Wedding Trends

22 of the Best Engagement Ring Boxes

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Now you’re engaged your head must be spinning! And thoughts will have already turned to wedding planning, but before you jump into choosing color palettes or planning seating arrangements, take a moment to tick off one very important task. For when it isn’t sparkling away on your finger, you will definitely be wanting somewhere befittingly beautiful to keep your engagement ring safe. And I am firmly of the belief that ring boxes shouldn’t be boring (and most definitely not cheap plastic!), in fact they should be almost as lovely as the precious cargo they carry. And I think one of these 22 unique, unusual and utterly lovely ring boxes could be just the thing!

22 of the best Engagement Ring Boxes

Star Shaped Velvet Ring Box

Star Velvet Ring Box – Secret Keeper Box

Monogrammed Engagement Ring box

Monogram Ring BoxFira Studio

Velvet Ring Box

Blush Velvet Ring Box – Etsy

Slim Engagement Ring Box

Slim Engagement Ring BoxEtsy

Porcelain Ring Box

Porcelain Bloom Ring BoxBHLDN

Copper Geometric Engagement Ring Box

Copper Geometric Ring BoxEtsy

Rose Engraved Wood Ring Box

Beauty & the Beat Wooden Ring BoxBespoke Laser

Cute Fabric Engagement Ring Box

Floral Fabric Ring BoxTHK Crafts

Wooden Ring Box

Oak Ring BoxEtsy

Geometric Velvet Engagement Ring Box

Vintage Velvet Ring Boxes – Secret Keeper Box

Geometric Ring Box

Geometric Rose Gold & Glass Ring BoxWaen

Tree Engagement Ring box

Tree Heart Ring BoxEtsy

Celestial Ring Box

Celestial Ring Box – BHLDN

Round Velvet Engagement Ring Box

Round Leather Ring BoxAmonie Ring Boxes

Engagement Ring Box

Minimalist Engagement Ring BoxOh Dier

Mrs Box Velvet Ring Box

The Mrs BoxBHLDN

Or if you haven’t popped the question yet, but you’ve found the perfect sparkler, and are looking for the perfect box to present it in, I have you covered! In fact some of these ring boxes will even ask the question for you 🙂

Diamond Shaped Wood Ring Box

Diamond Shaped Wood Ring BoxWoodstorming

Simple Proposal Box

Will You Marry Me Ring BoxWood Restart

Heart Wood Ring Box

Heart Wood Ring BoxEtsy

Marry Me Ring Box

Proposal Ring BoxEtsy

Thin Wood Engagement Ring Box

Thin Engagement Ring Box – Woodsbury Ring Cases

Marry Me Engraved Ring Box

Proposal Ring BoxClouds & Currents

Mr E and I celebrated our 7th anniversary on New Year’s Eve but I would still love one of these to tuck my engagement ring away in when I’m not wearing it.

Amy

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Inspiration Shoots

Modern Art Deco Wedding Inspiration at The Historic Post Office in Hampton

ANGELA ELISE PHOTOGRAPHY

Today’s inspiration shoot abounds with all the elegance of a vintage celebration, yet manages to remain still utterly contemporary. In an exquisitely muted color palette of cool neutrals splashed with greenery, a visual feast was created that is just perfect for a modern Art Deco loving couple and a truly timeless wedding…..

Modern Art Deco Wedding Inspiration at The Historic Post Office in Hampton

Photographer Angela Elise, the lady with the vision, shares…. “The uniqueness of this editorial definitely speaks for itself and with Kelsey Ann Events I was eager to bring a fresh perspective to the nineteen twenties classy era. This vintage yet modernized outlook was such a dream at The Historic Post Office in Hampton, VA. The Historic Post Office was once a fully functioning post office during the twenties and the architecture and seamless layout took us right back to that beautiful period.

Red lips, diamonds, “The Charleston” over the phonograph and authentic love with a subtle hit of Great Gatsby was the quintessence of this day. We received a gorgeous long beaded gown from A. Cherie Couture that really added a luxurious feel that brides are so often looking for when shopping for their dream wedding gown. The clean and cohesive modern feel breathed life into the grand beauty of this roaring twenties inspiration and the beautiful images and videography allows future brides to be a part of this gorgeous day.”

