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Wedding Rings: Choosing The Right Ones

Wedding Rings: Choosing The Right Ones

Wedding rings have long been a part of the tradition of marriage. The highlight of every wedding ceremony, wedding rings represent a couple’s promise of remaining faithful and loyal to each other all the time of their lives.

The use of wedding rings date as far back as the time of ancient Egypt, when Egyptians create rings from reeds (and other plants that grow on the Nile River) for couples to exchange, symbolizing their never-ending love for each other.

Today, conventional forms of wedding rings are those that consist of precious metals that are usually worn on the ring finger (the 4th finger) of the left hand. This practice stemmed out from the belief of the “hand-heart connection” – that a vein of blood from the 4th finger of the left hand goes directly to the heart. Medical science, however, has already refuted this claim with their discovery of how the circulatory system works, and although the tradition of wearing the ring on the 4th finger of the left hand still prevails, some people now prefers to wear their wedding rings on their right hand.

Because wedding rings are the ultimate symbol of lifelong love and commitment, it is important that you choose rings of a high quality – one that will last for a long time (perhaps as enduring as your marriage!)

Below are some factors to consider when buying wedding rings:

1. Establish your budget. Going into a jewelry store with the idea of how much you are willing to spend (and how much you can actually spend) for your wedding rings will save you a lot of time.

2. Choose the material. There are numerous wedding ring materials for you to choose from. Some of them are the following:

· Gold – considered as the most traditional wedding ring material, gold comes in a variety of color (yellow gold, pink gold, white gold, green gold) and quality (14k, 18k, and 24k).

· Platinum – considered as one of the finest, purest, and rarest precious metals. One of the strongest, heaviest, and the most enduring of all metals, wedding rings made of platinum is ideal to wear everyday because it is hypoallergenic, it resists tarnish, and it shows little wear. It is, however, more expensive than gold.

· Diamonds – the hardest substance known to man, diamonds are considered as one of the most luxurious and sought-after gem and wedding ring material, with its beauty, purity and durability symbolizing long-lasting love. Note that the value of a diamond is determined by the 4 Cs: Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat weight.

Other materials that are used for wedding rings include metals such as titanium, tungsten carbide, and nickel silver; and precious gems such as ruby, sapphire, emerald, and topaz.

3. Choose the style. Wedding rings also come in different styles and designs, such as the following:

· Celtic/Irish design wedding rings
· Antique and vintage rings
· Designer wedding rings
· Custom wedding bands
· Traditional plain bands
· Beaded edges
· Engraved rings
· Matching rings
· Tattoed wedding rings

Depending on your personal preference, your wedding ring should be in a design and style that is comfortable to wear and one that will reflect your personality.

4. Browse stores. Find the best deals by looking around the different jewelry stores to compare the different styles and prices that they offer.

5. Consult an expert. Seek advice from a jeweler with a good reputation who can help you find the perfect wedding ring.

Wedding rings are not merely pieces of jewelry. They are significant symbols of a couple’s love and commitment for each other, so be sure to find a wedding ring that you can treasure forever.

Five-Star Tahoe Wedding Venue The Landing Resort & Spa Offers Fresh Approach to Family-Style Cuisine

(PRWEB) April 17, 2014

Family-style dining, a fresh wedding reception trend that’s taking hold with brides who want the casual elegance and intimacy of a shared meal, is offered with the extra cachet of a celebrity chef approach at The Landing Resort & Spa, Lake Tahoe’s first five-star boutique lakeside hotel, says Lisa Gallup, director of catering & weddings for the resort. At The Landing, wedding catering and banquet services have the benefit of the amazing kitchen facilities of The Landing’s Jimmy’s Restaurant, overseen by British author and celebrity chef Maria Elia. Wood-fired ovens, grills and rotisseries bring out the full flavors of the food for an experience that Hotel Chatter recently called the best dining in town.

