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Weddings from the World: Orthodox Weddings


Photography:Whitney Rae Photography

Photography:Whitney Rae Photography

Wedding ceremonies around the world are varied and really interesting. Through these weeks, we will be learning about the different rituals, customs and traditions of different weddings ceremonies such as the Muslim, Indian, Japanese, Chinese and others. Today, let’s talk about Orthodox wedding ceremonies.

The Orthodox ceremony is very meaningful rite that has been celebrated for centuries. It is full of symbolism which marriage. For instance, love, mutual respect, equality and sacrifice. Everything that happens on it has a special meaning, especially the repetition of most ritual three times to represent and invoke the presence of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity.

The rings used in the ceremony are blessed by the priest beforehand. Then, he will hold the rings while pressing three times the forehead of the groom and bride. Once done, the rings are exchanged and placed on the third finger of the right hand.

After the rings are exchanged, the priest gives the couple lit candles that represent the couple’s purification and their willingness to receive God in their lives. Then, comes the crowning which is the main ritual of Orthodox weddings. The crowns represent the couples as they are the kings of their new home. The crowns are swapped in their heads three times.

When the crowning has ended, the couple is guided by the priest in circles around the altar together with the godparents that will guide them through the marriage steps. The will walk three times around the altar with the Bible and the Cross.

Finally, the priest gives his blessing for the couple to have a long, happy and fruitful life together. The rest of the celebration such as the entrance to the church, the party and the dress code is very similar to a catholic wedding.


The Perfect Color for Fall Weddings

Photography: Jose Villa

Photography: Jose Villa

Since fall starts this month, we will be sharing some tips with you related to weddings held in this beautiful season of the year. Our objective is to give you inspiration to have the best fall wedding ever!

Today, we will be discussing the color of the year according to Pantone—the authority on color—, the Marsala. This red wine family color is warm, vital, sensual and romantic, perfect for a Glam wedding. Therefore, it has been an inspiration for many brides worldwide and it is projected that it will be the best color for autumn weddings in 2015.

If you are not sure how this color would fit your wedding, you just need to visit Pinterest and write “marsala” and you will get a huge load of images to get inspiration and decorate your wedding using all shades of this cousin of wine.

Photogrphy: The hearts haven

Photography: The hearts haven

Marsala is perfect for decorating in the autumn, not only because it is within the ocher hues, but also because it is within the palette of colors exhibited by nature during this colorful season. It combines perfectly with subtle and neutral colors, therefore, you can highlight it essence without undermining other colors.

The best colors to combine it with are gold, light pink, olive green beige and cooper. You can use them in your flowers, centerpieces, candles, menu, invitations, and why not, the cake, it looks simply stunning!

Photography: Nicole Berret Photography

Photography: Nicole Berret Photography

If you want to include it in your bride’s apparel, you can use marsala shoes with your white wedding dress, lipstick, nails, earrings. Also you can have your bridesmaids wear marsala dresses. Use it in your bouquet and for the boldest brides, wear a marsala wedding dress! The outcome is fabulous.

Give marsala a shot, we bet you will not be dissapointed!

Photography: Jose VIlla

Photography: Jose VIlla

Weddings from the World: Muslim Weddings

Photographer: Marisa Holmes

Photographer: Marisa Holmes

If you have been invited to a Muslim wedding and you are not sure what to expect, keep reading this comprehensive guide to avoid any surprise. Find below the most important facts:

  • Muslim weddings are held in a Mosque and before the Imam (religious and sometimes political leader). The tradition dictates that all preparations related to the bride’s wedding day, such as clothing or accessories, should not be seen by the groom before the wedding ceremony or it will be bad luck.
  • Islam allows men to marry Christian or Jewish women because those religions have a holy book, however, Muslim women are not allowed to marry a man who is not Muslim.
  • The marriage contract has to be certified by the groom and his tutor—known as Wali—and at the ceremony, the Wali dedicates some words to the couple.
  • The provisions and laws are contained in their holy book called the Koran which is read during the ceremony.
  • The traditional dowry is not what most people believe. It is a gift from the future husband to his wife-to-be; for instance, an engagement ring, earrings, among others.
  • The couple must appear before the “sheikh” (a kind of Islamic magistrate) with three witnesses to perform the marriage contract.
  • According to Islamic law, after the ceremony, the couple is legally and spiritually bound; nevertheless, the bride returns home to plan the wedding celebration which happens one or two weeks after.
  • A Muslim wedding usually lasts from three days to a week.
  • The first night’s celebration is exclusive for women. The bride wears a kaftan and has henna marks on her hands and feet to keep the evil spirits away. Each symbol drawn has a meaning. The bride also enjoys a Hamman which is a relaxing steam bath that purifies her. That night, she is escorted by other women with candles, incense, chants and dances that allude to her beauty and to the process she is about to experience.
  • The mother of the groom, hands a tray with keys, bread and milk. The key represents the welcoming to the new family and the food represents abundance.
  • From the second night and on, there is a festival for all family and friends. The celebration depicts all the Muslim tradition and folklore.
  • Unlike other religions, in Muslim weddings, women open the dance!




