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November 6, 2015
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Like many brides, when we first spoke with Paula about bridal hair and makeup, she shared with us that she wanted a natural and elegant look for her wedding day hair and makeup. Armed with that bit of information, her stylist Crystal, and makeup artist Kiera were able to get right to work creating her perfect look.
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Paula and Leshon held their ceremony in the chapel at Canyon Ridge Christian Church. The service was absolutely beautiful, full of personal touches and intimate details. The couple’s niece surprised them with a beautiful song while the bride walked down the aisle.  The couple’s nephew also sang a song while they braided the God Knot. The event was full of prayer, singing and plenty of happy happy tears.
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Following the ceremony the newlyweds and their bridal party headed over to Floyd Lamb Park for pictures. The incredibly talented photographers from Moxy Studio Photography and Cinema found a lovely, peaceful area overlooking one of the ponds that had beautiful, soft afternoon light. The bride’s bouquet, the boutonnieres and all the floral arrangements were put together by the always impressive Layers of Lovely.
After capturing some lovely moments at the park, the bridal party headed to the reception to get the party started!!! They arrived to the reception that was being held in a family member’s back yard where all their family and friends awaited them.  This was the happiest, friendliest and welcoming crowd we have met in a long time. From the moment we met Paula and the lovely ladies in her family and bridal party, to the heartfelt and personal touches in their wedding ceremony- the love and joy shared between Paula, Leshon, their family and friends was so visible and contagious to all who witnessed it.
Congratulations Paula and Leshon!!! Here’s to a life time of happiness and abundance.


VENDOR DETAILS:

Photography: Moxy Studio Photography and Cinema

Florals: Layers of Lovely

Makeup: Makeup In The 702

 

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LUSH Cosmetics-Makeup In The 702 Product Review

October 30, 2015
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Have you ever come across a new product or accessory and thought to yourself “How did I make it this long without you in my life?!” If you have, then you absolutely know how we are feeling right now about LUSH Cosmetics.
From the amazingly fresh aromas, to the luxurious buttery textures and bubbles to the responsible, humane and ethically sourced ingredients- this company and every single one of the products is top of the line.
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In the weeks and days leading up to the wedding, as the details start to come together and the final prep is started, brides may be interested in a little bit of extra pampering. The below products are a few of our absolute favorites from LUSH, and will help prep your beautiful hands for all of those close up pictures of you and your loves rings and will have your feet peep-toe and sling back ready to walk down.
Lemony Flutter- Hand Care LUSH made Lemony Flutter to soften your dry, cracked cuticles and nourish your nails; it’s our thickest, zestiest cream yet. In fact, it’s so good at softening; our customers have been using it on other rough body parts, like feet, elbows and knees too. Fresh lemons infusion is lovingly blended in our rich butter base to brighten skin and lighten nails. Each batch contains twenty-two pounds of beeswax and cold-pressed avocado oil to moisturize and soften your skin. There are so many nutritious butters and oils in each pot, it’s no wonder that such a little amount can go such a long way.
Lush Blog 1Salted Coconut- Hand Scrub-Supremely softening. This creamy coconut scrub is the perfect way to keep your hands in tip top condition. One small scoop will brighten skin with fine sea salt and fresh lemon infusion, while softening at the same time with cupuaçu butter, argan and extra virgin coconut oils. Your hands will be left feeling silky, moisturized and perfumed with a delicious coconut fragrance that will have you hooked.
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You can find these AMAZING products and more online at LUSHUSA.com and at LUSH stores locally in Las Vegas at the Fashion Show Mall, The Shoppes at Mandalay Place and in Downtown Summerlin.
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Kylie & Jace Keep The Mission In Mind

October 23, 2015
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We’ve been sharing the love story of Kylie and Jace with you since their engagement and we are SO very happy to share this chapter with you today! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! What a wonderful day it was so filled with love, family and joy. Now that Kylie has had a chance to catch her breath we asked her to share their planning experience with us, she has some really great tips for planning couples that we hope you find helpful if you’re planning your day.

