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I toke thee to be my wife: inside a cannabis wedding in California

Le 29 août 2017, 09:54 dans Humeurs 0

It was a picture postcard California beach wedding. The bride wore white. The Pacific Ocean lapped at the altar. The violinist played Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling in Love.

Then, upon being declared husband and wife, Zak Walton and Dani Geen inclined their heads, puckered their lips, closed their eyes and took long, deep puffs of potent cannabis.

A table by the altar had all the accoutrements: pots of cannabis concentrate, a torch lighter to heat it up, and glass vessels known as rigs, through which they inhaled the vapour.

Dani Geen takes a hit of cannabis

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The family and friends sat before them minded not a bit. This, after all, was a weed wedding and most of them had also ingested.

Melissa Cunningham, the wedding planner, said: “The psychic effect you get from it is very calming. Dani and Zak want to be on the same spectrum going into their matrimony.”

Everybody seemed to be on the same spectrum during the ceremony on Thursday at Stewart’s Cove, a bucolic beach near Carmel, south of San Francisco.

Walton, 30, savouring his first minutes of married life with a joint alongside bridesmaids and groomsmen, all smoking, said: “I’m feeling good. Nice and relaxed, medicated.”

What had he consumed so far? “I had some dabs at the hotel, a joint, some edibles. Not too much, not too little,” he said.

It was all legal: the cannabis buds in the bouquet and floral arrangements, the goody bags with joints and cannabis vapes, the cannabis-infused munchies (“handcrafted to melt in your mind”) and the dab bar at the reception in nearby Monterey, where a pot sommelier in a three-piece suit offered guests different ways to get lightly, blissfully stoned.

California voters approved recreational marijuana last November, a landmark victory in the fight for legalisation that has paved the way for the largest commercial pot market in the US.

Activists and entrepreneurs have found ways to “weedify” multiple products and services, including weddings.

It was news to the catering guys setting up chairs on the beach before the ceremony. “A cannabis wedding, really?” said one, astonished. “Is it, like, a thing?” asked another.

To evangelists, it’s the future.

Philip Wolf, the co-founder of the Cannabis Wedding Expo, which showcases industry products and services, said: “Down the road, people won’t call it a cannabis wedding, because bud bars will be normalised. Smoking creates a bonding aspect. People did it in ancient times. It enhances conversations.”

Luna Stower, 33, a friend of the bride, said cannabis soothed nerves and made couples more romantic. Stower, the wedding officiant and sales director for a cannabis distribution company, had benefited from munching toffee hours earlier made by a company called Mind Tricks. “It’s very relaxing. An aphrodisiac and a euphoric sedative that lasts a very long time. It has organic sugar so it’s a quality high,” she said.

The high did not addle Stower’s brain. She led the ceremony fluidly, without notes, and made a quip about the the couple loving and honouring each other “till dab do you part”. Dabbing is the term for heating a dose of concentrate on a hot surface and inhaling it through glass.

Cannabis brought the Oakland-based couple together because they started out as smoking buddies, said Walton, who works on cars. “One thing led to another and here we are 12 years later,” he added.

He uses the herb to ease backache and Geen, 31, uses it for fibromyalgia, tumours and other conditions. “Cannabis has been my medicine and my saviour,” she said. Not to mention her employer: she works for Harborside Health Center, a medical cannabis dispensary.

She wanted her wedding to show that cannabis could be classy – integrated into decor and menus, with the reception hosted at Monterey’s Victorian-era Perry House – and safe, with controls to keep it away from children.

Geen laughed off the stereotype of zonked stoners, saying certain strains of pot sharpened concentration. “I’m going to remember my night better than someone who has had a lot of alcohol,” she said.

Steve DeAngelo, her boss and guest, agreed, citing Carl Sagan, Steve Jobs, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama as evidence that weed did not engender low functionality.

The drug also did wonders for intimacy, he said. “It opens you to more sensual experiences. It allows men, especially young men, to match their sexual rhythm to a woman’s rhythm,” DeAngelo added.

Geen reckoned that about 60 of the 70 guests were using cannabis.

