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Thursday, May 30, 2013

On the Way to Your Wedding Day

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Sheryl Davies, Guest Author

Planning that once-in-a-lifetime celebration is all about attention to detail with couples showing their individuality and signature-style. Through the years, while some things about weddings change, others remain exactly the same. While the past is fondly remembered, this year, the present is important too! Save the date cards, self-written vows, mismatched bridesmaid dresses and eco-friendly touches are all new additions to this upcoming wedding season.

something-blueVeils, cakes, the first dance, champagne, lace, tulle, something old, new, borrowed, blue, and wedding photographs have all remained constant, in an ever-evolving wedding day. New social media such as Facebook and Twitter and the online personalized bridal widgets and web casting of the ceremony in real time, highlight all the couple’s news and the wedding day festivities. But this season’s focus is on retro chic and the Hollywood days of glamour.

The vintage glamour look continues this year, and is continuing strong as the Great Gatsby opens. There’s a breath-taking ambiance to today’s weddings. The “something new” could be hair extensions, while “something blue” can be the sky over a Jamaican destination wedding. Honeymoons are all-inclusive and brides and grooms are gravitating to luxury resorts with their amazing meal packages and opportunities for many different adventures..

The traditional black tuxedo is back for the gents and for the bride, it’s all about accessories; gloves and pearls. The bird cage veil and the emergence of bridal hats and the bouffant or French twist hair styles, make for an elegant look. The inspiration comes from the sophistication of the 50’s and 60’s. Strapless wedding gowns are as dominant as they have been in the past, and, they will quite likely continue to be in the future, but expect to see sashes of all colour tones,high waistlines, detailed backs and ribbons and bows. Gold is back for engagement and wedding bands after an absence of a few years, where silver was prominent as the metal of choice.

Invitations range from fun to fancy formal, and some even have illustrations of the bride and groom illustrated in pencil sketched artwork. Look for vibrant colours that match the wedding’s theme such as regal purple, turquoise/raspberry, as well as the traditional and elegant colour scheme of black and white.

firstdanceBrides and grooms are revamping their first dance with a routine that is a medley of songs, replacing the traditional first dance of the reception, which in 2013, is just called the “party”.

Weddings are elegant with a lot of character. For comfort you’ll find wedding venues with comfy couches and living room settings, set up for the ceremony and reception; adding increased comfort and cosiness for the guests. Sit down dinners are still in style, but look for cocktail receptions with a supper club feel- cocktails- think, martinis, Manhattans, old fashioned cocktails and big band sounds.

Wedding cakes continue to be tiered, but the trend is to more white cakes with butter cream or fondant icing, topped with an heirloom antique cake topper of a bride and groom. Colourful macaroons are replacing cupcakes. Dance floors are adorned with custom vinyl monograms of the bride and groom’s initials. And look for special lighting, which amps up the décor of the reception site, adding warmth and atmosphere.

On this special day, couples want their signature style shining through. The possibilities are endless! From sheer whimsy to the outrageously breath-taking, today’s couples are style-makers and it shows!

daviesCopyright © 2013 – Sheryl Davies. Sheryl Davies is a long-time wedding industry veteran who has seen the changes but also knows why they came about. She has published “The Wedding Guide Windsor|Essex County” since 1990. She hosts radio shows for her clients on http://www.am800cklw.com. Visit Sheryl’s Blog and Facebook page and http://www.Facebook.com/sheryldavies.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Your Wedding Colors Decoded

Your color scheme is one of the most important personal choices you’ll be Making when designing your wedding. Colors are powerful — they create ambiance all on their own. Go with colors you love.

Keija Minor, Editor-in-Chief of Brides.com says, “Pick one of your favorite hues as the main color of your palette, it makes shopping for your decor details fun and more organic. Sticking to it will help you weave all the elements – from your invitations to you signature cocktail – into one cohesive event.”

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White: White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the color of perfection. This color of choice for the traditional bride is and will always a staple in bridal fashion.

Ivory: The same thing that is said about a white wedding gown can be said about an ivory one. It is also a very traditional color. However, some believe that ivory is also a symbol of tainted innocence. This is old school thinking and nowadays brides go for ivory because it looks better than white on their skin.

colorwheelRed: Red may symbolize many things, the positives being love, infatuation, strong emotions, excitement, energy, strength, and passion. Many different types of cultural-based weddings are where red wedding gowns tend to be the most popular. But don’t count out the bride that simply wants to make a statement and stand out from the crowd.

