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{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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{Real Bride Series} Alyssa

What were your wedding colors?
Blush and gold.

How many bridesmaids did you have?

I had 5 bridesmaids.

Where did you find your dress? Was finding the dress a difficult process or relatively easy?
I found my gorgeous dress at Uptown Bridal in Chandler, AZ. I shopped at a couple other bridal boutiques first and tried on maybe 20 dresses in total. I had an idea of the style of dress that I
 initially wanted, but after trying on all those dresses, I completely changed my mind! My dress was not what I had in mind at first, but after visiting the store a couple times and trying it on multiple times, I knew it would be the best choice for me, and that it would be such a memorable and beautiful dress. I am happy it wasn’t too stressful of an experience!

Where did your ceremony and reception take place? Was there any meaning to the choice of venue(s)?
We had both our ceremony and reception at the Clayton on the Park in Scottsdale. We had actually booked our event at Inspirador in downtown Chandler, a couple weeks before they announced their foreclosure… We were really upset, but it was a blessing in disguise because we found the Clayton and fell in love with the space. We really wanted a unique, nontraditional wedding space, and the Clayton is super modern, clean and elegant, and different from a lot of wedding venues.

What flowers did you choose for your bouquet and throughout the wedding? 
I love roses, so we went with full roses bouquets of white and dusty pink colors. 

What was the flavor of your cake?
We put up a full dessert bar with assorted treats for our guests, so we had just a tiny cake for Anthony and I. It was a white cake with Bavarian cream and strawberries. 

Did you provide favors to your guests? If so, what were they, and what was the meaning behind them?
We didn’t do table favors 🙂 I’ve never found little favors to be very meaningful so we decided to skip it, and spend our money on the party!

Is there a detail that you had at your wedding that makes it unique? (alternative guest book, charitable donations, handmade décor, etc)
We did a wine box ceremony during the wedding ceremony. Before the wedding, we each wrote a letter to each other, signed and sealed in envelopes. During the ceremony we dropped the letters in a special box with a bottle of wine, and sealed the box. This box is to be opened on our 5th wedding anniversary (or our first big fight), when we can read the letters to each other and enjoy the wine together and remember this wonderful day 🙂

What was your pick for “first dance” with your husband? Is there meaning to the song selection?We chose “All of Me” by John Legend. It really is the perfect love song, and describes loving someone with all you have, and giving your whole self to that person. 

Any favorite moments that stand out in the day? We know the obvious is
marrying your husband. 🙂 
We really loved all the speeches. My dad’s was heartfelt and meaningful, and the best man/maid of honor had everyone cracking up. The most special part about that day (besides getting married) is having all of your most loved family and friends all in one place together!

Did you take a honeymoon? If so, where did you go?
We went to Kauai and it was BEAUTIFUL!

What is one piece of advice you will leave for future brides?
Do your research on photo poses. Give your photographers a shot list of any special pictures or people you want pictures with. 

Please list any vendors you wish to mention.
I loved all my vendors! They helped bring everything together so I didn’t have to worry about one thing on my wedding day! Thank you to Micky and Babydoll Weddings for the gorgeous makeup and hair, Uptown Bridal for my amazing dress, Johnny Martinez our minister, Brad Nielsen of Starz Entertainment – our awesome DJ, Flowers by Jodi for the beautiful centerpieces and bouquets, and Claire Loeb, our coordinator at the Clayton who was with us every step of the way!
Photography credit: Jason + Anna Photography
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{Real Bride Series} Leah

What were your wedding colors? 
Our wedding colors were soft neutral colors. We wanted to have a soft & elegant look, while still having the eclectic taste we love. We went with antique browns & grays for the bridesmaids dresses.

How many bridesmaids did you have?
We had 3 bridesmaids. Each in their own style & color dress. 

Where did you find your dress? Was finding the dress a difficult process or relatively easy?
One day right after I got engaged, on a whim, we went to some close by bridal stores. I had no luck and actually felt completely discouraged by our lack of winners. A month later, we decided to book an appointment with David’s Bridal. I looked online and saw a few dresses I liked, but one really stuck out to me. Once we went to our appointment, the team at David’s Bridal on Ray & the I-10 were beyond helpful! They knew exactly which dresses I wanted to try on and in what sizes would fit me best. It was the last dress I tried on, out of three. (I wanted to save the last for best!) After a few misses, I would say finding my dress was a relatively easy process. I am still happy with the dress I wore.

