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With over 35 years of history, Bridal Fantasy’s trade shows are the leading bridal shows in Western Canada. Brides are sure to find everything they need at the Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta, shows, which feature a professionally choreographed fashion show and an eclectic mix of exhibitors. These events offer brides a multitude of choices in their wedding planning process including fashion, flowers, photography, favours, cake, catering, entertainment, reception sites and much, much more.
It’s a small world! Our friend, magazine contributor, and extravagant wedding planner Darryl Wilson of D’Concierge Wedding & Events did Michelle Obamas Assistant Kristen’s wedding. We were very so excited to hear that she was doing a tour and stopping in our home City, Edmonton. So to commemorate Michelle Obama taking the time to stop in Edmonton on her tour, we wanted to write a little something that ties back to one of the most admirable marriages in presidential history of her and former US President Barack Obama. It’s said that the Obamas stand out as a beacon of mutual respect and support, devotion to family and children, and strength as individuals. But what makes a marriage work as well as the one they have? Well here’s a couple ideas that you can take home to your partner and hopefully they help you keep your bond just as strong as the Obamas. The Obamas just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on October 3rd 2017. Communication: Good communication is what makes a marriage ultimately stay cemented. You need to be able to talk to each other about everything. This includes everything from decision making, marital concerns, and anything that just happens to be on your mind. It is a friendship as much as it is a partnership so you need to be able to communicate back and forth in order to make it work. Loyalty: Being loyal to your partner is something that every individual needs to do. Not only staying monogamous to one another, but staying true to any decision that the other makes even if you don’t necessarily agree with them. Being a loyal partner is staying true to your other half through the good and the bad. Commitment: You need to commit when the good goes bad. You’re going to experience hard times in your marriage and there will be many many times where you argue and don’t agree with another’s opinion or decision making. You’re going to make some mistakes and in stressful times you might take it out on each other. But with that you can’t just give up on each other when times get tough. When you get married you make a commitment to stay with each other even on your darkest days. You believe that things will get better and all good things take time. Intimacy: It doesn’t matter if you’ve been married for 3 years or 50, holding hands and kissing or being intimate with one another keeps you and your significant other bonded. It’s important to take a break from work or your busy life to spend time with each other to keep that flame always burning. Remember that no job, task, or amount of money is worth damaging your marriage. Laughter: Laughter is the cure for a lot of things. Making your partner smile and laugh keeps your marriage fun and stops it from becoming too serious and boring. It doesn’t matter how old you get, you need to be able to joke around with your partner. Serious relationships aren’t just for being serious, but for having fun and experiencing life together and making each other laugh. Written By: Megan McColman Disclaimer: We do not own the rights to any of these pictures.
What we wear expresses who we are and how we want others to view us. Clothes reflect our personality and are a form of our self-expression. While someone else may have the same dress, sweater or blazer, it’s up to our own creativity to how we wear and accessorize our outfit of the day. Getting dressed in the morning should make you happy. OK…actually getting up and putting on clothes might not make you thrilled (especially if you aren’t a morning person), but you should never leave the house feeling meh or unhappy with you or your appearance. Your clothes should make your day a little brighter. So what do your clothes say about you? Are you colorful and creative? Do you love patterns? Or are you more monochrome? There is no one way to interpret personal style, and, really, life’s too short to look like everyone else. Take a trend and make it yours. Or dress uniquely you. If fashion isn’t your thing, but you hate how you look and feel when you leave the house, it’s easy to slowly build a wardrobe that speaks to you…and looks like you. I once dressed in whatever anyone purchased for me, and I had no idea what ‘my style’ really entailed. It took discovering a fashion blog and ready style stories to figure out what I wanted to wear and how I wanted to wear it. My wardrobe includes vintage and modern (even a 70’s house dress that I belt as a funky dress!), and I know the power of a simple accessory. Here’s how to embrace your style and figure out how to dress for you:
