{Real Bride Series} Erica

This time around our Babydoll Weddings real bride is Erica! This was such a fun and beautiful group! We enjoyed every minute helping them with this special day. See what gorgeous touches Erica put together for her big day.

 
 What were your wedding colors?
Eggplant and line green. Since I didn’t want our bridal party to have a Mardi Gras theme, the groom and groomsman had custom Nike Shoes in lime green 🙂 

 
 How many bridesmaids did you have?
I had a total of 5 bridesmaids.

Where did you find your dress? Was finding the dress a difficult process or relatively easy?  
I found my dress at Suzanne’s Bridal in Gilbert. Finding my dress was relatively easy process due to all the hours of  “Say Yes To The Dress” and wonderful consultants at Suzanne’s Bridal.Also, along with the help of my mom and bridesmaids.

 
Where did your ceremony and reception take place?Was there any meaning to the choice of venue(s)?
We chose to have our ceremony and reception at the Secret Garden. After touring 16 other venues, we walked through the Secret Garden property and saw the beautiful lawn,bridal suit and reception pavilion, we knew it was perfect for our big day! 

What flowers did you choose for your bouquet along with boutonnieres?
The center pieces for the reception were simple and left tot he florist because I was struggling with a vision of what I was wanting and she did and incredible job! 

What were the flavors of your cake?
We had a three-tier cake so the top and bottom layers were red velvet with cream cheese frosting and the middle layer was chocolate cake with dark chocolate frosting! YUM! 

Did you provide favors to your guests? If so, what were they, and what was the meaning behind them? 
Since we had a sparkler exit, we provided match boxes that said “Perfect Match, Erica & David 1.12.14” as a small keepsake. We chose the matches to compliment our sparklers and many of our guests collect matches from wherever they travel. We also had Lifesaver mints with a sticker on them that said “Mint to Be, Erica and David”. Just something cute 🙂 

Is there any detail you had at your wedding that makes it unique? (alternative guestbook, charitable donations,  handmade decore, ect.)
Since David and I have been together almost 8 years before we were married, choosing  a few photos throughout our years together to serve as a guestbook so that after the wedding we could display it in our home. Also, instead of the typical sand or unity candle ceremony, David and I chose to have a hand-fasting ceremony. Hand-fasting is how the phrase “tying the knot” came to be and we loved the significance it held for us. 

What was your first pick for “first dance” with your husband? Is there meaning to the song selection? 
Our first dance song was Snow Patrol- “Chasing Cars”. Since we began dating in high school (high school sweeties), this was always “our song” throughout our relationship.Whenever we hear the song (even still)  we smile 🙂 . 

Any favorite moments that standout in the day? We know the obvious is marrying your husband 🙂 .
There were many comical moments during our wedding. The first was after my dad walked me down the aisle and was about to hand me off to David, my dad lifted my blusher but not enough to keep it with the veil and it fell back in front of my face (great comic relief in a nervous time). Second, during the garter toss, I remember thinking “Why is he taking so long for him to grab the garter with his teeth?” He emerged from under my dress with a large pair of lime green underwear! Busting up laughing, he later told me that he had the underwear in his suit jacket pocket the entire day! Lastly, as we are cutting the cake and attempting to serve our piece so we can feed each other, server handing busted! We had to grab the sliver of cake with our hands. Hilarious!
 
Did you take a honeymoon? If so where did you go? 
We left for our honeymoon early the next morning and we were lucky enough to go to Turks and Caicos! Gorgeous turquoise waters and white sand beaches! 

What is one piece of advice you will leave for future brides?
Live in the moment! The planning process is stressful and the smallest detail seems extremely important yet on the big day, its chaotic and goes extremely fast so take it all in!

Please list and venders you wish to mention.
Big thanks to The Secrete Garden, Sharfo’s Catering, Santa Barbara Bartending, Fred’s Flowers, Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique, Ryan Topping Photography, Ingram Entertainment and Gold Star Executive Transportation. Everyone played a part in our perfect day 🙂

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{Real Bride Series} Sabrina

We have a special treat for all of you this month, especially for one bride in particular! Our Real Bride Series is focusing on Babydoll Weddings Owner & Lead Stylist Sabrina! She and her groom, Mike, just celebrated their 1 Year Wedding Anniversary on May 27! 
Sabrina happily took the time out of her very busy schedule to share with all of you her wedding details.  What’s great is that Lead Stylist Micky had a hand in beautifying the bridal party, so we are not only shining the light on Sabrina’s fabulous wedding, it’s also a Babydoll Weddings Real Bride! 

