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19 June 2012

volution of wedding dress to be on display



Wedding dress fashion is constantly changing, and there's a chance to see how it's evolved over the last few decades.The Aiken Christian Women's Network is holding an event in which several [...]

15 June 2012

Teen makes graduation dress from old homework

A Canadian teen was up late the night before graduation with a big pile of math homework.

23 May 2012 | usa

ECLECTIC BACKYARD WEDDING

How gorgeous + intimate was Star + Duncan’s ceremony in the woods!? And now for their super fun backyard reception!

16 May 2012 | usa

What is an LDR bride to do early on in the wedding-planning process?

What is an LDR bride to do early on in the wedding-planning process? Plan a registry! Looking for china patterns and comparing product reviews is easily done from across an ocean.

13 May 2012 | usa

I never really felt comfortable in my own skin

I never really felt comfortable in my own skin. I was shy, easily embarrassed, constantly worried about doing or saying the wrong thing—looking back, I think I really struggled with social anxiety and low self-esteem.

07 May 2012 | Cook Islands

in the Cook Islands for the wedding

The meeting

volution of wedding dress to be on display

19 June 2012



Wedding dress fashion is constantly changing, and there's a chance to see how it's evolved over the last few decades.The Aiken Christian Women's Network is holding an event in which several dresses from both the 19th and 20th century will be displayed and modeled at its "Wedding Dresses through the Ages" event held later this month.


Chairman Pam Morin said the Aiken County Historical Museum, Charlotte's Downtown Fashions and Audrea's Consignment Formal Wear are participating in the event.Morin said this is typically a popular time for weddings, and the group thought it would be fun and educational to showcase bridal gowns from different time periods.The earliest dress that will be modeled is from the 1920s.


The rest of homecoming dresses that will be worn by models derive from the 1970s to what's popular now.Several older dresses and others that are too delicate to wear will be on display, including some from the 1800s.Musical entertainment will be provided by local vocalist Vicki Rutland.The guest speaker of this event will be Rose Lewis from Stonecroft Ministries, an international Christian women's ministry.


Hors d'oeuvres will be served."Wedding Dresses through the Ages" will be held at the Houndslake Country Club, 901 Houndslake Drive, on June 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.Admission is $14 and may be paid at the door, but reservations are required and must be made by Thursday by emailing Morin at morinpam@aol.com or by calling 522-6884.Amy Banton is the city beat reporter and has been with the Aiken Standard since May 2010. She is a native of Rustburg, Va., and a graduate of Randolph Macon Woman's College.


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Teen makes graduation dress from old homework

15 June 2012
A Canadian teen was up late the night before graduation with a big pile of math homework.

But this student wasn’t doing algebra—she was doing something far more creating and sewing her old homework together. Huh?

Kara Koskowich, 17, stitched together some 75 pages to create a fabulous over-the-shoulder dress, far less expensive than the gowns she saw for sale in stores, according to CBC News.

Koskowich was cramming the night before so she could walk into graduation with her friend, Dorothy Graham, who made a dress from recycled plastic bags.

“It was actually funny because everyone was wearing these elegant dresses and we’re in dresses that cost nothing and we were the most popular people there,” Graham told CBC.

Communal dressing rooms are bad enough but I've always found that the dressing rooms in the lingerie section of department stores can be even more terrifying. Step into the lingerie shop at any department store and an "intimate fitting specialist"' will approach you. She will wear a measuring tape around her neck and without ever using it she will take one look at your chest and tell you your exact size. After discussing your needs she will bring an assortment of items to your dressing room to try on. She will also instruct you on exactly how to maneuver yourself into the item -- bend down, push up here and lift there. Sometimes the saleswoman stands in the doorway issuing commands with the dressing room door wide open. Other times she will enter and begin the hands-on process herself. Either way it is extremely awkward.

The only time I had an issue with a "fitting professional' was when I went to buy a sports bra and she brought me back a band of spandex. For a generously endowed post-50 woman like myself, that would not do. I realized though that it was not solely her fault. Manufacturers of sports bras do not know what to do with endowed women who work out -- either they provide the Brooklyn Bridge or a piece of spandex, neither of which serves my needs.

It is now just a few days away from graduation and I am excited to be able to celebrate this special event with my husband and four sons. I may not be a great shopper and I won't be dressed in a new outfit, but I will be surrounded by those I love and cherish, and that's the only dressing I need.

ECLECTIC BACKYARD WEDDING

23 May 2012 | usa
Persun
How gorgeous + intimate was Star + Duncan’s ceremony in the woods!? And now for their super fun backyard reception!

