A Reflection of 2013

Happy New Year to all of you! Thank you all for such amazing year, without your support we would not have made it this far. We have gathered some images of some of the events we catered to in 2013 … Continue reading

Work it out Wednesdays – Introducing Trina Kincey a Certified Health Coach!

As you know, not only do we strive to assist you with your Wedding & Event Planning, but we also have a passion for Fitness and a Healthy lifestyle.  I recently “virtually” met Trina Kincey, a Certified Health Coach, and … Continue reading

Work it out Wednesdays – Prep for your Dress!

Whether you have found your gown or not, here are some helpful hints to help you get fit for your style dress. If you are interested in the Sheath Style Gown you will want to aim for a lustrous and … Continue reading

Happy Anniversary Alexis & Oscar Maldonado!

We would like to take this time and Congratulate one of our favorite couples on their 2 Year Anniversary! Nothing makes us happier that to see our previous clients enjoy their lives together more and more each day. When I … Continue reading

Work it out Wednesdays – Get in Shape for your Big Day!

It’s so common that as women we become overwhelmed with all of our daily tasks that we tend to forgot some of the important things that need to be done.  For instance, for all our Brides-to-be, if you are the midst of planning your wedding, odds are that as you’re stressing over centerpieces, looking for a photographer, dealing with your bridesmaids and everything in between.  The last thing on your mind is considering what you’ll look like to your nearest and dearest as they stare at your backside on your way down the aisle.  Can you feel me on this one?

According to a Brides.com 2006 American Wedding Study, out of 2.3 million American Weddings, only 80% of the brides and over half of the wedding party & family members will take steps to change their eating or exercise habits for the big day.  And hopefully if you are reading this you will be one of them!  If not, let’s work on getting that percentage up…not only for your wedding day, but for your future and that of your children and future generations.

I’m not saying that if you are not a fitness model for your wedding day, that you won’t be a beautiful bride.  I think ALL women are beautiful no matter their weight, or shape!  Everyone is entitled to make the decision about whether or not to work out and/or eat right on their own.  No one wants to witness a Carb-free wife-to-be lose her mind over place settings at the rehearsal dinner, because from experience I know that this can be an ugly sight!!  One of the main reasons I believe eating right and working out are important is because this is an ultimate CONFIDENCE BOOSTER…oh and it would feel so cool to have people stare at a HOT back side walking down that aisle!  ;o)

Your engagement time should be an amazing time in your relationship transition.  Both your mind and your body are going to be running on overdrive from the moment you said Yes to the ring until you’ve said good-bye to your last guest after your reception.  So get your heart rate up, work those muscles to the max, and eat healthy to kick your brain into the “I’m a HOT Bride!” mode.  Just remember that making time for regular workouts can keep you focused and feeling great about yourself.  So what’s better way to start your new life?

I am sure you have a ton of other things that you are worried about in the process of wedding planning, so you are probably wondering why/how or when you will be able to focus on staying fit!

Ask yourself – IF NOT NOW, THEN WHEN???  Start today by visiting our recent Work it out Wednesday Bootcamp postings:

https://favorsandmore.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/work-it-out-wednesdays-lets-trim-the-fat/
https://favorsandmore.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/work-it-out-wednesdays-aint-nobody-got-time-for-back-fat/
https://favorsandmore.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/work-it-out-wednesdays-legs-for-days/
https://favorsandmore.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/work-it-out-wednesdays-hush-up-squat/

Thank you for reading..Happy Training!

~Yosie

#Yourbootcampdiva

Will You Spend the Rest of your Life with Me?

One of the most important moments in a woman’s life is when her soul mate asks her to spend the rest of her life with him. Some gentlemen really take this moment seriously because they know how special and meaningful it is for the love of their life to have a memory of a lifetime (it’s all about having a great story to tell all her friends and family!). A lot of planning goes into a moment that will fly by in a blink of an eye, but that very moment will leave a lasting impression in their minds forever.

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If you are not already engaged or married, how do you want it to happen?

  • Do you want your family and friends there?
  • Do you want it to be captured on video or photos?
  • Would you want one of those flash mob types of proposals that the world will eventually see on YouTube or something quiet, simple, magical between just the two of you?
  • Do you want it to be in a different city or country? While on a special vacation?
  • On or near a day that is already special to both of you? Like a Holiday or a Birthday?
  • Do you want him to get down on one knee? Sit next to you? Stand in front of you?

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If you are already engaged or married, how did it happen?