“The family-style dining trend is becoming increasingly popular for weddings, because it provides a food experience that allows guests a natural way to interact during the meal by sharing dishes and passing,” says Gallup. “Our catering and cuisine at The Landing lends itself well to the trend. Executive Chef Elia with her talented team has designed food tasting experience menus that allow for a full enjoyment of food flavors and taste. The meal becomes almost a form of entertainment in itself that couples are able to provide for their guests.”

Beyond The Landing’s reception and event dining options – which also include plated dinners and buffets – and the “something blue” of Lake Tahoe’s famously azure waters, The Landing provides brides with an elegantly customized event in an all-new ultra-luxe lakeside setting. From pampered bride and wedding party spa treatments to a dream ceremony on the Grand Rooftop Terrace overlooking the lake and beach to a spectacular reception in one of a variety of indoor/outdoor venues personalized to the last detail, The Landing’s flawless service extends to every element of the special day.

Opened in December 2013 with a Grand Opening party attended by Heidi Klum, The Landing Resort & Spa on Lake Tahoe’s southern shores includes an 88-room boutique luxury hotel, restaurant, full-service spa and salon, and conference center. All rooms feature five-star amenities including marble bathrooms, heated toilet seats, heated bathroom floors, high thread count linens, 55-inch wall mounted televisions, plush terry robes, Keurig coffee service, luxurious contemporary European furnishings, fireplaces and private decks, and most have a view of Lake Tahoe. Select suites also offer aromatherapy, heat therapy, music therapy, light therapy, steam showers and thermo masseur tubs in the guest bath.


The Landing Resort & Spa provides private beach access and is walking distance to the golf, outdoor concerts, nightlife, dining and shopping of South Lake Tahoe. Just blocks from Heavenly Village and Gondola, Village Center and gaming casinos, The Landing provides complimentary transportation in a Mercedes Sprinter locally and to the Heavenly Gondola. Lake Tahoe’s first five-star boutique lakeside resort, The Landing opened in December 2013 and has recently been mentioned by media including The New York Times, SKI magazine and Robb Report. For additional information and reservations contact 855.700.5263 or visit


Darla Worden, WordenGroup Public Relations, darla(at)wordenpr(dot)com, 307.734.5335

Guide On How To Take Better Pictures

Guide On How To Take Better Pictures

Thanks to social media applications like Facebook, people are sharing photographs more than ever. When you share your photographs with family and friends, you want to be sure they look great. This article will give you tips on how you can take better looking photos, and impress everyone with your photography skills.

To get better photos with more character, use the white balance settings. Using the white balance setting can either warm or cool the look of the pictures. On a cloudy day, if you use the settings, you can still get a warm photo, but if you keep the auto setting, you will get a cooler photo.

Do not forget to take pictures of yourself. You can still compose the background and choose how you want to use light and colors. Give instructions to a friend and look at the preview before you go pause. These pictures will be nice memories when you look back at them.

Be aware of what shooting mode you are in. For example, you need to know that when you decide to shoot in RAW that you will not have preset corrections that you can use when you upload them on the computer. You will, however, have much better post production quality output from this photo format.

In photography, it is very important to vary the amount of angles that you use on your subject. Shoot pictures from the front, side, and back, which will help to give you an elegant collage instead of just one angle. Move around as often as possible to optimize your results.

Shoot and aim quickly. If you are taking a picture of an object that is moving, or could move suddenly (such as a perched bird) take the first photo as quickly as possible. This ensures you have at least one photo of your subject, even if it is not perfect. Once you grab the initial shot, if the subject allows for it, you can take a second, more carefully aimed picture. It is better to have several images to choose from than to spend precious seconds framing the first shot only to have your subject fly off.

The best photographers out there are skilled composers, so make sure you study composition to improve your skills. There is a lot more that goes in to composing a shot than simply ensuring everything’s in the frame. Composition is more art than science, and the emotion in a picture is what separates a hobbyist from a professional.

To get a great photo, make sure your subject fills the frame. Too much empty space will distract the viewer, and they will not know what they are meant to be focusing on. A tight crop on your subject will direct the eye and show more details that will transform your image into a story.