“Our wedding was an absolute dream come true. From start to finish we both felt so surrounded with love and support that my heart and smile were bursting open the whole day.
Jace and I live in Las Vegas and were planning a wedding in Pensacola, FL, where we both grew up. At first glance this long distance project seemed a little daunting, and on several occasions it was mentioned (by other people) that we ditch it all and get married at a chapel down town- but once we figured out what was most important to us, all the detail fell into place.
We met during the summer of 2004, the week after we graduated high school. Since then it has been it has been a nonstop adventure- we love spending time with and visiting our friends and family that are scattered around the world, we love cooking and eating great food, we love dancing, traveling, laughing and are just generally laid back and light hearted folks by nature. Those were the things that we wanted the most at our wedding.
We wanted to spend our day, eating delicious local Southern food, sipping plenty of champagne and tasty brew, and dancing to good music in a beautiful place- all in the company of our favorite people. It was also very important for us to keep the costs and stress level as low as possible.
By keeping this mission in mind, when various costs, questions, problems or decisions came up it was easy to keep our focus.
We found out that the least expensive flowers available in the fall are white- we chose white flowers!!!
With several pregnant bridesmaids and a few with vastly different heights (5’1-6’0) it was impossible to find a dress every one was comfortable with- we picked a dress that could be worn 25 different ways!!!
Elaborate and intricate table decorations and place settings would have added hours of prep time and hundreds of dollars- we decided to keep set up and break down as simple as possible.


My advise to newly engaged couples planning a wedding would be to really think about the things that have been importation to you both leading up to the wedding.
Are you guys sci-fi buffs?
Do you share a love of fiction or poetry?
Do you have an artistic flair?
Is their a culture or tradition you want to honor and acknowledge?
Once you have a basic frame work of what you really value and what you want your experience to be, all the blogs, websites, inspiration boards, magazines and stores become a little less intimidating.
Because we live so far away from “home” and we both have family all over the country we knew that the biggest task would be getting all of the people who are special to us in the same place. We were so touched by how many of our loved ones made such an effort to share our new adventure with us.


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Leave the details to Paulina

October 16, 2015
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Planning a wedding is largely about the details and the logistics whether your planning a small garden event or a destination wedding from abroad working with a professional planner can greatly reduce the anxiety of planning the most exciting day of your life. Today we have the pleasure of introducing you to a vendor we love, Paulina Clute. Originally from New Orleans she now calls Las Vegas her home, her “Mardis Gras” flair is a perfect fit for our city! So without further adieu…..please meet Paulina Clute, of Paulina Clute Events, LLC.

Hey Y’all, I’m Paulina…the ringleader behind Paulina Clute Events, LLC. I first fell in love with the idea of being a wedding planner at 17. I assisted a high-end wedding planner on a huge wedding in New Orleans, where I grew up. I was hooked. Though it took me until last year to officially launch my own business, it’s really always been my passion. Since then, we’ve figured out some great ways of tailoring our services to exactly what our clients are in need of. We offer all customized planning packages. From a full service planning experience, to a day of coordination package, there really is an option to fit everyone’s needs and budget. In this last year, I’ve been privileged to have Makeup in the 702 as part of my vendor team on numerous occasions. On a day where there are so many things to make sure are perfect, it’s a treat to not have to worry about all the girls hair and makeup. The artists will be early, my clients needs will be met, and the end result will be flawless.
What would you like a planning couple to know about your business?
Planning a wedding is an exciting and stressful time for the newly engaged. There are so many avenues to be navigated. Having someone on your side to walk you through the process is invaluable. A lot of couples see a wedding planner as an unnecessary expense or luxury. In my opinion, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Though you may not need/want a wedding planner to be there at every turn, at minimum, a day of coordinator will ensure that all the details you’ve planned out over the last year are executed.
What are the benefits of using your service?
There are so many benefits to hiring a wedding planner or day of coordinator. First of all, if you’ve started the planning process, you know there are a million details. You’ll probably find yourself making tons of phone calls, sending email after email, scheduling appointments and meetings, and worrying if you’re making the right decisions. That all ends once a wedding planner steps in. With our complete wedding planning package, you only call, email, or text me. I handle all of the back and worth communication. The middleman is cut out. Appointments and meetings are scheduled to your convenience….after all, you are the customer. We’re here to give you advice. To help you choose the right photographer to fit your style, the right florist to create the bouquet you’ve always dreamed of, and the perfect DJ for your kind of party. Because this is what we do week in and week out, we know what vendors are going to be best for you. It’s more than just seeing a great photo online and deciding on a photographer. We see behind the scenes. Is this photographer intrusive during the ceremony? How quickly and organized do they get the family and group photos done? Maybe it’s helping you word your invitations because your parents are divorced? Or calling the guest that RSVP’d a plus one, when that wasn’t indicated on the invitation. We’re here to help you at every turn. To make sure the correct song is played when it’s supposed to be. To ensure your new husband has a Jack and Coke in hand. To remind the caterer that Julie at table 5 has a gluten allergy. All the details that you’ve thought about while laying in bed at night, your wedding planner is there to make sure doesn’t get overlooked or forgotten.
It must be quite a challenge to come up with new ideas, Where do you find your inspiration?
After every wedding is wrapped, I sit down and have a meeting with myself. I go over the day. What were the highlights? What worked best? Where can we improve? It really is my last event that inspires to push through and raise the bar for the next one. There is such high I feel when I finally get in my car (at whatever ungodly hour it might be) after a wedding and think, “I just helped make all of their dreams come true! Now let’s do it again, only better!” I also love the fresh ideas being brought to me by my new clients. I love hearing my clients vision, then sitting down and researching how to make it come to life. I’ll find myself laying in bed at night thinking of a creative new floor plan, then next thing you know I’m on my phone pulling up diagrams to see if it will work. It’s so fun to be able to incorporate my past experiences with new clients dreams…and make them come to life!



Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers today?
As you begin the wedding planning journey, please don’t forget what it’s all about. Of course, you want this day to be more than you’ve ever dreamed of, to be the best day of your life…but you must remember the reason you’re doing this. The ultimate goal; that is to commit your life to your partner, to begin your life with your soul mate, beyond that, you’re just throwing a great party!

Thank you so much for spending some time with us today Paulina! Please take a moment to visit Puaulina Clute Events online at www.PaulinaCluteEvents.com learn more about the amazing services she provides.
Photo Credits: Vegas Vaughn Phototraphy , High Class Studios & Meghan Rachelle Photography

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Destination Vegas Tips from A Bride

October 9, 2015
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Well here we are, one year later from one of our favorite couples ever. Sarah started following us Facebook more than a year from her wedding date and saw all of our before and after posts and 5 star reviews. Of course this makes anyone even more excited for their own wedding day. Even her mom and friends started following us to- by the time the day came we all felt like we were long lost friends reuniting.
Fast forward to the current date and we celebrate Sarah & Stephen’s 1 year anniversary. We took a moment to catch up with the happy couple to see what they’ve been doing.

Hi Megan!
Thanks so much for your lovely message!
We had such an amazing day with 30 of our fellow Brits, partying up and down The Strip on an open top double decker bus with Elvis after our ceremony and reception and Cili Restaurant.
The first year has been amazing and magical!
We had a fantastic two weeks honeymoon in Mexico and are excited to come back to Vegas this weekend to celebrate our 1st Wedding Anniversary!
Thanks so much for being part of our day! Your girls really took care of us and your work was fantastic!
Sending lots of love, Sarah & Stephen O’Doherty xxx
Here are a few tips from Sarah for other destination brides.
“Do your research well to trust the people doing the planning for you, and don’t get stressed or fussed at the small details of the wedding. They won’t matter. Making memories away with your loved ones is way more important than making sure any chair covers match the bridesmaids”
“The only thing I wish I did different was have a different dress to change into late at night. 10 hours in a princess dress on the Las Vegas strip took its toll.  I defiantly needed a shorter party dress for the night. LOL”
“The one thing I wouldn’t change is the venue. Cili restaurant at Bali Hai was a total paradise. The staff, services and scenery were all unbeatable. And of course having Makeup in the 702 there for me and my family” xoxo
Happy Anniversary Sarah & Stephen, we hope to see you when you visit Las Vegas again!
To read Sarah’s review and 911 other 5 star reviews visit us on WeddingWire!




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Bridal Blemish 101

October 3, 2015
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Doesn’t it always seem that we get a blemish at the very WORST time!  Here’s an email I received from a panic stricken bride…
From A Bride:
Hi Megan,
We have an problem! I had a big pimple just under my cheek about two days ago and it’s quite noticeable still. As if that’s not enough I noticed I had some nasty cold sore on my bottom lip corner coming up today. As I’m sure you can imagine it’s a total nightmare 🙁 I just would like to give you a head up and maybe you could rally the message to the makeup lady. I have no idea how much better / worse they are going to get. I just hope she has some tricks up her sleeves and do her magic on the day of. Though I do realize it’s unreasonable to expect a total coverage of the problem area 🙁
Right now I’m applying Abreva and Herpcin L for the cold sore and not doing much for the zit to avoid even more swelling. If you know any other ways to mange them either right now or the night before, I would be the most happy to learn
Thank you so much!

