I really should know better than to post pictures of really really pretty things that I can't afford...
Wedding Night & Honeymoon
Romantic Private Cabin (Beach View)
We finally decided to rent the Cottage available at our Venue site "Leslie Beach" we will be renting it for 1 week (from Saturday August 9th to Saturday August 16, 2008).
Recently built, large 2 bedroom cabin set in the trees, and only 50 feet from the lake. The shoreline is sandy and shallow with a very gradual drop off, perfect for young children.There is a large covered porch for lounging, overlooking a sandy beach front complete with fire pit.
Leslie Lake is clean and quiet with ample fishing.(Bass and Trout)
20 minutes to the nearest town. 2 Golf courses within 30 minutes.
Cottage Rental Facilities
The cottage is fully furnished with hardwood floors and carpeting in the bedrooms. A full indoor bathroom and a fully equipped modern kitchen. There are 2 double beds, 1 queen bed, and a double fold out couch. No phone line however most cell's get reception. There is no T.V. however lots of nature trails and outdoor activities to be enjoyed.
Included in the rental: Canoe, Paddle boat , Life jackets, Bar-B-Que, Firewood, All dishes, pots, pans, bedding, including linens, pillows, bath towels. There is a boat launch nearby if required and an extra beer fridge in the basement.
Personalized Water Bottles
Hot Summer must-have!!!
I found this brilliant idea from "allielovespink"!!! Thanks girl :)!
Since we are having both the Ceremony and the Reception at the same site, outside and deep in the woods. It is definitively necessary to have bottles of water for our guests.
Also considering the entire event is from 2:00pm to Midnight there are a lot a guests who will appreciate that.
Not a big investment and definitively a necessity! I can easily do the personalized labels too.
Growing Hair Long
8 Secrets for Long Hair on your Wedding Day!
8 Hair Growth Secrets
Consider adopting some of the following secrets to boost your natural energy, support your thyroid and encourage the growth of new strands that are healthy, shiny and less prone to dryness or breakage.
1. Drink Recommended Daily Amount Of Water
Coffee, tea, sugar drinks or beer does not count in your daily water count. Water means exactly that - water. Carbonated and caffeinated drinks may actually speed up dehydration which means that the body is not functioning at optimal levels. Not only can dehydration make you feel drained and exhausted, it can be a hidden factor in hair growth stoppage, dry strands or tresses that break off.
Adjust your daily levels according to the seasons of the year (hot weather may require more daily water consumption) and the amount of stress in your life.
When pressed for exact formulas, most experts can not give a simple answer to how much water humans should drink every day. A general rule of thumb is for women to drink between 2 and 2.6 liters of water a day. For men the rule of thumb is 2.8 to 3.5 liters.
There are many exceptions to this general rule of thumb which are tied back to age, lifestyle, weight and climate. In essence, experts advise that you replace all the water that you excrete every day.
2. Drink Green Tea
As always, experts disagree with the merits of green tea and whether or not it does conclusively help hair health and encourage growth.
Experts who believe in the hair health benefits of green tea point to the fact that certain compounds found in green tea cause the relaxation of blood vessels, helping overall cardiovascular activity through increased circulation. Of course increased circulation will naturally help nourish hair roots and scalp tissues.
3. Take A Brisk Walk Several Times A Week
Experts have discovered that walking at a quick pace for just 15 minutes will help to raise your normal heart rate which improves circulation to your entire body, including to your scalp and hair follicles. It also helps shake out the cobwebs and aids in a feeling of alertness and energy.
The ideal time to take a walk is about one hour after a meal. This allows your body to digest and puts less overall strain on your system.
Of course it is important to always consult with your personal physician before beginning any new exercise routine that would be strenuous in any way.
It is also best to avoid walking at the hottest times of the day. And yes, don't forget your sunscreen, regardless of the time of year that you walk, which is why many people have become devoted mall walkers.
4. Get Enough Sleep
Many people are sleep deprived. As a result of daily stresses and strains studies have found that humans are getting less and less sleep. For the body to function at optimal capability, which includes having the necessary energy to nourish and grow hair, humans need enough sleep.
Unfortunately there is no pat answer for how much sleep is enough. Again, it depends on the individual. Most sleep experts recommend an average of 6-8 hours for active adults. Depending on age, health conditions and other factors you may need more than 8 or be able to survive on a little less.
As a result of more sleep deprived people, cat naps are becoming more popular. A great way to get a daily energy boost is to schedule a 20 minute cat nap. Be sure not to sleep longer than 20 minutes though or else you will more tired than before you napped. Studies have shown that 20 minutes is the very best amount of time for getting maximum benefit. So set an alarm for exactly 20 minutes and catch some mid-day Zzzs.
