Getting In Shape For Your Wedding

 

 Every bride wants to look like a million bucks on their wedding day.  In fact MANY of our clients mention wanting to be in great shape for their wedding (and that beach honeymoon!).  So what should you be doing in these last few weeks or months to get wedding-gown ready?  We’re all about being the healthiest YOU you can be and we encourage brides to try something new to shake things up, like a CrossFit or boot camp class, train for your first race during the engagement, Bar Method classes, hot yoga… the list goes on and on!  What we think is important is that you truly enjoy your engagement and make it memorable by planning well for your big day but also indulging now and then as you celebrate with your family and friends.   With a little research, we’ve put together a 10 step wedding diet that will no doubt leave you feeling healthier, slimmer, craving less sugar and carbs, and with enough energy to dance the night away at that reception you are looking forward to!

  1. Eat every 3-4 hours. Choose a lean protein, a healthy starch, and a vegetable.
  2. Eat foods that are low in sodium and cut as much sugar as possible.  Keep a food journal if necessary to track what you’re really eating.
  3. Try to stay away from flours, even if it’s whole wheat. Baked goods, bread and pasta won’t keep you full and can leave you bloated and craving more.
  4. Keep snacks like almonds, popcorn and clementines on hand.  Don’t let yourself get to the point that you’re starving, when it’s easy to overeat.
  5. Eat small meals and pay attention to serving sizes.
  6. Eat foods rich in fiber.
  7. Take a couple days a week to bulk cook.  Make lots of chicken, fish, tuna, turkey, brown rice, and vegetables and pack your own lunch for work!
  8. Drink half of your body weight in pounds in ounces. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds you want to drink 60 ounces of water daily.
  9. Eat REAL FOOD.  The less processed and packaged, the better.
  10. Do some type of cardio at least 3-4 times a week and vary your exercises so your body doesn’t get bored.

See more tips and menu ideas from Michelle Marie Fit

Jenny + Nick’s Orlando Wedding Video by Imprint Cinema

We’re proud to show off Jenny and Nick’s video trailer from their wedding at Knowles Chapel at Rollins College in Winter Park and reception at the Historic Dubsdread Ballroom.  Orlando videographers Imprint Cinema put together a video that shows off the gorgeous dress from The Collection, wedding day makeup by All Faces Makeup, the beautiful car by Cole’s Classic Cars, floral and decor by Atmosphere’s, and Chiavari chairs by A Chair Affair.  Anna Cakes provided the pretty (and pretty delicious) cake, Soundwave was responsible for keeping guests on the dance floor, and Scott Craig Photography captured the wedding day in photos.  Enjoy this sweet video and congrats to Jenny and Nick!

Jenny and Nicks Wedding Film by Imprint Cinema! from Imprint Cinema on Vimeo.

Real Wedding: Christy + Justin at the Historic Dubsdread Ballroom

Every once in awhile we have the honor of planning more than one wedding for a family.  I was approached last year by bride Christy, whose twin sister’s wedding I had planned two years before.  I was so excited to work with this family again and while there was a little deja vu every so often, Christy’s wedding was unique and really captured her style and the personalities of both her and Justin.  Early on, Christy sent me a photo she loved of a rustic wedding in a barn.  The wood beams made me think immediately of the Historic Dubsdread Ballroom, and it only took one quick walk through for Christy to decide that it was the perfect place for her wedding reception.  The food was exquisite and dinner included crabcakes that their Maryland family agreed was top notch.

We left just about all song choices up to Justin, whose passion for music was acknowledged with a Baldwin piano groom’s cake by The Sugar Suite, complete with wood grain and tiny black and white keys.  Our DJ Rocks kept both groom and guests happy and dancing and the Our Photobooth Rocks photobooth made for some fantastic memories!

Christy’s parents surprised everyone, even the bride and groom, with a band of bagpipers that marched up to the reception and played the most beautiful version of Amazing Grace, just like they did at her sister’s wedding.  After a grande sparkler exit, the bridal party departed by trolley.  

Thank you, Christy and Justin for choosing Tickled Pink Brides!  I loved every bit of this wedding and was so honored to be a part of it.  Now onto the photos by Binary Flips Photography!

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Hilmer sisters
Twins…this is one of my favorite pictures of the day!

Church
Ceremony at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Winter Park

Rifle invitations
Invitation suite by Rifle Paper Co.

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Button escort cards
Button escort cards hung with tiny clothes pins

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Dubsdread Ballroom dressed up with twinkle lights, bamboo chairs by Panache, linen tablecloths by Party Tables and white floral centerpieces by Lee Forrest Design

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Floral chandelier that hung over the dance floor

Piano grooms cake
Piano groom’s cake by The Sugar Suite

Wooden cake top
Adorable edible “wooden” cake topper

Bouquet toss

End of night

To see more details from this wedding, visit the feature on the Wedding Chicks blog!

Personalize Your Aisle

Happy Friday! Here are five of our favorite ways to create a unique and stunning aisle for your wedding ceremony.

Flower petal design

Classic candles and petals lining the walkway 

Tree stumps and floral lining the walkway for a rustic or Bohemian wedding

Lace or ribbon swagged from chair to chair

Hand written or painted vows or poetry on an original aisle runner

Happy Valentines Day!

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the colors red and pink? I think of Valentines Day, the day we all associate with love and romance. Red is an emotionally intense color that represents joy, passion sensitivity, and love. Pink signifies romance, love and friendship. Happy Valentines Day! Go spend it with the person/people you love the most!

strawberry valentine

Valentines Day Decoration - Valentine Garland

Heart Shape Brownies w/ Arrows

so cute

red valentines day wedding desserts

Valentine's Day Decor - Candles with Candy Base

Valentine's Day Activities - Take thrift store candlesticks, and mini mail boxes from Michael's, add each child's initial and you have valentines boxes for love notes for the whole month! So fun!