When I think of my grandparents, I am reminded of the simplicity of life, of love and the joy found in the small things. The beauty of the 1950′s is hard to replicate in this modern day world but what is captured in these photos is pure nostalgia and brings to life the hope and wonder of true young love.
This styled shoot is more than a walk back in time. The dress worn by the bride was found by Bridal Stop Girl and belonged to her late grandmother which was worn on her wedding day. The most precious and timeless way to pay tribute is in a series of beautiful photos.
And.. We are back with another week of Bridal Boot Camp! How are you coming a long so far?!? Feel free to hit the comments and let me know what you would like to see more of or how the workouts are going. This week we will be focusing on our legs and the hard to tone places of our thighs. While doing these leg workouts you will also be targeting your butt while getting a full body workout.
Here we go..
Repeat this sequence 3 times for a full leg and butt workout.
1.) Alternating Lunges. These babies will get you warmed up and are great for toning your legs and bum.
1.) With weights in both hands, lunge forward with your left leg keeping your knee directly above your ankle. 2.) Push back up to standing position 3.) Alternate legs 4.) Repeat sequence 20 times, 10 times each leg.
2.) This is the BEST workout to get those hard to reach saddle bags. This works the side of your thighs and it is up to you if you would like to use a weight or not.
Without a weight 1.) Laying on one side place arms onto mat and legs folded out in front 2.) Lift left leg while keeping heels together and toes out (as shown) 3.) Lift leg as high as you can go and feel the resistance happening on your outer thigh.
With weight * Follow steps above but add a 8 lb. weight resting on the side of your knee for added resistance.
Repeat 10 times then alternate sides.
3.) This workout not only targets the butt and legs but the motion also is toning your core due to the fluid motion and stability needed.
1.) On a mat place a weight on the inside of your knee and hold it tightly with your calf pulled in. 2.) Pull leg with weight into your chest towards the center of your mat 3.) With a fluid motion push same leg back and up as high as you can keeping hips parallel to ground engaging your glutes for a tightening of the toosh.
*Repeat motion 20 times
4.) Squats with a twist.
1.) With weights resting on shoulders stand with feet slightly further than shoulder width apart with feet slightly facing outward. 2.) Squat down in one motion and return back to standing position 3.) squat back down into same low position, while in this position do 20 quick squats that don’t come up any higher than the squat position. *Repeat steps 5 times
Now that you’re legs are toned and your butt is perking up, you will feel good to wear that fitted dress for the holidays or for your wedding day!
I’ll be back on Tuesday with workouts to tone the tummy!
Weddings are all very special and personal in different ways. We try to incorporate details that mean something to us, our culture, our families. At times we may try too hard to think of the perfect details to have, use or make for our wedding when all we need is to think of those that shaped us and all of their favorite things.
Josh and Jen’s wedding is more than the love shown between this beautiful couple, it is a wedding that pays tribute to the loved ones who raised them by creating a spectacular backyard picnic wedding using their grandparent’s left behind items.
To understand their wedding, you must know the backstory…
Josh and Jen were both raised by their grandparents and is what makes this union all the more special. They met while his grandfather ‘Pops’ and her grandmother ‘Gran’ were in the same assisted living home. They would pass each other in the halls, have lunches together along with their grandparents, and without knowing at the time would be the one to turn to during their time of loss.
Each item in their wedding is very dear to them because it either belonged or was favored by ‘Pops’ or ‘Gran’…
The wedding location was ‘Pops’ childhood farm.
The bible used for the ceremony was ‘Pops’ bible.
Jen’s handkerchief was used in Gran’s wedding.
Jen and Josh each have a best friend in which they ended up setting up.
Lavendar was Grans favorite scent and soda from a bottle was the only way Pops would drink it.
Jen would pick pears and apples with her grandparents every harvest.
Gran was an avid canner and the last jar of her jam was used at their wedding.
Gran won several blue ribbons for her pies at the Utah State Fair. All the pies at the wedding were Gran’s special recipes.