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A Real Love Story- Ashley and Johnny

January 13, 2017
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by Meg
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When we first chatted with Ashley over the phone last summer, she was just bubbling with love and excitement to celebrate her anniversary with her sweet Johnny. When she told us that they were married when they were just teenagers,  and that their love and devotion to one another has grown over the years we just had to share her sweet story.

My husband and I are traveled to Las Vegas to celebrate our 12 year anniversary and his birthday. Up until our actual anniversary on September 29th, he had no idea where we were even going on the trip. All he knew was he needed to take some time off work. He still didn’t know that once we land in Las Vegas later in the week that we took a helicopter to the Grand Canyon to go white water rafting and that I rented his dream car, a Ferrari Spider, for him to drive while we were in town. Every detail of this trip was a complete surprise for him, including the anniversary photo shoot we’re doing in the Valley of Fire where I have Makeup In The 702 for my hair and makeup services.
love-story-1-13-5I’ve known Johnny since we were kids. He lived in Northern Alabama and I grew up just outside of Memphis, TN, but because of our churches, our families were long time friends. He was actually my long distance “boyfriend” when we were in elementary school and was the first boy to ever give me flowers. Eventually our childhood “romance” fizzled out, but we always sort of kept up with one another. Sometime after I turned 16 my family decided to move to Alabama. Johnny and I reconnected at church one night, exchanged AOL Chat screen names and we’ve been together ever since. He was my saving grace at a time in my life when everything was different from what I had known and helped make my transition to life in Alabama more bearable. He quickly became my best friend and my favorite person. We had been dating for 7 months when he proposed. We were very young (people who know us really well are laughing at that understatement!) when we got engaged and were still young when we married two years later. We got married on September 25, 2004, at just 18 and 19 years old. 😉
love-story-1-13-3We were a very young married couple doing our best to build a life together. We both worked full time jobs while we put ourselves through college. We juggled work responsibilities, studying for college and a new marriage. In the midst of all of that, I decided to pursue a dream of mine and began a small business as a wedding and special event caterer. I say all the time that deciding to get married young is definitely not for everyone or the faint of heart, but I can’t imagine our life any other way. We have literally grown up together and have had each other’s back through it all.
I am rarely at a loss for words, but every time I attempt to express my love and respect for Johnny, the words always seems to allude me. He is one of the hardest working individuals I’ve ever known and has the biggest heart for helping others. I love being his wife and I love the way he loves me!
 These photos are from our 10 year anniversary shoot with Erin Lindsey Images in Huntsville, AL (where I wore my wedding dress for the first time in 10 years!).

 

 

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Keep an eye on up coming blogs to see some of the lovely pictures from Ashley and Johnny special day and other recent weddings and photo shoots.

 

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Wedding Trends to Watch for 2017

January 6, 2017
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by Meg
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As we kick of the excitement of the New Year, we wanted to put together a few of the beautiful trends we are sure will be all over weddings this year.

This list can be seen in its original form at Bridal Guide.
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Homespun barn weddings, filled with branches, lanterns, and nature-inspired décor, are more popular than ever.

Expect to see distressed wood, mismatched seating and silverware as well as lace and twill all over the place this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1-6-trends-3Vintage
The vintage wedding trend is still going strong! It’s no surprise — there’s just something that feels so romantic about adding old-world items and antiques to your big day. Many couples opt to include family heirlooms within their décor, giving a personal touch to their vintage wedding.

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High Drama

David Tutera is known for his incredibly impressive décor and luxe designs on his hit series, My Fair Wedding. So much that is in this year will be equally-stunning ideas and sure to drop some jaws.

1-6-trends-5Pure Romance
Another popular theme we saw time and time again s was simple, pure romance. From candlelit ceremonies to receptions lit by crystal chandeliers, this beautiful trend will melt your heart.

Deep reds and colds will be sure to kick up the classic love factor in every thing from invitations to favors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1-6-trends-6Whimsical

We have just been blown away by all the touchingly unique  and romantically creative ideas out there, whether celebrations inspired by the movie Up to a festive carnival with live acts and performers its hard to pick a favorite.
Bright colored balloons, ice cream bars, floating lanterns, dancing candles, and giant flowers….the creativity will NOT be lacking in 2017!!!!

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A Toast to 2016

December 30, 2016
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by Meg
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To put it mildly, this year has been absolute dynamite for the Makeup In The 702 family. Just sitting down to make the list of our accomplishments in 2016, and it’s hard for me to wrap my head around the amount of growth and evolution that has happened in the last 365 days.

12-30-nye-6 In the first quarter the makeup artist and hair stylist received their 1000 review on Wedding Wire. This award and recognition is HUGE for our team. It is a direct testament, in the words of our clients, that every day Makeup In The 702 and our team strive to provide 5 star service.

