Don’t let Acne be your worry on your Wedding Day

Months and months of planning for the happiest day of my life everything had to be perfect. The problem was I knew what I was putting off until the last minute. No matter how beautiful the dress or how glamorous my hair would appear on the day I could still not hide away from my arch nemesis: acne. I had struggled with acne from the age of 15 and now at 21 I still had not been spared of the nuisance that acne created. My wedding was now a matter of months away and although everyday my wonderful fiancée told me I was beautiful I still felt my acne was holding me back from being the beautiful bride I dreamed of being. Creams, pills, even new makeup techniques only failed to disappoint me. Harry told me he didn’t even notice the acne but I knew the ugly truth, I knew when I looked in the mirror it dominated the lower half of my petite face. Why hadn’t I used acne removal system from Tanda for my big day?

I had to learn to deal with acne and accepted it would always be in my life plus I was one of those people to sweep problems under the carpet BUT this was my wedding and this was no ordinary day. There was no room for regrets or second bests, so acne light therapy
seemed like the solution. So here I am standing at the makeup counter with one of my bridesmaids naturally pondering over the vast selections of thick foundations and concealers. My friend out of nowhere suddenly asks me if there was one thing I could change about my physical experience. I’m like “well durr look at this freakin’ acne that’s illegally parked on my chin!”. Fancy shoes, dieting, tanning even expensive hair cuts would never distract me from the acne slowly spreading across the lower half of my face. So mini breakdown over my friend hauls me into her apartment to check out the latest in acne treatment as if I’ve never thought to do that myself! “Another cream, right” I ask my friend. After listening to my friend rant at me for half an hour about bright light LED treatment I realise she may have a point. Maybe this will show promise. I studied tandaskincare.com looking for the obvious before and after pictures of “acne ridden” models. What did I have to lose though it was my wedding anything was worth a shot right? Unlike the previous creams and pills I had once bought in desperation to cure my acne this was actually good for the general health of my skin and could produce visible results I could actually see.
So here I am a few nights from my wedding day with a noticeably clearer lower face thanks to the acne light treatment. I’m still using the piece of kit for my treatment but I already see my own smile reflecting back in the mirror at how good I feel just by doing something about my long struggle with acne. Now I have finally stopped obsessing about my acne I have finally noticed that my shoes do not in fact match my wedding dress!

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Grooms bringing back stylish hats at weddings

I’ve noticed a new trend in the wedding industry. It seems that men are starting to sport stylish hats to these events. Unlike many styles I am glad to see this men’s accessory coming back.

Stylish hats were not just for a time during the rat pack of the 50’s. Fedoras are seen being worn by singers like Justin Timberlake and numerous rap stars of our time. Hey, if you’re looking for a good collection of mens hats the internet provides the worlds largest superstore.

men's wedding hats - fedora

Their have been a large number of hats worn at the recent high profile weddings over in England & Wales. Let’s clarify, not ALL of these hats were the kind I would ever like to see again. Never been a big fan of a hat as the main event over hats being a subtle accessory to an already stylish outfit.

What hats have you seen men wear at a wedding that make the whole tux just rock?

Buying wholesale wedding dresses from Costco?

Most brides don’t have Kate Middleton’s royal wedding budget, but every bride deserves to look like a princess on her wedding day.

I recently read that Costco is now offering Kirstie Kelly signature wedding dresses at a major savings of up to 40% off.  Now I remember when Wal-mart first started selling funeral caskets online and it caused a big stir in the funeral parlor business.  Selling wedding dresses at wholesale retailers like Costco, Sam’s Club, and other could shake up the wedding industry.

costco wedding dresses whoelsale by Kirstie Kelly
Costco wholesale wedding dresses by Kirstie Kelly

What about some premium shoes like prada, jimmy choo, & gucci? Will Costco or Sams ever end up offering shoes like this…. even online?  I doubt it.  Since these shoes, like Rolex watches, get the premium price because of their lack of availability and price point from the majority of consumers, items like prada shoes will remain to be sold exclusively in high shops and large metropolitan cities.

Back to the topic at hand, Costco recently partnered with bridal designer Kirstie Kelly to develop a capsule collection of six gown styles to be sold at pop-up salons during wedding-themed sales events the discount warehouse club is hosting across the country. The dresses range in price from $699 to $1,399, and are offered in sizes 2 to 24.