5. Eat Energy Snacks
When hunger hits between meals, eat to nourish your hair roots. Reach for one handful of unsalted natural cashews or a few almonds. Almonds are loaded with magnesium which is an essential mineral for growing healthy strands.
Other good hair healthy snacks include yogurt, hard boiled eggs and tofu which all have great nutrients to help hair grow.
6. Indulge In Daily Aromatherapy
Many studies have been done on the effects of aromatherapy when used in daily or regular scalp massages for both healthy hair and scalp as well as overall health.
Studies have found that there is a direct link between the use of aromatherapy and hair growth.
A study performed by the Archives of Dermatology in 1998 by Scottish researchers found that aromatherapy can promote new hair growth. Patients who massaged various aromatherapy oils on their scalps every day enjoyed significant and measurable improvement in their hair growth.
7. Laughter Is The Best Medicine
Attitude is everything. Studies have shown that chronic negative moods can impact the human body and cause all human systems to slow down or become sluggish. This includes the circulatory system which feeds the roots of the hair, helping it to grow and remain properly nourished. When life gets you down rent a funny movie or read a humorous book. Take a break and have some fun to light your mood.
8. Eat Power Foods
Extreme diets that eliminate major food groups can be detrimental to healthy hair and can actually cause a slow down in new hair production. Diets that are too low in calories or completely eliminate either proteins or carbs can stimulate a form of alopecia that causes hair loss. Always eat a balanced food plan that incorporates healthy amounts of proteins and carbs. Don't forget to take either your daily vitamins or your hair growth vitamins like HairTopia vitamins.
Mother of the Bride
We found a great outfit for my mother at the same store from where we got the Bridesmaids dresses.
Her two piece outfit is the same Yellow/Gold color as the girls. It fits her perfecly...she didn't want something that would make her look too old or too young.
The Meaning of our Colors
BLUE - YELLOW - GOLD
Calm and Cool : Blue is calming. It can be strong and steadfast or light and friendly.
Nature of Blue: A natural color, from the blue of the sky, blue is a universal color. The cool, calming effect of blue makes time pass more quickly and it can help you sleep.
Culture of Blue: In many diverse cultures blue is significant in religious beliefs, brings peace, or is believed to keep the bad spirits away.
Blue conveys importance and confidence without being somber or sinister, hence the blue power suit of the corporate world and the blue uniforms of police officers. Long considered a corporate color, blue, especially darker blue, is associated with intelligence, stability, unity, and conservatism.
*In the West the something blue bridal tradition represents love.
Using Blue: A deep royal blue conveys richness and perhaps even a touch of superiority
Hope and Happiness: Yellow is sunshine. It is a warm color that denotes happiness and joy .
Nature of Yellow: Yellow is one of the warm colors. Because of the high visibility of bright yellow, it is often used for hazard signs and some emergency vehicles. Yellow is cheerful.
Culture of Yellow: For years yellow ribbons were worn as a sign of hope as women waited from their men to come marching home from war. Today, they are still used to welcome home loved ones. It represents Hope, Support and Remembrance.
Yellow has also represented courage (Japan), merchants (India), and peace.
Using Yellow: Although it can work as the primary color, yellow often works best as a companion to other colors. Use bright yellow to create excitement when red or orange may be too strong or too dark. Yellow can be perky.
Using Yellow with Other Colors: Use yellow to perk up a more subdued cool palette of blues. Yellow and blue are a high contrast, eye-popping combination.
Riches and Excess: A cousin to yellow (and orange and brown) is gold. It is the color of riches and extravagance.
Nature of Gold: The color gold shares many of the attributes of yellow. It is a warm color that can be both bright and cheerful as well as somber and traditional.
Culture of Gold: Because gold is a precious metal, the color gold is associated with wealth and prosperity. While all that glitters is not gold the color gold still suggests grandeur.
Using Gold: Projects a special, rich touch. Bright gold catches the eye while darker subdued shades of gold lend richness and warmth.
Official Wedding Website
We created a website with http://www.ourweddingday.com.
-Task List Manager;
-Address Book Manager;
as well as.....
Our official website, which is: http://Aaron988Vero.ourweddingday.com
Pages that I added:
Wedding Daytime Schedule
Make it all happen on time!!!
Time - Event
7:00 AM -Wake-up Everyone!
7:20 AM -Breakfast
7:45 AM -Verification =Attendances (Priest and Wed Party)
8:00 AM -Verification =Clothing/Shoes Issues
8:30 AM -Verification =Arrival of Rented Items: Tent,Tables, Arch...
