{Real Bride Series} Meet Meagan!

Meagan and Matt were just married this year 01.16.16-565
in January and the first thing
we have to do when we receive
the pictures is post them on to the blog.
Their wedding had beautiful pops of color and
you can tell the rooms were filled with love. Read more below!

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Rustic Meets Romantic in this Styled Shoot!

As some of you may know the past three months for Babydoll Weddings has been quite hectic. With weddings, events and photoshoots; we’ve barely had time to breathe. Now we’ve been able to sit back, take a breath and dig into all of the newest issues of the magazines, look at all of the submitted wedding photos and the all of the gorgeous shots from the photo shoots. We have chosen our favorite shots from the photoshoot we were able to participate in for AZ Finest Weddings magazine at The Carefree Resort and we are so excited to share them with you!

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Shots filled with deep oranges and soft pinks set against a beautiful backdrop of cacti and desert scenery made for a dreamy desert wedding. Delicate lace sleeves on a floor length gown and details of pearls and twine really made this styled shoot a mix of desert and romance. It was so hard to pick our favorites! Read more below and be sure to pick up a copy of the magazine today!

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The Photoshoot I’ve Been Waiting For!

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Recently we joined forces with Strut Bridal. A local (now one in California) bridal dress store that specializes in plus sizes and dresses made for full figure ladies. We planned a photoshoot to show off the beauty of the dresses as well as the talents of the Babydoll stylists. It went swimmingly (I mean I still cannot believe how well this photoshoot went) and I have been sitting here anxiously waiting the photos (and for those who know me, that is incredibly difficult for I have the patience of a 5 year old). But then, finally, finally, they arrived! (It really didn’t take that long).

I am first so incredibly proud of the ladies of Babydoll who worked on the models. Sabrina, Amanda, Micky and Charly; all whom are lead stylists and all whom are incredibly talented and have their own unique style that really shines through in these pictures. Secondly, I cannot thank Anne and Ashely of Strut Bridal enough for joining forces with us and providing the dresses and some of the best models and ladies I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I also have to thank Ben of Ben and Kelly Photography for capturing these images. It’s hard enough for me to articulate my ideas sometimes so the fact that Ben was able to create and make what I saw in my head a reality is amazing and so grateful for him and his talents.

It’s hard to explain the feelings of seeing something like this photoshoot come to life and be everything you wanted. The joy of it is incredible! There was this precious brain child of a photoshoot that Sabrina and I had. We saw a need and we wanted that need to be filled. A need that has been needed to be filled for quite some time. We just hope that we are able to accomplish that with these photos. We want to promote full figured ladies and the body positive moment. We want to help change the industry and the thoughts that every women can fit into a size 2 wedding dress. But really, most importantly, we just want every woman, no matter her size or shape feel drop dead gorgeous in a wedding dress.

Alright, now that my Grammy speech of thank you’s is over let me give you some back story to how this all started. Rewind to about late summer. Sabrina, the owner and I were attending an open house. We started talking to two ladies, Ann and Ashley from Strut Bridal. A dress store (two locations now!) specializing in plus sizes of bridal and formal dresses in which Ann owns and Ashley is her right hand lady; very similar to Sabrina and I. Maybe that’s why we hit it off the way we did; but no matter how we hit it off I am so happy we did!

We stood there talking about the wedding industry and why we all loved it but there were some things that didn’t sit right with us. One of those being the lack of full figured women in magazines, advertisements, etc. After Sabrina and I got over our shock of this being true the feeling of disappointment sunk in. Not every bride can fit into a  dress size is a 2 and when a store doesn’t even carry her size the frustration and sadness that comes with that is unimaginable. As we continued talking and as this news sunk in I wanted to change people’s outlook on wedding dresses and full figured women. I wanted to change the magazines’ outlook of full figured women in wedding dresses. I swear sometimes Sabrina and I share a brain, especially when she said exactly what I was thinking. We both wanted to change the minds and promote the beauty of any and every women.

After a meeting and a few months of planning this brain child of our’s was born. A brain child of a photoshoot set in the beautiful halls and rooms of Cheatau Luxe. A brain child of a shoot with four full figured models, all in dresses from Strut, each one unique in shape, color and material. A brain child that lets Babydoll stylists have full creative control and create a look all their own; a look that shows off their talents. A brain child that celebrates the full figured frame, the creativity of the artists and hopefully a brain child that can hopefully change some opinions. And I am so excited to share it all with you! Stay tuned.

 

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Babydoll Beauty Secrets: Fight the Shine!

