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Volume 18

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Editor In Chief: Shafonne Myers

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR This issue has been weighting heavy on my heart hence why it’s taken a bit longer than normal to get it out. I started the Pretty Pear Bride Magazine as a way to bring bridal inspiration to plus size brides but I soon realized that it’s harder than I thought to put the time and energy into something even if you are passionate about it. So I had to take a break from working on it. And the crazy part is that people actually noticed. Let me back the train up a bit. When I was taking a break, I did some major soul searching about what means the most to me and what is giving me the most return and honestly the magazine doesn’t. The time I put into it just doesn’t equate to what I get back from it. BUT, I got tons of emails from plus size brides that actually missed it and really looked forward to

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it for inspiration. And at that moment I realized that it wasn’t about making a return on it, it was about giving curvy brides inspiration and hope that they aren’t getting anywhere else. That’s what it was about. And here I am back, renew, rejuvenated and back on track with the reason why I do what I do. I do it for those brides that long to see a plus size bride that looks like them and gaining inspiration and confidence from that. Yes, that’s worth more than any amount of money. So here we are with our Spring Issue I’m sharing some amazing tips and trips for a spring plus size bride, as well as gorgeous real weddings and our cover shoot all the way from the UK. Enjoy and I’ll see you for the Summer Issue, which won’t be too far behind this issue! LOL! @prettypearbride @prettypearbride /prettypearbride /prettypearbride Summer/Fall 2016 PPB Magazine 5


all is the time of year that I start looking for holiday gifts and really take time off to concentrate on myself and enjoy my family. So I included some great picks to help focus on you and enjoy the holidays with family!

AMAZING! WORK IT The FitnessMat by WellnessMats adds the ultimate comfort to your daily exercise routine. Whatever your fitness regimen, do so safely and comfortably with the proven, innovative design.

BLING This Kate Spade boxed set contains a rose gold-plated, glittery bangle and a pair of matching studs, which can be worn together or mixed with other pieces. makes a perfect present, for yourself or someone else! 6 Summer/Fall 2016 PPB Magazine

Kinda in love with this look from Melissa Mccarthy Seven7’s new collection, especially this tulle skirt!

GOOD READS As a busy wife, new mother, business owner, and designer, Emily Ley came to a point when she suddenly realized she couldn’t do it all. She needed to simplify her life, organize her days, and prioritize the priorities. She decided to hold herself to a standard of grace rather than perfection. This mantra led to the creation of her bestselling Simplified Planner®, a favorite among busy women everywhere—from mamas to executives and everywhere in between.

Health and Beauty


Why You Need Vitamin E? And How To Get Your Daily Dosage

ou get your fill of vitamins C and D by eating oranges and soaking in a little sun each day, which is good for your body and mind. Small habits like these can have a big impact on your overall health and help you feel your best each day. However, vitamins C and D aren’t the only vitamins your body needs to thrive. Take vitamin E, for example. This overlooked vitamin is essential to our well-being and yet, many people don’t know anything about it. Let’s take a moment to learn about the super vitamin, and what you can do to get your daily intake.

What are the benefits of vitamin E? Vitamin E, like vitamin C, is an antioxidant and therefore helps improve immunity levels. Here are the possible benefits of vitamin E, and how it can specifically enhance your health. * Fights summer colds: Winter isn’t the only time

you can catch a cold. In the summer, vitamin E can boost your immunity to prevent sickness during the warmer months. * Extends cell life: What’s the secret to aging well? While there are many factors that can influence aging, vitamin E can extend cell life to keep skin in great shape for years. * Repairs damaged cells: With vitamin E oil, you can also repair damaged cells. Specifically, vitamin E can be used to treat sunburns and scars. * May reduce risk of heart disease and cancer: There’s still much to be discovered about vitamin E. Currently,

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doctors and scientists are testing whether vitamin E can reduce the risk of serious health conditions, like heart disease and cancer.

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* Reduces risk of cataracts and other eye issues: Maintain eye health and prevent serious eye diseases by getting your daily intake of vitamin E.


* May slow down cognitive decline: Studies have found that a higher intake of vitamin E in older individuals can reduce cognitive decline and can even slow down the progression of diseases like Alzheimer’s.

