Monday, March 25, 2013

Honeymoon As Unique As the Wedding

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The first known literary reference to the honeymoon was penned in 1552, in Richard Huloet's Abecedarium Anglico Latinum. Huloet writes:

Hony mone, a term proverbially applied to such as be newly married, which will not fall out at the first, but th'one loveth the other at the beginning exceedingly, the likelihood of their exceadinge love appearing to aswage, ye which time the vulgar people call the hony mone.  —Abcedarium Anglico-Latinum pro Tyrunculis, 1552
The Plaza Hotel, New York City

Typically honeymoons start on the night they were married, with the couple leaving halfway through the reception. Now many couples will leave 1–3 days after the ceremony and reception. The couple basically wants to enjoys the reception to its fullest.  There may be a need to tie up loose ends with the reception venue.  Newlyweds relish a relaxing night afterwards the festivities to recover before leaving on a long journey.

Need a hotel for that relaxing getting to be a couple period before the real honeymoon?  

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What are you looking for in a hotel?

  • Resort hotels often contain full-sized luxury facilities with full service accommodations and amenities.
  • Historic Inns and boutique hotels frequently contain luxury facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations.
  • Holiday Inn, Courtyard by Marriott and Hilton Garden Inn have select service.
  • Hampton Inn, aloft, Holiday Inn Express, Fairfield Inn, Four Points by Sheraton, and Days Inn are examples of limited service.
  • An Extended Stay hotel is designed especially for longer stays with large studios featuring fully-equipped kitchens … amenities you won't find in a typical hotel room.

Historical Hotel Savoy in Florence

The Blackberry River Inn in Norfolk, CT
Bed and Breakfast

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 Madison Hotel in Memphis, TN

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Underwater Hotel

Jules' Undersea Lodge is an American hotel located in Key Largo, Florida and is the only underwater hotel in the United States  The Jules’ Undersea Lodge used to be a marine lab The lodge features a 2 bedroom 1 bath retreat that can be rented for a night. Extended underwater honeymoons in the hotel are available.

Couples seeking a truly different way to start their married life, Jules' Undersea Lodge offers all of the romance and adventure of an underwater wedding combined with the comfort and convenience of a dry setting.

The Grand Canyon Railway and El Tovar Hotel

The Grand Canyon Railway from Williams to the Grand Canyon National Park was listed in the National Register of Historic Places  The Grand Canyon Railway offers one daily round trip from Williams to the Grand Canyon everyday except December 25. Grand Canyon Depot, also known as Grand Canyon Railroad Station, was constructed in 1909-10 for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon The station is within 330 ft of the rim of the canyon, opposite the El Tovar Hotel, also built by the railroad. The hotel is one of only a handful of Harvey House facilities that are still in operation, and is an early example of the style that would evolve into National Park Service Rustic architecture. El Tovar Hotel has 78 rooms and suites, two of which are accessible rooms.  It was most recently renovated in 2005. Visit gallery page to view images of the El Tovar Hotel.

Floating Hotel

The former ocean liner RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, United States uses its
Photo: D Ramey Logan
first-class staterooms as a hotel, after retiring in 1967 from 

Transatlantic service. Queen Mary is now a full-service Long Beach hotel, historical landmark, and entertainment venue.

Enjoy the warm California weather and get married on the bow or stern under the Gazebo during sunset. If you’d prefer a more traditional setting, the beautifully crafted Royal Wedding Chapel will make any couple feel so special.
Bear Mountain in Killington Ski Resort, VT

 Ethan Allen Express 

The Ethan Allen Express is a 241-mile passenger train operated by Amtrak between New York City and Rutland, Vermont, via Albany. The scheduled total trip time is 5.5 hours. Its operations are subsidized by the State of Vermont, and the train is popular among vacationers travelling to the ski resort area of Killington.  

Killington Resort is a four season destination that sits on 3,000 acres. Located in central Vermont, Killington has 141 trails and 21 lifts, extending across six interconnected mountain peaks.  The mountains that make up the Killington resort separate the town of Killington (with its access road) from the city of Rutland, Vermont.

More Ice and Snow

Ice Church in Romania
Ice Hotel Chapel, Quebec- Chensiyuan
 Ice Hotel in Sweden-Stephan Herz 
Main hall in ICEHOTEL Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, 2007.
 Sculptures by Jörgen Westin

Friday, March 22, 2013

White Engagement Rings - Not Diamonds

 Azcolvin429 at en.wikipedia

Diamonds are traditional stones of English-speaking societies. Tiffany & Co. published these poems "of unknown author" for the first time in a pamphlet in 1870.

She who from April dates her years,
Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow; this stone,
Emblem of innocence, is known.

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Diamonds are a beautiful, but expensive gemstone.  Many engaged couples want that white stone.  Many cannot afford that diamond.  They can have an affordable engagement ring without buying a cubic zirconia.  Cubic zirconia (CZ) is the cubic crystalline form of zirconium dioxide (ZrO2). The synthesized material is hard, optically flawless and usually colorless.

Many natural diamonds are formed at high temperature and pressure at depths of 87 to 120 miles in the Earth's mantle. Carbon-containing minerals provide the carbon source, and the growth occurs over periods from 1 billion to 3.3 billion years (25% to 75% of the age of the Earth). Diamonds are brought close to the Earth′s surface through deep volcanic eruptions by magma. 

Polished surface of the oldest zircon
so far found on Earth - NASA
Zircon is a zirconium silicate (ZrSiO4). It is sometimes incorrectly called "cubic  zirconium". Zircon forms in silicate melts with large quantities of high field strength incompatible elements. The crystal structure of zircon is tetragonal crystal system. The natural color of zircon varies between colorless, yellow-golden, red, brown, blue, and green. Colorless samplings that show gem quality are a widespread substitute for diamond and are also known as "Matura diamond".

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Zircon, zirconium orthosilicate, is found in most igneous rocks and some metamorphic rocks as small crystals or grains, mostly widely distributed and rarely more than 1% of the total mass of the rock. It is also found as alluvial grains in some sedimentary rocks due to its high hardness. Zircon has a high refraction index and, when the crystals are large enough, is often used as a gemstone.  
 Herkimer quartz found in NY

Rock crystal is an alternate and traditional birthstone for the month of April. Quartz is often associated with balance, clarity, and energy. It is widely used as a popular ornamental stone and is also used as a gemstone. Although it is one of the least expensive gemstones, cut rock crystal has been used as imitation diamonds. Pure quartz, traditionally called rock crystal and/or clear quartz, is colorless and transparent (clear) or translucent, Rock crystal can have the colorless clarity of pure water, unlike ordinary window glass which is a pale green.

 Sapphire is a gemstone variety of the mineral corundum, an aluminium oxide (α-Al2O3). Trace amounts of other elements such as iron, titanium, chromium, copper, or magnesium can give corundum blue, yellow, purple, orange, or a greenish color. Chromium impurities in corundum yield a pink or red tint, the latter being called a ruby. Colorless sapphires are sometimes used as diamond alternatives in jewelry. Corundum that contains ~0.01% of titanium is colorless. 

Announce Your Engagement-Wedding

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

March GREEN Madness

Forever Yours Bridal...

Green Orchid Boutonniere

Green fern wedding cake - Tristan Ferne