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  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    A Florida Wedding Package

    Words by Nicole Dusanek

    The Ultimate Florida Wedding & Honeymoon Package is a perfect option for a couple that wants a beautiful, stress-free wedding and a honeymoon that starts the marriage off right. This package offers couples to say “I do” at Noble House Hotel & Resorts LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort and honeymoon in paradise at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa.

    A wedding at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort means exchanging vows at a luxury resort on the idyllic Naples beachfront. The resort includes 189 guestrooms and eight suites, a private white sand beach, the luxurious SpaTerre, a challenging 18-hole Robert Cupp-designed golf course, private poolside cabanas, award-winning BALEEN restaurant and Tiki Bar and much more. The Ultimate Florida Wedding & Honeymoon Package offers couples the choice between multiple wedding venues on the property, whether they want to tie the knot on the private beach and Gulf lawn overlooking the Gulf of Mexico or one of the several ballrooms or terraces with views of Vanderbilt Bay, the package is customizable to the couples wishes.

    The resort features more than 12,000 square feet, so a couple can choose to have their dream wedding either indoors or outdoors depending on their preference. Either way, the resor can host a small, intimate gathering or a large, lively wedding of up to 250 guests.

    Taking the wedding to the next level, the package includes a Champagne toast and a five-hour open bar as well as a butler-passed hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour. Your guests will appreciate the exquisite service and food and beverage options, and you will admire the ease of planning and quality of the wedding. Of course, just because the planning is made simple doesn’t mean your style is left out. The resort provides flawless personalized service at every touchpoint to ensure your dream wedding.

    The wedding also includes a selection of menus the couple can choose from for the wedding, a wine service and a classic wedding cake. The simplicity of planning doesn’t take away the excitement and personalization of a wedding with this package. With the couple having the choice in so many portions of the wedding, it will be a unique wedding geared toward the couple with the ease of having it all put together for you.

    With this package, your guests benefit as well. Those who wish to stay at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort will receive reduced rates and the couple will enjoy a complimentary guestroom the evening of the wedding. When you awake in the morning the celebration isn’t over yet, you will be whisked away on a private yacht to start your honeymoon.

    You’ll cruise along the beautiful Florida coast for seven-hours and be served a gourmet lunch. Soon, you will arrive at the Little Palm Island Resort & Spa where you will be pampered for a five-night honeymoon. You will be greeted with a bottle of champagne and have full, all-inclusive access to the resort such as daily meals and the resort’s signature Richly Romantic Turndown service on one special night.  Additional indulgences available to you include your choice of spa treatments at SpaTerre, and a menu of experiences to promote health and well-being, such as a snorkel trip to Looe Key Reef.  For excursions off the island, complimentary car service is available in Key West.

    The Ultimate Florida Wedding & Honeymoon Package is available starting at $19,500, plus reception catering charges. For more information and to make reservations, please contact (800) 237-6883 or visit here.

    Photos by: LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort (1st, 2nd, 4th-9th) and Little Palm Island Resort & Spa (3rd, 10th-13th)

  • Monday, August 14, 2017

    Awesome Wedding Workouts

    Words by Jill Penfold
    Photos courtesy of Jill Penfold Fitness

    Designed specifically for the bride-to-be, the L.A. Bride Body Transformation System is a simple, downloadable training program designed to help sculpt and tone the parts of the body accentuated by a wedding gown. From start to finish, the program takes 12 weeks and will guide a bride step-by-step through various wedding workouts. Depending on the specific area of the body that needs the most attention, a bride-to-be can choose from two available programs: either the “Backless” or “Sleeveless” program.

    Regardless of which program chosen, the client will benefit from achieving total body fitness from my “Body Carving Cardio Circuits,” “P.U.S.H Training,” “Honeymoon Ab Circuits” and the” Steady State Cardio Training.” Below are some highlights from each of the Bride Body Transformation System programs.

    Sleeveless Gowns

    Here are my two favorite moves from the L.A. Bride Body Sleeveless” program:

    The Bicep Curl:

    Bicep curls give strength and tone to the upper arms. This pulling exercise helps tone and firm the area from your shoulder to your forearm.

    The Tricep Extension:

    This exercise is excellent for targeting the back of the arms. The muscle here is called the tricep. By using overhead extension, you are going against resistance and gravity and pushing. It’s more-or-less the opposite of the bicep curl. Sculpt and tone the underneath/back of your arms to get ready for your big day.

    Backless Gowns

    Check out my top two moves to help smooth and tone your upper back and chest to get ready for your “Backless” wedding gown.

    The Push-Up:

    This amazing body weight exercise is a miracle worker when sculpting and toning the upper body. The area that sometimes bulges from the top of a wedding gown can be helped greatly from small sets of daily push-ups. They aid in toning, firming and helping reduce body fat. Modify if you need to…you will build up the strength to perform standard push-ups over time.

    The Reverse Fly:

    For this exercise, we use gravity as our resistance, as well as the small dumbbells. A slight hinge at the hips and a flat back will put you in the perfect position to fly the dumbbells up, squeezing the shoulder blades together. This will tone and firm the muscles of the back. The sides of the upper back are always a concern for brides, so this exercise is a MUST to smooth out those lumps and bumps.

    All of the exercises above should be performed with light weights – two to five-pound dumbbells. Perform 12-15 repetitions of each, followed by sufficient rest, then repeat the set a total of four times. Also, always include cardio in your workouts to burn fat and improve your overall fitness and health. Find all of these exercises and the entire 12 week training program at labridebody.com!

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