Real Wedding: Tara & Jeff

There is something simply perfect about April in the valley! The weather is ideal and everyone loves to take advantage of the warm days and cool, breezy nights. Tara and Jeff picked a beautiful April day to get married at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. The bride’s bouquet complimented springtime in Arizona with green mini succulents paired with white garden roses, blush spray roses, and light pink tulips. These pastel tones were carried throughout the floral designs and really popped in the reception! Trumpet vases were the focal point of the reception tables, accented with white hydrangea, blush roses, white lisianthus and light pink tulips with succulent accents. The day was pure elegance and we were so honored to be a part of it. Brittany Janelle Photography captured the gorgeous photos below.

Vendor Feature: Makeup By Heather Wilson

This month, we took some time to talk with one of our favorite makeup artists, Heather Wilson! An artist is truly the best way to describe her, she is so very talented and guaranteed to glam up your wedding day. Check out some of her gorgeous brides in the images below and read the interview to get some great ideas on bridal beauty.

Can you start by giving us a brief description of your experience with brides and passion for makeup?
I went to school to be a graphic designer, so art and painting has always been a passion! I have been doing makeup for over 20 years, and I have been working with brides for over 15 of those! I love helping people look their best versions of themselves on their wedding day!

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Bridal beauty is one of our favorite topics! What are the most important things brides can do to make sure they feel beautiful on the big day?
Be honest with your makeup artist about how much makeup you normally wear! Yes, have photos of what you are thinking, but be realistic about does the model look like you, and allow the makeup artist to tweak the look for your coloring and face shape. I want your friends, family, and most importantly- your spouse to recognize you on your wedding day! I work in print and television daily, so if you want to look your best in the photos, trust me! I know what it takes to have you pop in photos, while your makeup wears all day, and you still feel like you!

When should brides start prepping their skincare routine?
You should be taking care of your skin as soon as you think a ring is coming! You not only want to look your best for those engagement photos, but you want to set a good routine prior to the big day! That doesn’t necessarily mean spending a ton of money with facials. It just means finding a skin care system that works for you, and drinking tons of water!

What are your favorite makeup brands?
I use a lot of industry products that you may not have ever heard of…. Senna Cosmetics, Ingot, Make Up For Ever, Smashbox, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown as well as many others!

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How necessary is the right Glam Squad on the wedding day?
You need a team that works in synchronicity. Your wedding day should be relaxing…. not adding to what can already be an emotional day! The right team will work together, timing your make-up and hair transitions smoothly and ultimately allow for the bride and her bridal party to look flawless. If you know you are a crier or are susceptible to heat, ask if your makeup artist will stay through the wedding to touch you up for the reception. It will make you feel more relaxed knowing I am there to make sure you and your bridal party look their absolute best even through the most emotional of days!

For Brides that aren’t big on wearing too much makeup, what would you recommend during a trial?
The biggest thing is to explain how much makeup is “not much”. Everyone’s version of natural and dramatic are different! That is what the trial is for. The trial is usually an hour and a half to 2 hours so that we can try a couple different looks, and what your version of “natural” is. I also like for my brides to take pictures all day. That way you can see what your makeup looks like on camera, which is usually different than the way it looks in the mirror!! We can still make your flaws disappear while making your eyes pop for photos. And yes… try the false lashes!!

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What tips would you like to share to all of the beautiful brides out there?
You should look like yourself… but version 2.0 on your wedding day! Have a little bit more drama and flare than normal… but be you!! Have fun! You are allowed to be stressed until the weekend prior to the wedding, and then you have to relax, breathe, and realize you have done all you can do… so giggle, laugh, and take it all in!! At the reception, take a minute with your new sposuse to hide in the corner, and watch what is going on at the reception! It goes so fast…. before you can blink its over!


Also…. remember that each makeup artist you talk to-is an artist!!! We all see something a little different in what and how we want to bring out your features. None are wrong, but if you have a favorite way to do your makeup… tell us!! I won’t take it personally!!