Ok, so let’s talk about how to help.
Please take a deep breath and exhale……
First please note that both the blemish and cold sore are brought on by stress, environment and hormones. Sounds like all 3 could be a factor here. We are just just a short while from your wedding, so let’s not be to aggressive in treating them, but take more of a mild approach.

First, keep your hands off???? Bacteria on your fingers will only exuberant the problem. Second, use Neosporin on both areas several times a day. It’s hydrating, bacteria fighting and of course healing properties will work wonders in a few short amount of time. Be relentless with reapplication- remember- hands off. Second, the best way to cleanse your body is water. Drink as much as humanly possible in the next few days- stay away from coffee and alcohol and if you must have, limit the amount. Water will flush your system and of course help to heal your biggest organ- your skin.
Let’s talk about the day of. Please know that we would never emphasize any issues that you are having, but note that texture is texture. take a look at the wall next to you- see the texture. I can paint that wall any color. Blue, black or purple, but the texture will still come through. It’s imperative that you do not pick and cause a soar, dryness or extra texture in those areas.


I know all of this tips will help.

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Open Invitation Irene + Cameron: Romantic Garden Party

September 25, 2015
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Today we have the privileged of sharing the love story of Irene and Cameron. Originally written and published by Las Vegas Event Planners Open Invitation.  So let’s begin by introducing you to Ashley & Darby by telling you a little bit more about Open Invitation.   Open Invitation is a full-service wedding planning boutique that specializes in something we call “occasioning” – a classic way of entertaining where every detail is scrupulously attended to as a way of creating a one-of-a-kind experience.

Darby is a veteran event planner, for 15 years, she was an advertising and marketing professional with some of the foremost resorts in Las Vegas, the hospitality capital of the world. In 2009 she launched Open Invitation, where she assists clients in the development and execution of everything from weddings to corporate gatherings to charity soirees and special occasions – all accomplished with her signature aplomb and Southern charm.

Ashley’s personal mission is to make all things beautiful through design. Thoughtful, creative and accomplished, it is evident that event planning truly is Ashley’s calling and she considers herself extremely blessed to be able to do what she loves.  This Arizona Wildcat has spent years honing her craft as an event planner, executing countless occasions throughout Las Vegas.

It was such an amazing experience working with this team along with our friends Ella Gagiano– Photographer
Layers of Lovely– Floral Harry Nelson– Entertainment RSVP– Decor.

So without further adieu we are pleased to share the wedding of Irene & Cameron…

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Peridot Sweets- A Sweet Gem In Sin City

September 18, 2015
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Picture8Oh my do I have a sweet treat for you this week! This week I am so excited to introduce you to a vendor we love! Peridot Sweets! For those of you that may not know Peridot is a well-known and ancient gemstone. The Lime green precious gemstones increase prosperity and happiness and  bring an increase of love, joy, good health which makes Peridot Sweets the PERFECT choice for any celebration.

Come along with me today to the sunny shores of Peppermint Bay and learn a little bit more about this precious gem and Tiffany Sheree Jones from Peridot Sweets.

When we think of cakes for special occasions perhaps the most important cake you’ll ever choose is your wedding cake. Tiffany, what would you like planning couples to know about Peridot Sweets?

“We don’t use shortenings or trans fats in our items. Only real butter, real whipped cream….no margarine or shortenings or fake oil based whipped toppings. We can offer gluten-free cake for special orders, as well as vegetarian (no eggs), and sometimes, vegan (orders placed well in advance, and also knowing that vegan items do require margarine/shortening/whipped topping).

We also like to work closely with the couples and hope that they trust us to create a design for them based on their style. Pinterest is great for inspiration, but we find that the cakes come out more beautifully when we aren’t micromanaged on design.”

The artistry of cake design has become a phenomenon with tons of television exposure to your industry what do you think some of the common misconceptions are about your services?

“We get clients in all the time that want to choose their wedding cake or custom cake design straight out of a catalog. Sometimes, the first thing they ask is for a catalog of cakes with pricing. To me, this takes the “custom” out of the cake. I want to create a cake together, not choose it out of a magazine or out of our gallery of cakes we have done. Most of the cakes on our Instagram or website have only been made that one time for that one client (we have had a few repeats, but in general, we like the couples to have a more unique experience). Also, sometimes clients compare their friends’ pricing to theirs: “My friend ordered a cake from you and her 2-tier was only $xxx, why is mine $yyy?” There are different elements that increase pricing; for example, a chevron tier will cost more than a polka dot tier, or a hand painted tier with 10 colors will cost more than a hand painted tier with just one color.”

