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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Highlights from the Phoenix Bridal Show

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Everyone here at Babydoll Weddings loves October, with the cooler weather to sweaters and boots to pumpkin spice everything. But there is one special day we love the most and that is the Phoenix Bridal Show! We all had a blast and we met so many fantastic brides to be, it was a whirlwind of a day! We had a great Instagram contest, plenty of pink and some of us were wearing tutus! For the full look at everything head on over our Facebook or Instagram!

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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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Babydoll Beauty Secrets: DIY Lip and Cheek Tint

beets-soaking-in-waterCharly, our DIY queen has another great tip for us! Using beets as a lip and cheek tint.All you need to do is simmer coarsely diced pieces of a freshly peeled beets in 6oz of water for about 5-10 minutes. Strain the pieces of beet out of the water and then transfer the water into a small jar or a glass vessel. Charly suggests adding a tsp of rubbing alcohol for preservation.We learned from trying out this method for lip and cheek tint it was a little light for our preference. If you prefer a darker red like we do you can simmer the beet pieces longer to reduce the water and it intensify the color.
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Photoshoot at Lavender and Old Lace!

Recently we had the wonderful opportunity to work with a local venue Lavender and Old Lace. This beautiful and picturesque vintage estate helped create some beautiful photos! We loved being a part of these photos with hair and makeup and loved the chance to have our stylists show off their skills. From up dos to easy curls, smokey eye makeup to a more natural look; we really let our creative flags fly!

Reception Venue: Lavender and Old Lace
Videographer: Save This Dance
Photography: Moments Defined
Cake/Desserts: Sassy’s Café & Bakery
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Phoenix Bride and Groom 15th Anniversary!

Babydoll Weddings recently had the privilege to be a part of Phoenix Bride and Groom’s 15th Anniversary edition! Sabrina, Micky and Charly headed over to Boojum Tree Hidden Gardens and had a blast doing Kendall’s hair and make-up for this dreamy and beautiful photoshoot. The centerfold article is filled with beautiful pictures displaying the many talents of the three stylists and plenty of tips on how to look your very best on your wedding day! Head over to Phoenix Bride and Groom’s website to read the full article!  

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Phoenix Bride and Groom 15th Anniversary!

Phoenix Bride and Groom just celebrated their 15 year anniversary and Babydoll Weddings was invited to do hair and makeup for the cover and centerfold! Set in the gardens of Boojum Tree, a chic boho wedding was set up and the models were dressed to the nines from Ted Baker and Schaffer’s. Babydoll Wedding stylists’ transformed Kendall’s long blonde hair into a beautiful loose fishtail braid and highlighted her eyes with beautiful browns and golds. We loved being a part of the anniversary celebration and loved working Phoenix Bride and Groom Magazine!

Check out the article and more pictures on their website!

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Babydoll Beauty Secrets: Grooming your Groom!

 Babydoll Weddings stylist Charly has some words of wisdom for us this week:

When it comes to weddings, people tend to focus solely on the bride in when prepping and pampering. But don’t forget your groom, he will love the extra attention to make him feel his absolute best on the best day ever! 

  1. Use a long lasting body wash that has a fresh scent. It will not be too over powering like cologne sometimes is and will leave him smelling divine.
  2. For freshly trimmed nails, have him cut his nails while in the shower or right after he gets out. The moisture will soften the nail, making it easier to clip and eliminates the need for him to file the nail afterwards.
  3. Your groom can enhance his facial features by grooming his eyebrows with techniques such as waxing or tweezing (once a month is more than enough).
  4. For a smoother shave, have him use a hot towel before shaving and having him leave his shaving gel on for a few minutes longer. This will result in his hair softening and making it easier to shave. It will also add moisture to his skin. Splurge on a luxurious after shave to cool the skin after shaving.

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Babydoll Beauty Secrets: Supple Skin in the Dead of Winter

Is your skin dry during winter? Try these tips from Babydoll Weddings stylist Charly to soften and moisturize your skin in these cold temps!

1) Rough and extra-dry skin often occurs typically on the upper arms. Use a lotion with a salicylic acid that exfoliates dead skin which will noticeably reduce appearance of bumps.

2) Rather than repeatedly washing hands with soap and water which dries out skin faster which results in chapping and patched hands. Welcome wipe-off soap free cleansers and/or hand sanitizers alcohol free but when washing hands utilize a moisturizing soap free cleansers or hydrating anti-bacterial gel. Don’t forget to lather a generous amount of lotion on after washing hands.

3) Wearing cotton gloves over creamed/ lotioned hands for an hour can soften skin. It acts as a barrier by trapping moisture.

4) By adding honey to your scrub will reduce inflammation and sugar increases circulation, apply this to stubborn dry patches on elbows and knees. Helpful during winter season when skin is deprived of moisture.

5) To moisture your skin, try 12%lactic acid lotion apply on arms and/or legs. If your skin looks scally we recommend taking a milk bath this does not only drastically moisturizes but exfoliates the skin resulting in smoother skin.

6) Before bedtime gently buff calluses with a pumice stone or hydrating scrub after buffing apply a thick buttery moisturizer while feet are damp. Wear socks overnight. Resulting in smoother and softer feet.

Let us know in the comments below what your favorite way to combat winter dryness is!

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