This was Yadira’s second time working with Mariea Rummel Photography – Mariea was her wedding photographer! We love our small wedding world! And, just like at her wedding, we’re sure, Yadira’s beautiful smile shined the entire day. Keep reading to learn more about her, and how her now-husband’s proposal went from Plan A to Plan C!

That wraps up our blog series for “Blushing Beauties” shot by Mariea Rummel Photography on location at The Maples with sets by Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals and Strelitzia Flower Company. Keep an eye out for the concluding blog posts from our other photo shoots!

What made you want to model for this photo shoot?

Becoming a model was my childhood dream. I still remember instances when multiple people encouraged me to pursue a modeling career when I was a young girl. They mentioned my tall and lean body type and told me that I’d be a great model. I still have family members who keep this little ol’ dream alive. I am so excited to finally share the news with them as soon as the magazine is released! I am super grateful to live-out this dream in one of my most important life stages: marriage. This photo shoot was also the perfect reminder to never give up on the desires of my heart – no matter how out-of-reach they might seem. Things happen in the perfect time, in the perfect way, always.

What was your favorite part of modeling? What was the most challenging part?

Wearing multiple wedding dresses was my favorite part about modeling. I wore a variety of dresses that I wouldn’t have picked out myself, which was THE best part! I stepped outside of my comfort zone and saw a side of me that I didn’t know too well. I got to relive the wedding experience and this time it was with little-to-no stress. I also enjoyed working with the Real Weddings Magazine team. They’re a good time! Oh and the venue – wow! It’s gorgeous! Ironically, the most challenging part was quickly getting out of the beautiful – and oh so delicate – wedding dresses! We had to treat every dress like it was our very own.

What do you do for a living?

I am blessed with the opportunity to work in a field that I love; marketing. I get to exercise my creative side when I create and execute plans on how to reach target audiences. I also get to fine-tune my business skills by working alongside knowledgeable leaders and experts on a daily basis. As a super-cool, added benefit, I get to positively impact the perceptions children have of dental visits through my role as the marketing specialist for Kids Care Dental & Orthodontics, where we are all about fun, not fear.

What do you do for fun?

Life is too short to wait for weekends. I like to have fun on a daily basis. I do this by attending church, trying new foods, wine tasting, picnicking, volunteering and spending time with family and friends. Oh, and dominating in a good tennis match!

Tell us about your love story. 

After many years of dating, Felix proposed to me during our eight year anniversary trip. And silly me, I had no idea it was coming! Really! I just thought it was another anniversary trip. I should’ve known something was up because he wasn’t acting like himself.

Being the all-star planner that he is, Felix had proposal plans A, B and C in the Monterey/Big Sur area. To his fortune, he had to go all the way down to plan C because the others didn’t pan out. Plan A was to have a picnic at Julia Pfeiffer beach, which is known for its natural, purple sand and beautiful waves that crash into a key hole rock. Right before we got to the entrance along Highway 1, a car went off of the narrow road and caused the park to close for the day. Felix later told me that he went down to talk to the park ranger to explain what was about to go down but he was not having it. He didn’t care! This led us to plan B: McWay Falls. We continued to drive south on Highway 1 to look at the famous waterfall that leads into the ocean. As we drove and drove, we realized that the fog over the cliff and the ocean was not clearing up. We were not going to be able to see the waterfall! So we decided to just head north and hang out at Carmel Beach because our Airbnb was there anyway. This was plan C.

We walked along the beach, found a nice log to sit on and then watched the waves come towards us. We started talking “serious relationship stuff” and then Felix pulled out a poem he wrote for me. The poem was super beautiful (it even had symbolism with the waves crashing into the keyhole rock at Julia Pfeiffer Beach). I started to tear up while he read it aloud. And the he got down on his knee and popped the question! I said yes! I was so full of emotion and he was too! It was surreal. But rewind. When he was on his knee, as he finished his question, we locked eyes for a second and it was like our souls connected like never before. Weird, cheesy, I know! Sorry! But it was real.

After the shock faded, Felix told me that we had to go to place that had cell reception. Apparently, my sister and her husband and my brother and his girlfriend were all waiting at Julia Pfeiffer beach! They made it there before the car went off the road and set up the picnic and hid behind huge rocks so we wouldn’t see them. It had been at least three hours since the original estimated time of arrival! Felix had no cell service to contact them and he was also pretty darn nervous because his plans were not working out. We ended up meeting at the Airbnb and toasted Champagne to the day that was full of surprises! Bless their hearts!

Tell us about your own wedding.