For more information on Heather Wilson, visit her website:

Bridal Beauty Timeline

Every Bride wants to look their absolute best on their wedding day! We’ve seen lots of different ideas and timelines for preparing for the big day, but we wanted to take it one step forward with some of our favorite spots in the valley for prep and pampering.

1 Year Out

Star to evaluate what bridal beauty means to you! Want to grow out you hair? Star getting into better shape? Get used to walking in heels? Make a list of what you want to improve on before the big day but if you feel like you want to maintain your current gorgeous self, that’s perfect too! Remember that you do have plenty of time until the big day, but things like engagement photos and wedding dress shopping will be happening sooner than you think! Try out a new fitness class with your bridesmaids or make the switch to clean eating.

Our Picks:
RPM Spin Class – get your heart rate up and have fun spinning at what feels like a dance party! You can try out the first class for free, but we know you’ll be hooked.

The Gracious Pantry – this site is amazing for recipes and meal plan ideas to get you on the right track to eating clean! Feel great from the inside out.

6 – 9 Months Out

This point in the planning process might seem to be super stressful, with deposits and decisions popping up at every turn. Remember to keep your stress under control, start a meditation routine or a weekly yoga class to find some zen. This is also a good time to start a skin care regime to ensure the perfect glow on your day! Make sure to be taking vitamins and drinking plenty of water to stay healthy. You’ll be purchasing your dress in this time period too, so don’t forget to keep up with your fitness routine and schedule fittings.

Our Picks:
Urban Yoga – venture to Downtown Phoenix for an amazing yogi experience! The instructors are fabulous and full of positive vibes.

AZ Healthy Skin, Breanna Thomas – make an appointment with Brenna for a skincare regime that will give you a healthier and more beautiful life!

3 – 5 Months Out

The big day is only a few months away and it’s crunch time! Make sure to start scouting out hair dressers and make up artists for the big day. We recommend having someone come on site to give you more time to get ready and enjoy yourself! Schedule any other consults for eyebrow reshaping or a color change to make sure the change is what you want. Look into teeth whitening or test out a spray tan!

Our Picks:
Makeup By Heather Wilson – get ready to be WOWed by Heather, she brings out women’s natural beauty and elevates it to a picture perfect level!

Bronzmopolitan – this Scottsdale-based tanning salon is one of our favorites! Sip on a cocktail or mimosa and enjoy a chick flick while waiting for your airbrush tan inside their studio.

1 – 2 Months Out

At this point, make sure all of your day-of beauty is scheduled and on the books. You will want to do a trial run with your glam squad and bring any accessories you will be wearing! Pick out a signature scent to wear for the first time on your wedding day, every time you smell it you’ll be taken back to the magic. Try to squeeze in a facial and massage for a relaxing day that you most definitely deserve. Do your best to maintain your weight to ensure your gown fits perfectly on your wedding day.

Our Picks:
Nordstrom – their selection of lux perfumes cannot be rivaled, the salespeople are so very helpful in selecting a scent that you (and your groom) will love.
Joya Spa at The Omni Montelucia – you will feel live you’ve stepped into another world when entering the Joya Spa! Their services are heavenly and the service is world-class.

1 – 2 Weeks Out

You’ve almost made it to the big day! Take care of all small beauty tasks the last two weeks, get a final trim and color service, schedule your manicure and pedicure, get your eyebrows waxed, and cut down on foods that cause bloating. Schedule a spray tan (optional) two days out, only if you know how it will turn out! Always make sure nothing is scheduled with enough time to fix any mistakes that may happen! Drink lots of water and wash your face every night.

Our Picks:
Dolce Salon – you will feel like a total princess after a visit to Dolce! Their technicians are fabulous and up to date on the best techniques and styles.

Lunchbox Waxing Salon – this high-end wax salon caters to the clients needs because they know no two brows are alike! You’ll walk out with your brows on fleek and feel amazing.

From here on out maintain your beauty routine to ensure your bridal beauty! Keep stress and alcohol to a minimum to keep your skin looking fresh, but we understand that glass of wine might be necessary. Enjoy this time and remember your groom is going to fall in love all over again no matter how you look when he first sees on your wedding day!