Лучшая «белая» свадьба 2014 на Капри

Вот пролетел еще один интересный год в жизни нашего ивент-агентства. Мы надеемся, что новый, 2015 год, будет таким же интересным, плодотворным и полным оригинальных незабываемых проектов. 2014 – был годом беспрецедентного роста для Med inStyle.

Мы встретились с удивительными людьми и установили новые партнерские отношения с ивент-агентствами разных стран. А теперь пришло время подвести итоги 2014 года и установить новые цели и задачи. Перебирая в памяти все наши мероприятия ушедшего года, мы хотели бы поделиться с вами одним из самых запомнившихся нам лучших моментов. Это незабываемая трогательная «белая» свадьба Николы и Валентины на живописном острове Капри.

Никола и Валентина выбрали остров Капри для проведения своего уникального мероприятия следуя своим принципам здорового образа жизни, основанным на Средиземноморской диете. Да и как можно было отказаться от всемирно известной Dolce Vita острова! Поэтому молодая пара решила провести свой романтический и волнующий праздник – рождение новой семьи – на Капри, который один из немногих может предложить совмещение гламура, живописных пейзажей, мягкого климата и вкусных блюд из местных натуральных продуктов.

Я стал диетологом, потому что я всегда придерживался здорового образа жизни. То, что я советую своим пациентам, я применяю на практике каждый день, и я очень благодарен своей любимой жене Валентине, что она следует моим жизненным принципам. Я взял контроль над нашим семейным бизнесом по производству пищевых добавок, и, в течение примерно пяти лет, с большим успехом мы вместе занимаемся их производством, – рассказал нам Никола при обсуждении свадебного меню.

При первой нашей встрече прекрасная пара поделилась с нами следующим:

Нашей главной мечтой было создание семьи. Мы решили пожениться и окрестить нашу маленькую любимую дочь ДилеттуСтеллу в день нашей свадьбы, и провести этот сказочный день в кругу наших близких родственников и друзей на самом красивом и уникальном месте на земле – острове Капри. Мы были уверены, что это будет незабываемый день!

С самого начала Валентина, выбирая цветовую гамму, отдала предпочтение белому цвету. В выборе цветочной композиции для банкетного стола превалировали гортензия и гипсофила, окруженные сотнями свечей. Атмосфера была волшебной: мягкий свет падал на праздничный стол, имитируя импрессионистскую живопись.

Для свадебной церемонии молодая пара выбрала милую уютную церковь Сант-Андреа, расположенную в Марина Пиккола. Небольшое количество цветовых композиций и множество лепестков роз на белой свадебной дорожке, ведущей к алтарю, придали маленькому храму торжественность и сказочность. Валентина, в сопровождении своего отца, шла навстречу своей судьбе под звуки традиционного марша Вагнера, озвученные арфисткой и солисткой, приехавшими непосредственно из всемирно известного неаполитанского оперного театра «Сан-Карло». А тем временем мы, как будто впервые, завороженно наблюдали за ними, и слезы радости наворачивались нам на глаза! Свадебный прием был организован в элегантном отеле в г. Капри, в зале с прекрасными декорациями. Месяцы планирования свадебного торжества и его подготовки воплотились в прекрасный mise en place: начиная от выбора места проведения свадьбы, флористических декораций, меню, столовых принадлежностей, заканчивая выбором бомбоньерок и мелодичных звуков мандолины в качестве музыкального сопровождения свадебного ужина.

Под конец вечера молодожены обратились к нам со следующими словами: Мы вам очень благодарны! Все было просто замечательно – именно так, как мы это задумали! Мы хотели сказку и мы ее получили!.

Мы приглашаем вас посмотреть фотографии с этого замечательного мероприятия и надеемся, что они вам понравятся!

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An Awesome Assistant at Hand with JOBY GorillaPods!

As a blogger, one area of this industry I felt I really needed to up my photography game. It was one of the goals I set for myself last year, and I think I have started to see the difference in my photos. I love putting together sets for my blog posts, but there are times I find it difficult to hit the shutter at certain angles or to take pics of myself by myself. This is why I decided to invest a “photography assistant” by buying a tripod. Since I need to take a variety of shots, my other half steered me in the direction of buying a JOBY GorillaPod!

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Out of the wide range of GorillaPod models JOBY has available, I chose their SLR-Zoom. It is specially made for the DSLR camera I use to take many of the photos I shoot for blog posts.