Pink: The color pink represents innocence, a child-like personality, freshness, purity, love, good health, and good life. Pale pink represents happiness, youth, play and fun at weddings. It can also be worn to show a more flirtatious personality. Pink is normally a color associated with women and their femininity.

Gold: Gold, particularly yellow gold, represents wealth, wholesomeness and tradition. Brighter golds tend to match the sun, synthesizing happiness and good fortune.

Lavender: Lavender is a traditionally feminine color. With lavender comes the sense of softness and nostalgia.

Green: Green creates a ecofriendly and natural feel to weddings. Green is used in more inventive wedding schemes that include unusual floral arrangements and decorations.

Champagne: Champagne is a subtle color that conservatively accents traditional wedding colors. Champagne creates a subtle vintage feel at weddings.

Coral: Coral is a less traditional color in Western weddings. It usually is used to add a Latino, East Indian or Caribbean feel to the ceremony.

Blue: Blue is obviously associated with the color of water and the sea. It represents calmness and peacefulness. Blue also conveys femininity, life, purity, etc., just as water does. Blue can also symbolize stability, security and lifelong loyalty.

Silver: In weddings, silver is used as a subtle way to flaunt wealth and sophistication.

Remember to check Pinterest for lots of color ideas. Another great place to hunt for color ideas, besides the web, of course, is your local hardware store. Head over to your Home Depot or any other home improvement superstore of your choice and check out those paint swatches. You can take the color swatches with you to compare to your magazine clippings.

Here is a cool color tool, from Big Huge Labs called the Palette Generator. You can upload any image from your computer and it will instantly “create a harmonious color palette” for you. What a great way to come up with a wedding color scheme!

BONUS Article: 18 Perfect Wedding Color Combos
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Wedding Color Chooser – Build the perfect color palette for your wedding
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The Meaning Behind Wedding Colors
Wedding Colors that Go Together
15 Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Colors

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Smartphones at Weddings: Potential Distraction!

Smartphone users! Please, PLEASE stay out of the way of the professional photographer at the wedding!

smartPhonesYour guests will most likely arrive at your wedding armed with their smartphones and some with iPads. Smartphones and iPads at weddings are one of the modern bride’s etiquette dilemmas. The use of smartphones for photosharing can be a great addition to weddings, and can make it faster and easier to get the candid shots that you once had to hunt down from guests. However, they can be a problem for the professional photographers that were paid big bucks to capture the wedding photos for the bride and groom.

The wedding ceremony should never be dominated by guests trying to get the perfect shots as the brides are walking down the aisle. First of all it’s bad etiquette to be in the way of the professional photographers as they shoot the wedding.

I encourage the brides and grooms to request that guests respect the sacredness of the occasion by refraining from photographing during the wedding ceremony. One way to keep smartphones in check is to include a brief note in your invitations, and a reminder in the form of a sign as guests enter at the ceremony area or a note in the program.

smartPhones5Sample note to include in your invitations: “We want you to be able to enjoy our wedding day, feeling truly present and in the moment with us. We’ve hired an amazing wedding photographer who will be capturing the way the wedding looks and we’re inviting each of you to sit back, relax, and just enjoy how the wedding feels. We are respectfully asking that everyone consider turning all cameras, iPads, Smartphones and cell phones OFF during our ceremony. (OR… We are respectfully ask that you do not block the view of the photographer as they take their photos; for example, do not take photos from the center aisle, etc.). We will be happy to share our wedding photos with you when they become available. The greatest gift you can give us is just being fully here with us in this sacred and special moment.”

Sample note in ceremony program: “We want you to be able to relax and have fun with us today! With this in mind, we are respectfully asking that everyone consider leaving all cameras, iPads, Smartphones and cell phones OFF during our ceremony. (OR… We are respectfully ask that you do not block the view of the photographer as they take their photos; for example, do not take photos from the center aisle, etc.). The greatest gift you can give us is just being fully here with us in this sacred and special moment.”

smarPhones2For those of you who think it might be rude or inappropriate to request that guests refrain from taking photos during the wedding ceremony, remember, the bride and groom have paid big bucks to have a professional photographer capture photos of their special memories.

