My wedding day

July is a very special month for me, because it was the month that I officially announced to the world I would spend the rest of my life with Gary, the love of my life, and it’s why I decided to write this post. I want to share a little of my experience and to remember this amazing moment. After all, good times should always be remembered and celebrated!

To explain my inspirations for the wedding, I’ll tell a little of our story as well.

Long story short. Gary is a young pilot who loves to travel to every corner of the world. In November 2013 the perfect opportunity to visit Brazil came up. A Brazilian friend invited Gary to spend a few days in Rio de Janeiro.
At that time, I was working in that great city in the fashion industry with very little time to go out with my friends.
After a few days of fun in Brazil, Gary was enjoying his final night when he received an unexpected “match” notification in a relationship application (yes, that is it, Tinder!). The “match” had been with me, who was sitting at home with the application after an exhausting day of work. The brief excitement of the “match” faded to disappointment as we realized we would not have the opportunity to meet in person. Gary left for US the next day.
After a few months of sporadic conversations, we discovered that we had more in common than we could ever imagine. Both of us love to travel, play sports and we even share the same faith. It was then that we realized that there was a great chance that friendship would become something else. So we began talking more often and excitement grew as we began planning a face-to-face meeting.

Finally, six months later, Gary planned a flight in May of 2014 to Brazil to meet me (ohhhhhhh … ?). Upon landing at the airport, there was one more surprise – but this time, for him – I researched and found which flight Gary was coming in on. Without telling him, I was waiting for him at the international landing. I still remember the surprise on his face he did when he saw me for the first time. Gary’s jaw dropped, blinked his eyes and could only stammer… “Whaaaat ???” And it was at this moment that he said he was sure that I was the woman of his life. ?
The 5 day amazing whirlwind that followed was very intense! He asked me to date him and Gary was introduced to EVERYBODY – that’s right, – to my family. But I still needed to be introduced to his family and friends, right? So he invited me to go to his hometown, Seattle, and Gary surprised me with a ticket for 9 days later !!! ?

My mother, as any “only child’s” neurotic mom, was very worried and would not let me go. It was then that Gary decided to make a video to convince my mother that I would be safe and in good hands. In the video, he showed his house, talked a little about his life, introduced the family members and even asked his mother to talk about her routine as a musician and had his mother even sing a song in the home studio. It worked! ? The video softened my mother’s heart and I traveled! (Uhuuuul !!!)to Washington State for the first time.
For many months, our relationship developed in the midst of travel between the United States and Brazil, text and Skype
In December 2014, we made a romantic trip to Petropolis, a mountain region of Rio de Janeiro and Gary asked me to marry him! ❤
The big day was finally set 9 July 2016 was the day. The ceremony and reception were held at the amazing Casa de Santa Teresa, with a breathtaking views of the Sugar Loaf and under the famous, Christ Redeemer statue. We had the gift of 150 friends and family, including 40 who came from outside Brazil just for the event. Cute, huh?
For the celebration I selected the theme “Journey to the Tropical Paradise” – yes, I used this in the deco of my wedding. ? The decor was warm in color and rustic style, utilizing many elements with references to the trip and the fact that Gary is a pilot. Each guest received an invitation in the form of an airline ticket and passport, paper airplanes replacing the traditional rice, world globe as “guestbook”, the cake had map design and each guest was given a small cake in form of a suitcase.
Brazilians, on the other hand, had the samba and the wonderful city landscape. ?

I will confess that I still miss that day❣

Invitations made by me ?

Decoration

Making Off

The wedding

The Wedding short video

Video about how we met

• Wedding Planner: Cohen Cerimonial
• Venue: Casa de Santa Teresa
• Decor: Art Decore Flores
• Furniture: Mineirart
• Invitations: Daniele Baumgardner
• Cerimony band: Sonoros            Coral e Orquestra
• Samba band: Panela di Barro
• DJ invited: Teddy Zany
• DJ: Marcelo Lyrio – Sound Factory
• Buffet and bar: Arte dos Sabores
• Sweets: Louzieh Doces Finos
• Cake: Angélica Bolos
• Small cakes: Adélia
• Cake top: Loren Kawada – Loren artes
• Veggie burgers: Hareburguer
• Photos: V Rebel Cinema One
• Video: Magic Filmes
• Dress: Henrique Andrade
• Shoes: Jimmy Choo
• Makeup: Emanuelle Guerra – Manu Guerra Makeup
• Hair Style: Eliane Gallega – Manu Guerra Makeup
• Making off: Altos de Santa Teresa

Did you like? So, Comment down bellow and let me know your opinion!

