WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Nicholas & Danielle

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Thanks to Lacee of Leather-n-Lace Photography in Evanston for sharing this fun wedding with us! I love the creative elements they used for their ‘Winter Wonderland Wedding’ on January 6, 2013…here’s some detail from Lacee:

Nicholas & Danielle have been dating a year & a half, engaged since the summer and planned their Winter Wonderland Wedding for the 1st weekend of the new year. They have known each other since high school but met and fell in love at the Uinta County Fair. Married at the Historic Evanston Round House, and their colors were blue & silver. They will continue to reside in Evanston, Wyoming.

These were some super fun ideas! Thanks to Lacee of Leather-n-Lace Photography in Evanston for sharing, and congratulations to Nicholas & Danielle!

‘Til Next Time,

Kati Hime, Editor

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INSPIRATION: Rock the Dress!

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image by Christine Kronz Photography, Cheyenne

 

Want to rock that dress? Strapless or non, every woman wants to look her best on her day. One element that puts your best foot forward is your upper body. Shoulders,biceps, triceps…these are easy muscles to tone in the months ahead of your day, and they create a stunning profile whether photographed at a distance or up close.

TWO PEOPLE that deserve a call first before you begin ANY exercise workout: #1 and MOST IMPORTANTLY — your physician. Always get your physician’s A-OK before you begin an exercise regimen. #2 — Work with your bridal shop and let them know that you plan on doing some working out in the months ahead. Ask them pointed questions about how the fit of your gown can change, how they handle alterations, and what time frame that will require. Believe me, this 30 minute session with your bridal shop will pay off in HUGE stress reliefs down the road when you plan ahead!

While we’re at it, we want to give a shout out to our awesome Wyoming friends in the bridal attire industry:  Mountain Valley Bridal in Laramie; Hart’s Tux & Gown in Casper; Special Occasions in Sheridan; and Dan D Party Corner in Cheyenne for tux rentals. All of these shops are not only professionals in bridal attire, but also the time frame and commitments it takes to creating the look of your dreams.

Here are some good sites I found for targeting that upper body and finding some rockstar workouts at the same time:

Tricep exercises — Since my UW cheerleading days, I have learned the utter importance the tricep muscle has on our appearance, as well as our daily functioning. It may seem so little utilized, but once you work it out, you’ll discover how much our tricep really does do for you that you never even realized! My go-to exercises? Dips! You can do dips on the living room floor, or in a gym using parallel bars or gym bleachers. I do use closely stanced pushups, a medicine ball or free weights for some tricep extensions, but dips are still my fave (although not in the moment, I hate them in the moment…) Here’s a good site:  http://www.liftingrevolution.com/best-tricep-exercises-for-women/

Shoulder & chest exercises — I’m a pushup girl. I vary the width on my stance and go until my shoulders are shaking. Military presses and lateral raises with free weights are also good, and when I was a cheerleader, old school bench press worked wonders for my shoulders and chest. Nowadays, I vary the pushups at home with the rowing machine at the gym. Set the tunes to cruise and let your mind drift…pure Heaven…  Here’s a good site:  http://www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/5-sexy-shoulder-sculptors

 

Got a great go-to upper body workout? We’d love to hear about it! Post on our Facebook page or email us at brides@wyomingweddingsonline.com and we’ll add your suggestion to this blog post — and if you have a great workout for another area of the body, shoot us a line as well — we’ll be talking about more fitness in blog posts to come!

‘Til next time…

Kati Hime, Editor

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ENGAGEMENT SPOTLIGHT: Janna & Isaac

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adore this engagement spotlight from Ardent Photography in Laramie…Janna and Isaac clearly have some serious chemistry — you can practically feel it oozing from these images… I have to say that I *hope* that we get to spotlight these two’s wedding when it comes time for that…*ahem* I’ll let Stephanie of Ardent say more about these two lovebirds…

Janna and Isaac are a sweet couple, deeply in love and have a flare for the dramatic. Their first date was at a historic theater so it only made sense to capture some of that same magic in their engagement session. We chose their locations thoughtfully, making sure to pay special attention for Janna’s love of anything vintage. Their sessions were split between the Historic Atlas Theater and The Train Depot in Cheyenne, WY. What a visual treat their set turned out to be, we cannot wait for their wedding!

