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  • We've seen it before -- the traditional limousine cruising down the highway with the words "Just Married" on the back, but these days couples are getting creative with their transportation. Why? Because it's the perfect photo op! Check out these 8 ideas we love: 

    1. Tandem Bicycle - Pedal down the city sidewalks as a team. . . 

    Photo: Daniel Kim Photography

    2. Pedicab - . . . or have someone else steer for you! Notice the "Oh the places we'll go" signage. 

    Photo: Jose Villa 

    3. Volkswagen Beetle - Put the top down, sit back, and relax. There's nothing better than driving through back roads lined with trees. 

    Photo: Jose Villa

    4. Ford Mustang - Pretend your teenagers again. Park in a desserted area, hop up on the back, and watch the sun set as twinkling stars rise into the darkness. 

    Photo: Jose Villa 

    5. Portable Camper - Consider honeymooning cross country! Leave your reception ready for a road trip. 

    Photo: Jose Villa 

    6. Moped - Bid bon voyage on a mini motorcycle. 

    Photo: KT Merry

    7. Ford Model T - Instead of making a getaway, this bride made an entrance to her ceremony with her dad driving! It was so bright yellow that guests could see it coming a mile away. 

    Photo: Danny K Photography

    8. Willys Jeep  - Maybe your significant other has a prized possession like this classic 1952 station wagon he/she would prefer to show off. 

    Photo: Kurt Boomer Photo

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  • Cars are assets but not all of them are good enough to get a shot at North American title loans.

    The region is one of the most sophisticated places where you can ask for a loan using your car as the collateral. They can even give deals that will not make you ask for more. However,   it will not come as a surprise to see companies of title loans in North America being very picky with their transactions. They have all the right to do so.

    Before your loan application gets rejected, try to check if these characteristics do not resemble your car.

    1. Some or Most of Its Parts Are No Longer Functional

    You might want to go to a car specialist before you go to a car title loans company first. Companies are very strict when it comes to the quality of the car. You might get a loan if you have minor issues with your car. However, the money that you will get will definitely not be equal to what you are expecting.

    Cars depreciate even just after months of usage. How much less will they cost if there are parts that are no longer functional?

    2. It Is an Old Model But Cannot Be Considered a Vintage Car

    There is a huge difference between old and vintage cars. Old-modeled cars rarely get a chance at title loans in North America. Now that technology has been so fast in changing the pace of the competition, cars from 2005 and before this date will have a really hard shot at auto title loans.

    Just like with cars that are not fully-functional, old-modeled cars will have a really low value in the market. That is if you are able to talk your way out of the strict quality control of the lenders. It is even better to sell it to another individual if your car is already a decade older. It is faster but you can no longer get it back.

    3. Cars with Questionable Papers

    Companies dealing with North American title loans are very strict when it comes to the validity of the papers. They want to make sure that the car is not stolen or used in any criminal endeavors. Also, they spent a lot of their resources just to verify that the name on the paper and the applicant is the same.

    Do not attempt to apply for car title loans if you are not sure where your automobile came from. These companies might even trace where it really came from. It will be a bigger problem if they find out that it was involved in something suspicious.

    Title loans are really complicated. They are not given overnight. There are processes that might even take months. Make the experience a hundred times easier by making sure that your car does not belong to the above-mentioned list.

    To know more, please visit our website at http//:Northamericantitleloans.net.
     

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  • When it comes to setting the mood at your wedding, the right lighting makes a world of difference. Take a look at our favorite lighting setups and prepare to swoon!

    1. Twinkle Light Backdrop

    Photo by Mastin Studio

    Easy to execute and makes for a perfect photo opp! 

    2. Lotus Chandeliers Above, Candles Below

    Photo by Allyson Wiley

    Truly one of the most romantic ceremony setups we've ever seen.

    3. String Light Showers

    Photo by Orange Turtle Photography

    A must-have for an outdoor reception, as far as we're concerned!

    4. Glowing Pendants Hanging in Palm Trees

    Photo by Studio 222

    The perfect complement to a seaside setting at sundown. 

    5. Cluster of Chandeliers

    Photo by Michael + Anna Costa

    Suspended at different heights, these crystal chandeliers create a dramatic focal point.

    6. Twinkling Oak Trees

    Photo by Day 7 Photography

    Playing up a natural backdrop creates quite the enchanting scene.

    7. Lantern-Lit Pathway

    Photo by KT Merry

    These create such a warm, inviting first impression.

    8. Cafe Light Pavilion

    Photo by Orange Turtle Photography

    Make that first dance even more magical!

    9. Illuminated Grapevine Balls 

    Photo by Julia Wade

    The perfect touch for a rustic wedding.

    10. Oversized Lanterns

    Photo by Samuel Lippke

    Our favorite choice for a chic, contemporary vibe.

    11. Draped String Lights

    Photo by Mastin Studio

    Take advantage of a high-ceilinged venue with this stunning alternative to traditional draping. 

    12. Outdoor Chandliers

    Photo by Stephanie Yonce

    The picture of perfection for a garden wedding. 

    To see more of our favorites, check out our Lighting Ideas We Love board!

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  • Get ready to celebrate, y'all! 

    1. COWGIRL BOOTS

    Photo by Clary Photo

    Yeehaw! 

