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A Real Love Story- Jaimee and Patrick

December 2, 2016
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Jamie shared she and her sweet Patricks love story and this romantic proposal completely melted out hearts! A beautiful story, for a truly beautiful couple.

We are so ecxited to be part of such a lovely day with people so deeply and faithfully in love. Thank you so much for choosing us to do your hair and makeup on your wedding, and thank you even more for sharing your sweet story with us.

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      Let us start off by saying we left on the 22nd of May, which is my softball number, and he proposed on the 23rd, which is his baseball number! With that out of the way, we went on vacation to Sedona, AZ. It is such an amazing and spiritual place, not to mention beautiful!
      Our plan was to go hiking on a trail called “Devil’s Bridge” and we did just that. It was a gloomy day, where the sun wasn’t sure if it wanted to come out. I had second thoughts about hiking just in case it rained at the  risk of getting stranded, however Patrick insisted we go.
       As we hiked to the top of the mountain, there were beautiful, scenic views from all angles. Devil’s Bridge itself was pretty intimidating to walk along as it was a long way down on both sides. When we first reached the peak, there were only 6 people on top of the mountain with us. Before walking the bridge, we decided to hang out, relax, and have our brown bagged packed lunch. As time went on, more hikers started reaching the peak where we were and an audience was slowly forming. Patrick had suggested we use the iPhone instead of the digital camera for our photos because of the zoom and quality of the pictures.
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     Unknowingly, I said,”okay” and wanted to walk out on the bridge and take them right away! He stalled a bit and of course wanted to wait, but I was ready to go downtown for shopping and food! I was fortunate to find a couple girls willing to take our photo. When Patrick was ready, he told me to get in line while he was going to let her know what kind of photo we wanted (in reality, how to record the video). Me being oblivious, went to stand in line. As we started walking out, I pointed to a spot to stop and take a photo while he insisted we keep going out to the center of the bridge. I walked further out before turning around. As I went to put my arm around him, he stepped back and got down on one knee. I was shocked (shocked!).. Words can’t describe how happy I was. It was the best day of my life, so far…
Jaimee, we know that your wedding day is going to be one for the record books. We’re so touched to be part of the team and can’t wait too see how it all came together!
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Keep an eye on up coming blogs to see some of the lovely pictures from Jaimee and Patrick special day and other recent weddings.

 

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Lovely, Lacey and Long Sleeved Dresses Perfect for a Winter Wedding

November 25, 2016
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On of my all time favorite celebrity wedding dresses is that of the Duchess of Cambridge, the former Miss Kate Middleton. The beautiful lace sleeved Alexander McQueen was absolutely breath taking and helped to solidify the beautiful new royal at the top of every intentional fashion list for years to come.

Recently looking back at her stunning gown, we were inspired to find a few more favorites with the same elegance and style.

Eugenia Couture11-25-long-sleeved-1‘s elegant sweet heart neck, long sleeved Anastasia gown from the spring 2015 collection is perfection for a winter wedding!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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With the delicate lace detailing on the sleeves, and flirty fun skirt, this adorable vintage lace wedding dress from from BHLDN is both modern and whimsical! Get it here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11-25-long-sleeved-3This gorgeous gown is sophisticated with its long intricate sleeves yet daring  with its plunging neckline. The design shows just enough vixen while leaving plenty to the imagination. It can be found Tara Keely’s Fall 2014 collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This one just took my breath away!!! It’s part ballerina, part Jacki-O and completely stunning. What more could a bride ask for, really? See the entire elegant collection from House of Mooshki.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11-25-long-sleeved-5A jewelled, statement back and lovely, long voluminous sheer sleeves make this gown designed by Hayley Paige as part of her Fall 2014 collection something to swoon over. See the collections with long sleeved wedding dresses here.

To see more gorgeous long sleeved check out this list at Confetti Day Dreams.
Here’s a collection of even more breath taking brides who dared to wear full sleeves at Huffington Post.
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This Special Ed Teacher Had All of Her Students in Her Wedding

November 18, 2016
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This article originally appeared here at Glamour by Lynsey Eidell.

