Absolutely Stunning and Love Filled Wedding Photo

Can we just talk about this photo for a minute?!

How GORGEOUS!!

First of all, I am in LOVE with both of their styles. Her stunning modest dress looks just amazing on her and I love even more how comfortable and at home she is in it. And his relaxed yet super handsome suit and shoes perfectly compliment her elegance.

Secondly, are the old brick path and walls not just the PERFECT backdrop to showcase their love?

And finally… that affectionate and completely head-over-heels in love look he is giving her! I can’t even handle it. Such a beautiful and moving moment!

 

Save Your Guests From the Heat During Your Summer Wedding

We absolutely LOVE outdoor weddings! Whether it’s a gorgeous rooftop vintage ceremony, a sandy beach wedding, or an elegant backyard celebration, the fresh air and open space creates such a unique feel and excitement that we just can’t get enough of!

As much as we love outdoor weddings, there are a few details we want to make sure that you don’t forget about if you’re having one this summer. While your guests will enjoy celebrating your love with you on your special day, they won’t enjoy getting all dressed up in a fancy dress with their hair & make-up done, or sitting in a suit in the sweltering heat, sweating so much that after a short outdoor ceremony, they look like they’ve already danced the night away at your reception. While it’s a given that it will be crazy hot during the summer, it can also rain or storm so be sure to take care of your guests needs to make such a loving day enjoyable for everyone! Here are a few cute ideas that we love!

 

Wedding Programs are a MUST so why not create cute ones that double as personal fans to help keep your wedding guests cool!

Cold and refreshing drinks are perfect for a scorching afternoon wedding. How fun, cute and delicious looking are these spritzers with a fruit Popsicle inside for flavor and chill!

Gideon Photography

Photo credit: Gideon Photography

Rain or shine, individual umbrellas are a super cute idea to keep guests cool or dry.

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Photo credit: Hayes Photo House

Thank God for a sunny day! Keep your guests cooler with several large and elegant umbrellas that not only provide shade but do it without getting in the way of your photographer’s perfect shot.

Another super simple yet cute program fan for your guests to keep that breeze going.

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Photo credit: Luminaire Images

Such a cute idea, especially since clutches aren’t the biggest purses 😉 Plus, who wants to carry around or fear losing their sunglasses all day?!

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Photo credit: Pinterest

Guests want to hear your vows, not the sound of hands swatting at bugs! Fill a basket or cute pail with bug spray and sunscreen to cover all of your bases.

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Photo credit: Ryan Ray Photography

Sometimes a great ice cold beverage like Tea or Sangria can quench your thirst! Why not give your guests the choice?!

Make Drinking Enough Water a No-Brainer & Fun!

We all know that drinking enough water not only aids in weight loss, but staying hydrated provides so many other health benefits as well, including clearer and more beautiful and glowing skin for your BIG day! As I mentioned in a previous post, I used to not drink a lot of water. I was continuously dehydrated and experiencing negative side effects that I never knew/thought were related to my lack of hydration. But surprise surprise… they were!

I had a hard time shifting my mind and body to drinking more water so I had to try different tricks till I found one that worked for me. I was finally successful by setting specific goals for myself (certain water amounts by certain hours of the day) and now, if I don’t drink enough water during the day, I feel off.

Believe me though, I get it. Drinking water can be SO boring!! Especially when I’m drinking a gallon or more every day. And… who likes boring?! I don’t 🙂 So, if you’re having a difficult time drinking the proper amount of water each day, here are two tricks that I found were helpful and tasty!

Set Goals:

  1. Find a reusable, BPA free, see-through water bottle that holds at least 32 ounces (the less ounces, the more times you will need to refill your bottle) and that you don’t mind writing on.
  2. With a permanent marker, make lines at every 8-10 oz. for every hour between 8am and 6pm (adjust hours if you wake up/go to bed at different times). So, if you get up at 7am, set your first line (8-10 oz.) for 8am. Then another at 9am, 10am, etc. until you reach 6pm. The key is to make sure that you have drank the allotted amount of water before each hour is up. This will help you to drink between 88 and 110 ounces per day. As your body adjusts, feel free to increase the number of ounces you are in-taking every hour.
  3. If you don’t feel like doing the marking and math on your own, check out the pre-marked and motivational bottles at Blogilates Designs.

 

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Photo credit: Blogilates Designs

 Make It Fun:

  1. Dice up and freeze a month’s supply of fruit like raspberries, strawberries, lemons, limes, oranges, or whatever other fruit you’d like and add it to your water bottle. It not only keeps your water cold but it flavors it as well. Eat the fruit at the end and you’ll be on your way to getting your fruit servings in each day!
  2. Try different combinations to infuse into your water until you find ones that you like best. Another cool trick is to freeze lemon juice in ice cube trays and pop them in there.

 

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Photo credit: Pinterest

Wedding Day Hair Ideas

You have so many options when it comes to your wedding day hair and makeup. Do you want a dramatic look? Beachy loose waves? A classic updo with soft makeup? Vintage curls with red lips? Or something a little more fashion forward like a top knot? Take a look at some of our favorite unique looks and decide which makes you feel the most beautiful!

