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SMP Blogger Bride: A Dash of Details’ Gets in Shape for Her Big Day

Hi Brides! It’s Ali from A Dash of Details here again to talk about something every Bride thinks about: working out. Every Bride wants to feel their best on the inside and out on their Big Day, so I am here to share a few tips on how I am getting in shape for my own wedding! But let’s be honest, it is much easier to get motivated with friends by your side.

If you are anything like me, I get so bored doing the same workout day after day. I love to workout – especially take classes – but I always have a hard time committing to just one studio. My friend Natalie started Studio Hop for just this reason. With her help to keep me motivated, these weeks leading up to the wedding we headed to three different studios for a good sweat and a lot of fun.

I found that pilates has been a great workout for my body. It is low impact, strengthens your core, elongates your muscles and helps you tone in all of the right places. It doesn’t hurt that Pilates Methodology is located in the most darling renovated old house.

The next day, Natalie and I headed to City Surf Fitness. Any workout that has you laughing and sweating at the same time is a win in my book. Just imagine great music, high cardio and balancing on a surf board. It is definitely a recipe for a great workout.

We needed a day to rest after City Surf, so Natalie and I decided we would try two workout classes at Burn Cardio. Boy, we sure got a great workout thanks to an amazing instructor. Spin and Yoga are a great combination of workouts. We first started with a high intensity spin class with great jams, strobe lights and cardio off the bike, and then headed into their yoga studio for some strength and stretching. This studio really has it all! 

We had such a fun week with our girlfriends, and the three different workouts allowed me to feel like I got a full body workout. I am starting to feel great on the inside and out! Also, cute workout clothes always help!

Staying motivated each week can be tough, especially when you are busy planning your wedding. Just remember that working out is a great stress reliever (even if it is just 20 minutes a day) and it always helps to have a partner to hold you accountable. It is also a great distraction from my busy day and a little friendly competition is always fun!

Good luck getting in shape! Remember, it’s a must to feel great on the inside so you will shine on your Big Day! I know you can do it!

Photography: Kristen Dee Photography | Ali's Outfits: Lululemon | Blog: A Dash Of Details | Cardio Studio- Plano, Texas: Burn Cardio | Pilates Studio- Uptown Dallas: Pilates Methodology | Surf Studio- Uptown Dallas: City Surf Fitness | Workout Membership: Studio Hop Fitness

Ali Bronska

Blogger Bride
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Romantic Meadowood Napa Wedding

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From The Bride…Chris and I met at work in FL and we were friends for a few years. We both moved to separate cities for new job opportunities (me in Chicago and him to the Bay area). We kept in touch and kindled our relationship during his work travels to Chicago. So, after a year and half of long distance I decided to make the move to San Francisco and then 6 months later we were engaged! We are truly each others best friend.

I grew up in a small beach town in Ft. Myers, FL. My family is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. My parents were both born and raised there and my sister was also born there before my parents moved to the states; so I am the first generation american. We traveled a lot growing up, and I used to spend my summers in Buenos Aires. For college, I went to Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee.

Chris proposed in Halfmoon bay at Ritz Carlton as the sun was setting. There was a bag piper playing as he went down on his knee which was so fitting because he is Irish. Afterwards, my family surprised me and we all celebrated together over dinner and cocktails friends. It was a magical evening.

My vision for the wedding is timeless sophistication, and elegance…The whole wedding team I assembled have executed my vision flawlessly…The day was perfect. Thank you Coco for capturing the day and details so well. We are so excited !

Photography: Coco Tran | Floral Design: Fleurs De France | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Meadowood Napa Valley | Band: Lucky Devils Band | Venue: Meadowood Napa | Invitation Suite: Ceci Of New York | Makeup & Hair: Artistry By Danika | Planning & Design: Heather McMichen for Meadowood Napa Valley

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The Black Tux

In a quickly changing world of fashion, it seems that one thing has stayed the same for entirely too long: tuxedo rentals. But SMPers, The Black Tux is here to turn a tired process on its head. Offering gorgeous and well-made tuxedos and suits that are ordered online, delivered right to your door and perfect for your guy and his groomsmen for the big day.

The Black Tux offers beautifully fitting tuxedos and suits made from the highest quality Merino wool (available in slim and classic styles), 100% fine cotton shirts, real leather shoes and even luxe accessories to complete the look — and all of this, starting at just $95. Start to finish, the process is easy-as-can-be. Simply choose one of the site’s curated looks, or create your own, then order online and a week before your event, The Black Tux delivers a perfectly fitted ensemble right to your door. Once the big day is done, you can skip the cleaning and return it all with the pre-paid shipping label! Perfect for couples planning all the big day details, The Black Tux has a new test tux program allowing them to preview any tux or suit in the collection for a 48 hour period to make sure they’re happy with the fit, size and quality. For more info, head over here.

The Black Tux’s fit specialist team makes sure each suit out the door is perfect, and in the rare instance the fit isn’t just right, they’ll cover the cost to make adjustments or overnight a replacement. And get this — their wedding concierge service makes planning with a group of groomsmen a cinch as they’ll help build a look, fit your guys and even keep track of each order to make sure everything is set to arrive on time! Talk about convenient. For more information and to get started on your order, head over here!


Bridal Beauty: Soft Side Braid

When you think about beauty on your big day, braids aren’t the first thing that come to mind. But with lots of lovely braids filling my Pinterest boards lately, I think it is time to reconsider. A soft side braid is the perfect hairstyle for any laid-back and romantic bride, and Jennie Kay’s impressive hair skills prove this look could be perfect for you! Get inspired by this soft side braid in the video below!




step-1Comb hair into a deep side part. Apply a bit of smoothing paste to a small section towards the front, leaving out a few small pieces around your face.

step-2Begin braiding the hair, including sections as you go to create a french braid. Continue braiding towards the back of the head, until you’ve reached the end of your hair. Secure with a clear elastic.

step-3Take a small section at your crown and tease with hairspray and a comb.

step-4Pin the braid underneath the teased hair and then drop this section to hide the end of the braid.

step-5Use a curling wand to gently curl the small sections of hair around your face and pin these into the braid. Finish it off with texture spray.

Film: Elysium Productions  | Photography: Ruth Eileen | Hair and Makeup: Jennie Kay Beauty

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