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12-30-nye-1We were so delighted to represent some seriously big league, international cosmetic and beauty brands at their conventions here in Las Vegas. The incredible guidance and education on beauty, skin care and over all health that we were able to take part in has already made a significant impact in the ways we serve our clients.

 

 

 

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WE OPENED UP A STUDIO!!

Even typing that I got goose bumps, so I’m going to do it again WE OPENED UP A STUDIO!!!! After more than 10 years in the business, providing our services 100% on location, we finally have a place to call home (and what the hubby is most excited about- a place to store all of our gear)!!

Stay tuned for more exciting news on the Makeup In The 702 Studio and announcements on upcoming events in the space.

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In September Kylie and Megan attended Wedding MBA, a premiere wedding and event convention. Those ladies took home s0 much incredible information on how to sky rocket our success even more and provide our customers and clients a truly superior experience.

 

From new trainings, incredible partnerships and collaborations, photo shoots, rebranding, awards and recognitions, like i said, its hard for us to really grasp all the wonderful things that have come to be this year!!!
Thank you all for being part of the magic!! I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for ALL of us!!
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Let Them Eat Cake- A Round-Up of Some Seriously Sweet Cakes

December 23, 2016
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by Meg
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While beauty and makeup with always and forever remain my favorite parts of a wedding, cake (and really any thing yummy for that matter) comes in a VERY close second place. Here’s a round up of some of the loveliest and most scrumptious looking cakes we’ve come across lately.

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 We can’t get over how whimsical and stunning this simple cake is with the help of colorful pompoms.
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Can we all agree this is one phenomenal cake? All the marvelous layers of different shades of pink are having us do double takes.
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A soft texture on the base layer of this cake and the multitoned flowers are the perfect amount of detail to make this a beautiful dessert without going over the top.
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This beauty is practically blooming with pink petals and flecks of gold detail that are both timeless and tasteful.
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This beauty is practically blooming with pink petals and flecks of gold detail that are both timeless and tasteful.
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Rose Gold Makeup That is Almost Too Pretty to Wear

December 16, 2016
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by Meg
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This article originally appeared at Glamour by Julianne Carell.

Rose gold: You’ve seen it everywhere. All over your Instagram feed, in the hair of your favorite celebrities, in the home section at Target; heck, it’s even the color of your iPhone and MacBook. Nope. It’s not trendy or anything is the biggest understatement of 2016. And you better bet the gorgeously flattering color is coming for your makeup next. For fall, it’s popping up in highlighters, nail polishes, eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, and more. Obviously, we couldn’t be more stoked.

12-16-rose-1Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in Indiscretion, $44

At first glance, this looks like frozen yogurt swirled into a makeup compact. But once you get over the hesitation to touch it (it’s too pretty!), you’ll be glad you did—you’ll end up looking like the diffused, glowy-skinned girl of your dreams.

12-16-rose-2Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Cream Eyeshadow in Recharged, $22

The best part about this rose gold glitter is that it comes in liquid form—meaning wherever you choose to put it, it won’t budge. For hours. It’ll look particularly magical in the inner corner of your eyes, layered on top of your existing shadow, or alongside the wing of your cat-eye liner.

12-16-rose-3Huda Beauty Textured Shadows Palette Rose-Gold Edition, $65

This is the dreamiest eye shadow palette we’ve seen since Urban Decay Naked Smoky. And trust us, the photo does not give the sparkliness of it justice. Our favorite combination? Layer Rose Gold on top of Henna for the prettiest smoky eye ever.

12-16-rose-4RMS Beauty Nail Polish in Solar, $15

We can’t think of a skin tone this wouldn’t look amazing on. Plus, the 6-free, vegan formula means it’s safe for your fingers and the animals.🐰 Win-win.

12-16-rose-5NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow in Outer Limits, $25

Sure, this eyeshadow might look like New Year’s Eve in a pan (not the most practical for everyday…) but once you touch it, you’ll see just how well the color blends out for lower-intensity looks.

12-16-rose-6Jouer Cosmetics Long-Wear Lip Topper in Skinny Dip, $16

This “lip topper” is like lip gloss but better—it’s pigmented as hell, stays on forever, and wearing it looks like you just drank pure unicorn water.

12-16-rose-7Algenist Reveal Concentrated Luminizing Drops in Rosé, $38

A highlighter with skin care benefits? Yesss. This one prevents wrinkles and revives dull-looking skin at the same time.

12-16-rose-8ColourPop Eyeliner in Get Paid, $5

Not sure if rose gold is your thing? This eyeliner costs $5, so you won’t break the bank figuring it out.

12-16-rose-9Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder Radiant Finish, $56

Here’s another too-stunning-to-ruin powder to fantasize over. And if you decide to take the plunge on it, it comes with a cute kabuki brush to help you do the job.

12-16-rose-10Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lip Color in Barely Bloomed, $7.49

The trick to pulling off rose gold lipstick? A little goes a long way. Dab it in the center of your everyday nude or pink to make your lips look slightly more plump.
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