Please enjoy Sabrina’s details and gorgeous images:

What were your wedding colors? 

White, Black and Red. Wanted to keep it a classic theme.

How many bridesmaids did you have?
I had 4 bridesmaids. All of my bridesmaids were AMAZING! They all know me so well, that they were the most help whenever I needed something. My matron of honor, April has been my best friend since 4th grade so it was so special to me to have her by my side.

Where did you find your dress? Was finding the dress a difficult process or relatively easy? 
I found a picture of what I wanted my dress to look like online. I tried to find the actual dress, but no luck. I knew whatever dress I found I was going to have to have a seamstress do some custom work. My mom and matron of honor went one weekend to several shops, my budget was very low so I was looking for an off the rack dress. We found a couple possibilities, but no “ah ha moment”. I had posted something on facebook about going dress shopping and an old high school friend private messaged me and told me that her grandmother owned a bridal dress shop and was closing it – all dresses were $100!!! I rushed over there by myself and narrowed it down to two dresses – Mom and April met me that night there and I ended up buying both dresses.

Two wedding dresses for $200 – I was in heaven. Took both dresses to an amazing seamstress, told her what I wanted and she transformed the simple $100 dress into exactly what I wanted. Simple wedding/ball gown dress with black trim at waist and at the bottom. My now husband was so amazed that my final dress with cleaning and alterations cost a total of $500. And I still have that second wedding dress if anyone is in need. 


Where did your ceremony and reception take place? 
We got married at ASU Old Main. We both just wanted a venue with a historic background story and I wanted red brick for nice background in our pictures. The cool thing is that we are both ASU Alumni – Go Devils!
What flowers did you choose for your bouquet and throughout the wedding? 
My flowers were white daisies and red roses. Again, I just wanted simply, but elegant.

What was the flavor of your cake? 
We choose not to have a cake, but do a chocolate fountain instead. It was a hit! Everyone liked all the choices of what to cover in chocolate: strawberries, marshmallows, rice krispy treats, pineapple, cookies, pretzels, etc.

Did you provide favors to your guests? 
We decided to save a little money and forego having favors and instead be able to host an open bar for our guests.

Is there a detail that you had at your wedding that makes it unique? 
Our centerpieces were very unique for us. We had 3 cylinder vases and wrapped them with a transparent image from Spain, France & Italy – these were the destinations for our honeymoon. My husband was in charge of this and they came out fantastic – filled them with water and had a floating candle in each of them.

What was your pick for “first dance” with your husband? Is there meaning to the song selection? We (aka “I”) picked Tim McGraw, My Best Friend. My husband is not really a country fan, but the words of the song symbolize our love for each other and our relationship.

Any favorite moments that stand out in the day?  
So many of them…where do I start…here are just a few. 1. My bridesmaids opening a bottle of champagne in the hotel while us getting ready and it exploding all over her and her dress. 2. Us girls being on time and waiting for the guys to be ready. 3. The first look picture…loved the look he gave me. 4. The photo booth was a blast 5. My Matron of Honors speech – it rocked! 5. Going to In-Out Burger at 2am in my wedding dress. And last but not least…calling him my Husband

Did you take a honeymoon? If so where did you go? 
Not only did we take a honeymoon, we took a trip of a lifetime! We explored Spain, France and Italy for 24 full days. In Spain we went to Malaga, Majorca and Barcelona. France we mostly stayed in Paris. Italy we toured Venice, Naples, Sorrento, Positano, Almafi, Rome, and Tuscany. The best part is we did it on our own, no travel agent, no limos or taxi, just us on one hell of an adventure.

What is one piece of advice you will leave for future brides?
Enjoy! Enjoy the fun and the memories, don’t get caught up on the things that matter to other people. Just because your friend did it one way or society says this is how weddings should be…do it your way. Skimp on the wedding budget and have a big honeymoon/vacation together.

Our thanks to Sabrina for giving us some insight on your wedding details! The color palette is indeed a classic, and it was played up so well! The centerpiece idea is truly unique, too! 
Wishing Sabrina & Mike a Happy Anniversary! Here’s to a lifetime of happiness! 
Vendors:
Photographer: Courtney Lively Photography//Makeup: Micky at Babydoll Weddings//Hair: Lisa at Diversity in Hair//Florist: Jack and Jills Flowers//Chocolate Fountain: A Time for Chocolate//DJ: Fannning Flames DJ//Venue: ASU Old Main//Catering: Atlasta Catering//Event Coordinator: Pro Em.
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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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{Real Bride Series} Shawna

Our monthly Real Bride Series continues, and this month we are featuring a Babydoll Wedding’s past bride Shawna!