  • How did your fiancé or husband propose to you?
  • Did he ask your parents or a special person in your life if he could have your hand in marriage with their blessings?
  • Did you have a feeling he was going to do it when he did it?
  • Was he nervous?
  • Did you hint at the type of ring you wanted?
  • Did he talk a lot or did he get right to the point?
  • Did you cry? Hug? Kiss? And then say “Yes” or in reverse order?
  • Was there music playing?
  • Is it a distant memory?

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I was perusing the internet and came across some unique proposal ideas for the gentlemen out there…I got these from random websites. Sorry I didn’t cite my sources!!

  • Scavenger hunts are always an entertaining marriage proposal idea. Start off with a simple clue to someplace nearby, then get more complicated as the scavenger hunt progresses, and have the final location be a place where you can hide and then pop out and get down on one knee.
  • Most movie theaters have repeating advertising slides before the previews that can be purchased. Write her name up in lights, and be sure to get to the theater early enough.
  • If your intended flies often, get friends and family to join you at the airport, where they’ll each hold up signs spelling out “Will you marry me?” as your sweetheart disembarks from the plane. Make sure you’re the one holding the “Me” sign!
  • Buy fortune cookies and remove the fortunes from them with a pair of tweezers. Replace the fortunes with notes asking her to marry you. You can set it up with a Chinese restaurant to bring them to you after a nice romantic dinner or have them delivered with your take out.
  • Put an ad in the newspaper. This is incredibly easy to do and very inexpensive. You can place a classified ad, such as ‘Seeking single female named such-and-such to spend her life with me.’ Or, you could up the ante and place a larger graphical ad with a picture of the two of you and your proposal. Oh and make sure she reads the newspaper!
  • Write ‘Will you marry me?’ in luminaries on a hilly road that you can drive up and see.
  • Set a reminder to pop up in her Outlook and have it be a proposal (or a wedding date suggestion!). Make sure to have the reminder pop up while you’re around. If it’s at work, have the reminder come up around lunch and be there waiting to give the ring and celebrate with a romantic lunch.
  • http://www.since1910.com/engagement-ring-blog/top-100-proposal-ideas/
  • http://voices.yahoo.com/ten-unique-fun-marriage-proposal-ideas-2120718.html

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A note to the gentlemen out there….

At the end of the day, the special moment should have her in mind. What would she appreciate? Who would she like to be around when it happens? Would she want to be wined and dined or for it to happen on a walk in a park or at a baseball game? Or at home in your kitchen or living room? Keep in mind her wants, desires, any hints she may have given you along your dating journey and I am sure you will give her a memorable moment in time that she will tell everyone about with a glimmer in her eye.

;o)

Stay tuned for an upcoming blog about the big rock!

~Yomaris~

@Yomi1221

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Check out some pretty interesting proposal stories, pictures and videos here…

http://www.buzzfeed.com/lukelewis/heartmelting-marriage-proposals

http://www.trendhunter.com/slideshow/unique-wedding-proposals

http://howheasked.com/

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue….huh???

Traditional brides incorporate something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in their weddings.  Many brides are unfamiliar with the origin and meaning behind the old-new-borrowed-blue custom though.  This tradition stems from an old English rhyme “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in your shoe.”  Traditionally, family members and the bride’s attendants gave old, new, borrowed, and blue items and a sixpence to the bride as tokens of love on her wedding day for good luck just before her marriage. Today, brides are working the old, new, borrowed, and blue objects into their weddings themselves.  Here are some ideas for brides to personalize the old-new-borrowed-blue custom for their weddings.


Something Old represents a continuation of the past moving to the future.  The  item can be an antique, an heirloom object, or a sentimental piece that represents the bride’s past.

  • Get a vintage purse to match the bride’s gown
  • Bring out the great grandmas jewelry to wear like an engagement ring or wedding band, a brooch, earrings, a bracelet, a necklace, or some sparkly hair pins
  • Pin your grandfathers broach onto your bouquet
  • Sew a button from one of the bride’s father’s old coats on the inside of the bride’s gown at the hem or place it in her purse
  • Wear a headpiece, tiara, or veil that has been handed down from generation to generation
  • Wear vintage white gloves
  • Display your parents’ cake toppers or use it as the wedding cake topper

 

Something New represents optimism for the future and the new life the bride will share with her groom.