What is inappropriate is waving your Smartphones in the aisle while the photographer is trying to get the best shot possible. Not good. Guests often crowd the newlyweds with Smartphone cameras during special must-have shots like the first kiss, cake cutting or the first dance. It becomes difficult for the photographer to do their work when they have to compete with so many smartphone users.

“My heart breaks when a guest ruins an otherwise lovely image or jumps in front of me when I’m capturing a key moment from the day. It completely slays me when this happens because while I am not remotely egotistical at all, I am fairly confident that my image would have been better than the one they captured. In the past 6 years of being a professional wedding photographer, it’s also been sad to watch the progression from seeing smiling, encouraging and happy faces as the bride is escorted up the aisle to faces hidden behind the backs of cameras and cell phones that line the aisle.” ~ Corey Ann, Corey Ann Photography, North Canton, Ohio

smartphoneIf the Bride and Groom approve, I will make the following announcement as soon as I am at the alter: “Ladies and Gentlemen, The bride and groom request that you turn your cell phones, ipads, cameras and other digital distractions (pause – just a few seconds) back on after the wedding. The professional photographer will capture how this moment ‘looks.’ I encourage you all to capture how it ‘feels’ with your hearts and without the distraction of technology. Thank you.” When I pause and say, “back on after the wedding,” the guests will often find this funny and it usually lightens things up a bit before the ceremony begins and it makes the point in a humorous way.

SPECIAL NOTE: If you are the bride and groom or are in the wedding party… when the professional photographer is taking photos after the wedding… ONLY look at the photographer – not the guests who are taking photos if you want the photographer to get the best photos. It looks pretty weird when the photo shows the eyes of some of the group looking at the photographer’s camera and the others looking to and fro.

BONUS Article: 7 Ways To Ruin A Wedding With Your Smartphone
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“Unplugged Weddings”: Preventing Guests From Destroying Your Photographs
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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Wedding Hairstyles for Brides – Choose Early

The Little Wedding Guide, Guest Author

Whether your wedding is coming up next month or next year, choosing the right hairstyle is something that you’ve probably thought about once or twice. Start collecting ideas for wedding hairstyles now, and pick several for your hair trial.

hairstyle1Here are a few tips to help you decide upon the perfect hairstyle for the big day.

hairstyle2The tools you’ll need:

1. A few bridal magazines. If you haven’t started thinking about the day-of “do,” one of the best places to start looking for hairstyle ideas is in bridal magazines. Hairstyling magazines are okay, but normally don’t have a lot of real bridal updos to browse through. See if you can find a few good glossy magazine pages to work from and save them to show to your stylist.

2. A little online research. This step should be a fun one – it’s easy to get overwhelmed with online photos, though, so stick to the basics and when you find a few photos of wedding hairstyles you like, go with them!

3. Look for photos on Pintrest.

Hint: You can Google terms like “wedding hairstyles,” etc., and then click on “Images” in the left sidebar next to the search results – this will show you literally thousands of photos that match your search term.

hairstyle3Some tips for your first hair trial appointment.

When discussing updos with your hair stylist, keep in mind that your profile will be facing your guests throughout most of the ceremony, as you face your fiancé. If you have medium-length to long hair, pulling it back or up on the top of your head (at least the front sections) will let your guests be able to see your beautiful and happy face, and not just a head full of hair. They want to see your beautiful smile, trust me!

When you have some styling ideas in mind, it’s a good idea to schedule a hair trial no later than about a month or so before the wedding. That will give you some built-in time to make changes to the final style if necessary.

Most importantly, be sure to bring your veil, headpiece, and anything else that you’ll be wearing on the day of the wedding to your hair trial appointment. Having a friend there with you to take a few pictures of your new style helps a lot too, just in case you decide you’d like to discuss any changes with your stylist before your final hair appointment.

Copyright © 2013 – The Little Wedding Guide.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Welcome to Our Wedding ~ Video

Filed under: Wedding Tips,Wedding Video — Larry James @ 7:30 am

Create a Welcome Video to be played just before you are introduced at the reception…

Most likely you won’t be able to greet all of your out-of-town guests when they arrive, so consider arranging a virtual welcome. Talk to your videographer about creating a brief video of the two of you welcoming them to your wedding location, and provide tips for things to do in the area along with what they can expect for the rest of the weekend (or simply create your own with a digital video camera!).