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We’re suckers for adorable flower girls and ring bearers (They’re so mini! And sweet! And precious!) but this wedding party has just about melted us into a puddle of all the emotions. Kentucky bride Kinsey French is a special education teacher at Christian Academy Rock Creek, and when it came time to plan her wedding, she knew she wanted to have her students, who all have Down Syndrome, involved. So she invited all six students to accompany her down the aisle as her ring bearers and flower girls.

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“They were like family to me,” French told Kentucky news station WLKY. “They were my first class and they’ve been my only class and so I knew I couldn’t have a special day without them.”

The result is so sweet it hurts our hearts.

 

The students told the news station that their favorite parts of the big day included the food (“mashed potatoes!”) and the dancing. French’s students took to the dance floor to show off their dance moves, including the dab and the whip and the nae-nae.

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“It was so exciting, it was really special…just to have them be a part of the day and have them come with us and celebrate with us,” French said.

 

 

 

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A Real Love Story- Jane and Renz

November 4, 2016
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Some times the most EXTRAORDINARY love is found in the most ordinary place!!

A few weeks ago we had the absolute pleasure of assisting the lovely Miss Jane with wedding day hair and makeup as she prepared to tie the knot with her sweetie, Renz.  Before the wedding Jane shared a few words with us about how the two if them met.

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Renz and I met in this magical place called “internet” haha. We met through an online game. Yes, we are gamers. There’s an online chatroom in there and then we chat and decided to meet after a month. Love at first sight to simply put it. We ended up being together for more than 3 years and 6 months ago he proposed to me and on October 22nd we were finally getting married!
Thank you for being part of our happy ever after!
Jane, you are lovely inside and out, and we are just touched that you chose Makeup In The 702 to be part of your special day.
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Keep an eye on up coming blogs to see some of the lovely pictures from Jane and Renz’s special day and other recent weddings.
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Till Death Do Us Part….An Ode to Spooky Celebrations

October 21, 2016
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This weekend is one of our absolute favorites of the year!! Not only are we in the absolute height of wedding season, but as the temperature is dropping and colors changing there is a noticeable eerie vibe in the air as Halloween approaches.

We just love when couples incorporate their passions into their weddings, and those with a love of all things ghoulish and spooky are some of the most entertaining. Here we’ve rounded up a few of the classy yet ghastly ways of weaving Halloween into your special day.

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These Ouija Board invited are so perfect for a Halloween wedding. They bring in the spooky element ahead of the wedding when guests receive the invite months ahead of time with out giving off the vibe of a school holiday carnival.

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What ever the theme or vibe of your wedding, Candy Bars have become a modern day staple to keep little ones entertained and to offer guests a sweet reminder they can take home after your special day. And this holiday celebrates candy almost as it does ghosts and goblins, offering another way to tie in the theme.

 

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Any time a “theme” is chosen for a wedding you run the risk of it turning out to be a……ya know……theme party. There is a chance that things can go over board and detract from the whole purpose of the event, the celebration of love.

These place settings are so incredibly elegant with their delicate white pumpkins, vintage crystal glasses and E.A. Poe inspired dishes- they combine the couples love of spooky and each other in the most wonderful way.

 

 

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This cake!!!!!! So many Halloween inspired cakes and pastries are a bit garish and gory, with red velvet cake peaking through, or the over done fake blood dribbled all over it. But this….this lovely is really spooktacular (I know….. corny…but I just had to).

 

 

 

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Of course, no collection of Halloween inspiration would be complete with out some beautiful sugar skulls!!!!

 

 

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A Real Wedding- Natalie and Mark!

September 30, 2016
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Natalie and Mark were married in a truly splendid event at the Mandarin Oriental, and their sweet four legged fur baby Miss Abby was prominently featured front and center with her happy parents.

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The ceremony and reception came together flawlessly with the guidance of the wedding coordinator genius that is Andrea Eppolito Events. No detail was left unattended, and from start to finish the guest, and most importantly the happy couple were completely at ease and in love!

 

 

 

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When ever a bride tells us that she is working with the team at Alt F Photographers, we do a bit of a happy dance here. We just KNOW that they are going to get some really exquisite images of their special day.

 

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Best wishes to Natalie and Mark!!

Wishing you the both a life time full of love, laughter and light!!