How to Choose the Rings

Do you know what details you should consider when choosing your wedding rings?

Photography by: This Love of Yours

Photography by: This Love of Yours

It is not only the budget you have available for the engagement and marriage rings, it is also vital to know the characteristics that make on ring more valuable than another and there is, of course, the sentimental side.

There are some aspects you should know before buying the rings, we have listed them for you below:

  • Before starting the search, you must definitely define your budget. Usually, it is the groom who takes the lead because, by tradition, he will buy the engagement ring. However, some couples decide to buy all the rings together so they must discuss how much money they may spend.
  • Visit different jewelers to get an idea of the current price ranges, characteristics and other details such as reservation, installment payments, custom fit, initial engraving and discounts.
  • Some jewelry shops offer a package that includes the engagement ring plus the wedding rings, so you have a clearer idea on how much you may spend.
  • Do not confuse the carat of the stone with the carat of the gold. The carat in stones refers to the mass of the stone while for gold it refers to the fineness of it.
  • There are a variety of stones that can be used for wedding rings and its value is priced according to their size, color and the less amount of imperfections.
  • Besides yellow and white gold, there are also rings made of platinum; however, due to its high cost, fewer jewelers provide them.
  • When choosing, it is vital to take into account the taste and personality of the bride. The groom should know if she prefers yellow or white gold, flashy or discreet, modern or classic. If chosen correctly, the bride will wear it proudly as a symbol of the love union.
Photography by André Teixeira, Brancoprata.

Photography by André Teixeira, Brancoprata.

You may also take into account the new tendencies:

  • White gold is currently the most popular.
  • Brides are looking for rings that do not have a lot of stones around the main one.
  • Most women are interested in single rings with small stones so they don’t risk to hit it or stay hooked in their clothes.
  • Sapphire rings such as the ones worn by Princess Diana and Kate Middleton are in vogue now.


Ideas to Decorate the Aisle

Photography: Max Wanger

Photography: Max Wanger

If you have already thought of decorating every single space in your wedding such as the banquets, tables, chairs, roof, and so on. One more pace you should take into account is the aisle… the way to the altar. Walk to the man of your dreams through a magical passage.

When people think about decorating, they usually forget about the floor, or, they use a red carpet for the aisle; however, more and more couples are now choosing to decorate the floor with cute, original and unique ideas perfect for any bride. Some ideas would suit especially well if the ceremony is outdoors, some others to decorate the church hall and others are versatile. Let’s check them out!


The safest choice for the aisle is the traditional red carpet, but why not risking and getting away from the conventional by being bold and using other colors. What about white, green, pink, blue… the color you want to use will be just perfect. Analyze the decoration of your wedding and the theme so the color matches. If you want something even more innovative, you may print your names or initials in the carpet or you could build a road with using carpet for the path to the altar, choose to print the names or initials of the couple in it or you could even build a road with different kilim rugs if you are holding a boho wedding.

Petals and more Petals

Embellishing the aisle using petals is the trendiest option these years. There are so many different options in which you can decorate the way to the altar by using petals and create a magical atmosphere that you will be awed by the results. You can choose to scatter petals without a specific order. Try a monochromatic style or combine different colors as well as types of flowers.

Now, if you prefer a more organized style, fill the hall with petals of the same color or create a drawing if you want a slightly more orderly style, chooses to completely fill the hall with petals of a single color or create a degraded drawing with them. Petals are super flexible for decoration because they allow you to create beautiful figures and make your way to the altar a fairylike experience.

The Edges of the Hall

If you are not attracted to the idea of walking on petals, you can also use them for the roadside or play with different types of floral arrangements and place them on the floor. If what you want is to light the road, use beautiful lamps or candles inside cages and place them on the sides of the aisle.  This idea will be super cute if you are getting married at night.

The edges could also be decorated in accordance to your wedding’s theme. Use straw or bales for a rustic theme; palms and exotic flowers for a beach team or incredible floral arrangements for an elegant and chic wedding.

There are so many options to decorate the aisle, choose the one you like the most so you feel in heaven when you give the expected “I do.”

8 Alternatives to the Wedding Dance


western-florida-beach-wedding-84You don’t know how to dance or you don’t are too into the wedding dance? Don’t worry! Even if most weddings have a wedding first dance, there are some grooms and brides who prefer to replace that with other activities. Here you have some ideas so you can use them as an alternative or as ideas to come up with your own one.