    2. LAWN GAMES

    Photos by Kate Connolly Photography

    Cornhole, bocce, croquet . . . give people an activity to go along with their celebrating! 

    3. MONOGRAMMED BOUQUET WRAPS

    Photos by Katelyn James and Jenny DeMarco Photography

    Put your new inititals on any and everything. 

    4. A BOW TIE BAR

    Photos by Ryan Ray

    Here's one way to ensure all your guests look sufficiently preppy: provide the neckwear for them! 

    5. SOUTHERN PHRASES

    Photos by Jenny DeMarco Photography and Taylor Lord 

    Kill them with kindness, southern style. 

    6. A STRING QUARTET

    Photo by Jose Villa

    Bonus points if there's a banjo and a fiddle. 

    7. SEERSUCKER

    Photo by Katelyn James Photography

    The unofficial fabric of formal occasions down south. 

    8. PIES

    Photos by Katelyn James

    Cake is great and all, but sometimes nothing satisfies quite like a warm slice of pie. 

    9. BRIGHT BRIDESMAIDS

    Photos by Krista A. Jones Photography

    Outfit them in your favorite shades of pastel. 

    10. SWEAT TEA AND LEMONADE 

    Photo by Ryan Ray

    Big batches of these drinks are a must for any southern wedding. 

    11. MASON JAR MUGS

    Photos by Limefish Studio and Melissa Copeland

    The perfect drinking vessel for the aforementioned lemonade and sweat tea. 

    12. PECAN PRALINE WEDDING FAVORS

    Photo by Stacey Bishop Photography

    Take a tip from Lauren and Mark and get them shipped straight from New Orleans. 

    13. HAY BALE RECEPTION SEATING

    Photo by Keepsake Memories Photography

    A welcome departure from plastic folding chairs. 

    14. POSING ON A TRACTOR

    Photo by onelove photography

    If, you know, one happens to be around and readily accessible. 

    15. MONOGRAMMED OXFORD BRIDESMAID GIFTS

    Photo by Shannon Cronin Photography

    The ultimate getting ready present / attire for your best girls. 

    16. STATE PRIDE 

    Photo by Shipra Panosian

    #TEXAS4LIFE. 

    17. A BISCUIT BAR

    Photo by Taylor Lord Photography

    Does it get any more southern than this? Seriously. 

    BROWSE ALL OF OUR REAL SOUTHERN WEDDING BOARDS

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  • Milling machines have been around since the early 19th century. Driven by the need to manufacture large numbers of muskets for a young America’s military, the government funded entrepreneurs, including Eli Whitney – inventor of the cotton gin, to help.  In an iterative manner, these manufacturers developed new technologies to create similar metal parts for the guns, thus giving birth to the milling machine.  These early machines were used to “rough out” parts, requiring additional hours to smooth out the edges.  Though relatively primitive, these milling machines gave birth to an industry that supports the American economy.

    Early milling machines could only move in two dimensions, which limited their utility.  In 1861, just in time for the Civil War, Joseph Brown of Brown & Sharpe invented a universal milling machine that added a third dimension to the milling process.  This machine was very successful, enabling Brown & Sharpe to build a dominant position in the industry. 

    After World War One, milling machines were in great demand for creating tool and die for the nascent automobile industry.  Engineers began to find ways to use tracer controls  so that parts could be cut directly from drawings instead of having to create a jig.  This idea of bypassing the manual creation of intermediate pieces would drive the development of more advanced methods for controlling milling machines.

    Towards the end of World War Two and into the early 1950s, engineers started to use numerical controls on milling machines to create smoother cuts, but such operations remained very labor-intensive.  In 1952, MIT developed a very complex milling machine that relied on punch tape for numerical input and used 240 vacuum tubes to create smooth cuts.  Such a program was not suitable for production use, but it demonstrated that numerical control could work for milling.  Unfortunately, the labor intensity of it changed so that now the bulk of the labor time was in programming the punch or magnetic tapes.

    Fortunately, the late 1950s and early 1960s saw the advent of the computer, which reduced the time necessary for such programming.  In one instance, use of a computer reduced programming and milling time from 8 hours to 15 minutes.  Soon, companies developed languages that allowed for easier programming for milling parts and the field of computer aided design (CAD) was born.  Improvements in CAD along with the fall in pricing of computer cycle time meant that it became much easier to design parts in computer languages that could be easily understood numerically controlled milling machines.  As the microcomputer developed, it became easier to directly feed CAD programs directly into numerically controlled machines and today’s computer numerically controlled (CNC) mills were born. 

    Moore’s Law ensured that the power of microcomputers increased exponentially, while prices continued to drop.  Soon, CNC machines were within reach of small production shops.  Such a shop could purchase a CNC lathe for a few thousand dollars, quickly recovering the cost and investing in more such machines. 

    Today, you can purchase a CNC machine online for yourself or your company.  Hobbyists buy CNC machines for use in their garages.  Some even build them from inexpensive, spare parts.  If you already own a laptop computer, you can download free CNC software from the web.  For less than $100, a person who is mechanically inclined can build a CNC machine for his or her own use. 

