Wedding Traditions and History: The Ring Finger

Ever wonder why we wear wedding rings on our left hand, second finger from the last?

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Throughout the various stages in history, wedding rings have been worn on different fingers.  This includes the thumb and on both the left and right hands.

According to a tradition derived from the Romans, the wedding ring was worn on the left hand (finger closest to the pinkie) because there was thought to be the primary vein running through the finger. This vein was referred to as the ‘Vena Amoris’, or the ‘Vein of Love’, which was directly connected to the heart. Sadly, scientists have now proven that the existence of such a vein is actually false. Despite the discovery, this myth is still regarded by many hopeless romantics as the number one reason wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand.

Photo by Edyta Szyszło

Photo by Edyta Szyszło

Another Christian theory states that early marriages practiced a ritual of wearing the wedding ring on the third finger. During the ‘binding ceremony’, the priest would declare the following words: “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” At the same time, he would take the ring and touch the thumb, index finger, and the middle finger.  Then, while uttering “Amen”, he would place the ring on the ring finger, which sealed the marriage!

Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

If you missed it, be sure to check last months Wedding Traditions and History installment on Wedding Traditions and History: The Bridal Party!

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Allie’s St. Patrick’s Day Green Juice

Why not mix things up this year and add some fresh green juice to your St. Patty’s Day routine?  Allie’s St. Patrick’s Day Green Juice means business – it’s chock full of all the wholesome micronutrients your body craves.  Plus you can reward yourself with that green beer at the end of the day!

Photo by Mind Body Green

Photo by Mind Body Green

Ingredients ( Allie strongly suggests purchasing all organic produce ):

~ 1 bunch lacinato Kale, ends trimmed

~ 1/2 bunch parsley, ends trimmed

~ 4 sticks celery, ends trimmed

~ 1 head fennel, quartered with ends trimmed

~ 1 green apple, quartered

~ 3 lemons, ends removed ( but don’t remove the rinds, the lemon oil is from the skins is delicious and super healthy )

~ 1/2 inch ginger (optional)

Instructions:

1. Wash and prepare all ingredients

2. Run all ingredients through your juice in the order listed above

3. Drink immediately or bottle/refrigerate, tightly capping the bottle making sure there is no air inside.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Get to Know… Julie Forsberg and Chris Neubauer of Yonder

This week we’re excited to introduce you to our friends Julie and Chris of Yonder.  This dynamic and hardworking duo harnessed their talents and followed their dreams to form their own Custom Event Design company in 2012.  Julie and Chris pour their creativity into each and every project they take on, and it just so happens they’re a couple in real life too!  We felt it was only fitting for us to interview both of them together.
 
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Name: Julie Forsberg and Chris Neubauer
Company: Yonder Design
Started Our Business in 2012  
Located: San Francisco and Lake Tahoe

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Q: Which industry related tool can you not live without?

 A:  Julie:  Hands down, my exacto knife 

Chris: Pantone Swatch Book for mixing ink colors

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Q: When you’re not on site at an event, what can we find you doing?

A: Skiing is a passion we both share. Our company is actually named after my favorite ski run at Vail  

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When all of the snow has melted, you can find us paddle boarding around Lake Tahoe where we live for much of the year

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Q: At which venue are you dying to work?

A: A few of the private estates on Tahoe’s West Shore

Photo Courtesy Tahoe's Best

Photo Courtesy Tahoe’s Best

Q: My go to snack is ________.

A:  Julie: Baguette and Cheese

Chris: Salt and Pepper Pop Chips

Photo Courtesy Pop Chips

Photo Courtesy Pop Chips

Q: What is/are your guilty pleasure(s)?

A: Julie: Pistachio Gelato

Chris: Haribo Gummi Bears

Photo Courtesy xknowledge

Photo Courtesy xknowledge

Q: TV wise, what are you watching right now?

A: Julie: Downton Abbey  

Chris: Homeland

Photo Courtesy Boise Weekly

Photo Courtesy Boise Weekly

Q: I can’t stand ________.

A: Julie: Reality TV

Chris: being late

Q: What’s the last thing you purchased online?

A: Julie: An awesome pair of wood-shop goggles  

Chris: Custom milled paper from Italy

Q: Music wise, I am currently listening to ______.

A: Julie: Haim

Chris: Lumineers

Q: Favorite thing I currently have hanging in my closet is ______.

A: Julie: Collection of silk scarves from around the world

Chris: Orange Quilted Hunting Style Vest from Ralph Lauren

Photo Courtesy Ralph Lauren

Photo Courtesy Ralph Lauren

Q: What’s your favorite restaurant in the Bay Area?

A: Julie: We’ve been going to 1760 on Polk a lot recently for dinner

Chris: Plow in Potrero Hill is our go to breakfast spot.  The potatoes are a must! 

Photo Courtesy Food GPS

Photo Courtesy Food GPS

Q: What do you love most about working with the Stacy McCain Event Planning team?

A: Stacy and Allie are great to collaborate with.  They have impeccable taste and are always open to new ideas.

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In case you missed it, be sure you Get To Know… Stacy McCain!

Bridal Inspiration at the 2014 Academy Awards

Is it just us, or was the 2014 Oscars bursting at the seams with fabulous bridal inspiration!?  We loved seeing the stars walk the red carpet in beautiful shades of white, blush and beige.  The dresses were true stunners with so many textures and dazzling embellishments.  Below, we gathered our favorite dresses of the evening; some are demure while others are a bit more outrageous. With such a wide range of styles, you’re bound to find a favorite of your own!

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Photo courtesy Handbag

Kristen Bell in Cavalli

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Photo courtesy Pop Sugar

Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta

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Photo courtesy RSVP Shindig

Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Reem Acra

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Photo courtesy Fab Sugar

Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab

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Photo courtesy Huffington Post

Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé

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Photo courtesy Cambio

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace

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Photo courtesy Kitt Noir

Jessica Biel in Chanel Haute Couture

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Photo courtesy E Online

Guilina Rancic in Paolo Sebastian

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Photo courtesy That Fashion Chick

Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mischka

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Photo courtesy E Online

Lady Gaga in Versace

Still in need of a fashion fix?  Check out our 2014 Grammy Awards Red Carpet Faves