Where did your ceremony and reception take place? Was there any meaning to the choice of venue(s)?
The ceremony and the reception took place at my parents property in Chandler, Arizona. Their house was built in 1916 and has a lot of history behind it. I grew up in this home and had always envisioned getting married there. The yard has a red & white windmill, one of the first ever water towers in Chandler and beautiful gardens. We couldn’t have dreamed of a better place!

What flowers did you choose for your bouquet and throughout the wedding?
We worked with The Flower Studio to help create our flowers. We met with Kelly and Jamie, who are amazing, and they helped me with my vision. We used over 100 vintage jars and bottles for the ceremony décor and our table settings. My mother and I started collecting the bottles at flea markets, antique shops & yard sales. The Flower Studio created mini arrangements in each bottle and helped create the most beautiful bouquets for my bridesmaids! I wanted my bouquet to be a long stem bouquet with a very soft, elegant feel but with eclectic flowers. My bouquet was a dream! 

What was the flavor of your cake?
We used Robert’s Catering in Chandler, Arizona for all of our catering. He created our dream cake! There were four tiers, two were Chocolate with Chocolate Mousse and the other two were Vanilla with Vanilla Buttercream.


Did you provide favors to your guests? If so, what were they, and what was the meaning behind them? We did provide favors to our guests. We had pre-bagged caramel with chocolate drizzle popcorn with a ‘thank you’ sticker on each bag. The favors were sitting on the table at their spot for the reception. We wanted something edible and sweet for them to take home when the celebration was complete! 

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

Honestly, the majority of every thing we used at our wedding was handmade. We created all of the programs, chalkboard signs, marquee signs & even created the bunting used to string in with our café lights. I used my grandmother’s garter & cake topper, and my mother’s veil. All of the details to our big day were special & unique to us. My husband created all of the ceremony benches using reclaimed barn wood.

What was your pick for “first dance” with your husband? Is there meaning to the song selection?
Our first dance song was “With a Girl Like You” by The Troggs. We wanted a different type of song that really represented our fun loving relationship. This song was our perfect choice!

Any favorite moments that stand out in the day?
We know the obvious is marrying your husband. One of my favorite moments that I really loved was having all of our friends & family there. We had a lot of friends and family come in from out of town, and that meant the world to us. We loved having them there to celebrate our love!

Did you take a honeymoon? If so, where did you go?
We went to Greece! We both had always dreamed of going to Greece so choosing that as our honeymoon spot was a no-brainer.



What is one piece of advice you will leave for future brides?
I would recommend all brides (especially the DIY kind) to make sure you give yourself enough time to accomplish everything you want. We were engaged for a year, and I started planning, crafting and collecting immediately. I would also recommend to hire either a wedding planner or a day of coordinator. We did not have a wedding planner, so we decided to book a day of coordinator. And believe me, it was the best decision we could have done!

Please list any vendors you wish to mention.
Lowe Photos,  Zomei Video Productions, Robert’s Catering, Robert Walk MC/DJ with Just Weddings AZ, The Flower Studio, Sassy Soirees Wedding & Event Planning.

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{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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{Babydoll Beauty Secrets} Planning Tips from a fellow Bride

Stylist Trish isn’t just a force behind the makeup brush for brides at Babydoll Weddings, she is also a bride to be herself! This week, she shares some tips  for the top 10 challenges brides face while planning their wedding that she has learned on her journey to the alter.

#1 “The member of the family or future family that is the control freak”
As a bride you feel pressured to accommodate both sides of the family and become the mediator. But you really don’t have to be. The best way to handle this situation is to ask their opinion first and truthfully consider it. If their concern is to dictate what you wear and how you look, you could instead set up a reveal picture. This is when the photographer will snap a picture of the first time the family member will see the bride for the first time when she is dressed and all made up. It brings a certain sentiment to to occasion that they will be thrilled over, and keeps them away while you are getting ready and enjoying your day. 

