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    September & october Plants 50Til Death do us Part 52

    His n Hers Health 54Matters of the Heart 56namast 58Improving Your Bottom line 60Healthy Habits for a Healthy Smile 62Mixed Feelings 64How Your Family Tree Affects Cancer Risk 66

    The Prairie 68

    Something new, Something Blue 12Wedding Dos & Donts 14Wedding Beauty Tips From the Pros 16

    Dont Buy It: Wedding Budget Calculators 18Featured Weddings 20Toastworthy 32Happily ever After 34A Shower to Savor 36Traditional Truths 38greetings From... 40A lifetime of love 44Helping Hands 46


    34 HAPPIlY eveR AFTeR



    LIFE & STyLE

    hOmE & gaRDEN


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    A special thanks to all of our contributing writers.

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    M A G A Z I N E


    JENNIFER is the art director for Ellis County Living Maga-zine. She is a perfectionist who works around the clock to make sure the magazine maintains its high design standard. While ad design and page design are two very different worlds, her charming and positive nature keeps the two sides of magazine production working well together. Send questions or comments to [email protected]

    CINDY has been a force in Ellis County for more than 20 years. An optimistic and generous leader, she has supported many local organizations throughout her time living in Waxahachie, and was the perfect candidate to start Ellis County Living Maga-zine. Send her your thoughts at [email protected]

    PAMELA is our advertising representative for Waxa-hachie and Red Oak. She has an extensive background in sales and advertising and runs a promotional advertising business. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, entertaining and traveling. Contact her at [email protected]

    SUSAN is the chief fi nancial offi cer of Ellis County Living Magazine. A University of Texas business school gradu-ate, Susan has 25 years of experience in business man-agement, marketing and accounting. She has three sons and enjoys volunteering, cooking, reading and traveling. Contact her at [email protected]

    KATHRYN is the editor of Ellis County Living Magazine and earned a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. A curious nature drives her to always be asking questions and learning about the world around her. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, going out with her friends and playing games. Contact Kathryn at [email protected]

    BRITTANY has joined the Living Magazine staff as an advertising representative for Midlothian and Ennis. After graduating from Waxahachie High School, she earned a degree in business administration from Texas State University. She loves meeting new people and faces any challenge with a great attitude. In her spare time, she enjoys being with fam-ily and friends, traveling and taking pictures. Contact her at [email protected]

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  • WAXAHACHIE CHAUTAUQUA PRESERVATION SOCIETY ANNUAL ASSEMBLY: THE CIVIL WAR 1861-1865Friday & Saturday, September 21-22getzendaner Park, WaxahachieStep back in time at this unique event as you tour a pe-riod military encampment, visit with re-enactors, study numerous exhibits and witness educational demon-strations. all events are free to students. info & tickets:

    Well, the Wedding issue is here and i hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together. in these pages, youll find so many beautiful pictures, tips on preparing for the Big Day, honeymoon destinations and some tips on making a marriage last, straight from the pros.

    on this page and the next, be sure and check out all that is happening in ellis county in September and october. as i researched upcoming events, i got so excited as my list contin-ued to grow. There are some truly unique events coming up and personally, im going to try to make it to every single one! How lucky we are to live in such a vibrant area with so many incredible people who really make things happen. keep it up, ellis county.

    next is the Holiday issue in november, and well be cranking up the christmas tunes this month to get in the mood. if you have any suggestions or ideas, please send them to me at [email protected] i hope to see you out and about!

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    For updates free stuff, be sure to like us on Facebook and visit our blog at

    Do you have an event that you want everyone to know about? Send an e-mail to: [email protected]

    34th ANNUAL RED OAK FOUNDERS DAYSaturday, September 15 Parade kicks off at 9 a.m. Red oak High Schoolcelebrate 100 years with Red oak iSD. Parade, booths, food and more. contact the Red oak chamber for more.

    OKTOBERFESTSaturday, September 22 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.Waxahachie civic centerenjoy german food, lots of shopping, raffles, auctions, games and more. Theres even a Biergarten for adults with valid iD. visit to learn more. Free admission and parking

    DALE HANSEN FOOTBALL CLASSIC: STUART B. LUMPKINS STADIUMFriday & Saturday, September 7-8See page 37 for details.

    MIDLOTHIAN CHAMBER AUCTION /DINNER AMERICAN BANDSTANDSaturday, September 8 5 p.m.midlothian conference center$50 per person, includes dinnercasual attire/50s through 80s attire encouraged.

    MEALS-ON-WHEELS OF JOHNSON & ELLIS COUNTIES 25th ANNUAL GOLF BENEFITThursday, September 131:30 p.m. tee time availablecleburne golf

    a lot is happening in ellis county...

    20th ANNUAL TASTE OF ENNISThursday, September 27 6 p.m.knights of columbus Hall, ennisFor just $10, sample great food and help the food pantry at Helping Hands of ennis feed hungry locals for the rest of the year.

    SCREAMS HALLOWEEN THEME PARKFridays & Saturdays 7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.September 28 to october 27 & Sunday, october 28 7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.2511 Fm 66, Waxahachie$24.99 per person, free parkingHaunted houses, games, rides, food &

    ENNIS PUBLIC THEATRES GOT TALENT 2.0Thursday Saturday, october 4-6 Friday & Saturday, october 12 & 13Watch members of your com-munity showcase their talents and compete for money.

    8th ANNUAL MIDLOTHIAN ISD EDUCATION FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENTFriday, october 5 11 a.m. registration & lunch, 12:30 tee timemansfield national golf

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    GARDEN TEA TOUR PROGRESSIVE TEASaturday, September 29 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.$50 registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, tea & admission to the five gardens.if youre into beautiful scenery and deli-cious food, you dont want to miss this. Dine on food prepared by local chefs while you sip some tea and peruse the beautiful gardens. The final stop is in ennis at the home of ed Stegemoller, whose magnificent garden you may recognize from the front cover of living magazines July/august Backyards issue. info & tickets:

    WAXAHACHIE CHAMBER AUCTION TWO TICKETS TO PARADISESaturday, october 6 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.Waxahachie civic centerenjoy an evening of fine dining, entertainment & auctions. call the cham-ber at 972.937.2390 for information.

    AUTUMN DAYS IN ENNIS FALL FESTIVALSaturday, october 2010 a.m. to 4 p.m.Downtown ennisarts & crafts, childrens activities, food, photos, shopping and live music!

    MIDLOTHIAN CHAMBER FALL FESTIVALSaturday, october 20 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.midlothian iSD multi-Purpose StadiumFood, fun and fall festivities!

    SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL YOGA MONTHThe first ever Dallas Yoga conference & music Fest, co-created by Yoga 4 loves lisa Ware, is com-ing up. check out page 58 for a list of other events and to learn how to score half-priced tickets to this awesome event.

    RED OAK AREA CHAMBER DINNER/AUCTIONA NIGHT UNDER THE HARVEST MOONSaturday, october 20 6 p.m.Red oak municipal center$50 per ticketemail [email protected] for more information.

    HOPE CLINIC ANNUAL FUNDRAISER SEEDS OF HOPETuesday, october 23midlothian conference centerSave the date! call 469.517.2523 for information.

    RED OAK FALL FESTIVALSaturday, october 27Pearson Park & Red oak municipal centerHaunted hayride, trunk-or-treat, carnival games, enter-tainment, costume contest, vendors and plenty more! contact lauren Findley at 469.218.1202 or [email protected] for information.

  • OLD TOWN VILLAGEANTIQUES & UNIQUESOld, new and artistically cre-ated, you will find something beautiful in every aisle at Old Town Village. Come search for antiques, collectibles, shabby chic decor, vintage finds, books, jewelry, repur-posed treasures and much more!307 S. Rogers

    CHECK IT OUTCreate a unique entryway! Remove a door and add charm to any room in your home.212 S. Rogers

    17th ANNUAL BOB PHILLIPS TEXAS COUNTRY REPORTER FESTIVALOctober 279 a.m. to 7 p.m.Historic Downtown WaxahachieEnjoy a free concert & 200 booths with artists, crafts-men, food, entertainment and Texas Country Reporter series alumni. Be sure and stop by the Waxahachie Downtown Merchants mall. Visit or for more information.

    GYPSY SOULE TRUNK SHOWSeptember 5 6 to 8 p.m.

    Boyce Feed & Grain, 441 College St., WaxahachieA sales rep will be at the store to show off the new styles of Gypsy Soules, flip flops that are handcrafted with Swarovski Crystals by Texas women. There will be door prizes and hors doeuvres. Call 972.937.1541 or 972.937.4260 for more information.

    ELLIS COUNTY MUSEUM FUNDRAISER SALESaturday, September 29 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.Donations will be accepted to benefit the museum.