 

Photo credit: Liliya Fadeeva

Photo credit: Liliya Fadeeva

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Photo credit: Lin & Jirsa

Photo credit: Kate Weinstein Photo

Photo credit: Kate Weinstein Photo

Photo credit: Jess Petrie

Photo credit: Jess Petrie

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Photo credit: All Days Wonder

Photo credit: Belathee Photography

Photo credit: Belathee Photography

Healthier Homemade Broccoli Cheddar Soup

I LOVE FOOD! Anyone who knows me even a little bit knows that I have a huge passion and excitement for food. I love cooking, experimenting, trying new recipes, and of course, eating (so glad that God blessed me with a fast metabolism :)). One of my favorite memories of growing up is of my Grandma’s cooking. I was always her and my mom’s kitchen helper and loved having that role/responsibility (I have 4 older brothers and this was one of the special connections I shared with my Grandma and Mom by myself). My Grandma is an amazing cook and one of my all-time FAVORITE recipes of hers is her Broccoli & Cheese Soup. It is delicious, creamy, and flavorful. I could eat her soup every single day! Haha! That’s how much I love it. I am always looking for ways to mix up a recipe and to cook and eat healthier. I came across this Broccoli Cheddar Soup recipe on Food Network and thought that I’d give it a try. It was delicious and super simple to make. It obviously tastes very different than my Grandma’s but is delicious in it’s own unique way and flavor. If you’re a fan of soups and want to try out a healthier Broccoli & Cheese soup, see the ingredients and recipe here and let me know how you like it!

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Photo credit: Food Network

Floral Centerpiece Inspiration

We totally get how choosing a centerpiece for your reception can be a daunting task with so much you can choose from. Do you want flowers? If so, what kind? What color? Do you like candles or antique accents? Do you want it to be tall or short? Do you want them to all be the same or each unique? The right table decor can seamlessly tie together the sincerity of the wedding ceremony with the celebration atmosphere of the reception so, be creative. Let your personality and love show through. If you are wanting to go the floral route, check out a few of our favorites below. If you’re looking for beautiful and unique centerpieces that aren’t floral based, keep an eye out for a later post.

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Photo credit: Kracke Photography

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Photo credit: Gerber & Scarpelli

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Photo credit: Melissa Jill

Quick Workout Ideas for Busy Days

Believe me, I get it… sometimes it’s hard to fit full workouts in every day of the week. But, instead of not doing any kind of workout those days, try doing tiny workouts that fit into your every day activities. Every time after you go to the bathroom, do 20 squats or as you’re washing dishes or washing your hands, do 20 calf raises or while you’re on the phone with a client, pace back and forth to get your heart rate up a little and get some steps in. Soon, these little workouts will become like habit and even on days where you are able to get a full workout in, you’ll be doing these to help keep/get you in even better shape. If you’re wanting to look and feel better and be overall healthier for your BIG day, quit making excuses and get it done!

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Favorite Nail Polishes

My best friend and I had a fun girls night last week where we laughed, cried, had wine and painted our nails! It was a blast but one thing I realized was that I have a crazy amount of nail polish 🙂 I wouldn’t be surprised if some of it is dried up since I seem to always have my go-to favorites that I alternate between. Nail polish is such a great accessory so I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you. Whether you’re packing your outfits for your Bachelorette party weekend, going out for a date night, or trying to decide on what color to go with for your Bridal Shower, fresh nails are A MUST! Check out my must haves that are perfect for any occasion!

Nail Polish

You Don’t Know Jacques by O.P.I.– This muddy creamy brown/gray may sound ugly but it is one of my go-to staples. It quickly became one of my favorites the first time I put it on and goes great with anything from a fancy dress to a laid back date night outfit.

Buy Me A Cameo by Essie– This gorgeous rose gold metallic polish goes great with every skin tone and can be worn all year long. Pair it with anything from bold tops to understated dresses.

The Color of the Light by FABY– The PERFECT subtle white shimmer for anything summer and wedding related! Goes perfect with anything dress up or laid back

Rendezvous by Loreal– This color goes with everything. You should definitely wear it during the winter months but don’t shy away from accessorizing your summer outfits with this bright red polish.

Black Onyx by O.P.I.– If you’re going for an edgy look, this black creme polish is perfect. It dries into a shiny finish and you’ll feel so confident wearing it!

I’d love to try other polishes. What’s are your favorites?!

Live With No Regrets

If anyone ever did it, then you can too! Don’t regret. Set your goals, push yourself and reach it. Whether it’s to lose weight for your wedding, to finish a DIY project at home, to run a 5K, or to start your own business. YOU CAN DO IT! Check out this great 3 minute video by Gary Vaynerchuk about having no regrets, making yourself happy and putting yourself in a situation to succeed!

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! I hope that you enjoy and celebrate your freedom today with a BBQ, fireworks, drinks, and laughs with your family and friends. To celebrate here at Skinny Bride, we wanted to share a few festive wedding photos with you!

April B. Photography

Photo credit: April B. Photography

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Photo credit: Mi Amore Foto

 

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Photo credit: Robb Mccormick