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It’s Bridal Show Season!!!

August 9, 2017
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Well that special time of year has come……

IT’S BRIDAL SHOW SEASON!! 

The biggest and most well known event in our area for more than two decades is Bridal Spectacular, and we are so excited to be there again at

Booth #109 this August 18th and 19th.

Bridal conventions and show are a great opportunity to get some serious day dreaming and planning done in a short amount of time, but with all those vendors and attendants the job can be a bit over whelming.

So we’ve put together some tips on how to get the most out of your time there.

HAVE A PLAN

When you first walk on to the bridal show floor it can be a little bit overwhelming. The space is gigantic, the crowds can be crazy and there are literally hundreds of different vendors there that provide dozens of different wedding services- from caterers to makeup artist……they are all going to be there.  

Have an idea of your the colors you are loving at the moment. Are you wanting to be a spring bride and planning for possible showers or envisioning your first kiss under the trees as the fall colors change to deep reds and yellow? 

What about your budget? Is this something that you and your partner are going to foot the bill for? How many guests are you thinking? A small ceremony with a few dozen guests enjoying an intimate dinner? Or a rocking party with hundreds taking over the dance floor.

It will help you tremendously to keep some of these things in mind. 

ENLIST YOUR A TEAM

Unless you’re planning private and romantic elopement  (which so many of our clients do as well) you’re almost guaranteed to have a “team” or “squad” of people in your life that want to be part of your day and will do just about anything to see you and your future spouse happy at your wedding.  

Whether it’s your mom, aunt, cousins, soon-to-be-mother/sister-in-law, best girlfriend or……heck……even your brother or dad!!!!! Make these folks feel special and ask for their help and support. Walking up and down the seemingly endless aisles can be intimidating and daunting to say the least- having people by your side, who love you and have been filled in on your vision for the wedding will help keep you focused and eliminate a lot of the of the extra noise. 

ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS 

In the days leading up to the bridal show, before you even step foot in the convention center, think of what you are going there for. Great questions to ask your self are “What have I already got planned/booked/paid a deposit on?” , “What am I still missing?” , “What is my over all budget?” and “What are my “splurge” items/services?

By asking your self these questions (and really thinking about the answers) you can save a HUGE amount of time and focus your efforts at the bridal show.  If you’ve already booked your dream photog, then you can easily eliminate a few booths. If you are ordering a delicious custom cake to be delivered from your favorite bakery in your home town, then make sure to keep that in mind.

MAKE REAL CONNECTIONS

As has been mentioned, there are A LOT of vendors to see and people to meet at these mega shows, there is absolutely no possible way you are going to get to know and connect with all of them. 

Just like a networking event it’s easy to make your rounds at a bridal show, shake plenty of hands, collect lots of business cards and then get home to start looking over your look and realize you don’t even remember any of those names or what it is that they do.Makeup In The 702 Lipstick Bar-Casey Jade Photography

Once you’ve asked your self about your budget, time line, colors, theme- make the most of your time by focusing on the vendors that meet your remaining needs but are also people you genuinely like!!! As there are dozens of different services offered to brides there are also dozens of different personalities, its important to work with vendors that you vibe with. Those that see the vision for your special day. 

ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS 

In the days leading up to the bridal show, before you even step foot in the convention center, think of what you are going there for. Great questions to ask are “What have I already planned/booked/paid a deposit on?” , “What am I still missing?” , “What is my over all budget?” and “What are my “splurge” items/services?

By asking your self these questions (and really thinking about the answers) you can save a HUGE amount of time and focus your efforts at the bridal show.  If you’ve already booked your dream photog, then you can easily eliminate a few booths. If you are ordering a delicious custom cake to be delivered from your favorite bakery in your home town, then make sure to keep that in mind.

 

ENJOY YOUR SELF!!!

There are countless resources- be they magazines, blogs, forums or bridal shows- go mine through while you are planning your wedding. It is important to remember what the whole celebration is about. While planning a fabulous party is always at the front of mind the most vital part of this experience is remembering that two people who love each other endlessly are coming together to celebrate that devotion. 

Don’t rush it. Don’t stress it. Take a breath and take it all in. These moments will absolutely fly by, so be sure to slow down and absorb the moment that you are currently in. 

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DIY Bridal Shower With A Little Help From My Friends

August 18, 2015
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Picture3First and foremost I must admit I am no planner or event stylist but planning this bridal shower was so much fun I just may rethink my career. Just kidding!  I could not have done it without a little help from my friends!  Photographer Matthew Schenk from MPlace Productions, Kathryn Starrett, Catering Director, Siena Golf Club,   Tiffany Scheree Jones from Peridot Sweets, Cake and favors, Flowers from Trader Joes and of course hair and makeup for the beautiful bride to be from Makeup in the 702, favors from Williams Sonoma Designer and of course the wonderful staff at the Siena Golf Club.