A bit about the design inspiration from Star: I had fallen in love with Heather of Events by Heather Ham and Susan with Peony & Plum‘s work so I knew I didn’t want to have anyone else be a part of my wedding day. When I met with Susan it went kinda like this – “You’re the artist! I just want something colorful and eclectic!”, and as you can see she completely knocked it out of the park! Heather was fantastic as always. She calmed my nerves, kept the ball rolling but most of all made everything look better then I could have imagined.

What is an LDR bride to do early on in the wedding-planning process?

16 May 2012 | usa
Persun
What is an LDR bride to do early on in the wedding-planning process? Plan a registry! Looking for china patterns and comparing product reviews is easily done from across an ocean.

I started our process by checking out reviews and comments on the stores that offer registries (to name a few: Macy’s, Crate&Barrel, Walmart, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Bed Bath & Beyond…and more recently The Container Store). I also looked into amazon.com and myregistry.com, which both offer universal registries (which means that you can add a link to any item that you can buy online, regardless of the seller).

We decided (OK, I decided, but I did check with Mr. Bracelet) to create our first registry at BB&B. They have a wide selection, a good return policy, and many physical stores that people can visit. I started out by making a comprehensive registry checklist tailored to our needs. Then I proceeded to look for needed items on BB&B. I created a wish list to keep track of the things I was interested in.

Mr. Bracelet and I visited the BB&B store in Bozeman one afternoon last summer. We walked into the store and announced that we would like to open a registry. We sat down in the small registry corner (or booth?) and quickly filled out the paperwork. As this location doesn’t have a fine china section, we were given a catalog to flip through. They paired us up with a young employee who guided us through the different areas of the store. While he was helpful and not pushy, I felt cheated out of the “scanner gun experience” because he held on to it and scanned everything for us.

I never really felt comfortable in my own skin

13 May 2012 | usa
Persun
I never really felt comfortable in my own skin. I was shy, easily embarrassed, constantly worried about doing or saying the wrong thing—looking back, I think I really struggled with social anxiety and low self-esteem.

Because of this, I didn’t really get into the dating scene—that, and with my small social circle it really seemed to me like everyone was just dating each other in varying combinations, and that weirded me out a bit.

I had my first boyfriend in grade 10, solely because my friends were starting to have boyfriends and I thought I should, too. It didn’t last long, because the whole thing just felt uncomfortable to me, because I only wanted a boyfriend because Michelle had one (a common theme for teenage me—it’s also why I wanted braces and blonde hair, and had a crush on pretty much every boy she crushed on).



The only dance for which I ever had a date

I found another boyfriend and fell madly in love when I was 16, but long-distance relationships don’t often work well for teenagers, so I was heartbroken by 17. After that, I just dated casually through my post-secondary years. Honestly, I didn’t really get into any major relationships that would be comparable to what I have with Mr. Dragon.

in the Cook Islands for the wedding

07 May 2012 | Cook Islands
Persun
The meeting
Damon and Andrea first met at a nightclub in Newcastle eight years ago, and joked about their rhyming last names – Fellas and Sellis. But it wasn’t until months later that they saw each other again. “Damon kept appearing in my check out line at the local supermarket where I worked whilst at university," says Andrea. “We then started going to the same gym and it was there that numbers were exchanged,” she says. Although Andrea was of the belief that boys should ask girls out, she asked him first. “We love each other so much, we can’t wait for the rest of our lives!”

The proposal
Damon popped the question while they were away in the Cook Islands for the wedding of some friends. During the trip, Damon whisked her away to the island of Aitutaki where they shared a degustation dinner. “In between courses, Damon presented me with a beautiful radiant cut diamond and told me how he had found his soul mate and wanted to share the rest of our lives together,” says Andrea.

The wedding day
“The wedding day was amazing,” says Andrea. They had a total of 140 guests share in the day at the vineyard at Peppers Creek in the Hunter Valley with a theme of black, white, ivory and gold. “There felt like there was so much love and excitement for us. Some of the highlights were definitely putting on my gown, I felt amazing in it,” says Andrea. And, “Damon shed a couple of tears whilst seeing me walk down the aisle, which was so moving,” she says.

The dress
Andrea wore a fitted fishtail, strapless, French ivory silk gown with a sweetheart neckline. It featured a button up back and a tiered ruffle at the back. It came from Designs by Melanie Ford.

The cake
The cake had three tiers with flavours of caramel mud cake and white chocolate and raspberry mud cake. It was decorated with white icing and a black floral pattern. It came from Euro Patisserie in New Lambton.

The photography
The photos were taken by Jake Thomas Photography.

The honeymoon
They went to Thailand for two weeks.
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