Meagen jokes that she met her fiance through Craigslist (scroll down to read her love story) but she brought that joking attitude and smile to our Cover Model Contest Finalist Photo Shoot, Uptown Girls, and had us laughing all day long! Her beautiful smile made it onto the cover making her the winner of our Cover Model Contest for our Fall 2018 edition.

Get to Know Meagen below but be on the lookout for a behind the scenes video! Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram so you never miss a post.

Why did you enter this contest?

A friend of mine tagged me on an Instagram post promoting the Real Weddings Cover Model Contest. Of course I thought it sounded so fun, but I also thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try and see different hair and makeup looks for my big day!

What do you do for a living?

I own a spray-tanning studio in Midtown (Mist Custom Tanning) and make and sell candles (Lola Sage).

What do you do for fun?

Lola Sage is my creative outlet, but I also love to explore Sacramento since it’s still fairly new to me. I am a major foodie and love to check out all the restaurants in the area.

Tell us your love story.

My fiancé, Brandon, and I met in L.A. through my roommate (whom I found on Craigslist). I like to joke that I met Brandon on Craigslist, but don’t worry, that’s not the case. According to him, he knew I was the one almost immediately. He was persistent, so after a few weeks, I finally agreed to our first date. Brandon is the one for me for many reasons. He encourages me and pushes me to be my best self. He guides me through the difficult times with his crazy brilliant brain. We’re so like-minded and have the same interests and values. He never takes life too seriously, and I learn so much from him.

I definitely saw the proposal coming. Men cannot hide anything! During a night out with another couple, we found ourselves walking near the Capitol. Brandon guided me to a garden in between the Capitol and the Tower Bridge right at that gorgeous, golden sunset hour. He got down on one knee and proposed. The couple we were out with popped out from behind the bushes where they were hiding taking photos (smart man, a girl loves a proposal capture). We then went to Mulvaney’s B&L where Brandon reserved the back private wine room and we ate, drank and FaceTimed our families.

Tell us about your wedding day.

We are getting married at the Old Sugar Mill in August. I am praying the temperature will be below 97 degrees. Not too much to ask, right? It will be a fairly large wedding with lots of food, drinks and dancing!

What did your husband/fiancé think about you entering this contest? What did he say when you became a finalist? What did you think about yourself when you were selected?

He loved it! There was no doubt in his mind that I was going to get chosen from the top 10, and I was so happy he was right! I was so excited to basically get pampered and be around so much pretty for a day.

Tell us about your cover model experience.

I thought the experience was so seamless. Everyone on the team at Real Weddings is so professional and organized; it was such a lovely experience. I literally felt like a princess for a day. I mean, I had my own team! I was beaming afterwards, and I am so excited to see the final result.

-Interviewed by Kelley Saia


The Citizen Hotel
916-447-2700 |


Justin Buettner, Primary Photographer
Dante Fontana, Assistant
Kristina Bucheli, Assistant
Matt Baker, Videographer
JB Wedding Photography
916-220-0159 |


Lea Buehler (Hair)
916-705-5827 |

Jenifer Haupt (Makeup)
Jenifer Haupt, I Make Beautiful
916-532-9800 |


Alma’s Bridal Boutique
916-434-8084 |

Always Elegant Bridal & Tuxedo
530-755-4282 | 530-487-7110 |

Anha’s Bridal
916-668-0206 | 916-780-4747 |

The Bridal Box
916-742-4638 |

The Clothes Mine
209-267-0417 |

De La Rosa’s Bridal & Tuxedos
916-983-3400 |

Diamond Bridal Gallery
916-521-9856 |

House of Fashion
916-554-7440 |

My Martha Design Boutique
530-622-6009 |

Second Summer Bride
916-330-4422 |

Sparkle Bridal Couture
916-538-6615 |


Chloe + Isabel |

Hair Comes the Bride |

Luxurious Bridal 
209-400-1915 |

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

Nashelle |

Stella & Dot |

Style Avenue Studios
916-812-1114 |

USABride |


Accents by Sage Floral Design
916-799-6242 |

Ames Haus Design
916-730-1635 |

Amour Florist & Bridal
916-392-8168 |

Bella Bloom
916-498-8588 |

Bloem Decor
916-447-2001 |

Garden of Weedon Designs
916-402-9356 |

Morningside Florist 
916-635-9891 |

Placerville Flowers on Main
530-622-1121 |

Relles Florist
916-441-1478 |

Strelitzia Flower Company
530-758-5050 |


Wholesale Flowers from
877-507-6737 |



Ames Haus Design
916-730-1635 |


Celebrations! Party Rentals & Tents
916-773-2133 | 916-562-2900 | 775-773-8900 |

Standard Party Rentals
888-200-6513 |


Designed by Ames Haus Design
916-730-1635 |

with Wholesale Flowers from
877-507-6737 |


Ettore’s Bakery & Cafe
916-482-0708 |


Bocca Catering
916-834-3554 |

Special thanks to our real bride models, Meagen and Torrey, and to all of the professionals who contributed to these features!

See more from this feature here!

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

Photos by JB Wedding Photography/copyright Real Weddings Magazine.

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