    JUNK IN THE TRUNK SALESaturday, September 15 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Historic Downtown Waxahachie SquareWaxahachies Junk in the Trunk is a community-wide resale event. Businesses and residents come and sell your treasures around the court-house square!

    SINCE 1850



    Downtown waxahachie


    The Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Associa-tion was formed by a small group of merchants in the mid 1990s as a means for member businesses to work together to make the downtown area a viable and integral part of the city.


    Boyce Feed & Grain

    Buffalo Creek Cowgirls

    Check It Out Fabrics

    Citizens National Bank

    College Street Printing

    College Street Pub

    Common Threads Quilt Shop

    Corners Art Gallery & Framing

    Crafty Scrapper

    Creative Laser Tattoo Removal Clinic

    Dans Maintenance Service

    Ellis County Art Association

    Ellis County Living Magazine

    Ellis County Museum

    Gifts, Etc.

    Gingerbread Antique Mall

    Glenns Warehouse Carpet

    Grans Antiques

    H&H Grocery & Deli

    KBEC 1390 Radio AM

    Klassy Klutter

    Martha Nells Clothes Tree

    Maxwell Jewelry

    Mosaic Madness

    NAPA Auto Parts/Marina Pool Supplies

    Old Town Village Antiques & Uniques

    Patrick Home Partnership

    Pearman Oil & LP Gas

    Pete & Re-Pete

    Plato Loco Restaurant

    Salon Friends

    The Gilded Lily Pad

    The Texas Theater

    The Doves Nest Antiques & Restaurant

    Tina Bohlman Gallery

    Tire Town

    TLC Event Rentals

    Waxahachie Daily Light

    Waxahachie NOW

    Whitleys Philly Grille

    FREE Parking Garage at the corner of Jackson and Jefferson





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    Sudoku is a logic-based number placement puzzle where the objective is to fill the 9x9 grid. Do you have to use arithmetic? No! Nothing has to add up to anything else.

    Instead, you solve the puzzle with reasoning and logic. Each column, each row and each of the nine 3x3 boxes should contain the

    digits from 1 to 9, only one time each (that is, exclusively).

    Find the answers at click on the Sudoku link.


    Something New, Something Blue

    DRESS, Chic Boutique $63.95BRACELETS, The Doves Nest $19.95

    EARRINGS, Plain Jane $12PURSE, The Doves Nest $38.95

    RING, Plain Jane $12.99CORRAL BOOTS, Buffalo Creek Cowgirls $269

    DRESS, Briarpatch $76.95BELT, Briarpatch $218.95PURSE, Plain Jane $22.99

    NECKLACE, Briarpatch $14.95BRACELETS, The Doves Nest $12.95

    SHOES, Briarpatch $88.95

    DRESS, Chic Boutique $39.95BRACELETS, Chic Boutique $25.95

    NECKLACE, Buffalo Creek Cowgirls $18.99EARRINGS, Chic Boutique $12.95

    PURSE, Briarpatch $18SHOES, Chic Boutique $38.95


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    Something New, Something Blue

    DReSS, Buffalo creek cowgirls $57.99BRaceleT, Plain Jane $18

    necklace, Buffalo creek cowgirls $26.58Ring, Plain Jane $12.99PuRSe, Briarpatch $24

    coRRal BooTS, Buffalo creek cowgirls $299

    DReSS, chic Boutique $78BelT, chic Boutique $14.95

    BRaceleTS, Plain Jane $4.99 eacheaRRingS, Buffalo creek cowgirls $9.99

    PuRSe, The Doves nest $36.95SHoeS, chic Boutique $36.95

    DReSS, Briarpatch $98BRaceleT, Plain Jane $18.99

    necklace, chic Boutique $19.95eaRRingS, Plain Jane $10.99PuRSe, The Doves nest $24.95SHoeS, chic Boutique $36.95

    We searched local boutiques for outfits to wear to the wedding and vari-ous events surround it, and found some great stuff! For good measure, we made sure to include your something blue.

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    Beauty DoS & DonTS

    Details, Details, Details:

    BY megan Timm, mona leigH STuDio, miDloTHian

    volume is always a good base to start off with for any style. let hair set in hot rollers or velcro rollers to add volume, and spray with control Force Hairspray to set the curl. control Force is a flexible hold

    spray with no build up so that you dont get that helmet head

    look.vonDa WHaleY, imPReSSionS

    Brace yourself, take a deep breath, and go with your a former bride, bridesmaid, maid of honor and stylist of many brides, i have a few tips that will make your big day and your beauty routine run smoothly.

    First of all, like i said, go with your gut. Just like any other deci-sion pertaining to your wedding day, always trust your instinct. Your groom fell in love with You, not the girl you picked out in the bridal magazine. my dos and donts will steer you clear of wedding day disaster and toward being the most stunning bride you can be on your wedding day.

    DoS anD DonTS:

    and remember: love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction. - antione De Saint-exupery

    Do: get as much sleep as pos-sible before the big day.

    use matte eye shadows. They dont make you look too shiny.

    Blend well. cameras pick up visible make-up lines.

    one to two trial makeup and hair runs before the big day.

    Touch up your roots or color no sooner than seven to 10 days before.

    use waterproof mascara or natural-looking false lashes.

    Decide on a hairstyle before choosing a veil or headpiece.

    Trust your natural style (i.e., if you look good with bangs, wear bangs).

    always keep bobby pins, lip gloss and hairspray with maid of honor.

    Stick with a natural color. Be open to compromise if the weather changes. curly hair doesnt work in the rain.

    Dont: Wax anYTHing within a week of the wedding.

    change skin care or hair products within 30 days.

    make a dramatic hair color change within two months.

    Wash your hair immedi-ately before styling. it will be too slick to handle.

    Show your stylist a scrapbook of updos; show her your top three.

    over dramatize with fake lashes.

    Pick a hairstyle that is too trendy or out of your comfort zone.

    Switch hairstylists last-minute.

    choose a large or overly ornate headpiece. You are the star, not your tiara.

    Picture Perfectit is important to remember that bridal portrait makeup is different than wedding day makeup. every bride wants a natural and beautiful makeup look for the day of the wedding, without her makeup being caked on. But for bridal portraits, it is important to remember that your makeup needs to be a bit more glamor-ous and overstated so that it can be seen on camera.-vonDa WHaleY, imPReSSionS Salon

    When choosing nail color, opt for a nude, red or american manicure. avoid French manicures, which photograph harsh.-amBeR THomPSon, equinox

    Dab a little foundation on ears. ive seen too many wedding pictures with gor-geous faces and bright pink ears!-Tom PecHeux, eSTee lauDeR

    Youll likely spend a couple hours in the sun taking bridal pictures. make sure you apply sunscreen before slipping into your dress. also, its a good idea to bring an umbrella to preserve hair and makeup from the elements.-amBeR THomPSon, equinox


    Think through your needs for the entire evening. Does your dress need to be bustled for comfort at the reception, or do you need to change into a more party-fitting dress? Whos going to carry your lipstick and powder for makeup touch ups? Assign a bridesmaid or responsible friend to help you with these small but important details. - Amber Thompson

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    AVEDA ENBRIGHTENMENT moisturizes with shea butter and ceramide 3 to strengthen skins moisture barrier while diminishing the appear-ance of dark spots.

    ESTEE LAUDER ADVANCED NIGHT REPAIRTo keep your look fresh, natural and photo-ready all day and night, add a drop of advanced night Repair to your foundation.-Tom PecHeaux, eSTee lauDeR

    MERLE NORMAN EXPERT TOUCH FINISHING SPRAYwill keep your makeup in place and looking fresh, giving you one less thing to worry about on your big day!

    SUMPTUOUS BOLD VOLUME WATERPROOF MASCARAwill give you gorgeously full, beautifully lifted, waterproofed lashes that last.-Tom PecHeaux, eSTee lauDeR

    CLINIQUE LID SMOOTHIE ANTIOXIDANT 8-HOUR EYE COLOURis creamy and crease-resistant, so your eyes look flawless as your love gazes into them.

    AVEDA PETAL ESSENCE EYE COLORis flower wax-infused and not only blends effortlessly, but gives a soft, floral aroma.