    On the commercial side, the principles of CNC are being applied to using other methods of cutting and machining.  For example, laser and plasma cutting use CNC to guide the cuts, which result in smooth surfaces because lasers and plasma torches melt the cut materials.  On the other hand, if the material being cut is sensitive to high temperatures, a CNC approach can be used to guide a waterjet cutter.   A waterjet uses a stream of very high pressure water to cut through materials, while taking advantage of the heat dispersing characteristics of water.  CNC machining today applies the basic techniques to a number of technologies. For more information about milling machine please visit our site: CNCMASTERS.COM.
     

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  • Photo by My Life Photography

    “First looks” are photo sessions that take place before the wedding ceremony, capturing the soon-to-be-married couple seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day. Some couples may choose to wait to see each other until the ceremony , but we think these first look sessions can be totally amazing for a variety of reasons. Check out our top tips for a successful first look photo shoot!

    Plan Ahead
    Talk to your photographer before your wedding day to discuss the logistics of the first look photo shoot. The first look session should take place about two hours or so before the ceremony, so it’s important to plan your getting-ready schedule accordingly to make sure you and your spouse-to-be are fully prepped with plenty of time.

    Pick a Quiet, Well-Lit Spot
    Your photographer should arrive well before the wedding to scout out an appropriate location where the shoot will take place. Find a spot that’s relatively secluded – or if it’s indoors, sealed off so that no one can enter and interrupt this intimate moment.

    No Peeking!
    Try to avoid seeing (or talking to!) each other before the first look session. Get ready in separate locations, and tell your bridesmaids and groomsmen to avoid putting up any photos of you on social media before you’ve seen each other for the first time. You want the moment to feel special and genuine, not “oh, I just saw you five minutes ago but I’ll fake it for the photo.”

    Incorporate Photo and Video
    Make sure both your photographer and videographer are in the loop about the first look – of course, the photos are a wonderful visual representation, but it’s nice to also have the sounds and movement on record as well.

    Keep It Natural
    This is one of those photo moments during your wedding day that should not be posed – your photographer can explain to you and your groom (separately) in advance where she’d like the two of you to stand and walk, but when the first look moment actually occurs, your photographer should avoid talking to let the moment flow naturally.

    Keep It Simple
    There are lots of creative ways to stage a first look session, but the most important part is being able to see the looks on both of your faces. We recommend keeping it super simple – for example, one partner has his/her back facing away from the other, and then with a tap on the shoulder, turns around. It’s simple, sweet, easy to stage, and you’ll get emotional and clear photos.  

    Enjoy the Moment
    Before you see each other for the first time, take a deep breath and let all of the wedding-day stress melt away. When you have that initial first look moment, don’t immediately launch into all of the things that are going wrong (“My mom is being really annoying!”). Talk about how happy you are to see each other, and express your love for one another. This is a once-in-a-lifetime moment and you want the photos to convey your happiness, not the stress you were feeling at that moment.

    Take a Pre-Wedding Photo Without Seeing Each Other
    If you or your spouse are traditionalists and truly do not want to see each other before the ceremony, you can still have a modified first look by standing on opposite sides of a doorway, holding hands, but not peeking at each other. It can still be a sweet and emotional moment to capture.


    Photo by Photo Love Photography

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  • If you’re looking for a drink you can enjoy any time of the day, discover the many benefits of herbal tea or tisanes. With many types of tea to choose from, you can jumpstart your mornings, relish delicious flavors in the afternoon, and enjoy a warm and soothing blend in the evening.

    Start your morning right with a cup of cinnamon or mint tea

    Cinnamon is often added to a cup of coffee or a bowl of oatmeal to enhance flavor with a sweet-spicy taste. The ingredient also stabilizes blood sugar and increases metabolism. You can get the full benefits of cinnamon in tea form, which can also be a great drink to enjoy if you're trying to lose weight.

    Mint tea is a great alternative to stronger blends and another kind of drink you can enjoy in the morning. With its unique, refreshing taste, mint can awaken your senses and energize you for the day. Mint can also fight bad breath and clear nasal congestion and cough due to colds and allergies.

    Stay refreshed all day with citrus-based teas

    Looking for a mid-day pick-me-up? Why not try citrus and fruit tea varieties that feature flavors like lemon, raspberry, and peach? With their tangy and delicious taste, these herbal drinks are a healthier alternative to sugary beverages such as soda and milkshakes. Serve them iced to beat the heat.

    Fruit teas also provide a number of health benefits. Lemon and peach, for example, have antioxidants that can help cleanse and detoxify your system. Through detoxification, you can easily cope with stress, stay active, and gain mental clarity throughout the day. Raspberry, on the other hand, also has antioxidant properties and can reduce inflammation due to gout and even menstrual cramps.

    Relax and soothe your senses before bed with night teas

    There are also options that help you calm down and unwind before bed.

    To help you sleep peacefully every night, most varieties of night tea contain ingredients like passion flower, sage roots, and other herbs with soothing effects. Passion flower has been used throughout centuries to treat insomnia and other sleeping problems. Sage roots, on the other hand, can calm the central nervous system and prevent anxiety. Learn more about SUNRIDER by visiting www.sunrider.com today.
     

