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Wedding Photo Musts: Wedding Ceremony Recessional

Since we discussed the bride and groom’s first kiss as husband and wife in the last post, it is only fitting to discuss what happens right after the “I do’s”: the wedding ceremony recessional. That is the moment bride and groom walking down the aisle as husband and wife as they exit the ceremony. It is their first presentation as husband and wife and it is most definitely a moment that must be captured, so that it may live on forever through photographs.

The wedding ceremony recessional is the classic moment where guests celebrate the the new union by throwing things or waiving things in the air. However, there are many ways for the bride and groom to do the wedding ceremony recessional. Guests may throw rose petals and beach balls or waive streamers and ring bells. The possibilities are endless and change with wedding motif. Regardless of how the wedding ceremony recessional is done, that send off to the wedding reception is a moment that is filled with happiness and excitement. It is a rare moment of the day that involves the bride and groom with all of their guests. It is a moment of delight for both the new couple and the onlooking guests. Sadly, is short lived and therefore the wedding photographer and/or guests must be quick to capture it on camera.

If you are looking for ideas for photograph angles or if you wondering what you should have guests waive or throw at your wedding ceremony recessional, use some of these lovely ideas from other weddings. They are as creative as they are beautiful.


For more wedding photo musts, check out:

the groom’s first look

the father of the bride’s first look

the blindfolded kiss before the ceremony

the bride’s something blue

the bride and groom holding hands before the ceremony

the first kiss as husband and wife

wedding photos with grandparents


Photos @ Style Me Pretty ~ The Wedding Chicks ~ Green Wedding Shoes ~ Bridal Guide ~ Ruffled ~ Pinterest



Happy Family Makes the Holidays Easier

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Happy Family Products for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Our baby was born in January last this year. He just missed the Christmas season of 2013, so this will be his first. He is already stimulated by the Christmas tree, outdoor Christmas lights and guests and family coming and going. We have not traveled (it will be a 12 hour car ride from California to Colorado), he has not seen gifts, met the animals at his grandparents’ home or tasted the food of the Christmas season. It will be a lot for him to take in. With all of the hustle and bustles, first time experiences and extra attention he will receive from family and friends, he is going to be quite stimulated all day. I will also be very busy with cooking, present-wrapping, finding lost gloves and the shampoo no one else can find in the suitcase.


That is why I need to have proper nutrition for him within arm’s reach while on the road and in a house crowded with family and cookies. Happy Family is a food company built by other mothers for situations like this. Their organic and nutritional on-the-go foods come in pounches, bottles and tins, so they are easy to open and reseal.

My baby already loves the apple, spinach and kale pouch. I love that he is happy to eat something that I can just pull out of my bag and I know that it is nutritious for him. Happy Family foods are organic, contain probiotics, added DHA as well as vitamins and minerals. Visit the Happy Family website to learn about organic baby and toddler food.

He is also teething at the moment and I love that the teething wafers will help him bite down on something that tastes good and is not laden with sugar and preservatives. It is a great option when he wants to eat something while he teethes. He also loves the fruit & yogurt snacks and I think they will come in handy when he gets fussy on the road. They melt in his mouth and give the perfect amount of natural sweetness.

Not having to worry about feeding my youngest healthy food quickly really takes a load off of my as we travel and try to enjoy Christmas during the one time of year my family all gets together. Happy Family is helping you try their food with a great coupon offer! Enjoy a $1 off coupon for Happy Family baby food pouches.

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sara Lee®.



Creative Christmas Food Art

Christmas is a full of family, happiness and lots of decorations. It is a time when everything dons some sort of festive garb. Tabletops, rooftops, ugly sweaters, trees and everything in between receive a festive makeover for a few happy weeks. Food is not left of the decorating fun, either. In fact, food is becoming a decoration more and more through Christmas food art. Creative are taking traditional foods of the holiday and turning them into something so neat that you may not want to ruin it by eating it. If you have the time to try out these ideas, I highly suggest it. Kids will love to see an angel pancake or a Christmas tree veggie tray. They may even be more willing to eat their veggies during the sugary season as well. To bring out your creative side, I have gathered some of the best Christmas food art that is as enjoyable to look at as it is to eat.

Everyone loves Saint Nick, especially when he comes in the form of food. Bread is someway way cooler when he is the bread. With just crescent rolls and food dye, you can make an edible jolly fat man for Christmas dinner.


Taste of Home

He also comes in pancake form with whipped cream, blueberries and strawberries.


Bento Monsters

You can also remove the effort that is required in forming his face and just make his hat in the form of a cupcake. You only need a marshmallow, a strawberry and whipped cream as decorations.

strawberry santa hat cupcake

Or, you can go all out and make a sugary, lusciously frosted Santa hat cupcake.

santa hat cupcake

While Santa holds the spotlight, snowmen still hold their own as popular decorations. Like Santa, they can also be made into pancakes with toppings.