    Skin preparation: schedule waxing and facial appointments 3-4 days prior to the ceremony. exfoliate gently the day of and apply a lightweight moistur-izer to ensure the smoothest makeup application.-amBeR THomPSon, equinox Be very consistent with a skin-care regimen for at least three to six months prior to the big day. morning and night is a must for cleansing, toning, moisturizer and eye cream. Your facialist will assist with your specific product needs for your skin type.-Pamela PeTeRSon, meRle noRman

    The secret to bridal beauty is to play with your own beauty so that you look like yourself, but at your best. To stay true to your skintone, choose a foundation thats half a tone darker than your skin so that when you apply powder on top, which lightens the appearance of skin, it balances the color out. it will leave skin completely even and your perfect color. apply the foundation with your fingers so you can gently massage your skin as you apply if you have any puffiness, this will help with blood circulation. When you apply your powder, you want to create a light veil of powder on your face. my trick is to grab some powder on your brush, then press your brush onto the powder lid and push it in to powder before applying to your face. if you need concealer, use it only sparingly.

    add some glow to your skin with bronzer remember to press down your brush like we did with the powder before applying. Then apply to cheeks first and finish with your t-zone. Finally, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks for a healthy look.-Tom PecHeux, eSTee lauDeR

    neutrals are best. Taupes, coppers, subtle plums or soft grays work best for eye makeup. Beware of browns as they can make the eyes look tired.-amBeR THomPSon, equinox

    lips are a classic touch to a wedding day! Brides tend to lean to a natural lip, but my best tip is adding that extra splash of color. light lips wash out in photographs, so a long-wearing lipstick like our newest prod-uct, aqua Rouge, will give high pigment color in one swipe and last all day/night!-aSHleY leal, make uP FoR eveR DallaS BouTique

    For lips, one shade darker than your natural lip color is a sure-safe option. Red can look great, too.-amBeR THomPSon, equnox

    skinWEDDING BEAUTy Tips from the Pros

    as a bride, you want your eyes to look fresh, but you also want them to bring a lot of sensuality to your face. Since its your wedding day, you may cry, so i always advise brides to use Sumptuous Bold volume Water-proof mascara. it will give you gorgeously full, beautifully lifted, waterproofed lashes that last. Fill in eyebrows with a dark powder. Just be careful not to go too dark you want only focus on spots where you are missing hairs. -Tom PecHeux, eSTee lauDeR



    MERLE NORMAN LIP EXFOLIATORis a micro-derm-abrasion treatment for your lips. it smooths and preps them so lipstick will glide on beautifully.


    i like to focus on the eyes for a wedding, so you dont want to choose a dark color for your lips. They need to look kissable, especially on your wedding day, so choose a beige pink lipstick color. if you find your lips a little too dark, dab a dot of concealer on top of your lipstick to lighten the color slightly.-Tom PecHeux, eSTee lauDeR

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  • Hollie Allred married Joe Robinson on Saturday, June 23, 2012.

    Hollies mother, Kristy Pennock was off and running by the time she contacted me for involvement in the wedding planning process. Hollie trusted her moms taste and ability to plan and meet timeframes.

    The ceremony dcor included two large, elegant floral arrangements of white and green hydrangea, cream stock and white snapdragons in a white container on white columns. Hollies Maggie Sottero gown was the perfect dress for her. The

    bridesmaids and groomsmen were in gray. The bridesmaids shoes were spectacular grey heels with feather details.

    The reception dcor was a fresh, summer, earthy style. The concept was detail oriented without being over done. The colors were in summer green, coppers and chocolates. The centerpieces were glass containers with fresh granny smith apples, tall glass containers with branches and white hydrangeas and lots of candles. The table linens were in Champagne, ivory and coppers with matching chair covers and sashes. The look of the reception

    invited the guests in to a night of fun and dancing.

    Hollie had two action stations for her guests, a finger print tree for her and Joe to frame and place in their new home. She also had a photo booth; the guests enjoyed using the props and striking a pose. Hollie and Joe were sent off to their honeymoon with the guests waving sparklers as they entered the waiting limo. Hollie wanted her guests to feel relaxed, dance and have a great time. I think her goal was very much achieved.

    -Teresa Choate, Wedding Planner

    Allred + Robinson 06.23.12


    CEREmONy: Central Presbyterian Church

    RECEPTION: midlothian Conference Center

    WEDDINg PLaNNER: Teresa Choate


    Fresh at Villa Flora

    PhOTOgRaPhER: Jamie harper

    CakE: Sugar Bee Sweets

    PhOTO BOOTh: Snapped Together

    Reception music: J TeamRentals: TLC Event Rentals


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    Parker + Duncan 3.10.12

    DIY DetailsI designed and created the floral monograms and the love sign using paper in shades of white and ivory. The monograms were placed on either side of the stage and the giant love sign over the Chautauqua entry. A garland made up of strips of different types of fabric in white and ivory was swagged down the aisle and across the front of the room. Flower holders were designed by me and custom made to fit the pews by my dad. Teresa Choate was my wedding planner/life coach for the year between engagement and wedding. As I was jumping from one project to another, Teresa was keeping me on task.

    Valuable LessonsIm a procrastinator, but Im also an optimist. I was convinced that I could complete all of the handmade elements for my wedding at least a month in advance. As I sat at my parents kitchen table on my wedding morning with paper and glue all around me, I had an epiphanyeverything was going to be amazing no matter what and no one was going to notice that these things werent there but me. So I put down my scissors. At some point, you just have to let it go and get to the salon.

    The DressWhen I began looking, I found the exact dress I had envisioned on etsy, but the dressmaker was in greece. Anthropologie had just opened its first store for its wedding brand so my mom, my employee discount and I went down to Houston. I cant remember if the dress I chose was the second or third I tried on, but I knew when I saw it in the mirror it was the one. I threw on a jeweled belt and a sparkly barrette and I had myself an outfit.

    Tip for Brides-to-Beeventually, you have to stop looking at all the pretty blogs. Pouring over everyone elses wedding is just going to make you second-guess yourself. If I could go back, I would start out thinking about how I imagine my wedding, then use blogs for the details.

    - Kate Parker Duncan, Bride

    VENDOR LISTCEREmONy: First United methodist

    Church of Waxahachie

    RECEPTION: The Chautauqua at getzendaner Park

    WEDDINg PLaNNER: Teresa Choat

    gOWN: BhLDN (anthropologie)

    CaTERER: CN Catering

    PhOTOgRaPhER: Sara & Rocky Photography

    FLORaL: FRESh at Villa Flora

    CakE: Charlesa Sims

    RECEPTION mUSIC: The Pictures

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  • Godfrey + Cresap06.16.12

    Wish Upon a StarAmy and evan met each other through a mutual friend at a party in the fall of 2008, while attending Texas State University in San Marcos. on one date, they drove out to the river late at night and were sitting on the top of evans car. evan looked up to the sky and asked for some type of sign to help win Amy over. As they laughed at the comment, one of the biggest shooting stars they had ever seen shot across the sky. It was that moment they shared their first kiss.

    EngagementIn July of 2011, evan came to our house in Midlothian and asked Amys father for her hand in marriage. In August, evan and Amy went to Colorado with a friend for vacation. one day, they went to Mesa verde to see the Pueblo Indian cliff dwellings. evan and Amy climbed up on a small ledge and as he asked the friend to take their picture, he knelt down on one knee and asked Amy to marry him. Amy was so surprised and almost fell off of the ledge.

    DetailsThe church was decorated beautifully with a ten-

    foot iron arch and seventeen pillar candles, all surrounded by a mixture of purple, magenta and green flowers. on either side were six-foot iron candelabras with large floral arrangements in the same colors.

    Party TimeThe caterer provided the favors - sugar cookies with a C monogram, individually wrapped and placed at each seat. Amy decided on a blingy theme with crystal chandeliers, bling vases with l.e.D. lights, four-foot crystal trees with hanging votives, and thirty-inch vases with chandelier/candle holders. When the lights went down, the ballroom was accented by purple uplights provided by the DJ, Jon Watkins with First Choice entertainment.

    Newlywed Gameone of the favorite events of the evening was a version of the newlywed game played by Amy and evan. The couple sat back-to-back in the middle of the dance floor, each holding one of their own shoes and one of each others. Jon would then ask a question and they would answer by holding up one of the shoes, not knowing what

    the other had done. It was so cute and so unique.

    All You Need is LoveThe best man, evans brother, said he knew it was love when he found evan downloading a bunch a Beatles songs on his iPod. evan had never really cared much for the group, but Amy is a huge fan! She had purple cocktail napkins designed that were inscribed with All You need is love also the last song, chosen by Amy of course. As the newlyweds danced, everyone gathered around them in a large circle, wrapped their arms around the persons next to them, swayed from side to side, and sang along to the lyrics we all know and loveand now evan does as well.

    -Dana Godfrey, Mother-of-the-Bride

    VENDOR LISTCEREmONy: Central Presbyterian Church of WaxahachieRECEPTION: midlothian Conference CenterCaTERER: my Sisters affair gOWN: CasablancaPhOTOgRaPhER: Cherie Callaway PhotographyFLORaL & DECORaTIONS: Weddings by kimCakES: melissa RoseRECEPTION mUSIC: First Choice Entertainment

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  • EngagementMy junior year at Tech, I met JJ on a student government retreat. After graduating, I moved to New York City for a job with an advertising agency in midtown. I loved the city life, but after my fifth winter in the Northeast, I decided to move back to Texas. JJ and I had been off and on during that time, so I called to tell him I was coming home and wanted to spend the rest of my life with him. He agreed.

