• Authenticity,  bride,  engaged,  middle-aged,  nutrition and wellness,  wedding dresses,  wedding planning

    Losing Weight Day One for My Health

    Losing Weight! Not another diet! I have been on the road of self-awareness for a long time. Along the ay, I stopped torturing myself with dieting in the traditional sense. I had dieted for years and exercised to an extreme in the past. As I went on this awareness trip, I found myself in the middle of peri-menopause. The past handful of years were tough when it came to how my body looked, metabolized food (as in I had a metabolism) and felt. I also became aware in my 50s that two of my grandmothers had heart issues. My dad had a 5-way bypass 22 years ago at 59. Uh,…

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    It Is Meant To Be or Something Like That

    Yup. Whatever, it is meant to be it will be. It’s how I feel. Everything really does work out how it is meant to be. In preparing for a wedding, especially one where you have a chosen venue–it can become stressful. Stressful, if you let it. I had made a decision. A while back I decided “hyperventilating” was not part of getting, “everything and everyone booked.”                 Not sure if I am the smart “bride” or the bride who believes everything will just work itself out! I keep feeling myself open up, more and more to the possibilities. Allowing it to be whatever amazing…

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    Photography, does it matter?

    Photography. Does it matter? Yes photography does, but do you need a 20,000 package or can you get one for a few thousand dollars? Or can you get good photography for a few hundred dollars?                     These three photos are from three different photographers from 1500.00 to 20,000.00; can you tell the difference? If you can and this is your second or third time around the ring, what is comfortable for you to spend? We want a fun and meaningful day, period. It means quality, but we have no interest in going over the top for some of the “wedding items.”…

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    Best Beauty Products For Who?

    Best Beauty Products For Who? As I opened up another magazine for a wedding, it was clear as to who it was speaking to…and it was not me. It’s not to say there is nothing of value in the magazine, but it is clearly meant for the first time bride who is in her first few decades of life. As I looked at the make-up and other items (I will address in other posts), it was very clear it’s for the sweet, young, blushing bride. Nothing wrong with that! But, what about those of us chicks who want products for older skin and so on? Now, I have never been…

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    Musicians Are Awesome For Us!

    What does “Musicians are awesome for us mean?” My fiance is a musician. He’s actually put out 5 jazz albums and is working on more amazing sounds! It has nothing to do with the answer, just felt it was worth mentioning. So, getting back to the question of the day. Musicians are awesome because everyone we have hired has been great! And what I mean by that is, we did some remodeling last summer on the house. We went through many bids (sort of like finding the right vendor when getting married), and every time we hired someone who had been or was still a musician; they were the best! They…

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    Non-traditional Wedding

    I am non-traditional in many ways, including having a non-traditional wedding. We aren’t going to have a ton of flowers, as most of our wedding + reception will take place at night outside. So, who will see them? Yes, we will have some flowers, located in open places, which will be visible when it gets darker. I love the rustic look, but it will be more about adornments rather than flowers everywhere. I’m a fan of not wasting cut flowers, as they will only be useful for a few hours. (ask me how I cried about throwing out my Christmas tree a few years ago) On the other hand, I am a fan…

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    Wedding Planning From Hell

    My fiance and I went back and forth over wedding planning. We weren’t arguing over the wedding planning. Um, we just had no idea what the hell we were doing or looking for. From $20,000 photography packages to the hiring of a wedding planner; it was overwhelming. The sheer amount of little and big items was staggering to us. We may have fared better had we done an all-inclusive venue. We wanted what we wanted and it meant, having many vendors. The more we looked at wedding planning packages from wedding planners, the more confused we became. We want a cool wedding, but we are not living a fairy-take over here. The…

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    Wedding Registry The Second Time Around

    Wedding Registry fun! Yes, it was fun! We, as in he and I, started our wedding registry. When I got married the first time, I think I made a list of items for people to buy. I think? Although, I do remember a lot of mismatched items and things I know we definitely did not need. This time, it took us two hours to get through Crate and Barrel (one of the choices for wedding registry). We enjoyed looking through all the shapes and sizes of the flatware. We loved feeling all the plates and if we could see ourselves eating from them daily. We decided we wanted to have certain…

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    What To Do With Grown Children

    We’re a happy bunch! Grown Children are cool. No diapers to change, no worrying about when to feed or getting them to their games or clubs or whatever on time anymore. And for us, we are pretty fortunate. Our kids all seem to like one another and like my fiance and I together. It’s cute. We want to include them all in the wedding, we are just not sure how to do it! My one daughter thought her and her sister would be my Maids of Honor, but I am going to have a friend of mine do it. Plus I would want all the kids to be included in…

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    Location, Location, Location–Wedding Location That Is!

    The wedding location has been found! It’s wedding item #1 to check off the list! Visited this sleepy little town we love so much! We checked out the rustic barn locale once again, looked at a couple more and ended up here. There were deciding factors which spoke to us. Among them, this cool tree! This massive tree and the surrounding vineyards will be the setting for our rustic style wedding. As we drove away my fiance said, “I just felt warm in my heart; connected to it.” I agreed with him. It was totally chill. Laid back people, the atmosphere was easy going, plus fewer logistics than the barn. Although the…

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