Danny & Eva’s “Welcome to our Wedding” video – Be sure to turn the volume down if you’re watching at the office!

Read more: 10 Simple Ways to Wow Your Wedding Guests!

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Will Sex on Your Wedding Night Be Unforgettable or Should You Fugetaboutit?

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Your wedding night is a very special occasion in ways more than one and you should do whatever you can to make it a memorable night. It’s your first night together as wife and husband. Planning for your wedding night is just as important as planning for the wedding and reception. It’s a night to be savored by the both of you. Plan ahead to make it a night to be remembered.

weddingnightbathYour wedding day is a often a stressful day with all the pressure, exhaustion and the expectations so be realistic in your approach… slow down. Take your time. Be realistic. It is an accepted statistical fact that these days, less than half of newlyweds consummate their union on the night of their wedding and often on the first night of their honeymoon. Why? Because they are so exhausted and emotionally drained from the weeks and the days that have preceded it that they just want to sleep and recover. What could happen is that one of you falls asleep, or isn’t in the mood. If they do, that is not a prediction of a doomed marriage. Spend the time relaxing and remembering how wonderful your wedding day was.

Wedding nights are only really steamy and romantic in the movies. It is wise to lower your expectations and just let it happen. Between the pressure, the exhaustion, and the alcohol you might have consumed at your wedding, this may not be the most amazing sex you’ve ever had. That’s okay. Cuddle. Do spoons. Rest up for another day. Your big day if over… time to relax and maybe just fall asleep in each other’s arms. That’s pretty sexy. Just try to enjoy whatever happens.

Anticipation is one of the key ingredients of making love. Premarital abstinence may help. Abstinence makes the loins grow stronger. For a period of time before the wedding, ban all sexual contact so that your desire for each other will build up until the wedding night. A week-long of celibacy might be a good idea.

Flirt with each other at your wedding and reception… then get frisky. It will help to arouse your desire for each other. Little things like holding hands, touching one another, etc., keep you focused on each other, and build anticipation as the wedding night approaches. Even in the presence of other people do not hesitate to let your partner know that you are looking forward to being intimate together later. Enjoy this moment with a wink, send them a kiss and tell them that you love them. Plan to sneak away during your reception to have a little alone time. Have your disc jockey/wedding entertainer plan a few things to involve the guests… for 15 or 20 minutes they probably won’t even notice that you are missing.

Bride-and-groom-jumping-on-a-bedBe sure to plan ahead to ensure that you have transportation readily available after the reception to take you to your wedding night hotel. Let you family and friends be assigned to transport any gifts, etc., to your home… not you.

Romantic tradition has it that the groom should carry his wife over the threshold. Have children? Hire a trusted friend to watch the kids. Make sure you reserve a beautiful suite at a hotel. Never go the “cheap” route and go home after the wedding. Hang a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door. Also don’t leave for your honeymoon right after the wedding. Sleep in. There’s nothing remotely sexy about waking up at 5:30 a.m. to catch an early flight. Breakfast in bed is a great idea. Remember to ask for a late check out at the hotel.

Next… relax. Plan a CD with some of your favorite soft music. No Cell phones or TV tonight… not even to check the scores. Order room service. With all the mingling, taking pictures, dancing, cutting the cake and giving a speech at your receptions, some couple are to busy to eat or enjoy their reception meal. Take some time to talk about the parts you liked best of your wedding day. Focus on each other. Highlight the special moments of your life together so far.

kissthebrideNOTE for the guys: Be gentle. Be romantic. This is the night to get very, very intimate. Go very, very slow. Pace yourself. Don’t be a two-minute wonder! Never feel any pressure to thunder into the hotel room and start rattling the bed posts. Skip the clichés and tell her what it really feels like to be laying next to the woman of your dreams on the most magical night of your life. Remember, intimacy is not only about sex. This is a great time to talk about how you truly “feel” about your partner. That is intimacy too.

There is nothing better than perfect ambiance. Have the hotel staff sprinkle rose petals on the bed, around the floor, and scatter lots of lit candles everywhere. Order chocolate-dipped strawberries. The room must smell of fresh fragrance. Scent can be a powerful aphrodisiac. Take a luxurious bubble bath together. Good hygiene is hot. Have some bed-side breath mints handy. Make this night special.

