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Workout Tips for Every Wedding Dress Style From Be A 10 Fitness

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Of course, everyone wants to be in tiptop shape when walking down the aisle on their wedding day, but determining exactly how to achieve that look can sometimes be as challenging as the pre-wedding workouts themselves! Every body type is different and requires personalized attention in order to look simply ravishing in the wedding attire of your choice. Lucky for you, we’ve got a direct line to certified personal trainer and nutritionist Rebekah Bray, the body and brain behind Houston’s beloved BE a 10 Fitness, and we’re bringing you her individualized workout plans for a variety of different wedding dress styles. Read on, lovelies!

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A recent bride herself, Bray creates custom training regimens and nutrition plans for brides, grooms and the entire wedding party. Whether you’re a fitness fanatic, or looking to up your game, Bray has a regimen to help you look your best.

Take a quick look at these exercises Bray recommends for three of our favorite bridal gown styles. And in case you missed our 4/20 Facebook Live broadcast, we’ve posted it below for demos of each workout!

 

 

2017-04-17_0004 Photo: Steve Lee Photography | Gown: Stephen Yearick from Weddings by Debbie

A-Line & Ballgown Wedding Dress: These exercises focus on toning your arms, core and chest to get rid of any unwanted flab or “batwings” before slipping into this classic wedding look!

  • Elevated Pushup with a Shoulder Tap: 3 sets of 10 reps each
    • Start in a plank position.
    • Lift one leg at a time onto an elevated surface. Make sure the top half of your foot is secure on the surface and your wrists, elbows and shoulders are aligned.
    • Slowly lower down into a pushup. Come back up.
    • Stabilize yourself while pulling your core tight and lift one hand at a time off the ground to tap the opposite shoulder. Repeat.
  • Front-Lateral Raise: 3 sets of 15 reps each
    • Position dumbbells on the sides of your thighs, with palms facing inward and elbows straight or slightly bent.
    • Raise dumbbells forward and upward until your arms are horizontal and parallel to the ground. Lower and repeat.
  • Chest Fly with Elevated Legs: 3 sets of 20 reps each
    • Lie down on a mat with a dumbbell in each hand with your arms up in the air and the palms of your hands facing each other.
    • Either with bent knees or straight legs, lift your feet until you feel your lower abs tighten.
    • With your elbows slightly bent, lower your arms out to the sides creating a T-shape until you feel a stretch in your chest muscles. Raise your arms and bring your hands back together. Repeat.

2017-04-17_0001 Photo: Serendipity Photography | Gown: Brickhouse Bridal

Trumpet/Mermaid/Drop Waist Wedding Dress: These exercises focus on your hips, thighs and butt, which will all be emphasized with this sexy wedding dress style. With a few arm exercises mixed in, brides will also look their best in strapless options.

  • Kettlebell Swing: 3 sets of 20 reps each
    • Start in a squatting position with your hips pushed back, chest upright and both hands on the kettlebell handle.
    • Stand with feet shoulder width apart.
    • Slightly bend your knees and use power from your legs and biceps to jerk and then swing the kettlebell rapidly until your hands are about eye level and you have reached a standing position.
  • Reverse Lunge: 3 sets of 10 reps per leg
    • Take a big controlled step backward with your left foot.
    • Lower your hips so that your right thigh becomes parallel to the floor, with your right knee positioned directly over your ankle.
    • Your left knee should be bent at a 90-degree angle and pointing toward the floor with your left heel lifted.
    • Switch legs and repeat.
  • Squat Hammer Curl Press: 3 sets of 15 reps each
    • Start in a standing position and squat down by pushing your hips back, as if you are sitting in a chair. Lower down as far as you can go and keep your chest up.
    • At the same time, hold dumbbells in each hand with your palms facing toward your body. Perform a curl with palms still facing inward as you lower down in a squat position.
    • Press up to return to a standing position and lower arms to return dumbbells to your side.
    • Once in a standing position, press the dumbbells straight up in the air with the palms of your hands still facing inward. Note: Keep your elbows narrow and in line with your shoulders.
    • Perform this exercise in one fluid motion. As you squat down, hammer curl up. Once returning to a standing position, perform a shoulder press and repeat.