Wedding Planner: Andrea Eppolito
Gown Designer: Kenneth Winston
Hair and Makeup: Makeup in the 702
Venue: Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
Floral and Decor: Naakiti Floral
Furniture Rentals: Sit on This, Inc.
Disc Jockey: Mike Fox
Video: Bryan Bratt

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7 Signs You’re at a Millennial Wedding

September 16, 2016
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(Article originally appeared here at Huffington Post by Stephanie Herbst)

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They don’t make weddings like they used to anymore. With a smartphone in everyone’s pocket and constant interaction with peers through social media, technology is changing almost every aspect of society. The Millennial generation (that’s people born between 1980 and 2000) are a generation that’s grown up with this technology, and embraces its presence in almost every aspect of their lives. More and more Millennials are on their way to the altar, and that means the weddings you’ll be attending now and for the next few years aren’t going to be your typical wedding soiree. How can you tell that you’re definitely at (or will be going to) a Millennial wedding? Here are seven surefire signs to look for:

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1. You heard about their engagement on Facebook, and saw their engagement photos in a Facebook album before receiving their Save the Date.

 

2. They didn’t build a wedding website using a site like TheKnot.com or mywedding.com — their custom wedding website was built by the best man (or some other close friend) who’s a professional software engineer that specializes in cutting-edge UI.

 

3. Their wedding invitation included one of the following:
– An infographic design of their love story
– A QR code
– A wedding hashtag

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4. Their wedding registry has items like a Nest Thermostat, a Lockitron, an iPad, or some other cutting-edge tech. O
r, they’ve eschewed traditional registry wares entirely and are just asking for contributions to their honeymoon with a digital honeymoon registry.

 

 

 

 

5. They’ve set up an app for their wedding. Or at least, they’re using their personal hashtag on Instagram to keep track of all their guests’ photos.

6. They didn’t have to decide between getting a DJ or a band — they just used Spotify and put together a playlist. Or, they hired that one friend that likes to pretend that he’s a DJ in his spare time.

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7. There’s DIY everywhere, because the bride decided to make a few of her favorite projects from her “Wedding Inspiration” Pinterest board. Which, by the way, she’s been adding Pins to since college.

 

 

 

Have you been to a Millennial wedding with these following attributes? How did it compare to a wedding you’ve been to with less of an emphasis on social media or tech?

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Your Wedding Vendor Tipping Cheat Sheet

September 2, 2016
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When you’re already dipping deep into your (or your parents’) savings for wedding expenses, allotting room in your budget for gratuities on top of that can be hard to handle. And even though service charges may be spelled out in your contract, tipping—although not mandatory—is always appreciated for a job well done, not to mention a kind and thoughtful gesture.

Since some vendors will expect a gratuity, and other gratuities will need to be considered on a case-by-case scenario, there are a few things to consider.

 Traditionally, business owners of larger companies don’t get tipped—just their employees—but you can and should tip an owner when the service exceeds expectations. Small business owners should never be overlooked either, since their businesses are often run by just one person.

Tip vendors who offer exceptional service, write thank-you notes (they’re always appreciated), and assign the responsibility to a trusted deputy such as your wedding planner, a parent or wedding party member. Here’s helpful a breakdown of what’s customary for each vendor.

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Wedding planners won’t likely expect anything, but if yours did a great job, you can always offer a token of appreciation. (Note: Non-monetary thank-yous like professional photos of the wedding for the planner’s portfolio can go a long way too.) About 50 percent of couples do tip their planners—typically those with more opulent weddings.

Protocol:  Optional

The Standard:  10–20 percent, up to $500, or a nice gift

When to Tip: The bride should hand off the envelope at the end of the reception, or she should send a thank-you note with photos or a check after the honeymoon.

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This is one area where a gratuity is definitely expected. Tip between 15 to 25 percent just as you would in a hair salon, and consider giving a little extra if there’s a crisis, like one of your bridesmaids has a meltdown over her curls and it requires a redo at the last minute.

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: 15–25 percent, depending upon the quality of service

When to Tip: Tip your beauty stylists at the end of your service.

Wedding Delivery and Setup Staff

Slip a few dollars to anyone delivering important items to the site such as the wedding cake, flowers or sound system. If a lot of gear needs to be brought in and set up (tents, chairs or porta-potties), the workers deserve a tip too.

