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Hey Sacramento-area brides…have you checked out the Real Weddings Magazine Contest Page yet? No? Well, you should…read on!
Not only do we get to work with the best wedding vendors in the Sacramento region and help you connect with them, but we’ve partnered with these fantastic vendors to give you the chance to win some bridal loot to help your wedding planning be even more fun!
This month’s prize sponsors? Check out this fab list:
Please note that you should be a valid Sacramento bride-to-be to enter our contests!
We’ll have new contests each and every month, so Real Weddings brides be sure to check back in April to see our Real Weddings Magazine’s April’s contests!
Blog post by Editor/Publisher Wendy Sipple.
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Ok, we don’t normally like to toot our own horn but…we got this wonderful email from a Real Weddings Bride, Marisa, and we just had to share it. Marisa and her beloved Ricky are set to marry on June 18th.
Here’s what Marisa had to say:
“Just wanted to say, your magazine has been such a big help in my planning /creative process for the past two years. I have copies next to my bed, in my cubicle at work and all over the house…lol…My first issue was given to me quite a while back from my fiancée’s sister. She is the office manager at the Auburn Massage Envy, and they put out the magazine for the visiting customers. She brought me home the Summer 2008 issue. I was hooked…I have been buying them ever since. All the vendors that I am using for my wedding are vendors I found in the pages of your magazine.”
Why thank you Marisa — we love that you love Real Weddings Magazine! You’re the reason we do what we do!
We’ve got a Real Weddings baseball cap coming your way!
Photo courtesy of the couple.
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Welcome back to another installment of Real Weddings Magazine’s Partner Profiles!
Today, we highlight a super sweet couple, Brandon and Kami Storz, from Sound Image Entertainment. These two are quite the dynamic duo, a fabulous team! Take it away… you love birds!
Sound Image Entertainment
Tell us a little about your company? We are a unique and fun husband and wife team who work hard to make each client’s wedding day enjoyable, memorable and stress-free. We offer a variety of services including DJ, MC, Coordination, Ambience lighting and Photo Booths.
When did you establish your business? Brandon established back in 1996, Kami jumped on board in 2004.
What sets you apart from your competition? Anyone who has planned an event before would know the importance of planning. We encourage extensive face-to-face planning sessions going over every entertainment and time-line detail. On the wedding day, we offer a two person DJ/MC and Coordination team instead a single DJ or a DJ with an assistant.
Where do you find inspiration? We find inspiration everywhere: magazines, networking events, seminars, TV. But we directly get it from each wedding we do. Every one is unique and memorable in its own way.
When you opened shop, what was your promise to your customers? Our mission at Sound Image Entertainment has always been to provide the highest quality, most reliable and exceptional disc jockey service to the quality conscious client who demands only the very best.
Do you have any hidden talents? Hmmm… that’s a tough one. Brandon says that Kami’s hidden talents are baking and tap dancing. Kami says Brandon can do anything once and can perfect it. It’s totally unfair. :) He is amazing at carpentry and really enjoys graphic design and making Web sites.
Do you regularly blog? What’s your blog site? We try to regularly blog, we are really bad sometimes but check us out anyway: soundimagedjs.com/blog
Above photos by Rachelle Photography
What’s your favorite local restaurant? Well we have very different tastes but we can always agree on Chinese or Mongolian Bar-B-Q. But Brandon’s favorite is probably Mikuni (or any sushi place) and Kami’s is Weinerschnitzel. (I am a simple soul..)
What’s your favorite local charity? We don’t have a favorite local charity but we do a Breast Cancer Walk Event every Mother’s Day for the Network of Strength. Brandon DJ’s while Kami and their boys walk in it.
What is your favorite fun thing to do locally? We are kinda homebodies so we love watching TV but it’s always some sort of wedding show. Platinum Weddings, Ace of Cakes, Whose Wedding is it Anyway. Weddings really are our life. We love doing anything with our boys too, we eat out a lot.
Do you have secret vice or indulgence? What is it? Brandon is so simple in his needs, anything business I would say is his vice. He loves working. Kami’s… anything with sugar. She could live off sugar, candy, she really loves to bake.
What are you most grateful for in life? Our family. We have four sweet boys, and they really are our everything.
