wedding day

February 25, 2015

Wedding Workouts to get you Looking Amazing

Working out is hard.  Sometimes it feels like the stars, planets, and moon have to be perfectly aligned for us to feel completely ready to take on 60 minutes of heart pounding, exasperating exercise.  But damn are we always glad we did.  Not to mention the pressure you soon-to-be brides are under!

With the craziness, of work, friends, family, emotionally unstable dogs, it is so hard to find an hour!  Great thing is, you don't always need an hour, or a gym membership, or Nike Air's.  We know how important it is for you ladies to feel your absolute best and most confident on your wedding day, so we have compiled our favorite workouts to give you the little push or high five you may need and absolutely deserve.

Alyson's #1 go-to:

A good leg day makes me walk like I own the place (okay, maybe the day after leg day, or 3 days, whatever).  However, if I only have a couple of minutes and I want to get my heart pumping and feeling strong, I go straight to my core.

I will typically start with mountain climbers to get my body warm and heart rate up.  I don't have a certain amount or reps that I do.  I find a good song and and do as many as I can while the tempo is up, take a rest when it slows a bit and speed back up with it.

Crunches with an Exercise Ball

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For a little extra coordination work and fun, reach  and grab the ball brining it down over your head and returning it back to your feet.  Don't have an exercise ball? No problem.  Improvise with a couch cushion, laundry basket, or gym bag full of towels!

Planks

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Don't be scared of them!  Plank's are your friend.  60 seconds looking ahead, and without collapsing, switch to side planks and hold for 60.  Looking for a challenge?  Add some dips in there!  Lowering your hips to the ground and returning back to side plank position.

Kate's gym must: Cardio

I am so much more of a cardio girl than anything else.  I love how much energy I gain from it and breaking a sweat is instant gratification!  I have two favorites: 1) Going for a good old fashioned run, and 2) Cross Country Skiing.  Personally, I think music changes everything.  If you have trouble running more than a block or two, consider a change in tempo.  Most people think really fast paced music gets them going.  For me, it made me go to fast and burn out.  I choose something lighter and slower, like Ed Sheeran or Norah Jones Radio.  That way I can keep a steady pace.

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Cardio and Cross Country Skiing slim and tone your entire body.  The muscles used support your back and core all day, so keeping them strong is crucial.   Not snowy where you are living?  Get some rollerblades!  It is essentially the same movement and muscle groups, and you will get the most high fives of anyone.  Style points for sunscreen and a fanny pack.

Chelsea's cant live without: Yoga

I have been doing yoga for years and have seriously fallen in love.  The challenge in new poses, strength you can honestly feel being built, and the calm quiet voice of your instructor clearing your mind, have locked me in.

My favorite pose, and I think incredibly beneficial for any level of yogi, Warrior II Pose into Warrior III Pose.

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These poses really zero in on balance and utilize your entire body's muscle to hold Warrior II and slowly move into Warrior III.

 Fit Tip- Jillian Michaels is not in our living room's yelling at us, and following all the Victoria Scret angels on instagram does more harm than motivation-so where do we get our push??  We absolutely LOVE the photo blog theberry.com for their hilarious photos, titles, and captions. They feature a section compiled totally of pictures and phrases to get you feeling 110% ready.  Go to their site and check out Daily Motivation or DAMO.  (Feel free to also enjoy Shirtless Friday) you can thank us later.

Tweak these and make your own wedding workouts and get going!  You are going to look as amazing as you feel.

October 21, 2016

Top 10 Points for your Perfect Wedding Day!

You’re getting married! After the rush and excitement of saying yes to the love of your life have melted away your thoughts will lead on how to celebrate your love and planning your perfect wedding day! Here are our top 10 points for your perfect wedding day! 1-  Find a planner that to help you navigate through the ins and outs of wedding planning. Someone you connect with and who you will speak with often, someone who understands your vision and who will keep track of the planning schedule for you! wedding-planners 2-  Selecting the wedding venue! Think of a place that represents who you are as a couple. Where and when would you like to celebrate with your family and friends at outside? At a restaurant? A beautiful ballroom or a backyard . Venues typically book about a year out. Once you find the venue and their availability will determine your actual wedding date! wedding-venue-palm-beach wedding-venue-aspen 3-  Once you have the wedding venue and wedding date locked in the fun begins hiring the vendors will be a breeze when you understand the vision of what your wedding day will be like. The florist will bring a concept in terms of the décor, coherent with the time of year, the venue and always representative of the story you want to tell with your wedding day. wedding-floral wedding-florals-palm-beach     4-  Like venues professional wedding photographers book about a year in advance. It is important to use a professional photographer who sticks to a timeline to get all of your family captured during the big day! Professional wedding photographers aren’t always expensive they have many different price points and are capable of working a timeline and getting all the detail shots you had worked so hard to bring to be sure you can keep these memories forever. photographer-details photographer-details2 5-  Transportation is key!! Moving a large amount of guests to and from your wedding venue is important to That way, no one has to worry about navigating an unfamiliar city or choosing designated drivers. A charter bus or shuttle, which holds up to 60 passengers would do the trick! transportation 6-  Let’s Party!! Music, entertainment and dancing are always one of the top 3 things couples say is the most important part of their celebration. A planner can help you realistically decide the big questions DJ or band? Finding the right emcee to follow the timeline so speeches, cake cutting and your first dance go right on track. wedding-entertainment-italy View More: http://lauraboggsphotography.pass.us/knowles-maroone 7-  Audio visual, sound and lighting are factors most would not think of on a day to day basis but having all of the above is necessary for the impact of the day. Whether you need to mic your officient for your wedding guests to hear the ceremony or arranging lighting for the band you had hired to keep everyone on the dance floor all night! Most wedding venues do not have in-house lighting, these are tools every planner knows how to utilize for a successful event! audio-visual-wedding-details 8-  Don’t forget the details! Just when you thought you had the venue, the photographer, the florist all squared away- 10 more things will come up - Make sure to talk to your caterer about meals for your vendors. Weather Backup plan? Creating welcome booklets with information for your guests. Incorporate family heirlooms or traditions into your special day? Creating a timeline for the flow of the day when things will get started depending on the time of year. Your planner is aware of all the 20 more details you may not consider. wedding-details-florida 9-  Establishing a wedding website to share with your guests with a few basic pieces of information on site, location, nearby hotels, local and planned activities so everyone is aware what will be going on the whole weekend. View More: http://lisaannephoto.pass.us/laurarichvendorgallery 10-  Sit back and relax and leave the planning to the professionals!! From experience a good planner knows what couples find memorable and making sure every detail reflects why you are choosing to celebrate with your loved ones. A wedding planner is there to make sure everything is in order so you do not have to think about anything other than your wonderful wedding day! wedding-planner-professional
January 6, 2017

