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We have discussed how important it is to capture the bride with her bridesmaids by her side, and the same is true for the groom and his groomsmen. The groomsmen are the men who mean enough to the groom that he wants them by side throughout the day of his wedding. It is important to capture the time that they spend together that day. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of opportunities for formal photos with all members of the family and the wedding party. The meaningful, natural moments that occur with the ones you are close to are harder to capture on film. However, these moments make for the best wedding photos that will be endearing for years to come. From getting dressed and waiting at the altar to speeches and dancing at the wedding reception – there is no shortage of meaningful moments to photograph.
The bonds between the groom and his groomsmen is different than what exists between the bride and her bridesmaids, so while both groups are equally important, they will not be captured in the same way. Photographs of the bridesmaids will most likely be more heartfelt full of hugs, kisses and possibly tears, while photos of the groom with his groomsmen will be filled hearty laughs, arms draped over shoulders and ‘bro hugs’. But, you can expect moments of goofy poses and heartfelt prayers from both groups.
Every group has their dynamic and each groomsman has his own relationship with the groom. If the person is important enough to include your wedding party, then it’s important to capture their relationship on camera. There’s no exact way of capturing a unique relationship. A good photographer will be able to spot a meaningful moment and be able to capture at least a few throughout the day in addition to the expected formal wedding photos.
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As my jewelry collection has expanded, my need for stylish and organized jewelry storage has also grown. Now I am in search of a practical jewelry organizer that displays all of the my options and gives easy access to the goods. I need to be able to pick out a pair of earrings quickly in the morning, and not just from the two pairs that are in the sights. Over the last year, I have tried a few store-bought wall and stand jewelry displays, but I have not fallen in love with any of them. As with most things, I am learning that homemade is usually the better option. When you do it yourself, you can customize it to fit your style, budget, space and storage needs. Plus, it is is just way more fun to choose your jewelry hanging from antlers, a cheese grater or bottle corks than from a generic plastic stand. If you are tired of untangling your necklaces in the jewelry box or if you are outgrowing your current jewelry organizer, there are some beautiful DIY jewelry display options.
Wall-Mounted Jewelry Displays
Limited is a problem for many, including myself. If you don’t have dresser top space to spare, you can use a stylish wall-mounted DIY jewelry display. If you want more natural decor in your rom then you can try using natural elements such as antlers, driftwood or tree branches.
If you are looking for a cheap option or are interested in reusing what you already have, try repurposing old household items. A coat rack or ladder can both double as a DIY jewelry display. Drawers, shutters, windows, hanging shelves, toolkits, silverware trays, cooling racks, dreamcatchers and more can be turned into jewelry holders with some small modifications.
If you have more time or if you are interested making something that is entirely your own creation, you can weave some beautiful components together. A photo frame can be combined with lace, pegboard or chicken wire. Cork board can be covered with fabric or paint, and tacks or stud earrings can be used to hold the hanging jewelry. You can also use drawer handles to hang drop and dangle earrings. Old plywood or pieces of solid wood can be turned into jewelry hangers using nails or screw hooks.
One of the benefits of a wall-mounted DIY jewelry display is that it can be hidden. With some added effort a jewelry display can be stowed in a foldable case or cabinet. That case or cabinet can be decorated as art, too.
As for wall-mounted jewelry displays, you can reuse household items. Cigar boxes, lampshades, lamp stands, tabletop trees, cheese graters, candelabras, cooling racks and more can be turned into jewelry displays with minimal DIY effort.
You can also combine elements to create a jewelry display. A bedpost can be turned into a tabletop jewelry display with some added doorknobs. Burlap in a photo frame turns into an earring display. A wooden post and a wagon wheel or a wine bottle and a slab of wood can become necklace holders. Driftwood can be fit together into a jewelry stand. And, a candle holder and be fit with wooden dowel or old paper towel holder to make a stand.
A few options require a little bit more effort. For example, you can use en egg carton as a jewelry holder or, for a more permanent holder, you can make a mold using clay. You can also make drawer jewelry holders using plastic bins or cardboard bins with fabric.
You can also create tiered jewelry displays using terra cotta plant pots and plant saucers. You can also create the same thing using plates, stemware and cups. Or, you can use teacups, saucers and stemware.
For the truly crafty, you can make some truly unique DIY jewelry display stands using wooden planks and/or metal rods. If you have this level of time, skills and material, then your imagination is the limit.
Good luck choosing a jewelry display option that meets your style, space and storage needs. There are many ways to make beautiful DIY jewelry holders with different levels of craftiness, time and material. Good luck in your jewelry display hunt and enjoy making a piece of art to hold your jewelry.