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To see more of this beautiful editorial head to the gallery, or take a few minutes to watch the equally lovely video by Wild Heart Films…..

Don’t you just love it?? The palette is simply heavenly! A huge thankyou to everyone involved in bringing this stunning editorial to life, but especially to Angela Elise who captured every detail so exquisitely. If you would like to see more of Angela’s beautiful photography do pop and take a peek at her website angelaelisephotography.com, and of course be sure to find and follow her on Facebook and Instagram!

Now if this has you dreaming of a Art Deco wedding of your own, you might want to take a look at this floral filled aristocratic beauty (all the way from Russia), and this oh-so-elegant Gatsby inspired affair in a palette of black and gold. Or if you want to see how to throw a modern art deco wedding of your own, Samantha & Kent’s sophisticated celebration at Biltmore House is an absolute must see!

Or if its the exquisite fine art style of photography that has you swooning, you should take a look at this creative rustic Legends of the Fall inspired wedding editorial and this vibrant and romantic Winter wedding editorial.

 

Amy

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Contributors & Credits

Photography – Angela Elise // Venue and Style Coordination – Kelsey Ann Events // Videography – Wild Heart Films // Wedding Gown – A. Cherie // Engagement Rings – David Nygaard Fine Jewellers // Floral Design – Gather Floral // Vintage Rentals – Chic Unique // Invitation Suite – Letter Lyn // Wedding Cake – Kadi Bakes // Venue – The Historic Post Office

Vintage Inspired Weddings

A Romantic Vintage Wedding in the Mountains of North Carolina

THE GANEYS

Alex and Amanda planned an intimate wedding filled with meaning; and to say their day was perfect would be an understatement. From the palette of berry pink and charcoal grey, to the succulent filled florals and elegant mismatched bridesmaids, the couple considered every detail, whilst not forgetting what was really important – becoming husband and wife! The weather was crisp but welcoming, and love and laughter surrounded them throughout the day.

Amanda always envisioned a mountain wedding with amazing views and cozy vibes, and Western North Carolina was the perfect place, being somewhere that Amanda visited often growing up. The vision was lush, romantic, dripping in greenery and candles, but finding the perfect venue was key, as Amanda explains… “The location and venue were the number choice. We took a long time and considered many options before discovering Hawkesdene. It was the perfect fit and became an instant yes. “

Amanda looked absolutely beautiful wearing a long sleeve, lace, mermaid style gown with a long train, completing her look with a cathedral length veil adorned with crystals and pearls. Whilst Alex looked suitably dapper in a charcoal tuxedo with a vintage vest and velvet bowtie.

Greenery Wedding Invitation Elegant Bridal Flats

Tell us about your wedding flowers….

“I wanted a whimsical, unique bouquet. I had NO idea how many flowers exist. I remember going back and forth with the florist often. Also, fun fact in November it’s hard to get most flowers–a ton are out of season. The end result was perfect! Succulents for the groom was a no-brainer–they are his favorite and fill our home.”

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What were your favorite parts of the day?

“The whole day was so perfect! I loved getting ready with my girls, our first look and walking down the aisle. Seeing the ceremony site set up, just as I had imagined, put a huge smile on  my face. Sharing our intimate vows in front of our family and friends was beyond intimating but as I saw them all in tears and heard their comments afterwards–it was evident that they really got why we loved each other.   BUT, my favorite part of the day was right after the ceremony, as husband and wife we snuck away to the top of the mountain to take in the sunset and just breathe. It was priceless. I get chills just thinking about it. All the worries and anxiety of the day were washed away. The most important moment of becoming husband and wife just happened. The rest of the night was just gravy.”

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Tell us about any DIY, handmade, or personal details….

“The best personal detail for me was incorporating my mother’s wedding dress. Her 80’s dress was something I was never going to wear but she did the honors of cutting it up in pieces to use and shipping to my grandmother (the expert seamstress) to get creative. All the bouquets were wrapped in my mother’s lace with pearl pins.  The other incredibly special part was the ring bearers’ pillow. My Nana (father’s mother who I was very close to and passed away many years ago) made my parent’s pillow for their wedding. We used the same pillow. My grandmother jazzed up the lace and changed the look of it with pieces of my Mom’s wedding dress. My Nana sewed her initials into in 1984 and my “G” added her initials in 2017. I plan to pass down the pillow to my future children.  For Alex, his father passed away six years ago. He kept his father’s monogrammed handkerchief in his tuxedo pocket; a piece of his dad was close to his heart.”

