Walt Disney world real wedding :-Alexa and Ian

Shorty after Ian and Alexa started dating, Ian was deployed to Afghanistan- so their relationship consisted of emails and video chats with a 12-hour time difference. Once they finally had the opportunity to go on real dates, they quickly caught up on lost time and as they say...the rest is history. 

Alexa has always been in love with the magic of Disney and dreamed of marrying her own prince one day at her favorite place on earth. The couple had made their own memories at Disneyland Resort where Ian began to understand her love for all things Disney. As Disney Floral & Gifts delivered a gorgeous display of bouquets on the wedding day, it was in that moment it finally hit Alexa- she was about to marry her prince. Her dream of a Disney's Fairy Tale Wedding was right in front of her and she couldn't be more excited for the future. 


After a beautiful ceremony at Disney's Wedding Pavilion, Alexa and Ian were mesmerized by the U.S. Marines sword arch awaiting them as they emerged as husband and wife. Just when they thought the day couldn't be any more perfect, they found Cinderella's Coach waiting to escort them to their reception at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort Ballroom filled with Beauty and the Beast inspired rose dome centerpieces and sparkle details as beautiful and bright as their love for each other. 

Happily ever after,



Kimye showed the world that traditional and modern designs can marry each other and produce a stunning, breath taking modern outfit that one can get married in,in this modern age,in her Givenchy wedding dress which she gracefully wore on her wedding to current hubby Kanye West in 2014. 

It doesn't always  have to be all sleeveless and strapless;long sleeved,turtle neck (traditional) and a  show off of that  sexy back transforms the dress and gives it an edge.

The Ceremony - Bride searches for her hubby to be

The Ceremony

In a traditional Igbo( a Nigerian clan) wedding ceremony, the bride’s father gives the bride a wooden cup filled with traditional palm wine, while the groom finds a spot among the guests. The bride then searches for her husband in the crowd while different guests try to distract her by claiming to be the groom. Once she finds her groom, she offers him the cup of palm wine as a symbol of her love and loyalty. The couple then return to the bride’s parents who then bless the marriage and proclaim them husband and wife.

Notice the change of outfits at various stages of the same one ceremony........

The Basic 4-Step Skincare Regimen

Step 1: Cleansing

Simple is key here. You need to find a good cleanser that your skin responds well to, and stick with it: See the best cleansers for your skin type

You can find a good cleanser at the drugstore. There's no need to spend $40 on a fancy wash. Avoid bar soaps as they tend to dry out the skin. For you organic types, you can cleanse skin with milk or yogurt (who knew?).

Here are some tried-and-true cleansing tips:

  • Be careful not to cleanse too often or you risk over-cleansing skin, see signs you are over cleansing your skin. You really only need to wash your face at night to remove makeup and sunscreen, which can clog pores.
  • If you have dry skin, consider cold cream like Pond's, which the French use or make your own organic cold cream using this simple cold cream recipe. Simply apply cream, then wipe off, no water needed (if you have hard water, it can be especially harsh on skin).
  • To cleanse skin, most women prefer the water method: Use warm water to loosen dirt and clogged pores. Use a dime-sized bit of cleanser, then rinse with cool or lukewarm water.
  • Skin purists believe tap water is bad for your skin because it contains harsh minerals and additives like flouride and chlorine. If this stuff freaks you out, find out how to wash your face without tap water in How to Cleanse Your Face the Expert Way.
  • I personally swear by my Clarisonic Mia, as does pretty much everyone I know who has one. The machine does all the work for you.
  • Make sure to remove eye makeup with a proper makeup remover. The area around the eye is delicate so don't pull or rub too hard. You can also use olive oil as a natural eye makeup remover. Find out more in Use Olive Oil as an Eye Makeup Remover.
  • In the morning, a splash of lukewarm water is all you need (I find it's great for removing excess oils from your nightly moisturizing). Never wash your face with hot or cold water (both can cause broken capillaries).

For detailed tips on cleansing, see How to Wash Your Face Properly and, for those of you who really want to do it right, check out How to Cleanse Your Face the Expert Way.