My husband and I had a rustic-themed, small and intimate wedding, well at least for our family. We had about 180 guests but I come from a large family and my husband does too. We got married at Wine & Roses in Lodi. We fell in love with this venue because it represented us so well (we love nature, good food, great service and of course, wine!). We took advantage of both indoor and outdoor spaces that were big but not too big. The food and drinks were beyond amazing. Their service was exceptional too!

On our wedding day, my mom, bridesmaids and I got ready at the Deodor room which has a gorgeous balcony while Felix and his groomsmen got ready in the complimentary bridal suite. After we were done getting ready, Felix and I (only) did our first look in the garden. Our photographer, Mariea Rummel, captured those special moments while we were surrounded by nature, tall trees and beautiful flowers. We then took pictures with the bridal party and snuck back to our rooms before guests arrived. The garden ceremony followed. This was the most important part of our wedding day. The ceremony was perfect (apart from the fact that our ring bearer didn’t walk down the aisle because he became shy; this kid is not typically shy, I promise).

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed an outdoor cocktail hour with the nice sounds of a mariachi called Los Gallos (meaning The Roosters. We thought it was appropriate for cocktail hour). Sangria, our favorite drink, was served along with yummy appetizers. After cocktail hour, guests went into the ballroom and waited for Felix and me to enter. When we did, everyone stood up and cheered us on into our first dance, which was an 80s Spanish-rock, love song that I guarantee no one had heard in decades. That was the start to an intimate, controlled yet comfortable, wedding reception. Felix and I had a blast; we never left each other’s side. Our guests really enjoyed themselves too! Some said they’ve never gone to such a nice, “fancy” wedding before. The resistance we originally received from our families (again, they nearly begged us to go the traditional route) was forgotten. This was super important to us too. We wanted to share the special day with those we love and have strong, genuine relationships with and that’s exactly what we did. Thank God everything worked out perfectly! We’re super grateful and humbled.

If you could offer any advice to future brides, what would it be?

Mentally prepare for the unexpected things that will arise. You are marrying your best friend; all the other things shouldn’t matter. Also, don’t leave your spouse’s side. The wedding day is meant for the two of you so don’t allow yourself be pulled away by family and friends who mean well but instead hold on tight to your new life partner!

-Interviewed by Kelley Saia

Produced by Susie Baggett, Justin Buettner, Eudelys Blanco Estaba, Monica Hill, Kimberly Hunter, Tatiana Jitari, Nathalia Kallan,  Alexandra Leininger, Tara Mendanha, Emily Peter, Amanda Rinehart, Wendy Sipple and Leah Sisto


VENUE  The Maples  |  530-379-3681  |

PHOTOGRAPHER  Mariea Rummel Photography  |  530-391-2266  |

Lea Buehler, Lea Buehler BGorgeous (Hair)  |  916-705-5827  |
Jenifer Haupt, Jenifer Haupt, I Make Beautiful (Makeup)  |  916-532-9800  |

Christina Irene Alba, For The Love of Hairspray (Hair)  |  949-422-1957  |
Mandie Fenrich, Makeup by Mandie (Makeup)  |  916-230-5852  |

Always Elegant Bridal & Tuxedo  |  530-755-4282  |  530-487-7110  |
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  |
House of Fashion  |  916-554-7440  |
Second Summer Bride  |  916-330-4422  |

Ariel Jennifer Taub  |
Bel Aire Bridal  |
Carolee  |
Formé Millinery Co.  |
Hair Comes the Bride  |
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  |
Revel by Veil Trends
Stella & Dot  |
Style Avenue Studios  |  916-812-1114  |
Twigs & Honey
USABride  |

Amour Florist & Bridal  |  916-392-8168  |
Bella Bloom  |  916-498-8588  |
Bloem Decor  |  916-447-2001  |
Morningside Florist  |  916-635-9891  |
Placerville Flowers on Main  |  530-622-1121  |
Rodarte Floral Design  |  916-799-3625  |
Strelitzia Flower Company  |  530-758-5050  |
Visual Impact Design  |  916-489-3746  |

Bocca Catering  |  916-834-3554  |

FURNITURE AND DECOR  Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals  |  530-681-8937   |
DECOR FLOWERS    Strelitzia Flower Company  |  530-758-5050  |

CAKES  Above & Beyond Cakes  |  916-672-2259  |

VIDEOGRAPHER  Justin Buettner Wedding Photography  |  916-220-0159  |

Special thanks to our real bride models, Yadira and Kyndra, and all of the professionals who contributed to this feature!

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

Photos by Mariea Rummel Photography / copyright Real Weddings Magazine.

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