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Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?

“Best thing we did was create a list of all the items/vendors for a wedding, then we prioritized them from most to least important (for us as a couple). What are we willing to splurge on? What is something we have no care in the world on? This REALLY helped put things into perspective.   Another thing Alex constantly reminded me was to focus on what WE wanted, not anyone else. This is our special day that should reflect us and have the people there that mean something to us. Of course, this wasn’t always easy but it helped at many times throughout to focus on important things and put the drama or the guilt aside.”

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What did you do for favors?

“My fondest memory in North Carolina is APPLE BUTTER. I loved stopping at farmstands and picking up this delicious spread. This was an easy pick for our favors! We used a local shop near where my grandmother and aunt live.”

Apple Butter Wedding Favors

Tell us about your wedding cake….

“Our wedding cake was covered in succulents and had a pretty simply exterior. The party was in the inside. Each tier had different flavors. We had Chocolate with White Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate with Peanut Butter Mousse and Lemon with a berry and lemon compote. We couldn’t decide at our cake tasting, so we took our top three. As the bride and groom we didn’t get to eat much at our reception but don’t you worry…back in our cabin at midnight after we changed, I broke out the extra cake our baker made for us. We thoroughly enjoyed it!”

Succulent Wedding Cake Decor

And last, but not least, tell us a little bit about your photographers…

The Ganeys are phenomenal! They think of every detail, they make everything so easy, are so accommodating and the results are teary-filled perfection. I am the first to say, I have crazy high standards not only of myself but on expensive, important things (like our wedding photos!). Never for a half a second were we disappointed in anything. They delight and continue to delight. We had the best time with them and can’t wait for them to come back to Chicago to visit!  

The day after our wedding (yes the DAY after) we got our preview photos and I posted a statement on Instagram (@hotterincleveland)that I think sums up our experience with them best. “Your wedding day is this great rush, you stay in the moment the best you can and get way behind your perfectly planned schedule …but you don’t really know what you look like, you don’t see every detail of your vision come to life until you’re amazing photographers send you a sneak peek of your photos (less than 24 hours after!). We had just touched down in Chicago last night and I got the email. Emily and Thomas you should have seen Alex and I. We had no care in the world that everyone was listening to us. We were grinning ear to ear—I had goosebumps. Thank you for showing us our day through your lens. I couldn’t be beaming with more happiness! We love you guys and your amazing talent!””

Romantic Fall Wedding Fine Art Photography

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Such a beautiful day, I am completely smitten with every detail – especially their super sweet flower girl and ring bearer! And what a stunning venue. To get a full sense of just how beautiful it, and this whole day was, please do take a few minutes to watch the video below by Maiography, it is well worth it!

Huge congratulations to the happy couple, Amanda & Alex, and a heartfelt thankyou to them and their photographers, the lovely Emily & Thomas of The Ganeys, for not only capturing every detail so perfectly, but also for allowing me to share it with you here. If you love their fine art style of photography and would like to see more of their work, take a peek at this glamorous green and gold woodland wedding inspiration, before popping over to their website theganeys.com – and don’t forget to follow them on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest.

Or if you love this timelessly romantic wedding and are looking for more inspiration for your own big day, then you might want to see Victoria & Jame’s timeless English wedding, Betsy & Joel’s showstopping floral affair, or Elizabeth & Louis’s chandelier filled celebration at Carondolet House, or Mona & Karl’s intimate wedding at an Austrian castle no less!

