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If you’re still gown searching, Angela Marcuccio is one of Melbourne’s most experienced couturiers. A designer with true artistic flair, her feminine and romantic gown designs are beautifully constructed using exquisite silks and laces. Gorgeous embellishments like couture flowers, feathers and beading are used in a chic and stylish way so the gowns are never too ornate but still have that luxurious detail.
I have shared a few of our favourites here for you and if this gets you all inspired to visit her store in Glen Iris, you can also check out more gowns actually moving and sashaying on the models. A rather romantic video was recently created to showcase her collection.
Enjoy your gown browsing!
If you are struggling with exercise or healthy eating – even with the help of a trainer – you might want to consider hypnotherapy to help you break through your motivational slump.
Melbourne-based clinical hypnotherapist Paul Brickhill says he has helped many brides lose weight before the big day. “Hypnosis is a quick way to achieve a relaxed and focused state of consciousness which is similar to that experienced during meditation. The power of positive suggestion can be used to help you change habitual behaviours you may have been unable to change on your own, such as eating less junk food or exercising more.”
“Most people know what they should be doing to lose weight – exercise and a healthy diet. But due to past conditioning they can struggle to break the chains of behaviours such as comfort eating or the convenience of fast food. Hypnosis can help break those unhealthy patterns to make it easier for people to take on board new thought patterns and behaviours that lead to weight loss.”
Many people feel nervous about the possibility of trying hypnosis – after all, we’ve all seen people on TV clucking like a chicken after being “hypnotised” but the entire process is very simple and completely harmless. You start the process by talking to your hypnotherapist about your health and wellbeing and what you would like to achieve from the sessions.
The subconscious will only make changes the conscious mind is in alignment with. If the hypnotherapist suggests anything outside the bounds of why you’re being hypnotised you will not take on board those suggestions, only those that you’re there for. In the hypnotic state the subconscious is more receptive to consciously desired changes. The old conditioning that has lead to certain behaviours be it smoking, alcohol or eating unhealthy food can be more easily changed, inviting in the possibility of the cessation of those unwanted behaviours and or the creation of new, healthy and positive ones.
Because so many people I had spoken to were skeptical about the process of hypnotherapy, I decided to try it myself. I hate exercise and avoid it at all costs so in my session with Paul, we worked on exercise motivation and changing exercise behaviours. Being hypnotised feels similar to deep mediation, you a deeply relaxed and start visualizing the changes you want to make. Some parts of the hypnotherapy I remembered, and for others it seemed my conscious mind tuned out. After 45 minutes I opened my eyes and felt completely normal and very relaxed!
While I didn’t feel like much had changed in that moment, over the next two weeks I noticed that my inherent dislike of exercise had slowly dissipated – I even ran the Tan Track and Albert Park lake in one day. My outlook on exercise was much more positive, and while I still don’t love it, I have found it easier to do a 20 minute workout most days.
While it seems like my hypnotherapy session was positive, it’s is important to note that hypnotherapy does not work for everyone.
“Most studies indicate 1 in 10 cannot be hypnotised or at least, have a lower level of receptivity,” says Paul. “People that don’t want to be hypnotised and or have a difficulty in concentrating also generally struggle with the process.”
If you’re interested in trying hypnotherapy, the key is to go into the process with an open mind.
For more information on Paul visit Hypnotherapy Melbourne or call 0411 740 404.
On this day in 2009, singer Stacy ‘Fergie’ Ferguson married actor Josh Duhamel at the Church Estates Vineyards in Malibu, California. The couple wed in a traditional Catholic ceremony in front of around 375 guests.
The entire wedding party – including the bride and groom – wore Dolce and Gabbana. The bride wore a custom-made white, fitted, ruched, corseted wedding gown with a mesh tulle overlay, spaghetti straps and a long train.
She then changed into a shorter chiffon cocktail dress with Swarovski crystal detailing for the reception, also by Dolce and Gabbana. The bride was attended by seven bridesmaids in floor-length black gowns.
Following the ceremony the couple shared their first dance to ‘Sweetheats Together’ by The Rolling Stones. The reception tent was filled with white lights, roses, lilacs, hydrangeas, orchids and calla lilies.
Following their marriage, the newlyweds honeymooned at the Reethi Rah One and Only Hotel in the Maldives. They renewed their vows a year later at the luxe Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California.
The Bride team. xo
So many people (including me) decide losing a few kilos is a good way to start the new year. It’s also a goal for many brides looking to be in the best shape of their lives for their wedding day. So if you’re thinking about losing a few kilos this new year, here are some pointers from personal trainer Luke Scott from Revolution Personal Training in Melbourne.
How would you suggest a bride go about losing weight before her wedding?