#2 “The person who is paying for the wedding refuses to discuss the budget with the bride or the groom.”
Money has been the one topic that is completely taboo for most people, the best way to get around this is to talk/ email the vendors about what it is you want and let them know the budget is unknown. You need to tell them what you want in the ideal situation and what you can live with. For example with the florist ,if you ideally want every bridesmaid to have a lovely cascading bouquet with 10 different flowers, but in reality you would be okay with them just having a small bouquet with only one type of flower. Almost every vendor out there will appreciate your honesty and give you 2 different quotes. One with your ideal situation, and one with the lower budget option. Also include a way for the vendor to contact the person in charge of the budget, that way you will already have decided what you want but still having flexibility. If all else fails give them a portion of different vendors who may give them a better deal. WeddingWire is a website that will put prices in perspective. Sometimes all it takes is realizing the actual cost of vendors to realize when you’re getting a good deal.
#3 “Paying homage to family that has passed away”
This is the most emotionally demanding out of all the problems. I am a bride that lost her father only 2 years ago and “walking down the aisle” is going to be the most difficult thing in the world, knowing he won’t be there with me. With that being said, whatever family member that you were close to will ALWAYS be with you in spirit, but if you want them to be closer you can always attach a picture of them to you bouquet or reserve a seat for them occupied by a picture. This way you will be able to see them as you commit your love and the rest of your life to your soul mate, it’s also a way you can feel as you are truly joining two family’s together.
#4 “Who to invite while picking out your dress”
I never knew until I picked out my dress, how many people wanted to be there until it happened. As the bride you should be able to invite whoever you want, but keep the crowd small. Too many opinions can get confusing very quickly. Also, surprisingly there are a lot of traditional parents out there that feel that the mother of the bride, specifically, should be the only one person there while you find your dream wedding gown. Most brides dream of having their mother, their bridesmaid’s, and the mother of the groom there for this special time.  However, they will end up having a massive amount of hurt feelings if there is anyone there but their mother. The best way to compromise is consequently something most bridal consultants find endearing. You could take only your mother and hand your camera phone to the bridal consultant and Skype/ send out a mass text to everyone you want to be there with the pictures of the different dresses. Technology is your friend and it will allow you to be close with the ones you hold dearest and you can get their input in real time.

#5 “The extreme pressure placed on you to finding the perfect dress.”
This one I tricky only if you let it be. Some brides may have a themed wedding and they feel the need to find the perfect dress to fit the theme. The secret is (drum roll please…) find something that makes you happy! Any dress can fit any theme if you feel amazing in it! When you have your grand entrance walking down the aisle people always know that you will look beautiful, how most people see beauty is how happy you look. The last thing you want is to do is feel like you’re putting on a costume and playing a character when it’s the most real moment of your life.
#6 “Selecting the wedding party.”
So many brides have the fear of having to choose between having a lop-sided wedding party and alienating some of their best friends. The best way to handle this situation is to realize that your real friends will always be there for you. If you are worried that a friend will be upset that they are not selected for a bridesmaid or a groomsman, just make sure they are sitting at the same table as some of their other friends. You can always alert your maid of honor/ best man to ask them to help plan special events, such as; the bachelorette/ bachelor party as well.
#7 “Indecision of bridesmaids”
This one is actually simple. As the bride you have a lot to worry about; the cake, the timeline, the colors, the vendors, your attire, the honeymoon, your hair, your make up, and everything else about the wedding! The last thing you should worry about is your bridesmaids. The best way to deal with this is to delegate different decisions to them. Divide up what makeup and hairstyle they will have, what accessories they will wear, what kind of shoes, etc. to different members of the bridal party that you trust and that forces them to be more attentive to these details in your wedding.
#8 “Bad weather”
Most engaged couples get worried about having an outside wedding and that day ending up in a dust storm or having it rain. Talking to the venue can be your best friend, most venues will have back up plans for these events. Whether this means large tents or even having an indoor location you can use in case of bad weather. The weather will do what it wants and there is truthfully no control over what will happen, don’t let that ruin your wedding. There is always a way to make your day perfect. Most cultures believe that if it does rain on your wedding day it’s a sign of good luck.
#9 “The Groom and his ideas”
You have finally fund the love of your life, he pledged his love and devotion to you the moment he gave you your engagement ring and you get to plan your wedding! It is absolutely surprising how many opinions he will about the most obscure topics. What will you think he won’t care about he will and what you think will be important to him he will look like a deer in headlights. One day you will be discussing cake and he will express his opinions over pink vs. magenta and he will feel VERY strongly about it. With all the decisions you will be making, it is best to keep your groom up to date on the different things that have already been decided. You have to remember it’s his big day too! He may surprise you with some valuable insight and remember, he is your greatest ally in all the planning! His strong opinions are only a reflection of how much he cares about you and how much he cares about making this day every bit as special as you both dreamed it would be.
#10 “The Offbeat Bride”
This may not apply to everyone, but as the offbeat bride sees it, the typical wedding formula is: 
Bride + Groom + Colors + Traditional Ceremony + Flowers = Wedding! 

