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Here Comes the Bride

Does it take an advanced degree to plan a wedding?

Our longtime contributing writer Emily Myron claims equivalent credit to a master’s in strategic planning for organizing her upcoming October wedding. She’s been working on it since April 2015, when her guy dropped to one knee at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. It didn’t take much longer to earn her first master’s degree, in environmental management, at Duke University.

Obsessive Type A personality that she confesses to be, Emily has turned her well-documented planning into a how-to that will guide couples through the complex geography of getting married.

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If that’s not you, don’t feel left out. We get the fun of peeking into her story.

On the how-to side, she sets up seven categories — Where to Marry, Caterer, The Dress, Photography, Flowers, Music plus Hair and Makeup — and tells you how she and her fiancé (replaced by her mother for dress shopping) researched and decided in each.

In most of those categories, we readers will have to wait until after her big day to find out what her choices were and how they worked out. Location the couple know well, as they courted in that garden back in their days at Duke. Dress is bought, but despite my editorial blandishments, she refused to send photos before her wedding day, lest Bay Weekly readers know more than her groom. Everything else is pretty much a gamble. You make your study, pay your money and hope for the best.

That’s where Bay Weekly’s advertising partners take over.

In this issue, 30-some local businesses with special wedding qualifications step in to describe how they can help you. Thus you’ll learn that family-owned Willow Oak Flower and Herb Farm is a close parallel to the North Carolina, mother-daughter cottage garden business that is growing and designing Emily’s wedding flowers.

Emily’s wedding venue is the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham. Where is yours? Chesapeake Country is so rich with wonderful options that I’m glad this choice is yours and not mine. In these pages you’ll read about the outdoor settings of Annmarie Garden, Darnall’s Chance House Museum, Friday’s Creek Winery, Historic Sotterley Plantation, Maria’s Love Point Bed and Breakfast, Running Hare Winery, the Town of North Beach and Two Rivers-Maryland Yacht Club. Each offers unique, spectacular settings.

You’ll also learn about favorite Chesapeake Country places with special ambiance and good food both casual and upscale: Babes Boys Tavern; Brick Wood Fired Bistro; Pirates Cove; The Old Stein Inn; Two Rivers Steak & Fish House, The Reserve, Catering, & Bakery.

Of course you may have your own dream spot. A half dozen more of our wedding partners describe how they’ll set the stage for a party or wedding in a garden, on the beach or a favorite back yard.

Other partners, including DJ Dave and Last Call Entertainment, will satisfy your musical tastes. Diamonds and dresses are here too, to set your imagination spinning.

We’d like to help you eat your cake, too, for Cakes and Confections and Kirsten’s Cakery have set our sweet teeth longing, while Kilwins Chocolates has us dreaming of sugarplum favors.

If you can’t fit us on your guest list, do send photos — or, better still, your wedding painted on the scene by live-event painter Amy Moreno. (Without reading about it here, who would have thought of a painting of your wedding, done on the spot?)

You’ll also find framing and preserving helpers in these pages.

Send us your wedding photos, like the 26 readers whose wedding memories start on page 18 in “I Do”, and we’ll include you in next year’s Wedding Guide.

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Skin care for a 'Monsoon Wedding'

Looking beautiful on the wedding day is not merely a matter of make-up and the lace wedding dress you wear. It needs weeks of care. If a skin care programme is followed four-six weeks before the wedding, it can really help to reinvent your beauty. For a "Monsoon Wedding", it is all the more important.

For a Monsoon bride, high humidity poses a problem, especially for those with oily or combination skins. Oily skins look even more oily and dull, due to sweat and secretions being deposited on the skin. Sweat on the skin also attracts dirt and pollutants from the atmosphere more easily.

Deep pore cleansing with facial scrubs is important to keep the pores free of clogged oil and dirt. It also helps to brighten the skin. After washing or cleansing the skin in the morning, use a facial scrub twice a week. Apply it on the face and rub gently on the skin, using a circular motion. Then, rinse off with plenty of plain water.

You can also make a facial scrub at home. Mix ground almonds with curd, add dried and powdered lemon and orange peels, as well as dried and powdered mint (pudina) leaves and use the mixture as a scrub. For oily skins, use the scrub daily. For dry skin, use it twice a week. For extremely dry and sensitive skin, avoid scrubs.

It is important to rinse the face well with water to get rid of all residues and sweat deposits. In fact, during Monsoon, wash the face several times with plain water. Night time cleansing is a must to remove the impurities that have collected on the skin during the day.

A flower-based skin tonic or freshener is a boon in humid weather. Rose water can be mixed with witch hazel to make a refreshing skin tonic. Witch hazel is available at pharmacies. For oily skin, mix them in equal quantities. For dry skin, mix one part witch hazel with three parts rose water. Or, you may use a rose-based skin tonic.

Keep the mixture in a bottle in the fridge. Wipe the face with it, using cotton wool pads. It not only refreshes the skin, but also helps to tighten the pores and prevent spots and pimples. A rose-based skin tonic would be ideal.

