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Author & Images: Katie Jones - Kaite Jones Photography

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The man of your dreams has proposed to you so you start dreaming of your wedding day, the dress, all your friends and family there, it’s your day. You imagine this gorgeous Minnesota day captured in your images that you get to treasure for the rest of your happily ever after. Does this dream include you in your dream wedding dress at sunset, in a field of wildflowers, or with a horse or an other animal the means a lot to you. All these options you just can’t plan to include on your wedding day due to time or the distance from the actual wedding.

 

Well what about adding a private bridal photography session to your wedding planning? Bridal sessions are everything that you dream of. These stylized sessions are designed to reflect your personality and to create the dream images of you in your wedding dress. I work alongside you to create your dream session; including renting furniture and a hair and makeup artist all at the location of your choosing. No detail will be missed!

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During this session, you do not have to be as formal as your wedding. Your hair can be down and your makeup can be bolder than you plan on wear on your wedding. These images do not have to have the same look as your wedding photos. This is an opportunity for you to take on a different look, but still be in the dress of your dreams.

 

“My favorite part was that the shoot was so relaxed and just fun! On my wedding day it felt so rushed and there was so much excitement that I'm really glad I did a shoot prior. I also really enjoyed spending the afternoon with Kendra who did make-up, you of course, and my sister in law. It was like playing big kid dress-up. Overall I really appreciated how relaxed it was. For me it was also nice to try everything on before my wedding and get a sense of how I would look prior to the big day.”

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In addition, at the end of your bridal session you can throw in a mini boudoir photography session. You already have all the cute furniture, your hair and makeup are done, and you are getting out of your dress to go home, so why not! All you need to complete boudoir experience is simple flirty images. If you would like to add a boudoir photogpraphy session to the end of your bridal session and would like to use the images as a gift to your groom, make sure to book your bridal session at least a month before your wedding.

“Love, love, love, the photos. The images were so soft and really focused on the beauty of the bride which was nice. They were personal images. The link to download the pics was also really really nice; and so was the app. That was a great tool to share with friends and family. I'd highly suggest doing that for all shoots.”

 If you are a fall bride and are in love with the idea of designing your own bridal session then let’s get started. First, make sure that you are VIB member with Forever Bride. Signing up with Forever Bride is free and will get you connected with TONS of amazing vendors not only for you bridal session, but also for your wedding planning. Second, shoot me an email so that we get you on the books as we get into the busy fall. Finally, start creating a Pinterest board of ideas for your bridal session. This can include ANYTHING: colors, decor, and the look that you would like to have for your hair and makeup. I am totally a visual person, so this board will allow me to see exactly what you are thinking of creating. I will also share this board with the hair and makeup artist.

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So, if this is something that you are interested in or would like to just talk with me about what you are thinking before booking, send me an email. I would love to talk about your dream bridal experience.

 

“Katie, I think you do an excellent job. You made the experience fun! And, for some of the more intimate shots you made me feel really comfortable and confident. In addition, you couldn't have picked a more perfect setting! Overall very impressed and very happy I had the opportunity to do the shoot! The photos turned out great, were turned around quickly and delivered in an easy to use format.”

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Author: Mulberrys Garment Care | Photos: Taryn Christine Photography

First off, congratulations! You’re married and on your way to a lifetime of happiness. But before all that begins, you’ve got to figure out what to do with that beautiful gown. Most brides want to preserve their wedding gown either as a keepsake or for family brides-to-be. While a number of dry cleaners offer wedding gown cleaning and preservation, not all services are the same. Here are three great questions to ask when deciding which dry cleaner should take on this special task:

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1) What chemicals will be used to clean the dress?

A number of dry cleaners use a chemical called perchloroethylene to clean wedding gowns. This toxic chemical has been proven to be a carcinogen and ground water contaminant. Not only that, the chemical is far too harsh for wedding gowns, often causing beads to dissolve or chip–hardly the kind of thing you want your wedding gown subjected to. Other cleaners claim to be green but use chemicals such as siloxane or petroleum-based solvents. We would recommend visiting a dry cleaner that uses toxin-free cleaning methods such as wet cleaning or liquid CO2 cleaning. These methods are more delicate and will leave your gown pristine and free of harsh chemicals.

