Leia was a bit hesitant and nervous to enter our Cover Model Contest, but boy are we glad she did! Her laid back attitude and excitement made her a breeze to work with, plus we loved hearing about her Harry Potter themed wedding.
Keep reading to hear about her love story, and to see a picture from her favorite part of the day – holding one of the exotic birds on the property at Wine & Roses Hotel, Restaurant and Spa.
Leia is a third grade teacher. She is also a mother of two. She loves to take her kids to the park and get ice cream afterwards. When she manages to find alone time, she loves to read.
Her Love Story
Leia met her now husband, Scott, at her best friend’s wedding. After the wedding a group from the wedding continued the party at a local pub. Leia and Scott did not officially talk at the wedding, or even at the pub, but finally when they were headed out to another location, they finally connected. When Leia asked Scott to be her fake boyfriend to ward off a group of guys, he put his arm around her and never let go.
As things became serious between Leia and Scott, Leia let it be known that she had a few requirements for a proposal: She wanted it to be a surprise, she wanted someone to take photos and she wanted her kids there. Scott checked all the boxes. When they were on a family cruise, dressed and ready for formal night, they went to take a photo with the cruise photographer. Right before the click of the camera, Scott turned to Leia and said she was missing something, got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.
Their Wedding Day
Leia and Scott celebrated their love with a Harry Potter themed wedding. The two super fans loved the process of tying their favorite story into the wedding of their dreams. Leia says that having a focused theme took the stress away from planning and it truly became a labor of love. Every detail of the wedding exceeded their expectations, but for Leia, it was seeing Scott for the first time when she walked down the aisle that was her favorite part of the whole day.
Why She Entered the Contest
Leia’s wedding photographer recommended she enter the contest. Although Leia was flattered, she was not sure it was for her. However, after speaking with her biggest fan (a.k.a. her husband), she decided there was no harm in entering.
What Her Beloved Thought About the Contest
Scott encouraged Leia every step of the way. In fact, if it weren’t for him, she may never have even entered.
Her “Cover Model” Experience
Leia was both shocked and a little scared when she was selected as a finalist. The experience, however, was so fun, all of those fears quickly subsided. Her favorite part of the day was getting to take a few photos with one of the property’s exotic birds. She only wishes she could have held him longer.
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 | winerose.com
Shoop’s Photography | 916-804-8578 | shoopstudios.com
Amber Felts, Primary Shooter
Aaron Roseli, Second Shooter and Assistant
Ashley Brown, Assistant
HAIR AND MAKEUP
Cierra Neeley, Cierra Shae Bridal Hair & Makeup Artistry (Hair) | 916-436-6002 | cierrashae.com
Mandie Fenrich, Makeup by Mandie (Makeup) | 916-505-0487 | makeupbymandie.com
Lea Buehler, BGorgeous (Hair) | 916-705-5827 | lbgorgeous.com
Happi Ybarra, Happily Beautiful Makeup Artistry & Skin Studio (Makeup) | 530-632-0607 | happilybeautifulmakeup.com
Christina Irene Alba, For The Love of Hairspray (Hair) | 949-422-1957 | fortheloveofhairspray.com
Jenifer Haupt, I Make Beautiful (Makeup) | 916-532-9800 | imakebeautiful.com
Always Elegant Bridal & Tuxedo | 530-755-4282 | alwayselegantbridal.net
The Bridal Box | 916-742-4638 | thebridalbox.net
The Clothes Mine Bridal and Formalwear | 209-267-0417 | theclothesmine.com
De La Rosa’s Bridal & Tuxedos | 916-983-3400 | delarosasbridal.com
Diamond Bridal Gallery | 916-521-9856 | diamondbridalgallery.com
Dreamnette Bridal | 916-780-4747 | dreamnette.com
House of Fashion | 916-554-7440 | hofbridal.com
Second Summer Bride | 916-330-4422 | secondsummerbridesac.com
Cappellino Millinery | cappelinomillinery.com
Ellen Marie Designs | ellenmariedesign.com
Hair Comes the Bride | haircomesthebride.com
Kirsten Kuehn Designs | shopkirstenkuehndesigns.com
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
Pink Beauty Bridal | 916-402-0785 | pinkbeautybridal.com
Ruby & Cordelia’s Millinery and Fancy Goods | rubyandcordelias.etsy.com
Sara Gabriel | saragabriel.com
Style Avenue Studios | 916-812-1114 | styleavenuestudios.com
Accents by Sage Floral Design | 916-799-6242 | accentsbysage.com
Bella Bloom | 916-498-8588 | bellabloomflowers.com
Bloem Decor | 916-447-2001 | bloemdecor.com
Flourish | 916-212-5179 | flourishdesigns.com
Morningside Florist | 916-635-9891 | morningsideflorist.com
The Posh Posey | 916-337-3215 | theposhposey.com
Placerville Flowers on Main | 530-622-1121 | placervilleflowersonmain.com
Relles Florist | 916-441-1478 | rellesflorist.com
Rodarte Floral Design | 916-799-3625 | rodartefloraldesign.com
Stralitzia Flower Company | 530-758-5050 | strelitziaflowers.com
Visual Impact Design | 916-4893746 | visualimpact-design.com
Bocca Catering | 916-834-3554 | boccacatering.com
PHOTO LOUNGE TRAILER
ourDIYlove Photo Lounge | 916-230-4899 | ourdiylove.com
STYLED DECOR VIGNETTES
RENTALS The Antique Owl | 916-502-5951 | theantiqueowl.com
CAKES Something Sweet Bakery | 209-745-9000 | somethingsweetgalt.com.com
CUSTOM SIGNAGE, BANNER AND PILLOWS Swoonable | swoonable.net
DECOR FLOWERS Accents by Sage Floral Design | 916-799-6242 | accentsbysage.com
Justin Buettner Wedding Photography | 916-220-0159 | jbweddingphoto.com
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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