    DetailsChandeliers of all shapes and sizes hung from trees with party lights strung across a narrow pathway in a zig-zag fashion. Shades of pink were the main color pallet, so Courtney at Villa Floral created vibrant pink and orange flower arrangements (rose, peony and hydrangea combo). Tables of various sizes were arranged along the pathway with wooden garden chairs.

    FoodCindy Burch created a fabulous menu to feed about 320 people. Working with Cindy seemed like every brides dream. She handled everything from the menu and food to the tables and chairs, the dcor for the grooms table, the linens, the bars, the chandeliers, the hanging shelves and staffing the entire evening.

    Sneak PeekWe did a first look before I walked down the aisle. This was suggested for several reasons: Calms your nerves and makes your first look at each other incredibly private and special

    Gets you to the reception quickly, so guests arent waiting

    Ceremony send-off. Guests lined the church steps immediately following the ceremony. As we ran out to my step dads Cadillac from the 1930s, guests showered us with rose petals.

    TIP: only use white rose petals in a summer wedding for tossing. Any other color will stain your white dress in any kind of heat.

    Worst (or best?) MomentWatching the rain downpour Friday night during the rehearsal dinner and then pulling up to the reception and seeing the band on the driveway. I was disappointed at first, but the show must go on. JJ and I made our entrance to the reception and trotted down to the dance floor for our first dance, but couldnt hear the music because the band was so far away. The wedding party burst into full song and pretty soon all guests were singing Brown Eyed Girl to us.

    Lessons on LoveWhen something goes wrong (and something will), look around at the people you love and go around it or just forget it. Find the smile that you know is inside you, because youre marrying the man of your dreams and it really is the happiest day in your life.-Kelly Buchanan Laning, Bride

    Buchanan + Laning 05.05.12


    Central Presbyterian Church of Waxahachie

    RECEPTION: Guy Park

    WEDDING PLANNER: Cora Martin

    CATERER: The Doves Nest

    GOWN: Pronovias

    PHOTOGRAPHER: Charla Holmes

    FLORAL DESIGNER: Fresh at Villa Flora



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    Lisa Hutchings married Brian Stewart on Saturday, June 16, 2012.

    She was very hands-on in the planning of her ceremony and reception. She requested a rustic, shabby chic style, but it also needed to be pretty, with touches of crystals, rhinestones and pink. I think her vision was achieved.

    For the ceremony, the shabby chic gazebo was covered with a garland of greenery, hot pink, soft pink, yellow and white floral details. The aisle was lined with hot pink and yellow rose petals, and a combination of mason jars and wooden pockets filled with floral hung from Sheppards hooks.

    I particularly liked her selection for the bridesmaids gowns, they were white in different styles, with hot pink shoes and we added the floral bouquets of hot pink and yellow.

    Lisa was stunning in her Maggie Sottero dress; she floated down the aisle to meet her groom. The ring bearers pillow and the flower girls wooden box were part of Lisas detail to the concept of the event.

    The reception was kept in the rustic, shabby chic style with floral designs of hot pink and yellow floral in rustic wooden boxes and blue mason jars. The brides cake was a soft, pale yellow with white floral details.

    Lisa had a Fingerprint Tree made for her guestbook. Using an inkpad, the guests place their thumb print on one of the branches of the tree, then write their name. The bride and groom frame this and hang it in their home.

    Lisa and Brians guests sent the couple off at the end of the evening with hot pink and yellow streamers.

    -Teresa Choate, Wedding Planner

    Hutchings + Stewart 06.16.12


    VENUE: Loma Linda Events

    WEDDING PLANNER: Teresa Choate

    GOWN: Maggie Sottero

    PHOTOGRAPHER: Kendra Wallace Photography

    FLORAL DESIGNER: Fresh at Villa Flora

    CAKE: Lovin Oven

    PROGRAMS: My Invitation Lady



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    Samantha Meade to Kevin KosorisENgagEMENTlet me preface by saying that Kevin loves trains! The night before Thanksgiving, Kevin mentioned going for a walk downtown since the christmas lights had just been hung. (Kevin lived downtown at this point). We started walking around and he mentioned that he wanted to go see the train station that was being restored. once we got to the station, i could feel that something special was about to happen. He started talking about our relationship and his feelings for me and then he was down on one knee with the most beautiful ring! i loved it because it was just one else. afterwards, we stopped by our families houses to spread the exciting news, then went to dinner at Hatties in the Bishop arts District. Kevins mom, Susan, surprised us with a bottle of champagne and paid for dinner. The evening could not have been more perfect. Kevin and i say we are so blessed to have wonderful families that support our relationship!

    DETaILSim defi nitely more traditional than trendy. Still, rather than pick ideas from magazines or a vendors product list, we developed our own ideas and are implementing our vision. our wedding is uniquely us. Since we are getting married in october, we wanted to keep the fall theme. The bridesmaids are wearing navy and i have chosen seasonal fall fl owers. When i met with courtney Flores at villa Flora, i told her that i wanted lots of fl owers and fl oating candles at the reception. The reception site is so beautiful that i didnt think we needed too many decorations other than different sizes of fl ower arrangements on the tables. During the reception, we are having cocktail hour with appetizers while a jazz trio plays in the background. The jazz trio will also play during dinner and a DJ will play music for dancing after dinner. Kevins grandfather, Daryl Schliep, is making homemade jams and jellies for party favors.

    guEST BOOKi was thinking about having quilt squares at the tables for people to sign and write messages on. after the wedding we will have a quilt made! i think we will defi nitely look at this and use it more than my traditional wedding guest book.

    TIP FOR BRIDES-TO-BEi would defi nitely suggest hiring a wedding planner, especially if you are working or in school while planning. Teresa choate has been such a blessing. i love when she tells me that its time to make a decision or phone call and i can easily respond. She has so many connections that she has

    done all of the research for us.

    ThE gROOMS SIDEKevin has been so sweet and supportive throughout the wedding planning process! He always says that i can do whatever i want. His mom, Susan, went wedding dress shopping with us and has helped with many of the decisions. She says that she loves this because she had three boys and no daughters!



    Faith Anne Pustmueller to Ryan Pitts ENgagEMENTHe proposed at the top of the mountain in January when we were skiing at Deer valley. after the proposal, we skied down to the montage for a surprise celebratory lunch in a private room before a couples massage. it was a day full of surprises!

    DETaILSmy inspiration for our wedding was a romantic, soft, vintage look. our colors are blush, ivory and soft grey - a subtle color palette that wont compete with the beautiful mountain backdrop. my favorite fl owers are hydrangeas, so we incorporated those along with garden roses, ranunculus, gardenias and dusty miller in shades of ivory, green and pink. Ryans twin 3-year-old nephews will walk down the aisle together carrying a hand-painted, wooden Here comes the Bride sign we had made for the occasion. is the go-to for these sorts of fun items. We will hand out antique tin bells tied with gold and ivory ribbons for our guests to ring during the ceremony since we are not getting married in a church. We are having michael lucarelli, a classical guitarist, play for our ceremony and our cocktail hour. The Party crashers will be our reception band.

    BLESSINg BOOKin addition to a guest sign in book, we made a Blessing Book. We put together a photo book with all of our engagement photos and left plenty of blank space on the pages. We will set it out at the reception for our guests to leave wishes, marriage advice, etc. it will be a fun way to remember the day down the road. Plus, it is a great way to showcase engagement photos!

    ThE DRESSi had an image in my mind of eXacTlY the dress i wanted. of course, once i tried on many dresses, i realized that particular style wasnt fl attering on me. The funny thing is the dress i ended up with was one of the fi rst i tried on. i saw the dress on the hanger and almost skipped over it because it wasnt what i was looking for. once i fi gured out what didnt work, i was very confi dent and happy with my choice!

    a MaRRIagE OF IDEaSRyan had fun helping with the planning process and contributed some fun ideas! He scouted out the band (his top priority), helped design the grooms cake, and contributed ideas throughout the process. The wedding will be an equal collaboration of both of our ideas.

    TIPS FOR BRIDES-TO-BE We do have a day-of coordinator, which

    i highly recommend. She will oversee the setup, troubleshoot, and make sure everyone shows up when/where they need to be. We are thankful to know she will be there so we can relax and focus on enjoying the day.

    i would advise brides to discuss in detail with their venue what items are covered with the minimum amount before signing a contract. That said, we love our venue and know that the items we are paying extra for will be worth it.

    Decide what items you care about most and trim back your budget in other areas. also, dont forget the whole point of planning a wedding. no matter what happens, if at the end of the day you are married to the one you love, everything went perfectly!

