August 18, 2009

Motivation

Posted in About a Bride info/news, Misc tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:29 am by aboutabride

Here is the About a Bride Mission Statement/Statement of Faith. There is no hiding that this is a business based on a foundation of Christian values. Here is why I am motivated to do a wonderful job for you.

About a Bride believes that it all starts with God…Our Creator.

So God created human beings in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
male and female he create them.

Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and the animals that scurry on the ground. Then God looked over all He had made, and He saw that it was very good”.
(Genesis 1:27 – 28; 31a)

About a Bride Weddings & Events believes everything we receive – especially a marriage bond – is a gift from God. Therefore, we are inspired and motivated to make your wedding day as special and unique as possible and to oversee the details so as the two of you can solely focus on your new journey together.

About a Bride believes in the power of two, a couple. A marriage.

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. (Luke 10:1-2)

About a Bride Weddings & Events is managed by a husband and wife team, Damion & Ellen Steen. In planning and coordinating the wedding you envision and desire, we feel our calling is:
* to show our love for and belief in Jesus Christ, God’s son
* to demonstrate God’s blessings through our example, work ethic and 100% dedication
* to live a life of love for Jesus Christ

About a Bride Believes in the sanctity of marriage and the importance of preparation both for your special wedding day and for the life bride and groom will enjoy together.

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate. (Matt 19:4-6)

Whether through referrals or through blog postings, About a Bride Weddings & Events highlights resources to build and continue building your marriage: Christian movies or books, local marriage counselors, online newsletters, financial, legal and health resources etc. This demonstrates that we truly care for all aspects of your marriage, not just your wedding, but you as a couple.

About a Bride believes in God’s blessings and provisions and obediently tithes.

Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. (Deut 14:22)

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. (Malachi 3:10)

About a Bride Weddings & Events tithes on every wedding and event we coordinate. Furthermore, each year we contribute to Christian-based organizations such as Focus on the Family Canada and Canadian Food for the Hungry and the local church.

About a Bride believes in demonstrating God’s love to everyone.

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. (1 John 4:7)

About a Bride Weddings & Events looks forward to working with all brides and grooms, whether of the Christian faith or not. We are called to serve and love everyone. We look forward to meeting you soon.

….and the marriage bells are ringing again…

Posted in About a Bride info/news, Misc, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 1:24 am by aboutabride

so About a Bride was on hiatus for a little…why?? well, avid readers of this blog know that it was “About a Baby” for a little. Yes, there is a new little associate in this business and his name is Eliel. He’s now 4 months and ready to help out on those Fall weddings! 🙂

Stay connected with this blog and the About a Bride website as there are plenty of new things coming this Fall.

Also, congrats to Sonnobia and Deo on their wedding — it was spectacular!

As always, I welcome your emails and inquiries.

March 25, 2009

Happiness…

Posted in Misc tagged , , , , , , , , , at 10:00 am by aboutabride

Recently read this in a business-related e-zine, but thought it was related to marriage and life.

Bottom line: be happy with what you have, including (and especially) your spouse. You already have what’s gonna make you happy.

Love that man or woman completely and unconditionally.

A rich investment banker was visiting a small coastal Mexican village when a tiny boat with a fisherman docked. The banker complimented him on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. “Only a little while,” he replied. The banker asked, “Why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?” The fisherman replied, “I have more than enough to support my family’s needs.” The banker then asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, and stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos.”

The banker said, “If you spend more time fishing, you could buy a bigger boat, and with the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats. Eventually you could have a fleet of fishing boats and open your own cannery. You could move to a large city and make millions.”

Unimpressed, the fisherman asked, “Then what?” The banker replied sheepishly, “Then you could retire and move to a small coastal fishing village where you could sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, and stroll to the village where you sip wine and play guitar with your amigos.”

February 12, 2009

the love dare…

Posted in events, Misc tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:00 am by aboutabride

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In October, I posted about a must-see movie called Fireproof . It was such a must see for us that we drove the 45 mins across the border to Buffalo (and got inquisitioned by the border official: “you are coming for a movie….??”).

Anyhow, I am a subscriber to an online Christian resource called FamilyLife.com and as a jump off to the book behind the movie, they’ve launched the “Online Love Dare” :a 40 day challenge to really loving your spouse and showing it. Each day, they send an email with a dare – whether it’s in thought, action or deed. You can start at any time or even access the archives.

Here’s more if you want to learn more about the Love Dare book but in the meantime, here’s a great video about the heart behind the movie and book, and in our marriages.