A few months ago we blogged about Kylie and Jace’s engagement session with Mackenzie Taylor. Today I’m here to share Kylie’s bridal shower.

Since their wedding is in Pensacola, Florida and of course we are in the desert, I wanted to bring a bit of the beach to them with the table design and decor for the room. My inspiration for the color scheme came from the goldfish which when I started planning I knew would be the main focal point.

I accented the table with white flowers, skipping stones and orange candles to carry along the orange theme. Of course this theme was carried through on the gift table, cake table and the brunch buffet.

Throughout the planning process Kathryn kept in contact with me always willing to lend advice and a helping hand. During setup no only did she help but offered glass wear, cake stand and valuable advice to help keep my vision in line.

Thank you to all that helped make Kylie’s day as success! Stayed dialed in for Kylie & Jace’s wedding premiering in late September. Until then you can see all of us including Kylie at the Bridal Spectacular bridal show on August 21 and 22 at Cashman center. Makeup in the 702 will be sponsoring the hair and makeup for the fashion show and showing the latest trends for your wedding day. See you there booth #533!

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It’s your day! Have fun!

August 7, 2015
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Summer is engagement season and wedding season is in full swing in Las Vegas.  This time of year is always a thrill for us as we gear up for the Bridal Specular  on August 21 and 22.  We get to meet so many planning couples this time year and get to hear so many great love stories so now is the perfect time for us to pause to take a look at a real life wedding. These photos are amazing and tell a story in and of themselves, they also remind us of the reason all of us at Makeup in the 702 do what we do!  No one tells a great love story better than a blushing beautiful bride here’s what Denise shared with us about her day and her groom.

We met on Match.com 7 months ago and have been inseparable ever since…we knew we were perfect for each other in the first few weeks and knew we were meant to be…he proposed under a tree, at our favorite park surrounded by fireflies…

We wouldn’t have gotten married any other way…he had always said if he got married, it’d be in Vegas, by Elvis and that was exactly what I wanted!  The helicopter was a double bonus to boot!!!  We had so much fun, even we couldn’t believe how awesome it was.

My advice to couples is: if you’re gonna get married, elope!!! Do the wedding for yourselves and no one else. It is YOUR day and it should be fun and stress free!!! If you want to include family and friends in your happiness, celebrate throwing a party for them later…

If you’re planning your day please stop by our booth #533 at the Bridal Spectacular on August 21 & 22 we’d love to meet you and hear your love story!

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Colorful & Creative Floral Designs with Naakiti

July 31, 2015
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132The countdown for the 50th Bridal Specular show is on!   Today we are interviewing Randi Garret owner of Naakiti Floral and Sit on This.  Randi’s attention to detail and innovation are what keep planners like Andera Eppolito Events and venues such as Paiute and Dragon Ridge swooning and coming back. When I think of Randi’s “style” I don’t think one genre or area of specialty, I see an individual that custom fits the design to the clients needs.

This girl is busy!  Somehow we managed to pin her down though to share a little bit more about Naakiti Floral Design.  Hi Randi!  Thank you so much for taking a few minutes to share with us today.

Planning couples have so many choices and options these days when it comes to florals and decor for their wedding, what would you like a planning couple to know about Naakiti Floral Design?

“I want my clients to know that I love weddings and look at each one of them as I am going to be in there future for the rest of there lives.”

Are there any common misconceptions about the services you provide?

“That we are too expensive but we do customize to there fixed prices.”

What sets Naakiti apart from others that provide similar services?

“Quality, customer service, attention to detail, and know we care”

It must be challenging for you to come up with so many unique designs, where do you find your inspiration?

“In Napa drinking a bottle of wine with Dalisa and Dennis,  ALTF Photogophary and Four Seasons Las Vegas”

Any final thoughts for our readers today?

“This is my passion and I want to make visions come alive. I want them to always remember me when they look at their photos and say awh that was Naakiti that did that.”

Long before the countdown for the Bridal Spectacular we begin preparing for the largest bridal show in Las Vegas with Randi. She and I sit down months prior to plan the design. Certainly there are challenges I have for Randi with a 10×10 booth. The first always is that we need a work space for several people. During the show we touch each and every bride not just talk to them. At any given time we have 3 clients in the makeup chair, 3 waiting and of course all the girls from Makeup in the 702. That’s a lot of activity in such a small space. Of course we like to display our past work, but the challenge I have for Randi is- how will the bride know I’m not a photographer? She nails it each and every time. Here are a few examples of the Makeup in the 702 booth from the past few shows.

Please join us in booth # at Cashman on August 21st and 22nd for the next Bridal Specular when you will be able to see Randi’s latest work.
Picture5In closing I want the world to know that Randi is in love with love- seriously! Any given day you can see her post quotes like these to Facebook…Lastly, and I quote Randi on this “I love being with a person that makes me not want to look at my phone”

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Airbrushing-Dispelling the Myths

February 13, 2015
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What is airbrushing?