 

Amy

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Contributors & Credits

Photography – The Ganeys // Ceremony Venue – Hawkesdene // Reception Venue – Hawkesdene // Event Planning – Hawkesdene // Floral – Andrew’s Florist // Stationery – Minted // Wedding Cake – Raquel’s Creative Cakes // Hair – Spectre Hair Design Studio // Makeup – Salon El-Khouri // DJ – Sound Extreme // Videography – Maiography // Floral – Wholesale Garland // Engagement Ring – Blakemans Fine Jewelry // Dress Hanger – Dark Horse Engraving // Signage – OAKY Designs // Signage – The Virginia Artisans // Cake Topper – Alphabet Canvas // Film Lab – Richard Photo Lab // Wedding Dress – Jasmine Couture // Groom’s Attire – Black by Vera Wang // Bride’s Shoes – Badgley Mischka // Bridesmaid Dresses – Watters WToo // Veil – Jasmine Couture // Earrings – BHLDN // Groom’s Bow Tie – Mrs. Bow Tie // Submitted via – Matchology

Inspiration Shoots

‘Belle Epoque’ Romantic Vintage Wedding Inspiration in Paris

BON PHOTAGE

The beauty, history, and romance of the City of Lights is the perfect inspiration for a wedding. And with a history as golden and promising as the famous Belle Époque era, it’s no wonder this team honed in on its romantic charms and artistic flair to create this breathtaking scene. Filled with lush, almost tropical florals and exquisite design details, it perfectly captures the elegance of the era, with a gentle balance between old-world romance and modernity……

Art Nouveau Wedding Editorial

Anne from Fete in France shared these words about the design, details and inspiration behind the shoot…. “With Paris as its muse, this styled shoot focuses on a very important time in the city’s history, known as “Belle Époque.” It was before WWI when Paris saw the arts flourish, producing many of the city’s architectural wonders like the Eiffel Tower, Grand Palais and the Paris Metro. 

The sun sets on the Peninsula Hotel Paris, where the party begins and an art nouveau invitation suite sets the tone for the event. The bride’s bouquet features bright colors and unique blooms, such as lotus pods and small yellow filler flowers alongside pink roses. Inspired by the classic design of the Perrier-Jouët champagne bottle, the wedding cake features its signature flowers cascading down three tiers. 

The bride’s gown features romantic sleeves, beaded embellishments, sweeping fabric, and an off-white color that is the perfect fusion of period fashion and modern style. She balances the design with a pair of studded Valentino heels. Her look is complete with a chic chignon hairstyle, floral hairpiece, and smoky eye.

Chivari chairs are paired with a sage-green covered table. The tablescape features tall centerpieces inspired by the mix of colors and textures often seen in Belle Époque décor. Delicate china, pearl flatware and dainty vintage crystal stemware outfit each guest’s place setting.Tall pink taper candles in silver candleholders and bowls of fruit complete the table’s accents.

In this shoot, the bride spends the sunset hours at the iconic Pont Neuf in an ethereal gown and veil by Sibo Designs.”

Art Nouveau Wedding Invitation Art Nouveau Inspired Bride Big Diamond Engagement Ring Art Nouveau Inspired Tall Floral Wedding Centerpiece Art Nouveau Wedding Place Setting Art Nouveau Paris Wedding Inspiration Art Nouveau Inspired Bride Art Nouveau Inspired Wedding Table Art Nouveau Wedding Table Tropical Art Nouveau Bridal Bouquet Art Nouveau Bride Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring Art Nouveau Inspired Bride Valentino Stud Bridal Shoes Tropical Floral Wedding Centerpiece Art Nouveau Escort Card Art Nouveau Wedding Place Setting Art Nouveau Painted Wedding Cake Art Nouveau Wedding Cake Art Nouveau Wedding Place Settings Art Nouveau Wedding Table Paris Wedding Inspiration Diamond Engagement Ring Paris Wedding Inspiration Vintage Paris Wedding Inspiration

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Oh this makes me yearn to see Paris again! Don’t you just love it?? A huge thankyou to the whole creative team (listed below) behind this beautiful editorial, but especially to Bon Photage who captured it all so perfectly. If you would like to see more of their work do take a moment to pop and visit their website at www.bonphotage.com. And of course be sure to find and follow them on FacebookInstagramTwitter and Pinterest for daily doses of gorgeousness!

Now if this has you dreaming of an Art Nouveau inspired wedding of your own, you might want to take a look at this inspiration shoot in the prettiest palette of pastels, or this modern take on Art Nouveau at the Old Michigan Theatre in Detroit. And if its the fashion of the era that you love you should definitely see this stunning bridal editorial, and the current collection of wedding dresses from SAJA is one not to be missed.