If you do take the Love Dare, post or email me privately and let me know how it’s going!

February 11, 2009

50 good deeds

Posted in About a Bride info/news, Misc tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:36 pm by aboutabride

With all the planning and preparation for a wedding, one day rolls into the next and we become consumed with the “schedule”, the “have to-do’s”, the endless little errands…..and it’s just a countdown to the wedding day…

With all the daily responsibilities and long hours at your job, one day rolls into the next and we become consumed with the “schedule”, the “have to-do’s”, the endless little emails…and it’s just a countdown to when you can arrive home….

With all the daily tasks and errands for your home, one day rolls into the next and we become consumed with the “schedule”, the “have to-do’s”, the endless little chores…and it’s just a countdown to when you can plop into bed….

Sorry to sound like a sourpuss, but do you recognize a pattern?

Whether we are a stay at home mom, a working professional or a budding entrepreneur, the day is always filled and busy, yes? And with this, we can often find life going at a pace where we can’t take a moment and do something nice for someone else because we are always just trying to keep our heads above the water.

Recently, I came across this article from Canadian Living and thought “wow, yes, this would be a good thing. A very good thing”. And wouldn’t it be even more special knowing that you as a couple can do something nice for another person, family or group?

I am challenging my own family to get in on this —- and now I am challenging yours….One little “change” that I am making is that I aim to do one a week, not one a day, so feel free to adapt it however you want — the point is that your heart is in the right place and that you bear fruit! Set yourself up for success!

Feel free to post back and let me know how it goes!

January 28, 2009

Best Wedding Proposals…

Posted in creative ideas, Misc tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:18 pm by aboutabride

in my opinion….

yes, that’s what I am doing on this wintry, snowy day in Ontario! 🙂 Enjoy…

From the air…

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A really charming and unique proposal…

Definitely and completely unexpected!! Love that factor…(a little bit long but the “surprise” is worth it)…

Got any you want to share?

January 8, 2009

If you can’t remember your lines, look to the couple in front of you…

Posted in Misc tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:30 am by aboutabride

So my previous post was about a couple who married and remarried each other 97 times over the last 20 years….

I had to add this one —- hey, if you are ever on Jeopardy and the category “Wedding Trivia” or “Guinness World Records” come up, you know you are set, thanks to About a Bride! 🙂

It’s almost the beginning of a joke, but it’s real life. How many married couples can an officiant marry at once? Well, initially, the record for the largest vow renewal ceremony was on April 20th, 2008 where 338 couples were married in Barcelona, Spain. In fact, all 338 couples wore their original wedding attire! But with a little more research, I discovered that even that record was surpassed by double that same year, only a couple months before! In Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, there was a vow renewal ceremony for — get this — 624 couples!!!!! That’s over 1200 people just getting married — one has to wonder what the guest seating chart looked like!

This amount of brides beats the “chasing brides” scene in the movie, The Bachelor with Chris O’Donnell or the World’s Famous Bridal Event at Filene’s Basement.

wedding-couple-graphic1Photo Courtesy of Helen Fearne Video Productions

January 7, 2009

How I love thee….let me count the ways…

Posted in Misc tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:30 am by aboutabride

…so the wedding day is supposed to be the ONE special day of your life, eh??? Well, this couple have renewed their vows, not once, twice or even three times…

David and Lauren Blair of Tennesse, USA married for the 97th time in 2004 in Las Vegas. Their “first” wedding was in 1984, so in the 20 years, they’ve married (remarried) each other about an average of 4.7 times a year — every season perhaps! That would be a really cool thing — to say “well, for my Spring 2005 wedding, we really wanted to go with a “Asian red” theme because at our Winter 2004 wedding, we had so many red tablecloths left over…

That’s almost a wedding planner’s dream. Almost.

The couple had three weddings the first week they were married (first, at Universal Studios where they met, then in Chicago where family lived and then again on their honeymoon in Las Vegas). It’s kind of cool, for once David proposes, they set a $100 budget, get new outfits, find a location and gain another anniversary date!

Which leads me to think — David has no problem asking “Will you….” but does he remember all the anniversaries??! 🙂

Here’s are some small links to the very-married couple: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/records/modern_society/people_and_places/most_marriage_vows_renewals_-_same_couple.asp
http://www.durangotelegraph.com/04-08-19/mountain_exchange.ht
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4161/is_/ai_n19323011 (with the full list of places they’ve married)

January 6, 2009

The moments that take our breath away….

