Summer Foodie Trends

By Lauren Pardee, Writing Intern for Carrie Ann’s Bridal Magazine

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These days it seems as if everyone is on a health kick! Yes this is great, we should all try to live a healthy lifestyle (even though a tall ice cream sounds a lot better then working out). But its summer and we are at the point of the year where we can’t seem to avoid bathing suit season any longer! There are so many different healthy and not so healthy food trends for this summer! Here are a couple of healthy options, and then a couple diet breakers for the days when you deserve a little treat!


Kale is one of the healthiest food options out there! With an endless list of health benefits such as lowering cholesterol and risk lowering benefits of cancer, it is also delicious! Whether you sautee it, use it in a salad or make yummy kale chips you are still sticking to a healthy lifestyle. Kale seems to be the new experimental vegetable that everyone is playing around with. The recipes online will satisfy any craving.


Known to be a super fruit, Açai is absolutely delicious. Açai is a small, round, black-purple drupe but you can mostly buy it as a frozen pulp, juice, or an ingredient in various products from beverages. A huge trend right now is to purchase an açaí bowl, which resembles a yogurt parfait. It is a dish made of frozen and mashed açaí palm fruit, and then you add different fruit on top such as bananas, strawberry’s and blueberries. Finish it off with some granola for an added crunch!

Frozen Yogurt

You can’t seem to drive more then 10 miles without coming across the newest frozen yogurt store. I’m not complaining, because froyo is such a delicious treat! In every flavor imaginable, you can quench any craving. The best things about froyo shops are they mostly self-serve. This way you get to pick any combination of flavors and toppings. I say dig in!

Fried Oreos

This is with out a doubt going to get you in trouble with your diet, but this dessert tastes as good as it sounds. Dipping an Oreo in cake or pancake batter and tossing it into a deep fryer (just typing these words makes me crave one). And we thought Oreos alone were satisfying, once you try a deep fried one, you will never look at Oreos the same.

Indulge yourself this summer with some healthy and not so healthy treats. Explore these trends and ways to make each recipe or ingredient your own. For days you want to be healthy and get in shape cure your sweet tooth craving with a healthy Açai bowl, or replace those addicting potato chips with some home made Kale chips. When you are looking for a satisfying treat, find the closest Frozen Yogurt shop, or try cooking up some fried Oreos!

What are your favorite summer treats? Tell us in the comments below!

Woodland Weddings

By Lauren Bagian, Writing Intern for Carrie Ann’s Bridal Magazine

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Woodland weddings are becoming a growing trend in wedding planning, especially for the spring and summer months. The temperatures allow for outdoor events with blooming flowers and vibrant green leaves as backdrop. Use some of these elements in your wedding to add a woodland feel or try them all and have a complete woodland wedding!

Succulent Bouquets and Boutonnieres

Succulents are the new trend in wedding flowers and the rich green colors solidify a woodland theme. The resilience of the succulents also allows them to stand up to harsh temperatures without wilting like more fragile blooms, which is perfect for summer weddings that are taking place outdoors. Try adding a few to your bouquet to accompany your chosen flowers and put some mini succulents together for a modern boutonniere.

A Flower Crown

If you think wearing a veil looks too stuffy, especially at an outdoor ceremony, try a flower crown instead. Recall your youth when you used to make daisy crowns and bring that whimsy look to your wedding day. Talk to your florist about having a flower crown made from the same blooms in your bouquet to pull together the perfect look!

Bare-footed Flower Girls

Let the kids be kids! If your ceremony venue is outside (the perfect place for a woodland wedding), let the flower girls prance freely with the grass between their toes! They will be more relaxed and therefore better behaved, and let’s be honest, when the kids are happy, the adults are happy.

Carefree Hairstyles

Don’ t be too fussy! Complete your perfect look with a carefree hairstyle. Try free falling waves, a crown braid, or even a chic ponytail. Just keep the hairspray and bobby-pins to a minimum and embrace your own natural beauty!

Have a Lantern Lit Reception

The perfect way to bring together a perfect woodland reception is to light it with a thousand fireflies! Well, since that isn’t necessarily possible, try lanterns and twinkle lights to create the perfect ambiance that simulates the twinkle of lightning bugs. But if you’re lucky and your reception is at the right time and place, some fireflies will probably stop by too!

So embrace the natural outdoors and use these ideas to create the perfect woodland fairytale!

Find more Woodland Wedding inspiration on our Pinterest!


Summer Date Ideas

By Lauren Pardee, Writing Intern for Carrie Ann’s Bridal Magazine

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Tan lines, sun freckles, natural highlights… thank you summer! Everyone seems to be naturally more attractive, and with the longer days, and nothing to do everyone dreams of summer love. Take advantage of the summer weather and try out some creative ways to get romantic and have fun. Not only will these ideas make great memories, but when trying them out you are sure to impress your date. If you don’t have a date they turn any of these ideas into a fun night with friends! Each idea is versatile, so you can have a romantic evening, or a fun time with your friends!

Star Gazing

Enjoy the beautiful stary sky in style. If possible fill up the bed of a truck with sleeping bags, blankets and pillows (make everything a comfortable as possible). This way you can cuddle up and watch the stars! If you can plan for a meteor shower! Add some snacks and wine, or any other kind of drink to add to the romance. Cuddling under the stars… who could ask for better?