    -Faith Anne



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    i am often asked these questions by brides and their families. They are very crucial and important questions that will determine the whole wedding plan. in answering them, there are many factors to be considered.

    how many guests do you plan to invite? So many times the answer is, We plan to invite 300, but only half will attend. i in turn ask, Why will only half attend? They respond that they have read it in planning books or seen it on websites, wedding shows and social media sites. in reality, this is a myth. The attendance rate is normally much higher - 75-85% and sometimes higher. i feel some of the books, websites, shows and so-cial media really do the brides and their families a disservice with some of the in-formation they provide. These families, especially those whove never planned a wedding, are looking for accurate information to guide them through this process. The bride and her family must be able to accommodate every guest invited within their set budget.

    how do I determine my budget?Several websites and magazines have budget calculators. The bride can plug in the amount she would like to spend

    and the number of guests she will be inviting. Her costs are separated into each category of how much to spend, but beware.

    To test one out, i plugged in a budget of $15,000 for a guest list of 200. The budget allowed $150 for the ceremony site and $1200 for the reception site, $210 for ceremony floral and $600 for reception floral, $900 for the pho-tographer, $4500 for the reception menu, $375 for cakes and $150 each for wedding rings. let me explain some of these costs. Rental rate for a church ceremony site on the low side is $800. Reception sites can start at $1200, but this probably does not include tables, chairs or linens. When you think about dcor for the reception and the vision you have, most centerpieces in this sce-nario will not be $25 each. a budget of $375 for cake would mean $1.87 per serving. most cakes start at $2.50 per serving and go up. Photography usually starts around $1500. i really found the menu/food projection interesting.

    Using a $10,000 budget, the calculator allows $3000 for food, or $15 per per-son. When i put in a budget of $15,000, the calculator allowed $4500 for food,

    $22.50 per person, and did not make any adjustments in any other catego-ries. The projected costs for wedding rings were $150 each. Really, how many wedding rings are available for the cost of $150?

    i give you this information not to be negative, but to give brides, grooms and families some knowledge on re-alistic costs. These budget calculators are primarily based on a percentage to each category. i really do not think they make good guides. my suggestion for getting started is that both families get together and start a rough draft of the guest list. This will help determine which venues can accommodate your guests. Start visiting venues to find out pricing, what is included, what you will need to provide and if there is a food and bever-age minimum. once you have the rates for the venues, an edit of the guest list may be required.

    every wedding must have a ceremony and reception site, as well as a guest list. once these things have been de-termined it is much easier to decide on the budget. Then you can set your priorities as far as photographer, floral designer, cake, menu and music for ceremony and reception and let all the fun of your engagement and wedding planning begin. as always, if you have any questions, feel free to send me an email [email protected]

    How much will my wedding cost? How do I determine my budget?

    { PLANNING }

    a calculated view of Wedding BudgetcalculatorsBY TeReSa cHoaTe


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    BILTMORE ESTaTEMThODE ChaMPENOISE BRuT Peach, straw-berry and lemon-lime with a slight hint of sweetness. a refreshing and balanced sparkling wine with tiny bubbles and good acidity. Bread, peach, apricot and lemon aromas.

    PaIRINg SuggESTIONS: Perfect with brunch, maryland blue crabs and prawns. it would be lovely with eggs Benedict or even better: crab cake Bene-dict!

    CaNDONI PROSECCO D.O.C.Delicate and fruity with a hint of honey, candoni Prosecco is crisp and clean in the mouth with a pleasant acidity that leaves behind a delicious and persistent freshness with a dry, well-balanced taste. candoni Prosecco is produced in the fl ourishing vineyard nestled in the midst of the hilly Prosecco district close to the historic city of coneg-liano in the veneto Region in italy.

    PaIRINg SuggESTIONS: This is a wine suitable for every occasion. most sashimi and sushi dishes go beauti-fully with Prosecco wine.

    MuMM NaPa CuVE Ma light peach rose color in the fl ute, the aromas are elegant, rich and complex, showing fresh white and yellow stone fruits with subtle hints of wild strawberry. a light touch of fresh brioche with hints of vanilla and honey add to the wines complex bou-quet. on the palate, full fl avors of peach and pear combine with a creamy caramel char-acter, which lingers into a long satisfying fi nish.

    PaIRINg SuggESTIONS: The perfect aperitif with hors doeuvres, cuve m also pairs beautifully with creamy desserts and spicy foods. a nice, crisp acidity cleans and re-freshes the palate with each sip and pairs up beautifully with almost anything.

    MIONETTO MOSCaTO DOLCEThis sparkling wine is fresh and crisp with a citrus bouquet. it is crisp on the palate with fl avors reminiscent of peaches and honey that are enhanced by the intense yet fi ne bubbles.

    PaIRINg SuggESTIONS: Serve with desserts - espe-cially fresh fruits and pastries - or enjoy when paired with spicier dishes. Perfect for parties, summer sipping and Sunday brunches.

    PETaLO VINO DELLaMORE MOSCaTO SPuMaNTE The Wine of loveProduced by the Bottega family, this delicately sweet spar-kling wine is crafted from moscato grapes grown in northeast italys colli euganei re-gion, nestled between two fabled cities of love, verona and ven-ice. Wild roses grow among the moscato vines in colli euganei and impart a pretty fl o-ral aroma to the grapes. Sweet with fl avors of apple and peach.

    PaIRINg SuggESTIONS:Delightful as an aperitif or enjoyed with brunch and desserts such as custards, fruit tarts and ice cream. vino dellamore is the perfect toast to those you love.

    FIZZ56 Fizz56 Brachetto Spumante is a spar-kling, red, sweeter italian wine made of 100% Brachetto. Fizz56 is as sweet as a fi rst kiss and as seductive as the memory of it. a showstopper that is not only alluring, but also irresistibly delicious.

    PaIRINg SuggESTIONS: as an aperitif or a complement to dessert, Fizz56 Bra-chetto Spumante is a deliciously irresist-ible way to celebrate any occasion. Fun, fresh and whimsical, this italian Sparkling wine not only has a beautiful red color, but also tantalizes the taste buds with red berry fl avors and sweetness.

    When it came time for the Wedding issue, going bubbly seemed like a no-brainer. We contacted vineyards from all over the

    country, and even the world, and received so many samples that we thought wed share them! a champagne/sparkling wine party felt necessary, so we threw one together and had so much fun sharing (and sampling) to nd our top picks.

    Thanks to great feedback from attendees, weve compiled some of our favorites and ranked them from driest to sweetest. Weve also included some product info and pairing suggestions straight from the winemakers. you may just nd your new favorite.

    { DRinKS }

    LIFE & STyLE

    3232 // SePTemBeR-ocToBeR // SePTemBeR-ocToBeR 2012sashimi and sushi

    sashimi and sushi dishes go beauti-

    dishes go beauti-fully with Prosecco

    fully with Prosecco perfect toast to those perfect toast to those you love.



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    BOOKSa happy ending can come in many shapes and sizes. While wed all love to fi nd our own, the real adventure is not about the destination, its all about the ride. The main characters in these works eventually fi nd a happy ending, but its what leads

    them there that makes it all worth reading about. BY KaTHRYn KemP

    Happily Ever After

    Ten giRlS To WaTcHa DREaM COME TRuEcharity Shumway

    With candid humor and insightful storytelling, charity Shumway paints a picture of a young girl many of us have been or known at some point. Fresh out of college and unsure of whats next, Dawn West struggles to navigate new York city, a destructive ex-relationship, a less-than-desirable room-mate and a writing career thats nothing to write home about. When an awkward moment turns into the chance of a lifetime, Dawn steps onto a new path lead-ing her on a journey of self-discovery as she learns the stories of some past winners of charm magazines Ten girls to Watch contest. What she fi nds in their stories and within herself will change Dawns life forever, and give her the confi dence to pursue her dreams.

    THe longeST WaY Home: one mans Quest for the courage to Settle Down

    a MaLES POINT-OF-VIEWandrew mccarthy

    author andrew mccarthy seems to have come a long way since he played molly Ringwalds love interest, Blane, in the movie Pretty in Pink. an editor-at-large with national geographic Trav-eler, hes also written for such publications as the new York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and was named Travel Journalist of the Year in 2010 and 2011 by The Society of american Travel Writers. From costa Rican rainforests to a riverboat on the amazon, and up mt. Kili-manjaro, mccarthy struggles to fi nd his way to his wedding day - both physically and emotionally. Disarmingly likeable, andrew is open, honest and authentic on ev-ery page and what emerges is an unforgettable love song to the woman who would be his wife.

    cRoSSing THe BoRDeRS oF Time:a True Story of War, exile, and love Reclaimed

    REaL-LIFE EPIC LOVE STORyleslie maitland

    When 18-year-old Janine joined her Jewish family aboard one of the last ships to leave France and the invading nazis in 1942, she also left behind the man she loved. Though the words in his farewell note urged her to hold on to hope: i give you my vow that whatever the time we must wait, you will be my wife. never forget, never doubt, her faith faded as time and family got in the way. eventually moving on and mar-rying an american man, Janine would carry the love story on to her daughter, investiga-tive reporter leslie maitland, whose curiosities would drive her to explore the love her mother once knew. This true story chronicles her adven-tures and the story of how she would fi nd the answers shed been seeking and the love her mother had longed for.