  • Buy a new lipstick in a pretty shade
  • Buy a new clutch to use on the day of the wedding
  • Select a new jewelry item to wear on the day of the wedding like a bracelet, earrings, or a necklace
  • Wear new lingerie that you may have gotten at your Bridal shower to wear under your gown

 

Something Borrowed represents “borrowed” happiness.  A lot of brides have a borrowed item from a long-time happily married couple for this, but it can also be something borrowed from a friend or other relative.  The borrowed item should be returned to the owner following the wedding day with a thoughtful thank you.

  • The Groom can borrow his grandfather’s pocket watch or have the bride carry it in her purse
  • The groom can wear his father’s silk handkerchief
  • Use a best friend’s strapless bra for the day (interesting suggestion!)
  • Borrow a headpiece or hair bobbles/hair tie
  • Use your sister’s silver knife she used at her wedding to cut the cake with at the reception
  • Wear borrowed jewelry from a happily married best friend or family member
  • Borrow the flower girl or ring bearer from a friend’s wedding (make sure you return this child!)  lol

 

Something Blue represents love, good fortune and fidelity.  This can be done is so many ways!  Some will not want blue to be a dominant wedding color and so they will prefer to limit the blue color to less visible areas. The something blue item is also an opportunity for the bride who loves blue to embrace the color blue as one of her wedding colors.

  • Make it fun and wear a blue Garter
  • Have the groom wear a blue undies 😉
  • Paint the bride’s toenails or fingernails with blue nail polish
  • Have the florist use blueberries in the table centerpieces
  • Wear blue shoes
  • Wear sapphire, tanzanite, opals, or aqua marine jewelry
  • Use a blue stone on your bouquet
  • Drive a blue car for transportation
  • Pack blue lingerie for the honeymoon

 

A Sixpence in Your Shoe – This is actually new to me as well!  The sixpence represents good fortune and prosperity, which we all want!  The sixpence is usually placed in the bride’s left shoe, but it can also be carried in the bride’s purse.  Silver sixpence coins can be purchased from various online stores that sell them specifically for weddings, but many brides have found other ways to interpret this custom by using various items and carrying the item instead of placing it in their shoes.

  • Buy a silver sixpence to use for the wedding
  • Get a coin from your country or your grooms country
  • Carry another valuable object like a different coin, jewelry, or a large dollar bill

 

Some people may consider this a superstitious belief and since many people do not believe in superstitions, they do not follow this tradition.  This is something that is entirely up to the bride (and groom) to decide upon (unless you have grandparents or parents who wish that you follow tradition…then you better get to collecting!).

In some Latin American cultures, one of the traditions is that during the ceremony, the groom traditionally presents the bride with 13 gold coins to symbolize giving up his worldly possessions.  Also, a rope or garland is wound around the couple, symbolizing eternal love and equal responsibility.

Please let us know of any wedding traditions that are implemented in your culture.  We would love to read about them!

 

~Yosie~

Planning for the Marriage and not just the Wedding

“You cannot build a dream on a foundation of sand. To weather the test of storms, it must be cemented in the heart with uncompromising conviction.”
-T.F. Hodge

On our one-hour drive to our cousins wedding, “building a healthy marriage” was the topic of conversation. We have been in the wedding industry for a couple of years now and it’s a blessing that all of the weddings we have worked on have been between two people that genuinely love one another and it’s apparent that their union will last a lifetime.

Unfortunately, not all relationships are built with a solid foundation and some end before the honeymoon stage is over. It’s important while planning a wedding to keep in mind the key reasons why you are together. Try to spend more time planning your marriage than planning your wedding day.

The bride and groom should take active roles in planning all aspects of their lives together to ensure a long, healthy matrimony. Participate in activities you both love and enjoy, go on dates every now and again, surprise each other with thoughtful gifts to show one another how much you appreciate each another, help keep your partner motivated in all aspects of life and always keep in mind the core reasons you are together.

Love, communication, trust, loyalty, honesty, intimacy, support and compromise are some of the many building blocks to ensure a strong foundation. Best of luck to all the happy couples in the world!!

“The million-dollar question you must ask yourself is: Would you take a shack on the rock or a castle in the sand? The foolish man will chose to build his house on sandy soil where he has easy access and less struggle in building his dream. The wise-man on the other hand, will chose to build his house on a rocky hill, where it is hard to access, more work in building, but is definitely more secure. When the storm inevitably hits, the sandy castle is finished! While the shack on the rocks will be safe and sound allowing the wise-man more opportunity to keep building his dream!” -Ash Cash

~YJM~