Now that you have some many opportunities to share your photos, you might as well make the most of it! Beautiful photos are a great way to stay connected to loved ones even when they’re far away. Now that you’ve read this article, you know plenty of things you can do to make your photographs gorgeous.

Is There Still Such A Thing As “Happily Ever After” In This World?

Is There Still Such A Thing As “Happily Ever After” In This World?

As we were growing up we may have thought about who we are going to spend the rest of our lives with. We all want to have the entire package, a loving spouse and of course loving children as well. As the years progress, we can’t help but ask ourselves if such a family still existed. Does “happily ever after” still exist despite the fact that more and more people are separating and leaving broken families?

You may have grown up with parents separating, with your father or mother getting married again and having another family, leaving you and probably your other siblings in a situation that is uncomfortable and heart wrenching at first. Seeing these situations around us, we may have apprehensions in getting ourselves committed for fears of experiencing such heartache. Time cannot predict if you and your special someone will last and live happily together till the day you will die. But here are a few tips to help make a relationship last.

It is of importance that you are passionate not only for your significant other but also for yourself. As they say, how can you love someone else without learning to love, yourself. Do not revolve your entire world on your partner alone. Although you have deep love for each other leave some room for each of you to breathe and pursue your dreams.

Always make everyday count with sweet little nothings and occasional surprises. When a couple falls into a routine, you take out the excitement factor that brings spice to any relationship. The couple should try new activities together like maybe traveling or rock climbing for example or whatever may be of interest for both.

Have faith and trust in each other. When having quarrels each should listen to the other speak his or her side and should be open as well as reasonable. Take the time to calm yourselves, for when we are in such a rage or anger quite often we cannot control the hurtful words that may come out of our mouths.

Be happy in each others company. Knowing that you both get along well, have a passion for each other and most importantly love each other deeply, the relationship will surely last a lifetime.

As long as you are happy to spend every single day of your lives together that is what matters most. There are three important things in a relationship. You have faith, hope and love; the greatest of them all is definitely love for with love you see the other amidst his or her imperfections.

NJ Wedding DJs Offer Simplified Package Prices

Butler, NJ (PRWEB) June 21, 2012

Premium Entertainment, a company focused on providing the most talented Wedding DJs in NJ has declared another industry first – super simple package pricing with no hidden fees.

A boutique-inspired agency, Premium Entertainment was founded on the principals that no two weddings are the same and as a result, customize every package to fit the needs of every client.

“Some of our clients walk through our doors and know exactly what they want. For these brides, we still customize and tailor every entertainment package to fit their needs,” states Anthony DeStefano, an event specialist with Premium Entertainment. “For others who might not know what they want, or are a little overwhelmed by the many options, we are offering super simple 1-2-3 DJ packages and pricing in an effort to make things as easy as we can for our clients.”

Perspective brides will need to visit Premium Entertainment to speak to a consultant to get the details on these newly created packages.

“We are incredibly excited that our clients will have access to some of the most competitive rates in the industry for our exclusive brand of award-winning entertainment,” says DeStefano.

Premium Entertainment, LLC is the foremost special events production company in the NJ, NY, & CT Tri-State Area. It is a boutique-inspired agency that provides the most talented professional DJs, world class lighting designers, and luxury NJ photo booth rentals for an array of private events. Premium Entertainment, LLC has continually led the industry in innovation and flawless event production since 2001. For more information on Premium Entertainment, visit

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Taléo restaurant is something special

Taléo restaurant is something special

I could barely get any work done the hour after I returned from lunch at Taléo Mexican Grill in Irvine (in the heart of California’s Orange County) — and that tells all you need to know.

People kept interrupting me, seeking wisdom about this good food they were hearing about.

In that hour, my lunch companion Brenda couldn’t stop telling folks about the fresh ingredients, the beautiful room, the smart service — and our simple, sumptuous dessert.

She just couldn’t remember the restaurant name.

Thus the traffic to my desk.

“What’s the name of that place you went for lunch?” Rebecca asked. “Can you give me the address?”

“Hey, Andrew, where did you take our boss for lunch?” Neil said. “I’m heading out for a drink after work and it sounds perfect.”

