Why Having An Unplugged Ceremony Is Perfect For You

I obviously LOVE weddings and all things wedding related but I am absolutely obsessed with the Unplugged Ceremony trend right now! Wedding ceremonies are all about love. They are about the beauty of the couple and the love that they share and are vowing to share for the rest of their lives. No one wants to be standing on the altar expressing their vows just to look out at their family and friends and see nothing but cell phones and heads down already adding #Hashtags to pictures of your special day. You want to look out and see loving faces and smiles! Unplugged ceremonies help to keep the attention and focus on what is really important: love!

You also want to make sure that you have the best pictures from your photographer to remind you for years to come of your special day. I can’t tell you number of professional photos I have seen that would be the PERFECT shot but it’s interrupted by a phone or two sticking up in the shot. I don’t like sitting at a wedding and not being able to see because a guest somewhere in front of me is holding up their phone or camera trying to capture the moment. I know that you might be uncomfortable telling your guests to stay seated and keep their phones away but we love the idea of having a sign to gently tell/remind your guests to sit down, be present and leave the photo taking to the photographer. Here are a few ideas!

Aya Tiffany Sato

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Copper Wedding Detail Inspiration

I have always loved silver! Silver jewelry, silver wall accents, silver table decor, or silver fashions. No matter what, silver has always been my go to. I have to say though, lately I have been crazing over the gorgeous, copper inspired details that we are seeing in more and more weddings! It not only adds a little extra shine but elegance as well. Check out a few of our favorite ways to include copper into your upcoming wedding. Whether it’s a hair accent piece, your bridesmaid dresses, or your table numbers, there are so many stunning ways to include copper into your big day! Let us know your thoughts on copper wedding inspirations and feel free to share with us pictures of your copper inspired wedding!

 

Amy Fanton

Photo credit: Amy Fanton

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Ruth Eileen

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Singler Photography

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Tips To Kick-start Your Weightloss

Congrats ladies! You’ve taken the first step and made the decision to lose weight before your BIG day! Be proud of yourself! I know that I am proud of you 🙂 That first step can definitely be scary to make but you’re past that and now it’s time to follow through on your goal! While I know this can be tough, here are a few of my simple tips to help you kick-start your weight loss and help you continue to lose weight and become healthier for your wedding day!

  1. Eat Breakfast
    • I know, I know, you have probably heard this hundreds of times but it’s the truth! You may think that you can shed pounds by skipping on breakfast but the opposite is actually true. Eating a good breakfast is what kicks off your metabolism for the day. So, be sure to eat that delicious meal high in fiber, protein and fruit within an hour of waking up and you’ll be on your way to a healthy day!
  2. Drink Water
    • I have said SO many times just how completely vital it is to consume enough water every day. Staying hydrated is one of the (if not THE) most important weight loss tip that I can give you. Be sure to drink at least half of your weight in ounces. It has zero calories, is key for overall good health and even makes you feel full when you’re hungry. Aim for a glass of water with every meal and snack (and some in between :))!
  3. Move Your Body
    • Going from a couch potato to spending an hour at the gym every day isn’t a change that most people can stay motivated to keep up with. So, start small and build yourself up. Start by adding just 10 or 20 minutes of exercise/cardio to your day for the first few days and build up from there. The key is to MOVE! Exercise also helps to increase your metabolism which is just what you are looking for!
  4. Write It Down
    • Write down on a piece of paper, the reasons why you want to lose weight. Do you want to have more energy or fit into skinnier jeans? Do you want to reduce your risk of diabetes? Write down your reasons and when you’re thinking about eating that bag of chips or skipping Yoga class, use your written reminders to keep yourself on track.
  5. Plan Each Meal
    • Make sure that you plan out your (healthy) meals for the week. Even do that dreadful “Meal Prep” everyone is talking about. Trust me, it helps so much! Even I find myself grabbing something unhealthy when I haven’t prepared for the week and am short on time or “too tired” to make dinner. Why deal with that? Save yourself time, stress and extra calories during the week by spending just a couple hours on Sunday to prep and cook your meals and snacks for the week!

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Chicken & Asparagus Lemon Stir-Fry

I know that Asparagus isn’t for everyone and was definitely an acquired taste for me but, if you do like it, this quick stir-fry recipe from SkinnyTaste is delicious and just for you!! The flavors all mix perfectly together while still allowing you to taste each individual ingredient. Feel free to tweak it according to your tastes and serve it with your choice of brown or white rice.

Check out the list of ingredients and recipe below and then be sure to head on over to SkinnyTaste for more details and nutritional information.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium shoyu or soy sauce (or Tamari for GF)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tbsp canola or grapeseed oil, divided
  • 1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • fresh black pepper, to taste
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Photo credit: SkinnyTaste

Directions:

Lightly season the chicken with salt. In a small bowl, combine chicken broth and soy sauce. In a second small bowl combine the cornstarch and water and mix well to combine.

Heat a large non-stick wok over medium-high heat, when hot add 1 teaspoon of the oil, then add the asparagus and cook until tender-crisp, about 3 to 4 minutes.  Add the garlic and ginger and cook until golden, about 1 minute. Set aside.

Increase the heat to high, then add 1 teaspoon of oil and half of the chicken and cook until browned and cooked through, about 4 minutes on each side. Remove and set aside and repeat with the remaining oil and chicken. Set aside.

Add the soy sauce mixture; bring to a boil and cook about 1-1/2 minutes. Add lemon juice and cornstarch mixture and stir well, when it simmers return the chicken and asparagus to the wok and mix well, remove from heat and serve.
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Delicate Color Inspiration for your Summer & Early Fall Wedding

Whether you’ve been planning your upcoming late summer or early fall wedding for a while or are recently engaged, DON’T get overwhelmed with all of the details that you need to have set before the big day! Make things easier on yourself by choosing a color palette right from the get go!

