How to start your wedding day without stress

I can't stress enough the importance of the Bridal Suite in planning a stressfree wedding

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A lot of my brides ask me advice to avoid the rush of stress coming before the wedding or before the ceremony on the wedding day. So I thought, I'd share with you some tips here.

The pressure of wanting your wedding to be perfect can easily get to you. The Business Insider shared a study indicating that 96% of recently married or engaged couples find preparing for the wedding stressful. 40% of this demographic described the occasion as “very” or “extremely” stressful.

But while both grooms and brides experience uneasiness, there is an additional strain on the bride. Society has long seen this ceremony as one of the highest points in a woman’s life. Such reason subconsciously forces women to focus all their attention down to even the tiniest details: aka the *Bridezilla* !  Psychology Today relates the origin of the term “bridezilla” to the pressure on brides to create a picture-perfect wedding. It has become a stereotype so much so that the terms "bride" and "bridezilla" have become synonymous.

This is where the importance of the bridal suite comes in. At the pinnacle of the bride’s stress levels, it’s vital that her surroundings help induce comfort and rest. It’s crucial that it helps her have better quality of sleep days before the big day.

Note, however, that the term “bridal suite” doesn’t necessarily refer to a hotel room. It generally pertains to the place the bride is staying in and getting ready prior to the ceremony. This may also be her own bedroom or a relative’s house.

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The Historic Post Office relays that the bridal suite is the bride’s final escape from all the stress before the wedding. Silence, privacy, and proximity are essential elements of the room. Silence and privacy contribute to a peaceful atmosphere which are vital for a good night’s sleep. While proximity gives the bride and her entourage ample time to make preparations or adjustments for the ceremony.

Windows are an important factor as well. Natural light improves mood and sufficient exposure to sunlight during the day adjusts your circadian rhythm, making it easier for you to sleep at night. And also, don't forget that you'll have your getting ready photos in the bridal suite, so having natural lighting gives your photographer an additional tool for aesthetics.

Plus, whiffs of fresh air are always relaxing. Every now and then, the bride needs to step back and take a deep breath to try to clear her thoughts. A tense-free mind will enable the bride to fall asleep easier, too.

Additionally, the colours of the room play a role in helping its occupant to relax. Leesa highlights the psychological effects of colours and how they can aid the bride to fall asleep. Since neutrals are popular wedding themes, choosing a bridal suite with the same hues is appropriate to retain a joyful atmosphere. But at the same time, they provide a sense of airiness and lightness – especially white and sky blue – giving less visual stimulation to the bride’s already tense mind.

To avoid the dreaded title of "bridezilla", make sure that your bridal suite will have some, if not all of these qualities. And although it’s easier said than done, try your best to be well-rested on your special day. Relieve yourself from all the stress because the truth is, the more relaxed you are, the more beautiful of a bride you will be. Focus on living the present moment and I'll

Homemade organic almond milk

 

The easiest recipe for homemade organic almond milk !

 

For those who know me, you know I always share super easy recipe and this one is no exception ! I see your face and you're like : homemade milk ?? this is gonna be a hot mess in my kitchen and I'm gonna need a thousand things I don't have... Sorry to say : You're Wrong ! :D

All you need is : almonds (organic preferably, duh!), filtered water, vanilla (optional), Medjool dates (optional) + a blender and THIS bag. Ok agree, this might be the only thing you don't own in your kitchen but : 1) just invest in one coz it's sooo handy 2) you could do without and use a fine mesh sieve, ah! see told you, easy peasy ...

So now onto serious things, here's the recipe :

INGREDIENTS :

  • 250g (1 cup) raw organic almonds
  • 1L (3.5 cups) of filtered water
  • 3-4 medjool dates (if you want to sweeten your milk...it gives a beautiful caramel taste to it)
  • 1 vanilla bean (the whole stick) or vanilla extract

HOW TO :

  1. Soak the almonds in water overnight. If you're in a hurry, soak 1 hour in hot water. Rinse and drain
  2. Put soaked almonds into blender with your filtered water, vanilla and dates (pitted! :p ). Blend for about 2 min.
  3. Place your filter bag on top of a big bowl and pour your almond milk. Squeeze slowly until it is all drained.
  4. Pour into a glass bottle and into the fridge ! Tadaaaaaaa you're done ! Told you, EASYYY !

You can keep your milk for about 3-4 days. Make sure to shake your bottle before serving.

 

Top honeymoon destination : Seychelles Islands

This year I had the chance to escape to a little paradise named Seychelles islands while Paris was passing through a freezing winter. That's one of the perks of being a destination wedding photographer : being able to catch up with summer all year around ! 

I had the chance to stay at one of the most amazing hotels ever : Six Senses Zil Payson on Félicité Island. This unique resort has the whole island for itself! And offers an unique experience with their individual villas and private pool, spectacular views and amazing experiences such as moonlight outdoor cinema, private island snorkeling, yoga classes, spa, etc. In a nutshell, THE perfect honeymoon destination for you and your other half!

During my stay there, I had the chance to create some memories for Jenn and Thomas who were about to leave that Island to return to France, after two years living on that little paradise. 

The best summer smoothie recipe - The Blueberry cooler

Summer is here ! As much as I love this season, it's been scorching hot in Paris these past few days (hitting the 35°C aka 95°F, yep!) and getting wedding or engagement photos in Paris has never been so tough! Let alone working from home... I felt like a baking croissant in an oven while in front of my computer. So in between two - three cold showers per day and putting my head in the fridge to cool down... I've also been trying to find new summer recipes. Those who know me, know that not only do I love being a wedding photographer, but my other passion is food - both making it and eating it !

So with this kind of weather, been trying to cook nice food that don't make you feel bloated like a hot air balloon because as much as I love bread and butter... when it's a sauna outside, all you want is to eat something light and fresh - that is if you do want to eat at all.

So here's a super duper cooler recipe for your hot summer. It's fresh and light and yummy and super easy :) Lots of adjectives but once you'll try, you'll get it, believe me ! Scroll down for all the yummy details + all the nutrition facts coz it's always good to know what you put inside your body ain't it?

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WHAT TO GET :

- 1 cup of frozen blueberries ( I buy them fresh and organic and freeze them) : Blueberries are full of antioxidants (pterostilbene and resveratrol - for the geeks out there). Blueberries are a super good source for vitamin K, vitamin C and manganese but also fiber and copper.

- 1 cup of frozen watermelon (fresh watermelon and freeze it, couple of hours is enough) : Watermelon has vitamin C. It is also a good source of pantothenic acid, copper, biotin, potassium, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids - for the geeks), vitamin B1, vitamin B6 and magnesium.

- Mint leaves - as much as you love : Mint is a ood source of Protein, Vitamin B6, Phosphorus and Zinc, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.

- Chia seeds - 1 tbsp : Do I even have to list down the magic of this tiny seed ? There are so many good stuff in there so here are a few : Dietary fiber, Protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, Omega-6 fatty acids, Calcium, Phosphorus, Vitamins A, B, E, D ... it's good for a healthy skin, reducing signs of aging, supporting the heart and digestive system, building stronger bones and muscles, etc - Just google it !

- Rose water - 1 tbsp : Just because it tastes super yummy some don't like floral fragrance in their food... so that's up to you

HOW TO :

Throw everything in your blender and mix it. Suuuuuuuper easy !! Told you !

If you didn't have time to freeze your fruits, just add some ice cubes.

Pour and driiiiink - with a straw coz everything just tastes better with a straw ! Right ?

Hope you'll enjoy this super easy and healthy smoothie ! Let me know what you think !

Have a great summer shinning souls!

C xx