Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Don't Forget Your Wedding Video

In the opinion
of many there
is no better way
to preserve the
elegance and emotions
of a formal wedding
than on video tape.
From the solemn vows
of the nuptial ceremony to the happiness
of the reception celebration, all the sights
and sounds are captured forever. For years,
and yes, even generations to come, the magical
moments of this festive event are there for you
and your family to treasure. Nothing can ever
replace the expressions of joy and tears of
happiness that are an integral part of every
wedding. A professional videographer can record
and preserve these precious moments for you.

A wise Bride will shop for a videographer.
Professional videographers will have demo tapes
as a sample of their work and will offer planning
sessions. Review the demo tape and discuss style
of taping and any personal points you wish to cover.

Start looking about six to twelve months before your
wedding and reserve a firm date as soon as possible.
This will require a deposit as competent videographers
are generally booked months in advance, and only have
one event per day.

Have a clear understanding of the fee structure. Prices
will usually depend on the number and quality of cameras,
editing time, number of locations, and special production
needs. Some videographers will charge per camera, per hour,
while others may offer all inclusive packages. Some will
tape as much as possible and selectively edit the footage
into a polished product; others will tape in such a manner
that very little editing is needed. Most professionals also
offer graphics (titling).

In the planning session talk about all the events you wish to
be taped. You may want to help design your own package and
include footage of the rehearsal, the bridal shower, interviews
with parents, the bride and groom in final preparation, or any
other special event that appeals to you . . . all the sights
and sounds captured for your very special memories.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Wedding Traditions

You may be interested
in the origins of some
popular traditions included
in observing your marriage.

Bridal gowns, for example,
are white because the
Greeks believed white
embodied purity, innocence
and joyfulness.
Wedding veils have always symbolized
modesty, privacy, youth and maiden hood.
That way of thinking still has a foothold;
bridal etiquette authorities today advise
second-time brides to skip the veil and wear
a hat instead.

Most are familiar with the poem about bridal attire:
“Something old, something new, something borrowed,
something blue and a lucky sixpence in your shoe.”
What’s not generally known is that if a bride borrows
an item from a happily married woman, the giver’s
happiness is said to be passed on to the bride.
Something blue symbolizes constancy in a relationship.
The bridal garter originates from at least two cultures.
In ancient times, it represented the virginal girdle; the
groom’s removal of the garter symbolized her
relinquishment of that status. The garter can also be
traced to the Old English custom of flinging the stocking.
Wedding guests would sneak into the bridal chamber, pick
up the newlywed’s discarded stockings and throw
them at the couple. Whoever flung a stocking that hung on
the bride or groom’s nose would be the next
to marry.

Wedding bands, symbolizing eternal love by their lack of a
beginning or end, grew out of an ancient tribal
custom of using circlets of grass to decorate a bride’s wrists
and ankles. The Romans and Egyptians, with their love of
precious metals and stones, initiated the practice of using
silver and gold. Rings are worn yet today on the third finger
of the left hand because ancient cultures believed that finger
had a vein running straight to the heart. The “throwing of the
rice” at fleeing newlyweds is a traditional way of wishing them
many children.

Monday, May 16, 2011

May Bridal Event

Wedding Mixer

Wednesday evening, May 18th from 6:30 - 9:00

• Brides admission is FREE!

Hosted by OC Brides

Come meet some of Orange County's best Wedding professionals.

Nixon Library
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda

Situated on 9 lush acres, the Nixon Library plays host to OC's most talked about wedding ceremonies and receptions. Their tranquil reflecting pool is the ideal ceremony surrounded by one of So Cal's largest Rose Garden's.

We will have a fabulous Jazz band play in the Rose Garden for the beginning
Cocktail Hour!

Receptions can be hosted in the magnificent White House East Room, complete with a parquet wood floor, stunning crystal chandeliers and attractive marble fireplaces.

Mix and mingle with a variety of Wedding Professionals in a relaxed atmosphere.

For reservations or more information

OC Brides
Cindy Lieber
President & Founder
(714) 970-6380

Hope to see you there...

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Diamonds in Your Wedding Rings

How are Diamonds formed?

Diamond is carbon
in its most concentrated
form, and is made up by
pure carbon atoms.
These carbon atoms are
imbedded deep in the ground
in the Earth’s mantle, below
the Earth’s crust.
When introduced to extreme
heat and immense pressure,
diamonds are formed. Diamonds
come to the Earth's surface in
molten rock, or magma, that begins deep
in the earth’s layers. Pushing diamonds
and other pieces of the Earth's mantle,
is this magma. With all the pressure and
heat, the earth’s inner matter erupts with
small, but strong explosive volcanoes. When
these volcanoes irrupt, the earth is left with
a carrot-shaped "pipe" that contains volcanic rock,
mantle fragments, and embedded diamonds. The rock
is called kimberlite named for the city of Kimberley
in South Africa. Kimberley was the first place these
pipes were discovered in the 1870s. A second example
of rock that carries diamonds is lamproite. You could
say that these pipes and their matter are elevators
for diamonds. These massive elevators allow what
scientist call "deposits", to surface. Geologist, refer
to these as "primary" and "secondary" sources. Primary
sources are kimberlite and lamproite that have risen
from the Earth’s mantle. Secondary sources are created
by erosion, which leads to scattering around the pipe,
which can be washed away into rivers or channels.
Due to the movement by these rivers and channels, large
secondary deposits can be found in the ocean or on our
ocean’s beaches, like that along the South African coast.

What Is the History Behind Diamonds?

In modern times the diamond represents prosperity,
stability, class, and superior quality. Throughout history,
many cultures believed diamonds were majestic. Diamonds were
associated with power, strength, enchantment, defense, and
resilience. This is a true testament of the diamond’s prosperity
through time.

As we all know, diamonds have been used in jewelry for many,
many years. Diamonds can be dated back to 1st century.
In the 2nd century a Roman poet made note that wedding rings
are known because of interior inscriptions recording the marriage
contracts signed in the presence of the Emperor's image. This custom
continued and the diamond became a religious item by the 4th century,
when a diamond ring was given as a token of love and marriage.
This has been a long lasting tradition.

Diamonds can be dated back as far as the 4th century in India.
India is the first known place diamonds were mined, which made
for great power in ancient times.