1) The first idea is that you choose love songs that you like a lot or that have a special meaning for you. Then, you can organize a karaoke. But not a regular one. It would be a sort of competition of the guests against the bride and groom. You can have little gifts as rewards.

2) Something else you can do is to show a video of how you two met, images of your childhood, your best moments together, etc. You can even tape a video thanking your guests for being there.

3) The third proposal is the shoe game. The couple will sit in a chair giving their back to the each other. Each will have a bride and a groom shoe in each hand. A volunteer will ask you questions and depending on the question, each of you will raise the shoe of the person who is best suited for the answer. This will show how much you agree in your answers and how much you happen to know each other.

Here are some questions that you can use:

  • Who wears the pants in the relationship?
  • Who cooks better?
  • Who drives better?
  • Who is more romantic?
  • Who is the best kisser?
  • Whose feet smell worse?
  • Which of the two says “I love you” more often?
  • Who spends more money?
  • Who spends more time on Facebook?
  • Who is the most conceited?

4) You can also do a monologue about marriage. Prepare yourself and you can choose the funniest friend you have to memorize and recite the monologue. Or, it if is possible, you can pay a professional that creates a special monologue for you.

5) A great game that will keep your guests wide awake throughout the wedding is “I spy.”  Put disposable cameras at each table for guests to capture moments in photos. Then, you will keep the photos as souvenirs for the couple.

6) You can also put a photo booth which is becoming very popular- To make it even better, you may give a small prize to the table that makes the funniest picture.

7) Another original idea and popular idea for the nightfall is to release balloons with LED lights or lanterns.

8) You can also play the musical chairs game. Choose one or two guests from each table and try to make it barefoot so no accidents happen.

Which idea do you like better? Did you come up with your own? Have fun at your wedding!!




10 Instrumental Songs for Walking Down the Aisle

Jonathan Ong Photography

Jonathan Ong Photography

The wedding entrance where the ceremony is held at, is undoubtedly the most anticipated moment of a wedding and it definitely creates a romantic atmosphere while fills the guests expectation; therefore, it is important to take your time and carefully choose the perfect song for that moment when all eyes will be on you.  

Choosing the wedding ceremony music may simple; yet, it is not. Our recommendation is not to wait until the last moment to decide for a song or you might end up regretting your choice. Without a doubt, walking down the aisle is a tremendously special and emotional moment, which is why it is so important to identify what music you want to be played. We have created a list of 10 instrumental songs that are perfect for that unique moment:

  • The first proposal is the classic Felix Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” in C major. It may be too classic for some people. However, it may be dreamy—and a must—for some other.
  • We continue with another classic: Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major. It is a very suitable melody for the wedding entrance due to its romantic and delicate nature. It is very used in religious weddings.
  • A very emotional song is “The Moment” by saxophonist Kenny G. It makes of any wedding ceremony a magic and passionate event.
  • A song that really gives Goosebumps from start to end is the instrumental version of “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri.
  • “May it be” by Enya in its instrumental variety is another song that will perfectly suit your entrance. It is much more emotional when played with flute.
  • A song that works perfectly to walk down the aisle is “The Rose” by Amanda McBroom but in its instrumental version. There is a great one played by violinist Andre Rieu.

Soundtracks are a great choice for wedding ceremonies. Usually they are instrumental and appropriate for the entrance since they are emotional and inspiring. Here are our favorite ones:

  • “The Main Title” of The Cider House Rules is a sweet, slow paced and romantic song.
  • “The Ludlows” of Legends of the Fall. Who didn’t fall in love with the movie and that song?
  •  A very emotional song is “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” of the Lion King Movie. Especially when performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London.
  • Finally, a romantic, emotional and inspiring song is “Married Life” from Up.

What do you think? Which one do you like the most?

Top 5 Girls you Must Not Invite to Choose your Wedding Dress

Are you ready to perfect wedding dress? Choosing the ideal wedding dress is one of the most important tasks of a bride; therefore, everything related to it has to be flawless so she finds in the mood to buy it. So, no matter if you love them or are dear friends, there are five people who you should leave out when you buy your wedding dress.  

Intense Smarty

There is always that girl interested in fashion who thinks she is an expert in image design. If you don’t want to suffer by someone telling you that you look fat, too thin, flat boobs, pear body or that white doesn’t really suit you well. Please don’t you ever take her to buy your wedding dress!  You will definitely not feel comfortable with her comments and she can even make you feel insecure about the dress you might want to get home.

The Single Mother who Hates Weddings

This is a definite no! When you choose the perfect wedding dress, you must be a little selfish. That means that all eyes should be on you and all comments must help you decide which dress is perfect for your body type. If you invite a friend who hates marriage, weddings and everything relate, will most likely end up sucking up your energy.