Xoxo!

Dani Baumgardner

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Julho é um mês muito especial para mim, pois foi o mês em que troquei alianças com o amor da minha vida. Portanto, resolvi fazer este post para contar um pouquinho da minha experiência e relembrar este momento. Afinal, momentos bons devem sempre ser lembrados!

Para explicar um pouquinho das minhas inspirações para o casamento, vou contar um pouquinho da nossa história também.

Gary é um piloto jovem que ama viajar para todos os cantos do mundo. Em Novembro de 2013 a oportunidade perfeita de conhecer o Brasil surgiu. Um amigo brasileiro convidou Gary para passar uns dias por aqui. 
No Rio de Janeiro, estava eu, trabalhando na indústria da moda com pouquíssimo tempo para sair com os amigos. 
Após alguns dias de diversão no Brasil, Gary estava em sua última noite por aqui e pronto para ir embora quando recebeu uma notificação inesperada de “match” em um aplicativo de relacionamentos (Tinder, ele mesmo!?).  O tal “match” havia sido em um momento em que eu estava brincando com o aplicativo após um dia exaustivo de trabalho. Porém, apesar de ser algo que mudaria para sempre o nosso destino, não seria desta vez que nos conheceríamos pessoalmente.
Depois de alguns meses de conversas esporádicas, nós descobrimos que tínhamos mais em comum do que imaginavamos. Ambos amam viajar, fazer esportes e partilhamos até da mesma fé.
Foi então que percebemos que havia uma grande chance de aquela amizade se tornar algo mais. Assim, começamos a conversar com muito mais frequência e passamos a planejar um encontro cara-a-cara.
Em Maio de 2014, finalmente Gary voltou ao Brasil para me conhecer pessoalmente (ohhhhhhh…? ). Ao chegar no aeroporto, mais uma surpresa – mas desta vez, para ele – eu descobri em qual vôo ele estaria e o estava esperando no desembarque internacional. Lembro até hoje da carinha que ele fez quando me viu. rs… Arregalou os olhos e só conseguiu dizer: “Whaaaat???” e foi neste momento que ele diz ter tido certeza que eu era a mulher da vida dele. ?
Os 5 dias que se seguiram foram muito intensos! Ele me pediu em namoro e Gary foi apresentado à TODA – isso mesmo, TODA – a minha família. Mas ainda faltava eu ser apresentada à família e amigos dele, né? Então ele me convidou para ir à sua cidade de origem, Seattle, e me surpreendeu com uma passagem para 9 dias depois!!! ? Minha mãe, como uma boa mãe neurótica de filha única, ficou suuuuuper preocupada e não queria deixar eu ir. Foi então que o Gary decidiu fazer um vídeo para convencer a minha mãe de que não teria problema eu ir. No vídeo, ele mostrou a casa, falou um pouco sobre sua vida, apresentou os membros da família e pediu até para a mãe dele falar sobre sua rotina como musicista e dar uma palhinha cantando em seu estúdio doméstico.  Funcionou! ? O vídeo amoleceu o coração da minha mãe e eu viajei! (uhuuuul!!!)
Por meses o nosso relacionamento foi se desenvolvendo em meio a viagens entre Estados Unidos e Brasil.
Em Dezembro de 2014, fizemos uma viagem romântica à Petrópolis, região serrana do Rio de Janeiro e ele me pediu em casamento! ❤
Dia 9 Julho de 2016, foi o dia! A cerimônia e recepção foram realizadas na Casa de Santa Teresa, com uma vista de tirar o fôlego do Pão de Açúcar e sob o Cristo Redentor. Tivemos a presença de 150 convidados, entre eles 40 que vieram de fora do Brasil apenas para o evento. Fofos, né?
A festa que teve como temática “Viagem ao paraíso tropical” – sim, eu coloquei nome na decoração do meu casamento. ? A decoração foi em cores quentes e estilo rústico, além de muitos elementos com referências a viagem e ao fato do Gary ser piloto. Teve convite em formato de passagem aérea e passaporte, aviõezinhos de papel em substituição ao tradicional arroz, globo terrestre como “guestbook”, bolo com desenho do mapa mundi e bem-casados dentro de malinhas para fazer menção ao encerramento da viagem na esteira de bagagem.
Já a brasilidade ficou por conta do samba e da paisagem da cidade maravilhosa.?

Confesso, ainda sinto saudades daquele dia❣

Curiosos para ver???

Então, lá vai ?