2017-04-17_0002 Photo: Philip Thomas Photography | Gown: Joan Pillow Bridal Salon

Sheath Wedding Dress: These exercises crush your arms, core, legs, shoulders and more. The draping of a sheath dress may seem simple, but it requires a rocking bod underneath in order to look fabulous.

  • Pushup Plank Alternating Front Raise: 3 sets of 10 reps (10 pushups/10 raises = 1 set)
    • Start in a plank position.
    • Perform 10 pushups.
    • Immediately alternate lifting each arm out in front of you 10 times at head height.
  • Crab V-touch: 3 sets of 15 reps
    • Sit on the ground with your feet extended in front of you.
    • Place your hands on the ground – fingers pointing toward your feet — and lift up into a crab position.
    • With your body lifted up, reach your right hand toward your left foot and touch.
    • Place opposite hands and feet back on the ground. Alternate and repeat. Do not lower down from crab position until you have completed all reps.
  • Single Arm Row: 3 sets of 15 reps (each arm)
    • Stand near a flat bench and place dumbbells on either side.
    • Put your left knee up on the back end of a flat bench and then place your left hand toward the top of the bench. Your torso should be parallel to the bench with your arm, shoulder and wrist aligned.
    • Your right leg will be on the ground stretched out (knee slightly bent), not directly beside the bench but a few inches away.
    • Grab the dumbbell from the right side of the bench in your right hand and allow your arm to hang.
    • Pull the dumbbell up with your palm facing your body, bending your elbow until the dumbbell is between your chest and right shoulder. Squeeze your shoulder blades while maintaining a flat back and stable body. Keep your elbow close to your body.
    • Extend your arm back down and repeat.

Ready to achieve your wedding goals? Book your “FIT to BE a MRS,” “Bridal Bootcamp” or other wedding packages with BE a 10 Fitness today! And be sure to tell Rebekah you found her awesome exercises on the Houston Wedding Blog.

3 Wedding Craft Cocktail Ideas from Capitol Beverage Service

Friday, April 14th, 2017

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Every element of your wedding should reflect you and your boo down to the very last drop. The team at Capitol Beverage Service, Houston’s beverage and bar catering connoisseurs, are pros at doing just that. In addition to their stellar wine, beer, Champagne and liquor packages, owner Ceci Kammer and her team can create refreshing signature cocktails customized for each client’s unique wedding!

“We often serve very simple drinks,” Kammer, says. “Our clients want a lot of flavor and something special, but not anything too fussy with hard-to-find ingredients.” 

We asked Kammer to share a few of her favorite wedding cocktail recipes with us at the Houston Wedding Blog. We did you the favor of testing them out ourselves. Keep reading to get a taste of your own!  

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Brunch Sparkler – “This is a light, refreshing and super flavorful drink!”

  • Put several slices of fresh ginger in orange juice
  • Allow to sit for a few hours or overnight
  • Mix the orange juice with equal parts pineapple juice
  • Pour in sparkling wine (or sparkling water if you prefer a nonalcoholic drink)  
  • Serve chilled

2017-04-12_0006  Tray: Bering’s 

Paloma with a Twist! – “A twist on the old classic with a pretty spectacular taste!”

  • Start with silver tequila
  • Mix with blood orange soda (you can find this in most well-stocked grocery and specialty beverage stores)
  • To make this extra special, serve with a half–rim of salt and add fresh, finely chopped thyme leaves   

2017-04-12_0007  Tray: Kuhl-Linscomb | Utensil: Bering’s 

Simple Summer Cooler – “This is a summer staple in our arsenal. It is also one that you can play with to make it your own!”

  • Start with honey vodka (almost every brand of vodka makes a honey version)
  • Mix with club soda
  • Add a good squeeze of lemon
  • Stir and serve
  • *You can also pre-mix the vodka with fresh lemon juice and then add the club soda when serving a crowd.

