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.

April 15, 2009

Contest Winners!

Posted in About a Bride info/news, events tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:32 pm by aboutabride

This past February, About a Bride Weddings & Events launched its first contest….

Called the “About Our Story” contest, brides and grooms sent in their story and a panel of judges choose the most endearing story and proposal. It was a very hard decision, as there were many unique ways to propose — you grooms did Great! But the panel persevered — and we choose a winner!

Congratulations to Mark & Madeleine.

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They win a Grand Prize including photography/videography services, cake/sweets for the wedding or shower, favours, a limo for the day, personalized wedding songs, an officiant, makeup for the bride and a wedding planner (obviously, me).

You can see the full writeup on this fabulous couple in the

Spring 2009 About a Bride Newsletter

Thank you to all the sponsors! Your prizes are amazing…

* Ingenious Designs
* Dynasty Limo
* Wedding Company of Niagara
* Before & After Professional Makeup
* Eleganza Cakes
* The Frosted Cupcake
* Studio 67 Cinematic Wedding Films + Photography
*BmJant Music Production
*For BmJant, see the August 15th entry on the AAB News & Events

April 3, 2009

The Bridal Run Begins….

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

Starting today, April 3rd, Filene’s Basement starts their world-famous Bridal Event:

“The Running of the Brides”….

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Never heard of this??? Here’s the low-down:

An annual event held only in selected stores (Boston and Washington, DC have it twice a year, though), brides and their “supporters” line up early outside the department store door — sometimes even the night before. When the doors open, brides have to run towards the racks and grab as many dresses as they can to try on. Why the running?? Well, not only is this event very well attended by hundreds (thousands?) of brides, but the (potentially 3000 available) dresses are designer dresses as low as $250 and up to $700! It’s been recorded that in less than 60 seconds, the racks are completely bare and there is women changing and dresses flying everywhere! A few minutes later, if a bride hadn’t found the dress she wanted, then there is some potential trading going on.

So, if you are a bride on a budget or just want to get a fabulous deal…..here are the dates for the event:

April 3rd – Washington, DC
July 24th, Chicago, IL
July 31st – Washington, DC
August 21st – Boston, MA
October 16th, Cleveland, OH

You can go to http://www.filenesbasement.com/bridal/ for more information


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!

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 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.