That’s right folks, the Winter/Spring 2011 issue of Real Weddings Magazine arrives at our offices tomorrow, but we’re just too excited to keep a lid on the news any longer!

On the Winter 2011 Cover of Real Weddings Magazine: On Shelbie: dress from Miosa Bride, hat from Louise Green Millinery, flowers by Visual Impact Design.

Congratulations to Sacramento area real bride, Shelbie Brassfield, for being chosen as our cover model winner!

Shelbie, along with her other real bride cover model finalists, Terra Galvez and Elizabeth Burdick, were chosen from hundreds of entries in our cover model contest. We’re thrilled to have her grace the cover of our Winter 2011 issue!

Back in September, we put these girls through their paces at an all day photo shoot at the beautiful Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort. Featuring local gowns, local floral designers, local hair and make-up teams and the utterly fantastic local photographer Andrea Price from Andrea’s Images Photography, our cover model photo shoot truly was exhilarating!  Frankly almost too exhilarating because all of the photos were so fantastic, it was hard to narrow it down to the ones we’d feature in the magazine, and then ultimately, which ones we’d feature on the covers.

We’ll share the Spring 2011 cover — which will feature all three of our cover model finalists — with you soon along with more photos from the shoot. But for now, you’ll just have to be satisfied with these images of our beautiful cover model finalists Shelbie, Elizabeth and Terra!

On Shelbie (left):  dress from Miosa Bride, necklace by Erica Koesler available at Advantage Bridal, flowers by Amore Flowers by KatieOn Elizabeth (middle): dress from Miosa Bride, necklace by Tiffany & Co., flowers by Visual Impact Design.  On Terra (right): dress from Dreamnette Bridal, necklace and earrings by Tiffany & Co., flowers by Amore Flowers by Katie.

On Terra (left): dress from The Bridal Box. On Elizabeth (middle): dress from Dreamnette Bridal, earrings by Adorn Me. On Shelbie (right): dress from The Bridal Box.

On Terra (left): dress from Miosa Bride, flowers by Visual Impact Design. On Elizabeth (middle): dress from Always Elegant Bridal & Tuxedo, flowers by Blooms by Martha Andrews, necklace and earrings by Tiffany & Co.. On Shelbie (right): dress from Always Elegant Bridal & Tuxedo, flowers by Ambience Floral Design.

And I would be completely remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to thank not only our cover model finalists and my amazing Real Weddings Team who helped to produce this piece (Aimee, Sheree, Desiree, Gloria, Nicole, Leah and Megan), but also all of the incredibly gracious and talented vendors who participated in this shoot. Photo shoots are not easy and it takes a boatload of resources to pull them off, and we are incredibly grateful to all of the vendors who helped us with this feature!

Photographed on location at:
Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort
50 Trimont Lane, Truckee

Photography by:
Andrea’s Images Photography
with special thanks to Beth Baugher

Dresses provided by:
Always Elegant Bridal & Tuxedo

The Bridal Box

Dreamnette Bridal

Miosa Bride

Accessories provided by:
Adorn Me

Advantage Bridal

Louise Green Millinery
888-321-HATS (4287),

Stella & Dot

Tiffany & Co.

Hair and Make-up for Terra by:
Jenifer Haupt and Arrvada
Image Provocateur and VIP-CAT Academy

Hair and Make-up for Elizabeth by:
Fay Linson, Hair
Eva Molina, Make-up
Dynamic Images Salon & Day Spa

Hair and Make-up for Shelbie by:
Samantha Garcia and Jennifer Gouge
Nevaeh Boutique, Spa & Salon

Flowers provided by:
Ambience Floral Design

Amore Flowers by Katie

Blooms by Martha Andrews

Visual Impact Design

Slippers provided by:
Bearpaw Shoes

Collars and Leashes for the French Bulldogs provided:

Additional Accessories for the French Bulldogs provided by:
The Doggie Bag

We’ll explain the French Bulldogs, too, soon — you’ll see them in the magazine…gorgeous little Frenchies — Penny and Deegan! You’ll die when you see them…so cute and great little models, too!

Blog Post by Editor/Publisher Wendy Sipple.

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