{Real Bride Series} Meet Christina Koch

We love showcasing Babydoll Weddings real brides and their romance stories!  This issue features Christina Koch and John Koch dishing about their favorite wedding moments.  Would you like to be considered for our Real Bride Series?  Send an email to bridal@babydollweddings.com and we will send you the information.

What is your name and your groom’s name? Christina and John Koch

What was your wedding date? Saturday, November 1, 2014

How did you and your groom meet? Plenty of Fish website and met for the first time at Ah-So Sushi in Tempe. Needless to find out later he didn’t even like sushi but remembered that I love it.

We are dying to know, how did he propose?! After a dinner in San Diego and a walk on the beach he proposed on the balcony of our ocean view top rise hotel. I was a balling mess.

Where did you find your dress? Would you say that finding your dress was relatively easy or difficult? David’s Bridal had the dress that I fell in love with but I couldn’t afford it so I bought a less pricey one at Strut. I kept going back to David’s website to look at my dream dress and one night it was on clearance in my price range! Needless to say, I bought it right away and was so thrilled! I still have both dresses but the first one I loved was the one.

Where did your ceremony and reception take place? Was there any special meaning behind the choice of the venue(s)?  We chose the Manor at Catlin Court because it was small and cute and had everything that we wanted. I grew up in Glendale and Phoenix so for me it was a no brainer.

What kind of flowers did you have in your bouquet and at the ceremony/reception?  I chose orange and teal as my colors so we chose orange roses with orange mini flowers and teal ribbon and  added yellow calla lillie’s tinted with orange for John and me.  The flowers were gorgeous.

What was the flavor of your wedding cake? My dad made my cake. It was a perfect small cake in lemon with lemon curd filling and rosette swirl orange icing. So cute.

Did you provide favors to your guests? If so, what were they? We had a photo booth for our guests which also turned into our guest book it was a blast and everyone loved it!

What details from your wedding that made it unique to you? We had our vows made traditional and funny. We had a plant that our mothers watered and then we watered together to feed the roots and symbolize our growing family.

Other than marrying your husband, what was one of your favorite moments from your wedding day? All the songs I picked for individual people. When they played each person got super emotional. It was just perfect!

Did you take a honeymoon? If so, where did you go? We did a small honeymoon in Phoenix at West Gate and took our official honeymoon 3 months later in Jamaica!

What is one piece of wisdom you learned from your planning experience that you would like to share with future brides? Just go with the flow as nothing’s worth crying about unless it’s raw chicken.

Who were some of the other vendors that were a part of your dream team? We did most ourselves. Glendale Florist was fantastic and hand delivered everything.



{Bridal Portraits} Sabrina

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

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

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

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

{Bridal Portraits} Hailey

The next bride to share with you in our Bridal Portrait Series is our beautiful bride Hailey. Babydoll Weddings Lead Stylist Micky shares with us a bit about the looks and styling she chose for Hailey’s session:

Hailey’s first look: The dress was so beautiful and intricate that I wanted to show off the dress as well as give Hailey a classic look. So I did a variation of a braid on the backside of her head and manipulated it to look like multiple braids. As for her makeup, again I wanted to keep it classic so I went with natural colors with a bit of plum to enhance her beautiful green eyes.

Hailey’s second look: To show off Hailey’s gorgeous long hair, I decided to go with a half up half down hairstyle with side swept bangs and beautiful curls. To help accent the dress I added turquoise jewelry and some dimension into her eye makeup. Adding these features created a great look for her outdoor pictures.

Hailey’s third look: This dress had Hailey’s name written all over it! It had lots of attitude and flare. With all the sparkle on the dress I kept her makeup a bit more matte but couldn’t help but add a hint of blue shadow to her smoky eye to tie everything together. As for her hair, a fun and messy updo was in order!
Please enjoy Hailey’s Bridal Portrait Session:


Hair & Makeup: Micky at Babydoll Weddings
Photography: Elvis Castillo