In humid weather, the skin can be prone to blackheads and eruptions. A facial scrub should be used on the blackhead-prone areas. But do not apply scrubs on acne, pimples or rash. The scrub can also be applied on open pores and the marks left by acne. Or, mix oatmeal with egg white and apply on the face twice a week. Wash it off when it is dry.

Stubborn blackheads should be removed at a skin-care clinic, by a trained therapist, using proper methods. Pinching blackheads, or trying to remove them at home, not only leads to infection but also scarring.

A multani mitti pack is useful during the monsoons. Mix it with rose water into a paste and apply on the face, washing it off when it dries. If there are eruptions, add sandalwood paste to the mask.

For a monsoon face mask, you can also mix three teaspoons oatmeal with egg white and one teaspoon each of honey and curd. If you don't want to use egg white, add rose water or orange juice. Apply it on the face and wash it off after half an hour. Use it twice a week.

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10 "don'ts" for guests at a Nigerian wedding

A wedding is a very special day for two people who have come together to make, hopefully, life-long vows to each other, usually, in the presence of their families and friends. It is a solemn day as well as a time to celebrate. The last thing any witness to this special day would want to do is ruin it for the couple or make it memorable for the wrong reasons.

So here are a list of rules to add to your wedding etiquette handbook for when you want to forget your place and mae your self the centre of attention on someone else’s day.

1. Do not wear white Except you are a Kardashian and you are related to the bride and it is the colour of the bridal train, then you don’t want to be seen in this most revered of colours on someone else’s wedding day. This is especially for the ladies. No white gowns or iro and buba in some lacy fabric even if the bride herself is dressed in black. In Nigeria some guys wear white natives to weddings. Well, so long as your cap matches the asoebi and you are not dressed in white from head to toe, you may pass.


2. Do not upstage the bride (or the groom) Meaning, you should not be more flamboyant brighter than a peacock at its own mating dance. If so, na fight. Respect yasef! No sexy outfit that will draw all attention to you for the wrong reason. No super-hero costumes, no Zorro outfit, no regal native chief outfit that will have people ignoring the couple and focused on paying obsequies to you instead. It is not ya day! Leave all that at home and for once just be a guest, or a nice humble human being here to celebrate someone else.


3. Do not dress inappropriately You may not believe in one church or the other, or one mosque or the other but your friend who invited you to their wedding at their church or mosque does. So for the love of that friend, respect their faith and dress appropriately. No off shoulder or sleeveless gowns/blouses to the church or mosque. If you must wear a coat or shawl over your shoulders then let loose at the reception. Be respectful. You are there for a wedding not to make your atheist or agnostic statement.

4. Do not monopolise the drinks on the table You know how you go to a wedding and there are bottles of wine and packs of fruit juices on the table, usually enough for everyone on that table to share? Yes, to share. Everyone. Not just you. So please, do not strategically place a bottle in front of you or worst of all, grab it and stuff it into your bag before the reception even starts. Tsk. Tsk. If you take only a small wine glass or a shot of the wine or fruit juice you’ll still survive so don’t go embarrassing yourself.

5. Do not get drunk Oh please, seriously , don’t. Yeah drunk people can sometimes be a funny sight at wedding but most times their antics can be all together cringe-worthy. Drunk ex making the nice that turns to weepy regretful reminiscing toast. Drunk BFF that lets the whole world know you shagged the stripper at your bachelor’s eve the other night. Drunk uncle who remembers how he once caught peeping on the housegirl in the bathroom. Not to forget drunk randonm guest who turns the dance floor to some club/strip joint. That said…

6. Do not over do it on the dance floor Leave all your Michael Jackson skills for talent hunt stage before you hurt somebody. Only display once you are sure the bride and groom have retired or the reception has officially turned to a full on party. Still, leave the sexy porny moves for the club.

7. Do not make change with the money being sprayed on the dance floor Oh my! Who does this epp? You bring five hundred naira; because you want to spend enough time dancing with the couple or for some other random reason, you interrupt the long-suffering bridesmaid picking the sprayed money on the floor to make change of hundred-hundred naira. Why? How has this solved your problem? Why throw dirty stepped-on money back at the couple? Either you make change from your house or just drop your five hundred naira, dance small and quietly go back to your seat. Thatsall!

8. Do not be greedy with the random souvenirs You want to collect for your mom, you want to collect for your aunty, you want to collect for your grandmother; yet, you are the only one that came to the wedding from your family. Let the gifts reach the other true-born guests too abeg! READ ALSO: 10 memorable photos you must snap at your wedding

9. Don’t ask for the special souvenir if you did not buy asoebi Respect yourself. You were busy wagging your tongue at all who could hear about how the asoebi was too expensive. When you heard asoebi people were collecting iPad as souvenir, you shamelessly tagged along with a friend that sacrificed to buy the expensive cloth, hoping that they would just overlook your mismatched cloth and dash you iPad. Choi!

10. Do not desire to eat everything on the buffet menu You want to eat akpu, you want to eat semo; ofe akwu, onugbu, jollof rice, fried rice, chinese rice, peppered chicken, small chops, asun. snail! Only one you! In your only one stomach! When you are not a goat! Haba! Even if you don’t pity yourself, pity the toilet in ya compound and all the neighbours that will be forced to retreat in fear of the bomb you shall throw there!

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