What a fantastic weekend!
Ok, maybe it was two weekends ago. But what can we say? We are still crooning over here about the wonderful show.
All the cool kids have a booth the Bridal Spectacular, but our debut year in 2012 was anything but cool. And when I say not cool, I mean safety-scissors-double-sided-sticky-tape-Velcro not cool. It blows my mind how sexy these designers can make 10 cubic feet look like, and we had anything but swagger with our sad little booth our first year. The only good thing about our pathetic set up last year was that designer Deborah James of The Pin Up Bride took pity on us and designed our booth with the help of Dr. Teresa Meli, florist at Floral Couture.
(Why’s a doctor doing flowers you say? Oh that’s because she’s got a doctorate in conducting. She’s a bad-ass. We aren’t worthy.)
sloppy wet kisses go out to our girl Alicia at Orange Soda Photo for the images – we are surprised the first one didn’t crack her lens
Of course, it takes a whole lotta people to clean up the HOT MESS that we were from last year! That uber swanky fuschia uplighting in the background? Yea, the courtesy of our most epic dude Kevin Cordova of LED UNplugged. That man lights up our world! Literally! Between Deborah, Teresa, Julie (also at Floral Couture, and super sassy) and Kevin, we won the Dazzler Award for having a posh booth! Yes, there was wine and chocolate involved in the celebration.
The icing on the proverbial cake was…wait for it… making the cover of the latest edition of Bridal Spectacular! For the third year in a row!! Can I get a wwhaatt whhhaatt?!?! For the past three years, Bridal Spectacular has organized photoshoots for their upcoming spreads in the publication. Photographers, florists, stationary, gowns…and hair and makeup are all involved. Once all the submissions come back, they go into the issue, but one image is always chosen for the cover. Hayley’s trendy fishtail braids and Bianca’s dreamy makeup must’ve made some hearts flutter, and we are just ticked pink to have our work featured on the cover! Props to sweet Lorenz over at Lorenz Photo for capturing the cover-shot!!
Yea, we’ve been riding the high for as long as we could milk it. Oh, and if you didn’t make it, no worries! You can get in on some of the pretty action by booking us before Feb 13th for your upcoming wedding- 10% off your package, to be exact! So get to clickin’ that contact button on top in the right corner, and we’ll see you soon!
Amelia C & Co
If you’ve been hanging around us for any time at all, you know we are all for a good band-wagon ride. This year, we once again took the steering wheel (or reigns? do bandwagons have power steering?) with Altenburg Studio for our second-annual Patriotic Pin-Ups and we gotta say- we knocked our own socks off!
The event kicked off at 9am on Saturday, June 30th. Our two day event is a once-a-year opportunity to channel your inner Betty Page and become a very real pin-up girl. An interesting tid-bit we learned this year from our co-conspirator and sexy friend Kiti Kobain: “The term pin-up was coined during WW II. Men would bring photos of their girl or their favorite actress and “pin them up” in their sleeping quarters.” The sweet style was so sexy and so appealing it outlived the War (Thank God!).
So what does this have to do with our bandwagon? Two years ago, Sue Altenburg volunteered at a charity event for the homeless veterans in the Las Vegas Valley- and left heartbroken. So many men and women who served our country do without even food or shelter. Inadequate therapy and follow-up care upon returning back home drove many of these veterans to alcohol and drugs. Some simply lacked the life skills it takes to survive out of the military. The US Vets organization exists to “serve those who have served”, and we are only too happy to support their cause.
Sue, Master Photographer and owner of Altenburg Studio, specializes in boudoir and pin-up photography here in Las Vegas. Wanting to do more, Patriotic Pin-ups is her brain-child to bring funds to the US Vegas organization. She rallied fellow studio-photographer Catherine Guillotte of Portraits by Catherine, Bettie Page Clothing, Models Kiti Kobain and Tiffany Rose Thomas, and of course, yours truly, to put on a pin-up themed fundraiser. To say it was a success would be like saying the Grand Canyon is nothing more than a crack. In 2011, we raised $6,500 for homeless veterans. This year we exceeded $8,000 and the numbers are still rolling in!