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How can I get more vitamin E in my diet? The US Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin E in individuals 14 years and older is 15 mg. Instead of taking supplements to get the recommended daily dosage, however, save your money and add vitaminrich foods to your diet. “The simplest way to increase your vitamin E intake is to follow a healthy diet that focuses on eating vitamin E-rich vegetables, fruits, healthy fats and lean forms of protein,” says Lyssie Lakatos, a registered dietitian. Lakatos lists these five foods as examples of what you can include in your vitamin E-rich meal plan. * Pistachios: A protein-packed snack, pistachios are also a rich source of vitamin E you can take on-the-go. * Spinach: When preparing salads, toss some spinach into the mix. This dark, leafy green is also high in calcium. * Eggs: Eggland’s Best eggs contain 10 times more vitamin E than ordinary eggs, which is equal to 25 percent of the recommended daily intake for vitamin E. They are also packed with omega-3s, vitamins like B12 and D, and contain 25 percent less saturated fat than other eggs. * Avocados: Add an avocado to your salad or make guacamole to get the benefits of this healthy, vitamin E-rich fruit. * Olives: Whether you like to eat olives as a snack or use olive oil when cooking, you can expect to increase your vitamin E intake by including olives in your diet.






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*6 pieces of turkey bacon, cooked and chopped *1 avocado, sliced *salt & pepper to taste *½ cup whole grain croutons (optional) Dressing: *1/4 cup light mayonnaise (or plain Greek yogurt) *1 tablespoon water *1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar *Salt and pepper to taste Preparation: *In a large bowl combine spinach, onion and tomatoes. *Place all of your salad dressing ingredients together in a jar and shake until completely combined. *Top spinach mixture with two hard-cooked eggs per bowl, sliced avocado and croutons. *Drizzle with dressing and enjoy! All vitamins, from vitamin C to vitamin E, are essential to your overall health. Visit Eggland’s Best to learn more about the nutritional benefits of vitamin E.

Making Vitamin-E focused meals is simple and delicious. Here’s one recipe you can try at home today!

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Countdown to Your Wedding 12 Months Before

8 Months Before

4 Months Before

Tackle the Guest List

Book the caterer, band/DJ, florist, photographer and any rentals

Select Groom and Groomsmen attire

Finalize and order your dress

Plan Rehearsal Dinner

Set-up room blocks for out of town guests

Confirm Vendors

Dream about your Wedding Talk Money Figure out who’s paying for what

Decide on Hair and Makeup Book a venue for ceremony and reception and settle on a date

Have fun and Register Begin Hair and Makeup Trials

Hire a wedding planner, if you are using one

Cake Tastings and Order Cake

2 Months Before Mail Invitations

10 Months Before

6 Months Before

Buy gifts for bridal party, parents, and your fiancĂŠ

Book an officiate

Send Save the Dates

Purchase Day of Accessories

Look for the perfect dress

Book Honeymoon

Confirm Day of Transporation

Pick your bridal party

Book the getaway car {if needed}

Shop for Vendors

Book transportation for guests {if needed}

Take Engagement Photos Order Bridesmaid Dresses Purchase wedding bands

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6 Weeks Before

48 Hours Before

Day of

Apply for Marriage License

Pick up your dress

Exchange presents with your groom

Get Everything Printed; programs, menus, other weddingreception stationery

Put all vendor tips in envelopes. Delegate to Maid of Honor or Best Man

Confirm Arrival of Bridesmaid Dresses

Write day of balance checks that are due

Give the rings to the best man and maid of honor Eat small, light meals Get Gorgeous

Plan welcome baskets for out of town guests

Drop off welcome baskets for out of town guests to hotel

It’s Bachelorette Party Time

Wrap bridesmaids and grooms gifts

Bridal Shower

2 Weeks Before

Day Before Reconfirm Pick up times

Final Dress Fitting Last minute dolling up Give shot list to photographer Rehearsal and Rehearsal Dinner Review music with DJ/Band Give Bridal Party Gifts Review RSVP’s and wrangle up the stragglers Update the Registry

Get Married and Live Happily Ever After

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2017 Sydney’s Closet Bridal Collection Fernando Legaspi Florida

Photographer: Fernando Legaspi | Venue: Hollis Gardens | Model: Ana Garcia | Dress: Sydney’s Closet 16 Summer/Fall 2016 PPB Magazine

Sydney’s Closet introduces a whimsical casual wedding dress for the curvy bride that pairs the Bohemian spirit with vintage romance. The exquisite ivory floral lace overlays a blush lining for a color combination modern brides crave. Delicate pearl beads embellish the illusion bodice and continue through the waistline. Magic continues in the detail of the lace trimmed hemline with soft, sweep train. Ideal for bride planning an informal or destination wedding.