What are the benefits of choosing Peridot Sweets?

“Clients get a cake that is moist, flavorful, and not too sweet. The cakes taste as good as they look (a common complaint…we find that people are always saying either the cake looks good or tastes good, not both). We promise you will get both.”

Like many artists I’m sure you have some of your own favorite bakers and cake designers that have inspired and influenced your style and technique who are some of your influences and where do you find your inspiration for the next one of a kind design?

“Design-wise, I love Martha Stewart weddings and The Caketress. Flavor-wise, I love what I personally like to eat (chocolate with variations of nuts and peanuts). Also, my clients inspire me…I tell them that if we don’t have a flavor profile available, let us know and we can do a custom flavor.”

I can’t tell you how much I absolutely adore all of your work and we could probably chat for hours on end however, as we wrap up today is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

“It’s your wedding, make it just that: yours! Don’t be afraid to offer fun wedding cake flavors. People will rave about your cake when you dare to take a risk!”

Thank you so much for spending time with me today, please visit Peridot Sweets both online and visit the bakery! Drop in for a sweet day! They are located at 6475 S. Rainbow Blvd. #100 | Las Vegas, NV 89118 (major cross streets: Rainbow Blvd & Sunset) Store Hours: Closed Mondays, Open Tues-Sat 10am-5:30pm and Sun 11am-4pm. Online you can find them at www.peridotsweets.com on Instagram, Twitter, snapchat @peridotsweets and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/peridotsweets

 

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Bride Beautiful In the Valley of Fire

September 11, 2015
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Being a a makeup artist in the extreme heat of the Southern Nevada comes with it’s own unique challenge.  Adding our guarantee of a 15-hour water and transfer resistant services really puts us to the test!  I’d say we passed!  Today we get to share with you this beautiful real wedding from the Valley of Fire.  I just love our radiant desert and Nicky is just drop dead gorgeous!

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Your hair stylist and makeup artist are typically the first vendor a bride will interact with on their wedding day.  We have the responsibility of setting the pace for the day and we take that responsibility VERY seriously!  Not only do we set the time line for the day we often times help settle those OMG this is it feelings of nervousness.

No one can share their experience better than the bride…that being said, this is what Nicky had to say.

Nicole said… 
I had contacted Megan Payne about 6 months before my Vegas destination wedding. She was friendly and professional and promptly answered all my questions. On my big day, Kiera and Crystal showed up at 5:45 am as promised (I got married at the Valley of Fire and the time was 11:00 am). We did introductions and Crystal started on my hair. Crystal was chatty and super sweet. I showed her a picture of what I was looking for and she re-created it with ease. Next I was over to Kiera for makeup. We found that we had some things in common and ended up having a little heart to heart chat while she was doing my makeup. What a beautiful soul Kiera has. I wish her all the best in the world. My girls & I were done almost an hour earlier than promised which was nice. It gave us a bit of time to take pictures and hang out before the limo picked us up. I can’t thank Megan and the girls at Makeup in the 702 enough for starting my day off right. If you are thinking about using their services, don’t hesitate one bit. They are fantastic! I can be contacted at any time if anyone has any questions about these ladies and the services they offer. Thank you Makeup in the 702.. until our paths cross again (Perhaps for a vow re-newal one day 😉 ) Nicky B.”

 

 

We’re very proud of the services we provide and I couldn’t be more proud of my incredible team of stylists and makeup artists. This week we celebrate a very awesome milestone! 900 reviews! Thank you to each and every bride that has taken the time to share their experience with us and thank you for choosing us to be a part of your day.
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Antonette & Donnie A Love Story filled with family and friends

September 4, 2015
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This story was originally published by our very dear friends and vendor we love “The Emerics!”  It’s the love story of Antonette & Donnie.  Their love story started with a blind date that according to Antonette went “amazingly well”  followed by a Valentines flower delivery that went “horribly wrong” but in the end made perfect!   It’s so refreshing to see truly happy people!

Planning a destination wedding always has it’s unique challenges which is why it is more important than ever to work with local professional vendors to bridge the global gap.  We truly enjoyed meeting Antonette and being a part of this gorgeous wedding at the Fireside Lounge at the Aria.  Their day was filled with lots of little details that made every nuance a memory for both the happy couple and their guests.

Please see below the original post from Jessie & Jason and all of the INCREDIBLE moments they captured.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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