Or if its the the idea of escaping to Paris that has you swooning, you should take a look at these romantic Paris elopements from Lara Lam, both capturing the beauty of the city, one with a pretty blush palette in glorious sunshine, and the other in gorgeous shades of slate grey that mirror the roof tops), proving that Paris truly is always a good idea – even when it rains!

 

Amy

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Photography – Bon Photage // Reception Venue – Peninsula Paris // Event Planning – Fete in France // Floral Design – Lily Paloma // Wedding Dress – Marchesa // Veil & Wedding Dress – Sibo Designs // Bridal Shoes – Valentino // Stationery – Atelier Preszburger // Wedding Cake – Synie // Vintage Rentals – Vaisselle Vintage // Rentals – Maison Options // Hair & Makeup – Sanni Sorma // Model – Victorienne Magnen // Submitted via Matchology

Inspiration Boards

Wine & Dark Chocolate – Winter Wedding Inspiration in Rich Red & Brown

Wine & Dark Chocolate - Winter Wedding Inspiration in Rich Red & Brown

Not only is today’s inspiration board named after two of my favourite things, it also makes my vintage loving heart sing with a nod to the late 1930s – but with a contemporary twist! Filled with rich, deep shades and soft metallics, that are warming as well as opulent, it is the perfect palette for a Winter wedding…..

Wine & Dark Chocolate - Winter Wedding Inspiration in Rich Red & Brown

Vintage Bride – Solen Photography via Love My Dress // Earrings & Tray ~ Tamara Gruner via Magnolia Rouge // Vintage Suitcases – Teneil Kable via Ruffled // Stationery Suite – The Nouveau Romantics, Photography by Taylor Lord via Green Wedding Shoes // Tablescape – Photography by Ozzy Garcia via SMP // Engagement Ring – Sally Pinera via Magnolia Rouge // Wedding Cake – The Pretty Little Details Co., Photography by Meredith Lord via Paper + Lace

I love how an unexpected color palette can make a real style statement, and who knew splashes of brown could look so pretty? From pale icy blues, to dark dusky hues, blue contrasts so beautifully with the shades of brown that are so abundant at this time of year. Add gold, or brass, for a hint of age and luxury, and you have a palette that hints at both luxury and drama.

When it comes to settings and venues, I think this palette would suit a chic city venue just as much as it would a country estate! In fact I like to imagine an historic city hall ceremony followed by an intimate celebration in some West End London pub or bar. Add elegance to a simpler venue with candelabras, ornate flatware and vintage treasures – think vintage trunks, gramophones, typewriters and telephones.

Whilst this board is most definitely designed for a vintage wedding (I was thinking late 1930s), I layered some modern details, such as that gorgeous painted wedding cake, to keep it looking contemporary. I can see the bridesmaids sashaying down the aisle like sirens from the silver screen in liquid silk satin gowns (like this lovely from Ghost London) And when it comes to the groom and his men, nothing says vintage Winter (or 1930s-1940s come to that) quite like a good tweed or herringbone! You could even pull the red out with a contrasting waistcoat! If you’re not sure tweed is really your mans thing though, be sure to check out The Gentlemanual’s guide to Winter wedding fabrics for grooms – its a must read.

If you are loving this color combo, then how about some other wedding colour palettes and inspiration boards perfect for Winter? You might like this board with its surprisingly pretty monochrome palette, this rich and romantic Plum & Gold board, or this chic board created for New Year that would look just as lovely at any time of year! Or how about this snow dusted Winter Wonderland? For more holiday season inspired Winter colours take a peek at this palette, and last but not least, how about these 10 alternative palettes for a Winter wedding? Lots of lovely colour ideas for you Winter brides-to-be!

Amy

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Elopements

Modern Vintage Fall Elopement at HammerSky Vineyards

LACIE HANSEN PHOTOGRAPHY

Today’s editorial started as a styled shoot but became something oh-so-special thanks to the generosity and kindness of the wonderful creatives behind it. I will let Kim of Flutter Magazine tell you all about it… “Everyone in this industry is always creating beautiful styled inspiration. So many top notch resources and talents come together to make these fantastical wedding setups that we see on blogs and in magazines every day. If we’re going through all of the trouble to create the imagery, why not give it real meaning?”