Below are the features and the specs of this GorillaPod:

Height 6 x 6 x 31.8 cm.Flexible legs that are able to wrap around objects while being able to hold camera equipment up to 6.6 lbs (3 kg) on almost any surface.Over 24 leg joints with rubberized ring and foot grips make it easy to bend and rotate it 360° to improve stability in difficult terrain.Being created out of durable Japanese medical-grade ABS plastic and German TPE, it allows for secure joints to stay firm and to grip on objects for years of use.Its lightweight and portable design make it easy to pack and take on-the-go!

I have to say that I LOVE my GorillaPod! Before I had this tripod, I would have to wait for my other half or my eldest to be at home and available to take certain shots. Now, I am able to set up the shot I want and get to work!

I have put this tripod in so many different positions when a third hand was needed. It was such a relief to not have to worry about my camera crashing onto the floor if I had it mounted and positioned in a certain way.

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I have used my tripod for almost a year, and the leg joints are still as stiff as they were on the day I bought them. If I had to switch the position of my GorillaPod for a better shot, it was easy to change how I wanted the legs positioned and it stayed in place once it was in the right spot. My GorillaPod has also been bashed and dropped a few times, yet it is still intact.

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When my shoot was over, it only took a few minutes to straighten the legs on my tripod and tuck it away for the day or to put in my equipment bag to take with me. It does not take up a lot of space in my bag, and I do not feel its weight when I tote it around.

I was really impressed with the ease the JOBY GorillaPod SLR-Zoom. It is lightweight, durable and stays in place where I need it. This tripod is also able to hold up my camera in various positions without tipping. Setting up photo shoots is more of a joy to do now that I have this tripod as my assistant at hand!

Until my next post, Readers,

Reese.

Note: This is not a sponsored review post. I love sharing fabulous products with you, and this is one of them!

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The Perfect Girlfriend Getaway!

Smiling Hay ride'Some of the greatest memories and best adventures I have ever had are with my girlfriends. It is so special to leave behind our daily lives and go somewhere where we can all spend some wonderful quality time together. Whether its a big group of you or maybe just you and your best friend looking for somewhere to escape to, Cherokee Park Ranch is the perfect location!

Our historic lodge and cozy cabins provide a peaceful place to call home for the week. Depending on the size of your group, we will get you set up in your own cabin to share or several lodge suites next to each other. Spend hours in your PJs with a cup of hot cocoa filling in the gaps of time spent apart. Immediately feel transformed back to those carefree, reckless days where you had not a worry in the world.

Get out of your comfort zone and do something exhilarating together! We have so many activities for you to do together that are sure to get your adrenaline pumping. Horseback riding is our specialty and we accommodate all riding abilities. Maybe a few of you just want to go on a walking ride and perhaps the rest would like to try your hand at loping horseback! Join us up at our outdoor arena and do some cattle team penning as one large group. We also offer river rafting, hiking, biking, skeet shooting, fly fishing lessons, art classes and so much more. At Cherokee Park Ranch, you build your own vacation to what each individual desires!

Dont forget to pamper yourself while you are here, it is a vacation after all! Treat yourself to a massage and spend every evening soaking in our hot tub under the stars with some wine and good company.

Many guests tell us that the best part about their vacation with us is that they dont have to worry about any cooking or cleaning. We do it all for you! Enjoy three delicious southern style meals a day to keep you energized and ready for the next activity. We have plenty of delicious desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth through out the week too. Each day your cabin will be freshened up by our talented crew so you can come home to a clean and tidy accommodation.

So call your babysitters, your pet sitters, and your girlfriends and get this trip of a life time started!!

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Magical Hoi An

I had a magical afternoon/evening exploring Hoi An with the Watanabes and co.  The tourist area is alight with strings of lanterns merrily zigzag-ing above the streets like a graceful figure skater.  We were delighted by the touters who very lightly tried to sell their fruit, flapping birds and interesting street food.  The typical Vietnamese straw hat is a fixture for people of all ages, occupations and activities and of course, Hoi An was no exception.  The streets were busy with tourists and locals mingling like all the colours of MMs, and all seemed content in this sleepy but delightful little town.

The Japanese covered bridge and a 200 year old home were two of the attractions you can pay a small fee to enter.

Next time, I think I would try to see the water puppet show, though I believe I will have a chance to do that later, in another location.