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Stephanie and + Michael Stephanie Michael Square Eye Photography California

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Photographer: Square Eye Photography | Venue: Limoneira Ranch

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Laramie + Jonathan

by Lieb Photographic LLC Virginia

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Photographer: Lieb Photographic LLC | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals | Invitation Designer: Chikpea Graphics | Dress Store: Curvaceous Couture | Apparel: Endless Creations Flowers & Gifts | Linens and Coverings: Main Street Weddings & Events | Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Men’s Wearhouse | Event Venue: Tuscany Hall

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Marcy + Tim by Jorge Macias California

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Photographer: Jorge Marcias | Bridal Salon: Mariposa Bridal Boutique| Dress Designer: Morilee Bridal

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Photographer: Elle Danielle Photography | Restaurant: ACRE | DJ:DJ Markee | Cake Designer: Frost Bake Shoppe | Floral Designer: Kacie Cooper Floral Designer | Dress Store: Lows Bridal & Formal | Makeup Artist: Mickens | Invitation Designer: | Bakery: Muddy’s Bake Shop | Event Planner: Southern Charm Event Group | Makeup Artist: Yolunchee Dockery

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Photographer: Krizel Photography | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo Bridal | DJ: Hendrix Mobile Entertainment | Bakery: Royal Decadence Cakes | Reception Venue: Seven Sycamores Ranch | Floral Designer: Sweet Memories Flowers | Groomsman Attire: Tux-N-Tails

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5 Golden Rules of Planning a Destination Wedding Soft sand warms the soles of your feet and the smell of sweet flowers fill the air. The salty mist of the ocean kisses your cheeks while the laughter of friends and family brings joy to the heart. This isn’t just an amazing vacation for your loved ones, it’s your wedding day. Images like this are inspiring more brides than ever before to forego traditional weddings made popular by their parents’ generation in exchange for dreamy, relaxing destination celebrations. It’s the ultimate way to customize a wedding, and often it’s more affordable than going the traditional route. “Once intimate affairs, destination weddings are no longer just for small groups,” said Cheryl Cox of Grand Strand Bridal Association. “The most intriguing and prominent wedding trend of 2016 is couples expanding the guest list for their destination weddings to include people beyond immediate family.” The reason this trend is growing so rapidly is that it provides guests more than just the opportunity to see a loved one tie the knot. It really gives them a mini-vacation that they’ll never forget. It’s a vacation with a purpose, and plenty of time for fun and activities are built into the experience. However, brides and grooms who want to embrace this growing trend 82 Summer/Fall 2016 PPB Magazine

have a few unique considerations. To ensure everyone has a great time, follow the five golden rules of planning a destination wedding for big groups: Rule 1: Select an accessible location. You’ll get more RSVPs if you select a destination that is easy and affordable for everyone to access. Consider air travel and drive times from guests’ locations. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is a great example that is a four to eight hour drive from many Midwest cities, plus has an international airport, with plenty of non-stop flights from major cities. Furthermore, a domestic locale like this means guests don’t have to worry about passports and complicated travel logistics out of the country. Learn more at http://www. Rule 2: Look for myriad of lodging options. Getting a block of hotel rooms is a common practice, but go a step further to provide guests with a variety of lodging options so they can pick what best suits their tastes and budget. Traditional hotel rooms, B&B style accommodations at historic plantations and even vacation home rental options let guests choose what makes them most comfortable. Be sure to mention accommodation info on your wedding website and/or invitation. Rule 3: Opt for a city with variety.

Some people adore spending days on the beach or hours golfing while others crave visits to landmarks and amusement parks. Consider what a location has to offer beyond the ceremony. You’re giving guests a reason to splurge on a mini-vacation, so a place like Myrtle Beach with more than 100 golf courses, plentiful shopping, 60 miles of pristine coastline and lots of attractions for kids means there’s something for everyone. Rule 4: Be involved but don’t micromanage. Provide guests with important information about the location, such as popular attractions, transportation specifics and amenity details. It is custom for the couple to pay for one or more events in addition to the wedding celebration, so let guests know what you’ve planned. However, keep it to no more than one activity per day to allow time to explore as they please. Rule 5: Make gifts optional. Guests spend more money to attend a destination wedding than a hometown affair. Be a gracious host and make gifts optional. By allowing their presence to be your wedding gift you’re showing good etiquette and understanding. This thoughtful gesture opens more funds to enjoy their vacation to the fullest, which is what you wanted when selecting a group destination wedding in the first place.

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The Over-The-Water Suites at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay, Jamaica

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Pretty Pear Bride Magazine [Issue 18]  

Pretty Pear Bride Magazine is a magazine dedicated to bringing bridal inspiration to plus size brides. We feature articles and real weddings...

Pretty Pear Bride Magazine [Issue 18]  

Pretty Pear Bride Magazine is a magazine dedicated to bringing bridal inspiration to plus size brides. We feature articles and real weddings...