Bento Monsters

Snowmen also make adorable cupcakes. These cupcakes require skill in fondant, but the end result is adorable.

snowman cupcakes

Simply Cake

Snowmen can also also be savory. Just stack a few cheese balls together to create an delicious Frosty.

snowman cheeseball

Crafts a la Mode

Christmas trees are another major decoration of Christmas that can easily be constructed. Fortunately for the less crafty (like myself), there are many foods that can easily be shaped into Christmas trees. This Christmas tree veggie tray is so easy anyone could do it.

Christmas tree veggie tray

Mom Endeavors

Nearly anyone can put together this veggie and cheese tray to create an appetizer that is appealing to the eyes and taste buds.

cheese christmas tree

Pull-apart breads are also make a quick, easy and creative snack.

Christmas tree pull apart garlic knots

Eclectic Recipes

This gingerbread cookie tree requires a bit more skill, but the end result is beautiful.

gingerbread tree

Simply Cake

If you have some more time and skill, these Christmas tree meringues make quite the unique treat.


Smart School House

If you want a snack that is healthy and sweet, try this colorful fruit tree.

fruit Christmas tree food art

Ginger and Garlic

Or, you can get your fix of sugar in a quick but creative Reece’s peanut butter tree.

reeces cup Christmas tree

Teacher Chef

Gingerbread houses are a classic, but for something creative, try another building material, such as pretzels. This pretzel log cabin is the woodsy version of a gingerbread house.

pretzel log cabin gingerbread house

Cakes and Cookies

Or, you can get your kids to eat more veggies during the holiday by making a cool house out of them.

veggie lodge gingerbread house

Christmas lights are easy to make, colorful to look at and delicious to eat. These sugar cookie Christmas lights are perfect for kids and the novice baker.

Christmas lights cookies

Fork and Beans

Even easier as these Christmas lights candies made from M&Ms and Mike & Ikes.

candy Christmas lights

Hungry Happenings

Christmas just is not Christmas without rice crispy treats and these ornaments are an easy to way to be creative with the holiday staple.


Amy’s Finer Things

Fudge is also a seasonal must. Cookie cutters and candy sprinkles easily turn this dessert into a creative ornament.

cookie cutter ornament fudge

Betty Crocker

If you want to make something beyond Santa, Frosty, Christmas trees and their ornamentation, try making some simple gingerbread garland.

gingerbread letter garland

Hello Wonderful

Or a pinecone cheese ball.

almond pine cone cheeseball

Food Network

These Grinch heart cookies are fun to make and with a stamp or cookie cutter, you can make them complete with a heart that is several sizes too small.


Wanna Bite

With some heat (follow the directions in the link below), you can mould candy canes into various shapes and letters for a unique Christmas treat.

bend candy canesArtful Parent

Little effort is required with these pancakes and they are guaranteed to be a big hit, especially with kids.

cookie cutter pancakes for Christmas

Kids will also love these penguin olives with cream cheese bellies and carrot noses and feet.

black olive penguin

Foodie with Family

For a beautiful dessert that is both different and delicious, try a berry wreath Pavlova.

Christmas berry pavlova

My Square Frying Pan

For the more craft-inclined people who want something different, you cannot go wrong with a candy wonderland train and/or candy trees.

Christmas candy toy train

Party Pinching

Gift box cupcakes will always be crowd-pleasers as well.

Christmas gift cupcakes

Sand and Sisal

If you truly have some skill and some time, try to make an angel pancake.

Christmas angel pancakes

Living Locurto

If you have anyone of your own decorative Christmas food art traditions, let us know below!


Rachel (teacher-chef) - December 11, 2014 - 5:11 pm

What a great round-up!! Thanks for including me along with all of the delicious great ideas!!!

Wedding Photo Musts – Bride and Groom First Kiss as Husband and Wife

You probably do not need a blog post to tell you that it is a photo must to capture the moment when the bride and groom first kiss as husband and wife. The photographer along with many wedding guests with cellphones will remember to do this. After all, this is one of the high points if not the pinnacle of the wedding. However, the bride and groom may want to get various angles of that once-in-a-lifetime moment. Do you want to get a view from the crowd, the aisle, from behind the altar facing the crowd, as the confetti is thrown, after the confetti has fallen on your hair and faces? Who knew there were so many facets of one moment? The possibilities are endless and you may want to have one or two ideas in mind for your photographer before you head down the aisle. That way he knows where to stand in order to catch the moment when the bride and groom first kiss as husband and wife. In case you are in search of ideas or need some visual inspiration in order to get your creativity going, I have some beautiful and interesting photos of when the bride and groom first kiss as husband and wife.


This may be one my favorite moment of the entire wedding – maybe because this is where the bride and groom officially seal the deal, maybe because it is completely romantic to have everyone focus on one kiss or maybe because it is the beginning of their new life together. To honor that face, be sure to a photo of their new rings as well as they leave the wedding altar after the “I do’s”.


For more wedding photo musts, check out:

the groom’s first look

the father of the bride’s first look

the blindfolded kiss before the ceremony

the bride’s something blue

the bride and groom holding hands before the ceremony

wedding photos with grandparents


Photos @ Style Me Pretty ~ The Wedding Chicks ~ Green Wedding Shoes ~ Bridal Guide ~ Ruffled ~ Pinterest


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