If you were to plan your own wedding, or re-do your wedding, what elements would be most important to you? DJ, DUH… jk Brandon Emcee’d our wedding and eventually took over for dancing. (Yeah I know). In all honesty we had such a simple wedding I would have done more for our pictures, I have only a few printed and wish I had more that I liked. I took all that time in looking pretty, making my venue pretty and my pictures were just so-so.
What advice would you can give to brides and grooms getting married today? Research. A lot of brides and grooms don’t know where to begin and before they start anything they set a budget without researching. Surprise after surprise they had no idea how much things cost. It can be frustrating, overwhelming and very discouraging for them. Research, figure out what you want and how much it costs, then you can plan better and achieve all you want and not have it consume you.
Find out more about Sound Image Entertainment by visiting their Web site!
Lighting photos courtesy of Sound Image Entertainment
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Real Weddings Magazine would like to wish a Happy New Year to all of our beautiful brides, wonderful partners and talented associates!
The New Year brings a time for reflection for the passing year. As the team at Real Weddings Magazine reflects upon 2010, we can’t help but feel appreciative and thankful for all of the blessings in our lives. We are so lucky to be able to do what love… in the business of love.
Everyone here at Real Weddings Magazine is inspired daily by the passion of the couples we feature, the mind-blowing creativity of our partners and, most importantly, all of the friendships we’ve gained along way.
Looking back on 2010, we know that we would not be the Real Weddings Magazine we are today without all of your support and feedback. Thank you for always believing in us and motivating us to the best wedding magazine that we can be.
In the spirit of the New Year, we have compiled a brief look back on 2010 — a fabulous year for Real Weddings Magazine indeed!
2010 was a year of covers graced by gorgeous, local, real brides!
2010 was a year of growth!
2010 was a year of personal milestones for the Real Weddings Magazine team!
2010 was an exciting year for our past Real Weddings Magazine cover models, too!
(Nicole’s wedding photo by The Memory Journalists, Kate’s wedding photo by Jodi Yorston Photography, Jillian’s wedding photo by Lexigraphics Photography, Kimmi’s wedding photo by Jodi Yorston Photography, Teresa’s wedding photo by XSiGHT Photography & Video, Nicole’s baby photo by Bree Wilder)
And, lastly, 2010 was a year of recognition and appreciation!
(NACE photo by Love at First Click Photography)
All of us at Real Weddings Magazine wish you a safe, healthy, prosperous and blissful 2011!
The Couple: Brielle and Trevor Shaddix
Wedding Date: June 19, 2010
Tell us a little about you and your beloved: We have been together for almost six years. We love to spend time with each other and laugh. Trevor has a great sense of humor, he can make me laugh when it’s least expected. I cannot get enough of him! We have always noticed how much we enjoy each other’s company no matter what we do. We never have to put on a show.
What was the most amazing part of your day? Brielle’s response: our first dance. We were able to finally stop and be with each other while relaxing and enjoying the moment. It was the only three minutes of the day that seemed to stand still. Trevor’s response: during our ceremony. Brielle’s parents were to walk her halfway down the aisle then I was to meet them and finish walking Brielle down the aisle. That was a very real moment that seemed to give us more emotion that we anticipated.
What else would you like to share about your big day? We found it so funny how emotional we were at unexpected times. We were calm almost all the way through planning. My breakdown moment was when I saw my dad for the first time all dressed up, and I just fell apart. Trevor had a hard time talking to people because he would start getting choked up. Once the day got going we were so overstimulated it all became easier to handle.
Ceremony and Reception Site: The House on the Hill (Brielle’s Parents House in Placerville)
Photographer: Lisa Richmond Photography
Wedding Planner: Kelli Hamby, a friend
Caterer: Aharona Catering
Cake: Aharona Catering
Flowers: Jennifer Keszler, a friend
Favors: Favorite Family Recipes from the couple’s family
Wedding Dress: A little boutique in Santa Rosa
Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew
Hair: Ericka Verrett, AJF Salon
Makeup: Fidel, a friend from out of town
Invitations: Eric Ball and Dana Adams, wedding party friends
DJ/Entertainment/Band: Rick Verrett, a friend
Honeymoon location: Maui, HI
First Dance Song: Yellow (Cold Play), sung by Natalie Armstrong
Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? Go with what is you — don’t get caught up in what is trendy now. Don’t make decisions based on others. This is your day. If people offer to help, take them up on their offer! It’s a great way to share your day with others.
Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? No, we learned from the whole experience.
Photos courtesy of Lisa Richmond Photography
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