Perfect is a hard label to live up to, but our lunch was certainly grand, and the best of three good meals I’ve shared at Taléo since October.

In the course of two dinners and that lunch, friends and I tasted our way through entrees and appetizers that regularly snapped with flavor. They came on plates presented with care and beauty.

A ceviché appetizer () was peppery, but not overpowering. The chicken in my wife’s molé poblano () was moist, and the molé was a rich, aromatic pleasure. The tacos al carbon () were built with filet mignon. The camarones al mojo () lolled in a buttery, roasted garlic sauce that complemented the fresh shrimp’s natural flavor.

The best entree was my chile relleno (). Wrapped in a light, tempura-like batter, the Anaheim chile was like none other I’ve had in a relleno: It was firm and crisp, not limp or overcooked. The pork-and-mushroom stuffing was earthy and perfectly complemented the pepper’s soft sharpness. Best of all, no gooey cheese filling, just a small sprinkling atop.

Oh, and the margaritas () were pretty good. (Though my personal favorite, for a variety of reasons, gets mixed at a competitor’s beach-front bar. That’s another story.)

These meals weren’t all perfect, mind you. The filet meat in the tacos was generally buttery, but my wife bit into a gristle roadblock. The dinner ribs () we tried were tasty, but not all that differentiated to my taste from other ribs.

Still, you can see and taste that something special is happening at Taléo.

“This is the way we eat in Mexico,” founder Nic Villarreal said. He wanted a place that was upscale, with a well-appointed dining room, the best ingredients, meals that fused heritage recipes with California cuisine, and service that never stopped.

Villarreal opened Taléo in July after renovating an abandoned Left at Albuquerque location in the Park Place center, in the shadows of two new 18-story condo towers now taking shape.

He brought along a decade of experience working at Houston’s, including its Gulfstream in Newport Center (where he met his financial backers for Taléo). That background shows in the dining room and bar. The high ceiling is decorated with wooden beams that summon rancho-style vigas. The leather chairs and banquettes are stitched with hacienda-style embroidery. Contemporary Mexican art — paintings, sculptures, photography — feed your eyes.

It’s very clubby, yet open and airy in a very accessible, Houston’s sort of way.

Villarreal built a management team with similar experience, and a chef, Jose Acevedo, with whom he shared a trove of family recipes.

They all gathered in Villarreal’s Hermosa Beach kitchen to test the recipes. He kept hearing a certain refrain:

“ `If you do a little more of this, it’ll be better,’ Jose kept saying. And God almighty, there was a huge difference,” Villarreal recalled.

Those touches were on display at lunch. Take the seabass (), cooked with a yellow molé — roasted yellow pepper, yellow squash, yellow tomato, with a dash of vanilla. The fish was fine, but the sauce was outstanding.

We kept asking our server about it, and he told us about the ingredients, the six hours it takes to prepare.

Then he surprised us with a smart touch.

“You should taste this,” he said, materializing after our meal with a ramekin full of red molé, roasted deep, with a flavor that started light at the front of my tongue and rolled back, warming and glowing all the way down.

Then we ordered dessert, tres leches (). It’s Acevedo’s take on the traditional pan de leche, or sweet-milk cake.


White cake infused with condensed milk, cream and topped with hand-whipped cream. Moist, rich, just a hint of sweet riding onto your palate and whisking away the aftertaste of chiles.

I asked Neil if he made it out to Taléo for drinks that night.

“We did, and we had food, too,” he said. “It was good. Very good.”

Planning a BBQ Clambake Party

Planning a BBQ Clambake Party

Barbeques are popular for events such as the 4th of July, birthday parties, receptions, and going away parties. No matter why you have decided to plan a barbeque party, the memories that will come from it are sure to stick with your guests for many years to come, provided that you plan ahead. Alternatively, a new popular type of barbeque is a barbeque clambake. Clambakes are typically held in a pit on the beach, but if a beach is not available, you may want to consider holding your clambake right from your grill.

