Babydoll Weddings {Real Bride Series}: Meet Katie

We are so excited to introduce Katie and her real bride story. It’s been 3 years since Babydoll Weddings provided hair and makeup services for her back on October 19, 2013 – the day that Katie married her handsome prince. Katie and Chad have known each other since childhood and we still can’t get over the fact that they built their own venue for their big day! It was the perfect combination of romantic, country, and vintage styles. Just look how gorgeous this venue is! Read more below!Katie's Real Bride Series Altar Kiss the Bride

Katie's Real Bride Series Bride GroomHow did you and your groom meet? My husband and I met when I was about 8 years old. He was good friends with my sister and, as a result, he became a good family friend. Later in life, we reconnected at his parent’s New Years party, and that was the start of our dating relationship.Katie's Real Bride Series Bridal Portrait

The #babydoll tribe is dying to know, how did he propose?! We went camping, and right before we were getting ready to drive home he surprised me with a romantic picnic. Sitting, overlooking this beautiful valley as the sun was setting, he dropped to one knee and asked me to be his wife!

What were your wedding colors and why did you choose them? My colors were blush pink/gold/ivory. I wanted soft, romantic colors as I was going for a country vintage vibe.

Where did you find your dress? Would you say that finding your dress was relatively easy or difficult? I found my dress at Suzanne’s Bridal, and it was relatively easy… I narrowed it down to 2 dresses; one was this BEAUTIFUL lace gown that had a long train, and the other was a light organza gown, with subtle blush colored flowers. I ended up getting the organza dress because when I was in it I just kind of “glowed”.

Katie's Real Bride Series Photo BackdropWhere did your ceremony and reception take place? Was there any special meaning behind the choice of the venue(s)? When my husband and I went to look at venues, nothing really “spoke” to us – and everything cost SO much – so we decided to take the money we would have spent on a venue and built our own. 🙂  My husband bought property out in Maricopa years ago, and we designed and built exactly what we wanted, which means we planted over 300 trees, trenched and installed irrigation lines, planted grass,Katie's Real Bride Series Cake and erected a “pole-barn”. What a special day it was, when we were actually enjoying the fruits of our (and friends/families) labor!!:) As a result, we now have a place that will be in our family forever. 

What was the flavor of your wedding cake? We had  4 or 5 different flavors. Shoutout to Sugarlips Cakery!!

Katie's Real Bride Series CenterpieceWhat kind of flowers did you have in your bouquet and at the ceremony/reception?  Roses, Hydrangeas, Baby’s Breath

Did you provide favors to your guests? If so, what were they? Yes, my cousin made these BEAUTIFUL boxes, and we put little seed packets in them.

What details from your wedding that made it unique to you? Everything:) we built it from the ground up! One thing that we especially loved was that my dad built us a picture wall.  When we sent out our thank you cards, each family received their photo, too. 

Other than marrying your husband, what was one of your favorite moments from your wedding day?  Fireworks erupted during our first dance as husband and wife… it felt like a fairytale!Katie's Real Bride Story Girls

Did you take a honeymoon? If so, where did you go?    Hawaii (Big Island)

What is one piece of wisdom you learned from your planning experience that you would like to share with future brides? Don’t stress out too much… no one will remember those “little things” that didn’t get done. Have fun!!  Remember, you are throwing the biggest party of your life, and you are marrying your best friend, so all will be well!

Who were some of the other vendors that were a part of your dream team?  Jessica Q Photography!Katie's Real Bride Story Tractor

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Babydoll Weddings Beauty: Tips to Keep Your Pout Perfectly Pampered


Are you looking to keep your pout perfectly luscious during the summer?  Summer rays can dry your lips faster than you realize.  To keeps lips soft, smooth and hydrated during the summer, apply lip balm and be sure to stay hydrated.
Lipsticks that are glossy with little to no color are harmful to your lips because they reflect UV rays faster which can cause skin cancer.  Here are some tips to insure your pout is perfectly pampered.

Tip 1: 

If your lips become dry and start to peel, use some sugar and olive oil to exfoliate your skin and remove the accumulated dead skin cells.

Tip 2: 

Look for a lip product that has a base of beeswax, petroleum jelly, or paraffin. These products will seal moisture and stay on your lips longer in comparison to thinner balms and glosses. 

Tip 3: 

Ditch the lip gloss and switch to a matte lip product with an SPF.

Tip 4: 

If you need to stick with lip gloss, apply a colored lipstick to your lips first and then add some shine. A colored lipstick with an SPF product is your best bet.

Tip 5: 

Opt for a lip gloss product with a minimum of SPF 30.

Our Fav’s

Here are some of our favorite products:

Babydoll Weddings Beauty Jane Iredale Lip BalmJane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain: Multipurpose lip and cheek stain, rich in natural botanicals, that enhances your natural coloring.  This balm is non-drying, long-lasting and adds just a touch of stain which adjusts to your own chemistry for an irresistible shade that will flatter your skin’s undertone. Nourished with beeswax, rose flower was, olive and avocado oils your lips will be kissably soft.

Babydoll Weddings Beauty Pixi Lip Balm

 

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm:  Awaken your lips with this super-nourishing balm. The formula is rich but lightweight and adds a gorgeous wash of color while shea butter and vitamin E protect your delicate skin.

 

Babydoll Weddings MAC Tendertalk Lip Balm

 

MAC Tendertalk Lip Balm:  This balm is a smart lip conditioner that creates your own personalized tint based on your body chemistry.  It is dermatologist tested, hydrating, sheer pop of color and smoothes lips.

