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Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk plans

Le 11 avril 2016, 09:08 dans Humeurs 0

The Red Wings clinched a playoff spot on the final day of their regular-season schedule, and it may be the final postseason trip of Pavel Datsyuk's illustrious NHL career.

Datsyuk, 37, said he plans to retire from the NHL and go back to Russia after this season, his agent Dan Milstein confirmed to ESPN.com.

Datsyuk initially announced his decision to retire to the Detroit Free Press, who reported it earlier Sunday.

Pavel Datsyuk, who will turn 38 on July 20, had 16 goals and 33 assists in 66 games this season. Michael Martin/NHLI/Getty Images"I'm thinking I go home after this season," the Red Wings center told the Free Press. "I may not be done with hockey, but -- it is hard to say -- I think I am done playing in the NHL."

This is Datsyuk's 14th season, all with the Red Wings.

A source with the Red Wings confirmed with ESPN.com that Datsyuk's retirement was a possibility the team anticipated, but the Red Wings still hope to convince him to stay one more year. The Red Wings are also open to a contract extension; if he opts to leave, the Red Wings will explore all options to remove his contract from the books.

Milstein confirmed that there are plans to talk with the Red Wings at season's end and wouldn't completely rule out a change in heart.

"He's going to have a meeting with [Red Wings GM Ken] Holland and [owners] Mr. and Mrs. Ilitch at the conclusion of the season ... certainly he has tremendous respect for the Ilitches and their organization," Milstein said. "It's not over until it's over. This chapter is not closed right now."

Datsyuk wants to return to Russia to be with his teenage daughter and hasn't ruled out playing in the KHL next season.

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"He feels he overstayed," Milstein said. "He wants to unite his family. It's very difficult for him over the years not to see his daughter often."

If Datsyuk follows through, it's damaging on a number of fronts for the Red Wings. For one, Datsyuk remains one of their better players. But there's also a financial aspect.

Datsyuk has one year remaining on his contract that comes with a salary-cap charge of $7.5 million. Because it was signed after he was 35, the Red Wings will be stuck with that cap hit next season if Datsyuk is in Russia.

"He feels extremely bad," Milstein said about the possible cap charge. "He's asked me to basically let the team know that he's willing to do anything. This is extremely personal to him. He would do whatever is necessary to accommodate the Red Wings, to help in any way possible."

 

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Have your wedding cake and eat

Le 7 avril 2016, 08:55 dans Humeurs 0

WASHINGTON — For some people, it’s the cost. For others, a big fairy tale wedding just isn’t their style. Whatever the reason is, couples young and old are downsizing their big days and loving it.

Three locals in the wedding industry share their experiences with wallet-friendly weddings.

Maggie Winters Gaudaen, Pop! Wed Co.

Maggie Winters Gaudaen, the co-founder of elopement and pop-up wedding company Pop! Wed Co., says most of her clients are more focused on the actual marriage rather than the party.

“They want it to be an amazing experience but they want it to be amazing in a non-stressful, affordable way,” she says. “A lot of couples don’t want to spend a year planning it and spend what could be the down payment for a new house on a wedding.”

Gaudaen’s husband, Steven Gaudaen, is the other half of Pop! Wed Co., as the paperwork guy and the wedding officiant. She plans the ceremony and takes the photos. Pop! Wed Co. weddings usually take place in less traditional settings, such as beer breweries, vintage stores and the occasional local landmark. But, you won’t find them at the monuments. To them, D.C. has a lot more to offer.

Sometimes, part of the fun is having life continue as usual around the pop-up ceremony. Gaudaen says they never ask venues to close for a wedding, since it’s part of the experience.

“We did a wedding at Miss Pixie’s, [a vintage furniture and home goods store] and we didn’t realize there were a lot of people shopping in the store, and watching, but as soon as Steven pronounced them married, the whole store erupted in cheers.”

Most, but not all, of the Gaudaens’ clients are on the younger side. They’re not just from D.C. either. Gaudaen recently published a book on tiny-wedding planning after responding to the volume of emails from around the world got to be too much. Rather than just lay out the process point-by-point, she says she tried to reframe the way we think about weddings.

“For a lot of people in their 20s and 30s, growing up it was always about the pretty princess wedding dress, the ballgown, the huge wedding, thinking about what your wedding invites are going to look like, all from a young age. It’s a part of our culture.”

What she’s finding now is that a lot of people don’t want that kind of wedding anymore.

In her book, she counsels couples on how to build upward from the minimum viable wedding. Start with the essentials and customize it the way you want. It’s a good way to keep an eye on your budget while still personalizing your experience.

Bree Ryback, Capitol Romance

A pop-up wedding, which usually has no more than 25 guests, may be a bit smaller than you’re looking for. No problem, says Capitol Romance writer Bree Ryback. The wedding coordinator and blogger says she helps couples cut costs in other ways besides venue costs.

Capitol Romance is a D.C.-based wedding blog that Ryback started in 2011, citing her passion for supporting local businesses and helping all different kinds of couples in D.C., Maryland andVirginia plan the wedding they want to have. A lot of couples, Ryback finds, just aren’t interested in the hotel ballroom-style reception.

Instead of renting an indoor space, check out local parks and other free, public options as a ceremony location. An example Ryback gives of a laid-back, small wedding without any expensive rentals is one that took place in the couple’s own neighborhood. The couple got married at a park near their house and had a brunch reception in their backyard.

