Marriage Equality in Oregon!
Congratulations to all the LGBT couples! May you have long and happy marriages!
If you are looking for a wonderful way to celebrate the birth of your child with your family and friends then you found it. A Secular Baby/Child Naming ceremony is a birth celebration. It is the introduction of your child/baby into his/her new family. It is also a wonderful way to give an older child the security of acceptance into the family after an adoption.
The ceremony isn't about giving the child a name at that moment. It is about introducing the baby and announcing the name you gave the baby at the hospital. For an older child it is about announcing the child's nickname or new adoptive surname (last name). This ceremony can also be used to reintroduce a child that has been estranged from one side of his or her family. The ceremony is truly about love and acceptance into a family.
I believe every child should have a family excited to accept him or her in their fold. It is a beautiful sight when an older child is welcomed into the family. The way their eyes light-up as they feel the joy of the moment is amazing. When a baby is introduced to the family it is often the Guardians (Godparents) and Grandparents whose eyes light-up with excitement and happiness. These moments are once in a lifetime. This is the time when you can take pictures and videos which you can treasure for years to come. Make sure you enjoy them and share them before they are gone. Children grow up so fast and before you realize it; their childhood is over.
So why should you do a Naming ceremony? For the Love of a child!
You have made your vows to love, honor and cherish each other for eternity. The rings have been exchanged and all this is left is the Kiss! Your wedding day kiss is important. Everyone wants to see you “seal your vows with a kiss”. I have witnessed hundreds of couples kiss. Some are short little pecks and others are hungry, hungry hippo!™ Let’s face it we have all noticed couples that are all over each other with sloppy wet kisses. This obviously is not the type of kiss you want captured on the SD cards of all your witnesses. To be emailed to your whole entire extended family and all of your friends that couldn’t attend the wedding. Those pictures and videos will be digitally stored on the internet for everyone on the planet to see for all of eternity. Is that the part of your wedding you want everyone talking about. Of course not, at least not negatively.
Now imagine a picture perfect kiss that all your friends and family will be talking about with envy! How would you like to mingle with all your guests at the reception and be told your kiss was awesome! You would hear comments like “what a kiss!” or better yet, “I want to be kissed like that!” I know that with all the stress that comes from planning a wedding; that kissing is not your first worry. It probably is not a worry at all. For most couples, they have practiced it to perfection. But we all remember that one video that went viral a few years ago about the virgin couple that had never kissed. What did they do, they attacked each other like wild hungry animals! I do not want this to be you.
May I give you a little wedding day advice…
The Right Way
The Wrong Way
The day you marry or recommit to your sweetheart is very special. Don't allow one little kiss to over shadow your entire ceremony. Enjoy the moment and have the memories to remind you of the moment. The moment you told your spouse that they will always be the love of your life!
So go kiss your honey and practice that picture perfect wedding day kiss!
This is just a few of the beautiful wedding & vow renewal locations in Oregon. Starting north and working the way down the coast and then into the valley.
Hug Point State Park with a beautiful waterfall
Lincoln City's Beach tidepools
Devils Lake State park
Fogarty Creek State Park, Depoe Bay
Otter Crest on the Beach. A very romantic waterfall
Innkeepers House at Heceta Head Lighthouse in Florence
Vista Hills Vineyard & Winery, Dayton
Wine Country Farms, Dayton
The romance of the moment you are sharing your heart should be in a location that is equally as special. The ideal vow renewal & wedding venue is always important. The location sets the tone for your entire ceremony. Even if you are eloping, pick a location that has meaning to you or is just amazing and breathtaking.
If you are not familiar with White Day then you are not alone. White Day is like Valentine’s Day, part two. It is celebrated in several Asian countries, including Japan.
The way it works in Japan that on Valentine’s Day the girl gives the guy chocolates (homemade or store bought) to declare her love. On White Day the guy returns the favor by giving the girl a gift back. It isn’t about the amount of money that is spent, but the expression and declaring of love to the other person.
White Day is a nice tradition to start a relationship with or to start a marriage. It gives you each one more reason to celebrate your love.
My husband and I are romantics at heart. We take every opportunity we can find to celebrate our love and our marriage. We believe it reminds us to value each other. It is easy to forget the little things in any relationship. By celebrating this romantic time on both the 14th of February and the 14th of March; we know that we are not neglecting the little things in our relationship. It gives us time to talk about our hopes, dreams and desires. It is the perfect excuse to ask a family member to watch the kids. Honestly, I cannot think of a couple that doesn’t need more time to spend on connecting with and loving each other.
If you recently started planning your wedding then you will be interested in the Bid Your Wish for Wedded Bliss Auction! It is a wonderful way for couples to find vendors and decorations for their wedding and reception. The auction has vendors from all over the U.S. offering their services at a discounted price.
Do you need help planning your wedding? Well there are 26 Wedding Planners from Washington to New York.
How about Photographers, do your have your wedding photog yet? Don't worry there are 45 Photographers from all over the U.S.
In total there are 145 services or items in the auction - Veils & Headpieces, Books, Jewelry, Hair & Makeup artists, Florists, Officiants and much more are available in the auction.
Please remember that 100% of the money made from this auction goes to helping couples that might otherwise not have a wedding or vow renewal ceremony.
Thank You and Best wishes on your wedded bliss!
Image courtesy of Nirots/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net
I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year! My family is still nestled in their beds and I am just starting my day. My first thoughts are wishing you and your loved ones a happy and joyful life.
May you share your life with wonderful people whom surround you with love, generosity and warmth. And may you always share the love and warmth in your heart with all the special people in your life!
Peace on Earth and Good Will and Glad Tidings to All!
Wedding cake with calla lillies on the tiers.
The Bid Your Wish for Wedded Bliss Auction has begun! This auction is open now till Feb. 20th, 2013. It is open to all couples with weddings or vow renewals. Bids start at a fraction of the total package value. I am one of many vendors that are donating our services to this wonderful charity.
Exciting news Wish Upon a Wedding is holding their annual Bid Your Wish for Wedded Bliss Auction! This is the auction you have been waiting for all year it’s specially designed for brides and grooms. It is open to all couples whether you are getting married or renewing your vows. The items that are up for auction are donated by vendors across the US. Vendors that are included are photographers, cake/ bakery items, DJs/musicians, wedding/event planners and many more. The auction opens at just a fraction of the price of what you would pay normally for these vendor’s services. If you are on a budget this may be the perfect solution for you to get everything for your wedding without going over your budget. The Bid Your Wish for Wedded Bliss Auction opens on December 20, 2012 and runs through February 20, 2013.
Wish Upon a Wedding was started in January 2010. It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping grant wedding wishes for people with life-threatening or serious life altering conditions. With 23 chapters currently in operation throughout the United States. This auction is your chance to not only get wonderful deals for your wedding but to help grant weddings for others who cannot afford to have a wedding due to medical or other care of life bills.
What will you do after your wedding with your dress? Will you trash it, keep it, sell it or will you donate it to a great cause? Every bride desires to have a wonderful wedding day. You could help that dream come true by donating your dress to Brides for a Cause! They help couples that have life altering illnesses and conditions to have a day that is all about them and not their illnesses.
Thank you for helping a couple have a day they will never forget!
My core belief is that Love is a precious gift, no one should be denied the gift of love.