Thanks to Stephanie & Rick of Ardent Photography in Laramie for sharing this gorgeous engagement with us — and congratulations to Janna & Isaac on not only a new adventure in their lives together, but on finding such fabulous, palpable chemistry with each other…this is the stuff of which great loves are made…

Kati Hime, Editor

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WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Chris & Lou’s Teton Wedding

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Thanks to Heather Erson Photography in Jackson for sending in this beautiful spotlight! Chris & Lou have composed a beautiful piece that represents their love for each other and why they chose the Tetons…I was struggling with how to include snippets of it without losing its integrity, but I finally decided that’s just not possible. So here it is, in its entirety — and it’s a lovely piece that represents their devotion to each other…

Never, in a thousand years, could I ever begin to describe, how it feels to be loved by you. Our life, filled with millions of tiny moments…each little increment of time, which holds fistfuls of devotion and adoration for each other. Our love is fluid. It constantly encircles one another, ever evolving as it moves along the continuum of time. The uniqueness of our connection, unsurpassed by any other, swept cobwebs from the furthest corners of the human heart, and allowed each other to settle comfortably inside. This is, after all, how we began, you and I…intently discovering one another from the inside out.

From outside of the antique display case in the living room, passers by may catch a glimpse of our collection of treasures. A worn leather journal, a jagged rock, a dusted sprig of wheat, an ill placed petrified branch, a rusted tin, or a muted rainbow of broken glass. Each seemingly insignificant item is tagged to a memory and ready to whisper our story. Our passion for nature and our quest to understand its confusion have brought us to awe inspiring places and countless beautiful discoveries. The National Parks, and our hypnosis with them, have lured us countless times from our home in upstate New York. How fortunate we feel, to have wiped our feet all over the west. It was only fitting that we unfolded the map yet again, which would ultimately lead us to our elopement location. This time, Wyoming welcomed us, and the trail’s end was Schwabacher’s Landing. It was here, on the evening of July 3rd, 2012, before the grand backdrop of the Tetons, where we would profess our love and solidify our vows. Little was needed to accompany the elegance of our surroundings….just this man and this woman so deep in their love. The Wyoming breeze brought music from the trees for our procession and a simple bouquet and boutonniere of dried flowers and hand-picked wheat complimented our attire. We listened intently to Pastor Ben Pascal and absorbed the readings we spoke to one another. Then, with hand and hearts fused, we professed that from this day forward, it will be you who holds my promise, it will be you who knows my truth.

The copper bands, which now adorn our left hands, symbolize our eternal love. They are inscribed with the latitude and longitude of our special location, the Ibex Dunes, in the middle of Death Valley National Park. The Ibex Dunes, where each and every miniscule grain of sand has been picked up, carried by the wind and effortlessly dropped at the base of the mountains to create such a wonder. It was here, where we hiked in the most remote place imaginable, a place where few footprints have passed, where sound seemed not to exist. We drank in the sunset, we soaked up the silence and we rejoiced in sharing such beauty with one another. It is a place we will return to one day, hopefully many years from now, as we have named it our final resting destination.

Our photo shoot following the ceremony was remarkable with our photographer Heather Erson and her sensational eye for capturing our unprovoked, quiet moments together. She brought the surrounding area of Schwabacker’s Landing alive through her camera lens and with utmost ease, captured our playful interactions as if she’d known us all of our lives. In alignment with our personalities, we explored the park in our adventurous manner and humorous flair for the first time as husband and wife. We roamed with bison, we investigated the Moulton Barns, and we clung to the last bit of light as it dipped behind the Tetons as seen from Kelly Warm Springs. It was a ‘reception’ like none other. One born from the uniqueness of who we represent as a couple, one in which senses and souls unite and the rest of the world is forgotten for a little while. Our elopement day in Jackson, Wyoming has now evolved into a memory that shall forever be etched in our minds and engraved on our hearts.

Until our map unfolds again,

Mr. and Mrs. Lou and Chris Fisher from Johnsburg, New York.

Thank you again to Heather Erson Photography in Jackson, Wyoming for sharing this beautiful Teton wedding story with us…many congratulations and blessings to Chris & Lou as they journey into a new chapter of their lives together…

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WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Steth & Elisa’s Christmas Wedding

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Thank you to Gail Carver Photographyin Worland for sharing this beautiful Christmas wedding! Steth & Elisa were married December 22, 2012 in St. Francis Catholic Church in Thermopolis, with a reception at the Hot Springs County Fairgrounds. “The ranch pictures in the chilly December air were taken at Steth’s family ranch,” Gail adds. What a beautiful holiday wedding — LOVE these images! Thanks Gail!

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