IOYC_Staff2013_alisonIn the past, when I would think of a “flower”girl, I would picture my favorite little one walking down the aisle with a basket of rose petals, perfectly tossing petal after petal all the way down the aisle.  Today, there are so many fun, fresh ideas that can take having a flower girl to a whole different level.  Check out some of the ideas below and see what your flower girl thinks would be the most fun.

BalloonGirl1. Balloons.  Not just your typical balloon – but large, colorful balloons like the one pictured here.  It’s a great option for outdoor ceremonies.

2. Bubbles.  This could be a bit daring – think of it spilling down the front of their dresses.  But, it can be quite cute if you want to chance it!

3. Pinwheels. You can find pinwheels of every size and color online or they look pretty easy to DIY!

BallGirl4. Pomander Balls and Garlands.  Still have the flowers, but in a fun, new and gorgeous way!

5. Signs and Parasols.  You can add sweet, cute or funny notes in all different shapes and sizes. BannerGirls

6. Sun Umbrellas. A classic and elegant touch for your outdoor wedding.

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IOYC_Staff2013_alisonFor all you grooms out there – past, present, and future – when it comes to your big day, all eyes are on the bride – the dress, the hair, and let’s not forget the adorable flower girl. As a word of warning to all you lucky fellas out there, if I happen to be attending your wedding, I will be watching you!

When everyone stands to watch the bride walk down the aisle, I’m probably one of the IMG_8288only people who takes a quick glance at the bride before turning my attention to the groom.  With each step shortening the distance between the bride and her groom, the facial expressions of the groom are truly priceless.  You see that initial look of, ‘Man I got this’ followed by a look of sheer panic – don’t deny it! But what gets me every time is the smile that the groom gets as soon as he locks eyes with his bride. You know in that moment nothing else matters in the world to him accept the woman he is going to marry.  And on that happy note, I need my box of Kleenex.

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IOYC_Staff2013_jackieWho do you have in your life that you just can’t do without?  Everyone has someone, but the question is:  Have you told them?  My mom has always been there for me through thick and thin, so when she got sick I knew I owed it to be there for her. Unfortunately sickness really makes us think about people in a new light, and how much they mean to us. It also can show us what is actually important in life and what is just trivial.  Luckily, my mother recovered and is doing great, but I dread to think of what could have happened. If there is someone important to you, tell them. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

To My mom: You are a beautiful and intelligent woman.  You are my confidant and best friend.  I love you and am honored to be your daughter!

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