If you’re looking to invite more than 40 to 50 people to your wedding, this may not be feasible for you, but if your living space allows, it can be a great way to stay on budget — as long as you don’t mind doing the dishes.

Some couples who can’t host their own receptions opt for a dinner at a local restaurant, then hit the bars for their reception. Instead of hiring a shuttle company for you and your guests, opt for ride-sharing apps such as Lyft or Uber. And just because a wedding blog tells you that gold-plated flatware is absolutely essential for your perfect day, doesn’t mean you have to believe it. The fun of a small wedding is that it fits your personality and your budget.

For Ryback’s own wedding, she chose to “DIY” a few aspects of the big day. Her mother made the bride and bridesmaids bouquets out of Christmas ornaments and tulle. She also made Ryback’s wedding dress by hand. Ryback also used recycled paper, more Christmas ornaments, and funfetti cupcakes instead of a wedding cake to personalize her wedding day. If you’re curious, you can see photos of her big day here.

Ryback cautions that DIY doesn’t always mean cost-cutting, and you need to be prepared for a lot of late nights working on your projects, but she says the end result is worth it.

“We wanted to DIY because it gives the whole thing a more personal touch,” she says. “We felt more connected to it.”

Bil Malbon, Tiny Chapel Weddings

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Bil Malbon, an ordained minister in Richmond, Virginia, says he sees all types of wedding parties come through the doors of his tiny, mobile chapel.

One couple he married had a gothic wedding, he says, and then they went to the Edgar Allan Poe Museum afterward as part of their honeymoon. Another couple requested that he bring the chapel to a spot along the bank of the James River in Richmond so they could celebrate in their favorite place. The farthest he’s taken his chapel on wheels is to Chicago for an on-the-spot marriage on the Steve Harvey Show.

Having a tiny wedding doesn’t mean giving up the joy of celebrating a marriage, Malbon says.

“You can still make it very nice, elegant and intimate. You don’t need to have a large wedding to have people celebrate with you.”

An added benefit of a tiny wedding, he says, is being able to save the money you’d spend on a large-scale reception and put it toward long-lasting memories.

“Instead of spending thousands of dollars on an event that lasts a few hours, you can spend that money on a trip to Europe, to the Caribbean, or a cross-country trip. Do something that will give you years’ worth of memories.”

“I tell couples all the time, it makes the beginning of the relationship a lot more exciting when you’re not worried about paying off that one day,” Malbon says. “Be married to each other, not married to debt.”

 

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Stylebook: Bridal Revival party gives guests a

Le 5 avril 2016, 08:41 dans Humeurs 0

By Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wish you had an excuse to wear your wedding gown again? How about your prom gown or some other beloved formal dress?

Glitter & Grit bridal boutique in Lawrenceville is holding Pittsburgh’s first Bridal Revival party, where guests can don their wedding dress or other special gown. It’s 7-10 p.m. Friday at Hotel Monaco, Downtown.

“In our store we hear over and over again: ‘Oh, I wish I could wear my dress again. You only get to wear it once,’” says Glitter & Grit owner Erin Szymanski. “We thought there should be a great excuse to wear your wedding dress again.”

Break out your wedding gown! Bridal Revival party at Hotel Monaco / Setting the SEEN

Wish there was a reason to wear your wedding dress again? How about your prom dress or another special gown? Glitter & Grit bridal boutique is throwing a Bridal Revival party where guests can wear these gowns again for a night of fun at Hotel Monaco.It will be a night of dancing, light bites, desserts and cocktails for the ultimate girls’ night out (although guys are welcome, too). And there will be bridal-themed party stations and contests, such as who can toss the bouquet the farthest.

“We’re getting a little bit cheeky with some of the wedding themes,” Ms. Szymanski says.

A little leery about traipsing through Downtown in your wedding gown? Guests have the option of bringing their gown to the hotel to get ready in changing areas set aside for the party. Hair and makeup artists also will be on site to provide glamour touch-ups.

Proceeds will benefit Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and gown donations will be accepted for Brides for a Cause and Allegheny County Department of Human Services’ Project Prom initiative. Tickets are $100 per person at www.glitterandgritpgh.com/bridal-revival. Guidelines for gown donations are outlined on Glitter & Grit’s website.

More Pittsburgh fashion news and events ...

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• For the sharp-dressed man, made-in-Italy fine apparel by Canali, Eton shirts and To Boot New York footwear will be at Larrimor’s (One PNC Plaza, Downtown) for trunk shows 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Information: larrimors.com or 412-471-5727.

• The Just Between Friends consignment shopping sale is back. New and gently worn items for maternity through teens will be for sale, much of it 50 to 90 percent off retail price. Consignors will earn 60 percent of the sales of their items, or 70 percent if they volunteer during the event.

The JBF Pittsburgh East sale at Monroeville Convention Center runs 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday with a pre-sale shopping event. The public can shop 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday ($3 admission), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday (free admission) and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, free admission, and many items will be marked half price. Information: pittsburgheast.jbfsale.com.

• UPMC’s BodyChangers spring fashion show will not just be a celebration of fashion but also positive self-image. The event will feature 18 models who’ve transformed their bodies through significant weight loss, dietary changes and exercise wearing looks from Macy’s. It’s 6-10 p.m. Saturday at the Herberman Conference Center on the second floor of the UPMC Cancer Pavilion, Shadyside. RSVP by Friday at 855-263-9244 or BodyChangers@upmc.edu.

 

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