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The wedding reception entrance is an important moment of the wedding and the start of the marriage of the bride and groom. It is the first time that the couple presents themselves as husband and wife after the altar. More importantly (or maybe just more fun), it marks the start of celebration with friends and family. A couple can make the wedding reception entrance as fun or as sentimental as they want to make it to fit their personalities.
You can set the mood with the music that you choose. You can make the wedding reception entrance dramatic with epic music, fun or funny with your favorite oldie, or sweet and sentimental with a classic love song.
Your entrance itself can be as unique as you guys as well. If you want to involve your friends and family in your wedding reception entrance, you can have them make a tunnel for you. Or, they can hold up a paper poster for you and your new husband to burst through (think high school pep rally). If you want to make it entertaining for your guests, you can enter with a dance – perhaps a choreographed dance (like this or this). Or, for something sweet and momentous, do an ‘unveiling’ of you guys as a newlywed couple. This can be done using using curtains, hanging garland, a staircase or anything else your imagination can come up with.
Regardless of how you choose to make your wedding reception entrance, be sure to capture it on camera. It is sure to be a memorable moment full of love and excitement. It is a once in a lifetime occasion that you will want to remember forever.
The main reason that I (and most other women) love weddings is the romance. The beauty that comes with flowers, wedding dresses and centerpieces is an added bonus. The love between the man and woman who just vowed to spend their lives together is what we all want to see in photos, and it is what every bride wants to capture in her own wedding photos. A bride wants a gorgeous wedding cake, but more than anything else, she wants romantic photos from her wedding day that she can hang around the house, so that she can feel the excitement and love that was that day.
The perennial question is which poses for the bride and groom photo ideas should you use to capture this romance? We have shown you some sweet and gorgeous photo ideas before such as the blindfolded kiss, the groom’s first look, the secret hand-holding and more couple photo ideas. These photos capture the intimate moments between the bride and the groom during an otherwise busy and crowded day. Bride and groom photo ideas in this collection capture not only the romance of the day, but the wedding ambiance as well. If you are getting married in the fall, take advantage of the orange leaves falling around you. If you have a summer rainstorm on your big day, include it in your photos. That will not be forgotten by you or your guests. If you get married on the Fourth of July, then include sparklers or fireworks. If you got married in the woods on a sunny day or on the rooftop of hotel in the city at night, capture the ambiance in your wedding photos. Whatever is most unique or dear to your heart about your wedding day, include in your couples’ photos. It is the memory of that feeling that photos capture.
If you are stuck on what to do for your own bride and groom photo ideas, use these photos below for some inspiration.
It has been far too long since I posted a collection of awkward photos. We have loving posts for Mother’s Day, but motherhood is not always full of good times. There are moments that are exhausting, frightening and awkward that will only be funny in retrospect. After all, nobody is perfect and there are bound to be far more awkward moments than picture perfect moments. Fortunately, some of these moments have been captured on camera. Enjoy them with your mother and tell her thank you for taking care of you through the good moments and the awkward moments (although some of those may have been her fault). Happy Mother’s Day!
You can blame the fashion trends, having a bad day or just the innate awkwardness that comes with growing up. Regardless of what is to blame, these photos are worth more than a thousand words and are fare more enjoyable than picture perfect moments. I hope you enjoyed these awkward photos for Mother’s Day as much as we did!
I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) a few years ago. I have been struggling with it and all of the problems associated with it for years before I was diagnosed. PCOS causes insulin resistance, which causes problems in a woman’s cycle and other bodily function, which leads to elevated levels of estrogen, progestersone (both female hormones as well as testosterone and other androgen hormones. Women with PCOS experience higher body weights, difficulty losing weight, hirsutism, painfyl acne, brittle hair, mood swings, fatigue, heavy periods, irregular periods and more. If left untreated, women with PCOS run the risk of infertility and also have a higher risk of getting diabetes. There is no cure for PCOS and the effectiveness of prescribed treatments varies by woman.
I have experienced all of the aforementioned symptoms and my family has a history of diabetes, so my diagnosis of PCOS was worrisome to say the least. Fortunately, my case of PCOS is not severe enough to make weight loss an impossibility or to warrant a hysterectomy. I am fortunate in that regard, but there are women (some who are younger than I am), who are not so fortunate. I have experienced the frustrations of PCOS in less damaging forms. I have suffered the near inability to grow hair due to brittleness. My hair sheds just by running through my fingers through it. Brushing my hair pulls out clumps of full and broken strands. I have also had great difficulty losing weight. There have been many weeks where I ate 1300 calories per day and exercised regularly and only lost 0.25 lb per week. To compound the problem, I would gain 0.5 lb the day after eating any quantity of sugar. I get acne when my hormone levels are high and unbalanced, and because it is due to hormone levels, it is very painful and usually centers around my mouth. Periods are also very painful and irregular.
