Last but not least, we proudly present Danielle from our “Take The Plunge” Cover Model Shoot! Danielle was excited to take part in the photo shoot, as she’s always looking for new adventures. She wished the day was never-ending, and although we had to wrap up the shoot eventually, we have some beautiful photos to look back on.

Go ahead – take a look! And read all about Danielle’s own love story.

About Her

To say Danielle is a go-getter may be an understatement. This social, active, self-proclaimed shopaholic is also an extremely hard working event coordinator for six Sacramento radio stations. She does admit, however, that after all the hard work and play is over, she is perfectly content relaxing with her fiancé and Netflix.

Her Love Story

Although Danielle and Aaron went to high school together, they were anything but high school sweethearts. In fact, Danielle was not very fond of Aaron (or at least what she thought she knew of him). Fast forward six years to when they reconnected at a party and completely hit it off. Aaron asked Danielle out later that week, and although Danielle had a lot of apprehension, she agreed to the date and ended up having a blast. They officially began dating right away.

About two years later, Aaron’s mom invited Danielle’s mom, sister and Danielle to join her on a girl’s weekend. Danielle was completely oblivious to the proposal plans in the works. Danielle, who always catches on to things, was thrilled that she was genuinely surprised when they arrived to a rose pedal and tea light-lined path. The path led to the patio where Aaron was standing next to a bistro table set with champagne and roses. Aaron tried to be playful and say, “Happy Anniversary,” but Danielle could no longer be fooled. Finally, Aaron popped the champagne and the big question. The rest of the family had joined in on the trip and they enjoyed a wonderful weekend in Tahoe with a lot to celebrate.

Danielle knew Aaron was the one for the simple fact that they always seem to be on the same page, with the same values and beliefs. She never gets tired of him, and even misses him when she’s at work.

Their Wedding Day

Danielle and Aaron will wed next spring, just one day shy of the exact day he proposed. The wedding and ceremony will take place at Whitney Oaks Golf Club in Rocklin with a Spring-like, romantic-chic feel (with a little sparkle). Both Danielle and Aaron are most excited to share their love with all of their friends and family.

Why She Entered the Contest

Danielle was encouraged to enter the contest by a friend who was a finalist in the past. Danielle thought it looked like fun and decided to give it a shot! Danielle is adventurous and loves trying new things, so it seemed like a good fit.

What Her Beloved Thought About the Contest

Aaron was completely supportive. When Danielle became a finalist, he boasted, “Hell Ya! You’re gorgeous, so why wouldn’t they pick you?”

Her “Cover Model” Experience

Danielle says she wishes the day never ended. She had the best time trying on different dresses, seeing the different sets and working with the amazing team. Her favorite moment was getting to wear the dragonfly crown, which she pretended was ordained with bees as an homage to Beyoncé. Danielle may not be “Queen Bee”, but she was loved playing Queen ‘D’ for the day.

The cover model finalist contest photo shoot Real Weddings Magazine team members who produced this editorial feature include: produced by Susie Baggett, Justin Buettner, Aimee Carroll, Eudelys Blanco Estaba, Cait Herrera, Kimberly Hunter, Tatiana Jitari, Nathalia Kallan, Tara Mendahna, Emily Peter, Amanda Rinehart, Aaron Roseli, Kelley Saia, Nicole Shebl, 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:


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 Danielle:

Cierra Neeley, Cierra Shae Bridal Hair & Makeup Artistry (Hair)  |  916-436-6002  |

Mandie Fenrich, Makeup by Mandie (Makeup)   |  916-505-0487  |

 For Britania: 

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  |


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 Designs |

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  |

The Posh Posey  |  916-337-3215  |

Placerville Flowers on Main  |  530-622-1121  |

Relles Florist  |  916-441-1478  |

Rodarte Floral Design  |  916-799-3625  |

Stralitzia Flower Company  |  530-758-5050  |

Visual Impact Design  |  916-4893746  |


Bocca Catering  |  916-834-3554  |


ourDIYlove Photo Lounge  |  916-230-4899  |


RENTALS The Antique Owl  |  916-502-5951  |

CAKES Something Sweet Bakery |  209-745-9000  |


DECOR FLOWERS  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!


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

Photos by Shoop’s Photography / copyright Real Weddings Magazine.

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