9:00 AM -Start Decorating/Flowers
10:00 AM -Verification =Arrival of Cattering Services
11:00 AM -Start Hair/Makeup/Jewelery/Nails
12:00 PM -Everyone is Dressed
2:00 PM -Ceremony on the Beach
2:30 PM -Sign Official Papers
2:40 PM -Start Family/Wedding Party Pictures
3:30 PM -Aaron & Vero's Outdoor Pictures
4:00 PM -Introduction of New Couple / First MC Toast
4:15 PM -First Dance for the Newly Weds
5:00 PM -Dinner is Served / Buffet...help yourselfs
5:30 PM -Toast No.2 -Father of the Bride
5:35 PM -Official Dance: Bride & Father
5:40 PM -Toast No.3 -Mother of the Groom
5:45 PM -Official Dance: Groom & Mother
5:50 PM -Toast No.4 -Mother of the Bride
6:00 PM -Toast No.5 -Father of the Groom
6:05 PM -Official Dance: Bride & Brother
6:30 PM -Presentation from the Maid of Honor
6:35 PM -Official Dance: Groom & Sister
7:00 PM -Presentation from the BestMan
7:15 PM -Introduction of Cupcakes/Dessert
7:20 PM -Special Musical Presentation from the Bridesmaids
7:30 PM -Trow of the Bouquet
7:45 PM -Throw of the Garter
8:00 PM -Special Gift from Bride to Groom
8:15 PM -Special Gift from Groom to Bride
8:30 PM -Dancing Starts
10:00 PM -Special Thank You to Friends & Family
Midnight: -Departure of Newlyweds & Fireworks
Monogram Cake Toppers
A & V
After a lot of thinking...we decided to go with the Monogram Cake Topper Style.
-Letters: A (Aaron) Ampersand (&) V Veronique
-Color: (Gold Platted)
-Swarovski crystals: Yellow & Sapphire (Partially Decorated)
-Font: Birds of Paradise
Bridal Fitness Challenge
I made myself this Fitness Challenge and I can testify that it works. I've been letting myself go these last months so....I absolutely need to get to it. These are real easy tips that will literately change your lifestyle.
-30 minutes of Bicycle+50 set-ups everyone morning waking-up;
-30 minutes of Bicycle+50 set-ups everyone evening before bed time
-3 Bottles of Water Daily
-1 Apple a day (minimum)
(Only during occasions and with plenty of water)
D) DO NOTS:
-Eat after 8:00pm
-Sugar (Candies, Chocolate, Pastries...)
-Salt (Chips, Fries, Bacon...)
-Fat (Butter, Oil, Mayo...)
*My Goal: Loose at least 15-20 pounds.
From: March 1st
To: August 9 -Wedding day! which makes a total of 160 days
Wedding Tasks Management
REMAINING TASKS TO COMPLETE:
*9 Months Prior to Wedding (To do ASAP):
1) Book an officiant for the ceremony
2) Order wedding accessories, including headpiece, veil and shoes
*6 Months Prior to Wedding (To do ASAP):
1) Book a florist consultation to confirm your theme and style
2) Schedule rehearsal times and make reservations for rehearsal dinner
*5 to 6 Months Prior to Wedding( To do ASAP):
1) Pick your favorite wedding band style and purchase
2) Purchase or rent grooms tuxedo or suit
3) Book a romantic room for the wedding night
*3 to 4 Months Prior to Wedding:
1) Discuss bachelorette party plans; arrange bridesmaids luncheon or dinner
2) Book beauty preparations, makeup and hairstyle appointments
*1 to 2 Months Prior to Wedding:
1) Buy guest book, confetti, favors for guests and gifts for attendants, party gifts, favors
2) Arrange marriage license and request certified copies
3) Prepare change of name documents if desired
4) Double check ALL wedding professionals bookings, deliveries, travel and wedding plans
*2 to 4 Weeks Prior to Wedding:
1) Final dress fitting with shoes, accessories and lingerie
2) Call anyone on your guest list who has not RSVPd
3) Confirm reception guest count, meal options and notify the caterer 4) Begin a reception table plan, write place cards and print ceremony programs
4) Confirm ceremony details with officiant, write toasts for rehearsal dinner and reception
* 1 Week Prior to Wedding:
1) Assign attendant responsibilities with the help of your Maid of Honor 2) Prepare payment and tips for officiant and vendors; arrange money for honeymoon
*1 Day Prior to Wedding:
1) Confirm transportation arrangements and ALL wedding event schedules
2) Pre-wedding beauty preparations
3) Rehearse ceremony, rehearsal dinner
1) Give yourself plenty of time to have breakfast
2) Attend hairstyle appointment and get ready
3) Relax and enjoy your perfect wedding day!
For all suggested tasks register to: www.ourweddingday.com