Great Find: Makeup Clutch from Dollup Beauty
categories: favor and gift ideas, Health and Beauty, Stuff We Love!

We know the struggle is real when it comes to keeping your makeup organized- there’s often a mish- mash of products swimming in your makeup bag or drawer that get overlooked, broken, and ultimately forgotten- so when we discovered the makeup clutch from Dollup Beauty, we were so excited to see what it was all about.

This must-have beauty organizer, which was created by celebrity makeup artist Nikki Hynek, is the easiest way to store your makeup essentials. Plus, it’s pretty! As a bride, the Dollup makeup clutch is perfect for your wedding day because you can carry all your touch-up makeup with you wherever your celebration takes you (you’ve got to be camera ready at all times, right?!) and it solves your “what do I get my bridesmaids?” issue!

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From Dollup Beauty: The hard case design protects and secures your daily essentials while a convenient hinge feature allows the case to open flat for easy access to all your makeup.  A customizable magnetic palette, elastic holding bands and an interior drop-down vanity mirror completes this perfect portable vanity.

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The thoughtful design of this makeup clutch is evident in the details and the fold-down oversized mirror is one of our favorite features- you can see your whole face, not just parts of it, making this an on-the-go wedding day essential.

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Here’s a video so you can see just how perfect this makeup clutch is and how to maximize all this genius little organizer has to offer:

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You have to check out Dollup Beauty’s website– not only can you shop the makeup clutch, their blog is full of tips and tricks plus they have a Bridal Makeup Touch Up Kit that fits in perfectly with your wedding day beauty plan!

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Dogs at Weddings: Advice from the Pros
categories: For Your Ceremony, From the Consultants, Wedding Inspiration

It’s not unusual these days to see dogs at weddings- many people consider their furry friends family members- but including your dog on your special day must include some thoughtful planning so today, we’ve got some tips for including your dog in your wedding from the pros!

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(Photo: Chris Richards Photography)

Elite Circle wedding planner Rackel Gehlsen of Rackel Gehlsen Weddings & Events tells us:

I have animals in my clients’ weddings often since many resorts and venues are dog friendly now. I have handlers with the dog(s) before and after the wedding and set up dog sitting either at the venue or have the handler take the dog back to the clients’ home.  If the animal isn’t behaved or they cannot make the trip to the wedding, I have a 3D cutout made so that the animal/dog can be present.
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(Photo: She.We Studio)
Additional tips for having dogs at weddings:
-Consider your dog’s temperament. No matter how badly you want your pooch to be involved in your wedding, if he/she is skittish or doesn’t listen well to commands, skip the potential aisle drama and just have your furry baby hang out with you while you get ready.
-Let guests know in advance that your dog will be attending your wedding- some people have severe allergies that can be managed with advance notice.
-Your photographer should be in the know when it comes to including your dog at your wedding. Photographers typically discuss a must-have photo list with you prior to the wedding day so if there are particular pictures with your dog that are really important to you, let him/her know.
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(Photo: Katrina Wallace Photographers)
-Fill in your coordinator and anyone who will be handling your pup about the basic commands your dog knows and what language they know them in (you would be surprised how many couples forget to tell people that the commands are not in English!).
-If your dog isn’t able to attend the actual wedding day, get some pictures of the two of you with him/her during your engagement session!
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-Finally, don’t forget to style your dog! Local Tucson company Collar me Charming has tons of cute options for your furry baby

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Remember, your dog’s level of inclusion is totally up to you and what you’re comfortable with (and what your venue is OK with)- some couples just have their pups with them while getting ready, some include them in their actual ceremony, and some have them by their sides the entire day. Just follow our tips for including dogs in your wedding and you’ll be all set!

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Tucson Wedding Film: Brie and Chris’s Wedding at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
categories: Meet Our People, Real Weddings, Trends, Videography, Wedding Inspiration

This Tucson wedding film from Black Sheep Filmworks is one of our favorites to date. The couple’s story began when Brie’s father emailed Chris with Brie’s phone number. His persistence that they connect and go on a date paid off- obviously he knew something Brie and Chris didn’t know yet and luckily they went on that date!

Their Tucson wedding film is just so enjoyable to watch- you’re going to fall in love with Brie and Chris (and probably Brie’s father too)!

B&C: JW Marriott Star Pass Wedding from Stepheny Keith on Vimeo.

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Advice from Stepheny Keith, owner and filmmaker at Black Sheep Filmworks: I’ve been getting booked right after the bride & groom book their venue, sometimes more than a year in advance so if you find a vendor that is a “must have” get their availability, find a date that works for the rest of it, and BOOK!