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2) Will my dress be wrapped in acid-free paper?

When wedding gowns are preserved, they are typically wrapped in tissue paper to protect the gowns fabric from deteriorating. However, often this tissue paper contains an acidic quality, which actually accelerates yellowing and aging of the dress. We’ve seen beautiful gowns practically destroyed by this process countless times. Make sure that your dry cleaner is specifically using acid-free paper.

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3) Will these services be guaranteed?

Due to the delicate materials and details of the dress, handling these garments may lead to a larger price tag. Make sure you find a dry cleaner who is willing to stand by their work; if you’re not happy with end result, the service should be redone, no questions asked. Unfortunately, not every dry cleaner believes in that philosophy. But we certainly do at Mulberrys!

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In terms of wedding gown cleaning and preservation services, Mulberrys offers the trifecta: we use toxic-free chemicals, acid-free paper, and include a satisfaction guarantee. Stop by one of our 6 Twin Cities dry cleaning locations–Minneapolis, St. Paul, Edina, Eagan, Minnetonka, or St. Louis Park–or try out our free home delivery service!

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Author: Jessica Dennison 

There are so many ways for you to get inspired to create your dream wedding!  With the many resources available at the touch of our finger tips, try using some of these resources to help you plan and orgainze your wedding!

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I am sure that by now, you are quite familiar with foreverbride.com  If you have not done so already, be sure to sign up to become a VIB (Very Important Bride).  This card will help you save time, money, and give you extra perks!  Foreverbride is an innovative website and blog that is loaded with content that caters to you, the bride!  Foreverbride.com uses the best vendors in Minneapolis!  Be sure to check it out!

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Pinterest

Pinterest has a ton of ideas to help you plan your wedding.  You can look through pictures of things you want to incorporate into your wedding and even some easy and do-able DIY projects.  Be sure to create your own boards on Pinterest. You can even categorize them into different topics such as, "The Dress," "Decor Ideas," and even  "Cake Toppers."  This will save all of your favorite ideas, and help you navigate through the slew of information. Warning...the possibilities are literally endless on Pinterest, don't get lost!

Trusper

Trusper is a website that I discovered recently.  It posts helpful tips from other people who share your common interest.  "Discover, capture, and share tips of daily life from Trusted Helpers-your friends, family, and service pros."  They even have a great reward system incentive! Check them out!

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Facebook

More than likely, you know people who have gotten married.  Take a look at their wedding album on facebook to get some ideas and find what fits your style for you big day. Like and follow Forever Bride on Facebook too, to keep up with all our great tips and tricks as well as all of our great VIB vendors!

Etsy

Etsy is a unique place where you can buy nearly anything! {or even sell your own!} From anything from handmade wedding signage to unique wedding ideas like guest books and handcrafted and creatvie wedding party favors. Etsy has something for eveyrone! Take a look to get inspired!

When it comes to planning your wedding, use as many resources as you can to help you orgaznize and achieve your dream wedding!

 
 
 
 
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Author: Matisse Merriam- SBG Designs | Images: Marc Gabor-Marc Gabor Photography

 

Sara Goldfine of SBG Designs attracts jewelry connoisseurs from all around the world with her extraordinary line of timeless adornments. Her collections are inspired by the constant desire to create something different. Because of her attention to detail and use of rare and vintage stones, Sara is able to design jewelry that is unique and versatile.

We recently sent some boho pieces off to California for photo shoot with our good friends over at Kaiea Swimwear. The pieces photographed were our Gold Arrowhead Necklace, Gold Shell Necklace, and a recently designed body chain! The images turned out even better than we could have imagined. We have already been receiving so much positive feedback and it is all due to the talented Marc Gabor for the amazing shots!

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Images: Marc Gabor Photography | Swimwear: Kaiea Swimwear

 

 
 
 
 
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Author: Jessica Mae - Warpaint International | Images: Brio Art by Katie Fears & Bellagala

Bridal Makeup

Your wedding day is a huge day. You have planned for months, years even. Every detail down to the groom’s shoes to the appetizers at the rehearsal dinner have been accounted for. However, have you thought about skin? Your face? Your makeup? As a bride, your face endures photos, videos, and up close and personal time with friends and family. This blog will give you tips and even recipes to help your skin and makeup get through your big day!

