{Real Bride Series} Kelly

What were your wedding colors?

Mostly white with touches of grey and navy. I wanted something as timeless as possible so I dont look back in 30 years and think “What was I thinking?”

How many bridesmaids did you have?

8 I have a few great friends from every stage in life!

Where did you find your dress? Was finding the dress a difficult process or relatively easy?

Schaffers is where I ended up buying from, but I had 1 favorite there and 1 favorite at Uptown Bridal. I ended up going with the Schaffers dress because I felt it matched a bit closer with my personality, and love for large amounts of tulle. It was an easy process but EXHAUSTING. Even though you’re standing there or looking at gowns, I think it’s mentally draining and wears you out. On my main day of dress shopping we went to 3 places. I cried the moment I opened the drape to show my mom and MIL, but waited to buy until my second day so I knew for sure.

Where did your ceremony and reception take place? Was there any meaning to the choice of venue(s)?

Stonebridge Manor was the location for both. As an Arizona native, I LOVE that it looks NOTHING like the rest of Arizona. Huge trees, green grass, brick mansion, etc. I loved having the pool to serve cocktails around, the gazebo was the perfect location for the ceremony, and the tent had great acoustics for music and merriment

What flowers did you choose for your bouquet and throughout the wedding?

All white. Again with the classic feel. I don’t like flowers that seem too rigid (if that’s a thing), so I went with more fluffy flowers. Babys breath, hydrangea, loose garden roses, etc.

What was the flavor of your cake?

We had 2 cakes – the main cake was all white with a monogram on it, and tiers to look like it was covered in flower petals (which made it incredibly difficult to cut through since it was so thick! That cake had alternating layers of chocolate cake with a chocolate ganache and vanilla cake with a raspberry compote. We called our second cake a “bar cake” because grooms cake didn’t seem fitting. It was a University of Arizona cake, where we met. That one was the chocolate with the ganache filling.

Did you provide favors to your guests? If so, what were they, and what was the meaning behind them?

We did not, instead we held a second event for our guests. We’re more about making memories than little chotchkies. So our second night we rented out a double decker london bus that made trips back and forth from our hotel to Toby Keith’s I love This Bar. There we had a room rented and had drinks and food for our guests. Literally, the perfect night to follow up our wedding.

Is there a detail that you had at your wedding that makes it unique?(alternative guest book, charitable donations, handmade décor, etc):

The big thing we wanted for the wedding was a theme around “whimsical surprises”- the idea was that no one person would actually know how the whole night was going to go, because we all had something up our sleeves. I had my husbands favorite burrito place from San Diego brought in for his breakfast the morning of the wedding. A bit later he was given a collection of boudoir shots, and at the wedding his gift. He had a bottle of champagne, a photo of us, a bracelet, my wedding gift, and a photo of us waiting in my bride suite. My bridesmaids pulled together the MOST AWESOME toasting video, so they all had the opportunity to say something without taking too long, as well as a photo montage. We wrote our own vows, the bar cake was a surprise for my husband, and much more. Other cute touches- on my bouquet we had the pins of all my sorority sisters and I wore my husbands pin over my heart on the inside of my dress. My grandfather was the officiant, our “guest book” was to sign jenga blocks, and it was incredibly special to me to have my mom walk me down the isle. Before the wedding I gave her an engraved frame that said “out of all the walks we’ve taken, this one is my favorite” which is for the photo of us walking down together. Our MOH and best man are dating (they met at our engagement party), so they did their speech together, and both sets of parents did an incredible speeches as well.

What was your pick for “first dance” with your husband? Is there meaning to the song selection? 

Come Away With Me by Norah Jones. The song itself has just been “our song” since we started dating, but the real special portion was that my oldest friend Cammie sung it. It was perfect.

Any favorite moments that stand out in the day? 