Single serving dessert recipes are all the rage right now. I keep seeing a microwave brownie mug recipe here and a cinnamon roll mug recipe there. Part of me thinks that these recipes are laziness personified, not to mention sad. They remind me of warm delights by Bettie Crocker, which I don’t know how to describe as anything other than a lonely, bad decision.
But, the other part of me is intrigued. I am only human. After all, we are talking about a warm, tasty treat that takes less than 5 minutes to make. The most appealing aspect to me is that it is perfectly portioned to prevent overeating. If I am going to cheat a bit on a diet, then I want that decision to be confined to a single mug’s worth of decisions. I am starting to understand the appeal.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of dessert recipes do not fit my low-glycemic diet. Most microwave dessert recipes are no exception. They call for ingredients that have a high glycemic index and/or glycemic load. It is difficult to find a cookie or cake recipe that does not call for white sugar and bleached flour. After all, these are the basics for desserts. For me, hormonal issues, such as cystic acne, hirsutism, bloating as well as weight issues and brittle hair come with these ingredients. Because I treat my PCOS naturally using diet and supplements, my diagnosis is a diet restriction more than anything else.
No dessert is worth that hassle, especially in a time where most conventional ingredients have at least one alternative substitute. All of the microwave dessert recipes that I have seen have called for conventional dessert ingredients that I try to avoid. The most common issue with alternative ingredients is that they do not hold up as well as conventional ones when it comes to baking. Coconut flour does not bind or rise as well as bleached white flour. Fortunately, microwaves recipes such as the microwave brownie mug recipe are more forgiving. Not much rise is possible with microwave dessert recipes. And even when using conventional recipes, the end result is more dense than traditional cake and brownie recipes. So, this is an instance where alternative ingredients can be substituted easily without much change in consistency. If you are on the fence about alternative ingredients, then this microwave brownie mug recipe may help you decide. Even if it is only for a quick ‘TV dinner’ version of a dessert recipe.
So, it is time for that awkward moment where I apologize for letting you in on my travels. The last update that I gave you guys was in Rome and Naples in Italy. Sadly, I did not tell you about the rest of my wayfaring in Italy. Yeah, I realize that it was a long time ago, but life has gotten is the way. I have more travels to tell you about later as well. For now, I will get back to my time in Italy with our next stop in Pompeii.
From Naples, we took a train ride south to the scorching city of ancient Pompeii. I studied Classics while I attended UCLA. I actually was on an archaeological dig in Greece through UCLA just before this excursion in Italy. As you may have guessed,Pompeii had been high on my travel list for quite some time.
My poor boyfriend, who was less interested in history and ruins and more interested in balmy museums and gelato, endured several laborious hours of roving ancient streets as I admired wagon wheel ruts, water fountains and graffiti.
We entered through the sea port (porta marina) at the southwest portion of the park.
We stopped briefly by Suburban Baths (terme suburbane).
Unfortunately, visitors are not allowed in this area, so we could only admire from afar. Then we walked up the Via Marina.
The less than well-preserved temple of Venus (tiempo di Venere) on the road did not attract many spectators.
I was attracted more to the commonplace civil engineering elements, such as drainage ditches, crosswalk stones and lego-like building blocks.
I also loved the architectural aspects of the shops and home that owners added to differentiate themselves from others.
This shopkeeper’s store on the Via Marina stood out from the other buildings due to its remaining address marker.
Just down the street from this shop is the impressive temple of Apollo. It is has the peripteros layout with a colonnade surrounding the courtyard.
The colonnaded cella sits on a high podium creating a peristasis. Sitting on a podium, the temple was designed to invoke awe in the onlooker and it does just that. Columns of the outer colonnade of the courtyard and of the cella are still standing. The altar in the courtyard is still in good condition.
You cannot get to the temple, but you can access the outer colonnade It is one of the few areas in Pompeii still standing where you can walk the roofed structure. Ambling through the colonnade gives you many perspectives of the beautiful temple while also giving you some much-needed shade.
It is beautiful looking at the temple from the perspective of the bronze statues and water basins lining the colonnade.
More stood surrounding it, but only the markings from their original bases remain.
Walking further up the street, we reached the eminent forum. Public meeting places have longtime been my favorite spots to see.
I love forums, agoras and tavernas – places of mundane everyday life for cross-sections of population. These are the places where I feel the magic of the ancient world when I have the dirt beneath my feet.
To the south is the basilica. It is the oldest building in Pompeii and the oldest known basilica of the ancient world.