Of course, in the evening when the brilliant, paper lanterns are alight, the glowing illumination is even more magnetic and bewitching!  This UNESCO World Heritage site is a must-see when visiting Vietnam!

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Indian jewellery scene has upped its game in a most up-chic fashion. The retail has transformed the way people looked at luxury jewellery. It is indeed an investment, but more than that its a statement of high fashion. A lot of new brands have entered the market of luxury jewellery in Delhi. It has opened new avenues of innovation, variety and creativity in handcrafted jewels.Lets see how Luxury Jewellery in New Delhi is ready to roll and give out something new and exciting every coming season. The past few years have proved to be escalating for retail Indian jewellery. Delhi being the national capital has been the centre for the luxury bling shine. As per the statistics, the gem and diamond industry makes about 17 percent of Indias total exports. Beside,vintage pearl necklace, over the years, the brand consciousness of Indian people has also clambered and there have been a significant increase in their disposable income as well. The trend has given a certain boost to the luxury industry in the country. While earlier, people simply eyed jewellery as the safest and most profitable investment, now its no more meant just for the lockers.

From colorful merino beads, to traditional gold and silver pieces in fascinating iconic shapes like hearts, stars, and flowers amid a number of others. This also helps make for just about any excellent surprise for mothers, mothers-to-be, daughters, girlfriends,pandora sales, fiancs and wives using the reason that they might be personalized according using the recipient interest. Mothers-to-be will adore receiving pandora rings with gorgeous charms from the condition of child carriages,enuine pandora charms on sale, bottles, rattles, and more. Pandora delivers genuine, significant quality jewelry and accessories at affordable prices and these pieces are surely a delight to own and also to cherish for just about any number of many years to come. Scour flea markets, second hand stores,pandora beads store locator, galleries or farmers markets just for fun and unique jewelry. Do not get it in mind that jewelry really needs to be brand new to enjoy. If your style is from the beaten path,pearl earrings, you will end up happier using the random finds you would run into in second hand stores or less traditional places to seek out jewelry.

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There is no narrative from Srinagar. Just snapshots. Bursts of colour, blooming on meadows, points of spring peeking out. Curious noses, poking out of the curtain.  Eager children on the sidewings. Or like you would say, Telugu back ground actors in a love song, fake gaudy petals in place. Except it isnt gaudy. The palette pale blues, greens, greys, whites, still on the icy waters of the Dal, in Impressionistic brush strokes along the banks, and in solid tones on the mountains. They all observe a silent dress code white almond blossoms, white magnolias. Grey chinar. The yellows, announcing the oncoming spring, run riot in patches.  In the mustard fields (which will turn gold with the saffron in summer). Only to be punctuated by the guns. Camouflage. CRPF. Guns in landscapes  that even the mighty Mughals resisted from overpowering   not a Humayuns Tomb or Taj Mahal that dominates, sits squat in the imperial city, a seat of power, majesty and memory. These are seats of culture in the lap of nature woven trunks, cultivated flower beds, symmetric lawns symbolic of the garden of Paradise. The buildings are timidly graceful and elegant. They let the landscape conquer, rule and dominate.

The mountains and chinar. Grey, green and blue. Old. Bare. Greybeards weary from the winter, from the guns. The valley burns the white flames of the almond blossom, the heartrending azaan. The rippling fear every time you see a gun. Ripples across the Dal, reflecting everything around in exquisite detail. Living waters. Boats, gaudy shikharas. Whole economies running on the river. How about some bread, or flowers for your sweetheart? Seeds to take home? Kashmir on a kitchen sill? Red cheeked school kids go to school in boats. Everyday boats. Not gaudy. Not for tourists. Not for films. Not Charley Houseboat where Mission Kashmir was shot. Not a shikhara for Preity Zinta-Hrithik Roshan.

That Kashmir is for tourists. Tourists who found Kashmir within the frames of a Chopra film (Yash or Vidhu Vinod, take your pick!), and in it, romance. Romance which carried them  from a film theatre in the city to the valley itself, its gardens, wear an authentic Kashmiri costume (Kashmir ki Kali), run around the Chaar Chinaar and spot the Bobby room in Gulmarg (Hum Tum Ek Kumrein mein bandh hain). The guides make it a point to out every location of every song. They hum, they quote dialogues, they sing.

And the radios, they play old songs. Only old songs. Romantic old songs. From a time that was and will never come again.   

