No time to get to the spa? No problem. DIY it in your home bathroom.

Spas are wonderful, and there’s nothing more luxurious than being pampered for an afternoon at a lovely spa, especially as you prep for your wedding.  But who has an afternoon these days?  And if you did, would you spend it lying around with cucumbers on your eyes? No, you’d be catching up with sixteen different things you were meant to do yesterday.  So what’s to be done? Create your own spa in your bathroom at home.

If you look around at a spa with a critical eye, you’ll see that that mood is set by many things that you can recreate at home. The three most important, conveniently, are the three least expensive.

  • Lighting  There’s always a soft glow in a spa, making everything feel relaxing. You can’t work in dim light, right? You have to surrender to being peaceful.  At home, you can put your bathroom lights on a dimmer.  When it’s bathtime for the kids, you’ve got all the light you need. But when it’s time for your little getaway, you can dial it down.

    This too, could be a  spa!

    This too, could be a spa!

  • Scent Oh, the smell of a spa. Sometimes it’s floral, sometimes beachy, but always takes you somewhere other than everyday life.  One of the parts about spa-ing it up at home that’s better than your local day spa is that you can customize the scent. It can be exactly you.  Use a diffuser, candles or even your favorite perfume on strategically placed cotton balls (I swear it works) and your bathroom smells like a personally customized dreamland.
  • Sound Music sets the tone of any situation, and again, here you can customize.  If Enya irritates you, hearing her ghostly echoes kind of harshes your mellow at the spa, am I right? At home, you can customize your playlist, including only what you love.  Mozart, Marvin Gaye, whatever soothes you.

So now you’ve got a low-lit, sweet-smelling bathroom, with an awesome soundtrack. Get in there and start relaxing!

Be well, and love well.


Bonus: Check out this awesome recipe for citrus infused spa-water!

Wedding Movie of the Week! Legendary Mafia Drama- The Godfather

The opening scenes of The Godfather are set at a beautiful outdoor wedding with a band, a lovely cake, and all the trimmings. It also serves as a way to introduce the nature of the film as we learn that Don Corleone is hearing requests because “no Sicilian can refuse a request on his daughter’s wedding day.” And with that you’re sucked in to a time and a world far from our own.  And it’s delicious.  And then there’s another wedding! We’ll call this one a destination wedding. It’s traditional and beautiful.  When you surface, almost 3 hours later, get your hands on the sequel. There’s no wedding in that one, but there is an elaborate backyard celebration of a first communion. That will do. Enjoy.

The Godfather


Love This Palm Springs Wedding Video!

Our bride Sheri Drew shared this adorable highlight reel with us of her October 2012 Palm Springs wedding. A classic church wedding just tugs at the heartstrings- and this couple will send you over the edge. So adorable. Enjoy.

Sheri + Chris 10.20.12 from Nicholas Andrew Films on Vimeo