Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween in Full Force!

I just had to share these amazing pumpkins...






Source:

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.yankeehalloween.com/images/pumpkinfriends19.jpg&imgrefurl=http://perfectmemoriesevents.blogspot.com/2007_10_01_archive.html&usg=___iVN9WmWqw1vY3fWQFEugPUWJ34=&h=350&w=271&sz=13&hl=en&start=1&sig2=j1kYfciCr8sny6ujivKAWw&um=1&tbnid=5bWZ7Q_IqDbapM:&tbnh=120&tbnw=93&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dwedding%2Bpumpkin%2Bcarving%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26sa%3DN%26um%3D1&ei=OQfqSvGKKajeswOOjvnqCA
http://www.masterpiecepumpkins.com/Graphics/nightmare-Jack-Sally_Hill%20(3.5)_____.jpg

Happy Halloween!

Although we do not have a Halloween wedding this year, I thought this pumpkin carving idea was super creative, elegant, yet festive at the same time...engrave your initials or ceremony date into pumpkins and use them to mark the aisle at your next seasonal wedding or ever use a smaller version as a unique and personal centerpiece. HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!!!





Source:

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.blissweddingsmarket.com/brideideas/images/wedding-logo-pumpkin.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.blissweddingsmarket.com/brideideas/wedding-logo-halloween-wedding.htm&usg=__XS0rL4VxC6DpNcQ1GF6AROoCLQY=&h=533&w=400&sz=48&hl=en&start=2&sig2=pn397VOouJILc_l09UFdGg&um=1&tbnid=u4ogpRVe94x4_M:&tbnh=132&tbnw=99&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dwedding%2Bpumpkin%2Bcarving%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26sa%3DN%26um%3D1&ei=9AbqSsPDEpSMtAO3yqzcCA

http://elegantengagements.blogspot.com/2007/10/pumpkin-carving-ideas.html

Friday, October 23, 2009

Shani and Colin Clark Wedding

Nico Designs congratulates Shani and Colin Clark on their October 10, 2009 wedding at Rancho Dos Pueblos. We wish you two all the happiness in the world!!













Photos from Jessica Lewis Photography

Friday, October 16, 2009

Thank You - Nico

I LOVE hand written thank you notes!! I feel so special when I go to the mailbox and have something other then a bill! he he..

Here are some very sweet and thought thank you notes from very pleased Nico Designs Clients.


"Dear Nico,
I want to thank you for all your patience and hard work for our wedding. Your vision was amazing and your passion is apparent, Everyone at the wedding complimented the beautiful floral arrangements. THEY REALLY WERE BEAUTIFUL!!!!
Warm Regards,
Carina and David"

"Nico,
Thank you so much for all your hard work. I was so impressed and so very happy with everything you did. Meeting you the very first time, I just knew you were the right person to share our special day. Your artistic vision is amazing. Such a Beautiful job!!
Casey and Cliff
Alexander"

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Melissa Sweet Bridal Dresses

video

The new Melissa Sweet collection does not only allow bridesmaids to step out of the norm with fashionable, sexy, and stylish dresses, it also features a fantastic bridal collection. Check out this runway video to see just which dress would compliment your style...

Source:

http://www.priscillaofboston.com/video.jsp?clip=msbr&gid=902

Monday, October 12, 2009

Give your wedding a little POP! By Annabel Heydorn

We were turned onto this yummy trend after Britney Spears featured these couture, refillable lollipops by Sugar Factory on her most recent Circus Tour! While we love Brit Brit and her choice of lollipops, we figured this would be and even more FABULOUS gift idea for guests on your big day! These vibrant colored lollipops can be tailored to fit any occasion, (perhaps even just for a girls-only bridal shower) and as the website shares: “Your options are practically limitless.”

Choose a fun, blingy handle with whatever color of rhinestones you wish!! Packages of 4 are available to try as well:


Be amongst other featured stars like Kim Kardashian, and the Pussycat Dolls and design your very own lollipops to add some flavor on your wedding day!


Resources:
www.sugarfactory.com

White Pumpkins!

Hello happy people! Well today is the first day I felt the weather turn from Summer to Fall... I'm taking the day off and resting up from our busy wedding week and started thinking about everything about the season Fall I love. I love how it gets dark earlier, wearing scarves, pumpkin lattes, apples, wind, rain, Cinnamon, candles, sitting by the fire, and most of all pumpkins! My favorite pumpkins are the white ones. Check out these fun decorative ways to embellish and carve your white pumpkin.






