be natural airbrush & hair design

Basically every bride I’ve ever worked with has hoped to find a professional who can deliver the beauty goods on their big day. When we hooked up with Michelle Curl during the styled shoots featured at The Bridal Experience coming up this weekend, I KNEW that I found THE ONE.

And then I promptly handed her phone number over to my 2017 brides 🙂

Photo by Shana Lynne Photography
Photo by Shana Lynne Photography

Hi, Michelle! Tell us a little about yourself.

I have been a licensed cosmetologist for over 16 years, and weddings have always been something I love to be a part of. Growing up, my mother was a wedding coordinator and I always loved being around the hustle and bustle of the big day… it’s always an honor to be asked to be a part of someone’s special day. They are asking you to help them create memories that will last a lifetime!

Photo by Pure Visions Photography
Photo by Pure Visions Photography

What types of services do you offer?

I have always loved doing hair design! Weddings and special events always allow me to be creative with different styles, while bringing to life a vision the bride has in mind. I also offer Be Natural Airbrush makeup, which is a wonderful way to add the finishing touch to your special day– Be Natural Airbrush is a Salon Professional makeup line, consisting of pure minerals & water. Perhaps what’s best about it is not what it has in it, but as to what it doesn’t have. It’s free from silicones, parabens, talc & and many other harmful ingredients found in traditional drugstore makeup and provides beautiful flawless coverage to make you look stunning on your special day.

Have any advice for brides planning their wedding?

Have in mind a for vision of what you would like to create. Use photos and imagery to convey the look you desire. Many times, I will have a bride that says ” oh you know just do whatever” but it’s very important for them that they do you have some sort of vision. Communication is key to achieving the look they want on their special day.

Photo by Ken Gehring Weddings
Photo by Ken Gehring Weddings

What about the cost?? Is it available to brides on a budget?
The myth is, only movie stars can afford to have their hair and makeup done professionally! But that’s not the case at all! Packages are available to fit any budget, wether it’s just the bride’s hair and make-up, or hair and make-up for the entire wedding party. A custom package price can be put together to fit their specific needs.

Every bride wants to feel and look like a princess on her wedding day, Be Natural Airbrush makeup provides a flawless finish, while feeling & looking natural!

Photo by Shana Lynne Photography
Photo by Shana Lynne Photography

You can find Michelle at The Bridal Experience this weekend, or connect with her on Facebook.

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meghaan’s specialty cakes

Three 2-layer cakes. 21 specialty cupcakes. And countless daydreams, comments, and musings about cakes since the team at The Bridal Experience met Meghaan Russell with Meghaan’s Specialty Cakes. Chocolate mousse, vanilla buttercream, whatever-heavenly-lemony-goodness fills the center of that lemon cupcake (!!!!!)

It’s all a little toooo good, if you know what I mean. 😉

Photo by Shana Lynne Photography.
Photo by Shana Lynne Photography.

Hi, Meghaan! Tell us a little about yourself.

I got started exploring the cake world around 2004-2005 when my boss, Cindy Hood at the Tea Garden saw a talent in me that I didn’t see at the time. I loved cooking and the presentation of it all and I just fell in love with creating something beautiful, edible, and enjoyable. Now as a stay at home mom of two I decided to offer my work to the public.

Rustic Cake
What are some of your favorite cakes?

My absolute favorite wedding cakes are the ones I have done for my best friends. It gives my such joy and confidence when my friends ask me to help make a part of their most important day special. I love my followers, my loyal, unbelievably kind friends and people I have met along the way. My favorite moment of any wedding I have had the privilege of being part of is the moment I put the finishing touches on the wedding cake… stepping back and looking at my work and knowing my bride loves the wedding cake she choose. It’s the best feeling seeing a smile on everyone face when they see the final product.

White Glitz Wedding Cake

What services do you offer?
I specialize in cakes and cupcakes but offer many other options such as pies, cookies, etc.

Wedding Shower Cupcakes
You can find Meghaan at The Bridal Experience this weekend, or connect with her any time on Facebook!