A survey of brides and grooms by Brides.com ask the question: “How was the wedding-night sex?

• 61% ~ Awesome
• 21% ~ Meh!
• 13% ~ Didn’t happen
• 5% ~ Reproductive

SideNote… Don’t ask friends to decorate your hotel suite. Some think it’s funny to “short-sheet” your bed or to play practical jokes on your wedding night. Not a good time to be funny. Romance is the rule of the night.

It’s often easy to spot a couple who definitely will not be making love on there wedding night. Most likely it has to do with a little too much social lubrication. Ease up on how many drinks you consume. Lay off the shots. Your wedding night should be memorable… that means you need to remember it. Alcohol affects your libido. Missing out on making love and waking up with a hangover is never a great way to begin the rest of your life together.

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“Bliss out in the tub. Prepare beforehand for a romantic bath. Think rose petals, massage oils and candles, as well as sponges or loofahs to wash each other with. Just turn the water on and enjoy.” ~ Michelle Bender

To tired for wedding night whoopee? Wait until the morning. Perhaps morning-after sex might be a better idea.

The wedding night marks the beginning of a new responsible life together and is extremely significant in the life of each of you. Your wedding night may not be the best night of your lives but it is the starting point of a life that can turn out to be a wonderful life together. Perhaps the best promise you can make to one another is to get through the day together and turn your focus on the marriage that lies ahead.

BONUS Article: 10 Sex Tips for a Magical Wedding Night
Wedding Night Whoopee: Hot ‘n Heavy or Hype?
What Really Happens on the Wedding Night

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Monday, May 6, 2013

How To Cut a Wedding Cake in 4 Easy Steps

Jill Lauren, Guest Author

It’s your Wedding Day. You’ve prepared for everything. The First Look went off without a hitch, the Ceremony was incredible, the First Dance was spectacular….now it’s time to Cut the Cake. But wait – How to cut a wedding cake?

This is usually the part of the evening when your wedding planner quickly explains what to do and then gets out of the photo. But were you really listening to her? Everyone is looking at you and your new husband and the two of you are supposed to know how to do this. But let’s get real – cutting cake with another person is only going to happen once in your life…so you really don’t have a clue.

Not to worry. I’m here to give you the 4 easy steps to cutting the cake. That’s right – only 4 simple things to remember and the two of you will seem like pro’s. When your wedding planner stops by to give you the run down, you can say “We’ve got this covered, our photographer gave us everything we need to know on how to cut a wedding cake.”

1. Decide on Forks or Fingers – If you are using forks to feed each other, then you won’t be smashing cake (or at least you shouldn’t be). If you decide to use your fingers to feed each other cake – then feel free to smash away. My one rule – be ready to lick off any smashed cake from the other persons face(Also if you’ve decided on forks – then make sure there are 2 available before you get started)

305-WEB-304-Britney-Florencio-Wedding-1-19-13(pp_w307_h204)2. The Cutting Utensils – in front of you is usually a long knife and a spatula-type thing. The knife is used first – the spatula second. The brides hand grabs the knife first, the groom places his hand over the brides. You will make two cuts – a Triangle. Don’t worry about making it too big. But be sure to cut all the way through all cake layers with both cuts.

3. Serving each other – The spatula-thing is used now (one of these days I should know what the name of that thing is) Only one of you needs to do this part – you already cut the cake together, now one person can use the spatula to scoop the cake onto a plate (If the bride is doing the scooping, then the groom should be holding the plate). It’s easier to decide beforehand who will be doing what.

300-WEB-297-Suzanne-and-Christopher-11-10-12-300x1994. Feeding each other – This is the fun part. Remember, you already decided on Forks or Fingers. Now just have fun. You get to have your cake and eat it too!

Make sure this isn’t the only taste of cake you get – be sure to have a whole piece later on. I missed out on eating cake at my wedding and I was a little sad afterwards.

So now you know how to cut a wedding cake. You’ll be all set for your wedding day. Or you can always be available to tell your friends how they should do it. It’s always nice being the friend that knows what to do in circumstances like this.

Photo Credit: Jill Lauren Photography, Phoenix, AZ.

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Two First Dance Wedding Songs to Consider ~ Videos

My DJ friend, Ron Ruth, from Kansas City suggested several songs to consider for your first dance. Enjoy!