1) First, no barbeque would be complete without guests. Plan ahead of time, checking with your potential guest for scheduling conflicts and issues. Finding a date and time that is suitable for everyone should not be to far as long as you everyone enough advanced notice. Remember that not everyone will be able to come, no matter how much notice you give them, so do not get discouraged if you do not get as many RSVPs as your originally hoped for.

2) Be sure to check the weather for that type of year. If you live in a climate that cannot be predicted, then you may want to have a backup plan just incase unusual weather comes. You cannot predict things like rain and thunderstorms ahead of time, but you can make sure that you hold you barbeque during the time of year that will be pleasant to your guests. A barbeque in cold weather may hold more negative memories of trying to keep warm rather then good memories of family and friends.

3) You will need to purchase the items for your clambake. The traditional items you will need is Clams still in the shell, seawater(if available), corn still in the husk, and potatoes.

Side dishes can also be bought, but are not necessary since the potatoes and corn can act as such. If you feel that you need other side dishes, the simplest approach to side dishes is chips and dip. Chips and dip do not require any cooking on your part, and will still be loved by the majority of your guests.

4) Depending on the theme of your party, you may or may not want to purchase decorations. Festive decorations can be found at any local party or general store. You may also consider purchasing decorations that can be stored and reused at a different time, such as reusable tablecloths and Tiki torches. Give your clambake a beach theme by adding tropical music and you may even consider adding some sand.

5) The day before you party, you will want to make sure to thaw, prepare, and marinate the meat you will be cooking. Store the meat stored away, soaking up the marinate until it is time for it to go on the grill. Prepare any side dishes that you can ahead of time.

6) The day of the party, get up early and start preparing for it. You do not want your guest arriving while you are still cooking or hanging decorations. It should only take you a few hours at most to prepare the area in which you will be having the party, but the reactions from your guest will probably seem as if you have been planning this for weeks.

Place your clambake on the grill, layering your already cooked potatoes, corn still in the husk, and your clams on the grill. Then grill these until the corn and clams are complete.

Depending on the time in which your guests arrive, you may want to include you guests in the actual cooking of the clambake. Enjoying a few drinks around the pit or stove will not only give you time to gather and converse, but will also make your guests hungry, as they smell the wonderful aroma coming from the steaming or boiling vegetables and clams.


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Officiant Guy Performs Hell’s Kitchen Wedding Ceremony

Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) April 17, 2014

This last week on Hell’s Kitchen, Chef Ramsay, known for his meticulous restaurant practices and expletive rants, stopped chastising the competing chefs long enough to watch a wedding performed by wedding officiant Chris Robinson, The Officiant Guy.

On Season 12, Episode 5, which aired last week on Fox network, Gordon Ramsay commanded the remaining 16 chefs to cook for a brunch wedding reception for Joey and Parker’s wedding ceremony that Robinson officiated.

Robinson is an attorney and notary public who has been a wedding officiant for over twenty years. He is authorized both to issue a couple’s Los Angeles County marriage license and to perform a wedding ceremony. “It’s always a pleasure to marry a couple in love, but it’s a sweeter event when I know that I have the confidence of one of the pickiest celebrities on television. It was an honor to meet Chef Ramsay and a hoot to hang out on a dynamic television production set for a morning.”

Hell’s Kitchen is an award-winning reality TV show with over 160 episodes under its belt. The star and protagonist is Chef Gordon Ramsay, a famous celebrity chef. The TV show is known for the elaborate judging and systematic focus as well as Chef Ramsay’s attention to detail and brutal honesty in assessing the performances of the competing chefs. There is a unique theme and special service per season, such as the wedding reception in Season 12.

Robinson was asked over a year ago to perform the LA County marriage of the couple chosen for the wedding brunch which was performed in Culver City. He has been the wedding officiant for many televised weddings and many publicized and confidential celebrity weddings throughout Southern California.

