Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
President: Dwight D. Eisenhower
US Population: 174,881,904
Life expectancy: 69.6 years
Homicide Rate (per 100,000): 4.5
Army's Jupiter-C rocket fires first U.S. Earth satellite, Explorer I, into orbit (Jan. 31)
Gen. Charles de Gaulle becomes French premier (June 1), remaining in power until 1969
The Bridge on the River Kwai, Won the Academy Award for Best Picture
Alec Guinness, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Best Actor
Joanne Woodward, The Three Faces of Eve, Best Actress
Movies-Vertigo, Gigi, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Defiant Ones
Books-Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's
NY Yankees d. Milwaukee Braves 4-3
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.03 ($0.04 as of 8/1/58)
The Links for the Golden Inspiration Board
My parents were married 50 years ago today. In my grandparents backyard. My mom wore a blue dress and had flowers in her hair. My Dad wore a navy suit. If you read my posts you know that I lost my mother three years ago and we won't be having a party today to celebrate them. Five years ago, my now husband and I were able to celebrate their 45th with them. I am glad we were able to at least celebrate that one in style.
This board is in honor of the two people that raised me on this, their Golden Anniversary.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Here is the link to A Joyeux Day Weddings & Events Fox LA page.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Brides Against Breast Cancer works two ways. You can buy a donated gown for your wedding or you can donate your wedding dress after the wedding. Either way you are helping those afflicted with metastatic breast cancer to fufill a dream they might not be able to accomplish without help.
Both of these are a part of Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation. Their mission statement is-
“To provide an opportunity for metastatic breast cancer patients’ dream or wish to be fulfilled by providing a special time of 'Making Memories' together with their families, a chance that might not have become a reality without the assistance of the Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation."
"To advance the awareness of breast cancer and to educate the public about the vast resources and support available to breast cancer patients and their families."
My mom had a modified-radical mastectomy in 1984 on her left breast. Thankfully, they were able to get everything. She found the lump early and didn't have to go through chemo or radiation. She lived for 21 more years before succumbing to lung cancer in May of 2005.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Midori the lovely honeydew melon liqueur. One of the only spirits that does taste as good as it smells.
Here's three nice and green drinks to match the August birthstone peridot.
Midori & Champagne Put a splash of MIDORI in a champagne glass and top with champagne.
1 Shot of MIDORI
1 shot of Peach Schnapps
Top with Apple Juice
Build over ice
Garnish with assorted fruit slices
Key Lime Pie
1 part MIDORI
2 parts Vanilla vodka
A Splash of Amaretto
1 part lime juice
2 parts whipped cream
Combine all in a shaker with ice. Shake thoroughly and strain into a martini glass rimmed with graham crackers. Garnish with a lime
Recipes courtesy of Midori Awakening & Midori World.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
This week we are going back down to the water in Long Beach and feature the Aquarium of the Pacific. This year they are celebrating their 10th anniversary. When they opened in 1998, they started the revitalization of the waterfront in downtown Long Beach. It is a fantastic aquarium, something we can be proud of.
Anyways you can have also your wedding there. There have a list of don'ts. You do want to preserve the beauty of the place and keep the fishes healthy. However, if you really want a spectacular venue, plus give your guests something to do this is the place. SMG Catering is the exclusive caterer to the venue. So for all you lovers of the ocean and ocean life this is the place for you.
The Great Hall. You sit underneath a full size model of a grey whale.
The Blue Cavern. You can have your ceremony in this area.
How about cocktails on the terrace?
Friday, August 22, 2008
- It represents a formal agreement to a future marriage.
- The engagement ring, or betrothal ring dates from the earliest days of marriage by purchase. It was partial payment for the bride and a symbol of the grooms honorable intentions.
- The first ring is from a mythological legend. Prometheus smelted a ring from the forbidden fire of the gods for the love of mankind.
- The engagement ring at first, was for both the betrothal and wedding.
- The diamond was first discovered in India. It was valued more for its durability and strength than for its beauty.
- The word diamond is from the Greek word adamas "unconquerable". In Latin the word is diamas.
- Egyptians thought of the circle, a shape that does not have a beginning or an end, as a reminder that life, happiness, and love do not have a beginning or an end. Eternity.
- The tradition of placing the wedding band and engagement ring on the fourth finger of the left hand is from ancient times. It is believed that particular finger contains the vena amoris or "vein of love" and that it leads directly to the heart.
- With Romans, the tradition was established to give a ring as a public pledge that the marriage contract would be honored.
- Plain rings of gold, silver or iron were what couples used first.
- One of the first recorded accounts of an engagement ring was in 1477, when Archduke Maximilian of Austria presented Mary of Burgundy with a diamond ring. Maximilian wed Mary within 24 hours.
- Diamonds were reserved for royalty and the wealthy until 187o, when they discovered the diamond mines in South Africa. That's when diamonds became more accessible and affordable to the rest of us.