[caption id="attachment_69895" align="alignnone" width="724"] Photo: Back 40 Photo[/caption] Woodland + Wildflower Weddings offer a romantic, earthy, and enchanting “glamping” experience with homespun country appeal. Say your vows under a decorated Arbour, celebrate with the ultimate garden party, and slow dance with your soulmate under the stars. Wake up for the first time as a married couple in their private, authentic, honeymoon Tee-Pee. Enjoy a dream weekend of festivities at Raven Ridge, a rustic and elegant 144-acre private forest oasis, complete with on-site accommodations and activities for all your guests. They offer gorgeous marquee tents, wooden harvest tables, vintage vineyard chairs, in season florals, and endless décor options customized to your unique style and preferences. Their team will bring your fairy tale to life and manage every detail, so you and your loved ones can share a magical and unforgettable experience in a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. [caption id="attachment_69867" align="alignnone" width="695"] Photo: Back 40 Photo[/caption] Make your promise to love and to cherish always and forever in Alberta’s breathtaking boreal forest. Beautiful tall trees, wildflower meadows, and a natural pond are all part of the picturesque backdrop making this a truly one of a kind venue! [caption id="attachment_69890" align="alignnone" width="638"] Photo: Katie Burnett Photography[/caption] Woodland + Wildflower weddings is all about making your wedding the most cherished and treasured moments of your life that you’ll be telling your friends and family about for years to come. Working with them is an absolute pleasure as the owners are dedicated to the work that they do. We want you to love Woodland + Wildflower Weddings just as much as us. Woodland + Wildflower Weddings originated as naturally as the forest they have created within. They are a family owned and operated venture, it started from a genuine desire to share our heavenly location with couples looking for the ideal setting to celebrate their love. They are passionate about weddings and derive great joy in researching and brainstorming all the possibilities that they can make a reality. One of the reasons Woodland + Wildflower is one of our favorite venue vendors is because they put a huge emphasis on ‘what’s mine is yours.’ Their home is your home, and you have complete access to their various facilities throughout your entire wedding. [caption id="attachment_69893" align="alignnone" width="924"] Photo: Katie Burnett Photography[/caption] The theme they portray is very enchanting and rustic. Your wedding is going to feel luxurious and charming as it should. We encourage you to read more about Woodland + Wildflower on their social media platforms. Every aspect of your wedding is customizable – the ceremony, accommodations, décor, flowers – everything! The endless options you have is absolutely amazing. They are all about weddings, and making them the most special day of your life. Instagram / Website / Pintrest / Facebook Megan McColman Sourced: Woodland + Wildflower Weddings
Writing vows isn't always easy for some. A lot of people don't always know how to express there love in words to another. For some this may come easy, but for some they need a little bit of help. Here are some examples of how to start your vows! Traditional Vows: "I, [name], take you [name], to be my [husband/wife], to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part. "I [name], take you [name], to be my [husband/wife], my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before. I will trust you and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles we may face together. Personal Wedding Vows: "[Name], I love you. You are my best friend. Today I give myself to you in marriage. I promise to encourage and inspire you, to laugh with you, and to comfort you in times of sorrow and struggle. I promise to love you in good times and in bad, when life seems easy and when it seems hard, when our love is simple, and when it is an effort. I promise to cherish you and to always hold you in the highest regard. These things I give to you today, and all the days of our life." "[Name], I promise to love and care for you and I will try in every way to be worthy of your love. I will always be honest with you, kind, patient, and forgiving. But most of all, I promise to be a true and loyal friend to you. I love you." Religious Wedding Vows: "[Name], I love you. I want to be your [husband/wife] so that we might serve Christ together. Through all of the uncertainties and trials of life, I promise to be faithful to you and love you, so that together we may grow in the likeness of Christ and that our home may be a praise to Him." "In the name of God, I, [name], take you, [name], to be my [husband/wife] to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow." Every little bit of help counts. Good luck! Sources: The Spruce Images: Shutterstock