Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Photographer Highlight-Steven Ryne Photography

The moment you slip on your wedding dress and realize that the time has come, it's your wedding day and in a few short moments you will be a married woman....your groom and his buddies trying to figure out how to tie loops, twists and turns into a presentable knot...your adorable flower girl biting her bottom lip trying so hard to sprinkle each petal as she's been taught for weeks...all moments that make up the most important day of your life. We all know how these moments are gone in a blink of an eye but can be captured forever by your wedding photographer. Steven of Steven Ryne Photography captures these special moments of your wedding day providing you with lasting images. His lifestyle photography utilizes the latest camera lenses and techniques providing you with a visual reminder of the love and bliss of your special day. Steven offers three packages tailored to your specific needs and an engagement session is included in all his packages. Check out this in-love couple's engagement session.

Can't you just feel the love in these fantastic photos!

I'll take one yellow pair and one pink pair please.

Capturing your first moments as husband and wife.

A Chicago native, Steven infuses sophistication, a little bit of fashion editorial style and training in the latest photographic techniques to capture your wedding in photos that you will delight in....forever.


Monday, April 27, 2009

Happy Monday!

There's nothing like smiling turnips to get your week started off right.

Found here.

Enjoy your veggies!


Thursday, April 23, 2009

DIY Wedding Templates

The latest Martha Stewart Wedding magazine has hit the newsstands. I know because I saw it at the bookstore but I resisted picking it up because I know one day soon it will appear in my mailbox. I can then find a comfortable place to sit and devour it page by page. So while I patiently wait, I decided to check out the website. Cheating? Nah...just peaking! For those of you who haven't visited the website, you must! It is full of great ideas. For the DIY diva, Martha has a load of great free templates for the choosing.

Doesn't it make you want to grab your paper cutter and glue dots and go for it? Speaking of glue dots...aren't they the greatest adhesive invention? I still delight in them. Sometimes it's the simple things in life...


Monday, April 20, 2009

Bicycle Built For Two

I’ve always been intrigued by bicycles built for two riders. They are somewhat of an oddity. Whenever I see one, which quite frankly is not very often, the same questions always arise. Does the back peddler really contribute to the movement of the bicycle? Why is the rear handlebar the same as the front handlebar if it is simply a place to hold on to and not a functioning steering mechanism? Is it possible to pop a wheelie on a bicycle built for two?

Photo by Brooke Dombroski

Daisy, Daisy,Give me your answer do!
I'm half crazy,All for the love of you!
It won't be a stylish marriage,I can't afford a carriage
But you'll look sweet upon the seat
Of a bicycle made for two.
by Harry Dacre 1892


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bridal Bootcamp-Get Fit...Get Healthy...Get Married!

One thing I hear quite often from brides is their desire to "loose a few pounds" before their wedding. While I don't advocate dieting to fit into your gown, eating well and getting proper exercise can help make anyone feel better. So don't know where to begin? Bridal Bootcamp to the rescue! Ashley Weismantel is a certified trainer that provides a 6 week workout routine for brides that will target those common areas women struggle with. Her bridal bootcamp meets at 9:15 on Thursday mornings at Ala Moana Beach Park. There's nothing like working out while looking out at the beautiful Pacific Ocean!
Her workout routine includes resistance training, core work, cardiovascular, pilates, endurance and all over body toning.
I know that I am more motivated to workout when I have a workout buddy. Are some of your friends also getting married? With a minimum group of 3 and at the most 8, Ashely will start a bridal bootcamp starting off brides at the same time so you can cheer-on and encourage each other on your goal to a healthier you.
The 6 week bootcamp is $90 per person for the 6 weeks or $17 per class.
Contact Ashley Weismantel for more information.808.457.0807. Check out her certifications.

Certified NASM Personal Trainer
Certified Pilates Instructor
Certified SilverSneakers Instructor Level 1 & 2
Certified Group Instructor
Certified in Weight management
Certified SliverandFit Instructor

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Hawaii Beach Wedding Venue-Loulu Palm Estate

On a recent trip over to the North Shore, I had the privilege of meeting up with Scott, the manager of Loulu Palm Estate. This oceanfront wedding venue is fairly new on the wedding scene but getting rave reviews and for good reason. The sprawling manicured lawn stretches on and on towards the beach. Fronting the property is a well-maintained 1941 plantation home. Couples have exclusive use of a two bedroom wing of the house complete with a full bathroom, kitchen, living room and dining room. I love the charm of the main dressing room for the bride. It looks over the lawn and while the bride is getting ready she can peek out at her wedding unfolding before her eyes. A view from the master bedroom with the curtains open.
Couples have the choice of getting married on the lawn or on the beach and both are equally spectacular.
A view from the edge of the property and the lush lawn.

Men's and women's guest bathrooms are complete with vessel sinks and the newly enlarged parking area is available for up to 100 cars. These pictures barely due it justice. You have to check out the Loulu Palm Estate website to really see all that this beautiful North Shore venue has to offer.


Friday, April 10, 2009

Creative Cakes-DIY

This time of year I always think about creating my world famous bunny cake. Well maybe it's not world famous but it ranks right up there with my family. I'll have to dig out a picture one of these days or better yet, break out the mixer and bake one again. While I was perusing Hostess {with the mostess} I came across these adorable cakes that brought back fond memories of many years of trying to create my own imaginative cakes.

You have to love a smiling monkey face!

It's cake, no it's fries, not it's cake! Could have fooled me!

I think I like it but the meatballs just throw me off.
This one is in honor of my hubby. His birthday is next month so I'll let you know how my version turns out.
Scarry but yummy!

One particularly busy year, I ran home to create a one-of-a-kind cake for my daughter. I can't even recall what it was suppose to be but after many mishaps all I could turn it into was a giant face with huge ponytails sticking out of each side of the head. We all laughed. It was really bad but hey, I tried.

Have fun making creative cakes but know when to call in the experts!


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

"To Do" List-To Go

I picked up the latest issue of Real Simple magazine today. The cover grabbed my attention, "Back-to-basics cleaning: 78 easy ideas to make every room shine-fast". Did you catch that last word? Fast! That's my kind of cleaning. But I digress because before I could get to the,"cleaning of it all" (I stole that line from Niecy Nash from the t.v. show "Clean House"-get the theme?), I was captivated by the most clever,"should have thought of it first" organization tool I have ever seen. The "Task Mug". Yep, that's right a task list right on your mug. Are you the type to scribble your "to do" list on bits of paper and then leave it, loose it or throw it away? If sticky notes are not your thing then you must get this. Fast!
No excuses if you're not a coffee or tea drinker with the glass tumbler option below.

You can't forget to pick-up dog food, go to the dentist at noon, and pay the bills when you have it all written down right in front of you all day long. How perfect is that and environmentally friendly as well! Think of the busy bride who has a million things to do. It would make a perfect bridal shower gift or just a gift for yourself. Now if you think I am obsessive about lists, you're right, so no comments are required. You can be next in line after me to order your own ,"Write on Mug". You can find it here.