Friendor Friday: Fully Alive Photography

It is always a joy when we have the opportunity to work with Fully Alive Photography; especially when a bride we both had was featured as a “Real Bride” in the most recent Phoenix Bride and Groom magazine! Tracy’s photos are beautiful and she has such a sweet spirit we love that we are able to feature her and her company for this Friday’s Friendor. Read more below about her soon to be exciting plans!Screen Shot 2016-08-13 at 3.13.34 PM

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The Classic Look

Defining the bride classicSo now that you have the back story to the amazing photoshoot Babydoll Weddings did with Strut Bridal at Chateau Luxe I can now dive even deeper into the process, the looks and the creativity that we all put into this shoot. Since I feel that every look deserves their own this post will be all about one look and one stylist. And I don’t think everyone wants to read a 15 page post which is what would happen if all four looks were in one post.

7J5A4684We will start with the Classic look which was given to Micky. Of course as you all know before the shoot I created inspiration boards for the stylists to use to gain some idea what I wanted the outcome to be. Thanks to Pinterest and past brides I gathered pictures of what I felt looked like the classic bride. Of course when this was handed to Micky I made sure to tell her this is inspiration but please do what you feel will make your model, Megan, look like a classic bride.

With the help of Ashley from Strut Bridal we were able to pair the dresses to the looks prior to the shoot. Megan was wearing a stunning gown! A fitted champagne/ivory mermaid style gown with a ruffle bottom and lace details. It was so amazing and fit her perfectly! I have to say the ladies at Strut Bridal rock at fitting girls and dresses!

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And then comes Micky with all of her talents and experience and turned Megan into exactly what I expected a classic bride to look like! She used a dark red lipstick which made the ivory color of the dress pop! And then Micky pulled her hair back in a gorgeous bun and completed the look with the two details that screams classic bride to me; the veil and the pearls.  Absolutely in love! I am not talented in hair and makeup so being able to see an image you have created in your imagination come to life and be everything you wanted it to be a more; it’s a great feeling!

I’m sure I mentioned how excited I was to be able to book this shoot at Chateau Luxe and if not, I was very N44A8952-Editexcited to be able to have this shoot there. With the glamorous chandelier when you first walk in, the beautiful and unique rooms and all of that wonderful furniture and decor that fills the halls; it seemed like the perfect fit for this shoot! It was such a success and I’m so excited to continue sharing photos and experiences from the other stylists and models from this shoot!

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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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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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NACE Annual Event

One of our Bridal Liaison’s favorite thing is receiving photos from events that we have done. In July some of our stylists were invited to use their talents for the Annual NACE event. They had a Day of the Dead themed night and our stylists painted sugar skulls on all of the servers and performers! They got very creative with gems, glitter and unique designs.

Then the next night was their gala which was full of wonderful speeches and ball gowns. Our stylists had the honor of doing hair and makeup for some of the ladies attending the gala. They all looked beautiful and perfect for a night of dancing!

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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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Phoenix Bride & Groom: Winter/Spring 2015 – Part 2

Earlier this year, Babydoll Weddings was invited to be a part of a photoshoot for Phoenix Bride & Groom with the amazing Jasmine Star!! We had such a blast and cannot wait to share this second set of gorgeous images from that day!


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On the dark hair girl (model, Diana Elizabeth Steffen) since the theme for her setting was very colorful and I decided that a more sophisticated polished hair would be more suitable to balance things.

I loved how we were able to showcase some out of the box ideas, like a black wedding dress and still show elegant it could be.
After shooting the food, and table arrangements, we all got to enjoy and sample the treats. It was perfect to have a small break in between the shoots and get to know everyone a bit. Both model couples were newlyweds so the magic of the couples photos were great – a lot of joking around was had and they were super excited to have a second set of wedding photos!
 

Many thanks to all of the amazing vendors who made this shoot happen!

Jasmine Star : Photography
Babydoll Weddings : Hair & Makeup
Butterfly Petals : Floral Design
In The Now Weddings : Event Design
Piece of Cake : Wedding Cake & Desserts
Claire LaFaye : Dress
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Phoenix Bride & Groom: Winter/Spring 2015 – Part 1

Earlier this year, Babydoll Weddings was invited to be a part of a photoshoot for Phoenix Bride & Groom with the amazing Jasmine Star!! We had such a blast and cannot wait to share the gorgeous images from that day!



Sabrina has this to say about the shoot:
It was such a great honor to be asked to be a part of shoot like this. I actually got the call on one of my days off and I was getting a pedicure. I had to pinch myself when they said Jasmine Star was the photographer – she is such a well known wedding photographer and I was so excited to be involved! 


Everyone involved worked so well together and was very laid back and comfortable. They were very open to my ideas on the hair and makeup so I was able to get creative. 


On the blonde model (Danielle Trushenski) I used extensions to create the longer braid. I was able to go a bit more edgy on the look because of the theme. I was so excited to see the ceremony site for this theme, Amanda at Butterfly Petals is a floral genius. When they first told me that the theme was taxidermy I cringed, but then when you see the details and how beautiful the antlers look with floral and stone added to it – its just amazing. 

Many thanks to all of the amazing vendors who made this shoot happen!

Jasmine Star : Photography
Babydoll Weddings : Hair & Makeup
Butterfly Petals : Floral Design
In The Now Weddings : Event Design
Piece of Cake : Wedding Cake & Desserts
Claire LaFaye : Dress
Saguaro Hotel Scottsdale : Venue

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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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