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Valley teen walks runway at Fashion Week

Le 18 septembre 2017, 10:50 dans Humeurs 0

Valley teen walks runway at Fashion Week (Photo:wedding dresses sydney)

At age 16, Selinsgrove High School junior Miranda Beaver has already crossed one item off her bucket list by walking the runway last Tuesday at New York Fashion Week.

"It was so amazing," the 5-foot, 9-inch, blue-eyed Selinsgrove teen said of modeling in the world famous fashion show held twice a year in Manhattan.

A week before the show, she went on dozens of auditions for designers and was chosen to model for Tumbler and Tipsy by Michael Kuluva.

"When I walked in (to the casting call) there were hundreds of girls. It was very nerve-wracking," said Beaver, who prepared by practicing her walk in six-inch heels.

The youngest model in the show, Beaver was joined at the event by her mother, Zena, and paternal grandmother, Dorothy Beaver.

"I was impressed. They knew she was a minor and gave us back-stage passes so we could be with her," Zena Beaver said.

The women enjoyed the chaotic scene, watching models getting their hair and makeup done by a bevy of professionals and getting fitted into their clothing.

Zena Beaver said she was pleased with the "age-appropriate" outfit the designer chose for her daughter.

"We saw some outfits that certainly would have gotten some head turns in Snyder County," she laughed.

Miranda Beaver has been gaining a ton of experience since signing with Modeling Management Group (MMG) four years ago. She recently signed a contract as the 2018 model for Stella Couture by Serendipity modeling prom gowns and in December, she'll be among the participants in the Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA competition.

"Her hard work over the past years is now literally paying off," said her father, Matt.

When Miranda Beaver received her first check from modeling, Zena Beaver asked if she wanted to keep a little to spend.

Instead, the teen put all of it in savings for college where she wants to study broadcasting and communications.

While she fulfills her modeling aspirations, Beaver continues to be focused on school where she participates in the marching band and the school play.Read more at:wedding dresses perth


Le 13 septembre 2017, 08:27 dans Humeurs 0

Soon-to-wed couple Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo are rumored to have held a secret prenuptial photo shoot as they traveled to San Francisco earlier this week. Now, new reports revealed that the Descendants of the Suncouple has already finished their wedding pictorial and the alleged locations were really scenic.

In an exclusive report by Koreaboo, it has been revealed that Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo have successfully completed their pre-wedding photo shoot in San Francisco, California. According to the outlet, a fan spotted the engaged couple and their crew at the Palace Hotel, one of the most famous accommodations in the Bay Area.

As previously reported, Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo traveled with a close friend and professional photographer Hong Jang Hyun. The famous photographer has worked with other celebrity couples, including Bae Yong Joon-Park Soo Jin and Lee Hyori-Lee Sang Soon as well A-list Korean celebrities such as CL of 2NE1.

The news site also added that Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo hired U.S.-based photographers Chung Ji Sang from New York and Eric Darius Nazarian from California.

The Song Song couple also tapped Korean photographer Yang Joong San and Akeel Nelson, a Jamaican videographer.

Apparently, Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo’s pre-wedding photo shoot began filming at Golden Gate Park, which is widely-known for its historical beauty.

The team then continued their pictorial at Mill Valley and ended in Calistoga, California, on September 7, reports revealed.

Although Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo have yet to confirm the alleged pre-wedding photo shoot, the photographers mentioned in the report have teased quite scenic views around San Francisco that many assume were the exact locations of the shoot.

Hong Jang Hyun recently uploaded a serene view of a forest-like location in San Francisco. Chung Ji Sang, on the other hand, shared a breathtaking view from the Palace Hotel. Another post shows Akeel Nelson holding a bunch of balloons believed to be props for the Song-Song couple’s photo shoot.

It can be recalled that Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo were spotted at LAX airport earlier this week as they jetted to San Francisco. Numerous photos of the couple at the airport and onboard the plane have surfaced online as well, adding more to the anticipation of their avid fans.

San Francisco is reportedly a special place for the Song-Song couple. Apparently, the couple privately traveled there last year, with Song Hye Kyo expressing her admiration of the city.

Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo are expected to walk down the aisle on October 31 at the Shilla Hotel.Read more at:wedding dresses australia | wedding gowns sydney

Sponsored weddings are on the rise but should guests still pay the hongbao price

Le 7 septembre 2017, 05:33 dans Humeurs 0

When guests attended Instagram influencer Melissa Celestine Koh's wedding dinner last month, many were initially wowed by the unique touches at the event.

The 28-year-old has some 234,000 followers on her main Instagram account. She has another Instagram account with 16,700 followers.

Beyond a photo booth, which has now become de rigueur at wedding celebrations, there was a flower bar where guests could design their own hand bouquets; a styling counter with make-up artists on hand to give guests a makeover using Dior cosmetics; and instead of servers offering Coke or punch, guests could help themselves to gin and tonic.

Upon entering the glitzy RitzCarlton Millenia Singapore hotel ballroom, guests were further treated to wedding favours in the form of TWG tea, macarons and artisanal soap.

Some guests wondered if all that they were being treated to were sponsored products.

Curiosity turned to suspicion, then anger, when some of the guests examined the wedding dinner menu, on a TWG Tea letterhead, which offered tea pairings with each course.