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  • From Paula Patton's oversized shoulder ruffles to Lupita Nyong'o's fashion-forward cape, the 71st Annual Golden Globes red carpet was filled with many a major style moment—plenty of which will work for your walk down the aisle. We've broken down the trends from the night and found seven gown styles that will help you steal some of that Hollywood glamour. Happy dress shopping! 

    Related: Emmy Awards Bridesmaid Dress Look-alikes

    HIGH NECK HALTER TOPS 

    Well, the 71st annual Golden Globes confirmed it: halter tops are back! This powerful style statement was all over the red carpet, and we love how it shows off strong, sculpted arms and shoulder muscles. It's a great option for fit, modern brides who aren't working with ample cleavage. Gowns (left to right): Theia and Mark Zunino. 

    Spotted on: Naomi Watts, Mila Kunis, Uma Thurman, Elsa Pataky, Edie Falco, Robin Wright, Hayden Panettiere, Monica Potter

    ALLOVER SEQUINS

    Calling all glamour girls! If there was ever a way to sparkle on your wedding day, a gown completely encrusted in sequins is it. Why else would major starlets use this trick when they need to stand out on the red carpet? Gowns: Theia and Karen Willis Holmes. 

    Spotted on: Camilla Alves, Olivia Wilde  (PS -- here's 14 more sequin wedding dresses we love) 

    BIG BALL GOWNS

    Let's face it: this look will never go out of style for weddings. Nor do we want it to! Swooping skirts and fitted bodices signify feminity, which is why celebs and brides alike always turn back to them. Gowns: Monique Lhuillier and Elizabeth Stuart. 

    Spotted on: Taylor Swift, Sofia Vergara, Kaley Cuoco 

    HIGH-LOW HEMS

    What we were once convinced would be a short-lived trend (remember mullet skirts?) is slowly and steadily gaining more steam at major fashion events—and its seeping into bridal, too. We love this whimsical look because it's playful—and it shows off a great pair of shoes. Gowns: Reem Acra and Temperley London. 

    Spotted on: Drew Barrymore, Sandra Bullock, Michelle Dockery, Zooey Deschanel, Aubrey Plaza, Caitlin Fitzgerald

    SUBSTANTIAL SLEEVES

    This modern fashion statement is one of our absolute faves—never has such a simple silhouette so immediately connoted sartorial confidence. Bring the style into your wedding day for a look that's equal parts easy-going and in-command. Gowns: Dennis Basso and Hayley Paige. 

    Seen on: Hellen Mirren, Olivia Wilde, Camilla Alves, Paula Patton, Kristen Chenoweth, Mayim Bialik, Lizzy Caplan, Alexi Ashe, Cat Sadler

    BEADING! 

    Strategically placed lines of sparkle are a glam way to highlight curves and sparkle in photographs—which is precisely why starlets opt for this look on the red carpet. Use their strategy for yourself by trying a beaded wedding gown! Gowns: Mark Zunino and Maggie Sottero. 

    Spotted on: Kate Beckinsale, Rita Wilson, Hellen Mirren, Elizabeth Moss, Angela Bassett, Rashida Jones, Laura Dern, Melissa Fumero, Madison Walls

    MUTED METALLIC

    Don't want to wear white? No problem! Shine like the Golden Globe statue itself in a slightly shimmery shade of champagne. Take it from the stars we spotted on the red carpet: this shade will make you look (and feel) like a million glamorous bucks. Gowns: Romona Keveza and Austin Scarlett. 

    Spotted on: Robin Wright, Naomi Watts, Laura Dern, Anna Gunn

    OFF-THE-SHOULDER

    One of the most romantic wedding looks out there, and it made a major return on the Golden Globes red carpet. We love this style for a rustic country or garden wedding. Gowns: Lela Rose and Legends by Romona Keveza. 

    Spotted on: Emma Roberts, Zoe Saldana, Megan Mullally, Melissa Rauch, Rebecca Ferguson 

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  • Picking colors has always been an issue with me and something that I've gone over and over since I've gotten engaged. My favorite color is Orange and I knew I wanted to have orange as a color in my wedding but I couldn't find the perfect fit for it. I asked my fiance and he said he wanted Gray. The only thing I could find to go with Gray was Pink. I wasn't too fond of the color choice and was pretty disappointed. I knew in my heart those were not the colors for my wedding. But I went on looking for ideas. Then one day while I was stressed and frustrated I went to my fiance in tears and told him how I really didn't like those colors and his response was, "As long as I get to wear a Gray suit I really don't care, that was my only thing." With joy and relief I began looking for new colors. Orange being my main concern I leaned toward Orange and Red for a while but then! 

    While on a walk the other day with my fiance I looked up at  the sun was set and these beautiful colors lit up the sky. I was filled with awe and excitement and I told my fiance, "Look at how beautiful! I want those colors as my wedding colors!"  

    So now, the colors are set and I couldn't be happier. 

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  • Be it any caste, community or religion, every single person on this earth has some special aspirations and plans for this Big Day. They want this special day of their life to be cherished and remembered not only by them but also by their friends and relatives.