Some were exultant, like David Nevitt, 34, who dabbed, munched, vaped and toked. “We’re at a weeding! Usually at weddings you have to be discreet, do it in the car park. Doing it here right in front of everybody, it feels revolutionary,” he said.

Others were grateful. Holly Alberti, 34, said: “I’ve taken several concentrated dabs and I could use some more. The ride over was quite stressful, we got lost.”

And some, including a pair of college professors, were coy, saying they might partake. They declined to give their names lest Google for ever link them to pot.

The groom’s mother, Aurea Walton, 55, was one of the few to opt out. “I’m Catholic,” she said. “So no, I won’t partake.” Then she smiled. “Unless it’s by mistake.”

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Prince William And Kate Middleton Are Auctioning Off Their Wedding Cake For Charity

Le 24 août 2017, 10:25 dans Humeurs 0

How does the sound of spending thousands of pounds on a slice of six-year-old cake sound to you?

Okay, granted, it sounds a bit gross, but what if we told you the cake in question belonged to Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge and wasn't just any cake, but one of the most famous royal wedding bakes in British history.

Oh, so now you're interested.

According to Yahoo, a slice of the pair's eight-tier wedding cake - a fruitcake, if you must know - designed by chef Fiona Cairns, will be auctioned off next month at Chiswick Auction House.

The desert reportedly took five weeks to complete and was the centerpiece of their reception at Buckingham Palace in April 2011.

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Cairns reveals the cake was intended to communicate the 'language of flowers' - a requirement specifically requested by the Duchess - and had 17 different types of flowers with individual meanings.

She reportedly got her inspiration from the architectural features in the room such as the garlands on the walls, which were recreated on the fourth tier of the cake.

Covered in cream icing, the cake was decorated with 900 sugar-paste flowers including roses and apple blossom.

The cake will go under the auction hammer (not literally, we hope) at Chiswick Auction House on 27 September and it's yours for the bidding, if you want in.

The highest bidder will receive the slice of cake in a specially-designed cream and gold commemorative tin - the same tin that was gifted with a slice to guests at the couple's royal reception, reports The New Daily.

The tin also comes with a printed card that reads, 'With best wishes from TRH [Their Royal Highness] The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in celebration of the wedding of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge', according to Yahoo.

However, if you want a slice of the action next month, you might want to start saving the pennies now as the guide price on the auction will start at approximately £800.

Given the fact another slice of the royals' wedding cake sold for almost £8,000 in 2014, we have a feeling the new slice might be worth the equivalent of a house deposit by now.

From the sounds of it, it's unknown whether the slice of cake is actually edible so you might be better off buying a Colin the Caterpillar cake from Tescos for now.

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Balcony kiss defining image of wedding day

Le 21 août 2017, 05:52 dans Humeurs 0

Lady Diana Spencer’s wedding to the Prince of Wales was billed as a true life fairytale.

Amid pomp and circumstance, shy Lady Di married the heir to the throne in the grand St Paul’s Cathedral on July 29 1981, watched by a worldwide TV audience of more than 750 million.

Many camped out overnight on the streets of London – including the future prime minister, David Cameron, who was 14 at the time – to get the best vantage point on the route from Buckingham Palace to the Cathedral.

On the day, hundreds of thousands of well-wishers travelled to the capital to catch a glimpse of the future king and his young bride, the new Princess of Wales and a future queen.

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Details of Diana’s wedding dress were kept a closely guarded secret and, when she arrived at St Paul’s, it drew gasps of admiration. Designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel had created an elaborately flowing silk taffeta gown with a train of memorable proportions.

The dress, with a deep, gently curved neckline and billowing sleeves, trimmed with bows and lace flounces, incorporated a boned and fitted bodice, featuring antique lace, and was hand-embroidered with sequins and pearls. The veil, of ivory silk tulle, was spangled with 10,000 mother-of-pearl sequins and held in place with the Spencer family diamond tiara.

During the ceremony, both the bride and groom displayed wedding nerves as they fluffed their vows in front of the 2,000 guests. Diana inverted the Prince’s names, calling him “Philip Charles Arthur George”. And Charles promised “with all thy goods I share with thee” instead of “all my worldly goods I share with thee”.

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