2-3 Days Prior to Your Event:

1. Exfoliate your skin with a gentle {granular} exfoliating wash {you may use a clarisonic in place of this if you have one}. We recommend Arbonne’s FC5 New Cell Scrub.

2. Do a homemade facial mask. We recommend this recipe:

Combine 1/2 cup hot {not boiling} water and 1/3 cup oatmeal. After the water and oatmeal have settled for two or three minutes, mix in 2 tablespoons plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey, and 1 small egg white. Apply a thin layer of the mask to your face, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water. {Be sure to place a metal or plastic strainer in your sink to avoid clogging.}Your skin will be left refreshed and glowing!

The Night Before:

1. Drink plenty of water and get a good nights rest.

2. If your lips are dry use this homemade lip exfoliating recipe:

¼ tsp Olive Oil | ¼ tsp Honey | ¼ tsp Brown Sugar

{we recommend Organic Ingredients} Mix all 3 ingredients together, apply directly to the lips and massage gently. Rise with warm water and pat dry. Apply your favorite moisturizing lip balm or a bit of olive oil. Do this before bed and wake up with perfect lips!

3.Wash your face before bed and apply a moisturizer and eye cream.

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Morning of:

1. Make sure your makeup from the previous day/night is fully removed. {Especially mascara- make sure to remove any dry clumps & crusties.}

2. Arrive to your appointment with freshly cleaned skin. Use a moisturizer and eye cream. {do not apply to eye lid} We recommend Arbonne’s FC5 or Calm line. **This is the most important of the preparation. If you do nothing else please make sure you do this the morning of your event. It makes your makeup artists job much easier and your results will be greatly affected for the better.**

We highly recommend getting a facial from an aesthetician 4-5 days prior to your big event. A facial may cause some dryness from extractions; exfoliate 2-3 days prior to your wedding. Remember, it is your wedding day. You want to feel and look your best. If you’d like to learn more about Arbonne SkinCare or place an order please contact Jessica Mae at Warpaint International. Warpaint is happy to assist you in all your wedding beauty needs!

 
 
 
 
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 Author & Images: Liz Vovk - 4 Girls Glamour

The main purpose of booking a boudoir shoot may be to gift a gorgeous album or print to your partner for your wedding. However, a lot of clients feel that their boudoir sessions ended up being an unexpected gift for themselves. It’s a way to reconnect and celebrate your personal beauty and confidence. Every woman’s motivation for booking a session is different and every woman wants to feel and be reminded that she is beautiful and sexy.  The images from your boudoir session will help you remember that for years to come.So just sit back, relax, and enjoy being pampered!

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The bonus of hiring a professional photographer who specializes in boudoir photography is being pampered by professional stylists. My team of professionals were hand selected because of their talent and ability to listen and make my clients feel special!

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When you arrive on the set, you’ll be  whisked off to hair & makeup and wardrobe. Sometimes it takes a little time to warm up and to feel comfortable in front of the camera. Take this time to just breathe and listen to my direction as I set up a few poses. I use the few minutes to utilize the lighting and to find different angles that will compliment your body.

 

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You’ll soon find that there is no need to rush through the session. The feeling of being in front of the camera will start to disappear as you get more comfortable and find your confidence. Constant communication between us will help to ease you into the session and ensure that you are happy. Boudoir Photographers will always have your best interest in mind and will work with you to create a session of stunning images that you love.

 
 
 
 
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Author: Melanie Rivers | Images: Studio Starfish

With all of the resources we have these days for bridal hair and makeup looks, how on earth is a bride supposed to pick out the right one for her? All she has to do is hop on Pinterest, YouTube, or pick up a copy of any bridal magazine and she is bombarded with thousands of hair and makeup choices, all claiming to be "the hottest new look of the season." One of the biggest mistakes I see brides (& bridesmaids) make, is picking a look just because they think it is pretty; having no idea that it is near impossible for them to achieve the same look. I adore JLo's style, however, I have come to terms with the fact that I look nothing like her and I will not always be able to replicate her looks with success. While there are many factors that go into choosing "the right look", I will give you a few tips and tricks to help narrow down the endless options to a few that will work for you!
 
