Charles Cooper Plans Gay Daughter’s Wedding

It’s always nice to see someone so hateful have a change of heart. Attorney Charles Cooper, a republican who was against gay marriage and defended California’s ban on it in front of the Supreme Court, now gets a change of heart. He is now helping his stepdaughter plan her wedding to another woman. Gay marriage is now legal in 17 states across the United States.

The wedding is set in Massachusetts and will happen in June. His stepdaughter Ashley is engaged to a woman named Casey. He revealed he found out that his stepdaughter was gay when he was handling a case for During his defense against gay marriage in front of the Supreme Court last year, he disputed that gay unions weaken the marriage involving a man and woman.

Due to the current affairs in his personal life, Cooper admits that his views are changing on the matter. “My views evolve on issues of this kind the same way as other people’s do, and how I view this down the road may not be the way I view it now, or how I viewed it ten years ago,” he admitted.

He also said, “My daughter Ashley’s path in life has led her to happiness with a lovely young woman named Casey, and our family and Casey’s family are looking forward to celebrating their marriage in just a few weeks,”

Ted Olson, one of the lawyers who was against him in the Supreme Court case said that, “Every day, people around the country are looking at the marriage issue afresh and challenging their long-held assumptions,”

Nowadays the greater part of Americans is for gay unions according to public polls.

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74 Wedding Guests Fall Ill After Catching the Norovirus

One of the wonderful things you can look forward to when attending the wedding, are the wedding favors. They can come in all shapes and sizes, but apparently for one wedding some of them brought home the norovirus.

Photo by Tom Magliery and publicly shared via Flickr under a Creative Commons license.

Photo by Tom Magliery and publicly shared via Flickr under a Creative Commons license.

After a wedding held in West Warwick on Blossom Street on April 5, the Rhode Island Health Department has received a total of 74 reports of people out of the 190 guests falling ill because of the norovirus. Norovirus is a highly communicable disease that causes severe diarrhea and vomiting. The prognosis of this disease is generally good and can be spread through human contact and food.

The source of the virus has not been determined, but the department went on to clarify that there has been no evidence that it was spread by the restaurant. “We have no evidence the disease was spread by anything the restaurant did,” admits Michael Fine, the current Health Director. “It could’ve just as well been spread by a sick person attending the event.”

The owner of the establishment, Debbie Correia, was told that only 28 of all the guests who attended had gone to a health professional as a result of the illness. The establishment further issued a statement, “We wish the 28 individuals who were confirmed as having a norovirus, all attendees at one wedding on Saturday, April 5, our best wishes. Notably there were 3 other wedding events happening the day before, and for days after. Other than the guests at this one event, no other reported illnesses have ever occurred here at West Valley Inn.”

To further clear itself, the inn clarified that the whole workforce and facility has been inspected and have been absolved of any bacterial concerns.

Since the outbreaks, no new reports have surfaced. The department further stated that the outbreak of the Norovirus is over.

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What are Junior Bridesmaids?

Everyone knows what a flower girl is, as well as a bridesmaid. Flower girls are little young girls that put everyone in high spirits because of their cuteness. Bridesmaids are older girls that serve as an extra hand to the bride. What happens when you have a girl that is too old to be a flower girl but is as well too young to be a bridesmaid? Junior bridesmaids aren’t a common idea at weddings but are certainly not to be ruled out.

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Photo by Javcon117* and publicly shared via Flickr under a Creative Commons license.

The typical age for a junior bridesmaid is 8-16 years old. At this age, they’re pretty much responsible enough for bigger roles so they can now be given a little bit more responsibility like helping with the wedding planning. Of course, you shouldn’t place all the work on your junior bridesmaids, but they are there to lend a helping hand as well.

The bridesmaids are traditionally shoulder their own dresses, so the young junior bridesmaid is expected to as well, or at least her parents will be. This of course is not a rigid rule, so if the bride and groom have money to burn, they could pay for everyone’s dresses if they wished to.  Naturally, it would not be wise to pick favorites. If you pay for one bridesmaid or junior bridesmaid’s dress, then you’ll have to pay for everyone else’s.

The junior bridesmaid can help around and be under the care of the older bridesmaids. She may carry a bouquet and be dressed like the other bridesmaids if the bride and groom see this as appropriate. Another option would be to let the junior bridesmaid bring candles or a smaller differently styled bouquet instead to stand out.