    YoU can Be RigHT (or You can Be married)

    a PRaCTICaL guIDE TO MaRRIagEDana adam Shapiro

    in a quest to fi gure out why none of his long-term relationships seem to last forever, author Dana adam Shapiro set out to learn how to be successful by studying the mechanics of a failed marriage. Defi nitely worth reading. it opens a married persons eyes to the little things that build up to a divorce. its sad to think how one slowly gives in to his or her wishes to be in a happy relationship, only for it to crumble. The author interviews 40 people who are recently divorced to fi nd out their true perspective on what caused the failure of the marriage. ellis county living magazine Publisher cindy camp

    LIFE & STyLE

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    cHicKen SalaD in cHeeSe SHell - 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese - 1 frozen (9-inch) pie shell - 1-1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken - 1 (9-ounce) can pineapple tidbits, drained - 1 cup chopped pecans - 1/2 cup chopped celery - 1 cup sour cream - 2/3 cup mayonnaise

    Sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese in the bottom of the pie shell. Bake according to the pie shell pack-age directions. Remove to a wire rack and let cool. mix the chicken, pineapple, pecans and celery in a bowl. mix the sour cream and mayonnaise in a small bowl. add 2/3 of the sour cream mixture to the chicken salad. Stir to mix well. Spoon into the cooled pie shell. Spread the remaining sour cream mix-ture on top and sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese. cover and chill before serving.YielD: 6 SeRvingS.

    (From a Step Back in Thyme 2005)

    Formal, sit-down bridal showers may seem like a thing of the past, but they are making a serious comeback as brides gather with their closest friends and family for a classier affair. in keeping with the theme, we scoured some old Waxahachie Junior Service league cookbooks to bring you tasty ideas from some hostesses with the mostess.

    A Shower to Savor

    DReam BaRSFirst Part: - 1/2 cup butter - 1/2 cup brown sugar - 1 cup fl our

    mix and pat into pan 8 by 12. cook slowly for 20 to 30 minutes. Be very care-ful not to burn.

    Second Part: - mix 1 cup brown sugar with - 2 whole eggs, beaten - 1 teaspoon vanilla - 1/2 teaspoon baking powder - 2 teaspoon fl our - 1-1/2 cup grated coconut - 1 cup chopped pecans

    Put second part on top of fi rst part. Pat down until smooth and cook until it caramelizes. YielD: 21 BaRS.

    (From The original cook-book 1977. Re-printed from the 1955 book, Kitchen Kapers,, submitted by louise ackley Barclay.)

    cRUncHY Pea SalaD - one 10-ounce package - frozen petite peas - 1 cup chopped celery - 1/4 cup chopped green onion - 1 cup cashews - 1/4 cup crisp bacon bits - 1 cup sour cream - 1/2 teaspoon salt

    Garden Caf Dressing: - 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice - 1/4 cup red wine vinegar - 1 teaspoon salt - 1/4 teaspoon pepper

    combine peas, celery, green onion, cashews, bacon bits, sour cream and salt. cover with garden caf Dressing and fold together. chill and serve on a bed of crisp lettuce. SeRveS 6.

    (From gingerbread and all the Trimmings 1987, submitted by Pam marchbanks)

    LIFE & STyLE

    BY living magazine STaFF

    { ReciPeS }

    Get the Waxahachie JSL CookbookTo purchase a cookbook, visit and click Buy Cookbook at the bottom of the page. Proceeds go toward various service projects within the community.

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    THE WHITE DRESS: For as long as anybody can remember, the proper wedding dress has been white. any extravagant designers that attempt to deviate from this classic are mostly unsuccessful- the white dress just cant seem to be changed. But this hasnt always been the case. Before Queen victoria married albert of Saxe in 1840, dresses could be found in many colors. When the queen married, she chose a white dress, a color symbolizing wealth. Her people clamored to imitate the monarchs style and also began wearing white dresses. The trend caught on and has not changed since.

    GIVING THE BRIDE AWAY: The sentimental scene of a father giving away his daughter never fails to move the audience. next time you attend a wedding, however, remember that this custom has not-so-sweet origins. Directly correlated to the tradition of the veil, fathers back in the day (and still today in some countries) were in fact literally giving away their daughters, and not in a symbolic manner. Usually as repayment for a debt, a monetary offering, or as an attempt to rise in social class, fathers used their daughters as expendable currency as they gave them away at the altar.

    THE VEIL: Today, every bride knows that the dress needs a veil. But why are veils around in the fi rst place? Back when arranged marriages were the custom and fathers literally gave their daughters away, veils

    Being raised in modern american culture means growing up knowing all about the customary american wedding traditions. The white wedding dress, the veil covering the face, the act of giving away the bride...the list goes on. These are just some among many of the traditions that have become staples of an american wedding generation after generation. While such customs may seem innocent, symbolic or just plain fun, their origins may surprise you-and make you rethink that next garter toss!

    BY izamaR laReDo with KaTHRYn KemP

    were used to cover the brides features until the groom said i do. in case the bride wasnt very aesthetically pleasing, the veil would hide her well until the i dos were said. By then, it would be too late to back out of the deal.

    THE WEDDING PARTY: as rare as bride kidnappings might be to-day, there was a time when they were fairly common-whether it was a jilted ex-boy-friend or another potential suitor, the bride was in constant danger of being snatched at her wedding. That is where the brides-maids come in. Dressing in gowns similar to the brides, the bridesmaids served as sort of distractions for a possible kidnapper. it was the mentality of our ancestors that if every woman in the wedding party dressed the same, the bride would be diffi cult to single out and steal away.

    THE BEST MAN: The groom also needed protection from this jilted ex-boyfriend/potential suitor. The grooms best man was not his best friend, but the best man he knew at sword fi ghting. armed and ready, the best man was pre-pared to defend the new couple in case of a possible kidnapping attempt. in addition to protection, the best man was also there to ensure the bride (with a case of cold feet) did not actually attempt to run.

    THE GARTER/BOUQUET TOSS: if the married couple managed to wed with no kidnappings or cold feet, the garter and bouquet toss were traditions that followed the ceremony. Though in modern times the bouquet is not meant as a sexual tradition

    and the garter is only a tad risqu, back in the day these traditions werent so demure. in our ancestors time, there was no such thing as a wedding reception. after the wedding, the bride and groom were to go into a bedroom immediately to consummate their mar-riage... and their guests were allowed to watch. in a usually fruitless attempt to distract the crowd before making their getaway to the nearest bedroom, the bride would throw her bouquet to distract the guests- if only for a few seconds. The guests would grab at her dress as she fl ed and often ripped off pieces for good luck. This would later evolve into the garter toss, a much more economical way to have a piece of the brides clothing.

    Traditional Truths


    The ChautauquaThe Chautauqua at Getzendaner Park was originally built and used for religious and academic assemblies and seminars, but these days it plays host to all kinds of events. This March, Kate and Cory Duncan hosted family and friends at the historic landmark for a wed-ding reception that mixed modern beauty with old-school elegance.

    The FarrarsEdwin and Carol Farrar, this years Crape Myrtle King & Queen, were married in Waxahachie on October 3, 1964, and will celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary this year. Edwin says that he con-siders Carol his best friend and the love of his life. Carol says their lasting loving relationship came from implicit faith in God and each other, total honesty and trust, putting the others needs first, sharing humor of-ten and showing patience with each other all along the way.

    The DressPictured here, Louella (Sims) Siddons, cousin to Nicholas P. Sims of Sims Library in Waxahachie, chose a dress that showed minimal skin and just about swallowed her up. While long-sleeved dresses are still popular (es-pecially since Princess Kate wed her Prince in one last year), brides tend to choose dresses that only poof below the waste, like the one modeled at Barcelona Fashion week in May of this year.

    SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN THE FIRST YEARBY PATRICK HUSTED (married to Brittany Husted, Living Magazine staff member)

    At 1 year...Ive officially made it through my first year of marriage. Even though it wasnt necessarily a piece of cake, it wasnt as frighten-ing as I thought. I would, however, like to lend my expert advice to any guy who is getting ready to tie the knot.