Convites feitos por mim. ?

Os detalhes da decoração

Making Off

O casamento

Vídeo do casamento (versão curta)

Vídeo sobre como nos conhecemos

Ficha técnica:
• Cerimonial: Cohen Cerimonial
• Local: Casa de Santa Teresa
• Cenografia: Art Decore Flores
• Decoração: Daniele Abrahão (noiva) e Art Decore Flores
• Móveis: Mineirart
• Convites: Daniele Abrahão (noiva)
• Celebrantes: Pr.João Costa e Pr. Ilmar Lima – Igreja Vineyard Central
• Música da cerimônia: Sonoros            Coral e Orquestra
• Banda de samba: Panela di Barro
• Participação especial: DJ Teddy Zany
• DJ principal: Marcelo Lyrio – Sound Factory
• Buffet e bar: Arte dos Sabores
• Doces: Louzieh Doces Finos
• Bolo: Angélica Bolos
• Bem-Casados: Adélia
• Noivinhos: Loren Kawada – Loren artes
• Mini-hambúrgueres vegetarianos: Hareburguer
• Fotografia: V Rebel Cinema One
• Filmagem: Magic Filmes
• Vestido: Henrique Andrade
• Sapatos da noiva: Jimmy Choo
• Maquiagem da noiva: Emanuelle Guerra – Manu Guerra Makeup
• Penteado da noiva: Eliane Gallega – Manu Guerra Makeup
• Cabelo da noiva: André Vital
• Cabelo e maquiagem das madrinhas: Geh Santos
• Dia da noiva: Altos de Santa Teresa

Gostou? Comente e me deixe saber o que você curtiu mais!

Beijos, ?

Dani Baumgardner[:]

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

[:en]After a very quick trip to my hometown, I thought it would be a good opportunity to show you the city of Rio de Janeiro.

It’s not easy an easy task to summarize the city in which I lived for 20 years in one post, but I will try to share some of my favorite things about the city.

Brazil is a huge country, full of natural beauties and a great cultural mix. However, one of the best known cities in the world is Rio de Janeiro, better known by Brazilians as “a wonderful city.”

Due to its landscape that accommodates urban life between sea and mountains, part of the city was included as a cultural asset in Unesco’s list of World Heritage Sites and is considered an important tourist destination.

Getting ready to go to rio

If you are a foreigner, the first step is to find out if Brazil requires visas for people coming from your country. To consult the official list, click here. You can also go to the official Itamaraty website for more information.

If you are Brazilian, I recommend trying to buy tickets to Santos Dumont Airport (SDU) which serves mostly domestic flights. SDU is an airport closer to the touristic area with a great view upon landing. If the pilots have time they may even give you the scenic view upon landing.

Climate

Brazil is a tropical country and Rio de Janeiro definitely lives up to it. With average temperatures ranging from 73°F to 86 °F with relative humidity of 79% in January (summer) and 64°F at 77°F with relative humidity of 77% in July (winter), we can say it is summer time all year round. However, if you are not used to high temperatures, I recommend you visit the city in the winter, as well as being a less rainy season and a low season, you will not take the risk of going out to see the city on a day when the temperature Reach 113°F  at noon.

Where to stay

This can be a controversial topic, since every Rio has many areas to chose from. However, if it is your first time, I believe that the ideal is to stay in some region with ease of transportation and that is more prepared to receive tourists. The neighborhood that I believe fulfills these requirements very well is Ipanema. Ipanema is a bustling area of the city that counts on beach, commerce, restaurants with bilingual menus, subway station, many bus lines, besides being the cradle of Bossa Nova and the famous Song “Girl from Ipanema”.

There are excellent hotels in the neighborhood, such as the Hotel Fasano and Praia Ipanema Hotel. However, if you are not on the vibe that you stay in hotels or are not willing to shell out money, there are excellent options listed on Airbnb and numerous hostels spread throughout the region.

What to do in Rio

There are a thousand and one options to do in Rio and here are just a few of them:

  • Visit Christ the Redeemer

Undoubtedly, this is the most tourist option of all, but it is part of the “must do” list. Going to Rio and not going to the Christ is like going to New York and not seeing the Statue of Liberty or going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower. You must go!

There are several tour vans that go up to the statue. However, in my opinion, the best way to get up is in Corcovado’s tram. The scenery is much more beautiful and the price is usually better than the chartered vans. What’s more, it’s not too difficult! You can purchase the ticket in advance through the website or at the place of embarkation.

Worth it, believe me! The scenery up there is breathtaking!