Airbrushing is a very generic term used these days, similar to the word term “All Natural” in food. You must dig a little deeper to have a clear understanding of what it is and what the benefits are. I’m extremely passionate about airbrushing and want to help exploit some of the myths and of course raise the bar of standards in the industry to my fellow artists.

First, please know that I can only speak to the tools, training and products we use. Know there are imitations out there, and I’ll explain more in detail.

maxresdefaultWe’ve been utilizing airbrush for over a decade and in this period of time I’ve seen cosmetic companies claim to have airbrush foundation in an aerosol can. I’ve seen personal at home “compressors” sold on home shopping channel and everything in between. Please, allow me to explain in great detail what airbrushing is, it’s benefits and of course why we continue to be the leader in the industry.

First, airbrushing refers not just to the “end result” but the actual tool. A true airbrush compressor is about 25 pounds in weight and is used for many artist uses. The user can control the amount of air (PSI) that comes through and will do so based upon what they need the end result to be. Please do not be fooled by Home Shopping Network or At Home Use Products. That is not a true, professional compressor. I can blow foundation on you better than those contraptions.

hqdefaultSecond, airbrushing refers to actual foundation used. One cannot use a “traditional”  over the counter foundation in an airbrush compressor. The product will not pump through the compressor! Professional foundations used for airbrushing are a liquid almost water consistency.   They are costly for any artist to use, but the end result is hands down the only way to go for a client. Don’t be fooled by inexperienced artist that “base” down traditional foundation or “water” it down so that it will pump through a compressor. By doing that, one changes the inherit chemistry of the product itself, leaving the client with a less than finished end result and a foundation that will not last but a few hours.

Third, and this is one of the most frequently asked questions by our clients. Will I look cakey or feel like I have makeup on? Simply stated, no… How can something that is water based and applied with air feel heavy or look heavy. It can’t. Again based upon the principles from above.

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So why all the hype??? Because it’s awesome!  Nothing like it!! We love that we are able to custom blend a clients foundation on the spot. Analyzing the true undertones of the skin as well as the type and condition. That mean’s a PERFECT match- EVERY TIME!!!! Not an almost match color swatch. We are able to take airbrush foundation past the face and down the neck, chest, decollate, arms and back- basically any piece of skin showing beyond the dress. Covering, tan lines, freckles and red splotchy sun damage- imparting a “photoshopped” appearance both in person as well as on camera.

Speaking of camera- HD friendly. High Definition cameras and film point out every flaw under even the best of lighting, almost like human eyes. They are unforgiving, but with HD foundation and airbrushing, you can look like the cover of Vogue in person and in photos.

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product-guarantee-icon1Lastly, and this is super important for events in Las Vegas. We stand behind our work so strongly, that we will Guarantee 15 hour water and transfer resistant makeup. It’s 115 degrees out- no problem. Tears of joy- no problem.  Cutting up a rug on the dance floor- no problem- GUARANTEED.

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Photo credits:
Secret Gardens
Ella Gagiano
Stephen Salazar
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Kristen Joy Davis

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A Spectacular Time!

February 6, 2015
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It’s always fun to start the year and the wedding season in Las Vegas by participating in the Las Vegas Bridal Spectacular.  Not only do we get to meet and chat with hundreds of newly engaged brides and their loved ones we also get to kick of the year with our friends in the Las Vegas Wedding Network.

We had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with more than 250 Brides with our “What do your lips say about you” event. We read each clients personality by evaluating the lip color they chose as well as the lip shape.

Lip products we sponsored by Fashion Show Macy’s Shiseido

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This years event was made even more extraordinary by our peers in the Las Vegas wedding industry with the winning of a Dazzle Award.   The Bridal Spectacular Dazzle Award is a peer to peer award and is given based on the votes cast by the exhibitors in the show.   It was an honor to be recognized by our peers in the wedding industry. This vote meant that not only was our event extraordinary but that our presence was felt by the wedding community and that the design of our booth was sought after.

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Each season we are selected by Bridal Spectacular to sponsor their fashion shows. Our attention to details as well as being the beauty trendsetters in Las Vegas land us this honor every season. quite honestly we would not have it any other way. It’s more than enough to host an event at the booth, but then add 9 hair and makeup in a 2 hour time frame to the mix and what do you get- PURE BLISS!

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Behind the scenes at the Bridal Spectacular!

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The incredible Makeup In The 702 Team! Without these amazing ladies this wouldn’t be possible!

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A very special thank you to!
Bridal Spectacular
Adam Frazier
Paper and Home
Naakiti Floral
LED Kevin Cordova
Shisedio
Macy’ sFashion Show

 

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