With my diagnosis, my Endocrinologist prescribed Metformin, a drug usually prescribed to diabetic patients to increase insulin sensitivity, to treat my PCOS. I was very thankful for this presribed treatment after reading horror stories of so many women whose doctors prescribed birth control instead of or in addition to Metformin in order to help balance out their hormones. Each woman noted additional weight gain on top of the excess weight they carry due to PCOS as well as the almost inability to lose it. Most women also said that the treatment was almost completely ineffective and that they would rather not take it at all. My experience with Metformin has been mostly neutral, but I have been prescribed to take only two pills per day. The maximum daily dosage possible is four tablets per day. Nonetheless, I still experience side effects from the drug. Muscle weakness and soreness along with fatigue definitely hinder my energy and therefore workouts which make it even more difficult to lose weight. Overall, Metformin decreased my symptoms (most notably my acne), but not significantly. After a month of use, it was obvious that it would not enough to treat my PCOS. So, I turned to the internet again to find alternative treatments.
After reading many forums and reading many stories of natural PCOS remissions or cures, I learned a few things:
I needed to eat foods low in the glycemic index
I needed to eat a lot of vegetables
I needed to exercise a lot more
I did not need more medicine in order to treat my condition
So, I began making big changes. Most women recommended treating PCOS naturally with juicing. Many recommended juicing alone at least the beginning of the diet change. I was still in college, though, and I could neither afford a juicer nor get the energy I needed from juice alone to get through all that a college kid needed to do. So, I did what I could and I started small.
Many women commenting on PCOS forums advocated for leafy greens. My body had been denied vital nutrients that it needed in order to function properly, simply because I was not eating properly on a regular basis. To fix this, I made green smoothies using spinach, kale, lettuce, cucumbers, celery and apple juice. I chose apple juice, because it is low in the glycemic index. I avoided other fruits in order to avoid adding sugar. I avoided bananas most of all, which are tempting to throw into smoothies, but are high on the glycemic index. I eventually starting adding carrots, bell peppers and sometimes ginger after reading more and more remission stories from fellow PCOS sufferers. The smoothies worked wonders for me.
My symptoms decreased significantly. My energy increased immensely and over the course of three months of regular exercise, I was able to lose approximately 20 lbs.
I also could not believe how quickly and drastically my hormones were better regulated using only vegetables.
When I began drinking green smoothies, I had not had a period once in the last three months. It began less than two hours after I drank my first green smoothie. My period then occurred regularly thereafter.
I have to reiterate that my case of PCOS is not horribly severe. However, it was bad enough to cause a great deal of problems and deal of worry for me.
I used the green smoothie treatment everyday for over a year. Over time, though, it became difficult for me to drink the same concoction day after day. The taste was not tantalizing and the sheer volume of pulp produced became too difficult to choke down everyday. I eventually came to hate it. So, I tapered my intake to every other day and then to twice a week. Eventually, I was down to once per week.
Once I graduated from college and became wrapped up in work, I was drinking maybe one smoothie per week and felt constant guilt in the back of my mind about my lack of effort. Surely enough, over time my symptoms came back in full force. I had painful acne around my mouth and I could not lose weight regardless of how few calories I ate or how many times I worked out each week. Fortunately, my periods stayed relatively regular mostly due to the fact that I was not gaining weight. However, I knew that I could not stay maintain this standstill in healthy way. Something would need to change.
Around that time, my sister had bought a centrifugal juicer. I was excited to try it – a way to get all of the veggies I needed without the heavy, pulpy sludge that comes with a smoothie made in a blender. I visited her on the weekends and made juices at least once daily. It helped mitigate the symptoms of my PCOS. However, it was not relieving my symptoms nearly as effectively as the green smoothies had done in the past. I had no idea why, but I knew that I needed an alternative to the smoothie ASAP. So, I went to do research on the internet again.
I found that there two types of juicers (centrifugal and masticating) and that they are very different. The centrifugal juicer extracts juice by grinding the fruit or vegetable against a sharp surface and spins the juice away from the pulp through fast motion. This process is effective for large vegetables and fruits, especially juicy ones. The masticating juicer basically chews food and squishes juice out of it. The masticating juicer is more effective for leafy plants. With the centrifugal juicer, I was not getting much of anything out of the leafy plants, which was what I needed the most. That is why the green smoothie was a far more effective way for me to treat PCOS naturally.