    Pay attention and listen. Why is it that your better half always wants to have a serious conversation right in the middle of your favorite show? Well Ive found it quite useful to just take a second to listen and nod. It will go a LONG way. (Also a killer sales point for DVR).

    Do the little things. Lord knows I love my wife unconditionally, but every now and then she needs a little reminder. Whether it is bringing home a card or doing the dishes, you gain some serious points!

    Be spontaneous. It can be very easy to get into a comfort-able, daily work/life routine without giving much thought to anything else. Having something fun and unexpected planned out shows you care, and keeps the relationship fresh.

    After the first year of marriage you will learn A LOT about your spouse, and having a strong foundation to build on will allow your relationship to grow in the right direction. I dont have it all figured out, but these few pointers have kept me out of the


    At 5 years...Communicate! I think learning how to communicate with each other saves a lot of misunderstanding and heartache. No one is a mind reader, so say what you mean and mean what you say. -Alicia Baggett, married five years

    Be active in your church. Your faith is the center point of your re-lationship. Tell your spouse you love them every day, and mean it. Live within your means. You dont have to keep up with the Joneses. Make time for each other during the week, especially if you have kids. Have a lunch or dinner date from time to time. Just the two of you.-Judd McCutchen, married five years

    At 20 years...Laughter is a very important part of my marriage. Have fun and dont sweat the small things. -Megan Mills, married 20 years

    EDITORS NOTE:At 60 years... When asked how she and my grandfather have stayed happily married for 60 years, my grandmother answered, I cant get my ring off.


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  • A Collection of Honey-moon Tips & Stories from Local Couples



    AntiguaSandals Grande Antigua - AntiguaIf you are looking for paradise on your honey-moon, Sandals Grande Antigua is the place to be. Between the crystal blue waters, five star dining restaurants, secluded huts, gorgeous sunsets, and romantic ambiance, you are sure to have the expe-rience of a lifetime. The resort provides something for everyone, whether you feel like relaxing quietly by the pool, singing late night Karaoke, having a candlelit dinner on the beach, or dancing the night away at Crickets. A few of my favorite things: Marios (Italian Restaurant) Eleanors (Caribbean Cuisine) Red Lane Spa Catamaran Cruise by Wadadli Cats (Snorkeling included) Personal Butler Service Live Performances (nightly)-Brittany Husted

    THE ROBINSONSDominican RepublicThe Excellence- Punta Cana, Dominican RepublicThe Excellence is a perfect honeymoon-ing spot. The private, secluded resort has amazing ocean views, gorgeous white sand, seven awesome restaurants, and refreshing, cold drinks. Upon arrival, our Jr. Suite was adorned with rose petals, fresh fruits and a bottle of chilled cham-pagne. Room service was delicious and offered 24/7. The Excellence has nightly entertainment, a casino and two large pools with lavish swim-up bars. The staff was always friendly, courteous, and available at any time. It is the furthest re-sort on the island from the airport, which makes for a 45 minute cab ride/transfer, but the privacy you get is worth the extra trip. I give The Excellence two thumbs for a romantic couples getaway.-Hollie Robinson


    Puerto RicoCarnival Victory Caribbean Cruise/San Juan, Puerto RicoOur first day in St. Thomas was spent re-laxing on the beach and snorkeling in the beautiful blue waters. Barbados was our next port of call, where we got the oppor-tunity to swim with sea turtles at Paynes Bay. We must have used a whole roll of film on our underwater camera! St. Lucia was by far our favorite island. Paradise is the only true way to describe it. The next day we, found ourselves in St. Kitts. At our last port of call, St. Maarten, we explored the Dutch side of the island, Philipsburg. After the boat docked, we booked a ho-tel in Old San Juan and stayed an extra day. Our day was spent walking along the beautiful cobblestone streets, explor-ing the old forts that surround the city, and making a stop at the Bacardi Rum Factory.-Amy Cresap

    THE BAGGETTSOcho Rios, JamaicaWe decided on Ocho Rios, Jamaica. We flew into Montego Bay then took a two-hour bus ride to Ocho Rios. Along the way, we stopped at a small shop where we were able to pick up two bottles of Red Stripe to enjoy for the remainder of the ride. The resort we stayed at was called Couples Ocho Rios. This resort was adults only and had a nude island. (This part of the property is optional.) We went to Dunns River Falls, zip-lining and to Nine Mile. Clark and I are huge Bob Marley fans, so we especially enjoyed Nine Mile, where he grew up and was laid to rest. I would recommend all three! TIP: Do not leave the resort to shop unless you want to be hounded by merchants.-Alicia Baggot

    Greetings from...A Collection of Honeymoon Tips & Stories from

    Local Couples

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    The Maldives/DubaiJJs honeymoon dream was to stay in an over-water bungalow. After months of research, we decided to venture ALL the way across the globe to the Maldives; a group of islands south of In-dia. Because we could likely never be in that part of the world again, we stopped in Dubai for fi ve nights. There, we had quite the Arabian experience; camel rides, dune-bashing, private dinner in the desert and made our way up to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest build-ing in the world. We stayed at a resort on the man-made palm island in Dubai. In the Maldives, we stayed in a beautiful over-water bungalow for three nights and an incredible beach villa for four. We fed stingrays and blacktip sharks, saw amazing coral, tried food from all over the world and got to know the wonderful Maldivian people. -Kelly Laning

    THE MCCUTCHENSEl Dorado Royal Resort Playa Del Carmen,

    MexicoHighlights: We were given a private candlelight dinner on the beach our fi rst night at El Dorado Royal. The resort features individual casita suites, very private, equipped with an outdoor shower and lazy river right out-side the back door. We took a snorkeling excursion. Little tip hereI took a box of Fruit Loops from breakfast with me (minus the box) and opened them once we started snorkel-ing. The fi sh seemed to enjoy them and we got to see a lot of cool fi sh. We went parasailing for the fi rst time. I didnt expect it to be so peaceful and relaxing. I would defi nitely do it again next time. The food was great! Many different types of restaurants to choose from. And if we didnt want to leave our room, we could use the 24-hour room service.-Judd McCutchen


    Europe VacationWe spent a few nights in London proper, abuzz with fun pubs and restaurants. We trekked through the city visiting many places, including Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. Making our way to Paris, we stopped for a day in the Netherlands, where we took a very picturesque train ride through Belgium down to France. Paris was unbelievable, with the stunning architecture throughout the city and to-live-for patisseries on every corner. We visited the Musee dOrsay, the Eiffel Tower and had great conversations with the Parisians nearly every night over really fantastic French cuisine. We fi nished our trip with a train ride back through northern France and the English Chunnel to Southern England, where we stayed for a few days with wonderful friends. Wed say to anyone traveling to Europe to take your time and make certain you visit few different places along the way.-Stephanie Ashmore

    THE DUNCANSTurtle Bay Resort -

    Oahu, HawaiiCory and I honeymooned in on the North Shore of Oahu, spending fi ve lovely days at Turtle Bay Resort. Because the resort is in a secluded area of the island, we rented a car to go exploring. We spent a lot of time in a nearby town called Haleiwa, eating most of our meals there and just walking around. Oddly enough, we didnt go to the beach much. Hawaii is like another world and feels so far away, making it the perfect place for a getaway. On our last night, we went to this hole in the wall called Opal Thai Food. It was very small and crowded but surpris-ingly romantic. The chef chose our order for us and the curry was amazing.TIP: Rent a car. Everything at the resort is really expensive, and all the car trips gave us time to talk.-Kate Duncan

    take your time and make certain you visit few different places along the way.

    northern France and the English Chunnel to Southern England, where we stayed for a few days with wonderful friends. Wed say to anyone traveling to Europe to

    really fantastic French cuisine. We fi nished our trip with a train ride back through northern France and the English Chunnel to Southern England, where we stayed for a few days with wonderful friends. Wed say to anyone traveling to Europe to

    Eiffel Tower and had great conversations with the Parisians nearly every night over really fantastic French cuisine. We fi nished our trip with a train ride back through northern France and the English Chunnel to Southern England, where we stayed

    Eiffel Tower and had great conversations with the Parisians nearly every night over city and to-live-for patisseries on every corner. We visited the Musee dOrsay, the city and to-live-for patisseries on every corner. We visited the Musee dOrsay, the Eiffel Tower and had great conversations with the Parisians nearly every night over really fantastic French cuisine. We fi nished our trip with a train ride back through

    city and to-live-for patisseries on every corner. We visited the Musee dOrsay, the to France. Paris was unbelievable, with the stunning architecture throughout the city and to-live-for patisseries on every corner. We visited the Musee dOrsay, the Eiffel Tower and had great conversations with the Parisians nearly every night over

    to France. Paris was unbelievable, with the stunning architecture throughout the city and to-live-for patisseries on every corner. We visited the Musee dOrsay, the to France. Paris was unbelievable, with the stunning architecture throughout the city and to-live-for patisseries on every corner. We visited the Musee dOrsay, the

    Netherlands, where we took a very picturesque train ride through Belgium down to France. Paris was unbelievable, with the stunning architecture throughout the city and to-live-for patisseries on every corner. We visited the Musee dOrsay, the

    Netherlands, where we took a very picturesque train ride through Belgium down and Westminster Abbey. Making our way to Paris, we stopped for a day in the Netherlands, where we took a very picturesque train ride through Belgium down to France. Paris was unbelievable, with the stunning architecture throughout the

    and Westminster Abbey. Making our way to Paris, we stopped for a day in the Netherlands, where we took a very picturesque train ride through Belgium down

    We trekked through the city visiting many places, including Buckingham Palace We trekked through the city visiting many places, including Buckingham Palace We spent a few nights in London proper, abuzz with fun pubs and restaurants. We trekked through the city visiting many places, including Buckingham Palace We spent a few nights in London proper, abuzz with fun pubs and restaurants.

    take your time and make certain you visit few different places along the way.