    For making their wedding day more pleasurable and special, couples now prefer to tie the knot at some wedding destination. For this, they are availing for the service of Destination Wedding Planner who is having sound knowledge and experience in arranging and organizing destination weddings..... read more

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  • We've seen it before -- the traditional limousine cruising down the highway with the words "Just Married" on the back, but these days couples are getting creative with their transportation. Why? Because it's the perfect photo op! Check out these 8 ideas we love: 

    1. Tandem Bicycle - Pedal down the city sidewalks as a team. . . 

    Photo: Daniel Kim Photography

    2. Pedicab - . . . or have someone else steer for you! Notice the "Oh the places we'll go" signage. 

    Photo: Jose Villa 

    3. Volkswagen Beetle - Put the top down, sit back, and relax. There's nothing better than driving through back roads lined with trees. 

    Photo: Jose Villa

    4. Ford Mustang - Pretend your teenagers again. Park in a desserted area, hop up on the back, and watch the sun set as twinkling stars rise into the darkness. 

    Photo: Jose Villa 

    5. Portable Camper - Consider honeymooning cross country! Leave your reception ready for a road trip. 

    Photo: Jose Villa 

    6. Moped - Bid bon voyage on a mini motorcycle. 

    Photo: KT Merry

    7. Ford Model T - Instead of making a getaway, this bride made an entrance to her ceremony with her dad driving! It was so bright yellow that guests could see it coming a mile away. 

    Photo: Danny K Photography

    8. Willys Jeep  - Maybe your significant other has a prized possession like this classic 1952 station wagon he/she would prefer to show off. 

    Photo: Kurt Boomer Photo

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  • Cars are assets but not all of them are good enough to get a shot at North American title loans.

    The region is one of the most sophisticated places where you can ask for a loan using your car as the collateral. They can even give deals that will not make you ask for more. However,   it will not come as a surprise to see companies of title loans in North America being very picky with their transactions. They have all the right to do so.

    Before your loan application gets rejected, try to check if these characteristics do not resemble your car.

    1. Some or Most of Its Parts Are No Longer Functional

    You might want to go to a car specialist before you go to a car title loans company first. Companies are very strict when it comes to the quality of the car. You might get a loan if you have minor issues with your car. However, the money that you will get will definitely not be equal to what you are expecting.

    Cars depreciate even just after months of usage. How much less will they cost if there are parts that are no longer functional?

    2. It Is an Old Model But Cannot Be Considered a Vintage Car

    There is a huge difference between old and vintage cars. Old-modeled cars rarely get a chance at title loans in North America. Now that technology has been so fast in changing the pace of the competition, cars from 2005 and before this date will have a really hard shot at auto title loans.

    Just like with cars that are not fully-functional, old-modeled cars will have a really low value in the market. That is if you are able to talk your way out of the strict quality control of the lenders. It is even better to sell it to another individual if your car is already a decade older. It is faster but you can no longer get it back.

    3. Cars with Questionable Papers

    Companies dealing with North American title loans are very strict when it comes to the validity of the papers. They want to make sure that the car is not stolen or used in any criminal endeavors. Also, they spent a lot of their resources just to verify that the name on the paper and the applicant is the same.

    Do not attempt to apply for car title loans if you are not sure where your automobile came from. These companies might even trace where it really came from. It will be a bigger problem if they find out that it was involved in something suspicious.

    Title loans are really complicated. They are not given overnight. There are processes that might even take months. Make the experience a hundred times easier by making sure that your car does not belong to the above-mentioned list.

    To know more, please visit our website at http//:Northamericantitleloans.net.
     

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  • When it comes to setting the mood at your wedding, the right lighting makes a world of difference. Take a look at our favorite lighting setups and prepare to swoon!

    1. Twinkle Light Backdrop

    Photo by Mastin Studio

    Easy to execute and makes for a perfect photo opp! 

    2. Lotus Chandeliers Above, Candles Below

    Photo by Allyson Wiley

    Truly one of the most romantic ceremony setups we've ever seen.

    3. String Light Showers

    Photo by Orange Turtle Photography

    A must-have for an outdoor reception, as far as we're concerned!

    4. Glowing Pendants Hanging in Palm Trees

    Photo by Studio 222

    The perfect complement to a seaside setting at sundown. 

    5. Cluster of Chandeliers

    Photo by Michael + Anna Costa

    Suspended at different heights, these crystal chandeliers create a dramatic focal point.

    6. Twinkling Oak Trees

    Photo by Day 7 Photography

    Playing up a natural backdrop creates quite the enchanting scene.

    7. Lantern-Lit Pathway

    Photo by KT Merry

    These create such a warm, inviting first impression.

    8. Cafe Light Pavilion

    Photo by Orange Turtle Photography

    Make that first dance even more magical!

    9. Illuminated Grapevine Balls 

    Photo by Julia Wade

    The perfect touch for a rustic wedding.

    10. Oversized Lanterns

    Photo by Samuel Lippke

    Our favorite choice for a chic, contemporary vibe.

    11. Draped String Lights

    Photo by Mastin Studio

    Take advantage of a high-ceilinged venue with this stunning alternative to traditional draping. 

    12. Outdoor Chandliers

    Photo by Stephanie Yonce

    The picture of perfection for a garden wedding. 

    To see more of our favorites, check out our Lighting Ideas We Love board!

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  • Get ready to celebrate, y'all! 

    1. COWGIRL BOOTS

    Photo by Clary Photo

    Yeehaw! 