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: $5–$10 per person

When to Tip: Drop off cash envelopes the day before the wedding to the catering manager so the person accepting deliveries can turn the tip.

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Wedding Ceremony Officiant

If your officiant is affiliated with a church or synagogue, you’re often expected to make a donation to that institution. If you’re a member, you’ll probably want to give a larger amount than if you’re not. However, if you’re getting married there and they’re charging you to use the space, feel free to give a smaller amount. Tipping the officiant, both nondenominational and denominational, is also appreciated.

Protocol: Expected (depending on officiant)

The Standard: Donate $100–$500 to the church or synagogue, and for the officiant, an optional tip of $50-$100

When to Tip: Most ceremony fees are required prior to the wedding. Otherwise, have the best man pass the cash envelope at the rehearsal dinner if the officiant is in attendance.

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worked with a mini orchestra to come up with the perfect score for your service (and they pulled it off flawlessly), consider showing some monetary thanks for their talent. However, you probably don’t have to tip the solo church organist who was required to play.

Protocol: Optional

The Standard: $15–$20 per musician

When to Tip: Ceremony musicians should receive a tip at the end of the ceremony.

Wedding Photographer and Videographer

You’re not expected to give your shutterbugs any money beyond their normal fees. But if the wedding photographer or videographer doesn’t own the studio, consider tipping each person (or give a certain amount with a thank-you note to disperse to staff).

Protocol: Optional

The Standard: $50–$200 per vendor

When to Tip: Tip your photographer and videographer at the end of the reception.

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This type of staff includes the on-site coordinator, maître d’ and banquet manager. A service charge (typically 2 percent) is almost always built in to the food and drink fee, so check your contract. If the gratuity is not included, tip as follows.

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: 15–20 percent of the food and drink fee (based on labor, not the cost), or $200–$300 for the maître d’

When to Tip: If it’s covered in the contract, the final bill is typically due before the reception. Otherwise, have the father of the bride or best man hand the envelope to the maître d’ at the end of the reception, since you’ll need to know the final tab to calculate the percentage.

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When it comes to bartenders, waitstaff, parking, bathroom and coatroom attendants, the rules of tipping are dictated by your contract. If the service fee is included, consider doling out extra only if the service was exceptional. If it’s not included, ask ahead of time how many attendants will be working your wedding and calculate on a per person basis.

Protocol: Optional, based on contract

The Standard: 10–20 percent of the liquor or food bill to be split among bartenders or waiters respectively, $1 per guest for coatroom, and $1 per car for parking attendants

When to Tip: Although tips are traditionally passed out at the end of the event, alternately, you could distribute them at the beginning of the evening to encourage all the workers to give you great service.

Wedding Reception Band or DJ

Whether you hire a 12-piece swing band or a single DJ, tipping musicians is completely optional, depending on the quality of the job and how willing they were to follow your ideal playlist. Don’t forget about any sound technicians they bring with them too.

Protocol: Optional, yet preferred

The Standard: $20–$25 per musician; $50–$150 for DJs

When to Tip: The best man should tip the musicians or DJ at the end of the reception.

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Again, check your contract, as gratuity is usually included. If it isn’t, plan to tip provided they show up on time and don’t get lost.

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: 15–20 percent of the total bill

When to Tip: Tip transportation pros at the end of the night or after the last ride. If you used a separate company for the guest buses, designate a bus captain to hand the driver a tip, otherwise this duty falls to the best man.

 

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10 Mistakes Brides Make on Their Wedding Day

August 26, 2016
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No wedding day is completely perfect, and there are bound to be some flubs or forgotten details along the wedding planning journey. But to help avoid unnecessary bumps in the road, here are 10 common mistakes brides make leading up to the big day

1Brush 3. Not carving out enough time for hair and makeup

Many make the mistake of only hiring one hair & makeup artist for the entire bridal party. Yes, it’s economical, but you’ll find yourself stressing big time as everyone has to wait hours for their turn! If you have more than four ladies to do hair and makeup for, you should consider hiring at least two makeup artists and two hair stylists. Make sure they have met each other beforehand and have pictures of the makeup and hair looks so that the process goes smoothly on the day of.