It seemed to them that the wedding dinner was heavily sponsored.

Other guests were further incensed when Ms Koh began giving shoutouts to various brands involved in the wedding on Instagram in the days following the event.

Her thank-you posts, which included big names such as crystal brand Swarovski and luxury jeweller Tiffany & Co, served to fuel guests' ire that the couple had not needed to pay much for their wedding.

What was the point of giving a hongbao, or red packet, if virtually everything was paid for?

"I felt cheated," says a guest at the dinner, who wanted to be known only as Min, 27. She has known Ms Koh since university.

"The sponsorships cheapened the wedding, made it insincere, and I felt as though she had made money off me through her wedding."

Another university friend, who also attended the dinner and wanted to be known only as Tim, 32, felt that Ms Koh had "created an ethical problem" by not declaring the various sponsorships to guests prior to the wedding.

"I would have given her an ang pow in any case, but changed the amount I put in it," he says.

While it is common knowledge that celebrities and other well known personalities are frequently dressed by various brands for their weddings, at red-carpet events and other personal engagements, sponsorship has found its way into the weddings of influencers - ordinary individuals who are able to amass a substantial following and reach on social media platforms.

Several sponsors for Ms Koh's wedding told The Straits Times that while they are used to dressing celebrities and loaning them items, her wedding was the first time they accorded such privileges to an influencer.

The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore confirmed that it had a "partnership" with Ms Koh which showcased the planning milestones in a wedding couple's journey, including a food tasting, bridal spa party, and the actual wedding banquet.

The hotel declined to give further details, citing respect for their guests' privacy.

Ms Koh's nine bridesmaids had 27 dresses made for them by designer dress brand Juillet, which amounted to some $5,000.

The 27 dresses were worn across three occasions during the celebrations and did not include another eight dresses, which the brand created for Ms Koh's engagement party in Bali.

One of Juillet's co-founders, Ms Sonia Ayu Lestari, 23, says: "This was our first time doing something of this scale for a bride. We love her photos and her follower demographic fits the population we are looking to target."

Influencers are seen as trendsetters who can shape the opinions and behaviour of many.

Retail marketing expert Lynda Wee says the concept of sponsoring a person with "high aspirational value" is not new.

"People can accept the inequality when a celebrity is sponsored. But it is unsettling when a girl-next- door gets this sort of treatment. People feel jealous," says Dr Wee, who runs her own consultancy and is also an adjunct associate professor at Nanyang Technological University's Nanyang Business School.

This trend attests to the power of technology, she says.

"Technology empowers anyone to be an entrepreneur. In the past, you will need to find an agency to represent you. But today, all you need is a mobile phone and you can create a community. Build the community up to become sizeable, monetise it, and then it can feed you."

She feels that there is therefore "nothing wrong" with what Ms Koh did for her wedding, because she had put in the "hard work" to build up a community over time.

"In fact, I give her credit. It's a smart business move. Instead of posing for a wedding, she goes through an actual wedding with her business partners and followers, which is very authentic."

"If she overdid it, followers will vote with their eyeballs and drop out of following her. In this social media age, today you can be hot, but tomorrow you are not."

Fitness blogger Cheryl Tay, 30, who attended Ms Koh's wedding dinner, says she enjoyed herself at the wedding, and that whether anything in the wedding was sponsored would not have had an impact on her hongbao-giving.

"The objective of giving a hongbao is not to help the person getting married recoup their spending. It's about celebrating with them and wishing them well," she says.

One of the earliest individuals who was able to harness the power of her reach for her wedding was blogger Xiaxue, whose real name is Wendy Cheng. The sponsorships for her wedding in 2010 included venue, food, photography and outfits.

Other influencers, however, choose to do away with sponsorships at their weddings.

They believe it will lead to an insincere experience for their guests, and because it also requires more work for them.

Events host Sara-Ann Krishnamoorthy, 38, got married in July and decided against accepting sponsorships.

She says: "Weddings are stressful enough. Why would I want to also worry about making sure I thank all my sponsors, and having to put up social media posts for them?"

"A wedding is supposed to be intimate and special. Sponsored things are great, but can lead to a wedding feeling really 'jia' (Mandarin for fake)."

Entrepreneur Cheryl Wee, 30, wed in July and accepted sponsorships for her wedding.

Because she doesn't want to be seen as "taking things for free", she gave her various sponsors hongbao after the wedding and also engaged some of them for her own events later on.

"The relationship between sponsor and receiver must be kept honest, fair and comfortable," she says.

When contacted, Ms Koh and her husband James Chen, 28, both of whom are full-time influencers, say that they sought sponsorships, although "most came to us". They also did not consider the option of not getting any sponsors.

"From our point of view, there is nothing wrong with working with the vendors the way we did, providing them with online exposure in exchange for their services."

They had hoped that all they did would make their guests feel "special" and "pampered".

The couple add: "The naysayers will be very comforted to know that we did not profit from the wedding. We did receive sponsorships, which gave us the means to celebrate in the way we did, but there were still large costs involved in the wedding."

They declined, however, to disclose the amount they paid for their wedding.Read more at:cheap wedding dresses | plus size wedding dresses

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