    2. LAWN GAMES

    Photos by Kate Connolly Photography

    Cornhole, bocce, croquet . . . give people an activity to go along with their celebrating! 

    3. MONOGRAMMED BOUQUET WRAPS

    Photos by Katelyn James and Jenny DeMarco Photography

    Put your new inititals on any and everything. 

    4. A BOW TIE BAR

    Photos by Ryan Ray

    Here's one way to ensure all your guests look sufficiently preppy: provide the neckwear for them! 

    5. SOUTHERN PHRASES

    Photos by Jenny DeMarco Photography and Taylor Lord 

    Kill them with kindness, southern style. 

    6. A STRING QUARTET

    Photo by Jose Villa

    Bonus points if there's a banjo and a fiddle. 

    7. SEERSUCKER

    Photo by Katelyn James Photography

    The unofficial fabric of formal occasions down south. 

    8. PIES

    Photos by Katelyn James

    Cake is great and all, but sometimes nothing satisfies quite like a warm slice of pie. 

    9. BRIGHT BRIDESMAIDS

    Photos by Krista A. Jones Photography

    Outfit them in your favorite shades of pastel. 

    10. SWEAT TEA AND LEMONADE 

    Photo by Ryan Ray

    Big batches of these drinks are a must for any southern wedding. 

    11. MASON JAR MUGS

    Photos by Limefish Studio and Melissa Copeland

    The perfect drinking vessel for the aforementioned lemonade and sweat tea. 

    12. PECAN PRALINE WEDDING FAVORS

    Photo by Stacey Bishop Photography

    Take a tip from Lauren and Mark and get them shipped straight from New Orleans. 

    13. HAY BALE RECEPTION SEATING

    Photo by Keepsake Memories Photography

    A welcome departure from plastic folding chairs. 

    14. POSING ON A TRACTOR

    Photo by onelove photography

    If, you know, one happens to be around and readily accessible. 

    15. MONOGRAMMED OXFORD BRIDESMAID GIFTS

    Photo by Shannon Cronin Photography

    The ultimate getting ready present / attire for your best girls. 

    16. STATE PRIDE 

    Photo by Shipra Panosian

    #TEXAS4LIFE. 

    17. A BISCUIT BAR

    Photo by Taylor Lord Photography

    Does it get any more southern than this? Seriously. 

    BROWSE ALL OF OUR REAL SOUTHERN WEDDING BOARDS

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  • Milling machines have been around since the early 19th century. Driven by the need to manufacture large numbers of muskets for a young America’s military, the government funded entrepreneurs, including Eli Whitney – inventor of the cotton gin, to help.  In an iterative manner, these manufacturers developed new technologies to create similar metal parts for the guns, thus giving birth to the milling machine.  These early machines were used to “rough out” parts, requiring additional hours to smooth out the edges.  Though relatively primitive, these milling machines gave birth to an industry that supports the American economy.

    Early milling machines could only move in two dimensions, which limited their utility.  In 1861, just in time for the Civil War, Joseph Brown of Brown & Sharpe invented a universal milling machine that added a third dimension to the milling process.  This machine was very successful, enabling Brown & Sharpe to build a dominant position in the industry. 

    After World War One, milling machines were in great demand for creating tool and die for the nascent automobile industry.  Engineers began to find ways to use tracer controls  so that parts could be cut directly from drawings instead of having to create a jig.  This idea of bypassing the manual creation of intermediate pieces would drive the development of more advanced methods for controlling milling machines.

    Towards the end of World War Two and into the early 1950s, engineers started to use numerical controls on milling machines to create smoother cuts, but such operations remained very labor-intensive.  In 1952, MIT developed a very complex milling machine that relied on punch tape for numerical input and used 240 vacuum tubes to create smooth cuts.  Such a program was not suitable for production use, but it demonstrated that numerical control could work for milling.  Unfortunately, the labor intensity of it changed so that now the bulk of the labor time was in programming the punch or magnetic tapes.

    Fortunately, the late 1950s and early 1960s saw the advent of the computer, which reduced the time necessary for such programming.  In one instance, use of a computer reduced programming and milling time from 8 hours to 15 minutes.  Soon, companies developed languages that allowed for easier programming for milling parts and the field of computer aided design (CAD) was born.  Improvements in CAD along with the fall in pricing of computer cycle time meant that it became much easier to design parts in computer languages that could be easily understood numerically controlled milling machines.  As the microcomputer developed, it became easier to directly feed CAD programs directly into numerically controlled machines and today’s computer numerically controlled (CNC) mills were born. 

    Moore’s Law ensured that the power of microcomputers increased exponentially, while prices continued to drop.  Soon, CNC machines were within reach of small production shops.  Such a shop could purchase a CNC lathe for a few thousand dollars, quickly recovering the cost and investing in more such machines. 

    Today, you can purchase a CNC machine online for yourself or your company.  Hobbyists buy CNC machines for use in their garages.  Some even build them from inexpensive, spare parts.  If you already own a laptop computer, you can download free CNC software from the web.  For less than $100, a person who is mechanically inclined can build a CNC machine for his or her own use. 

