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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.
Click the Wedding Wire Medallion to read more reviews!
 
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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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Destination Wedding in America’s Playground

August 29, 2015
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Lindsey Jones and Mike Zank hail from Auburn, New York and chose the Excalibur in Las Vegas to host their dream Vegas wedding. This couple choose Las Vegas as their city of choice to get married because of the true love and uniqueness of our city. A place where one can come and be free to choose anything they want to eat, do, stay and play.  Las Vegas is truly America’s playground.

Our love story is very unique to simplify, we usually joke and say we met on Craigslist or a bar lol.
In reality he was actually married to my next door neighbor/childhood friend. Sadly she passed away after her death I was in contact with him to be able to be around there daughter. Although there was an initial attraction to each other he never wanted me to be a rebound and they eventually moved from Michigan to Nevada. Eventually we just knew I needed to make the move too. In a way I feel it was fate that put us together we both attempted to date others and even him being gone for several years some of which we didn’t talk, yet we still ended up together.”

We know it’s met to be although we drive each other nuts and are opposite In every way when were together it just makes sense. He purposed on New Years Eve we were staying at a hotel and he got the microphone from the DJ asked and they played us our first song.

Over the past few months we’ve had a chance to get know Lindsey through Instagram and Facebook. Such a great way for Makeup in the 702 to get to know their clients prior to the wedding day. She has praised our work time and time again and now has had the opportunity to write her own words a praise on Wedding Wire through a review.



From Wedding Wire

Wedding: 08/19/2015
Services Used: Beauty & Health
Reviewed On: 08/24/2015

5.0/5.0
• Quality of Service: 5.0
• Responsiveness: 5.0
• Professionalism: 5.0
• Value: 5.0
• Flexibility: 5.0
Lindsey said…
“I loved working with Megan and the girls of Make up in the 702. Megan was very easy to contact and I love how she followed up on my experience with a personal phone call. Annie and Chrystal arrived early and were very professional yet friendly. I typically don’t wear make up and my mom in particular was worried about me looking over done however Annie did an amazing job of giving me a natural look while making me look stunning at the same time. My hair was equally as amazing Crystal did a wonderful job. My only regret was that I couldn’t take the girls back with me to Michigan to do my hair and makeup for me reception.”
I asked Lindsey what words of advice she has for planning bride and simply stated she said- “Choose Makeup in the 702 if your getting married in Las Vegas, especially if it’s 115 degrees”. What a doll- we love you!
If you haven’t had a chance to view our identity film, please grab the tissue and click on the link below….

Photo Credit: Exceed Photography

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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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He said he had already decided…

July 17, 2015
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Sometimes a girl meets an amazing family and we quickly become friends. That is the case with Heather and her mom. Hands down they are some of the sweetest- most genuine and gracious ladies I’ve ever met.  We’re so happy they chose Makeup In The 702!  (Before and After for Mom and Heather)

 Now on to another AMAZING love story…..the story of Heather & Eli!

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Eli and I met in San Francisco 4 1/2 years ago. We met at a Hanukkah party and because parking is so horrible in San Francisco I almost never went. But, luckily a spot opened up right as I drove up.
I came in and saw a woman I knew, and he and his friend knew her, as well. I saw Eli and I noticed him right away. We spoke for a while, and then I left. Though our mutual friend would not give him my number, Eli still managed to find me online.

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He emailed me asked me on a date, two dates later I went to Budapest for a month. We spoke over Skype every day, and Eli asked me on our 4th date 3 weeks early for when I came back. That’s when I knew he was serious. He told me that he already decided I was his girlfriend after the first date. I always liked that he said that.

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Some advice for brides:
Do what’s right for you. Have people with you on the wedding day that will keep you low stress. Think of everyone’s personality and consider if you were in the same room with all of them during this heightened time would you stay calm and happy?

I did not have bridesmaids as I had been one before and it ruins too many important relationships even in the best of circumstances. But, if you do have bridesmaids consider whether you need an extra moment to be alone before the ceremony (after everyone’s hair and makeup is done) to just be with your mom or a close friend.

If someone asks to throw you a party….let them. They really do want to do it. It took me 6 months to let a dear friend throw me an engagement party because I didn’t want to impose!
Be clear with your vendors about what you want. I was slightly worried that I was coming across harsh because I knew what I didn’t want, but they all seemed to be happy with that attitude because in the end everyone gets what they want. Also, you need to click with them personally! If they are going to be around you on such a special day you need to like them.

 FYI – Don’t book expensive B+B’s in Hawaii! Its not worth it, GO TO THE RESORT!

 Thank you and much love to Adam Frazier Photography for capturing these spectacular moments!

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She Fell Hook, Line & Sinker

July 10, 2015
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My absolute favorite part of what Makeup In The 702 is sharing the amazing love stories of the couples we meet.   Today it is with great pleasure that I introduce you to Crystal and Matthew….  this is their story.

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Matthew and I meet 11 1/2 years ago , funny story , Our brothers who are both named Michael were good friends – They spent every waking moment together, Our families attend the same church so naturally we saw quite a bit of each other. We casually started spending more time together, shuttling our brothers back and forth will do that to you. I wouldn’t say it was love at first sight, but the closer we became, We both just knew it was meant to be, not to be sappy haha, I did play hard to get for a while , It took 5 tries to get me to say yes.”

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When I finally said yes, we were out having dinner and casual conversation and his line was ” Hey Babe” wanna get married. I fell for it hook, line and sinker.  We’ve been married now for 10 yrs and are celebrating our anniversary in style in beautiful Las Vegas.”

 

 

 

We have 2 beautiful children. I am excited to see where the next 20 years take us. We’ve been by each others side through so much.
Matthew recently went back to school and did such an amazing job , graduated as Valedictorian!
He has done an incredible job as a father and a husband, he will forever be my partner in crime. I am looking forward to many more adventures with him by my side.”

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Thank you so much for sharing your story with us and our readers today. From all of us at Makeup In The 702 we wish you a lifetime of blessings, joy, and happiness.

Photo Credit: Matt Cali Photography
Ordained Minister: Tim Ritchey

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