One listen to “I Do” by Colbie Caillat and Brides and Grooms will be finding ways to include the song in their wedding reception. Plus, it’s got a catchy little beat that you’ll want to listen to over and over again.

Give “I Do” by Colbie Caillat a listen and tell us what you think. Is this new song a wedding winner?

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Colbie Caillat’s “I Do” Lyrics:

It’s always been about me, myself, and I
I thought relationships were nothing but a waste of time
I never wanted to be anybody’s other half
I was happy saying I had a love that wouldn’t last
That was the only way I knew ’til I met you

You make we wanna say
I do, I do, I do, do do do do do do doo
Yeah, I do, I do, I do, do do do do do do doo
Cause every time before it’s been like
Maybe yes and maybe no
I can’t live without it, I can’t let it go
Ooh what did I get myself into?
You make we wanna say I do, I do, I do, I do, I do, I do

Tell me is it only me
Do you feel the same?
You know me well enough to know that I’m not playing games
I promise I won’t turn around and I won’t let you down
You can trust I’ve never felt it like I feel it now
Baby there’s nothing, there’s nothing we can’t get through

So can we say
I do, I do, I do, do do do do do do doo
Oh baby, I do, I do, I do, do do do do do do doo
Cause every time before it’s been like
Maybe yes and maybe no
I won’t live without it, I won’t let it go
What more can I get myself into?
You make we wanna say

Me, a family, a house, a family
Ooh, can we be a family?
And when I’m eighty years old I’m sitting next to you
And we’ll remember when we said
I do, I do, I do, do do do do do do do
Oh baby, I do, I do, I do, do do do do do do do
Cause every time before it’s been like
Maybe yes and maybe no
I won’t live without it, I won’t let us go
Just look at what we got ourselves into
You make we wanna say I do, I do, I do, I do, I do, I do,
Love you

Charlie Wilson’s third solo album, “Just Charlie,” released December 3, 2010, contains a new single titled “You Are.” With it’s soulful sound and romatic lyrics, there are some that have already pegged “You Are” as a hot and fresh wedding first dance pick.

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Charlie Wilson’s “You Are” Lyrics:

Butterfly is what I feel inside
And every time it’s like my first time oo wee
And I can’t never find the words to say
You’re the perfect girl
You’re made for me
It’s so easy to love you baby
We’re compatible, incredible and natural we are
And girl I’ve never felt this way before
From the bottom of my heart
Baby girl I just wanna tell you that you are
The reason I love the reason I trust
God sent me an angel
You are the best in the world
A wonderful girl
Knowing you by my side brings tears to my eyes
Baby
Girl you had me from the moment I looked into your eyes
And I knew you were an angel but you were in disguise
Tell me how can I be so lucky
That you fall down from heaven for me
Oo baby
Some people searching life time and never find the true love oo wee
Heaven care enough for me to give me you
And now our heart can beat together
Standing strong girl here forever
You and I(you and I)
You and I (you and I)
I just want you to know
The reason I love the reason I trust
God sent me an angel
You are the best in the world
A wonderful girl
Knowing you by my side
And a man aint suppose to cry
But girl you are
The only woman I’ll make love to
The reason I come home every night
Girl you are
You’re all that I need in my life
And it almost feel
It’s not fair
Loving you?
You are (you are)
You are
You are the reason I love the reason I trust
God sent me an angel
You are the best in the world
A wonderful girl (you’re a wonderful girl)
Waoh Oh
You are
(Baby you are)you are?
(You are)You are all need
(You are)Baby heaven has sent you to me
(Baby you are)the one for me
(You are)the air that I breathe
(You are)baby you are you are (oohh yeahh)
You are, you are everyday to me baby
You are eveything oh baby
Baby you are
Baby you are…

Larry’s NOTE: A special “thank you” to Ron Ruth for calling these videos to my attention.

BONUS Article: Put on Your Dancing Shoes!
How To Make Your First Dance One To Remember
Interesting Choices for First Dance Songs
It’s Your 1st Dance as Wife and Husband – Make it Special

1st Video Copyright © 2011 – Universal Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. & Lava Music, LLC
2nd Video Copyright © 2010 – Music video by Charlie Wilson; Charlie Wilson performing You Are. 2010 JIVE Records, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

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