For an easy, entertaining night, make a bonfire. This seems to represent the epitome of summer nights. Red solo cups, s’mores and good music. For those who are musically inclined, grab the guitar to make the moment more raw and relaxing. This is an almost effortless idea, easy to do and easy to enjoy!

Messy Twister

Everyone’s favorite childhood game was twister! But lets make it a little more interesting… Cover each color with shaving cream that is colored with food coloring, this way you can still see the color underneath. Not only does the game get a little more difficult but also watching you and your date get covered in shaving cream and colors makes for some good laughs.

Boating Trip

Inspired by every girls favorite love story, grab a canoe or kayak and go out on a lake, pond or the ocean! You and your date may not be characters from the book The Notebook, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a romantic and fun afternoon! Bring snacks and a bathing suit to complete the afternoon. For the outdoorsy readers, try fishing and see who can catch the biggest fish!

Beach Picnic

They say the best way to a mans heart is through his stomach, throw in bathing suits, soft sand a the ocean and there is not way he can resist! Head to the beach with a prepared picnic! Enjoy some of your favorite foods and drinks to start the evening then cool off in the water and the day will be perfect. Nothing is more romantic than the sound and smell of the ocean, so why not make a date out of it! For our Pittsburgh readers, head down to the river side or a lake for the same feel!

Don’t hold back, and make the best of your summer. These are the days when you can look back and smile about all the creative, adventures times you have had. You are going to impress your date with any of these ideas, so pick the one that sounds the most like something the two of you would enjoy and go for it!

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Why We Love These Father Daughter Dance Songs

By Lauren Pardee, Writing Intern for Carrie Ann’s Bridal Magazine

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A father’s many jobs in life are taking care of you, giving you a roof above your head, teaching you to make good decisions, and making sure that the man you decide to spend the rest of your life with is someone who can give you everything he could and more. In his eyes, you will always be his little girl. You may be a grown woman, but to him you are the sweetheart who would not let go of his hand on the first day of school. If it were up to him, I am sure that he would hold your hand for the rest of your life, but you have met the man of your dreams and are ready to make it official.

A father doesn’t have much to do when it comes to weddings. Sure it is tradition that the father of the bride helps with the finances and in order for the groom to even propose the father must give away his blessing, but other than moral support, you are on your own. The last thing is the beloved father daughter dance. You want the lyrics to describe your relationship and send shivers down the spines of all your guests. Here are some songs that wont leave one person in the room with dry eyes.

1. My Little Girl- Tim McGraw

This song is my favorite choice when it comes to a father daughter dance. The song explores the way a man watches his little girl grow up. Tim Mcgraw’s lyrics start with a baby stealing his heart. He goes on to talk about you growing up. And lastly he even talks about his little girl getting married, “Someday, some boy will come and ask me for your hand. But I won’t say “yes” to him unless I know, he’s the half that makes you whole, he has a poet’s soul, and the heart of a man’s man. I know he’ll say that he’s in love. But between you and me. He won’t be good enough!” The perfect way to conclude the father daughter dance. The tempo is slow and the song is country, making it comfortable for dancing. Listen to this song on Youtube, here!

2. My Wish- Rascal Flatts

Another amazing country song choice. This song isn’t as specific as Tim McGraws lyrics, but have a similar effect. With lyrics like, “I hope you never look back, but ya never forget, all the ones who love you, in the place you left” and “And if you’re faced with a choice, and you have to choose, I hope you choose the one that means the most to you.” The lyrics portray the beautiful effect of well wishes, and advice giving. A message any dad would love to give to their daughter. Listen to it, here.

3. It Wont Be Like This For Long- Darius Rucker

This song is another song depicting a father watching his little girl grow up. The chorus talking about how precious time is and how his daughter keeps growing up. He talks about her as a young girl and then about giving her away in marriage. This coming of age song is perfect for any wedding. Listen to it, here.

4. Because You Loved Me- Celine Dion

If you aren’t a country fan, you could chose this beautiful song that anyone would love. The ballad is just a proclamation of thanks and love, perfect for any father, ending with the lyrics,” I’m everything I am, because you loved me.” Listen to it, here.

5. The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra

A crowd pleasing classic such as this one is a little more upbeat but will leave everyone dazzled. My favorite few lines are, “Lovely, don’t you, ever change, Keep that breathless charm, Won’t you please arrange it? ‘Cause I love you just the way you look tonight, Just the way you look tonight” Any dad would feel the same when seeing his daughter in a gorgeous wedding gown, and not only is he commenting on your dress but everything about you. This song will explain how perfect you are in his eyes. Listen to it, here.

6. I Loved Her First- Heartland

This is a song made for a father daughter dance. The lyrics say it all, “But I loved her first and I held her first, And a place in my heart will always be hers.” It expresses the genuine love of a father for his daughter.

This moment is a guarantee tear jerker, and if your father is anything like mine, it will be almost impossible for him to hold back the tears. While your father holds your hand and escorts you around the dance floor, make the moment magical with the perfect song. Allow time to stop, because this moment will not only be one of the most important to you, but will stick with him for the rest of his life.

Check out more of our favorite Father Daughter Songs as well as Mother Son Songs!