Plans for next year are already underway! and YES, we DID sell out and we sold out last year, so if your ready to be a pin-up I suggest you go like our pages! We will announce on Facebook when appointments for next year open, you’ll want to be the first to know! For Amelia C & Co, visit www.facebook.com/ameliacandco. For Altenburg Studio, visit www.facebook.com/altenburgstudioinc
Last year, we raised $6,500 in TWO DAYS benefiting the homeless military veterans of Las Vegas! This substantial amount was enough to help get the new Radcliffe Building open, a temporary housing facility to get our vets off the streets and into stability. Be a pin-up and be a patriot, come join us for our annual fundraiser to say THANK YOU to the men and women who have served our country. ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION US VETS.
Jennifer is such a trooper.
This sweet bride-to-be was cool as a cucumber in the week leading up to her wedding when she suddenly had to make a venue change. Hayley and Alana had a chance to meet with this posh chick about a month before during her engagment session with the ultimate Ron Miller and were stoked to be a part of her wedding. She never lost her spunk even with the unexpected changes that came her way, and looking back at her photo’s you can see this is a girl with spirit! Well known for their elegant affairs, Anthem Country Club pulled off a bright and smashing event in record time. The colors were vibrant, her makeup and hair were fashion-forward and sexy- this is one bride we wished got married every Saturday! Congrats Jennifer!
While there’s not too many shows regularly taping here in Vegas, plenty stop by to get the sparkling backdrop that only this city can provide. One lucky day last June, I received a call from the powers that be at TLC who were looking for a Las Vegas makeup artist for a What NOT to Wear Reveal… and the show contestant was a sweet girl named Becky, the personal assistant to Cheryl Burke and Jenny McCarthy! (No pressure or anything!) Check out a highlight clip from this episode and visit the TLC website for more clips of Becky’s transformation from Drab to Fab!
Las Vegas Wedding Hair and Makeup team Amelia C & Co on Randy to the Rescue!
On Feb 18th, TLC’s newest show Randy to the Rescue stopped by the wedding capital of the world to film and episode and Amelia C & Co was invited to participate!!! To say we were excited was an understatement!
Most of you brides-to-be have probably already developed a very deep, personal relationship with Mr. Randy Fenoli from swooning over his exquisite gowns on his current hit show, “Say Yes to the Dress.” Now imagine for a moment, Randy takes his whole show, put’s it on a truck, and comes knocking at your doorstep- and you have the makings for a fabulous time!
The setting for Randy is created by the exquisite team of The Wedding Guys, bridal show producers extraordinaire. Only a handful of companies were invited to participate in this bridal-show-gone-Randy that was hosted here in Las Vegas, and we were more than thrilled to share the experience with some of our favorite people! Naakiti Floral, Shutterbooth Las Vegas, Ron Miller Photography, Couture Bride, Simple Elegance Cake Design, and our very own bridal show Bridal Spectacular.
Can we just talk for a second about how wonderful Randy is? Our business is not just wedding driven, we work with all kinds of talent and celebrities and although I can’t honestly say I’ve had a bad experience, I can say that I don’t think a celebrity has ever treated us as warmly and as sweetly as Randy. This man stopped by our booth a couple of times during the taping to compliment our work and share a smile. (He even waved to us later that night as we devoured a celebratory plate of fried goodness near the film site post-production.) I don’t have a habit of asking any of our talent for photo-ops while we are working, but after mustering up the courage and getting the OK from the producer, I asked and he was more than happy to oblige! My most awesome team was all there to help run things, so we got the entire crew to take the photo with him! Special thanks to Ron M Photography for snagging this for us!!
Gina, Daileny, Amelia, Randy, Alana, Melissa and Hayley at Randy to the Rescue