Essentially, the junior bridesmaid’s duty is up to the bride and groom. Fortunately for our generation, these days we are not as restricted to tradition and we can bend norms if we wanted to in the name of practicality.




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Are You Thinking About Flower Girl Dress Tutus?

The vast majority of little girls want to grow up to be a ballerina. The excitement this brings little girls makes it an excellent choice as a flower girl dress for a wedding. Fortunately as well, there has been a growing trend in having tutus as flower girl dresses. If you haven’t experienced a wedding with flower girl tutus, then this could be an excellent time to try it out. Tutus give a unique style to any wedding since it is a timeless style.

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Photo by allthecolor and publicly shared via Flickr under a Creative Commons license.

Flower girl tutus are excellent for weddings in the summer since it can get a little hot.  The fabrics of tutus are made from layers of tulle. Tutus, tutu skirts can be gotten in different colors, lengths and styles at very affordable prices. One variation of the tutu dresses can be that the fabrics of the dress be filled with petals. Other dresses can sport a laser dot skirt in whatever color they fancy so that the dress will shimmer.

The good thing about tutus as well, is that if you can’t decide on one single color, you can choose to have a rainbow colored one. If that doesn’t fancy you, then the tutus could also be in a simple white color or a pastel shade.

Another reason to strongly consider having flower girl tutu dresses is that there is a high likelihood that your flower girl would want to use this dress again for many other occasions. Not only are tutu dresses stylish, they are one of the few designs your flower girl will enjoy wearing. There’s nothing better than seeing your flower girl enjoy herself and commemorate your wedding by using the dress over and over.


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Shopping for Kid’s Costumes

Dressing up means a lot to kids, whether it’s for Halloween or for another occasion, since there is nothing like being another person for a day. Most of the time, costumes are needed for Halloween more than any other occasion. If you’re feeling a bit confused about kids costumes, and then read on to find out about the basics of kid’s costume.

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Photo by Marisa and publicly shared via Flickr under a Creative Commons license.

One option for you would be to shop online. This is relatively easy to do but does not come without risks. It’s very convenient to shop online and you should expect to have so many options available, not to mention the discounts. Sadly, you can’t take the good without the bad. One risk of shopping for your kid’s costume online is that you have to have ample time for the shipping and time for alterations if needed. Shopping online is good if you have much time on your hands, but even if you don’t, there are always more choices to the shipping depending on where you live.

When shopping for your kid’s costumes, whether it is for Halloween or for a birthday party, you must always keep in mind your child’s safety. Costumes that are too long or too loose can be a hazard, especially knowing that children enjoy running around. Don’t wait for your kid’s costume to snag on something before you do something about it. Masks can also be a hindrance, so keep this to the older children. Children are a clumsy sort, so blocking their view won’t help at all.

Last but not least, don’t forget that these costumes are for your kid not you. As an adult you are there to guide, so don’t force your child to wear what you want them to wear. The choice ideally should come from them.




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How to Deal with Springtime Allergies on Your Special Day

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Worried about seasonal allergies on your wedding day?

Many brides prefer to walk down the aisle in spring just when flowers bloom like crazy and the sun comes out often to envelope the landscape with warmth and bright light. It’s also the season when trees are flowering and the grasses and weeds are pollinating with gusto. Though it’s quite pretty to look at, the burst of sunshine and flowers may not bring good news for those people with sensitive nasal passages and those who inherited a messed up inflammatory response to pollens. To them, springtime is also the season when their allergies kick in.

If you’re getting married this April or May and you’re suffering from seasonal allergy, then the mental image of you sneezing your way through the bridal march must be filling you with dread right now. And, it’s not only you who’s vulnerable. Everyone in your entourage and any of your guests are susceptible to allergens. The runny nose, red-rimmed watery and puffy eyes, and clogged nasal passages are enough to put them in a bad mood or stop them from enjoying one of the happiest days in your life.

Rather than wallow in misery as you contemplate the worst things that could happen on your special day, why not consider the list of helpful tips we’ve put together for brides-to-be? They’re also useful suggestions to the flower girls, junior bridesmaids, bridesmaids, maid of honor, the groomsmen, best man, the groom himself, the families of the bride and groom, and all the wedding guests.

Avoid outdoor weddings as much as possible. No matter how attractive the idea may be, the presence of pollens and mold spores in the air makes it impossible for you to have a garden or lawn wedding. Exchanging vows under a blossoming tree is also a no-no. Perhaps, a beach wedding at a tropical tourist destination may be a good alternative for you.

a bouquet of pink roses

Roses are “perfect flowers” that won’t cause allergies. They’re also perfect for wedding bouquets.