If you are looking to add some vintage flare to your wedding event, get some inspiration from Shawna’s wedding!  The vintage details shown here and mentioned by the bride herself pay homage to both sets of grand parents on each side of the family.

I present to you our March Real Bride Shawna!

What were your wedding colors? 

Black and White, with some red flare

How many bridesmaids did you have? 

6

Where did your ceremony and reception take place?
Wedding at the LDS temple in Mesa. Ring ceremony and reception at Regency Garden in Mesa.

Was there any meaning to the choice of venue(s)?  
The temple was for religious reasons. Regency Garden was close to the temple and very reasonably priced.

Where did you find your dress? 

I used my grandmother’s dress – vintage, cream, lace overlay. It only required minimal alterations. It had such sentimental meaning, was free, and fit with the vintage Americana theme.

Was finding the dress a difficult process or relatively easy? 
Pretty easy, just in my grandma’s closet.


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

Red roses

What was the flavor of your cake? 

Vanilla and chocolate with cream cheese icing – Yum!

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

All 4 sets of our grandparents had long, happy marriages, our wedding had a vintage theme, so we paid homage to our grandparents by making picture frames with pictures of them courting and/or of their wedding, we also included corresponding stories. We used them as table décor.

What was your pick for “first dance” with your husband?

“A Thousand Years” by Christina Perry, we didn’t have a song, our DJ actually picked this one and now it has become our song.

Any favorite moments that stand out in the day? 

We rented a trolley to transport guests between the temple and Regency Garden, the bridal party took it out for a special photo shoot – we got some great pictures and had tons of fun!

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

Yes! We went to Italy for a week (Rome and Venice).

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

Get organized – create a binder immediately with contact info of multiple vendors, timelines, etc. – you won’t believe how many business cards, fabric swatches, etc. that you’ll collect. Also, pick the things that are most important to you and make sure that they happen the way you want. Then, be flexible with everything else – not everything will go as planned, but don’t let it ruin your experience!

Our thanks to Shawna for letting us in on her wedding details! We love the vintage elements you included in your day, such a fabulous way to pay homage to your loved ones.  The trolley is also an excellent idea! Looks like everyone enjoyed your beautiful day.  
Vendors: 
Photographer: Maria Nissen Photography//Venue: Regency Garden//Makeup Artist: Sabrina at Babydoll Weddings//Catering: Jennifer Hall & Co.//DJ: Birkett Entertainment

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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{Real Bride Series} Sonja

Today we are excited to be kicking off a new segment at Babydoll Weddings, called Real Bride Series! We are featuring our past bridal clients, whom are sharing with us some of their wedding details.
Today we are featuring Sonja! Check out what her choice pics were and her bridal advice:

What were your wedding colors? Malibu & Hot pink

How many bridesmaids did you have? Eight

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

Where did your ceremony and reception take place? Sheraton Crescent Resort – ceremony outdoors and reception inside.

What flowers did you choose for your bouquet and throughout the wedding? 
In my bouquet I had mini roses, carnations, and feathers. Other flowers: Stargazed calla lilies, orchids, and peacock feathers.

What was the flavor of your cake? 
Red velvet with a raspberry filling

Did you provide favors to your guests?
We did provide favors, they were personalized CDs with all of our favorite love songs.

Is there a detail that you had at your wedding that makes it unique?
We did a football theme for some of the pictures, and had the guys wear their favorite college football team hat on with me throwing the football. We did the garter toss with it on a football! We had one of the ring bearers carry a homemade sign “Uncle Rob here comes your girl”. Mariachis performed during dinner. We had a photo booth which the guests loved!

What was your pick for “first dance” with your husband? Is there meaning to the song selection? Willie Hutch – I choose you

Any favorite moments that stand out in the day? 
From getting ready with mimosas with all my girls, to finally walking down the aisle. The party continued on all night with great dancing and music!

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

What is one piece of advice you will leave for future brides? 
Make sure to do your research for vendors and read the reviews on different sites. Anything you can do yourself really does save money and makes it more personalized!

Thank you so much for sharing with us about your day, Sonja! We love your color palette and use of peacock feathers-gorgeous! The football garter toss is a fun twist too!
Vendors:
Photography: Pause & Smile Photography//Hair and Makeup Artist: Sabrina at Babydoll Weddings//Cake Designer: Baker Wee//DJ: Three Oceans Entertainment
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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