Interested in creating a craft wedding cocktail of your own for your big day? Be sure to schedule a consultation with Capitol Beverage Service to fill your every wedding beverage need. And make sure to let them know you found their fabulous wedding cocktail ideas on the Houston Wedding Blog!

Register to Win an Awesome Newlywed Name-Change Service

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Register to Win an Awesome Newlywed Name-Change Service

Photo: MissNowMrs

If you think finding the love of your life and planning/putting on the wedding of a lifetime is a process fraught with obstacles and challenges…just try switching your life over to your new married surname. Figuring out which identification cards and accounts you need to switch to your married name and then doing so can take hours—hours that you could be spending kissing, canoodling, antiquing, watching “Real Housewives” together in your matching jammies…that kind of thing.

Fortunately for our lovely Houston brides, we discovered MissNowMrs’s unique name-change service, which guides brides through a series of questions and uses answers to auto-populate all of their state and U.S government name-change forms, as well as notification letters for all their creditors, and then supplies detailed filing instructions for each form/letter. A MissNowMrs gift card makes a great shower gift, so make sure your mom, his mom and all your ‘maids and BFFs know!

Even more fortunately for y’all, we’re giving away 10—count ’em, 10!—MissNowMrs service packages to 10 lucky Houston brides. To enter for your chance to win, simply:

1.)     Email us your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and booked or hoped-for Houston wedding venue.
2.)    Sign up for WeddingsinHouston.com (you’ll qualify for this bridal giveaway & oodles of others worth thousands of dollars, plus you’ll get access to exclusive events, parties, trunk shows, vendor discounts and the most comprehensive wedding-planning tools and resources a Houston bride could wish for!)
3.)    Wait. We’ll notify our winners on MONDAY, JUNE 30, and provide each with an exclusive MissNowMrs promotional code to redeem your name-change service…when you’re good and ready, of course.

Good luck, loves!

Black, White and Silver Chateau Cocomar Wedding by DC Stanley Photography

Monday, March 24th, 2014

The tailgate scene at the Sept. 8, 2012, Texas A&M vs. Florida game was pretty much the perfect spot for Chisholm’s marriage proposal to Samantha—after all, the A&M alums are both huge football fans. The pair’s Chateau Cocomar wedding, with its elegant palette of black, white and silver, was the very picture of elegance, but with plenty of laid-back, high-spirited fun. Samantha says she especially cherishes the wedding memory of “being sung to by my husband and all of his fraternity brothers.” Big thanks to DC Stanley Photography for the pretty pix of this utterly adorable Houston couple, and congrats to the newlyweds!

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Photos: DC Stanley Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Pronovias from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka ~ Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal ~ Decor & Rentals: Any Occasion Party Rental ~ Venue: Chateau Cocomar

 

The Brand New Issue of Weddings in Houston is OUT!

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

It’s here, it’s gorgeous, it’s 400+ pages of the finest Houston wedding resources, design inspiration, bridal couture, ceremony and reception options, planning tips, etiquette advice and Houston Real Weddings you could possibly imagine. So stop imagining. Get out there, and get yourself a copy TODAY. Weddings at Houston magazine is available at newsstands, wedding venues and fine Houston bridal salons and retailers across the city.

Oh—and remember: Check the exhibitor list for the upcoming I Do! Bridal Soiree coming to the Royal Sonesta Houston on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. That incredibly talented vendor whose fine abilities are showcased in your copy of Weddings in Houston is very likely to be in attendance, just waiting to meet you in person and make your wedding dreams come true! Tickets WILL SELL OUT, so get yours while you still can.

Fancy yourself more of a digital gal? DOWNLOAD and/or view your copy of Weddings in Houston for FREE and let the planning commence!

Photo: Larry Fagala ~ Gown: Ines Di Santo gown from Belle Mariee Bridal ~ Couture Mask: Cathy Rascoe ~ Earrings: Neiman Marcus ~ Ring: Tootises ~ Bouquet: Arteflora ~ Location: The Corinthian ~ Styling: Summar Salah ~ Hair & Makeup: The Perfect Face ~ Model: Neal Hamil Agency