Melissa Sweet Bridesmaids Dresses

video

Let's face it, who ever said you can reuse a bridesmaids dress by simply shortening it and wearing it again clearly never participated in a wedding. So for all those future brides who wish to give their bridesmaids a chance to wear the dresses again without too much embarrassment, check out the new Melissa Sweet bridesmaid collection. This line of gowns is both sexy, elegant, and completely reusable ;-) Here is a runway video of the latest styles and gowns...enjoy!

Source:

http://www.priscillaofboston.com/dress_return.jsp?gid=47

Thank You's

Here are a few sweet thank you notes that we got from our brides. Nico Designs wants our clients to know how much these kind words mean to us and how honored we are to have been part of their special day!

"Hi Nico,

Just got back from the honeymoon, and I wanted to say thank you for the flowers at my wedding. They were absolutely beautiful, and I got so many compliments on them. You have a gift!

Thanks again,

Caroline Hall"

"Hi Nico,

The gazebo was INSANE!! I didn't see it until I walked down the isle and almost cried because it wa so damn gorgeous!!!!!! Thank you so much! You did an amazing job and I really appreciate it. Thank you thank you thank you!! I'll send Picts when I get them.

Love!
Hannah"

GIRLY MONDAYS by jasmine schoch


Shape up for your Big Day!

Want to get in shape for your wedding day? Use this simple month-by-month plan as a guideline for your workouts. With it, you'll find all levels of exercise, and reap all the benefits. The program uses two-week cycles, so if six months sounds too long, just take it two weeks at a time. The best part? No gym membership required!
Wedding Fitness Checklist

Cardiovascular workouts, like walking or jogging, can be done anywhere outside. Just make sure you have the following:

* Comfortable clothes
* Running shoes
* Two 3- or 5-pound hand weights
* A straight-back chair
* A mat or blanket (optional)

Month 1

This month, you should mainly be focused on just getting active and engaged in the program. A good way to get motivated is to start a workout diary. Write down the date, all the reasons why you need to work out, and what your goals are. Write down your weight (always weigh yourself in the morning for consistency), and use a measuring tape to record the size of your chest, waist, hips, thighs, and forearms, so you can monitor your progress. To stay motivated, keep notes all the way through.
Tip: Weigh in and take measurements once a month only. Focusing on quick results will only discourage you.

Weeks #1 and #2

* 20 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week

Weeks #3 and #4

* 30 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week

Month 2

Still here? Good work! Now get out that measuring tape and scale. Any improvements? You shouldn't focus too much on weight loss yet, but your energy should be higher. Keep writing in your journal, and pay special attention to how you feel, how you're dealing with stress, and what you think you are gaining from your exercise program.
Tip: Remember to check your heart rate about 15 minutes into your aerobic exercise to make sure you're hitting your target heart rate.

Weeks #5 and #6

* 40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
* 2 sets of 10 stomach crunches
* 1 set of 10 push-ups

Weeks #7 and #8

* 40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
* 3 sets of 10 stomach crunches
* 2 sets of 10 push-ups

Month 3

This is usually when people start to give up. Get out your diary, and flip back to your first entry. Remind yourself why you are doing this. Also, flip ahead in your calendar and check how quickly your wedding day is approaching: Aren't you glad you started exercising weeks ago? Weigh yourself and take your measurements again. Are you making progress? Even if you haven't lost weight, you should see some results in your muscle tone.
Good to know: Muscle weighs more than fat, so you might have gained a few pounds, but you've most likely turned some of that fat into muscle.

Weeks #9 and #10

* 40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
* 3 sets of 10 stomach crunches
* 2 sets of 10 push-ups
* 1 set of 10 squats

Weeks #11 and #12

* 40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
* 3 sets of 10 stomach crunches
* 3 sets of 10 push-ups
* 2 sets of 10 squats
* 2 sets of 10 bicep curls
* 2 sets of 10 tricep curls

Month 4

Take a minute to write a note of congratulations to yourself -- you're doing an amazing job (we know it sounds cheesy, but do it anyway). Weigh yourself and take your measurements: If you've been following the program, you definitely should notice some changes by now.
Good to know: At this point, if nothing has changed, you may need a more advanced program, and you should consult a personal trainer.

Weeks #13 and #14

* 40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
* 3 sets of 15 stomach crunches
* 3 sets of 15 push-ups
* 3 sets of 15 squats
* 3 sets of 15 bicep curls
* 3 sets of 15 tricep curls
* 2 sets of 10 chest presses

Weeks #15 and #16

* 40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
* 3 sets of 15 stomach crunches
* 3 sets of 15 push-ups
* 3 sets of 15 squats
* 3 sets of 15 bicep curls
* 3 sets of 15 tricep curls
* 3 sets of 15 chest presses

Month 5

Okay, now it's time to get serious: There are only eight weeks to go until your wedding. Weigh in and take your measurements. Now, where do you still need the most help? Stomach? Thighs? Butt? Pick one or two areas, and focus, focus, focus. We're going to continue along the same program, but now we're going to add an intense three sets of 15 extra exercises for whichever area still needs help. With every crunch or set, envision yourself in your gown -- you'll get there.

