Monthly Archives: December 2016

Best Wedding Story

“I hadn’t really fussed over the exact details but I knew I wanted the proposal to take place during our holiday to New Zealand. I packed the ring, along with a picnic and we set off for a quiet spot around the lake on Christmas Day.” Jamie said.

“I had plucked up the courage and was feeling ready but when we arrived the lakefront was overrun with local families celebrating the day. I suddenly felt the nerves creeping in as we set up the picnic and took our spot among the locals. As the afternoon wore on, I decided the setting wasn’t quite right, and decided I would propose at another location.

“We decided to come back to the same beautiful little beach for a relaxed dinner, as there was a paucity of restaurants open for Christmas. We almost had the lakefront to ourselves when we returned after getting some supplies, and the timing felt right. We set up our picnic for a second time and I got myself ready for the proposal.

“After dinner when the sun was setting on a relaxing Christmas day, I asked Melissa to come out onto the jetty so I could take some photos looking out onto the tranquil crystal clear water. When she came out I told her I had bought her a Christmas present and handed her the ring wrapped in Christmas paper.

“As she began to unwrap the box, a wave of panic swept over me as I suddenly thought, what if the ring has become displaced in the box, and could fall into the water as Melissa opens it?! Too late, just as I had seen in my mind’s eye, the ring popped out of the box and bounced along the wooden planks for what seemed like an eternity.

“My heart skipped a beat as it came to rest on the edge of the jetty, missing about three gaps in the jetty along the way. I swooped on the ring and knelt down on one knee in front of Melissa and asked ‘will you marry me?’ She said yes, we both breathed a huge sigh of relief and laughed at how close we came to losing the ring into Lake Taupo!


Avoid a wedding day meltdown

Fitting into your dress may seem utmost importance, but nobody will remember your trim waist if you faint at the altar. Have assorted pastries delivered to you at the hair salon or while you’re getting your makeup done. This is a great way to kick off your day, and get the bridesmaids excited and energised for the party ahead.


Pack a bag

Pack a sleepover bag and give it to someone reliable to drop at your hotel room before the ceremony. There’s no way you’ll want to wear your wedding dress home the next morning. Pack makeup remover, a hair brush, and comfortable pyjamas. You’re going to want to jump straight into bed after a day and night of celebrating, and knowing a bag full of the essentials already awaits you will make life a whole lot easier.


Be yourself

Do it your way. If a high intensity photoshoot isn’t your thing, perhaps consider alternative ways to capture your day. For example, have a bridal party picnic in the park between the ceremony and the reception, or take a break and have a few drinks at your favourite local pub. Get the photographer to come along and take candid images of you enjoying yourself surrounded by friends. The time between the ceremony and the reception doesn’t have to be spent taking directions from your photographer. Tell them what you want to do to ensure you get the most out of your day. Don’t spend the day rushing around, after all, this day should reflect you.


Let someone else do it

Your cousin’s boyfriend’s friend can’t find his name on the seating plan? Not your problem. The mother of the groom isn’t happy with her dessert? Not your problem. It is inevitable that things may go astray, but that doesn’t mean it should impact your special day. Allow your bridesmaids to tend to any hiccups and put up your feet — this is your day, after all.

How to Find Superfoods That Suitable For Your Skin

These are the unsung heroes in the pantry, or items you have bypassed thousands of times in the supermarket shelves, but it’s time to pay attention as they could help you to boost collagen, even out skin tone and prevent acne breakouts. This will ensure you are looking your best on your wedding day.

No crazy exercises, no injections and no cosmetic procedures necessary.

What’s even better, some of the items from this list are things you may never have thought of!


Chia seeds

These are not only the latest must-have smoothie ingredient, but sprinkling some of these onto your breakfast will help you benefit from Omega-3 fatty acids, which help to keep your skin strong and plump by boosting new collagen production.



Keen-wha!? It can prove a challenge for the uninitiated to pronounce, but quinoa is packed with riboflavin, which helps your skin’s elasticity and the production of connective tissue.

In layman’s terms, it’s a warrior against fine lines and wrinkles.



Don’t we all love a list with chocolate on it?! This doesn’t mean you can chow down on a block a day in the name of healthy skin (the opposite will probably happen), but research shows two squares of 70% cacao a day gives you good levels of antioxidant that reduces skin inflammation.



Sun damage is one of the biggest challenges your skin faces on a daily basis and enjoying tomatoes, cooked or raw, or tomato paste every day can help to protect your skin from the sun.