Step 2: Exfoliate

Exfoliation is the step most people skip in their weekly skincare routine. But trust me, if you start properly exfoliating your skin, you will notice an almost immediate difference. According to Berg, one of the reasons men's skin looks more youthful than women's is because men tend to exfoliate daily when they shave.

In my article, How to Exfoliate, I share all my tips and tricks to proper exfoliation.

Including why you should throw out the loofah.

There are several exfoliating options that I use weekly. Here are my favorites:

  • A facial scrub. You can buy a great scrub or make your own. I prefer sugar scrubs to salt ones, but it's just a matter of preference. See my list of the best facial scrubs or try out a recipe using brown sugar and coconut oil inMake a Face & Body Scrub With Sugar and Oil.
  • A washcloth. Put a dab of cleanser and a sprinkle of white refined sugar on a damp washcloth and massage skin in a circular motion. After a quick rinse, any sign of dead skin is erased. If you have dry skin, try extra virgin coconut oil.
  • Microdermabrasion. You can buy microdermabrasion kits. I have and found quite a few I like. See my list of the best facial scrubs and microdermabrasion kits.
  • Chemical peels. In the hour it takes to get a chemical peel, you can take a year from your face. Can't afford the price tag for a monthly peel? Try some over-the-counter peels that work over the course of a month. I prefer Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel (buy from Amazon).
  • Retinoids. Retinoids (such as Retin-A or the more moisturizing Renova) also work by removing the top layer of dead skin cells while also generating collagen in the skin. "Collagen is the skin's structural fiber," dermatologist Dennis Gross said in O Magazine. "As we get older, it breaks down, creating lines and large pores." Skincare experts disagree on all sorts of things, but most of them consider retinoids to be a miracle skin saver. I'm addicted to Retin-A, which I pick up in Mexico on my yearly jaunts.

Should you use a toner? Some people swear by toners, but many beauty experts do not (I once read a skincare expert claim, "toners are only for copy machines"). Toners are meant to remove all remaining traces of oil, makeup and dirt, but a good cleanser should do this. I firmly believe it's up to you. If you like the way your skin feels with a toner. Buy it. Use it. Enjoy it.

Step 3: Moisturize

While I know of at least one famous beauty editor who swore skin doesn't need moisturizer, basically everyone else I've read disagrees and is an adamant believer in it. A basic rule of beauty is that if you have dry skin, you should invest in a basic moisturizer.

So how much should you moisturize? Your skin will tell you. When your skin is tight, it's crying out for moisture. Be careful not to over-moisturize -- this can clog pores.

See my list of the best moisturizers on the market.

For you natural girls, nothing beats a good oil for your skin. You can use extra virgin coconut oilolive oilsweet almond oil or jojoba oil. Learn more in Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil as Overall Body Moisturizer.

Are eye creams necessary? Well maybe. Some beauty experts strongly recommend eye creams. Why? The skin around the eye contains no fatty tissue and is therefore very thin and susceptible to wrinkles. Special eye creams are formulated to "thicken" this area. Yet other experts (including the beauty editors of Allure in their new book) claim your daily lotion works around the eyes just as well.

Step 4: Apply Sunscreen

The #1 cause of wrinkles is sun damage, so it's important to use a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF from your early years on even in winter and on cloudy days. A great trick is to purchase two moisturizers: One for night and one for day that includes UV protection. Don't use moisturizers with sunscreen at night, the ingredients are not meant to be used 27/7 and can aggravate skin. When choosing a sunscreen, make sure it contains Mexoryl (found in my favorite sunscreen La-Roche Posay) or Helioplex, found in Neutrogena products.

13 wedding Trends to look out for in 2015

eco friendly

Eco-friendly Weddings. This could be the year for more sustainable and eco-conscious weddings, says Aviva Samuels of Kiss the Planner. "I see more and more farm to table restaurants popping up and think that an environmentally conscious mindset will penetrate the wedding market too. More brides today are realizing that you don’t have to give up glam in order to be earth friendly and that they can have a high-quality, stunning wedding and still make a difference."