This is a fail-proof way to make any wedding amazing, however some brides and grooms want a wedding that will be truly theirs. For instance, a video game theme wedding. Most parents and friends have no idea what to do with a unique wedding theme, however any self-consciousness you may feel, don’t worry about it. Things that will be important to you and your groom will all of a sudden become super important to everyone involved in wedding planning. My wedding is a gamer theme wedding and I found mother-in-law and my mother having this intense discussion on the complexities of World of Warcraft vs. the traditional values of chess. Since it is different EVERY vendor is super excited to break away from the traditional wedding formula. Even as a hair stylist, it is super exciting to have an outlet to be creative in a traditional setting. You will be surprised how many people will talk about and be genuinely excited for your gamer, Wizard of Oz, Gothic, Lord of the Rings, Rock and Roll, or 1920’s themed wedding! Don’t be worried for a second what other people will think. It breaks up the monotony and gives guests something fun and exciting to look forward to! Want more offbeat inspiration? Check out Offbeat Bride.

Thanks for the amazing tips Trish! Do you have any tips you picked up while planning your special day that you want to spread? Please share them with us below in the comments!
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{Babydoll Beauty Secrets} Planning Tips from a fellow Bride

Stylist Trish isn’t just a force behind the makeup brush for brides at Babydoll Weddings, she is also a bride to be herself! This week, she shares some tips  for the top 10 challenges brides face while planning their wedding that she has learned on her journey to the alter.

#1 “The member of the family or future family that is the control freak”
As a bride you feel pressured to accommodate both sides of the family and become the mediator. But you really don’t have to be. The best way to handle this situation is to ask their opinion first and truthfully consider it. If their concern is to dictate what you wear and how you look, you could instead set up a reveal picture. This is when the photographer will snap a picture of the first time the family member will see the bride for the first time when she is dressed and all made up. It brings a certain sentiment to to occasion that they will be thrilled over, and keeps them away while you are getting ready and enjoying your day. 

#2 “The person who is paying for the wedding refuses to discuss the budget with the bride or the groom.”
Money has been the one topic that is completely taboo for most people, the best way to get around this is to talk/ email the vendors about what it is you want and let them know the budget is unknown. You need to tell them what you want in the ideal situation and what you can live with. For example with the florist ,if you ideally want every bridesmaid to have a lovely cascading bouquet with 10 different flowers, but in reality you would be okay with them just having a small bouquet with only one type of flower. Almost every vendor out there will appreciate your honesty and give you 2 different quotes. One with your ideal situation, and one with the lower budget option. Also include a way for the vendor to contact the person in charge of the budget, that way you will already have decided what you want but still having flexibility. If all else fails give them a portion of different vendors who may give them a better deal. WeddingWire is a website that will put prices in perspective. Sometimes all it takes is realizing the actual cost of vendors to realize when you’re getting a good deal.
#3 “Paying homage to family that has passed away”
This is the most emotionally demanding out of all the problems. I am a bride that lost her father only 2 years ago and “walking down the aisle” is going to be the most difficult thing in the world, knowing he won’t be there with me. With that being said, whatever family member that you were close to will ALWAYS be with you in spirit, but if you want them to be closer you can always attach a picture of them to you bouquet or reserve a seat for them occupied by a picture. This way you will be able to see them as you commit your love and the rest of your life to your soul mate, it’s also a way you can feel as you are truly joining two family’s together.
#4 “Who to invite while picking out your dress”
I never knew until I picked out my dress, how many people wanted to be there until it happened. As the bride you should be able to invite whoever you want, but keep the crowd small. Too many opinions can get confusing very quickly. Also, surprisingly there are a lot of traditional parents out there that feel that the mother of the bride, specifically, should be the only one person there while you find your dream wedding gown. Most brides dream of having their mother, their bridesmaid’s, and the mother of the groom there for this special time.  However, they will end up having a massive amount of hurt feelings if there is anyone there but their mother. The best way to compromise is consequently something most bridal consultants find endearing. You could take only your mother and hand your camera phone to the bridal consultant and Skype/ send out a mass text to everyone you want to be there with the pictures of the different dresses. Technology is your friend and it will allow you to be close with the ones you hold dearest and you can get their input in real time.

