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Bridesmaids don’t know how lucky they are. According to wedding folklore bridesmaids used to be dressed exactly the same as the bride. The idea was that setting up lookalikes would confuse any troublesome spirits in the area and make them unsure of who was actually the bride. In Victorian times that tradition changed a bit and the bridesmaids wore white dresses but with short veils to contrast with the bride’s voluminous veil and train. When society’s fears of evil spirits subsided and various new colors came on the scene, there’s...

Everyone has been there…in heartbreak territory. Sooner or later in many relationships, we find that one loves the other more. Over time, this inbalance is magnified and the relationship ends. Unfortunately for the heartbroken it becomes a sad and depressing time. However, a group of savvy journalists got together and decided to pool their advice on how to make heartbreak time go faster. Take a look: From Kylie Jenner to Katy Perry, heartbreak seems to be a little too common these days. Are you still reeling over a recent heartbreak? Have...

Innovative publisher Riverdale Avenue Books received two prestigious awards from the Independent Publishers’ Association (IPPY) on the eve of Book Expo America (BEA) in Chicago. Riverdale’s Ménage a Musketeer by Alexander Dumas and Jamie Schmidt, an erotic “mash up” of the Three Musketeers classic in the popular vein of Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, received the Gold Medal in the Erotica category on this 20th anniversary of the IPPY Awards. Finding Masculinity: Female to Male Transition in Adulthood by Alex Walker and Emmet...

The following story of a ballet-inspired wedding is not only beautiful but shows the importance of a really good wedding photographer. Remember brides-to-be, these are the photos that you will be showing your grand kids. For Kailey and Alexander they are truly a celebration of their love. VIA Bridal Pulse ...

There are so many traditions that have been created around the wedding ceremony. We wondered where they all came from. Here’s an article that attempts to cover many of the traditions but we still wondered about wedding bouquet charms. Where did that come from? Well, we’re still not sure, but since the flowers dry up we like that fact that charms remain as a wonderful reminder of that special day. Check out the variety of charms that are offered by Esty.com which is only one online retailer that carries them. CLICK TO...

Posted on May 9 2016 - 1:18pm by Melanie Love
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Newlyweds Cassie and Lewis Byrom are clearly very big Harry Potter fans, so into the J.K. Rowling franchise that they they decided to declare their love for each other in a Harry Potter themed wedding. They had edible golden snitches, 130 magical wands, and paper flower bouquets made from over 20 secondhand “Harry Potter” books. To say the night was magical would be an understatement. ...

By Paula Rizzo, founder of ListProducer.com and the author of Listful Thinking: Using Lists to be More Productive, Highly Successful and Less Stressed. I had lunch with a friend recently and she shared her boyfriend troubles. They’d come to a point in the relationship where it made sense to start talking about the future and if each other was in it. Eeek! A difficult...

You don’t need an award-winning photographer to capture big moments during your wedding. Make sure your close friends who take good photos have access to you and other members of the wedding party. Ask them in advance if they will share what they shoot with you and you are bound to come up with some great shots. Whether it’s the big special moments or the quiet small details that make up your event. Get a collection of everyone’s interpretation and maybe one or more of the shots will look like the ones we’ve...

Posted on Apr 4 2016 - 1:42pm by Melanie Love
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Don’t miss out on the fun of choosing your own wedding flowers. Whether it’s your bouquet or the flowers for the table, this is an experience of a lifetime. Nothing says love like flowers and you’ll want your guests to share in more of the love by having beautiful centerpiece flower arrangements. Even if you are working with a wedding planner,...

Posted on Mar 30 2016 - 12:40pm by Madeline Iva
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Last weekend was #Love Fest at Virginia Festival of the Book. All the panels were well attended, but the biggest event of the weekend was showing LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS–the latest documentary all about the romance world–followed by a discussion with Maya Rodale and Eloisa James and a book signing. I experienced rapture from meeting Eloisa James in person....