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main street historic

Of all the stops on our vendor tour this week, I have SO MUCH excitement to introduce Main Street Historic as the newest event venue north of Springfield. Most of you know this super-cool space as The Bean, churning out coffee drinks and delicious soups and sandwiches by day. You’ve loved the floor to ceiling windows, original hardwood floors, and exposed brick walls with a downtown vibe…

Main Street Historic

Well, I am so happy to announce that Bliss Events has partnered with the Bean to open up after hours, using this incredible Main Street Historic building to make wedding dreams come true!

This Saturday, we are hosting The Bridal Experience to show local brides just what this space can do. From the candlelight and gold of the Intimate Elegance wedding, to the pops of color and bright fun of Fresh Whimsy, to the natural lighting and carefree beauty of the Vintage Bohemian wedding–you are sure to find ideas for hosting your big day at Main Street Historic!

Main Street Historic

Main Street Historic is available for bridal showers, bachelorette parties, baby showers, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, concerts, community events, WEDDING RECEPTIONS (!) and so much more. Don’t miss this incredible wedding reception venue in downtown Bolivar, Missouri, with comfortable seating for up to 80 guests, with tables, chairs, select linens, and the sound equipment your DJ needs to keep the party going.

To schedule a visit, contact Steph at (615)975-5367, visit MainStreetHistoric.com, or connect on Facebook.

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AWake makeup artistry

So one of my FAVORITE things about my job is finding amazing talent and sharing with my clients. I absolutely love connecting my brides with the passionate small business owners who can help make their dreams come true, especially when the small business is just getting started!

We partnered with AWake Makeup Artistry for the first time when we shot the looks for The Bridal Experience. Alicia was creative, knowledgeable and super on-trend with the eye looks she created for our models. I can’t wait to watch her business grow!

Hello! Tell us about yourself.

My name is Alicia Wakefield- I am a freelance makeup artist. I’m constantly learning new makeup techniques and plan on pursuing a career in makeup design. For now, I get the awesome opportunity to share my passion and creativity through makeup by providing services to you for your special event.My goal is to enhance your beauty and have you looking your best when all eyes are on you!

Bright eye makeup

How did you get into the wedding industry?
I’m new to the wedding industry and hoping to expand on that as time goes. Getting involved in the The Bridal Experience has made me more comfortable in displaying my work. My favorite shoot was Fresh Whimsy- The models were fun and vibrant. I got to experiment and change up the look for each bridesmaid!

elegant-3
What types of services do you offer?

I offer make-up application for weddings, proms, photo sessions (engagements, pregnancy, senior portraits), and any other special events! My favorite service is birthday parties for girls ages 4 years-12 years. I get to come and “make-over” the birthday girl & her friends, listen to them laugh and compliment each other. It’s a chance for them to explore different looks from soft & pretty to bold & dramatic.

makeup application

For rates and to book appointments, you can contact Alicia at AWake Makeup Artistry via call/text (417)770-6813 or Awakemakeup@gmail.com

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little shop of flowers

The one week countdown is on for The Bridal Experience! I’ve been grateful to get to meet so many new professionals through the interactive show, and super thankful to have the opportunity to share more personal information about them through this second round of the vendor tour!

Today I am SO pleased to host Little Shop of Flowers at BlissEvents.co. This mom & daughter team is genuine, real-deal, and an absolute BLAST to hang out with. Over and over I have been impressed with their firm commitment to providing their brides beautiful and high quality arrangements. There is no curveball these ladies cannot handle, no vision they cannot make a reality. I know this because I have handed them a few curveballs and given them a few big visions 🙂 I’m never disappointed. Always amazed.

Always.

Photo by Absolutely Epic Photography
Photo by Absolutely Epic Photography

Hello! Tell us about yourself.