Choose “perfect flowers” for the wedding bouquets, floral balls or baskets, and event decors. These flowers have both female and male parts. So, they don’t need to release pollens to reproduce. Examples of “perfect flowers” include roses, dandelions, lilies, tulips, daffodils, crocus, clematis, columbine, cactus, begonias, geraniums, hydrangeas, zinnias, irises, periwinkles, and hostas.

Avoid “imperfect flowers” like the plague. Remember to skip or pass over floral arrangements that have chamomile, chrysanthemums, daisies, goldenrod and ordinary sunflowers. If you need to have them in your bouquet and decors for whatever reason, then ask your wedding coordinator to have them freeze-dried before adding them to your hand-held posy or to the decorative table centerpieces at the wedding reception.

Add stems of wheat, barley and oats to your bouquets and decorations. These decorative grasses don’t release pollens when reproducing. They’re also attractive to look at, especially when they’re dyed a certain color to match the floral arrangement’s palette.

Ask that the grass be cut a day before the wedding. The place where you’ll be saying “I do” may be surrounded by manicured lawns, which most chapels, churches, and private venues are wont to display. Paying extra for the lawn mowing service is worth evading exposure to possible allergic compounds released from freshly cut grass.

Pollen counts are higher in the morning than the rest of the day. Schedule your wedding in the afternoon or evening if you want to reduce your exposure to allergens. You may also want to check the pollen count in your area via, which has a color-coded map of the states where pollen counts are high. As expected, the lowest counts are in the southeastern states where Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida have more humid climates.

Stock up on anti-allergy medication and combine up to five different types. Take oral medications daily, but use nasal sprays and eye drops as needed. Start using oral steroids a day or two before the wedding to inhibit the body’s inflammatory response. Usually, medications are enough to control the symptoms. However, people who suffer from severe allergy symptoms that last more than a few weeks are advised to start a long-term therapy that involved taking allergy shots as early as 6 to 12 months before allergy season starts.

Seasonal allergies can be controlled or even suppressed to give you and your beloved the chance to enjoy your special day. Children with nasal allergies fare better when they’re handed bouquets of mildly scented flowers. While the strong fragrances of jasmine and roses appeal to the senses, they may not be as pleasantly smelling to the little ones as they seem to older kids and adults.

Girls’ Attire for Graduation Breakfast, Brunch or Dinner Parties

Graduation ceremonies have many other names: convocation, invocation, commencement exercises, and more. Most academic institutions require their graduates to wear a white formal dress for girls and a suit and tie for the boys.

However, marching down the aisle isn’t the only highlight of the day. Graduates are usually invited to a special breakfast or brunch before the rites. There’s also an after-party of sorts or a special dinner scheduled much later. What does your newest graduate wear to these functions? Check out our suggestions below.

classic white taffeta dress for graduation day

This classic taffeta dress with a smooth flowing skirt is perfect for a special breakfast or brunch with fellow graduates. You can change the color of the hand-tied ribbon sash.

Classic Taffeta Dress with Full Skirt and Satin Ribbon

There’s nothing more gorgeous than a smoothly flowing silhouette created by the classic taffeta spaghetti strap dress with a full skirt. This style of dress has a poly taffeta layer on top and lined with soft fabric and fine netting to give the skirt added volume and to protect the girls’ legs from the stiff material. It also retains warmth when needed, especially in early spring when the winds still carry a little chill as the snow in the northern regions melt away. Finally, the satin ribbon tied around the waist is customizable to the school’s colors or according to your fresh graduate’s preferences.

Sleeveless White Satin Dress with Colored Ribbon

This style of dress is as shapely as the taffeta, but it has wider sleeveless straps. Its satin bodice is more rounded and higher compared to the classic white dress. Its full wide skirt has a smooth satin layer on top and layered with soft lining and netting to add volume and protect the legs. The ribbon’s hue can be customized to match the school colors or the graduate’s personal tastes.

white satin dress for graduation day

A white satin dress with a full wide skirt adds elegance to your young graduate’s attire for the commencement exercises. It’s also perfect for a special dinner or afternoon tea with fellow graduates.

Both of these dresses are appropriate for breakfast or brunch pre-parties and for the graduation rites. Graduates can wear them to an after-party gala or a private dinner party, but with more accessories, such as a shawl, some more jewelry, high-heeled shoes, and satin gloves.