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Archive for October, 2010

Saturday Shout-Outs: Halloween Weekend!
categories: Uncategorized

We like our weekends as much as the next person so to keep you updated on cool stuff we have come across, hot news and wedding related events we think you would enjoy, we created Saturday Shout-Outs.

Links. Blurbs. Joy!

*A most unique Bridal Fair, Dulhania Bazaar , caters to South Asian couples. I am in awe of the gorgeous fabrics at weddings that incorporate the South Asian culture.  Oct 31 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge!

*Guns and Weddings, hmmmm…..a very interesting wedding shot by BQ Photography!

 *Honey Liquer sounds delicious and our very own Publisher’s son marinated chicken in it and word on the street is that it was FAB! Recipes and more here. I think this could defintely help me get into the Halloween spirit!

*A game called Wedding Dash? Yep!

*Christine of The Flower Studio, who is simply AMAZING at what she does, is going to help you with your holiday table decor at her Pumpkins, Flowers and Gourds OH MY! Flower Design Party- check out the details on her Facebook page.

*V’s Barbershop offers grooms a really fun package, just right for getting ready and NOT girly. Very very manly, I promise.

*And here is a Halloween Wedding goodie for you from the outrageously crafty Etsy.

Make it a fun Halloween! Kelly

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AZ Spa Girls Bridal Bliss Giveaway!
categories: Giveaways and Contests, upcoming events

Brides, regardless of how excited you are about your upcoming wedding, let’s face it: you are stressed. You are overworked. You are tired. Undoubtedly, you are happy but could use some pampering to get you back to that blissful engaged state, right?  Well, here is something to help you get over that famous wedding planning wall

AZ Spa Girls has planned an extravagant giveaway for you and as the media sponsor for this fun contest, we are super excited to tell you about it! What goodies can the winner look forward to? Check this out:

-An Ultimate Spa Day ($1,000+ value) from Agave, The Arizona Spa at The Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale

-Weight Loss and Energy Packages ($600 value) from La Bella Vita Health and Wellness Center

-Photography Services ($300 value) from Noyan Photography

-Passionné Wedding Services Package ($350 value) from Green Apple Design

-On-Location Beauty Services ($275 value) from Kensington Makeup Artists

-AND  the winner will have her wedding featured in Phoenix Bride & Groom Magazine!

Here’s how to enter the Bridal Bliss Giveaway:

1. Complete the Giveaway Entry Form

2. Email a fun photo of you (or of you and your fiancé) to brides @

3. Have your Facebook friends “Like” the Arizona SpaGirls Fan page

4. Tell your Facebook friends to “Like” your photo.

The photo with the most “Likes” by November 19, 2010 will be the Grand Prize Winner! (please visit AZ Spa Girls website for all details and official contest rules)

If all you have to do is email a good picture and get friends to vote on Facebook, then this should be a snap for you. Go get ’em!

Can’t wait to see who wins~ Kelly

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Fall Bridal Open House at Arrowhead Country Club
categories: fabulous reception sites, open houses

When I read about the Arrowhead Country Club Fall Bridal Open House I was hooked at  “Sports Lounge for the Grooms”…genius!

Visit Arrowhead Country Club Monday night for a their Fall Bridal Open House where you will get to indulge in Cake Samples, a Sports Lounge for the Grooms, and Spa Manicures & Martinis for the Brides. You will also get to chat with potential vendors for your wedding day (multi-tasking for the smart bride) !

Look at this gorgeous venue:

(Images by Classic Digital Photography)

As you can see, Arrowhead Country Club is beautiful and Dawn Candrea, your official “Director of Fun” will help you plan the wedding of your dreams! Here are the details:

Have fun and let us know how the Sports Lounge is! !

Chatting Soon~Kelly

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The Destination Honeymoon (Part 4)- The Hairdo!
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, health and beauty

Corinna Cooke, the uber-talented makeup guru who leads a more- than- fabulous- life,  has scored big for you! Read on to find out how to get a great deal on the hottest thing to hit hair…

So you’ve worked out, got the cool bikini (or hiking boots!) your skin is looking gorgeous, you’ve packed the perfect makeup bag and you’re ready to head out on the vacation of a lifetime – your honeymoon.

Of all the trips you’ll take in your life, this is the one where you really want to look and feel your best. Which brings about the issue of the hairdo.

If you’re heading out to the islands, or maybe a beach getaway, or any vacation where you’ll be swimming, or changing climate from the dry desert air to something a little more humid, you need a plan so that you don’t wind up sporting an unmanageable ball of frizz on your head!

And preferably a plan that doesn’t involve you spending hours in your hotel room with buckets of goopy serum and a flat iron, trying to get back glossy, healthy looking hair to wear out to dinner with your brand new husband

The most exciting new trend in hair is the revolutionary Brazilian Blowout. (also known as the Keratin Treatment)


The Brazilian Blowout is a gorgeous long term treatment that puts keratin into the hair shaft and seals it there, defrizzing, smoothing and leaving you with silky, super shiny hair. You can wear your hair straight, or you can have your curls smoother and more defined. It also drastically cuts down the time you spend styling your hair, and the amount of product you have to use in order to get controllable and luscious looking locks. No wonder celebrities swear by it!

The Brazilian is a simple process that lasts approximately four months. The first week your hair is a little on the flat side, so ideally have it done a month or so before the wedding. If you’re a girl who colors, you’ll find your color lasts longer and has way more shine than ever.

You’ll sail through your wedding with perfect, glossy, healthy looking hair and head out on your honeymoon with the most manageable, gorgeous hair you’ve ever had!

