily Peter, Aaron Roseli, Gloria Schroeder, Wendy Sipple, Leah Sisto and Megan Wiskus
And, of course, thank you to all of the wedding professionals who contributed to our cover model finalist feature:

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino
775-886-6693  |
Mischa Photography
Mischa and Brianne Purcell
916-905-2794  |
For Danielle:  
Happi Ybarra, Happily Beautiful (Makeup) 
530-632-0607  |
Lea Buehler, Lea Buehler BGorgeous (Hair) 
916-705-5827  |
For Katie: 
Melissa Oretta, All Dolled Up Makeup & Hair (Makeup)
Lindsay Bradby, All Dolled Up Makeup & Hair (Hair)
530-368-3867  |
For Jackie:
Mandie Fenrich, Makeup by Mandie (Makeup) 
916-505-0487  |
Cierra Neeley, Cierra Shae Bridal Hair & Makeup Artistry (Hair)
916-436-6002  |
Alma’s Bridal Boutique  |  916-434-8084  |
Always Elegant Bridal & Tuxedo  |  530-755-4282  |
The Bridal Box  |  916-742-4638  |
The Clothes Mine Bridal and Formalwear  |  209-267-0417  |
De La Rosa’s Bridal & Tuxedos  |  916-983-3400  |
Diamond Bridal Gallery  |  916-521-9856  |
Dreamnette Bridal  |  916-780-4747  |
Enchanted Bridal Shoppe  |  916-965-5683  |
House of Fashion  |  916-554-7440  |
Second Summer Bride  |  916-330-4422  |
Chloe + Isabel  |  Christina Fawcett / Independent Stylist   |
Hair Comes the Bride  |
Happily Ever Borrowed  |
Justine M Couture  |
Macy’s  |
Arden Fair Mall | 916-925-2845
Country Club Plaza | 916-485-3885
Downtown Plaza  |  916-444-3333
Sunrise Mall  |  916-962-3333
Westfield Galleria at Roseville  |  916-771-3333
Polly Singer Couture Hats and Veils  |  859-533-1426   |
Ruby & Cordelia’s Millinery and Fancy Goods  |
Sparkle Bridal Couture  |  916-538-6615  |
Stella & Dot  |  Lea Buehler/Independent Stylist  |  916-705-5827  |
Style Avenue Studios  |  916-812-1114  |
Accents by Sage Floral Design  |  916-799-6242  |
Ambience Floral Design  |  916-786-6851  |
Bella Bloom  |  916-498-8588  |
Bloem Decor  |  916-447-2001  |
Flourish  |  916-212-5179  |
Morningside Florist  |  916-635-9891  |
Placerville Flowers on Main  |  530-622-1121  |
The Posh Posey  |  916-337-3215  |
Relles Florist  |  916-441-1478  |
Visual Impact Design  |  916-489-3746  |
Whole Foods Market  |
Bocca Catering  |  916-834-3554  |
Special thanks to our real bride models, Jackie, Katie and Danielle, and to all of the professionals who contributed to this feature!

If you’d like to be part of our next cover model contest, for our Summer/Fall 2016 issue (out in May 2016), CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE ENTRY FORM!

And, tune back in to our blog to see more from our cover model finalist series posting soon!
Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Editor/Publisher Wendy Sipple.
Photos by Mischa Photography / copyright Real Weddings Magazine.
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