Dancing with my grandfather. He and I were dancing together on the semi-crowded floor and once everyone saw that they left and everyone watched the 2 of us dancing- incredible. Another memory was my MOH mom and I standing together before we walked down the isle- having the most important ladies by my side right then was incredible. I’m also thankful for the Claddah bell. It’s an irish tradition that a bell is rang as the couple share their first kiss as husband and wife. When they argue in the future the bell is to be used as a truce flag- when it’s rang you’re to think about the first moment you heard it and the promises you made.

Did you take a honeymoon? If so, where did you go?

Fiji 🙂 We stayed on a small private island called Matangi which is home to the Horseshoe Bay. It was absolutely stunning!

What is one piece of advice you will leave for future brides?

I had a few scary crying moments prepping for the wedding – picking colors was ironically the hardest part, and it sucked when our original hotel “lost” our block of rooms. But other than that it was literally perfect. And I think it was so perfect because I didn’t sweat the small stuff. As the wedding day got closer I started divvying out tasks to anyone I knew (which my family and bridesmaids were prepared for), and they were happy to help in any way possible. 

Please list any vendors you wish to mention.
You guys for sure, LunaBear Studios Videography – LOVED these guys and would have used them for photography had we not needed to go with a location venue photographer- which ended up working out because I also loved Troy with Troy Brinkerhoff Photography. Also Schaffers, and Stonebridge Manor!

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Phoenix Bride & Groom : Summer/Fall 2014 Issue

Babydoll Weddings was so thrilled to be invited back to do the hair and make-up for the Summer/Fall issue of Phoenix Bride & Groom! See more photos and the magazine cover after the jump!

Sabrina reflects, “I know it might sound corny, but I loved the entire creative team we worked with! Like the other vendors, everything was just so creative and well thought through. All of the vendors collaborated so well together, from choosing the actual dress based on the make-up. I also worked with the Maricopa Skills center, they had a bridal updo contest and the winner was able to join me at the photo-shoot to see behind the scenes.”


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{Bridal Portrait} Toni

We have come to the final bride in the Babydoll Weddings Winter/Spring Bridal Portrait Series.  Today we are featuring the beautiful Toni, and her two different, yet stunning, bridal looks.  Babydoll Weddings Lead Stylist Micky did the hair & makeup for Toni and we just love the contrasting styles seen here.

Micky describes a bit about her time with Toni:
Toni’s first look: Toni wanted a little volume to her hair, so I decided to add a bump to the top portion of her hair while still showing off her hair length with some big curls. We wanted to show off the detailing in her dress so we kept her hair off of her shoulders as much as possible. Keeping her makeup more natural we used a variation of pinks and light browns and as for her lips I used a glossy medium pink.

Toni’s second look: This dress has so much to say just on its own that we wanted Toni to make her own statement too. We did a darker smoky eye with red lips to pull some of the attention to her! We had some great fun with her hair! We incorporated a couple of braids and lots fun intricate details.

Please enjoy Toni’s Bridal Portrait Session:

Vendors:
Hair & Makeup: by Micky at Babydoll Weddings
Photography: Simply D Photography

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{Bridal Portrait} Toni

We have come to the final bride in the Babydoll Weddings Winter/Spring Bridal Portrait Series.  Today we are featuring the beautiful Toni, and her two different, yet stunning, bridal looks.  Babydoll Weddings Lead Stylist Micky did the hair & makeup for Toni and we just love the contrasting styles seen here.

Micky describes a bit about her time with Toni:
Toni’s first look: Toni wanted a little volume to her hair, so I decided to add a bump to the top portion of her hair while still showing off her hair length with some big curls. We wanted to show off the detailing in her dress so we kept her hair off of her shoulders as much as possible. Keeping her makeup more natural we used a variation of pinks and light browns and as for her lips I used a glossy medium pink.

Toni’s second look: This dress has so much to say just on its own that we wanted Toni to make her own statement too. We did a darker smoky eye with red lips to pull some of the attention to her! We had some great fun with her hair! We incorporated a couple of braids and lots fun intricate details.

