Our very own Jeanette Patenaude, who is also a part time kickboxing instructor, shares her favorite exercises for toning your arms, abs, and glutes. The great thing about these workouts is that they can be done anywhere and without any gym equipment.
Push-ups are one of the best workouts you can do. Not only do they strengthen your chest, but they shape your shoulders, triceps, and glutes while toning your core. So, if you have a sleeveless or strapless wedding dress, you definitely want to start incorporating push-ups into your wedding workout routine!
A: Get into high plank position, with your hands under and slightly outside your shoulders.
B: With your core tight, lower your body until your chest nearly touches the floor. Pause, then push back up to high plank. Do as many reps as you can!
Squats work the glutes, hamstrings, quads, and calves. By adding a jump to the squat, you are adding extra calorie burn and power. No need to buy those butt padded Spanx for under your dress, all you need to do are jump squats!
A: Stand with your feet wider than hip-width apart, toes pointed slightly out. Keeping your chest upright and core tight, bend your knees and sit your hips back.
B: Press through your heels to jump as high as you can off the ground, swinging your arms behind you and do 10-12 reps.
Knee Catch Sit-ups
Sit-ups help tighten and tone your core. Doing standard sit-ups will only work one part of your core, so adding the knee catch intensifies the core work. Add some of these into your usual ab workout and before you know it, your dress will fit like a glove!
A: Lay down flat with your arms above your head and your feet nearly touching the ground, keeping your core engaged.
B: Sit up fast while bringing your knees into your chest and “catch” them, making sure your feet don’t touch the ground. Do 15-20 reps.
Mountain Climbers with a Twist
Mountain climbers will help you get those abs, as this move works several core muscles, while also providing cardio. Similar to push-ups, these help shape your shoulders and triceps. Now let’s get those arms photo ready!
A: Assume the push-up position (high plank).
B: While keeping your core tight, lift your right foot and bring your right knee toward your left shoulder.
C: Alternate sides and do 10-12 reps.
Whether you have a year or a month until your big day, incorporating these quick, effective workouts into your daily exercise routine will help you look and feel your best in your wedding dress!
The Swank Team
Since we talk about our couples all the time and often post photos of their big day, we thought it would be fun for you to get to know them in advance. The first couple we’d like to introduce you to is Lydia and Henrik. Here’s the couples’ love story from the Bride.
How they met and fell in love…
I met Henrik the day after his birthday in January of 2012. We were both out with friends that night, and though we only talked for a few minutes, we clicked right away. He thought our age difference was too big, though, so we didn’t make plans to meet again. But when I emailed him, he emailed me back, and after a month of emailing back and forth, we decided we had way too much to talk about to just leave it at that! We finally got together for dinner one Sunday night, and the rest is history. We have many of the same passions, like art, travel, and a deep curiosity about life, and we fell in love over the next few months as we discovered how well we balance and complement each other.
How they got engaged…
We got engaged at the beginning of our travels in Europe this past summer, when we were in Paris. It was a beautiful sunny day in one of my favorite cities. As we began our day of sightseeing, so began Henrik’s search for a quiet moment to propose – no easy feat in one of the most tourist-laden places in the world! He was thwarted not once, but twice. First, he thought he’d pop the question at the Jardin des Tuileries, which he knew I loved. So we strolled over, only to find that it was gated shut for construction. Then, he figured the Louvre would be a good spot, given our shared love of art. But just as we walked into the courtyard, I noticed a bride walking by and exclaimed, “Look! How romantic!” He was foiled again. We decided to walk towards Notre Dame next. As we stood there admiring the façade, Henrik noticed that there weren’t too many tourists close by – we had ended up with our quiet moment after all. He told me to face the cathedral so he could get a picture of me looking at it while he got down on one knee behind me. When I turned back around, he was holding the ring. (He got the picture too!)
Random fun fact about the couple…
Henrik is Norwegian, and I have a major sweet tooth. Early on in our relationship, I asked if I could sample the mysterious candies he had stocked in his pantry. Since then, I’ve been completely addicted to Turkish Pepper, a kind of salty licorice candy that you can find in Scandinavia and Finland. I never even liked licorice before, and now I eat it more than he does!
Does it get anymore romantic than that? We’re thrilled Lydia and Henrik brought on the Swank Team to ensure a flawless day when they tie the knot next June at the gorgeous Lyman Estate in Waltham. We can’t wait to see how this beautiful garden themed wedding comes together.
The Swank Team
Please help us welcome Steph to the Swank Events Team!
Stephanie Querzoli, Marketing & Communications Specialist
Stephanie discovered her passion for event planning and communications when she interned for the Starlight Foundation in Australia and then with the Boston Bruins Foundation. After graduating from Boston University with a Communications degree, Steph began her career in event planning and communications at a small nonprofit in Boston. She has a wide range of experience from public relations and marketing to executing both small and large scale events. Steph loves learning about others and helping them create their dream event.
5 Fun Facts about Stephanie
- Steph loves the show Friends and can quote entire episodes.
- Her favorite sport is football and she has even won her fantasy football league.
- She loves all things weddings and enjoys taking calligraphy and flower arranging classes.
- Steph loves sweets, especially s’mores.
- Her favorite place to be in the summer is at the beach – sometimes you can find her surfing!
The Swank Team
We’re thrilled to have Betsy join the Swank Events dream team!
Betsy LeBlanc, Assistant Event Planner
Betsy is the go-to of her friends and family to make any event come to life. From surprise birthdays, anniversaries, going away parties and even camping and skiing trips, she takes on the responsibilities of planning with great enthusiasm, extreme organization, and unwavering accountability. She isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty if it means the flawless execution of an event!
5 Fun Facts about Betsy
- Betsy loves the wintertime. Snowboarding, hot chocolate, and strolls in the snowfall are some of her favorites.
- She would rather exercise than go shopping and is training to become a Barre Instructor.
- Pickles are one of her favorite snacks but she can’t do enough to satisfy her sweet tooth.
- She loves to get creative baking cakes, cupcakes, and cookies for her coworkers.
- She once recorded five tracks on a Christmas album for her family.
The Swank Team
We are so excited to announce a new member has joined the Swank Events Team!
Jeanette Patenaude, Event Planner
After graduating with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from UMass Amherst, Jeanette began her career in events with a Boston based non-profit. Over the past five years, she has grown her expertise in all aspects of event planning. Jeanette has a true love and enthusiasm for all events. She is creative, a problem solver and will do whatever it takes to make any event successful!
5 Fun Facts about Jeanette
- Jeanette enjoys spending her summers on Cape Cod.
- She is obsessed with kickboxing and is currently training to become an instructor.
- Jeanette loves to draw – she actually designed her own wedding stationery and has created custom invitations for her friends.
- She loves her Shiba Inu named Lilly (named after Jeanette’s love of Lilly Pulitzer).
- Her favorite TV show is Mad Men, even the theme song is her ringtone!
The Swank Team