About Chris Robinson

Chris Robinson is Officiant Guy, a lawyer, a wedding officiant and a specialized notary public who is authorized to issue LA County marriage licenses. He has officiated thousands of wedding ceremonies throughout Southern California. He can be found at

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How To Keep Things Running Smoothly On Your Wedding Day

How To Keep Things Running Smoothly On Your Wedding Day

There are all kinds of weddings for all kinds of people. A wedding can be simple or complicated, quiet or crowded, outside or inside, luxurious or laid back. One thing you don’t want a wedding to be is disorganized, however. The following advice will improve your experience with planning and going through a wedding, thus keeping that special day from being especially frustrating.

If you’re going to allow children to attend your wedding, consider placing fun party favors at their table. These could be crayons and a coloring book, or toy cars, or a small game. This will entertain them between courses and during long speeches, keeping them from getting bored and causing trouble.

If you’re wearing a floor length wedding dress, you can get away with wearing less than fashionable shoes down the aisle. No one will see them and you’ll be more comfortable standing during your wedding ceremony. You can put more fashionable shoes on later for the reception where you’ll be sitting down.

When you are choosing the right cake for your wedding, be sure to choose something that incorporates both of your tastes. There is nothing worse than a wedding cake that isn’t enjoyed by both the bride and groom as it shows a one-sided nature to the marriage already and can be quite a disappointment for one of you.

For those seeking a more non-traditional wedding, you may want to consider having it on the beach. It is a beautiful ambiance and can be a lot cheaper than having it elsewhere. Also, try to have your reception at a location that is walkable or easy to get to from the beach.

When you are planning your wedding, remember that you are not the only one getting married. This is also a big day for your significant other. You’re going to be a team after this, so why not work together and make it special for both of you? Make sure that you both have a “hand” in the planning.

If the couple wants to get a shot of everyone at their wedding, try to get a shot from up high at the beginning of the ceremony when it’s likely no one will have left yet. If you’re fortunate enough to have a church with a balcony, start from there. Visit the church before the ceremony to choose the best spot to get your shot.

Remember that the wedding is not your marriage. Plan a beautiful wedding, but be aware that the wedding is just the beginning of your marriage and keep that in perspective. It is one day to celebrate your love and your decision to commit to each other, but the real work comes after that day is over.

Now you know a little bit more about how to make sure your wedding is as perfect as your romance — or even better! With these tips to guide you, your wedding plans will be well-considered which will make sure your ceremony can go as smoothly as possible, no matter what style you choose for the event.

Get The Full Red Carpet Experience In Toronto

Toronto, ON (PRWEB) February 24, 2015

A local Toronto company specializing in professional photo booth photography is pleased to announce their updated services for the new year. Their main “Red Carpet Photo Booth” experience offers clients a modern open-air photo booth that can be used unlimitedly during their event and accommodate up to sixteen people at one time.

The photo booth uses green screen technology that can change the photo background in a matter of seconds. Guests will be able to choose from various themes including Toronto, Italy, nature, and red carpet. The backgrounds and settings can be manually adjusted from a touchscreen. The customized pictures are unlimited, printed out on-site in less than ten seconds, and available in two sizes. There are a variety of props such as hats, glasses, and accessories provided to the guests to enhance the experience. A DVD with all of the pictures will be given to the event organizer in the same evening. The entire experience is meant to be hassle-free for the clients, the transportation and installation of the photo booth will be included, and both a photographer and assistant will be present to ensure guests receive a red carpet experience.

Red Carpet Photo Booth has been providing these professional photography services to the Greater Toronto Area since 2012. During these last two years, the company has made an unprecedented name for themselves within the event industry. Clients are consistently impressed with the level of professionalism provided by the photographers and the unique vision put into each event. Red Carpet Photo Booth offers a variety of professional photography packages for corporate events, weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries.

Find out more information about Red Carpet Photo Booth by visiting their website directly at

About Red Carpet Photo Booth:

The company was created and developed by a noted freelance photographer and computer programmer named Greg. The idea came to Greg when he was unable to find a professional photo booth for his daughters wedding. He was inspired to create his own unique photo booth using green screen technology and Red Carpet Photo Booth was born. The company vision is to provide unique and fully-customized services in the event industry.