“When I was designing this line, and when I thought about what this line represented, I wanted to create a small, tight collection that represented every type of bride and type of wedding,” Kelly says.

“There’s a gown for the destination bride, one for the bride who likes a clean look, one who is bohemian, and the bride who is traditional and having a ballroom reception. I was so happy because within this collection we’ve been able to incorporate a lot of beautiful details. We have elements on lace. We have Swarovski crystals,” notes Kelly. “So while the cost is Continue reading

Paralyzed bride walks the aisle

Jennifer Darmon fulfilled a lifelong dream Saturday afternoon when she walked down the aisle and said “I do” in a Windsor courthouse. Paralyzed after a 2008 car accident, she underwent intense therapy at the Detroit Medical Center. Darmon was afraid of falling until she locked eyes with the love of her life. Then, everything was perfect. “It’s so nice for everybody to be able to see the end result, all the work I’ve put into it over the last couple of years,” Darmon said. Darmon stood through the ceremonywith the help of a walker, which lasted about 10 minutes.

Enjoy the video frmo ABC News here –

Mike Belawetz, Darmon’s new husband, says he’s proud of his wife’s accomplishments.

Paralyzed from the hips down after a car accident, Darmon wore leg braces under her strapless white gown and took the first step down the aisle, carefully holding the arm of her father, Alan, and her brother, Kevin.

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Jennifer Darmon, the paralyzed bride, walks down the aisle for her wedding

I’ll take this slow, sweet walk with you,” her uncle Tony Darmon sang, trying not to cry through a song written by Edwin McCain.

Jennifer Darmon moved slowly down the 40-foot aisle before 190 friends and family and a throng of news media inside Mackenzie Hall, a historic courthouse in Windsor.

She moved past Liz Richmond, her rehabilitation trainer at Detroit Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, where she first learned to crawl and then moved up to walking with braces. “I’m so proud of her,” Richmond said. “I was crying and used up my tissue.”

Richmond had helped Darmon stretch out her muscles before the wedding. “She was a trouper, just like always,” Richmond said.

Darmon moved past her physical therapist, Phuong Vu.

“It was so emotional to see her accomplish her goals,” Vu said. “She has been working on this for almost a year. We are so proud of her.”

Frances Jack of Guelph, Ontario, an family friend who had seen Darmon’s first steps as an infant — on Jennifer’s first birthday — wiped away tears. “Today was like watching it all over again,” she said. “I’m way beyond happy.”

And then, Darmon looked up and saw Mike Belawetz, the love of her life, the man who refused to leave her after the July 27, 2008, car accident that left her paralyzed. “I saw Mike and everything was great after that,” she said. “I kept watching him.”

The Rev. Robert J. Verkoyen, a pastor at Rock of Help Christian Centre in Essex, Ontario, told the bride and groom that they had been “shining examples” of love and commitment.

“No tears left the eyes, but it stirred a bit,” Belawetz said. “I knew she could do it. I’m proud of my wife. Her accomplishment. It feels great to be here today.”

“It’s been a long journey,” he said. “But I couldn’t be prouder than I am today. It’s Jenn’s character. She does not give up. She will not let anything deter her from her goals.”

After the accident, Jennifer Darmon told her father that she was upset that she would never walk down the aisle. “Today proved that you can achieve anything you set your mind on,” Alan Darmon said.

Carla Darmon, Jennifer’s mother, couldn’t hold back the tears: “When it first happened, it was devastating. Today? Top of the world. It’s a great day.”

After the ceremony, Belawetz lifted his bride and carried her down the aisle. She smiled and kissed him gently.

He said it was his idea to carry her out: “They wouldn’t let her strap strings to her and fly out, so I had to actually pick her up and carry her out.”

Using Facebook/Social Media to organize your next wedding

Thought it was time to write on this again.  You see, a couple in Great Britain, Mark Hillary & Angelica Mari got married on December 3, 2010 and decided to forgo thee usual wedding etiquette like invitations, RSVP cards, save the date magnets, etc…. and only use social media. Not only did it save time, it saved loads of money on their wedding costs. Who wouldn’t want more money for the honeymoon instead of the wedding administration costs?