Movie Related Merchandise

As Christmas approaches thoughts soon turn to presents and in this age of digital access and internet shopping, its never been easier to find movie related products. Forget just buying DVDs or Blu-Ray for the film-mad spouse or obsessed child, nowadays there are so many other options. Heres a few

Clothing

In the age of the geek, movie-mad fans can display their love of all things celluloid with t-shirts, caps etc. There are the more obvious options which emblazon your clothing with the Bat-symbol or legendary characters such as Darth Vader, cross-franchise mash-ups such as Family Guy themed Star Wars options or the more subtle versions which name drop a place, person or company from a movie without brazenly shouting the name of the film. Heres a few of the more subtle options available from Last Exit to Nowhere;

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Action Figures/Statues

An array of options are available here, particularly in the horror, sci-fi and superhero genres. Whether its a cabinet full of the Avengers or a lone statue celebrating Arnies Terminator, owning a statue or detailed action figure portrays a certain love for a character, movie or franchise. Owning a lifesize option may be too far but thats an opinion (and jealousy).

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Costumes

A perfect fit for Christmas or Halloween, as well as old and young fans alike, costumes are available in all places. Kids versions of superheroes can be found in most major supermarkets, sites like Amazon have a varied stock while specialist online retailers will provide you with multiple options. Heres a selection including characters from this years biggest films and some cult classics (but no Killer Clowns);

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Accessories

Batman cufflinks? Superman belt buckle? Yes, all available and plenty more besides. Great stocking fillers for Christmas.

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Miscellaneous

Its easy to find almost anything with a movie theme these days thanks to the internet and this category shows a few examples. Put your thinking caps on and search for the best present for your significant movie-mad others;

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And to finish the ultimate acceptable grown-up toy, hours and fun and plenty of options;

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The Romance of Seoul and the “New Korean”

A long time ago, in a Korea of another age, Seoul was a truly conservative, extremely reserved place where people didnt hold hands and certainly never hugged or kissed in public. But Korea has developed into a consumer economy based on choice, freedom, and the ability to indulge ones carnal urges.

Korea, Land of the Conservative Confucians.

This is a collection of images that conveys the hard-felt passions of the New Koreans, who are young-at-heart, more carefree, play hard, and expect some gratification now and not desires forever deferred. These images define the style of a new kind of street, one in which, laughter, love, and yes, sex are all in the air.

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These days, theres a new brand of sass wafting off the new cool kids of Asia and its downright baffling to those raised in a time when you trusted authority, did what you were told, and your good grades and chipper attitude would get you into a good school, great job, and big apartment in the sky. Now, the kids these days know that life is short, moneys tight, and the night is young.

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Skirts are higher, courtships are shorter, and girls dont bring boys home to mama anymore. Its the age of Gangnam Style and discerning Gentlemen with a Hangover. This new attitude is the source of much consternation in Korean society nowadays as Korea grapples with the side effects of its own popular culture success.

Drive by. She had a makeup box on her other side. Makeup artist, I think. With them funky shoes.

Korea is a nation very concerned with national image and trying to impress what it refers to as developed nations, which deep, deep down, it still feels it is not, much like the unpopular girl who got invited to the school dance by a cool kid and still fears being found out despite the outta-sight makeover and new clothes. But the funny thing is that the very things Korea is becoming known for in the international sphere are those things that would have been found, by a conservative Confucian, old school Korean, completely inappropriate and embarrassing. But thats the up and downside of the two-edged sword and the point of the old adage to be careful what you wish for because you just might get it.

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And thats the contradiction or just plain old sensory overload that some in Korea now find has seemingly gone too far. Yet Korea has always been a land of extremes, a nation full of a balls-to-the-walls, can-do mindset that has led to insanely fast economic development and an outright naughty pop music culture that by all rights is bizarre to have originated in a culture in which people were afraid to hold hands in public not even 20 years ago, but now boast pop culture that might make the hentai -prone Japanese blush. Well, not really. But I think you get the point.

These layered mesh sports tops are everywhere.

Sporty meets pseudo-gangsta look.

And the change is pervasive. And insidious. Even those who might describe themselves as demure or even conservative are not like they used to be. And the everyday look on the streets aint what it used to be.

Interesting.

Sonagi-ready.

But whatever one wants to make of it, one thing is certain: things done changed on the streets of Korea. And its that je ne cest pas that makes Korea seem extra edgy these days and much more interesting to the rest of the world than it has ever been.

Maybe we all are, indeed.

