I take pride in working with hair & makeup artists. I care about the quality of my work & I strongly believe that professional makeup & hair styling are the key to create high quality portraits. I have been working with Alexandria Noell for a while now; her work is absolutely beautiful & my clients love her! Alex & I have been talking about her Glam the Dress session for months! She got married a couple of months ago at The Florida Aquarium in her gorgeous mermaid styled wedding gown. I decided to go with the theme & created a pearl head piece to go with her dress. As for location it was very obvious – I had to take her to the beach! Having moved to the new area recently I hadn’t had a chance to scout for locations yet, so the day before the shoot I decided to visit Honeymoon Island State Park and found a perfect space for Alexandria’s session.
Alex is already gorgeous, but with her spotless makeup & beautifully styled hair by talented makeup artist, Darlene Villalobos, she became a true model from the cover of a magazine.
As I listened to Alex telling us her magical wedding story while showing me her dress & accessories, I realized that it's not just about her wedding gown anymore... it was all very significant to her & her family and those details cannot be hidden!
Bouquet – she found the idea on Pinterest and her mother & grandmother offered to make it, incorporating the symbolic pins:
- Scissors – because Alex is a cosmetologist - Elephant – because it’s her favorite animal & it’s considered to bring good luck - Angel – to watch over & protect her - Penguin – because they had penguins walk down the aisle at the weeding ceremony - Old picture charm of Alexandria with her parents when she was little.
Dress – as Alex explains: “The week before our wedding my mother and grandmother "kidnapped" my wedding dress and sewed 2 pieces of fabric from my mother’s wedding dress with "Argueta" and "Martin" in blue writing.”
- Something Old – Alexandria’s last name - Something New – her new last name - Something Borrowed – fabric from her mother’s wedding dress - Something Blue – the color of her last names written on the pieces of fabric
Shoes – As she continues to tell the story: “The tradition of something old, new, borrowed & blue continues with "a sixpence in her shoe". A sixpence is a form for British currency. In old tradition it was said for the bride to put a sixpence in her shoe to bring prosperity and wealth to the marriage so my mother tapped a sixpence she had from her coin collection to the bottom of my shoe and then had my father and husband write me a little message on the bottom of each shoe. It was all very thoughtful!"
Belt – it was originally a center emblem. Alexandria’s grandmother sewed on more bead-work to go around the entire waist. “It really just added enough “glam” without being overstated” says Alex.
Alexandria is truly beautiful inside & out! To meet this lovely lady, check out the pictures below!