10 Ways to Ensure a Perfect Wedding Day!

10 WAYS TO ENSURE A PERFECT WEDDING DAY

Your wedding day is one of the most exciting days of your life. Between working with many vendors and suppliers as well as looking after your guests needs, it is easy for some wedding items to slip through the cracks. Here are our 10 ways to ensure a perfect wedding day. There is a lot to do in advance of the big day. Working with Gold Leaf Event Design & Production will ensure that these things that will not be forgotten on your wedding day:
  1. Marriage License
Marriage license should top the list. Visit your jurisdiction to apply for a marriage license. See what they require in terms of documentation, but you may be required to take a blood test in some states such as Texas. Your wedding planner will make sure this is on your wedding timeline. They will also turn in your paperwork after you have signed your marriage license on your wedding day. Perfect wedding day Aspen
  1. Wedding Rings
You may be accustomed to wearing your engagement ring every day, so wedding rings may become forgotten. You can’t forget these gems. They are a vital part of your wedding day. Megan from Orla James laughed, “We get so many people calling last minute asking us to rush their wedding rings and when I ask their wedding date, they tell me it's in two weeks.” Don’t leave it for the last minute. It’s almost impossible to get something custom made when you are in a hurry. Aspen perfect wedding day rings-marinabrendan rings-marina-brendan
  1. Wedding Vows
Consider writing your vows before your wedding day. Provide your planner with a copy that they will remember to have on your special day. vows-melissa-marshall-177-2
  1. The Wedding Dress
With all the effort gone into picking out the perfect dress that suits you, makes you comfortable and happy, you will absolutely want to remember how you felt in that dress forever. A wedding dress does not show up overnight. You will need to order your dress at least six months in advance in order to get the appropriate alterations done on time. Your wedding day will come and go, but your wedding pictures will always remain. You should look like a star! dress-kate-holstein dressmelissa-marshall-051
  1. Wedding Venue
Think of a place that represents who you are as a couple. Where and when would you like to celebrate with your family and friends. Outside? A favorite restaurant? A beautiful ballroom or a backyard? Venues typically book about a year out. Once you find the venue, their availability will determine your actual wedding date! venue-tindall-farmer http://rachelhavel.com venue-4-kt-merry View More: http://lauraboggsphotography.pass.us/knowles-maroone venue-21-kt venue-laura-murray venue-3-kt
  1. Theme and decorations
Gold Leaf Event Design & Production creates an original theme inspired by each couple using personal and seasonal decorations. The right décor can lend to a unique and remarkable experience. Planners search high and low for the perfect effect or vendor who will make your dreams become reality. decor-kate-holstein decor-capano decor-2-nancy-cohn decor-lauren-and-mark-jwc-2013 decor-kt decor-nancy-cohn
  1. Catering and Bartending
What is it that guests remember the most about weddings? The food! A fun part of planning is choosing the right caterer, from the initial tasting, to creating custom cocktails, be sure to wow your guests with a savory experience they soon wont forget! http://rachelhavel.com catering-laura-boggs catering-2-capano catering-capano http://rachelhavel.com
  1. Wedding Photographer and Videographer
Photos and videos are a way to look back and remember your most special wedding moments. It seems on the wedding day itself, everything happens so fast, not to mention the nostalgia factor a beautiful photo album can bring later in life. As with catering, pick experienced professionals who come highly recommended and are experts in making you look your best! photographer-2-laura-murry photographer-laura-murray
  1. Wedding Music and Entertainment
Music sets the tone of your wedding creating the right ambiance and will be your guests favorite part of the evening. Will it be a live band or a DJ? Whatever your choice, explore it fully before committing. http://rachelhavel.com music-capano music-wedding-palm-beach  
  1. Wedding Gift Bags
Wedding gift bags are not an integral part of the wedding but your guests always appreciate the gesture.  Planning for gift bags can be a fun way to leave your mark on your guests. souveniers-lauren-and-mark-jwc-2013 souvenier-bryce-covey Hope you enjoyed our 10 ways to ensure you have the perfect wedding day! Information presented by guest blogger Katie from Orla James