Admit it. If you’re engaged, you’ve probably thought about a diet once or twice. We all want to look our best, and even the most fit and fantastic of us are rarely able to see past those few extra pounds they swear they have to lose (even if they really don’t). It’s sad, to be sure, but true.
Because Mark and I are anything but immune to the same concerns, and have recently scheduled our engagement shots, the pressure is officially on. We’ve started a diet, and right now Mark is cursing me for even daring to show him the picture above.
To be honest, though, I’m not a big fan of diets. I can’t bring myself to jump on board with any of the latest fads, and just the idea brings to mind images of starvation and a little weight loss followed by binge eating and loads of weight gain. I hate them, and in many cases I might even admit that I don’t believe in them.
Native to Asia and celebrated for its bright beauty, the ranunculus is available in nearly every color, from white to pink, red, yellow, and orange. Often considered as a cost-effective alternative to the rose and the peony, the lush, multipetaled bloom is actually a relative of the buttercup — that little flower you might have picked and held close to your chin as a child — and stands just as well on its own as it does as an accent.
Season: Late fall to early spring.
Meaning: You are radiant with charm, attractive.
Pros: The sturdy stem and hardy flower of the ranunculus make it a popular choice for wedding arrangements. Once cut, ranunculus can last up to a week, making it an ideal pick for both bouquets and centerpieces.
Ranunculus comes in many colors, and is pretty in bouquets at all levels of openness, from a tight bloom to a fully open flower.
Cons: Because there is only one flower on each stem, and the flowers tend to be small, many stems will be needed in each bouquet. Unless, that is, you use the ranunculus as an accent flower.
The ranunculus can be wire-wrapped, but prefers to be in water and may begin to droop by the end of the night without it.
Photo: Once Wed
This one is really special. I’m not sure if it’s the rustic DIY detail, the impossibly perfect, sweet Tennessee venue… or just that horse (I love that horse). This one takes my breath away.
I had to reach out to the bride to hear more…
How did you choose your venue… did it have any special significance?
We didn’t want the typical wedding venue. We wanted something unique and country. My husband was from the north so we wanted to show his friends and family a southern good time when they came down, so we wanted the theme to be country chic. We finally found a venue that fit that theme.
What other special details did you incorporate into your day?
We made the last minute decision to walk down the aisle in cowboy boots which was a nice special detail I don’t regret. My matron of honor wrote us a poem of our love story that we had displayed at our wedding.
What was your favorite part of the day?
I think my favorite part of the day was taking pictures with Chuck… spending a couple of hours before the wedding just goofing off and being ourselves really calmed our nerves down for the actual ceremony.
Any advice for other brides?
Get a good photographer. The day goes by so fast and all you’ll have left is the pictures so spend the extra research time and money in getting a good photographer
I couldn’t agree more! Thank you so much, Ginger, for taking the time to answer my questions, and to your fabulous photographer for sharing these shots.
I have to admit — I’m a little bit of a sucker for a desert wedding, and Rob and Sarah’s destination wedding in Scottsdale, Arizona is no exception.