The Color Marsala. It’s the 2015 Pantone color of the year. "Using this rich jewel tone adds a luxurious and elegance feel to the day," says Stefany Allongo, founder and chief consultant of The Majestic Vision: Wedding and Event Planning Services. "The color is being played up in through the use of printed materials, floral and even on the dessert displays."


Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere. Champagne displays are extremely popular for 2015, says Allongo. "From champagne towers for a more formal affair to champagne bars utilizing various fruit mixes to create more variety for something a little more casual, you can't really go wrong."

naked wedding cake

Naked Cakes. There is a definite trend towards all things natural, but all dressed up. "The use of vines and greenery, earth tones and other natural elements are getting a healthy dose of glam," says Samuels. "Many brides today don’t want to stray too far away from what is authentic and natural, but they don’t want to go too rustic either. 2015 will be filled with just the right balance between chic and natural. Shabby chic is looking tired but refined glamour is on the rise."

hanging decor

Hanging Décor. Brides can’t get enough of the hanging floral arrangements and other decorative elements. It's the dramatic affect that they are after, says Samuels. Chandeliers, café lights, parasols, garland, ribbons, blossoms, bird cages, lanterns, escort cards and even hanging cakes are a trend that will continue to hang around.

recipe favor

Recipe Guest Favors. Edible favors are always popular, but now creating a favor with ingredients and accompanying favor are exploding, says Allongo. "From the couple's favorite sweet treat to a secret family recipe to a snack that flows with the wedding theme, you can never go wrong with something yummy." [Photo: Etsy]


Domestic Destination Weddings. Whether it's because of budget constraints or because couples actually like the idea of having a large wedding, more and more American couples are opting for destination weddings within the 50 states, says Dorian Smith-Garcia of The Anti Bridezilla.

food truck

Food Trucks. Using food trucks in place of caterers are all the rage for 2015. They are a great way to save money, and everyone gets to try food that most have never had before, says Lea Hatch, owner of A Shot Above Entertainment in California.

mix and match


Mix and Match. From bridesmaids’ dresses to table settings, many couples will be going with a mix and match style. Gone are the days when all girls wore the same dress, causing a "Who Wore it Best" competition amongst the girls," says Lynn D'Ascanio ofD’Asigner Events. "The same concept as with the bridesmaids’ dresses applies with the table settings. Just as you would decorate a living room with mix and match fabrics, now too are wedding designers decorating the tables with mix and match linens, high and low centerpieces and even different types of chairs and benches. The result is a beautiful, cohesive room that begs the guests to walk around the area to see all the décor."


Fire and Food. Believe it or not, brides are asking for fire: bonfires, fire pits, fire places, and more. "An after party with a bonfire and s’mores is our number one request," says Moss. "Couples want the allure of a bonfire and the nostalgic connection."

vera wang colored gown

Ditching the White Dress. Brides will be wearing colors more than ever, says Jason Mitchell is a wedding planner in NYC and author of the book Getting Groomed. "This has been happening for a couple years as an outlier, now it is a full on trend. Brides who want to have the drama that the expected white gown won't give are adding color to their dresses. Not just off whites or ivory, but pinks, reds and even black!" [Photo: Vera Wang]


Weekday Weddings. Couples choose mid-week dates for weddings in the Hamptons because of availability and pricing. In addition, these dates allow for weddings with a careful eye on timing and budget. "We often have small wedding groups book just a month or two out because they can, at a savings," says Anna Moss of Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina. "Our summer weekend weddings are booked a year in advance, at least." Surprise weddings, elopements and weddingmoons, including close family and friends, all have a place on those mid-week dates.


Focus on the back. After what feels like forever, the back of your dress is finally getting the attention it deserves, says Smith-Garcia. “October Bridal Fashion Week proved that the Spring '15 collections will ensure brides are wowing their wedding guests no matter the angle as they walk down the aisle.”

Fingertip Bridal wedding veils

Single Layer Fingertip Length Scalloped Floral Embroidered Edge with Bugle Beads & Sequins Veil 1046 1F

Single layer fingertip length, scalloped edge bridal veil with a pale shimmering silver floral embroidery accented with sequins and bugle beads

Size: 38" long x 60" wide