Yep — it’s our most favorite time in the year….our Winter/Spring 2017 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, Danielle Palermini, for being chosen as our cover model winner! Danielle graces the upcoming Winter cover of our Winter/Spring 2017 issue which arrives this week!

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On the Winter 2017 Cover (above):  On Danielle:  Gown from De La Rosa’s Bridal & Tuxedos, earrings from Pink Beauty Bridal, floral crown by Flourish, bouquet by Visual Impact Design, hair by Cierra Shae Bridal Hair & Makeup Artistry, makeup by Makeup by Mandie, settee from The Antique Owl

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 Wine & Roses Hotel, Restaurant and Spa this past September. We are honored to have Danielle, Britania and Leia as this issue’s three cover model finalists! These amazing young women let us dress them up and make them up at our all-day shoot—and then at the end of the day, we’re amazing sports and jumped in the pool! Yes, they JUMPED in the pool in wedding dresses, but more on that later! Danielle, Britania and Leia, 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 Shoop’s Photography, in our upcoming blog post series, “Take The Plunge.” So stay tuned!

But wait…there’s more! We’re thrilled to release a sneak peek of our Spring 2017 cover — which features all three of our cover model finalists: Danielle, Britania and Leia!

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On the Spring 2017 Cover (above):  

On Britania (left): Gown from The Bridal Box; headband by Kirsten Kuehn Designs; jewelry by Hair Comes The Bride; bouquet by Strelitzia Flower Company; hair by Lea Buehler BGorgeous;
makeup by happily beautiful

On Leia (middle): Gown from Always Elegant Bridal and Tuxedo; headpiece by Hair Comes The Bride; earrings by Style Avenue Studios;
bouquet by The Posh Posey; hair by For The Love of Hairspray; makeup by Jenifer Haupt, I Make Beautiful
On Danielle (right): Gown from House of Fashion; headpiece by Ellen Marie Design; earrings from Pink Beauty Bridal;  bouquet by Bella Bloom; hair by Cierra Shae Bridal Hair & Makeup Artistry; makeup by Makeup by Mandie
Photobooth trailer (Lucy) and VW van (Fern) from ourDIYlove Photo Lounge
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, Aimee Carroll, Eudelys Blanco Estaba, Cait Herrera, Kimberly Hunter, Tatiana Jitari, Nathalia Kallan, Tara Mendanha, Emily Peter, Amanda Rinehart, Aaron Roseli, Kelley Saia, Nicole Shebl, Wendy Sipple, Leah Sisto and Megan WiskusAnd, of course, thank you to all of the wedding professionals who contributed to our cover model finalist feature: 


Wine & Roses Hotel, Restaurant and Spa  |  209-371-6117  |



Shoop’s Photography    |  916-804-8578  |
Amber Felts, Primary Shooter; Aaron Roseli, Second Shooter and Assistant; Ashley Brown, Assistant



For Britania:  

Lea Buehler, Lea Buehler BGorgeous (Hair) 

916-705-5827  |

Happi Ybarra, Happily Beautiful Makeup Artistry & Skin Studio (Makeup) 

530-632-0607  |


For Leia:

Christina Irene Alba, For The Love of Hairspray (Hair)

949-422-1957  |

Jenifer Haupt, I Make Beautiful (Makeup) 

916-532-9800  |


For Danielle:

Cierra Neeley, Cierra Shae Bridal Hair & Makeup Artistry (Hair)

916-436-6002  |

Mandie Fenrich, Makeup by Mandie (Makeup) 

916-505-0487  |



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  |

House of Fashion  |  916-554-7440  |

Second Summer Bride  |  916-330-4422  |



Cappellino Millinery  |

Ellen Marie Design  |

Hair Comes the Bride  |

Kirsten Kuehn Designs  |

Macy’s  |

Arden Fair Mall | 916-925-2845  |  Downtown Plaza  |  916-444-3333  |  Sunrise Mall  |  916-962-3333  |  Westfield Galleria at Roseville  |  916-771-3333

Pink Beauty Bridal  |  916-402-0785  |

Ruby & Cordelia’s Millinery and Fancy Goods  |

Sara Gabriel

Style Avenue Studios  |  916-812-1114  |



Accents by Sage Floral Design  |  916-799-6242  |

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  |

Rodarte Floral Design  |  916-799-3625  |

Strelitzia Flower Company  |  530-758-5050  |

Visual Impact Design  |  916-489-3746  |



Bocca Catering  |  916-834-3554  |



ourDIYlove Photo Lounge  |  916-230-4899   |




The Antique Owl  |  916-502-5951  |


Something Sweet Bakery  |  209-745-9000  |


Swoonable  |


Accents by Sage Floral Design  |  916-799-6242  |


Justin Buettner Wedding Photography  |  916-220-0159  |


Special thanks to our real bride models, Danielle, Britania and Leia, and to all of the professionals who contributed to this feature!

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 Shoop’s Photography / copyright Real Weddings Magazine.

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