Trek to Reiek

Reiek Tlang is a popular  day trek from Aizawl. Its a 30km, 2 hour drive to the west of Aizawl. This time, like most people I ignored it for  long because I can go there anytime. Why the hurry? But that time never came.

In May 2014, I was in between jobs and had a month break at Aizawl. I decided  it was time to strike Reiek off my list.

I have seen pictures of the cliff and the narrow path on the edge leading to the peak. I though was that was it.  What I didnt know was that the short 3km trek to the peak through the thick and well preserved forest would be so amazing, if it were nearby  Bangalore, it will attract loads of trekkers!

Its the best 3km trek I have done. Let me take you there.

Half way to  Reiek, you will reach Tlawng river. There is a small tea stall where you can have tea and snacks.The tea stall with its wide windows make it a nice place to sit and sip tea as you admire the river below.

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Water is pumped from here to Aizawl under  Great Aizawl Water Supply Scheme run by the States PHE Department. As it was the middle of monsoon, you can see the water is yellow and brown. My guess is they dont pump water until it becomes clearer.

This crossing is locally called Reiek Kai and has many beautiful spots nearby which are popular in Mizo music videos.  A signpost says the bridge was built in 1993. I wonder what was there before? An old bridge or no bridge?

I learned from Pu Duhsaka,  that there was a small  jeep only bridge.

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From here the road is steep and full of pot holes that time. If it has not been repaired, it would be in a very bad shape now. I had to drive in 1st and 2nd gear most of the time. But the drive was scenic and I am not complaining.

The next stop was at Vaipuanpho. I am very familiar with the name  as it is one of the camps of Mizoram YHAI National Trekking. The path of the camp  comes before the falls.

An adventure camp was recently conducted here by Mizoram Sports Dept. I saw the video on YouTube [Here and here]. I am  impressed by the training especially the solo night, where each trainee had to build a shelter and survive the night alone.

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A few  months later, a PHE staffer who was cleaning the tank  got his hands sucked by one of the pipes and died.

A long the way,  we saw a couple of resorts had come up. No the resorts where you stay overnight, though that may be possible in some of them. They are more of a reserved and paid picnic spots with facilities for cooking, swimming and lounge. Picnic spot- That was what they were called when there were just a bunch of them.

After reaching Ailawng, the road is more level than before. There is a trekking route from here to the Peak but that would be for another day.  At Ailawng, the 160m long  cave, Khuangchhera Puk is there to be explored but that would also be for another day.

On reaching Reiek, after asking the locals for direction, we drove directly to the Tourist Lodge complex. The complex has an open air stage and gallery where events such as Anthuriam fests are held

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Next to the arena is  a model of a typical Mizo village and of course a tourist lodge for those who want to stay overnight. All of these surrounded by lots of trees and greenery.

As typical of any tourist attraction in Mizoram, there were hardly anyone. We had the place to ourselves that day.

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There are designated houses for the King,  his ministers etc. But I wont get into the detail. This one below is Zawlbuk, dormitory for boys and young men. They gather here by nightfall so that they can respond swiftly should there be an attack. In the olden days, villages often attack each other. That is not the only purpose but like I said, I wont get started on this topic.

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This is a also a childrens play area.

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After this brief exploration we started to trek. We were immediately surrounded by thick forest.

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There is a parallel concrete band till the prayer sanctuary.

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After this, it is earthen road  and closer to the peak rough rocky patches.

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On the way, theres a wide opening cave where a few  jeeps can drive into.

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On the way up, we didnt take the jeep road all the way. About half way, we climbed the steps on the ridge. This path is what I have seen many times on Facebook.

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It was really windy. This much windy

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It was clear we were not going to see the Reiek and the view  people see. But  many wont see what we saw that day either!

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After a enjoy the peak, mostly just relaxing, we descended into the slippery slopes and down the jeep track this time.

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When we went returned to the parking lot, our car was the only one parked. When we arrived, there was a taxi.

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That was Reiek trek for me. I will definitely come back. I found  Reiek village to be very neat and clean. They have done a good job of conserving the forest around Reiek hill. May they keep up the good work.

Last year, a motorcycle club organised a ride to Reiek through the jeep track in the midst of monsoon. Only a few were able to reach the top. The event was covered  by the famous Mizo TV reporter Pu Vana.

SR : Adventure Meet Reiek Tlang [FTMM] [Part 1/2]

SR : Adventure Meet Reiek Tlang [FTMM] [Part 1/2]