If you aren’t the kind of bride who has had her wedding all planned since she was a little girl, it might be a little bit more difficult to choose a color scheme for your special day. Don’t worry though, we have you covered. Check out this gorgeous color scheme and wedding details we are absolutely LOVING for this season! Picture3

From choosing a venue and flowers to designing your Save-a-Dates and cake, your color palette is involved in every part of the planning. This orchid, peach, celery and violet combination is stunning for a simple outdoor wedding or a fancy ballroom one!

Orchid is lovely and feminine without being overly sweet and girly. It pairs beautifully with delicate peaches and greens, giving it a warm and romantic edge. This soft palette is perfectly plush with a touch of rustic flair. There are so many ways you can incorporate these beautiful colors into your special day. Have fun with them and make sure they represent you and your style!

Studio Impressions

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Kenny Kim Photography

Photo credit: Kenny Kim Photography

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Ikonica Photography

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Fun & Thoughtful Maids-of-Honor Wedding Toast

They absolutely nailed it! How cute is this toast by the bride’s two sisters?! Speeches can be a daunting task for Maid/Matrons of honor but we just LOVE what these two did to show their love and support for their sister and welcome in their new brother!

Weight Loss Goals & Motivation for Your Wedding

I can share tip after tip, recipe after recipe, and workout idea after workout idea with you but the ONLY way that you can lose weight is if YOU WANT TO! You will not lose weight if you aren’t doing it for yourself. You have to be motivated and willing to work for it. Trust me, it will be hard work and sometimes or maybe a lot of the time, hard to stay motivated but, YOU CAN DO IT!

No one wants to look back at their wedding pictures and think ‘wow, who is that in the white dress?’. I know that you don’t! So, DON’T! What better way to start off a marriage than being healthy (in all aspects) and confident.

Be sure that you don’t make your weight loss goal unattainable. Nothing kills motivation like disappointment. You will be disappointed if you expect to lose 30 lbs. in a month and don’t, so be reasonable! Set achievable goals and then go for it!

It’s your body. It’s your life. It’s your wedding. It’s your marriage. So, get started today. Make a plan, set your goals and get started on the journey!

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Wedding Day Accessories- Stunning Earrings for Your Big Day

From the first, all important ring, (“You said yes!”) to your wedding day accessories, jewelry plays such an important role in not only the tradition but the excitement and romance of getting married.

So, when it comes to selecting your own wedding day accessories, make sure that you choose pieces that go well with the hairstyle you want for your big day and that reflect not just your bridal style, but your personal style too.

Whether your tastes are simple and classic, or vintage and glamorous, you want to choose pieces that when you wear them in the future, you not only remember but feel the love and excitement you did on your special day!

Check out a few absolutely stunning earrings that we know will help to complete your wedding day look and make you feel like the beautiful bride that you are!

Blush photography

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Simple & Delicious Restaurant-Style Homemade Salsa

I am obsessed with chips and salsa! EVERYONE who knows me, knows that I love and am down to eat them no matter the time of day 🙂 Once I start with the delicious crunch of the chip and the spice of the salsa, it’s SO hard to stop and not eat the whole bowl!

The best part of this salsa is how fast and easy it is. It only took me 5 minutes to make yesterday! What’s even better is that it’s super healthy, low-cal and all veggies!

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I have this delicious recipe below but be sure while you’re making it to taste-test and add or tweak it based on your and your family’s preferences and likes. I’d suggest to add less salt than the recipe calls for and then add as needed from there. Sometimes the cans of tomatoes are salted enough that you don’t even need to add salt in.

Once you’ve blended it and gotten it just right, ENJOY! I have found that if I can pull my stuff together enough to make it the day before I am really needing or wanting it and let it sit in the fridge overnight, it tastes even better as the flavors have blended! Either way, it’s delicious so whether it’s a last minute make or a forethought, enjoy!

Also add it to any of your favorite foods like fajitas or enchiladas! Will add a whole new spice and taste to your already delicious meals/snacks!

RECIPE:

YIELD: about 4 cups

PREP TIME: 5 minutes

COOK TIME: 0 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

One 28-ounce can diced or whole tomatoes (or two 14.5 oz cans work), including juice
1 small yellow onion, peeled and roughly chopped
1 or 2 jalapeno peppers (depending on how spicy you want it), de-stemmed and roughly chopped (I prefer 2; remove seeds to reduce heat level)
3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped (or minced garlic out of a jar works too)
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin, or to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons salt, or to taste (remember some brands of tomatoes and chips are much saltier than others)
1/4 to 1 teaspoon granulated sugar, optional and to taste (balances the heat and tomato acidity; start with less and add more if necessary; careful not to over-sweeten)
1 or 2 handfuls of washed cilantro leaves, discard stems (I prefer at least 2)
3 tablespoons lime juice
Tortilla/Corn chips, for serving

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Add all ingredients into the blender or food processor in the order listed. Pulse or blend on high power until texture is as smooth as desired. If you have a very strong blender, you probably don’t need to pre-chop the ingredients before adding them to the blender, but I do just to make sure I don’t get large random, accidentally un-blended chunks of any one ingredient.
  2. Taste the salsa and tweak as necessary.
  3. Transfer to airtight container and serve immediately with chips. However, I prefer to refrigerate salsa for 1 day prior to serving because I prefer chilled salsa and because the flavors marry, mellow, and the flavor improves on the second and third day. Salsa will likely keep up to 1 week airtight in the fridge; however, I’ve never had it last that long 🙂
  4. ENJOY!

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