It is actually pre-Roman built between 120 – 78 BC. It was modeled on the Greek stoa. Vitruvius’ De Architectura discusses many of the principles of the basicilia’s architecture.
The basilica was used for commerce and as a court for a tribunal. The main entrance is on the short side facing the forum with the remnants of Ionic and Corinthian columns facing the onlooker.
The basilica was closed to visitors the day that I happened to go, so I did not get to admire the standing facade close up. The remains of the symmetrical grid of columns gives a beautiful view to admire the grandeur of what it must have been.
To the south are the three halls comprising the less enthralling municipal offices. This area of bureaucracy has always required effort to keep my attention. With other more impressive things surrounding me, it was difficult to hold my attention.
Near it was an impressive arch of Drusus built with characteristic thin Roman bricks missing its marble.
Most buildings, including arches, are missing their statues.
Some building fragments with inscriptions are still standing while others are lying on the ground.
On one side of the forum are the building of Eumachia, temple of Vespasian and the sanctuary of the public Lares.
However, the forum granary on one side of the forum houses many pieces from Pompeii such as amphora, statues, pedestals, altars, tables and the famed plaster body casts of the victims of the 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
It is difficult to see the suffering any of human from any time period. The postures of these poor souls in their last moments are heart-wrenching.
To the northern end of the forum is the temple of Jupiter with triumphal arches on each side.
It was built before Roman rule and dedicated to Jupiter. Upon Roman conquest, it was expanded and dedicated the ‘Capitoline Triad’ – Jupiter, Juno and Minerva.
The enlarged Roman temple of 150 BC loomed over the forum – the focal public space – as intended by the Romans. It became the main temple after Roman conquest holding statues of its gods within the cella where only its priest could enter. The podium had vaulted rooms where votive items and the city treasury were stored. The front of the temple had a prostyle portico/pronaos. I saw remnants of Ionic columns, however there were Corinthian columns as well. The temple sits on a podium like the temple of Apollo. The temple went through three different periods of style rooted in the occupation of the Samnites and then the Romans. An earthquake in 62 AD left the temple of Jupiter in shambles and it awaiting yet another remodeling at the time of the volcanic eruption that buried the city. The smaller temple of Jupiter Meilichios became the city’s main temple after the 62 AD earthquake.
Next to the forum granary on the edge of the forum is a measurement table (mensa ponderaria) from the public office for weights and measures that was used to control weights and measurements.
It was used by the nearby vegetable market (forum holitorium) to sell foods. The inscription gives info on the measurement system used. First the Oscan (Samnite) measurement system was used and then the standardized Roman measurement system introduced by Augustus.
Across the street (vicolo dei soprastanti) just north of the temple of Jupiter are the public forum baths. Some baths were private belonging wealthy families. Most baths were public. The forum baths are one of the three baths in Pompeii.
The other two are stabian baths and central baths. The forum baths were the smallest and most beautiful.
I fell in love with the geometric patterns on the ceilings. I personally loved the colors.
The baths are divided into men’s and women’s quarters.
The baths had four main rooms: the apodyterium (the changing room); a frigidarium (cold bath); a tepidarium (warm bath); and calidarium (hot bath).
Romans moved successively from colder to warmer in order to stimulate sweat.
The changing rooms have gorgeous clubfooted couches.
There is a palaestra outside the baths that was used before exercise where bathers could work up a sweat before beginning the bathing process in the cold bath.
The entrance hall for men is less ornate, but the floor art is still beautiful to admire.
There are many beautiful items in baths such as clubfooted couches in the changing room, atlantes in the warm room, ornate frescoes throughout and marble fountains for cooling off throughout as well.
Just north of the forum baths is the temple of Fortuna Augusta in honor of the emperor Augustus. Oddly enough, it was built by a relative of Cicero with his own funds while he was serving duumvir for the city.
Further north across the via delle terme is the thermopolium – a place to get ‘hot food’ or the ancient equivalent of fast food.
It has a counter with sunken round dolia jars that stored food.
The counter and jars made for fast and easy standing service for those on the go and those without a private kitchen.
We then tried to head further north and east, but everything that we looked for was closed. My boyfriend had already been patient in his sweat and hunger. Sadly, we have not even covered a quarter of the park yet. So, we decided to try to hit just the major spots. Even that proved to be a challenge.
So, we went to the famous House of the Faun. It is named after a bronze statue of a dancing faun that was found there.
It is the largest and one of the most lavish houses in Pompeii. It encapsulates the aristocratic homes of the Roman Republic. The home encompasses an entire city block and was built during Samnite occupation in the second century BC.
The fauces is impressive and full of first style fresco art and plaster columns.