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Be Cohesive with YOUR Wedding Theme
One of the most important factors to take into consideration is the overall theme of your wedding. Is it a daytime beach wedding in Cancun? Then leaving your hair down might not be the best option. Consider the heat and possibly windy weather you might have to battle all day long. Does your wedding have a casual boho theme or are you hosting a small country wedding? Then a tight, carefully coiffed up-do or a super dramatic smokey eye might look a little out of place with the theme of the entire day. 
 
Your OWN Hair & Skin Type
If you like pictures of thick, beautiful braids and lots of curls, but you have fine shoulder-length hair, then keep in mind that extensions and a lot of product may be in order. That is where a bridal consultation would come in handy. Let your stylist share ideas with you that will work best with your hair type and make suggestions to achieve your desired wedding day look. Also knowing whether you have dry, oily, normal, or a combination type of skin is important so your makeup artist will know which products to use that will help your makeup last all day and night.
 
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What is YOUR Shape?
Face and eye shape can make a huge impact on how a style will transition from the pages of a magazine to a real life bride. Look for pictures of women with a similar face shape and eye shape to yours. Even a simple Google search for "bridal styles for round faces" can help give you an idea of which direction to go. If you have small eyes try to avoid too much eyeliner, as it can usually make the eyes appear smaller. If you have big round eyes, look for makeup techniques that will help elongate the eye and create more of an almond-shape. Of course there is always the exception to every rule, so talk to your makeup artist about the areas that you want to highlight and those that you want to diminish. Allow the makeup artist to help play up your best features!
 
Your PERSONAL Taste
As a hair stylist and makeup artist, I could suggest a gorgeous old Hollywood glam style that might go perfectly with the theme of your wedding, your face shape, etc., but if that is not your style, then it will not work for you. You want to feel beautiful, radiant, and comfortable on one of the most important days of your life! If you do not typically wear red lipstick or a smokey eye, then your wedding day probably is not the best day to try it out. We want your groom to be able to recognize you at the end of the aisle! 
 
It is All About YOU!
Look for ideas that are in line with the theme of your wedding and are similar to your personal style-- just with a bit more glam! Keep in mind your face shape and skin type and try to find hairstyles that reflect the same length and thickness of your own. Sometimes, even with all of that in mind, it can still seem next to impossible to pick out the right look. That's where the help of your stylist and makeup artist comes in! Their job is to help you select the right look for you and make it your own! So that on your big day, when your groom sees his bride, you will take his breath away! 
 
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 Author: Annette Hall - Bridal Aisle Wedding Consignment | Images: Poly Mendes- Poly Mendes Photography

 

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There are many engaged couples with budgets varying  from the wedding that spares no expense to the $2,000 wedding.  There are a lot of options the wedding couple has in planning their big day.  Here are some great reasons to consider consignment when it comes to planning your dream wedding.

 

1. It's great for your wedding budget

 

At first glance, that designer wedding dress of your dreams may seem beyond your reach due to budget constraints, but the ideal dress is within reach when you shop consignment.  You can score huge discounts on high-end, name-brand and vintage wedding dresses.  Prices are based on the retail cost of the dress as well as style, age, and condition.   You never know what you're going to find for a significantly lower price! 

 

2. It's great for you

 

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When your big day is over, you will most likely have no need for the vases you used as centerpieces, the 30 table runners, the flower arrangements, the ring bearer pillow, etc. Consigning is advantageous to you because you get to resell the items you  no longer have a use for and are taking up space in your home. Plus, you get back a portion of the money you spent on these items. It's found money!

 

Consigning saves you time. When you consign with us, you bring your items in, and we do the rest for you. Pricing, displaying and hopefully selling your items is no longer your concern.  While consigning your wedding items won't make you rich, it will provide a welcome rebate on purchases whose usefulness has run its course. And, of course, that money can be joyfully re-spent on future budget priorities now that the wedding is over.

