The minute we met Wendy we knew we had to have her as a real bride model! She’s bubbly and fun and made our Something Old, Something New photo shoot a blast to work on. Keep reading to hear about her experience and own love story.
What made you want to model for this photo shoot?
Not knowing what the email from Real Weddings was about, I finally opened it about five days before the deadline to enter the Cover Model Contest. I was so excited reading about the contest and thought, ”How cool…Yes, I’m doing this!” Opportunities like this come once in a lifetime, and I just wanted to go for it!
Tell us about your modeling experience. What was your favorite part of the day? How did you feel afterwards?
What an incredible day. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect and the venue was beautiful. It’s hard to pick one favorite part, but I absolutely loved wearing the dresses and feeling so glamorous. Of course, hair, makeup, shoes, and jewelry were also so much fun; who doesn’t love getting all dolled up?! Meeting all the amazing people that work so hard to make couples’ visions come to life on the most important day of their lives was awesome, and at the end of the day I just felt so grateful and blessed to be chosen for something so wonderful.
What was your favorite part of the shoot?
The photographer Bethany was so much fun to shoot with. She made me laugh and smile so effortlessly, by the end of the day my cheeks hurt. Her style is so natural and candid it felt like hanging out with friends just casually enjoying the day.
Did you relate to the concept/theme?
I feel like the theme and venue were handpicked specifically for me. I love vintage stylings and the color palette was full of soft blush pinks which I absolutely love; so romantic! The old barn and filament lighting created the perfect backdrop. My husband and I have a passion for wine and, living in wine country ourselves, it was serendipitous for the setting to be a winery.
Tell us about your love story. How did you meet?
Cable and I met online through a dating app on July 23, 2016. It’s typical these days to meet like that, but we feel that it just had to be fate that brought us together given the fact we lived four hours apart. He was working close to where I live, and his truck broke down and we were able to connect. One month later we were officially dating, nine months after that we were engaged.
What was the proposal like?
He proposed at Disneyland on May 25, 2017, our first day there having lunch at the Blue Bayou with his parents. I was so surprised and my heart was pounding. He placed the ring box in front of me and said, “So you wanna do this thing or what?” perfect Cable-style. It was so awesome, something I never dreamed would happen to me, but he is the best thing that has ever happened to me. We spend all our time together and are both so devoted to our relationship. We’re each other’s number ones in everything.
Tell us about your wedding day.
Our wedding was on October 20, 2018 at three in the afternoon in the garden at the St. George Hotel in Volcano. My girls wore burgundy and the men wore navy blue with burgundy ties, and I threw in notes of blush pinks, mauve, and ivory. My maids and I DIY’ed everything including our bouquets and boutonnieres using sola wood flowers. Peonies and roses with seeded eucalyptus were featured in the décor. It was such a beautiful day; the twinkle lights and lanterns in the garden looked amazing. We had a local taco truck come in for dinner after the cocktail hour and the guests loved that! After all the reception hoopla, we were able to fit in a sparkler sendoff which was a highlight for everyone to come together out in the street to get some cool pictures. Once most of the guests had gone home, we finished the night dancing and singing along with our closest friends to the jukebox at the Whiskey Flat Saloon. The perfect ending to the best day ever.
If you could offer any advice to engaged couples what would it be?
Just know that the wedding day goes by in a snap; it really does! Take your time to soak it all in and just breathe. If you and your fiancé are okay with seeing each other before the ceremony, do a first look shot and then get the rest of the pictures done before the reception. This will give you more time to celebrate with loved ones. In the days following I just kept saying “I want a redo!” Sit down, relax, and enjoy!
Silt Wine Company
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Bethany Petrik Photography
530-665-0592 | bethanypetrik.com
DESIGN, STYLING AND COORDINATION
Tan Weddings & Events
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Hillside Blooms Floristry
CAKE AND MACARON DESIGN
Go West Baking and Events
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Catering by Design
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HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTIST
Jenifer Haupt, I Make Beautiful
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The Clothes Mine
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Sparkle Bridal Couture
916-538-6615 | sparklebridalcouture.com
DSW | dsw.com
JEWELRY AND ACCESSORIES
Hair Comes the Bride | haircomesthebride.com
209-400-1915 | luxuriousbridal.com
Moka Davis, My Stylist@Macy’s Roseville Galleria | 916-787-3310 | macys.com/mystylist
Mariell | mariellonline.com
Style Avenue Studios
916-812-1114 | styleavenuestudios.com
Little Bird Paper Company
831-809-9403 | littlebirdpapercompany.com
CUSTOM SIGNAGE AND PLACE CARDS
Swoonable | swoonable.net
CEREMONY CHAIRS, LOBSTER TRAP TABLE, CANDLESTICKS, GLASS TERRARIUM AND VINTAGE WOOD BUCKET
Simple Country Weddings
916-271-6345 | simplecountryweddings.com
GLASSWARE, PLATES AND FLATWARE
El Dorado Hills Party Rentals
916-933-2500 | edhpartyrentals.com
775-359-6733 | creativecoverings.com
UPLIGHTING, TABLE LIGHTING AND DRAPING
530-377-6203 | magicallighting.biz
JB Wedding Photography
916-220-0159 | jbweddingphoto.com
Special thanks to our real bride model, Wendy, and all of the professionals who contributed to this feature!
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Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Associate Editor Emily Peter.
Photos by Bethany Petrik Photography/copyright Real Weddings Magazine.
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