As previously mentioned, by this time I had graduated college and began working. That meant that I could finally afford a juicer. After reading a few websites, such as this one, I was fortunate enough to know exactly what my body needed. Treating PCOS naturally with juicing was highly recommended in PCOS forums for good reason. Due to the fact that the fiber is removed from the vegetables (which is in the heavy pulp), your body has less to process and therefore the nutrients are absorbed into your bloodstream for the greatest and fastest effect. So, I made an investment into a slow masticating juicer. It would not only provide the aforementioned benefits, it also prevented oxidation of the veggies allowing them to maintain their enzymes, which provided me the full nutritional benefits of the greens.
When I first bought the juicer, I kicked off the diet change, as recommended, by using a juicing diet. This consisted of drinking only juice for one week. The results were phenomenal.
My Hirsutism receded; my hair became stronger for the first time in years. I lost weight through diet alone and lost weight more easily with exercise. My energy was at its highest in years. I was also able to cut my Metformin intake to once daily.
Once I felt that my body’s nutrition was stable again (after approximately two weeks), I started eating solid foods that were high in nutrients. I still juiced for at least one meal per day (usually breakfast). Due to the fact that I love the taste of the juice, though, it was easy for me to drink it regularly. I still drink juice once daily and the benefits of it have not waned over time. Even if you do not have PCOS, this is a tasty way to get vitamins and nutrients that your body needs with little toll on your taste buds and digestion.
My juicing recipe is:
1 or 2 celery stalks
1/2 or 1 red bell pepper (any bell pepper works)
2 large carrot
1/4 or 1/2 cucumber
a handful of spinach
a handful of kale
a handful of watercress
a handful of lettuce (I like Romaine, Swiss Chard, Red Leaf or Green Oak Leaf. More ideas here)
a 1 inch cube of ginger
Helpful hints for women with PCOS:
Avoid sugar and starchy carbohydrates, because they will cause your blood sugar levels to spike, which will in turn raise your hormone levels.
Use Stevia to sweeten things. It has a zero ranking on the glycemic index.
Cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar levels. It can lower blood sugar spikes by helping muscle absorb glucose.
Avoid caffeine completely if possible. It stimulates hair growth, which only exacerbates hirsutism.
Avoid processed foods as much as possible. Eat raw foods as often as possible. Although it is not fun (I miss quick, cheap dinners and snacks), your PCOS will lessen. That will make you a healthier and happier person. Plus, your body will just be healthier.
If you get a masticating juicer, you can make cool things like natural ice cream, butters and salsas. You can customize these recipe to fit with a diet that is friendly toward PCOS sufferers. Just some strawberries and a dab of Stevia makes a delicious ice cream that is low in calories, beneficial to your health and it does not exacerbatePCOS.
Losing excess weight (especially in the paunch of your belly) will help your body regulate its blood sugar levels more effectively. This will in turn regulate your hormones more efficiently. Exercise regularly and include plenty of cardio.
Drink plenty of water. It keeps you from drinking bad things and it helps your body digest foods and perform its necessary functions.
The greatest lessons that I have learned are: if you have a sickness or bodily issue that is not immediately life-threatening:
first and foremost, ensure that your body is receiving all of the vitamins and nutrients that it needs.
Secondly, remove any foods from your diet that may be causing the issue.
If a proper diet does not fix your issue, then consider medicine and/or a visit to the doctor.
If you have any suggestions on how to treat PCOS naturally with juicing or otherwise; or if you have your own story of you treated your PCOS, please tell us below in the comment section below. I always love to hear tips and hear encouraging stories from other women!
I am now supplementing my juicing regimen by treating PCOS with Inositol. Combined, juicing and inositol are naturally making are making a bigger difference for me than Metformin was ever able to accomplish.
The wedding day is filled with excitement from the start to the finish. After all, this is the only day in their entire lives that the bride and groom will wake up knowing that they are getting married that day. It is the only day that their closest friends and family will be there to help them get ready and enjoy the day before the vows. Before they meet at the altar, the bride and groom usually enjoy their day with their bridesmaids and groomsmen as well as family members. There is so much for the couple and their close ones to enjoy during their time together – breakfast, champagne, the ambiance their the wedding location and their time together.
This is the day that at least the bride has been dreaming about and planning for quite some time. It is the only day that she will wear a wedding dress, which probably took several months to find. That alone, is a big deal for the bride in getting ready for her wedding.
Of course, there is a lot to do in order to get ready for the wedding. There is hair and makeup to be done, talks to be had, suits and dresses to be put on and much more. Photos are essential to remembering these last moments preparing for marriage.
Photos are needed to capture the bride putting on her veil, the groom putting on his cuff links, the bridesmaids helping the bride lace up her wedding dress and much, much more. These moments are teeming with nervousness, anticipation and love. Do not miss any of these moments, because you will not get them back.