 

Bridal Aisle believes in the principle of consignment = community.  The exchange of resources at a local level is a key driver to economic growth. Our mission is to present a warm and professional environment for consignors and customers alike.  When you shop at a consignment store, you help support our local economy.And you are making someone else happy with your treasure. Something you no longer need might be exactly what someone else is looking for.  Consignment shopping is for anyone who likes a great deal while still getting the brands and the quality they deserve. Thrift stores receive donated items to which the previous owner attached little to no value, while consignment shops have higher standards for the items they have in stock.

 

3. It's great for the environment

 

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With all the emphasis on going green these days, an earth-friendly trend remains — consignment shopping.  Consigning is another way to do your part to recycle.  Despite the great efforts of charities, consignment, vintage and thrift stores each year, only about 1.3 million tons of textile waste is actually recycled, the EPA reports, compared to the 13 million tons dumped. When you factor in the resources used to make, package, transport, and sell things such as clothes, sheets, and towels, the importance of reusing textiles becomes clearer.

 

The benefits of consigning are endless and Bridal Aisle wants to provide you with your dream wedding at a fraction of the cost.  We take great care in setting up the showroom gallery to display all of your consigned wedding items. We are fortunate to continually receive new and unique pieces in fabulous condition, and people have learned that things don’t hang around too long. The centerpieces or the dress that you fell in love with today may be snatched up tomorrow. Which is all the more reason to purchase today!

 

Why pay the difference, if you can't tell the difference?

 
 
 
 
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Author: Dena Mengis; Lead Esthetician-Simply Smooth Laser & Hair Removal | Image: Poly Mendes Photography

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What does every bride want? Glowing, radiant skin on her wedding day!  Is this attainable? Coming from a skin perspective it can be!

Every bride wants that perfect look on her wedding day. In order to have that, you need to start planning 6-8 months prior to your big day; starting with a consultation with an Esthetician or Dermatologist. The consultation is the most important part of the process. By communicating your medical history, skin type, and areas of concern with your skin professional, your Esthetician will tailor a skin care plan just for you and your wedding day!

Hydradermabrasion

Hydradermabrasion balances the water and oil in your skin. It exfoliates, extracts debris, and encourages your skin to normalize and become healthy, refreshed, & radiant!  The series of treatments can be performed once every 2-3 weeks and even up to the day before your wedding. Hydradermabrasion treatments need minimal recovery time. Your face maybe be pink for up to two hours after a session, and when the color subsides your skin will look and feel like a movie star!

 

Facials & Chemical Peels

Facials and chemical peels are also very beneficial prior to your wedding. Chemical peels are a great way to shed that outer layer of skin to expose the brand new skin underneath. Peels, depending on the strength, will require down time of up to two weeks and treatments should be stopped one month before the wedding date to prevent potential breakouts.. This should be done 2-3 months prior to your wedding as you may experience redness and flaking as the skin repairs and rejuvenates.

 

Daily Skin Care at Home

Begin using professional level skin care products 6-8 months before your wedding day. Do not incorporate new products, other than those recommended to you by your skin care provider, as you may run the risk of breaking out. Do the simple things, wash your face every morning and every evening, and exfoliate 2-3 times per week with a gentle exfoliate. However, be sure you do not over exfoliate your skin as this could cause irritation.

 

Sun spots, Freckles, Spider Veins, Acne, Rosacea, & Skin Tightening

There are several amazing laser treatments that can cover all of these areas of concern!  The LightPod Neo is single most versatile aesthetic and dermatology laser.  The LightPod Neo at Simply Smooth Laser Hair Removal and Medical Spa is safer and more comfortable than traditional laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments.  It can take care of the most stubborn of skin conditions and make any bride feel great in her skin!

 

Botox & Fillers

Start at least 6-8 months ahead of time to test wrinkle correction and filler products out to ensure you get the most natural look possible. Botox usually lasts up to 4-5 months, while dermal fillers can last six months to two years. Do not try either treatment up to two weeks before your wedding as there is a slight chance you could bruise. Test a botox or filler treatment out months prior to your date and if the results are what you were looking for, repeat 1-2 months prior to your big day.

The key to every bride achieving their perfect skin is planning. Start the planning process sooner than later. Make appointments to see specialsts, get reccomendations on products and treatments, and start planning now. Plan today for the skin you want to have for the future; and your wedding day!

 

 
 
 
 
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