[We] took a floral technology class in 2003 and decided that it was something we wanted to pursue. We both received degrees in Floral Technology in 2005. During our courses, we
designed wedding reception and ceremony flowers for at least 20 weddings. One of our brides was a daughter of the coach of a MLB team so that was very exciting! After graduation, we opened our first flower shop in California. Since moving to Missouri, we have focused on weddings and special events- the wedding industry needs more people that actually care about their brides and grooms! To so many people a person is a price tag. It’s not that way with us. We only take one full service wedding a weekend, so that we can focus. We are with you from the very beginning, all the way to the end! We have developed many amazing relationships with our couples and have kept in touch long after the wedding day has ended. We truly are here to make your day the day that you have always imagined!

Photo by Shana Lynne Photography
Photo by Shana Lynne Photography

In what ways have you seen weddings change since you joined the
market?

Being from California, the market is a little bit different, but trends always come and go. The big thing in California when we left was black and pink weddings. At least 60% of our weddings were black and pink, normally roses and a lot of people also liked feather boas at that time! Wish I could find a photo of one of our bridal bouquets that was hot pink roses with a black feather boa around it! Fast forward to 2016, the trend is a natural look- very loose and flowy arrangements. All greenery bouquets have been a trend this year and are
absolutely beautiful.

One of our first brides after we moved to Missouri!
One of our first brides after we moved to Missouri!

What types of services do you offer?
We offer free consultations, arrangements for weddings and events, event floral set up, event floral take down, delivery, as well as hourly services such as design training (we will show you how to design centerpieces, corsages, boutonnieres, etc) and on site help such as corsage and boutonniere pinning, helping keep centerpieces and flowers in order, etc. We also offer flower-only orders (where you just order the flowers from us and arrange them yourself.) We are venturing into items that are available to rent from us when you use us for your wedding flowers. Some of those items are vases, arches, and many more to come.

Photo by Mike Wingo Photography
Photo by Mike Wingo Photography

Who are some of your favorite vendors to work alongside?
Oh, wow! We have so many. We love working with Athena at Enchanted Hills, the venue is breathtaking and she is one of the most amazing, down to earth people that we have ever met. She has become a great friend over the years! We have also worked a lot with Mike Wingo Photography and his photos are amazing! Tanya at Style by the Slice is amazing, we have used her for cakes other than just for weddings and they are always spectacular! This year we have had the pleasure of working with Stephanie and Crystal from Bliss Events and they definitely have an eye for design and are so much fun. We have been using Shana from Shana Lynne Photography for family photos for years and have had the pleasure of working with her on weddings and styled shoots and let’s just say, her photos speak for themselves! We have a great relationship with all of the above vendors and you could never got wrong with picking any of them!

A bouquet repurposed as a centerpiece
A bouquet repurposed as a centerpiece

Share some advice you have for brides planning their weddings.
Pick vendors that you feel will portray your vision the best and truly care about you. Don’t pick the most expensive, don’t pick the least expensive, pick vendors that you “click” with and that you know will do everything possible to make you happy.

If you would like to connect with Sandi at Little Shop of Flowers, visit their website at LilShopofFlowers.com or find them on Facebook!

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creator delights

We’ll keep this sweet treats train rolling today with Creator Delights, a brilliant display of ingenuity from local screen printing company, Creator Designs.

Creator Delights opened in 2015 to serve the Bolivar community sweet (and caffeinated!!) drinks and a plethora of candy-coated goodness. Their creatively styled shop at 1303 East Broadway is nothing short of Pinterest-worthy…super cute and comfy tees and apparel with exclusive designs are available here also.

So why in the world are they on the Bliss Vendor Tour?? Because they are the masters behind the bright and beautiful CANDY BUFFET for our Fresh Whimsy styled shoot at The Bridal Experience coming up on Saturday, September 17th. Unfortunately, they won’t be able to make it to the show, but Bliss Events is making sure you get a sweet surprise in your VIP Swag Bag.

For more info on how you can set up a candy buffet on your big day, contact Creator Delights on Facebook.

Visit us at The Bridal Experience to get more ideas like this!! www.BlissBridalExperience.com to buy tickets!

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win tickets!

Win FREE TICKETS!!

For the next week, the sponsors of The Bridal Experience are offering free tickets to lucky brides and their VIP of choice, just for helping us spread the word about this AWESOME event. To enter, visit the Facebook page of Bliss Events, Little Shop of Flowers, or Shana Lynne Photography. Like the page, then share The Bridal Experience with friends! Winners will be chosen on Tuesday, August 31st.