    On the commercial side, the principles of CNC are being applied to using other methods of cutting and machining.  For example, laser and plasma cutting use CNC to guide the cuts, which result in smooth surfaces because lasers and plasma torches melt the cut materials.  On the other hand, if the material being cut is sensitive to high temperatures, a CNC approach can be used to guide a waterjet cutter.   A waterjet uses a stream of very high pressure water to cut through materials, while taking advantage of the heat dispersing characteristics of water.  CNC machining today applies the basic techniques to a number of technologies. For more information about milling machine please visit our site: CNCMASTERS.COM.
     

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  • Photo by My Life Photography

    “First looks” are photo sessions that take place before the wedding ceremony, capturing the soon-to-be-married couple seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day. Some couples may choose to wait to see each other until the ceremony , but we think these first look sessions can be totally amazing for a variety of reasons. Check out our top tips for a successful first look photo shoot!

    Plan Ahead
    Talk to your photographer before your wedding day to discuss the logistics of the first look photo shoot. The first look session should take place about two hours or so before the ceremony, so it’s important to plan your getting-ready schedule accordingly to make sure you and your spouse-to-be are fully prepped with plenty of time.

    Pick a Quiet, Well-Lit Spot
    Your photographer should arrive well before the wedding to scout out an appropriate location where the shoot will take place. Find a spot that’s relatively secluded – or if it’s indoors, sealed off so that no one can enter and interrupt this intimate moment.

    No Peeking!
    Try to avoid seeing (or talking to!) each other before the first look session. Get ready in separate locations, and tell your bridesmaids and groomsmen to avoid putting up any photos of you on social media before you’ve seen each other for the first time. You want the moment to feel special and genuine, not “oh, I just saw you five minutes ago but I’ll fake it for the photo.”

    Incorporate Photo and Video
    Make sure both your photographer and videographer are in the loop about the first look – of course, the photos are a wonderful visual representation, but it’s nice to also have the sounds and movement on record as well.

    Keep It Natural
    This is one of those photo moments during your wedding day that should not be posed – your photographer can explain to you and your groom (separately) in advance where she’d like the two of you to stand and walk, but when the first look moment actually occurs, your photographer should avoid talking to let the moment flow naturally.

    Keep It Simple
    There are lots of creative ways to stage a first look session, but the most important part is being able to see the looks on both of your faces. We recommend keeping it super simple – for example, one partner has his/her back facing away from the other, and then with a tap on the shoulder, turns around. It’s simple, sweet, easy to stage, and you’ll get emotional and clear photos.  

    Enjoy the Moment
    Before you see each other for the first time, take a deep breath and let all of the wedding-day stress melt away. When you have that initial first look moment, don’t immediately launch into all of the things that are going wrong (“My mom is being really annoying!”). Talk about how happy you are to see each other, and express your love for one another. This is a once-in-a-lifetime moment and you want the photos to convey your happiness, not the stress you were feeling at that moment.

    Take a Pre-Wedding Photo Without Seeing Each Other
    If you or your spouse are traditionalists and truly do not want to see each other before the ceremony, you can still have a modified first look by standing on opposite sides of a doorway, holding hands, but not peeking at each other. It can still be a sweet and emotional moment to capture.


    Photo by Photo Love Photography

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  • If you’re looking for a drink you can enjoy any time of the day, discover the many benefits of herbal tea or tisanes. With many types of tea to choose from, you can jumpstart your mornings, relish delicious flavors in the afternoon, and enjoy a warm and soothing blend in the evening.

    Start your morning right with a cup of cinnamon or mint tea

    Cinnamon is often added to a cup of coffee or a bowl of oatmeal to enhance flavor with a sweet-spicy taste. The ingredient also stabilizes blood sugar and increases metabolism. You can get the full benefits of cinnamon in tea form, which can also be a great drink to enjoy if you're trying to lose weight.

    Mint tea is a great alternative to stronger blends and another kind of drink you can enjoy in the morning. With its unique, refreshing taste, mint can awaken your senses and energize you for the day. Mint can also fight bad breath and clear nasal congestion and cough due to colds and allergies.

    Stay refreshed all day with citrus-based teas

    Looking for a mid-day pick-me-up? Why not try citrus and fruit tea varieties that feature flavors like lemon, raspberry, and peach? With their tangy and delicious taste, these herbal drinks are a healthier alternative to sugary beverages such as soda and milkshakes. Serve them iced to beat the heat.

    Fruit teas also provide a number of health benefits. Lemon and peach, for example, have antioxidants that can help cleanse and detoxify your system. Through detoxification, you can easily cope with stress, stay active, and gain mental clarity throughout the day. Raspberry, on the other hand, also has antioxidant properties and can reduce inflammation due to gout and even menstrual cramps.

    Relax and soothe your senses before bed with night teas

    There are also options that help you calm down and unwind before bed.

    To help you sleep peacefully every night, most varieties of night tea contain ingredients like passion flower, sage roots, and other herbs with soothing effects. Passion flower has been used throughout centuries to treat insomnia and other sleeping problems. Sage roots, on the other hand, can calm the central nervous system and prevent anxiety. Learn more about SUNRIDER by visiting www.sunrider.com today.
     