The Girl who is Getting Married and Wants Attention

It is to be nasty or have a bad attitude, but it is common that this girls discuss everything related to your wedding in a way that attracts the attention to their wedding and them. It may happen that when you are trying your dress, she will be talking about heirs and how prettier or expensive it will be. You want to feel like a princess that day, regardless of what type of dress you are buying, so keep her away.

The Very Judgmental Girl

Yes, there will always be that rude person who says exactly she has in mind. Although frankness may be appreciated in some scenarios, choosing your wedding dress is not one of those. You want to be surrounded by people with the right attitude because you will most likely be super sensitive due to all the nerves and emotions. If you want to be with positive and supportive people, do not invite her.

The Married and Depressed

This is a big DON’T. If you have a married friend who is really depressed, never invite her. It is feasible that she will keep talking about her wedding and how sad she is because it was not as good as she expected and so on. If you don’t want to start with the wrong foot, leave her out of your special choosing day.

The day you go to choose your wedding dress, make sure you invite people with a great attitude and who you feel comfortable with. Those who understand your emotions and feelings in making such an important decision. Just go with those who get you and enjoy!


Tips to Choose your Wedding Dress if you are Pregnant

Krista Mason Photography

Krista Mason Photography 

Are you looking forward concealing your belly or you actually want to show it off? That is the question you need to answer yourself before you your wedding dress in case you are expecting. There are always an ideal dress for every bride and that also includes pregnant brides.

Many brides prefer to rush their wedding because they prefer their belly not to be noticeable. Other brides, oppositely, want to wait until their pregnancy is noticeable to throw their wedding and share their happiness with their invitees while having a double celebration.

There are many wedding dresses that are suitable to flaunt your pregnancy, all you need to decide if you want to hide your pregnancy or proudly display it. Once you are clear on that, just follow these tips:

Disguise your Belly  

If you prefer to hide your belly, you might want to go with a loose or an A-line dress that will help you conceal your abdomen. Take into account that this will only work if you are stating your pregnancy because your belly is still small. To help you camouflage, choose soft and loose-fitting fabrics which adapt better to your body.

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Show off your Belly

If, on the other hand, you want your pregnancy to be exhibited, you should go for a straight-cut dress. Even better if it has subtle pleats under the breasts. The best dress you can choose is the one that has ribbons on the back that you can adjust—corset like—so you can fit it to your back and let it loose in your belly. All dresses with an empire cut are appropriate to display an advanced pregnancy.  Another option is to wear a thigh-fitting dress; however, you must be careful because depending on your ceremony’s theme, your dress may not be appropriate.


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Now, when you decide which type of dress you want, you must consider the changes your body will present when you actually wear it. Usually, you will go at least a couple months before your ceremony to get your dress fitted and adjusted. Make sure to remember that your weight and size will increase at least by one (approx. 3.3 pounds) per month.

 So, how do you want your wedding dress to be? 

Guys: How to Deal with a Bridezilla

When you proposed, she was so happy and full of love and excitement…then she started planning the wedding. The girl who once was sweet and calm, suddenly became grumpy and obsessed about all her wedding details. There is a name for that my friend: A bridezilla! Unless you want to end up leaving her at the altar, stick to the below pieces of advice.

Calm a Bridezille

 Photo Credit: Amanda Watson Photography

 Help her with the Planning

If you want to have a really angry bride, don’t show any interest on the wedding. Otherwise, try to get as involved as possible. Take her look at the locations, give your opinion regarding decoration or do some research to choose a theme: she will be delighted. In addition, ensure you make her understand she is not alone at this, you will support her through the whole process. Don’t forget that leaving her alone will make everything worse and you will be the main affected.

 Spoil her Every Now and Then

Try to keep your bridezilla as relaxed as possible. How? Well, there are a couple techniques which never fail:

  • Buy her an emergency survival kit.  You will not only fulfill one of her needs, but you will demonstrate how caring and loving you are. This one doesn’t fail.
  • Book a spa session for you two. You will both relax and enjoy a nice moment together. If you want to save money, try to do the massage yourself. We bet she will think it is really romantic and will appreciate it.
  • Pick one day of the week and name it the “weddingless day.” None of you will be allowed to talk about the wedding during that day and in exchange, you will let her choose an activity for that day.

Don’t Allow Tantrums

Yes! you have to support, love, help her and be patient; however, that doesn’t mean you must let her be a bridezilla. As soon as she starts yelling, doing tantrums and disrespecting you: stop her. You don’t have to put up with that. Let her know you will gladly comfort her and listen to her; but, whenever she calms down. Don’t let her turn you into a groomzilla.

Most likely, you will be the one with the feet on the ground. Therefore, make sure you help her stay in the real world. If you remember to show her how much you love her and at the same time draw the respect line, you will definitely pacify your bridezilla.