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The Couple: Karen Peck and Raymond Vincent
Wedding Date: August 15, 2009
Tell us a little about you and your beloved: When we met, we each knew there was something special about the other. We both hoped and prayed that we would one day be together, but neither of us would reveal these hopes for some time. We met during a summer internship, become friends, and by the following February, Raymond could no longer hide his feelings. We discussed where we were both heading in life and it seemed like our lives were going in the same direction. Being faithful believers in God, we prayed about a future together. We came to the conclusion that God had brought us together for something special and began our relationship on February 18, 2007. Summer went and winter came. Then, one night, Raymond told me he wanted to take me somewhere special. As we drove, I knew we were heading to the rock quarry where we would go to study, talk and enjoy being outside. It was late, so we snuck in under the cover of the starry night. There, on top of a hill, on a bench, overlooking the city with stars like diamonds in the sky, Raymond got down on his knee and proposed with some diamonds of his own. I was overjoyed. I couldn’t believe it. We were engaged on December 12, 2007.
Two years later, our wedding was planned. We both knew we wanted a very traditional and reverent wedding. The ceremony was set to take place at our cathedral, the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento. Father Wehr, a priest from St. Ignatius of Loyola in Sacramento, presided over the ceremony. Most of the Cathedral choir was present for the mass, singing the ancient Gregorian Chant and Renaissance Polyphonic masterpieces that Raymond had chosen, coinciding with our love for music and art. The ceremony went perfectly and we are so glad we had both a photographer and videographers there to capture every moment of it.
My wedding dress was simple, but elegant. The moment I stepped into the gown, I knew it was the one, as did my mom, my sisters and my best friend. The cameo I wore around my neck was something both borrowed and old. It was passed down on my father’s side and given to me by my aunt to wear on my wedding day. It was an honor to wear it.
The reception was held in our friend’s backyard. Their home is an old town grange and the yard slopes down into a bowl overshadowed with trees. The staircase leading down provided a grand entrance to the wedding party. Upon arriving to the reception, the wedding party stood as the guests came one by one to congratulate our marriage.
Reception Venue: Friends Home – an old town grange, the backyard was a grassy bowl, with trees and a staircase leading down.
Catering: Sharon Reed, friend of the bride
Cake: A two-tier, red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and matching cupcakes arranged as floral bouquets by Shauna Snow, cousin of the groom.
Flowers: Mom’s Wholesale Florist
Favors: Rexcraft Spiral Notepads with Bride and Groom’s name and wedding date.
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Hair: Denise Ruiz, friend of the Bride
Invitations: Rexcraft – Emblem Invitation
DJ/Entertainment: Chris Quandt and Nate Henderson, friends of the bride
Honeymoon location: Kauai, Hawaii
First Dance Song: We Will Dance by Steven Curtis Chapman
Father and Daughter Dance: Always Be Your Baby by Natalie Grant
Mother and Son Dance: Because You Loved Me by Diane Warren
Advice for future brides and grooms: Delegation is key. Choose people you trust, talk out some ideas, and let them run the show. I am somewhat of a control freak, but I wanted to enjoy my wedding and I knew if I tried to micromanage every detail I would burn out or freak out on my big day. So I chose people I trusted and gave them the freedom to run the show. Just make sure they know if there is something you really want to happen. Your friends are there for you, let them help make your day extra special.
Photos courtesy of Randy’s Fine Art Photography.
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Well, if it’s Tuesday, it means it’s time for another installment of…Real Weddings Partner Profiles!
This week, we present the very funny (see below!) and talented Randy Miramontez of Randy’s Fine Art Photography.
Tell us a little about your company: I am a wedding and family photographer located in northern California, dedicated to taking pictures that tell a story. . . your story.
When did you establish your business? 2008
What sets you apart from your competition? I’m better than they are. :-) Ok, on a serious note I have a unique style which includes in-camera composition as well as post-processing giving a unique look to all our photographs. I work closely with my clients to ensure I capture and meet all of their expectations. I suppose I could come up with some salesy/marketing hype here, but that’s really me in a nutshell (or a paragraph).
Where do you find inspiration? My competition. Actually the people I photograph are my inspiration. Everyone has a unique personality and style all to themselves. It’s my job to capture their personality in a photograph.
When you opened shop, what was your promise to your customers? To not mess up?
Do you have any hidden talents? They’re hidden, so your guess is as good as mine.
What trend do you see coming in 2010? As the year progresses I see the usual trend of going from January to February and then onto March all the way through December. The new trend this year will be at the end of the year when we transition to 2011, which has never happened in any industry. :-)
Do you regularly blog? What’s your blog site? Regularly no, but I have started taking fiber in the hopes of becoming more regular on the blog. http://www.randysfineart.com/wordpress.
What’s your favorite local restaurant? I try not to dine out much. Too much money for too much food leads to too much me.
What’s your favorite local charity? The Shriners. They help children by providing free specialty pediatric care for orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate problems. My son, who had a debilitating case of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, received help through the shiners. They are an awesome group.
What is your favorite fun thing to do locally? Spending time pool side with my family…and my favorite alcoholic drink. We also enjoy hiking around the foothills.
Do you have secret vice or indulgence? What is it? See above…
What are you most grateful for in life? Fun. If you aren’t having fun, then you’re doing something wrong.
If you were to plan your own wedding, or re-do your wedding, what elements would be most important to you? Photography or course! That was such an easy question. :-)
What advice would you can give to brides and grooms getting married today? Determine what’s important to you and don’t listen to anyone else. That includes Mom and Dad. I know in many cases Mom and Dad are paying for part, if not all of the wedding services, but it’s YOUR day. The number one piece of advice I can give is don’t skimp on the photographer. . . because that could be me. :-)
Anything else you’d like to share with Real Weddings Magazine’s brides? I think there are laws against sharing too much.