This is what the Facebook invite looked like below:

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Example of a real facebook wedding invitation

Mark had this to say, “Facebook was useful because almost all my family and friends are on there. It’s true, there are some Facebook refuseniks and I had to update them by text message, and some partners of friends are not always on my friend list, but on the whole I managed to update everyone using a Facebook event.”

Of course, what is the downside….. what if the marriage falls apart…. will everyone be notified the same way? Roy Cellan-Jones even covered this story and more on his blog at BBC. Here are some of the negative sides to social media on the back side.

Here’s a quick devil’s advocate view of the bad side of social media:

Should a new celebration be for a divorce, or a more ‘discrete’, private celebration for an affair, you and the others in your web will have a different perspective on how you and your life are presented to the world, who has access to it, what they can do with it. You might wish only snail mail existed.

I know one or two people who deeply regret their Facebook history, because their lives and circumstances have changed and they wish that they could redefine their privacy, their friends, what the world knows about them. They can’t. They’ve tried. It’s to late.

What are some more pros and cons of using social media for your wedding?

 

The most creative marriage proposal of 2011

A friend of mine on facebook just posted this and I am impressed with Michael’s ability to lay out a creative proposal by using his superb video editing skills & making the ideas in his mind come together.  Here’s a quick outline of what you will see in the video, the most creative marriage proposal of 2011.

15 – 1:40 – Where Michael plays with the poster radio that seems to respond to his every wish.

58 seconds – he turns the radio right before Bush’s chorus of ” I want to f*#* you like an animal comes on….”

Here are the words he wrote for this:

Hey Baby just wanted to take a few minutes – to say a few things I’ve been wanting to say – Ever since I’ve been on my own – I’ve been drifting through life – aimlessly & without direction – clinging onto any scrap of philosophy – that made any sense to me – I left alot of people & things I love behind – (Michael points to the stick figure of him running away) – for something new. A change of pace – What I got was much more – You found me and gave me a future to look forward to – & a reason to believe that TRUE LOVE is real – I love you more than you know – more than I’ve ever loved anyone – EVER (he shakes it in the air) – Your Everything I want – & everything I never knew I needed.  – And although I can only afford this – (picture of a very small diamond engagement ring) – you deserve this – (picture of large diamond ring, made of aluminum foil – VERY SHINY) – But if you accept it and me…. – I promise to spend the rest of my life – making you feel like the most beautiful (pic of rose)-  woman…. mother… – wife? – Meet me out back XOXOXOXOXOXOXO –

creative wedding proposal
Need ideas for creative marriage proposals?

5:25 the recording shows him on the back deck waiting for Jen to respond to the video.

5:31 – she walks out in a white nightgown and pink slippers & embraces him –

5:48 he gets down on one knee… the music changes to hard rock

6:00 she looks at the rings and hugs him….. for the next 40 seconds you can see her excitement, her tears & happiness……all only to the sound of music

6:42 Michael gets up and they embrace in a beautiful moment….

7 minutes – Where Michael picks up his bride to be and her pink slippers fly into the air!! Love this part!!!

So they are now engaged as of January 19th, 2011. Love the phrase Gingers Unite at the end.  What do you think of this?
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I Love Scrubs – did you see the Wedding episode?

I recently was browsing some episodes of Scrubs and ran into the wedding episode.  I love the part where JD remembers making out with a “short” girl or… maybe was on her knees.  Turk reminds him she was a midget…. It was great stuff.  Anyone know who designed the wedding dress that his wife wore for that episode, it was beautiful.

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Turk dancing during his wedding on Scrubs

Of course Scrubs always has the characters wearing different nursing uniforms.  Of course the janitor has the best uniform…. even at this wedding he wears his standard janitor attire.

Has JD ever dreamed of wearing prison style burnt orange scrubs, like the ones correctional inmates have to wear.  I think it would b a good color for him.  The only episode he did in prison he just kicked and beat some people in a normal blue collar shirt…. not as much fun as it could have been.

I’m really surmised Turk didn’t wear a white cotton lab coat or something, just to be a pain to his boss on this episode.  It’s so hard for me to believe the show is gone and no new episodes will ever air again. On May 14, 2010, it was announced the show was officially canceled. The season nine finale, titled “Our Thanks”, aired March 17, 2010.  I remember that show… I teared up….. but not as much as this wedding episode.