    We spent a few nights in London proper, abuzz with fun pubs and restaurants. We spent a few nights in London proper, abuzz with fun pubs and restaurants. We trekked through the city visiting many places, including Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. Making our way to Paris, we stopped for a day in the Netherlands, where we took a very picturesque train ride through Belgium down to France. Paris was unbelievable, with the stunning architecture throughout the city and to-live-for patisseries on every corner. We visited the Musee dOrsay, the Eiffel Tower and had great conversations with the Parisians nearly every night over really fantastic French cuisine. We fi nished our trip with a train ride back through northern France and the English Chunnel to Southern England, where we stayed for a few days with wonderful friends. Wed say to anyone traveling to Europe to

    We trekked through the city visiting many places, including Buckingham Palace We trekked through the city visiting many places, including Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. Making our way to Paris, we stopped for a day in the

    city and to-live-for patisseries on every corner. We visited the Musee dOrsay, the

    Europe VacationWe spent a few nights in London proper, abuzz with fun pubs and restaurants. We spent a few nights in London proper, abuzz with fun pubs and restaurants. We spent a few nights in London proper, abuzz with fun pubs and restaurants. We trekked through the city visiting many places, including Buckingham Palace


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  • in our almost eight years of marriage, my husband and i have had lots of ups and downs. lots of good mixed with bad. We have survived a cancer diagnosis and three pregnancies. Weve traveled together and weve spent a lot of time at home. Weve fought more than i would like to admit. Weve had lean times and times of plenty. Weve cried over our fears and laughed over pretty much ev-erything else. While our marriage is in no way perfect (and never will be), ultimately i know i am married to my best friend.

    The most real and honest thing i can say about marriage is that it takes work; a lot of work. But if you are with someone that you are willing to work for and with, the work is worth every second. i am fairly certain that even couples that have been happily married for several decades would agree that marriage is a work in progress. a continual effort of both par-ties. There are so many components of a successful marriage and those compo-nents probably look different for every couple. Here are a few that are pretty standard but also pretty important.

    communication. From communi-cating about daily plans to feelings to future hopes and dreams, let-ting your spouse know what you are

    thinking is so imperative. admittedly, i am a talker, which is great for girls nights and phone conversations, but my husband is much less of a talker. i always have things that i want and need to talk to him about, but know that i will lose him if i get too wordy. i try to remember that sometimes less words equals more effective com-munication.

    compromise. From control of the Tv to how weekends are spent to switching off getting up with the kids in the morning. compromise is vital because by doing so, you are letting your spouse know that their needs, wants and plans are important to you too. For us right now, we mainly compromise about who gets alone time and when. its all about give and take, and trying to make sure that you are doing an equal amount of both.

    Quality time. This one is pretty self ex-planatory, but it can get tricky as you add in children and other responsibili-ties. Whatever your schedules look like, make a point to fi nd time for each other - sans other distractions. i have heard before that marriages dont end because of a lack of love, but because of a lack of friendship. Spending time together and making memories makes for a strong bond and a strong friendship. These days, our quality time usually centers around naptimes, but we make it work where we can.

    in addition to those, here are some other ways to show your spouse your love: listen when they talk. notice when they need you. Find ways to surprise them or make them feel special. Pray with them and for them. Hold hands.

    a marriage is something that evolves daily. Hopefully, you love your spouse the least on your wedding day and more each day after. Heres to a lifetime of love, laughter and good times!

    lindsay, a Waxahachie native, is a mother of four and writes her articles during morning nap time. visit her blog at to read more about her family.

    A Lifetime of LoveLIFE & STyLE

    QUicK FacTS FRom cUReSeaRcH.oRg: every day, 36 children are diag-

    nosed with cancer. childrens cancer affects all eth-

    nic, gender and socio-economic groups.

    more than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year.

    in may 2010, our oldest son Jackson was diagnosed with cancer. every-thing was turned upside down and we were quickly thrown into a world full of unknowns and things we could not control. Thankfully, we were di-rected to Heroes for children.

    Heroes for children is a Dallas-based organization that provides so-cial and fi nancial assistance to Texas families battling childhood cancer. Their mission is to enable families to focus on the child. That kind of sup-port during such a scary and uncer-tain time is priceless.

    We are beyond thankful for the as-sistance we received and spend our Septembers raising money for He-roes for childrens mission. every dollar raised goes directly to families to use wherever they need it most. each September, Heroes for chil-dren hosts a 5k walk/run. The J Team, formed in honor of Jackson, will par-ticipate this year for the third time.

    if you would like to learn more about Heroes for children, visit

    Lifetime of Love

    So iTS noT gonna Be eaSY. iTS going To Be ReallY HaRD; WeRe gonna Have To WoRK aT THiS eveRYDaY, BUT i WanT To Do THaT BecaUSe i WanT YoU. i WanT all oF YoU, FoReveR, eveRYDaY. YoU anD me...eveRYDaY. - nicHolaS SPaRKS, THe noTeBooK

    a moTHeRS Tale BY linDSaY maRKeRT

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    WaNT TO LEND a haND?Helping Hands is in need of peanut butter, canned tuna, spaghetti noodles, ramen noodles, canned soup, canned tomato products, green beans, corn, gently used clothing and plastic grocery bags.visit to learn more.

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    30 families per week - a direct effect of the undying sense of community in ennis.the undying sense of community in ennis.

    Thanks to generous donations from Thanks to generous donations from

    pantry stays stocked, even if the money pantry stays stocked, even if the money

    every week, we are blessed by every week, we are blessed by

    after an application process and after an application process and interview, a family is approved for 30 interview, a family is approved for 30

    of non-perishables, meats, produce, of non-perishables, meats, produce, bread and whatever else the pantry has bread and whatever else the pantry has

    more. after that, staff at Helping Hands more. after that, staff at Helping Hands determines case-by-case whether a determines case-by-case whether a

    to turn somebody down, Hejny said, to turn somebody down, Hejny said, adding that if children are involved, the adding that if children are involved, the

    family will be fed. Were not going to family will be fed. Were not going to

    even bills for those in a crisis situation, even bills for those in a crisis situation, like the loss of a job. in 2011, 54 families like the loss of a job. in 2011, 54 families received such assistance. received such assistance.

    site thrift store, open monday through site thrift store, open monday through

    aside from providing inexpensive clothes aside from providing inexpensive clothes

    as slacks and other items necessary for as slacks and other items necessary for a new job, serving 49 students and 77 a new job, serving 49 students and 77

    through an annual Bull Shoot, an event through an annual Bull Shoot, an event where dart throwers gain sponsorship where dart throwers gain sponsorship

    We chose Helping Hands because they We chose Helping Hands because they serve our community by helping those serve our community by helping those

    largely funds the event and ennis offi ce largely funds the event and ennis offi ce Supply takes care of printing needs.Supply takes care of printing needs.

    last year, there were balloons and kids last year, there were balloons and kids

    a cross section of ennis right there in that a cross section of ennis right there in that

    in 2011, Taste of ennis raised $26,167 in 2011, Taste of ennis raised $26,167

    Until the funds come in, Helping Hands Until the funds come in, Helping Hands will continue to feed the hungry through will continue to feed the hungry through generous donations. From the extra generous donations. From the extra

    Helping Hands

    TaSTE OF ENNISSeptember 27, 2012Doors open at 6:00 and close when the food runs out.Knights of columbus Hall, ennis$10 per person to sample the best food ennis has to offer

    BY KaTHRYn KemP

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    TURQUOISE HAVENJoin us Friday, October 5th, 6-10 p.m.

    for our Glitz & Glam fall event.Fashion show, margaritas, sales, and

    much more!! Pick up your free ticket at Turquoise Haven.

    120 N Hwy 77, Ste FWaxahachie


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