Celebrity color specialist Heather Strange (Girls Next Door, Alyssa Milano) recently left her position as color and Brazilian expert at Jose Eber on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and moved closer to family in Scottsdale. She brought the secret to the stars’ hair with her, and I have asked her to give a special discount to Phoenix Bride and Groom blog readers. If you mention this article you will get a whopping 20% discount on your Brazilian Blowout!

Heather is at Carolyne’s Salon in Scottsdale- call to book at (323)443-5572

Did you catch that friends? 20% off from a professional that has worked on celebrity hair. Corinna is THE BEST!

Brides, have fun with this. I would love to hear your “review” of the blowout…

*Corinna B is an award winning makeup artist.  Her blog is read daily all around the globe in many languages and she is also seen most weeks as beauty expert on . You can follow her on Twitter and on her Facebook page.  Her makeup brushes can be found at

Chatting Soon~Kelly

For more tips on Destination Honeymoons from Corinna, click here, here and here!

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Dream Wedding at Seville
categories: fabulous reception sites, Meet Our Friends

Jenna and Ryan can thank their lucky stars come January 8, 2011.

I mean, what are the odds of actually winning a wedding giveaway? Jenna and Ryan have been over the moon because out of 800 applicants, they won the Dream Wedding Giveaway at Seville Golf and Country Club!

Seville Golf and Country Club is absolutely gorgeous. I used to live in that part of town and there was always a buzz about the exquisite grounds. The main building looks like a mediterranean mansion, need I say more?

Check out more Seville wedding images here!

Jenna and Ryan, the adorable couple:

Jenna and Ryan are high school sweethearts and share a strong foundation in their faith. Despite Jenna asking Ryan NOT to follow her to college so that they could pursue their educations without the pressure of a relationship, they could not deny the inevitable. During a Spring Break trip to Sunlight Ski Resort, Ryan popped the question and we all know… Jenna said “YES”!

We can’t wait to share more about this couple with you as they plan their dream wedding at Seville Golf and Country Club.

The following vendors have generously contributed to the Dream Wedding at Seville:
Seville Golf & Country Club
Still Life Studios-Photographer
AZ Celebrity DJ
Let’s Pose Photobooth
Be In Love Designs-Invitations
Inspired Events-Wedding Coordination
Jan Dekker Designs-Floral
American Trans Porter-Limo Service
Lillian Lottie Couture-Wedding Dress
Southwick Linens
Hyatt Place-Wedding night Stay
Designer Cakes By April-Cake

This is going to be one gorgeous wedding!

Chatting Soon~Kelly

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The Destination Honeymoon Couple (Part 3): Essential Skin Care
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, health and beauty

She’s back! International Make-up Artist Corinna B. tells us what a smart newlywed will pack to keep her skin looking perfect on her dream vacation:

Planning a fabulous honeymoon with the man of your dreams?

When choosing what to take with you it pays to think ahead, be organized and have a plan. Especially when it comes to your skin care! If your skin looks fantastic then so will you.

 Remember to condense everything down into smaller plastic travel bottles & jars. Full size packaging will weigh you down and take up too much space. Some companies make travel sizes of their key products to make it easy for you.

Here’s a list of skin care items you can’t go on your honeymoon without!

  • Cleanser. Take a gentle cleanser that both dissolves makeup and cleans the skin. Your skin will need extra TLC after days in the sun, on the beach, or in a different climate from home.
  • Daytime moisturizer appropriate to the climate you’re going to. Your skin has different needs in a dry climate than it does in a humid one.
  • Facial SPF (at least SPF 30) for daily wear. This is not your beach SPF, this is your everyday, walking around sun protection product. Rhonda Allison makes a fabulous facial sunscreen that you need to try.
  • Eye cream day and night is essential!
  • Night cream/night time moisturizer. Don’t skip this step!
  • Specialty booster product. Depending on what climate you’re going to, your skin will have some extra needs. If you’re beaching it, or doing something that involves the outdoors, chances are you’ll need extra hydration. A serum or a moisture booster is essential.
  •  If you’re heading to humidity you may need extra help deep cleansing or spot treating break outs that may occur
  •  A rescue product. Too much sun? Wind burn from the boat? Hylunia’s Colloidal Silver Spray is an amazing source of instant relief to irritated or sore skin.
  • Lip balm! You’ll need it!

 Look for products that do multiple jobs at once.

 Melt by Face Atelier was designed for the savvy traveler. It not only cleanses, but dissolves makeup, soothes and gives treatment too!

 Some companies such as Dermalogica provide single serve topical skin care capsules. Just count out how many days you need. This is a super lightweight, simplified way to travel!

 Philosophy’s Booster Caps do exactly that! They boost your current skin care. Take one capsule for each night you’re away, snap it open and mix it with your night time moisturizer

 There are two skin care products that you’ll need full sizes of:

Facial SPF for the beach. Get as high of an SPF as you can find! Neutrogena makes a dry touch SPF 85 with helioplex that protects the skin and wont break you out.

Body SPF for everwhere else. Get a sunscreen of at least SPF 30. Don’t forget to reapply every couple of hours!

*Corinna B is an award winning makeup artist.  Her blog is read daily all around the globe in many languages and she is also seen most weeks as beauty expert on . You can follow her on Twitter and on her Facebook page.  Her makeup brushes can be found at

Image by LightRain Images, a Phoenix wedding photographer

Shot on location at the beautiful Scottsdale Resort .

Check out Parts 1 (Makeup) and 2 (Beauty Bags) of this series.

OK,  Honeymooners, are you feeling ready? Corinna B. has armed you with a wealth of information- Happy Traveling! Chatting Soon~Kelly

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