Posted in Misc tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:22 pm by aboutabride

I am not completely certain of my feelings about comedian George Carlin. I didn’t really follow him and don’t know too much about him, except his well-known “speaking ability”. Anyhow, I am a member of the Women in Niagara business networking group and in the end-of-year director/magazine, I read this speech from George Carlin and thought, “wow, that really speaks volumes!” So, I decided to post it here. Why? Because it is a good reminder of staying true to your priorities, taking the excess out of your life and getting to the real heart of things. Namely, weddings and planning events! Ha, I jest. Honestly, as a Christian, for me, the real priorities are what we call the Fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

And so you might be thinking how does this apply in terms of wedding and event planning…some examples….

1. Peace, Goodness & Joy: Remind yourself why you are planning this event: celebrating the birthday of a loved one, the desire to publicly share in the decision you made to share your lives together, to raise money for a really important community charity etc…..Remember this, when the details overwhelm you….

2. Kindness: I absolutely love weddings where the couple use the money people give them at the reception for a good cause or their favors are seeds for planting flowers and trees.

3. Patience & Self-Control: Most events are notorious for becoming stressful and in that stress, we can easily be irritated. Whether it’s the flower girl who doesn’t want to throw the pretty flowers on the floor, the ringbearer that doesn’t smile for pictures or the slideshow that is resolute on making today its day off, these are the moments that can make us laugh, but only if we have patience and see the bigger picture of the overall moment, not the detail.

4. Love & Faithfulness: This is where you show love and have tons of faith in your planner….I would vouch to say that all events have, as their foundation for why they are even being organized in the first place, love and faith. Would one marry someone they didn’t love? Would one spend countless hours writing to sponsors in order to raise money for a good cause? It’s all in the name of love and faith that the hard work and effort will do a great deal of good!

And on that note:  Here is George Carlin’s speech –

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower  viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more  conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness. We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things. We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less. These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete…

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are  not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved  ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the  precious thoughts in your mind.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

December 31, 2008

Ringing in the New Year!

Posted in About a Bride info/news, events, Misc tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:19 pm by aboutabride

Its come time to ponder: is it the end of the year, or the fresh beginning of a new one???

I’d like to think it’s both. A time where we can reflect on the last year, see how we’ve grown and changed, laugh again at the funny moments and anticipate the coming year.

And so with reflectingit’s been a fabulous year. Not only did About a Bride “travel” from the States and launch in the Niagara region, but now it’s grown up into an official federal Canadian corporation! And since it’s Canadian “integration”, I’ve had the opportunity to meet a ton of wonderful, aspiring AND inspiring people – both fellow industry professionals and clients. Ah, yes, my 2008 clients. What a beautiful bunch of people! Thank you so much for sharing your special moments with me!

And now the anticipation part!

  • About a Bride will continue it’s Fabulous Fashion Fridays, highlighting spectacular wedding dresses. Also, this column will extend to Bridesmaids dresses as well. After all, those are your girls; they’ve gotta look good too!
  • Other exciting news is that About a Bride will launch a monthly newsletter with articles from local vendors, planning info and special features like “Inside Your Wedding” column and gallery. What’s extremely cool about this newsletter — especially if you are a bride – is that you can have a featured picture/article in the newsletter telling about your upcoming wedding and the chance to win a small but very special gift from About a Bride. *Brides, please email me at ellen@aboutabride.ca to enter*

Oh and did I mention that this newsletter is just in its baby steps to becoming the About a Bride Magazine?

Yes, it will be a fantastic year!

I am also looking forward to my upcoming events — these listed are just the first third of the year! Among the events About a Bride is hosting and coordinating:

  • the “Tulle Party” – networking party for wedding/event professionals;
  • the “OnBoard!” – Basketball Tournament & Fundraiser;
  • the “Only Way to Love” – Valentine’s party for a local church;
  • the “Safety in the Sandbox” – Safety Awareness Festival & Picnic for a local Niagara community;
  • the “Night at the Opera Ball” – a Masquerade Ball & Fundraiser

Could there be more? Yes! About a Bride is also launching a contest for 2009 brides and grooms come mid-February. The lucky winning couple pretty much gets a free wedding! And actually, everyone who participates is a winner — for just by entering the contest, you get “gift certificates” from the vendors in the different categories! How’s that for planning?!

About a Bride Weddings & Events, Inc., wishes you a wonderful and safe holiday and hopes everyone has a fantastic new year filled with joy, peace and wonderful memories!

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