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Babydoll Weddings Beauty: Tips for the Perfect Wedding Day Eyes

Perfect Eyes for Your Wedding Day

Our stylists are frequently asked how to create the perfect wedding day eyes.  These simple tips will insure that your eyes are bright and beautiful whether you choose a classic, romantic or dramatic look.

Erase Dark CirclesBabydoll Weddings Beauty: Tips for Perfect Wedding Day Eyes Concealer

Did you stay up late dishing with your bride tribe?  Dark circles are an easy fix with the right concealer.  First, apply foundation and then gently pat your concealer in the corner of your eyes working outward.  Gently press concealer onto your skin – never rub.  To add staying power, top with a translucent powder.

The Brows Have It

Babydoll Weddings Beauty: Tips for Perfect Wedding Day EyesConsider having your brows shaped the week prior to the wedding by a professional that uses tweezers.  Waxing and threading don’t remove individual hairs and you want to make sure that your shape is clean and near perfect.  To enhance your brows, select a powder with the same undertone as your hair color but be sure it looks natural in the daylight. Outline the natural shape of your brows with an angled brush designed for this application then lightly fill in with powder and pencil if needed.  We love Urban Decay’s brow box.

Expert Eye Shadow

Create the perfect canvas for your shadow by applying primer to your eyes.  This will keep your eyeshadow from creasing and extend the wear time.  When applying color, opt for soft, subtle, neutral shades to enhance your eyes.  A creme base, layered with matte powder, will extend the life of your shadow from your first look all the way through your last dance.

Liquid or Pencil Liner

Babydoll Weddings Beauty: Tips for Perfect Wedding Day Eyes LinerLiquid liner can look heavy, especially in photos so our experts recommend a pencil liner in charcoal, navy or mahogany to enhance your eyes.  While black is a popular go-to, you may find it is too severe.  Consider amplifying your liner by applying a bit of shadow over the top (be sure to use a slightly damp brush to apply).

Bat Your Lashes

Babydoll Weddings Beauty: Tips for Perfect Wedding Day Eyes MascaraFalse lashes are popular additions to your wedding day beauty regimen but if you are a big crier you may want to rethink them.  Shedding tears of joy will cause your lashes to lift.  You can create a dramatic effect with your own lashes.  Start by curling the lashes, starting at the lid to create lift.  Follow this with a volumizing mascara (note, you can swipe a small amount of baby powder across your lashes to help the mascara grab thus creating more volume) but be sure it is waterproof! Now you are ready to face your groom and the camera.

 

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Babydoll Weddings Beauty: Banish Under Eye Bags in 5 Easy Steps

5 Easy Steps to Banish Under Eye Bags

Let’5 Easy Steps to Banish Under Eye Bagss face it, sometimes it’s hard to get those full 8 hours of sleep, or some days you wake up and your skin just looks a little puffy. Use these 5 easy steps to banish under eye bags!  Simply grab your favorite beauty blender, your favorite bowl and fill it with iced water and follow these steps to watch your skin tighten and saggy bags disappear.

1.Place the beauty blender in a bowl of cold water.

2. Squeeze out any excess water.

3. Press and roll on your face. Especially the parts that you want to depuff and tighten.

4. Afterwards you may use that same beauty blender to put your foundation!

                                                          5. Violá! You’ll now look well-rested and be ready to take on a busy day!

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Babydoll Weddings Beauty Secret: Don’t Sweat It!

don't sweat with powderHandle the Heat While Staying Fresh and Dry

Don’t sweat it, dolls!  As the temperatures begin to climb in AZ (can you say 96 degrees in mid-March #dolls?), we turned to our stylists for some simple tips to keep you fresh and dry on your big day, and the days leading up to and long after you walk down the aisle.  All you need is some baby or talcum powder, a large makeup brush, and a little help.  Simply brush a light coat of powder over your chest, back, underarms and any other area that may need attention (under the bust line or around your thighs).  Don’t be afraid to ask your maids for help reaching your back.  We all know they will do anything for you!  Now you are ready to dance the night away with your handsome husband.

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Friendor Friday: A Day To Cherish Weddings and Celebrations

A Day to Cherish is a wedding planning company whom we have had the pleasure of working closely with on weddings and most recedownloadntly a photoshoot for AZ Finest Wedding Sites & Services magazine. We so enjoyed working with Cara and her team on that shoot so we wanted to feature her and her company for this Friday’s Friendor! Read more about this wonderful company below!

 

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{Real Bride} Meet Nicole!

Nicole and Abraham recently were married in June of this year, so safe to say we were excited to receive their wedding photos! With dark purples and light pinks incorporated so well into every detail of the wedding, truly made for a beautiful June wedding. The grooms’ cake made us all smile; we love seeing all aspects of the bride and groom’s personalities show through out their special day! Read more below to learn more about their special day!image.jpeg8

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Babydoll Weddings Beauty Secret: Applying Under-Eye Concealer

There’s nothing less satisfying than not getting those full 8 hours of sleep, and when if comes to planning your wedding, or just dealing with everyday life it can be hard. Thank goodness for the magic and wonders of concealer! Now you might be used to putting on your concealer by tracing a half-moon right on the dark circles under your eyes, but for a more seamless look try tracing a downward triangle. This way the bottom point reaches the apples of your cheeks and the other two points should reach the corners of your eyes. This trick helps you blend the color with the rest of your face while also highlighting your cheeks! Give it a try and let us know what you think!

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