Our wedding stylist Amanda always has amazing beauty tips and some of my favorites of her’s are the ones I can easily apply to my day to day life. Especially when I may be in a pinch and need a quick and easy fix to get me through until I can replenish whatever product I may be out of. And this tip has proved to help me out time and time again! 

Throughout the day we tend to get a bit shiny and we don’t always have those wonderful blotting sheets around to help. Most of us do, however, make it into Starbucks at least once or twice a week. Next time you’re in there pick up a few extra napkins. They work great as a blotting sheet when you’re in a pinch. Simply unfold the napkin and just like a blotting sheet, gently press onto your face in any area that may have a little too much shine for your taste. And ta-da! No more shine! 
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Photoshoot: Styled Shoot with Stacy!

We recently had the pleasure of joining Stacy from Stacy Poterson Photography at Soho63 for a beautiful styled photoshoot with models Josh and Elena!
Stylists Charly and Amanda did beautiful work utilizing Elena’s long hair for an up-do with braids and (more braids) and showcasing her beautiful skin tone with a great pink lip! Which complimented the beautiful floral arrangement from Hoot& Holler Soho63 had so many great backdrops and areas for photos so we decided to use them all! And we love the pictures that Stacy took, so much, we couldn’t pick just one. 

Credits: Hair and Makeup- Babydoll Weddings Wedding Gown- Suzanne’s Bridal Florals- Hoot & Holler Venue- Soho 63 Photography- Stacey Poterson Photography

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Kicking Off The Wedding Season in Style!

A few weeks ago Babydoll Weddings had the pleasure of teaming up with Love and Lace, a local lingerie company based in Tempe, AZ in kicking off the wedding season in style. We invited brides and some vendors to participate in this lady day fueled event! Brides were able to walk around our space while watching hair, makeup and tattoo cover up demos, they were able to plan out their wedding cake with Sue from Sue Jacob Cakes, schedule an in home wine tasting with PRP Wines for their bachelorette party, schedule a photoshoot with Stacey from Stacey Poterson Photography and they were able to end their time with Alex from Love and Lace who was offering one on one consultations and fittings to help the brides find the perfect piece of lingerie!

Every bride received a goodie bag filled with so many great goodies! We also had some great door prizes all given very generously from Hair Comes the Bride, Palm Beach Tan and Butterfly Petals. The grand prize was awarded to one of our brides, Mary who has the chance to pick out a piece of lingerie from Love and Lace, receive a new hair and makeup style from one of our talented stylists here at Babydoll Weddings and then to top it all off Mary gets to have a boudoir shoot with Stacey from Stacey Poterson Photography!
We want to thank all of the guests and vendors once again for joining in all the fun, we couldn’t have done it without you! It was a great way to kick off the upcoming wedding season and everyone here at Babydoll Weddings is even more excited for the season!

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We’re Keeping Busy Here at Babydoll Weddings

Last week two of our stylists did this fun and beautiful mock LGBT photoshoot at Ocotillo Golf Resort. Charly choose to do loose up do’s incorporating braids and curls. And Amanda choose eye shadows that highlighted and brought out the girls’ eye color. Along with being in love with the hair and makeup, we love the choices in dress and jumpsuit from Uptown Bridal! It made for a fun shoot with a mix of vintage and modern! And to top it all off the floral arrangements from Fred’s Signature Floral Events completed the photoshoot!

Photography: Classic Digital 

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Babydoll Beauty Secrets: Tips to Making Sure Your Big Day is Perfect!

You never know how your body or skin will react. Waxing, facials, or any other type of beauty service that is not a part of your routine should be done with enough time in advance, we suggest two weeks. This way if your skin swells or reacts in a poor way you it has enough time to return to normal before your big day. It’s your special day the last thing you need to worry about is your skin not looking perfect! 

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Babydoll Beauty Secrets: The Power of Nude Eyeliner

Amanda is fabulous when it comes to makeup and this week she shares with us how to achieve a wide eye look that can change your appearance from sleepy to alert in merely 3 seconds flat!


Everybody wants that wide eye look and many people will line their water line with a white liner to fake it. This can end up looking too harsh however. To accomplish a more natural look use a beige or nude colored liner! Simple, right? Let us know what other tricks you use to appear more awake in the comments below or on Facebook! 

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Babydoll Beauty Secrets: Hydration!


It’s starting to get warmer so don’t forget to drink enough water to keep your skin soft and healthy! If drinking a bunch plain water sounds boring then add some lemon, lime, or berries to add some flavor. Just let them soak in a pitcher of water for a while (if you added berries you can strain the water as well) before enjoying. I have found that overnight is the perfect amount of time! – Amanda

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