The best part is that EVERYONE who enters has the opportunity to purchase tickets at our group rate of only $8.00. 100% of the ticket proceeds benefit Project Harbor, a local nonprofit that serves under-resourced women and children in our area. So EVERYBODY WINS! To buy tickets now, visit BlissBridalExperience.com or join us on Facebook.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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sheri’s shaved ice

In honor of The Bridal Experience coming up on September 17th, we’re kicking off our autumn round of vendor tours with one just a little more unorthodox from the north end of the area. Sheri’s Shaved Ice is an A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E little yellow food truck in Bolivar, Missouri (now in Springfield, too!) offering the coolest refreshments to guests on a hot summer day.

Photo by Shana Lynne Photography
Photo by Shana Lynne Photography

Wedding day sweets and treats run the gamut from the trending donut bars, super-sweet cotton candy treats, to mini-pies and pastries. Why not add a bright shaved ice truck to the mix?!? Kim Beckler Payne, operator of the Bolivar location, participated in the styled shoots we recently coordinated for the interactive bridal show. Friends queue up to get their giant cup of candy-colored and delicious ice crystals- especially Cherry, Grape, Tiger Blood (!!!) and Cotton Candy. How fun is that jewel-colored treat next to a Big Day dress?!?

Photo by Shana Lynne Photography
Photo by Shana Lynne Photography

Hi, Kim! Tell us a little about Sheri’s Shaved Ice.
Sheri Patterson opened Sheri’s Shaved Ice in 2003 and still operates the trailer in Springfield. My kids started running the Bolivar location in 2013.The youngest of the three, Mia, is the primary operator now….all three continuing a wonderful tradition that Sheri started 13 years ago!!

What types of services do you offer?
We are a seasonal mobile stand that offers a refreshing treat of shaved ice in hundreds of combinations of flavors. We also have a portable stand that we can take onsite to locations!

What are some of your favorite things about the services you offer?
We love our customers! Everyone is so excited when we open and just love all the flavors and combos of flavors. We have had many of our dedicated customers name their combinations, it’s just fun.

Who are some of your favorite vendors to work alongside?
We have especially enjoyed Curly-Que BBQ, Boones BBQ, and definitely Nacho Ordinary Taco. They are all great people!

Normal business season is Memorial day to Labor Day. For more info about Sheri’s Shaved Ice, contact Kim on Facebook.

To see this wedding in action, be sure to get your tickets for The Bridal Experience on September 17, 2016! 100% of ticket proceeds go directly to Project Harbor, a local nonprofit that benefits under-resourced women and children in the area.

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bliss bridal experience

With the 2016 high wedding season wrapping up, brides and vendors alike are looking to the planning and preparation for the Big Days of 2017. If you are looking for tips and trends for the local wedding industry, don’t miss the fall round of bridal shows. Two great shows you won’t want to miss coming up in the next two weeks: All About Weddings on August 21 and Metropolitan Bride on August 28.

But I am SO EXCITED about The Bridal Experience on September 17th, 2016- the very first interactive, hands-on bridal experience in Southwest Missouri. Brides can walk through themed weddings, enjoy catering samples and cake tastings, try out wedding day hairstyles and makeup with professionals, hear live DJs, and win amazing prizes. ALL. DAY. LONG. Well, from 10am-2:30pm at least 😉

The very best part is that 100% of ticket proceeds benefit Project Harbor, a local nonprofit that serves under-resourced women and children in our area. Absolutely none of the professionals hosting this event are keeping profit for themselves- it all goes back into Project Harbor. Love.

So what are you waiting for? Join us at the Main Street Historic building in Bolivar, Missouri on Saturday, September 17th, 2016 from 10am-2:30pm. Tickets are just $10, but you can snag a discount if you bring all the girls. Flower girls get in free! If you hurry you just might snag one of the super-awesome VIP swag bags! BlissBridalExperience.com for more info or tickets. We’ll see you there!

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