Please enjoy Toni’s Bridal Portrait Session:

Vendors:
Hair & Makeup: by Micky at Babydoll Weddings
Photography: Simply D Photography

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{Bridal Portraits} Laurie

In this week’s Bridal Portrait Series, we are featuring our brown eyed girl Bride Laurie.  Laurie is seen wearing a sweet lacey gown with simple accessories, including some fun lace-boots, perfect for a country chic wedding.
Babydoll Weddings Lead Stylist Micky shares with us how Laurie’s makeup look came to be:
Laurie was looking for a natural smoky eye, so I decided to use a variation of browns from light to dark to help enhance her beautiful big eyes. I wanted to keep her lipstick natural as well but added a little more of a darker pink to give her some color.

Please enjoy Laurie’s Bridal Portrait Session:
Vendors:
Hair & Makeup: Hair by Sabrina, Makupe by Micky at Babydoll Weddings
Photography: Simply D Photography
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{Bridal Portraits} Laurie

In this week’s Bridal Portrait Series, we are featuring our brown eyed girl Bride Laurie.  Laurie is seen wearing a sweet lacey gown with simple accessories, including some fun lace-boots, perfect for a country chic wedding.
Babydoll Weddings Lead Stylist Micky shares with us how Laurie’s makeup look came to be:
Laurie was looking for a natural smoky eye, so I decided to use a variation of browns from light to dark to help enhance her beautiful big eyes. I wanted to keep her lipstick natural as well but added a little more of a darker pink to give her some color.

Please enjoy Laurie’s Bridal Portrait Session:
Vendors:
Hair & Makeup: Hair by Sabrina, Makupe by Micky at Babydoll Weddings
Photography: Simply D Photography
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{Bridal Portraits} Sabrina

Our Bridal Portrait Series continues this week as Babydoll Weddings Owner & Lead Stylist Sabrina shares with us how she gave gorgeous bride Sabrina (yup, Sabrina meet Sabrina!) two looks as different, and as mesmerizing, as day and night. 

Sabrina’s first look: I really wanted to show off Sabrina’s long healthy hair so we decided to leave it down with soft curls. This dress was perfect with her skin tone so I kept the makeup very soft and natural so the dress would still accent her skin tone and not let the makeup over power.

Sabrina’s second look: It was time to have some fun! With a dress like this I had to make sure she was wearing the dress and not the other way around. Playing up the fun peacock colors in her eye shadows and adding two layers of false eyelashes matched the drama of the dress. Since the dress had so much texture I wanted to match that with the hair so I created texture by doing a fish tail braid instead of just a regular three strand braid. She worked it!

Enjoy Sabrina’s Bridal Portrait Session:
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Vendors:
Photography: Elvis Castillo 
Floral Designer: Jack and Jill’s Flowers

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{Real Bride Series} Robyn

We are really loving our Real Bride Series, are you? This is our 3rd month to feature a Babydoll Weddings past bride, and we are enjoying getting to know all the details our brides put into their weddings. The color palettes our brides are picking, the decor details and special touches are all so different, unique and inspiring! If you are a bride to be, we hope these features help you with your own wedding planning ideas.
For the month of April we are featuring Robyn!  She is a recent bride, having only just married in March! We are so thankful she was up for sharing a bit about her beautiful wedding and so soon after.  See what she included into her wedding to make it memorable for herself and her groom.  

What were your wedding colors? 

Teal, pink,champagne

How many bridesmaids did you have?

6

Where did you find your dress? 

I found my dress at Arizona Bridal Warehouse

Was finding the dress a difficult process or relatively easy? 

They were so helpful and I was able to find my dress in less than 2 hours. I am a very picky bride due to my insecurities and they were so patient and kind to me. I highly recommend them. I only had a 5 month engagement so I had to find a dress off the shelf, I could not order. My dress was beautiful and I loved everything about it.