  • Ride to the top of Sugar Loaf

Another postcard of the city is the “Pão de Açúcar” hill that has a cable car that connects the stations located in the peaks. Up there you will find restaurants, shops and night clubs, not to mention the beautiful view of part of the city. Also, if you’re lucky, you may come across some little monkeys and beautiful colorful birds.

The sunset seen from Ipanema beach is beautiful. Especially in the summer and if observed from the top of Arpoador Stone. At the end of the afternoon, the Stone is crowded. And do not be frightened, but it is customary that as soon as the sun finishes putting itself, all the people who are watching this spectacle of the nature, begin to applaud.

  • Go to the beaches

Obviously, if you go to Rio, you will have to see the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Barra da Tijuca, which are busiest and easily accessible beaches. However, there are much more than that in Rio and if you have a little more time to explore the city, I recommend getting out of the comfort zone and visiting some more hidden beaches like: Prainha, Grumari Beach, Praia do Perigoso (Being an area of environmental preservation, which can only be accessed through a trail of approximately 40 minutes) and Reserva Beach.

And of course, if you have enough time, it is also worth going to visit other cities beaches in the state of Rio – yes, Rio de Janeiro is a city that is in a homonymous state – but these other cities will have their own Posts here on the blog.

  • Go hiking

As I said in the topic above, there is a trail that gives access to a small and very secluded beach. But if you’re adventurous and want more trail tips, here are some of the ones I like the most:

             – Pedra Bonita: Lasts 25 minutes on average and the peak has a breathtaking view of São Conrado Beach, Dois Irmãos Hill, Pedra da Gávea, Barra da Tijuca and Floresta da Tijuca.

Top of Pedra Bonita

Pedra da Gávea: At 842 meters high, Pedra da Gávea is the largest stone block on the seafront of the world and is just in front of Pedra Bonita. The trail is a bit heavy and lasts around 3 hours, but the view is wonderful from up there!

Morro Dois Irmãos: It lasts approximately 1 hour and at the peak there is a privileged view of the South Zone of the city.

Pedra do Telégrafo: This Stone is famous for the photos that cause the illusion that the person is hanging over an abyss. The trail to the peak also lasts on average 1 hour and overlooks some of Rio’s beaches.

Horto Waterfalls: The duration of the hike is approximately 30 minutes and, given access to some waterfalls, is ideal for cooling off in hot weather.

Note: Before venturing on some trail that you have never done, the ideal is to seek guidance from someone who knows the region and preferably be accompanied by someone who has already done this course.

The Lagoon is the heart of Rio’s South Zone. Take an afternoon for a walk, bike or skate around it.

And if you enjoy the region, you can enjoy staying late and having dinner in one of the live music restaurants that are in the Parque dos Patins region or Lagoon.

  • Saturday night in Lapa:

If you are Bohemian, this is your place!

On Saturday nights, the streets of Lapa close the streets to cars and are taken by all kinds of people. Crowded bars, booming concert halls, hawkers and nightclubs at full throttle!

I recommend a hot in the region of Arcos da Lapa, Leviano Bar or Carioca da Gema and then finish the night in Lapa 40° or Rio Scenarium, the latter used to be an antiquarian and was transformed into a large bar with several floors of music. Live and dance floor with DJ – it is definitely a unique place.

The Baixo Gávea is nothing more than a square with bars around. But since in Brazil there is no restriction on drinking in the street, you can choose your favorite bar and meet with your friends in this square to drink your chopp and have a good chat. The square is crowded on summer evenings!

Tourist point that is worth the photos. It is a colorful staircase made by a plastic artist and gathers tiles from all over the world. The music video “Beautiful” by Pharrell and Snoop Dogg was filmed here!

Where to eat:

    – Confeitaria Colombo do Forte de Copacabana: Traditional confectionery from Rio de Janeiro, founded in 1984 in the center of the city, and currently has a branch in the Forte with a breathtaking view of the Copacabana sea. Ideal for breakfast or afternoon tea.

 – Escola do Pão: As soon as you turn the street corner of the restaurant, you smell the freshly baked breads. The ideal is to go in the morning and pay for the carvery. Excellent brunch!

   – Aprazível: Brazilian restaurant for a perfect lunch in a tropical environment.

Phew … I wrote a lot!

These are just a few of the hints of the millions of possibilities that exist in my Marvelous City.

If you live in Rio or have already visited the city and have any other tips that you have forgotten in this post, write in the comments. 😉

Kisses…. Xoxo!!!! :*