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5 Reasons to Get Married in Puerto Vallarta

Just in case you needed convincing, we have 5 reasons why Puerto Vallarta is an incredible city for your destination wedding! Colorful Culture Puerto Vallarta is a lively city on the western coast of Mexico. No matter where you turn, there is something new and exciting to explore.  Get married surrounded by Mexico’s vibrant and […]
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19 Reasons Why Rooftop Weddings Are Top Notch

Rooftops are like little mini getaways from the cities below. They provide great views, excellent backdrops and endless options for decor. Plus, every couple should feel like they are on top of the world on their wedding day. From traditional glam to rustic chic, there is a rooftop out there for every bride’s style. Here […]
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10 Reasons to Buy the New Issue of mywedding

Just in case the allure of pretty dresses and heaps upon heaps of wedding ideas and inspiration aren’t enough, here are 10 more reasons to head to your nearest Target, Barnes & Noble or Wal-Mart and grab a copy of the new issue of mywedding. Local Charm Everything you could ever want to know about […]
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So Many Reasons to Love Anthropologie’s New Registry

When you have to ask your friend to hold your credit card as you walk into Anthropologie, it’s a pretty solid indication that you love that store. And why wouldn’t you?  Filled with vintage-meets-modern products that look completely unique and have a distinctively millennial vibe, Anthropologie is pretty much everything you could ever want to […]
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Bride’s Perspective: Four Reasons We Decided on a Celebrant

Bride’s Perspective: Four Reasons We Decided on a Celebrant

Happy Holidays, mywedding brides! I’m back with another wedding planning update, and this December marks nine months until the big day. Now that we’ve hit the single digits in our monthly countdown, we’ve checked off a few of the big vendors off our list, the latest of which is our officiant.

When I first started doing research on officiants, I got a bit overwhelmed. I had no idea where to start, or even what I truly wanted in an officiant. Fortunately we went to six (six!) weddings this year, and we were able to draw inspiration for special touches in the ceremonies that we might like to include and tweak in our own wedding ceremony. At the sixth and final wedding of the year that we attended, our friends Dan and Oana were married by a celebrant, Cindie Wilding, and the ceremony was beautiful.

Wedding ceremony and celebrant

Here’s Cindie officiating our friends’ beautiful wedding at Empire Mine State Historic Park. Photography by Matthew Morgan. Side note: Don’t they make a beautiful couple??

Our friends’ ceremony felt so “them,” and I thought Cindie did a wonderful job telling their story in a very warm way. It was almost like she knew them before they even got engaged (she didn’t though—I asked!). After the wedding I asked them how it was working with Cindie, and they said they couldn’t have been happier. Omied and I decided to book her as well, and we’re so excited to have her officiating our wedding! Here are a few reasons why we decided to go with a celebrant for our wedding ceremony:

1. We wanted the ceremony to tell our story. Even though most of our wedding guests know our story (all ten years of it), it’s fun to be reminded of the path that led everyone to this day, celebrating two people’s union together.

2. We’re not religious. Neither Omied nor I belong to a religious institution. We’re both more spiritual than religious, so it wouldn’t feel meaningful for us to hire a religious official for our wedding.

3. We wanted to incorporate American and Persian traditions. I loved that Cindie suggests that during your ceremony you include some type of personal tradition or ritual. For our friends Dan and Oana, that included a wine ceremony. For us, that will include some Persian traditions like the sofreh aghd (a table with different pieces that symbolize a happy life together) and female relatives holding a sheer cloth over our heads and rubbing sugar together over us, to symbolize a sweet life.

4. We wanted the ceremony to feel unique. I think most people want their ceremony to feel unique, warm, and special. But sometimes certain traditions, readings, or phrases can feel a little overplayed. After speaking with Cindie, I see that she specializes in making each couple’s ceremony feel special.

Will you consider a celebrant for your wedding? What traditions are you looking to include in your ceremony?

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5 Reasons to Travel to the Big Island

5 Reasons to Travel to the Big Island

greenery surrounding Akaka Falls

Considering a honeymoon on Hawaii’s Big Island?  Here are five reasons to visit this majestic oasis!

Unbelievable Vistas

Do you love to hike? If you do, there’s pretty much no paradise on the planet better suited for your vacay.  With plenty of postcard-worthy scenery and trails for all skill levels, the Big Island is positively brimming with outdoor adventure. For those who prefer their hikes really easy, check out Akaka Falls (above)–it’s a quick jaunt to the viewpoint with predominantly paved paths.  If you are all about the rugged and difficult, check out Wai’ilikahi Falls. This hike is no joke, and even requires camping overnight, but the reward is pretty spectacular.  And if you want all the rainforest scenery without any of the hard work, try the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.  No backpacks required.

Rich History

The Big Island has so much history and culture, and some of it just may surprise you. For example, did you know that there are real honest-to-goodness cowboys in Hawaii?  And you can visit them for a BBQ dinner at Kahua Ranch or take a once-in-a-lifetime horseback ride through 11,000 acres with Paniolo Adventures.  Another interesting Big Island topic is the study of astronomy. If you and your husband like to gaze at the stars, learn about Hawaii’s contribution to discovery at the W.M. Keck Observatory or the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Center (which is located at the mountain’s basecamp–9200ft!).

bowl of pink shave ice

Local Treats

The Big Island is all about celebrating local bounty and enjoying the weather.  Savor one of Hawaii’s favorite foods, poke, at Da Poke Shack in Kailua-Kona.  Afterwards, shave ice is a must.  We’ve heard nothing but good things about the Scandinavian Shave Ice stand. From traditional flavors like watermelon to the more adventurous Li Hing Mui, shave ice is a sweet tooth satisfying way to cool down.  Just looking for a simple plate lunch? Try Minnie’s in Kapaau.

Gorgeous Beaches

It wouldn’t be a honeymoon in Hawaii without a trip to a beach, would it?  Arguably one of the best beaches is Manini’owali Beach in Kekaha Kai State Park.  Because of how it sits in the bay, the water is generally calm enough for swimming, and the white sand beaches are good for a little SPF-assisted sunbathing.  It is recommended that you visit early in the morning to avoid the most crowds, as well as to enjoy the most wildlife.  If beach trips aren’t just about soaking up the rays for the two of you, try the unique Punalu’u Beach. This black sand beach (courtesy of the volcanoes) has tide pools filled with ocean wildlife.  You might even see a sea turtle or two wander by.

lava tube lit up with lights

Stunning Volcanoes

Speaking of the volcanoes, the Big Island has some pretty epic ones for you to visit.  If this excites you, plan on spending at least one full day (maybe even a couple) at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  You can drive on Crater Rim Drive, which will give you some wonderful views of a crater.  There are also an abundant amount of trails, including one that goes through a lava tube (above)!  If you want to get up close to all of the volcanic activity, you can also take a helicopter tour. Either way, this is an amazing experience that you don’t want to skip.

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