Weeks #17 and #18

* 40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
* 3 sets of 15 stomach crunches
* 3 sets of 15 push-ups
* 3 sets of 15 squats
* 3 sets of 15 bicep curls
* 3 sets of 15 tricep curls
* 3 sets of 15 chest presses
* 3 sets of 15 "extra target area"

Weeks #19 and #20

* 40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
* 3 sets of 15 stomach crunches
* 3 sets of 15 push-ups
* 3 sets of 15 squats
* 3 sets of 15 bicep curls
* 3 sets of 15 tricep curls
* 3 sets of 15 chest presses
* 3 sets of 15 "extra target area"

Month 6

Just four weeks to go! As you get closer to your wedding date, your crazed schedule may threaten to derail your exercise program, but don't let it. Weigh in and take your measurements, but don't be surprised if they aren't as important anymore -- the way you feel should be motivation enough to keep exercising. We are going to continue working at the same level as last month. If you're having trouble finding the time to keep up this pace, cut back the number of sets you do, but use heavier weights.

Weeks #21 and #22

* 40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
* 3 sets of 15 stomach crunches
* 3 sets of 15 push-ups
* 3 sets of 15 squats
* 3 sets of 15 bicep curls
* 3 sets of 15 tricep curls
* 3 sets of 15 chest presses
* 3 sets of 15 "extra target area"

Weeks #23 and #24

* 40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
* 3 sets of 15 stomach crunches
* 3 sets of 15 push-ups
* 3 sets of 15 squats
* 3 sets of 15 bicep curls
* 3 sets of 15 tricep curls
* 3 sets of 15 chest presses

Source:

http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-beauty-tips/wedding-workout-exercise/articles/six-month-fitness-makeover.aspx

Friday, October 9, 2009

I'M IN LOVE by jasmine schoch


Engagement on top of the World...

One day when Ashley was a little girl she noticed a helicopter flying overhead. Later that night she watched smiling people waving at a helicopter on the news. Ever since then she has waved at every helicopter because, in her mind, someone is up there watching. Paul has always liked that story about Ashley and decided to include that element into his proposal scheme.

With Paul’s birthday being the day before, he setup a lunch date with two of their friends. Once Ashley had arrived at the Newport Beach Hyatt, he called to say he was running late and would be there shortly. As they were waiting around on the golf course for Paul to arrive, a helicopter flew over. Right on cue, Ashley waved to the helicopter. The helicopter proceeds to land on the 6th hole where they are standing and Paul gets out! He then proposed to her, and asks her to get in the helicopter with him. Meanwhile, friends and family of Paul and Ashley walked up and down the beach at Corona Del Mar passing out flyers asking people to wave when the helicopter would fly by. The goal was to get Ashley to see what it looked like from the helicopter’s perspective when people wave. I guess it must have been hundreds of people waving at them!

After the helicopter ride they went to The Montage in Laguna Beach for a special spa treatment for Ashley. Paul had secretly set Ashley up to go shopping with her mom for a special dress that she could wear when Paul proposed (she assumed that she would have the proposal all figured out and had bought the dress thinking she would keep it a secret from him). Paul had her whole outfit ready for her at The Spa Montage so that when she got done with her massage it was all set up and ready for her. After experiencing the most exceptional spa treatment they have ever experienced, they had a romantic dinner at the Studio, a restaurant at The Montage.

After what Ashley describes as the best day of her life, Paul tops it all off with her opening her apartment door to find the entire place filled with her favorite flowers.

Source:

http://www.howigotengaged.com/engagement/story/helicopter_ride

Thursday, October 1, 2009

I'M IN LOVE by jasmine schoch


Wedding Quotes

1. There is no remedy for love, but to love more.

Henry David Thoreau, The Journal of Henry D. Thoreau, Volumes I–VII (1837–1855)

2. A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.

Mignon Mclaughlin, Atlantic (July 1965)

3. There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.

Martin Luther, Table Talk

4. He is husband, she is wife.

She fears not him, they fear not life.
Robert Frost, “On the Heart’s Beginning to Cloud the Mind”

5. When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.

Billy Crystal as Harry in When Harry Met Sally

6. When you give each other everything, it becomes an even trade. Each wins all.

Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign

7. One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.

Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus

Source:

http://www.realsimple.com/magazine-more/inside-website/daily-thought/weddings-quotes-00000000013668/index.html