This would vary for each individual, however, starting a well planned exercise plan and a calorie restriction meal plan will aid anyone in dropping a few kilos! After all weight loss will always come back to energy in energy versus energy out. So, increasing your daily energy spend and decreasing your energy in-take is really all that matters. The way you go about that can vary in an infinite amount of ways.
How early should she start losing weight?
As early as possible. You don’t want to be rushing these types of programs at an unhealthy rate when you get closer to the big day. Slow and steady is the best way to go. You will have a lot on your plate organising your big day so you don’t want to add any undue stress with your new exercise and eating regime than need be. You should set out to make it fit your routine nice and early on so that it is just another part of your day, like brushing your teeth!
You will also have a specific time line to follow with dress fittings etc to be finalised a fair way out from the event. So the earlier you get to your ideal weight the better. Fittings are great thing to help keep you motivated as it will always be there on the horizon motivating you to stay in shape.
What programs do you recommend for brides?
Anything they can stick to and enjoy. At the end of the day that is the only thing that really matters as long as they are getting the results they are after. There are so many different ways out there to get yourself fit and healthy these days. Aim for something you will enjoy and won’t bore you. This will be the big key for helping you to be able to stick with it and get the results you are after.
Personally, I am always a big advocate of a resistance training program for women, whether with a trainer, in a group of through a gym. Don’t worry you won’t be walking down the aisle looking like ‘Arnie’! Resistance training is one of the best ways for women in particular to be able to drop their excess body fat stores and give their metabolism a bit of a kick in the pants to get moving.
Why is personal training a good option for brides wanting to lose weight (as opposed to other weight loss programs/quick fixes)?
A good trainer is definitely not a quick fix! It will be hard work! However they will help you to train right to get the results you are after over a set timeline. A good trainer will design an overall program for you to follow, and make sure you stick to it. How many people do you know with a treadmill at home that ends up as a handy clothes horse, when they had the footpath to run on all along right outside their house? Having someone to be accountable to is the biggest benefit of having a trainer for some people.
If nothing else a trainer forces you to get the training in when you are there.
A good trainer will also design you a home work program for when you are not with them and give you constant advice on your eating and keep reassessing your goals along the way. This way you will know exactly where you are at as you progress.
How can a bride keep up the success after her wedding?
So much hard work will go into getting you ready for that one day that the last thing you will want to do is let it all go to waste. Setting yourself your next goal will be a big part of keeping you on track. For some brides it will be staying fit and healthy in preparation for children, for others it will be an event. But setting yourself something to achieve and stay fit and healthy for is crucial. Otherwise you could fall victim to letting all of your hard work going to waist.
Why is exercise an important role in weight loss?
As we said earlier it all comes down to energy in versus energy out. Tweak both variables and you will get to your goal sooner. After just weight loss there are so many other benefits that will come from exercise. So many of them people can’t see, like your improved fitness and strength, but your change in the shape will be clear for everyone to see.
We definitely don’t want to under estimate the importance of your eating either. Just because you are exercises does not make it ok to eat whatever you feel like! You need to put both together to achieve true ongoing success.
Good luck with your weight loss challenges!
This beautiful time of year is a very popular time to tie the knot, and it’s not hard to see why. Summer weddings mean sunshine and warmth and allow you to celebrate in the great outdoors. If you’re after a stunning backdrop for your ‘I do’s, it’s hard to go past a wedding by the sea.
No matter what state you’re in, Australians are lucky enough to be surrounded by a coastline of beautiful beaches. There are many seaside restaurants and yacht clubs that make fabulous reception venues after your nuptials on the sand.
Or if you’re looking more for luxury than your local, you could have a destination wedding in a tropical paradise like Bali, Thailand or Fiji. Destination weddings transform a one day affair into a fantastic holiday with your family and friends.
So if you’re planning on get hitched on the shore, here’s are a few things that you should keep in mind:
• Some beaches and public places require permits. You should always check with the local council prior to your wedding day to make sure you follow all the correct procedures.
• If you’re planning a beach wedding, or any outdoor wedding, a wet weather plan is a must. Monitor the Bureau of Meteorology’s website for a four-day forecast. Marquee hire companies need at least 24 hours notice if you need some last-minute shelter.
• If your wedding falls in the middle of summer, keep your sweltering guests in mind and have bottled water and sunscreen on hand to keep them cool and protected.
• Consider the time of year. Keep a close eye on the calendar when booking your wedding ceremony to avoid being drowned out by nearby swimming or surfing competitions and remember, beaches can get pretty crowded in the summer months!
• When booking your ceremony location find out whether other wedding parties have also booked the same venue, as there may be time restrictions on wedding ceremonies in public places.