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  • From Paula Patton's oversized shoulder ruffles to Lupita Nyong'o's fashion-forward cape, the 71st Annual Golden Globes red carpet was filled with many a major style moment—plenty of which will work for your walk down the aisle. We've broken down the trends from the night and found seven gown styles that will help you steal some of that Hollywood glamour. Happy dress shopping! 

    Related: Emmy Awards Bridesmaid Dress Look-alikes

    HIGH NECK HALTER TOPS 

    Well, the 71st annual Golden Globes confirmed it: halter tops are back! This powerful style statement was all over the red carpet, and we love how it shows off strong, sculpted arms and shoulder muscles. It's a great option for fit, modern brides who aren't working with ample cleavage. Gowns (left to right): Theia and Mark Zunino. 

    Spotted on: Naomi Watts, Mila Kunis, Uma Thurman, Elsa Pataky, Edie Falco, Robin Wright, Hayden Panettiere, Monica Potter

    ALLOVER SEQUINS

    Calling all glamour girls! If there was ever a way to sparkle on your wedding day, a gown completely encrusted in sequins is it. Why else would major starlets use this trick when they need to stand out on the red carpet? Gowns: Theia and Karen Willis Holmes. 

    Spotted on: Camilla Alves, Olivia Wilde  (PS -- here's 14 more sequin wedding dresses we love) 

    BIG BALL GOWNS

    Let's face it: this look will never go out of style for weddings. Nor do we want it to! Swooping skirts and fitted bodices signify feminity, which is why celebs and brides alike always turn back to them. Gowns: Monique Lhuillier and Elizabeth Stuart. 

    Spotted on: Taylor Swift, Sofia Vergara, Kaley Cuoco 

    HIGH-LOW HEMS

    What we were once convinced would be a short-lived trend (remember mullet skirts?) is slowly and steadily gaining more steam at major fashion events—and its seeping into bridal, too. We love this whimsical look because it's playful—and it shows off a great pair of shoes. Gowns: Reem Acra and Temperley London. 

    Spotted on: Drew Barrymore, Sandra Bullock, Michelle Dockery, Zooey Deschanel, Aubrey Plaza, Caitlin Fitzgerald

    SUBSTANTIAL SLEEVES

    This modern fashion statement is one of our absolute faves—never has such a simple silhouette so immediately connoted sartorial confidence. Bring the style into your wedding day for a look that's equal parts easy-going and in-command. Gowns: Dennis Basso and Hayley Paige. 

    Seen on: Hellen Mirren, Olivia Wilde, Camilla Alves, Paula Patton, Kristen Chenoweth, Mayim Bialik, Lizzy Caplan, Alexi Ashe, Cat Sadler

    BEADING! 

    Strategically placed lines of sparkle are a glam way to highlight curves and sparkle in photographs—which is precisely why starlets opt for this look on the red carpet. Use their strategy for yourself by trying a beaded wedding gown! Gowns: Mark Zunino and Maggie Sottero. 

    Spotted on: Kate Beckinsale, Rita Wilson, Hellen Mirren, Elizabeth Moss, Angela Bassett, Rashida Jones, Laura Dern, Melissa Fumero, Madison Walls

    MUTED METALLIC

    Don't want to wear white? No problem! Shine like the Golden Globe statue itself in a slightly shimmery shade of champagne. Take it from the stars we spotted on the red carpet: this shade will make you look (and feel) like a million glamorous bucks. Gowns: Romona Keveza and Austin Scarlett. 

    Spotted on: Robin Wright, Naomi Watts, Laura Dern, Anna Gunn

    OFF-THE-SHOULDER

    One of the most romantic wedding looks out there, and it made a major return on the Golden Globes red carpet. We love this style for a rustic country or garden wedding. Gowns: Lela Rose and Legends by Romona Keveza. 

    Spotted on: Emma Roberts, Zoe Saldana, Megan Mullally, Melissa Rauch, Rebecca Ferguson 

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  • Picking colors has always been an issue with me and something that I've gone over and over since I've gotten engaged. My favorite color is Orange and I knew I wanted to have orange as a color in my wedding but I couldn't find the perfect fit for it. I asked my fiance and he said he wanted Gray. The only thing I could find to go with Gray was Pink. I wasn't too fond of the color choice and was pretty disappointed. I knew in my heart those were not the colors for my wedding. But I went on looking for ideas. Then one day while I was stressed and frustrated I went to my fiance in tears and told him how I really didn't like those colors and his response was, "As long as I get to wear a Gray suit I really don't care, that was my only thing." With joy and relief I began looking for new colors. Orange being my main concern I leaned toward Orange and Red for a while but then! 

    While on a walk the other day with my fiance I looked up at  the sun was set and these beautiful colors lit up the sky. I was filled with awe and excitement and I told my fiance, "Look at how beautiful! I want those colors as my wedding colors!"  

    So now, the colors are set and I couldn't be happier. 

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  • Be it any caste, community or religion, every single person on this earth has some special aspirations and plans for this Big Day. They want this special day of their life to be cherished and remembered not only by them but also by their friends and relatives.

    For making their wedding day more pleasurable and special, couples now prefer to tie the knot at some wedding destination. For this, they are availing for the service of Destination Wedding Planner who is having sound knowledge and experience in arranging and organizing destination weddings..... read more

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