The fauces opens up to the atrium. It is here where you can find the statue of the faun in an impluvium.
Like most art in Pompeii, the impressive pieces have been removed and take to the Naples National Archaeological Museum. The illustrious mosaic apparently of Alexander the Great in the Battle of Issus against the Persian king Darius.
It is possibly the only depiction of Alexander the Great in the ancient world. There are also two peristyles in the home.
A beautiful fresco in the third style is still standing in the home.
Just down the road on the via della fortuna is the House of the Wild Boar.
We briefly stopped in and did not spend too much time appreciating the house.
The ruins, no matter how well-preserved, were all blurring together in the eyes of my boyfriend.
We checked out some of frescoes in the fourth style and missed the floor mosaics.
We passed most of the buildings and ruins, including the central baths as we made our way south to the theater and temples. My boyfriend was more interested in the exit, which was edging closer. We did get to stop in to see the Stabian baths.
These are the oldest baths of the city.
I loved these baths for the large peristyle outside, the more intact remains of the baths, the exposed hypocaust, floor mosaics as well as the round frigidarium.
The body casts also added to the bath.
We moved increasingly faster toward the theater and the exit as my boyfriend’s shirt became increasingly dampened. We passed the closed off temple of Asclepius also known the temple of Jupiter Melichios.
It interestingly has a tufa altar. all that remains is the altar, a few column bases and the podium base of the temple.
Next to it is the temple of Isis. It was one of the first discoveries when Pompeii was excavated in the 18th century. It emphasized the influence of the Greeks in Magna Graecia of southern Italy.
The temple is dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Isis, which became part of the Hellenized religion. The temple is depicted in art of homes in Pompeii indicating that is was an important place for societal elite.
This temple has more remains left than other temples do. On top of storage, it also housed a cistern where holy water from the Nile.
We moved south to the small theater/odeion built during Roman occupation. It was modeled after the famous odeion Herodes Atticus of the Acropolis in Athens, but to a smaller degree. This theater sat approximately 1,500 spectators.
I love looking at the cavea from the orchestra. I also loved the scaenae frons, because it is something truly different than the Greek theater.
I had to complete the incomplete visit at the grand theater since my boyfriend was not up for going to the amphitheater. He had indulged me for hours in over weather over 100 degree weather with the sun beating down. By the time we made it the grand theater, my boyfriend sat in the shade of the tunnel.
This one was built in the third century BC and sat 5,000 spectators. I quickly looked around and ran out to the exit.
Below the theaters is the quadiporticus, where graffiti can be found. Unfortunately, I only got to breeze by it.
I was still in awe of seeing the things that I had learned about as a Classics major. This coupled with my archaeological experiences made me want to stay for days to visit each and every building. I could only look forward to Herculaneum, which was supposed to be ever better preserved. My poor boyfriend ran for an ice cream before the train came. He was just hoping for the moment when he could start enjoying his vacation again.
There are few moments in the wedding more iconic than the father of the bride walking his daughter down the aisle. This tradition transcends many centuries and cultures carrying on today. Some people have mixed or negative feelings about this tradition, but possible significances in preceding centuries are not carried over to the significance of the act today.
Today, the moment of the father of the bride walking his daughter down the aisle holds many feelings. For many brides, this moment means the end of a period of the father as the ‘main man’ and the beginning of putting the other first. Some believe that tradition signifies the act of passing the responsibility of caring for the bride passes from her father to the groom. However, many fathers would argue that that duty is carried out for the entirety of his life. These and many more sentiments are possible.
However one feels about this moment, the act of the father of the bride walking his daughter down the aisle is one of the special moments shared by the two on the bride’s big day. With this tradition, the bride honors and brings attention to her relationship with her father in front of the onlooking wedding guests. The first man in her life walks her down the aisle to the man with whom she will spend the rest of her life. It is a moment with both of the most important men that she has in her life. One she was born to and the other she chose. No other men will ever love her as much as these two, yet in distinct ways.
This is a an ideal photography moment that any photographer worth his salt would not miss. However, there are many angles that you can capture the act as it occurs. The photographer can stand in the back of the ceremony capturing the backs of the pair walking down the aisle with guests turned toward them. The photographer can also capture the opposite effect from the altar. He can also blend in the with the crowd and get the moment from the onlooker point of view. With the availability of opportune positioning, he can also capture the full view of the scene from an aerial view.
Regardless of how you are able to capture the father of the bride walking his daughter down the aisle, be sure to capture the love of the father of the bride, his daughter and her groom. These are the most important factors that will hold any significance years after the wedding and hopefully for the rest of their lives.
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