#5 “The extreme pressure placed on you to finding the perfect dress.”
This one I tricky only if you let it be. Some brides may have a themed wedding and they feel the need to find the perfect dress to fit the theme. The secret is (drum roll please…) find something that makes you happy! Any dress can fit any theme if you feel amazing in it! When you have your grand entrance walking down the aisle people always know that you will look beautiful, how most people see beauty is how happy you look. The last thing you want is to do is feel like you’re putting on a costume and playing a character when it’s the most real moment of your life.
#6 “Selecting the wedding party.”
So many brides have the fear of having to choose between having a lop-sided wedding party and alienating some of their best friends. The best way to handle this situation is to realize that your real friends will always be there for you. If you are worried that a friend will be upset that they are not selected for a bridesmaid or a groomsman, just make sure they are sitting at the same table as some of their other friends. You can always alert your maid of honor/ best man to ask them to help plan special events, such as; the bachelorette/ bachelor party as well.
#7 “Indecision of bridesmaids”
This one is actually simple. As the bride you have a lot to worry about; the cake, the timeline, the colors, the vendors, your attire, the honeymoon, your hair, your make up, and everything else about the wedding! The last thing you should worry about is your bridesmaids. The best way to deal with this is to delegate different decisions to them. Divide up what makeup and hairstyle they will have, what accessories they will wear, what kind of shoes, etc. to different members of the bridal party that you trust and that forces them to be more attentive to these details in your wedding.
#8 “Bad weather”
Most engaged couples get worried about having an outside wedding and that day ending up in a dust storm or having it rain. Talking to the venue can be your best friend, most venues will have back up plans for these events. Whether this means large tents or even having an indoor location you can use in case of bad weather. The weather will do what it wants and there is truthfully no control over what will happen, don’t let that ruin your wedding. There is always a way to make your day perfect. Most cultures believe that if it does rain on your wedding day it’s a sign of good luck.
#9 “The Groom and his ideas”
You have finally fund the love of your life, he pledged his love and devotion to you the moment he gave you your engagement ring and you get to plan your wedding! It is absolutely surprising how many opinions he will about the most obscure topics. What will you think he won’t care about he will and what you think will be important to him he will look like a deer in headlights. One day you will be discussing cake and he will express his opinions over pink vs. magenta and he will feel VERY strongly about it. With all the decisions you will be making, it is best to keep your groom up to date on the different things that have already been decided. You have to remember it’s his big day too! He may surprise you with some valuable insight and remember, he is your greatest ally in all the planning! His strong opinions are only a reflection of how much he cares about you and how much he cares about making this day every bit as special as you both dreamed it would be.
#10 “The Offbeat Bride”
This may not apply to everyone, but as the offbeat bride sees it, the typical wedding formula is: 
Bride + Groom + Colors + Traditional Ceremony + Flowers = Wedding! 

This is a fail-proof way to make any wedding amazing, however some brides and grooms want a wedding that will be truly theirs. For instance, a video game theme wedding. Most parents and friends have no idea what to do with a unique wedding theme, however any self-consciousness you may feel, don’t worry about it. Things that will be important to you and your groom will all of a sudden become super important to everyone involved in wedding planning. My wedding is a gamer theme wedding and I found mother-in-law and my mother having this intense discussion on the complexities of World of Warcraft vs. the traditional values of chess. Since it is different EVERY vendor is super excited to break away from the traditional wedding formula. Even as a hair stylist, it is super exciting to have an outlet to be creative in a traditional setting. You will be surprised how many people will talk about and be genuinely excited for your gamer, Wizard of Oz, Gothic, Lord of the Rings, Rock and Roll, or 1920’s themed wedding! Don’t be worried for a second what other people will think. It breaks up the monotony and gives guests something fun and exciting to look forward to! Want more offbeat inspiration? Check out Offbeat Bride.

Thanks for the amazing tips Trish! Do you have any tips you picked up while planning your special day that you want to spread? Please share them with us below in the comments!
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