- Posy rings, which were inscribed with love poems and messages, were popular betrothal rings from the Middle Ages until Victorian times.
- The smallest engagement ring on record was given to two-year-old Princess Mary, daughter of Henry VIII. She became betrothed to the infant Dauphin of France, son of King Francis I, in 1518. Her tiny gold ring was set with a diamond.
- Hearts were favorite motifs for engagement and wedding rings during the 17th and 18th centuries.
- Some couples in the 17th century wore their wedding rings on their thumb.
- Colored stones were the gem of choice for engagement rings in the 18th and 19th centuries.
- The Victorians believed in the hidden means of gemstones.
- An opal brought good fortune.
- Rubies are the color of the heart.
- A sapphire is the color of the heavens.
- An emerald helps with fertility.
- A garnet meant you would be life-long best friends.
- An amethyst helped the wearer avoid drunkenness.
- Pearls were avoided since they resembled tears and were formed in the "tears" of the oyster forming them.
- The "Tiffany" or solitaire setting was invented in 1886.
- Platinum was the metal of choice for engagement rings during the early 20th century.
- In 1947, DeBeers started their ad "A Diamond is Forever" in the United States.
- During World War II platinum was declared a strategic metal and wasn't allowed to be used in jewelry. This led to the rise of both yellow and white gold in bridal jewelry.
- By the end of World War II the diamond engagement ring was what most American couples choose.
- The double ring ceremony is from a failed male engagement ring campaign by American jewelers.
- Then in the 1920's jewelers decided to focus on just the wedding ring, which wasn't a common Western tradition.
- During the 1940's images of soldiers wearing wedding bands were shown to Americans as a way to show the soldiers commitment from afar.
- After the war the groom's ring became a symbol of masculinity. The ability of a man to provide for his wife and children.
- The wording of the wedding ceremony was changed from ring to rings for this new tradition.
- In 1981, DeBeers came up with the two months salary ad.
- In the last few years platinum has become popular again.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Lollyphile is a new and unique lollipop company. They only offer the two flavors for now. But what flavors they are. Who would have thought of absinthe or maple bacon lollipops? I can't wait to see what other flavors they have in store for us.
Thank You to Polka Dot Bride for letting us know about this.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Posing with my 'assistant' before the show. I am the one in black. Thank you so much Angie for helping A Joyeux Day with our 1st Bridal Show.
I did all the elements in the booth including the flowers. I also displayed some of the inspiration boards I put together for this blog. My business card holder is an Eiffel Tower martini glass. The letters are white wooden ones that I modified. The apothecary jars held salt water taffy. My custom made brochures are in front with the pink or black bows.
This is Juanita Molina the winner of our door prize entry. A pair of Vera Wang Toasting Flutes.
Thank you to all of you who came by our booth on Sunday.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Since we're right in the middle of the Olympic's, how about some Olympic cocktail's.
2 1/2 oz Stolichnaya elit vodka
1 1/2 oz Malibu Coconut Rum
1 tsp shredded coconut
Garnish: Coconut flakes
Edible gold powder (available at bakery/cake decorating outlets)
Coat bottom of martini glass with gold powder. Combine remaining ingredients into a shaker with ice and strain into gold-coated martini glass. The gold powder should float to the top. Sprinkle extra powder to deepen color. Garnish with coconut flakes.
2 oz Malibu Rum
2 oz Cupuacu puree
Splash of fresh lime juice
Edible silver powder (available at bakery/cake decorating outlets)
Garnish: Lime wedge
Coat bottom of martini glass with silver powder. Combine remaining ingredients into a shaker with ice and strain into silver-coated martini glass. The silver powder should float to the top. Sprinkle extra powder to deepen color. Garnish with lime wedge.
1 1/2 oz Kahlua
2 oz Monte Cristo 12-year
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
Edible bronze powder (available at bakery/cake decorating outlets)
Garnish: Coffee beans
Coat bottom of martini glass with bronze powder. Combine remaining ingredients into a shaker with ice and strain into bronze-coated martini glass. Sprinkle extra powder to deepen color. The bronze powder should float to the top. Garnish with coffee beans.
Recipes courtesy of Cocktail Times.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Today I am going to talk about Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. I know it is a little ways away from Long Beach, but I just had to share. It is also called the Doheny Mansion. Vern Roscoe in There Will Be Blood is loosely based on Edward Doheny.
Quite a few films have been filmed at the mansion. Here are a few besides There Will Be Blood. National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Spiderman 3, The Prestige, X-Men Batman & Robin and Austin Powers: Goldmember. Also, for those of you who are General Hospital fans. Luke & Laura's wedding was filmed at Greystone. It was the 'Mayor's Mansion'.
Here are some photos that I took while I was there on Wednesday.
The Front Terrace
The pool area. They filled in the pool.
The photos below are of the Formal Garden area. (ceremony area)