 

2. Drinking the night before

Even if it’s just a glass of wine to calm the nerves, try to refrain from drinking the night before the wedding. Alcohol can make you puffy the next day, and if you are sensitive to the stuff you may even get a mild headache. Trade in a cocktail or glass of wine for some sparkling water and lemon – you’ll be thanking us later.

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3. Ruling out a wedding planner early

Even if you’ve managed to plan everything yourself thus far, the week before your wedding often way more stressful than brides expect. If you hire a planner for even just a few days before and during the event, you’ll be able to take some time to relax and enjoy the moment leading up to such an important day. It’s not obligatory, but it can save from a lot of running around keeping track of final payments to vendors, confirming floral deliveries, giving directions…need us continue?

4. Not accounting for hidden costs

This is a big one that gets overlooked far too often. Tipping your vendors is a must unless it’s already included in their contract. You also have to remember the marriage licence, postage for “Thank you” cards, meals on wedding day, and the infamous emergency fund – this is for when the power goes out and you have to buy 200 candles, or the groom forgets to pack his shoes and needs to hail a cab!

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On the day of your wedding, you are the center of attention – everyone will be stopping you to say a word or give a hug. But don’t forget to take a few quiet moments with your parents outside of pictures. It will be a welcome break from the hustle and bustle and it will give you some one-on one-time with them that both they and you will appreciate once it’s all said and done.

6. Forgetting to eat

Yes, we know you need to fit into your wedding dress as snug as a bug the day of, however, we don’t need a dramatic Scarlett O’Hara fainting moment because you didn’t eat anything. A light breakfast with a few carbs for energy will suffice, along with lots of water and some snacks while getting ready and during pictures.

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Have some practice sessions please! I can’t stress this enough. Sunless tanning can work if you find the right place to go, but be sure to go for a shade that isn’t so far off your natural skin tone. Instead, aim for a subtle pre-wedding glow. If you overdo it or go too dark, you will be in your bathroom two days before your wedding with half a cup of lemon juice, a quarter cup of sugar, and a whole lot of scrubbing.

8. Not feeding vendors

Your vendors work hard and rightly so; this is what they do! However, if you have hired a band to entertain your guests, a planner running around behind the scenes, and a photographer or videographer, it’s important to remember to give them a dinner break on the day of. This is customary, but also practical – no one can perform their best on an empty stomach!

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Take into consideration that your bridal party has spend a ton of time and money over the past year helping you plan your wedding. From wedding gifts to bachelor/bachelorette parties to outfits and dinners, they’ve done so much. Be sure to budget a decent amount (considering how large your bridal party is) so they can feel the love and appreciation you have for all they have done.

10. Mistreating single friends

I’ve been one of the single gals at a table full of couples, and trust me – not all guests in that position are going to find the situation ideal. To ease the pressure off, try to put them with at least one person at the same table that they know. That way, it’s not quite so awkward when the slow dancing begins and all couples migrate to the dance floor!

We hope these tips were useful for beginning your wedding planning journey! For the seasoned bride or bride-to-be, let us know what mistakes you think can be avoided in the comments!

 

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A Real Wedding- Sara and Max!

August 19, 2016
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The dazzling Miss Sara and her honey Max tied the knot this past April in an elegant ceremony at the Las Vegas Four Seasons.

 

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The breath taking Fountain Terrace and the elegant cascading water fall at the Four Seasons Las Vegas had just received an upgrade and face lift and the location made for a perfect location for a magnificent first look.

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It is always such a treat getting to work with a big bridal party before a wedding. We just love meeting all those beautiful ladies who came from near and far to support their girl in her celebration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This lovely bride was the absolute definition of class. She is beautiful both inside and out and every moment of her wedding showed that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations Sara and Max!!! Thank you for choosing Makeup In The 702 to be part of such a beautiful day!!

Venue: Four Seasons, Las Vegas
Gown Designer: Lazaro
Wedding Gown Boutique: Couture Bride
Hair and Make up: Make up in the 702
Floral and Decor: Naakiti Floral
Officiant: Robert D. Fisher
Lighting and rigging: PSAV
Emcee and Disc Jockey: Mike Fox
Wedding Cinema: Something New Films

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