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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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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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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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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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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Inspiration To Dress Up Any Hairstyle!

With wedding season quickly approaching, we here at Babydoll Weddings have been busy working with future brides on their hair and makeup trials. To prepare for these trials our stylists are always looking for new trends and hairstyles to try on the future brides. We recently took those new trends and ideas, invited some of our models, choose our favorite hair pieces from our affiliate Hair Comes The Bride and invited our Friendor Stacey Poterson to take some photos and the results were fantastic!The stylists loved showing off their skills by transforming hair styles and being able to show future brides how to incorporate hair pieces into their wedding day look. From the flowers to the vintage pieces, any bride with any style will sure to find a hair accessory that completes her look for the big day!

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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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Photo Shoot: Mod Shoot at the Hotel Valley Ho

Last month, Babydoll Weddings was asked to be part of a retro themed photo shoot at the Hotel Valley Ho with and amazing team including Aurora O’Brien and Alex with Night Vulture Productions!  Charly put together some lovely retro hair styles and Amanda worked her makeup magic with her unmistakable flair. But enough words, I will let the images speak for themselves!

Photography – Alex Gomez with Night Vulture Productions
Hair Styling – Charly Johnson, Babydoll Weddings
Makeup Artist – Amanda Kolasinski, Babydoll Weddings
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Photo Shoot: Indian Bridal Look

To celebrate the end of the 2013-2014 wedding busy season, the stylists collaborated with several local photographers during a laid back photo shoot. The requirements were simple, “something bridal-esque and fun”. Our stylists delivered this in true Babydoll Weddings fashion and for the next few weeks we will be showcasing their creativity! 


One of our stylists wanted to showcase an Indian bridal look with her model. Stacey, our amazing photographer, loved the vibrant colors in the model’s attire while capturing the following images. It’s easy to see why, they are pure eye candy! 


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