Wedding Details: The Dress

Hi Keddah,

Today I want to talk about the dress!

I got my dress last… February? At a place in Phoenix called Strut Bridal Salon. They’re specialists in plus size bridal gowns, and I found them at the Arizona Bridal Show. Funnily enough, I was walking around the booths during some down time at the summer show in 2014, complaining that there were no places that specialized or even had gowns for plus size women, when someone kindly pointed out that the booth DIRECTLY BEHIND MINE was for Strut. I ran over there like the devil himself was going to snatch up all of their stock before I made an appointment, and it was the best decision I could have ever made.

Strut was a godsend for me. I was so nervous about going dress shopping and not being able to fit into any of the dresses in stock, or having to do additional prep work to let the salons know I was plus sized. All of the dresses I tried on fit me, I never once felt less or unworthy or any of the horrible things that plus size women can feel at bridal shops. I had an amazing time and I would recommend them and Angel (the woman who helped me pick out my dress) to any plus size woman ANYWHERE. Come from far and wide, it is so worth it.

  
With me that day was my mom, Kara (maid of honor), Kelsi (other maid of honor), and Katherine (hair dresser and favorite human). First thing we did was try on a cupcake dress, just as a laugh. And that dress became my dress! We tried on a few more, and I actually ended up going with a more elaborately detailed 40’s style dress, but by the next day I knew I had made a mistake and they allowed me to purchase the first cupcake dress instead.

 

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From there, I took the dress to Janet Kirkman for alterations. We had so many visits with her, but she understood my vision and she was absolutely amazing. We shortened it considerably, made the bodice smaller, and added additional boning to bust. My dress wouldn’t be my dress without her. I would recommend her to any future bride – and her prices were also incredibly reasonable!

And then we have the final dress! Tea length, very 50-60’s with the cardigan, and I have never felt more beautiful in my life. I genuinely felt like a princess. And I fully intend to wear it again someday. 1 year wedding anniversary??? Is that too soon? Eh, who’s gonna stop me?

 

Sneak peek of our wedding photos!

 
To the furthest star and back,

Katie’s Bridal Shower!

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Hi Steffi, here’s some fun pictures of the party we threw for Katie’s shower last weekend! It was elephant themed with lots of Tiffany blue and gray. It was pretty darn cute and lots of fun and most importantly, Katie loved it!

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Fancy mimosa bar! I crocheted the little elephants banner and found the chalkboard signs in the $1 section at Target. We had tasty cucumber water and pink lemonade and lots of different juices for the mimosas!

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Cute little treats and snacks! Mini pancake stacks with shots of syrup, ants on a log, and two different kinds of puppy chow. We had little elephants on top of the pancake toothpicks and sprinkled all the tables with elephant confetti! You can find the toothpicks on Etsy here and the confetti here.

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IMG954736We took lots of ideas from pinterest and one of them was the ombre balloons and tulle tied around the strings. It was a lot of work but totally worth it; everyone was so impressed by it!

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Everyone got a plastic champagne flute for their mimosas and we had them all sign a bottle for Katie in silver and gold sharpie.

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We played games like pin the mustache on Andrew and had a Project Runway competition of toilet paper wedding dresses. These were hilarious! Thanks pinterest!

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Congrats Katie!! Can’t wait till next month!!

Hilary’s Makeup Trial

Hi Kara,

I’m going to see you in a few minutes.

And also, here’s our friend Hilary’s face.

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I’m doing this irrisistably beautiful woman’s makeup for her wedding in just a few short weeks! Here’s what I used on her face!

Face:

  • Belletto Studios foundation in Creme Brule and Bisque
  • Urban Decay┬áNaked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Fair Neutral
  • Tarte CC Undereye Concealer in Fair
  • Marc Jacobs Bronzer (the fat one)

Eyes:

  • Makeupgeek Foiled Shadow in In the Spotlight
  • Makeupgeek Shadow in Peach Smoothie
  • Inglot Shadow in 609
  • MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set in Brown Ebony
  • Bare Essentials Lash Domination Mascara

We’re switching around the undereye makeup a bit, but other than that, this lady is set to get herself a man!

I can’t wait until October!

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cutie.

Bridal Makeup

Hello Kara,

My beautiful friend Danielle is getting married next weekend! I have the pleasure of doing her makeup for the wedding and here is what her trial makeup looked like.

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Isn’t she gorgeous?

Here is a product list in case anyone is interested:

  • Skin
    • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
    • Foundation: A mixture of Belletto Studio airbrush foundations in Roasted Almond, Bisque, and Creme De La
    • Powder contour, highlight and blush: Nars Virtual Domination palette
    • Setting powder: Airspun
  • Eyes:
    • Two Faced Shadow Insurance
    • Butter Pecan and Bonbon from the Semi Sweet Chocolate palette, Inglot Freedom Shadow in 609 and Rainbow Shadow in 101R
    • Bronze liner from Tarte
    • MAC’s waterproof mascara (I don’t remember which one!)
    • Ardel lashes in (I can’t remember this either)
  • Eyebrows:
    • Inglot Rainbow Shadow in 107R and Benefit Gimme Brow
  • Lips:
    • Sephora brand Nano Lipliners in Queen Quartz and Funky Fuchsia
    • Lush lipbalm in Whip Stick

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We’re going to darken up her eye area just a little on the big day, but other than that she is perfect! Thank you for letting me touch your face, Danielle! It was the best! I can’t wait for next weekend =)

To the furthest star and back,