Where did your ceremony and reception take place?

Stonebridge Manor

Was there any meaning to the choice of venue? 

This was the first and only venue we went to look at. We fell in love with the beauty of the Manor. I had been to my Jr.Prom there but we were in the back venue. It never stuck out to me then but when we saw an open house we went for it and knew when we saw the front of the house venue it was where we were meant to be married.

What flowers did you choose for your bouquet and throughout the wedding? 

We worked with ZuZu Petals as our flower vendor. I went and told the owner who we met with that I highly dislike roses and that I wanted some “out of the ordinary flowers that went with our colors.” I gave her pretty much full freedom in my bouquet. She seemed more than knowledgeable. When the flowers were brought into me after 2 months of meeting with our vendor, my jaw dropped and I was in tears. I could not stop looking at my bouquet. It was gorgeous and unique, everything I wanted.

What was the flavor of your cake? 

The flavor of our cake was “confetti cake”. My husband and I love confetti cake and once again wanted to make it about us. The cake was gorgeous and delicious, even in my hair:) Thank you Piece of Cake Bakery.

What favors did you provide to your guests? What was the meaning behind them? 

Party Favors were the hardest thing to decide on. We wanted to save money with this and found it unnecessary to spend hundreds of dollars on a candy table or photo booth. We found inexpensive candy bags at DavidsBridal.com and filled them with teal M&M’s and pink gum balls from Sweeties Candyshop in Chandler, AZ. My sister, Matron of honor, made custom tags for the bags in our colors and with our initials and wedding date. We (my bridesmaids and I) stuffed them all and tied them with ribbon with our tags. We spent around $120 instead of $500+ for a candy table and my guests enjoyed them:)


Is there a detail that you had at your wedding that makes it unique?

I have mentioned above between the flowers, cake, cake topper and much more our wedding was unique in many ways. One thing my husband and I absolutely loved was he wore bright teal vans and I wore hot pink heels for our wedding shoes. We had so much fun with it and our guests loved it! 
Another detail, all my tables were named after one of my first grade students and on the back of the table card was a picture they drew of my husband and I on our wedding day!

What was your pick for “first dance” with your husband? Is there meaning to the song selection?
Our first song was “Two is better than one” by Boys like Girls featuring Taylor Swift. This has always been “our song”. My husband sings it to me every time it plays 🙂

Any favorite moments that stand out in the day?

Other than saying “I do” to my best friend, I would say some of my favorite moments were dancing and laughing with my closest friends and family. Our reception was a blast and I couldn’t have asked for better people there with us.

Did you take a honeymoon? If so where did you go? 

We headed off to Kauai, Hawaii the day after the wedding and spent 7 days there. We had so much fun together and saw some amazing and beautiful parts of the wonderful island.

What is one piece of advice you will leave for future brides? 

As you are planning, do not forget what the day is all about, you and your husband. Do not get caught up in little details. In the end, they mean nothing unless you and your husband are happy. Make planning fun!

We love the fact that Robyn’s first graders had a hand in helping with the wedding decor! So cute to have their drawings as table numbers! And, we couldn’t agree more about the flowers being gorgeous.  So perfect for spring, and just the right balance of color. That is an awesome tip, as well, to share with brides-be upfront with what you do not want.  Not speaking up will lead to unpleasant results.  And the results here, of everything really, are just gorgeous!

Thanks to our lovely bride, Robyn, for sharing with us all these special details. Congrats to you both on your very recent nuptials!

Vendors:
Photography: Rachel Curry Photography//Venue: Stonebridge Manor//Hair and Makeup: Babydoll Weddings//Cake Designer: Piece of Cake Bakery//Floal Designer: Zuzu Petals//Dress: Arizona Bridal Warehouse//DJ: Muscleman Media

If you are a past bridal client of Babydoll Weddings and would like to be featured in our Real Bride Series, send an email to info@babydollweddings.com or fill out our form our contact page!
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