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We also asked Stepheny about trends she’s seen lately and here’s what she shared with us:

-We’ve had lots of fireworks lately, tons of sparkler exits and choreographed first dances, which all look great on video. I always tell people “Think of video like a cat, in order to maintain it’s interest, the subject has to MOVE.”

Our millennial brides and grooms LOVE to be interviewed, which really helps to tell their story. We normally talk with them after they are dressed, but before anyone else sees them. It’s a great time to take 5 minutes and think about why they are getting married and we get some great stories, laughs and a few tears. I feel that it centers people…brings them to all of those ahhmazing feelings that they have for their beloved. It also captures a moment that won’t happen again…the anticipation…so great!

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Also, we’re seeing lots of wedding vows written by the bride and groom. Oh, and lots of friends/family acting as officiants, which is great. So familiar, fun, happy…they truly know the love story and can really personalize the ceremony.

The Behind the Scenes video is pretty funny- the javelinas just couldn’t get enough of this couple!

Only in Tucson::Uninvited guests! from Stepheny Keith on Vimeo.

Brie and Chris’s Elite Circle wedding vendor list is the stuff dreams are made of!

Photography: Chris Richards Photography :: Location: JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa :: Makeup & Hair: Margarita GoDiva’s I Do Hair and Makeup Artistry :: Flowers: Posh Petals :: Entertainment: Satyr Entertainment

To connect with Stepheny and Black Sheep Filmworks for more info about your Tucson wedding film, visit the website | Call (520) 760-0023 | Email: stepheny@blacksheepfilmworks.com

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Tucson Wedding Venue: JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
categories: fabulous reception sites, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Wedding Resources

We have a hard time pinning down exactly what our favorite thing is about JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa but that’s a good problem to have, right?! This Elite Circle Tucson wedding venue offers all you could want as far as views, accommodations, quality and service but one particular thing about the resort might just rise to the top of our list as a stand out characteristic: there’s a genuine passion that radiates from those who work there. The people you’ll entrust to making your wedding day perfect are truly invested in your happiness and satisfaction. In fact, they set their sights higher than that and strive to exceed your expectations. That’s a rarity in this world and it deserves your attention!

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We chatted with JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa’s wedding and event planner Eric Albert to get the details you want to know. Be prepared to get “that feeling”- the one where you just know that this is THE place for your wedding:

What makes JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa perfect for weddings? Starr Pass is GORGEOUS and truly pictures do not do the property justice. In addition to having some of the best natural back drops for our couples and their photos, the resort also offers something for everyone. What stands out the most though is the attention to detail and how our ladies and gentlemen of the resort offer exceptional service to all our guests and their families repeatedly. From the Front Office to our wonderful Banquet team this group of service professionals makes it easy for our couples to feel right at home and well taken care of.

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Can couples bring in their own vendors or do you have a specific list you work with? Of course! There is a vendor list however our couples certainly work with who they feel most comfortable with!

What are the things about the property that make it a fabulous place to get married? The initial view from the main lobby, the service and starlit experiences at Salud, romantic dinners at Primo, the ability to float in circles while sipping delicious margaritas, the care and comfort of our Hashani Spa, the teams of devoted ladies and gentlemen resort-wide that will bend over backwards for our couples…each of these things makes the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa an elite experience for wedding celebrations.

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(Photo: She.We Studio)

What do you see couples doing with the venue as far as decor and design that you are really loving right now? What stands out most is that more couple these days are breaking the traditional rules of the wedding reception. Instead of “land-locking” loved ones to a chair and the traditional plated dinner experiences, I am meeting with couples who want to break the rules and host interactive stations where all their guests can roam free and enjoy great food and company while having our chefs create food right in front of their guests. This really opens up the floor for the bride and groom as well giving more flexibility for them to enjoy a more social atmosphere. Let’s face it, most couples work hard all night long going from table to table thanking every guest and loved one leaving little to no time for their own nourishment and delicious meal to be enjoyed. This new style of dinner gives the opportunity for the food and social aspect of the evening to be more enjoyable for the couple.

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(Photo: Chris Richards Photography)

Are there any current discounts/promotions that we should let couples planning their weddings in Arizona know about? In the Summer months of June, July and August we offer an additional 10% off wedding packages. 

Eric is ready for you to call him so you can plan your visit to experience his passion for the resort and your celebration firsthand: 520.791.6053 | eric.albert@marriott.com | JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa Website

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