Modern Vintage Fall Elopement at HammerSky Vineyards

And give it real meaning they did! By creating a competition for one very lucky couple to win their dream elopement! Kim continues “We saw the #happilyeverelopement as an opportunity to help one amazing couple celebrate their love in a way they couldn’t have otherwise. We are always creating dreams. Why not make them someone’s reality? Celebrating Ellen and Jeremy at Hammersky Vineyards with a incredible lineup of vendors was one of the most rewarding things we’ve ever done!”

And you couldn’t ask for a more deserving couple for this celebration than the lovely Jeremy & Ellen, who have the most beautiful love story. Ellen explains… “Jeremy and I joke that it was love at second blurred sight for us. We met briefly in 2008 when Jeremy had perfect 20/20 vision. Fast forward one year and one very traumatic life experience later, Jeremy had been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy or (LHON) that caused him to suddenly lose his central vision in both eyes leaving him legally blind. Initially, Jeremy thought he would drop out of college but ultimately decided to give it another shot. Thankfully for me, he did! Just nine months after Jeremy lost his vision, he and I happened to meet again at a school event. We struck up a conversation and I remember thinking ‘wow’ this guy is something special. After that we were pretty much inseparable.”

Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Wedding Dress Hanging Organic Rose Bridal Bouquet Bride Getting Ready Photos

HammerSky is a hidden gem in Paso Robles. The grounds are just breathtaking and every last detail is perfectly designed. Stepping inside of the vineyard house you truly felt like you were at home and you never wanted to leave. We wanted for absolutely nothing while we were there. “

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“Our group had a unanimous consensus about the food and drinks by Field To Table. It was, hands down, the best meal all eight of us have ever eaten! We all particularly loved the lamb lollipops as well as the pear and vanilla margaritas. After cocktail hour we made our way to the magnificent dining table overlooking the entire vineyard where we had the most exquisite six course meal. Every single course was divine and perfectly reflected the time of year and location. I think we will all especially be forever dreaming about the cauliflower bisque with chorizo and toasted croutons served in the cutest little copper pots, and the individual chicken pot pies in mini cast iron skillets, yum!”

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“I think our favorite part was having the house full of our family and sitting outside on the two beautiful porch swings drinking wine, chatting, and laughing. If it sounds like a movie, believe me, I know it felt like one.”

Modern Vintage Vineyard Wedding

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Such an amazing love story, and what a wonderful idea from this team of creatives! Many many congratulations to the happy couple Ellen & Jeremy, and a heartfelt thankyou to photographer Lacie Hansen for allowing me to share their exquisite celebration with you. If you love Lacie’s fine art style of photography and would like to see more of her work, pop over to her website at laciehansen.com, and be sure to follow her on Instagram!

Or if you’re considering an elopement and are looking for more inspiration then you will love Beatrice & Gabriele’s on Viverone Lake or how about this elegant affair in the city of romance, or this chic city hall elopement? Oh and this enchanting Venice elopement is one not to be missed!

Amy

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Contributors & Credits

Photographer – Lacie Hansen // Event Design & Planning – Bash Please // Venue – HammerSky Vineyards & Inn // Floral Design – Catalina Neal // Wedding Cake – Paper Cake Events // Stationery – Alissa Bell Press // Rings – Single Stone // Catering – Field To Table Events // Hair & Makeup – Jose Eber Salon // Veil, Crown, Earrings & Bracelet – Bel Aire Bridal // Wedding Dress – Lovely Bridal Shop // Leather Goods – Sankat Studio // Specialty Rentals – Found Vintage Rentals // Tabletop Rentals – The Ark Event Rentals // Grooms Tux – The Black Tux // Music – Dan Curcio

Wedding Trends

21 Swoonworthy Engagement Rings

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Topping the list of 10 things to do when you get engaged is, of course, finding the perfect ring! But there’s so much to consider when finding THE ring: like antique, vintage or vintage inspired? white, yellow or rose gold? Or platinum instead? Solitaire, halo or trilogy? (I love the idea of a stone for your past, your present and your future!) Diamond, Emerald, Sapphire or something altogether different? And it’s so important you get it right, because this is a ring you should love and wear for the rest of your life. In the face of so much choice – and pressure – it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed. But don’t worry because I am here to help with some inspiration, as well as just a few words of engagement ring wisdom, and 21 of the most swoonworthy sparklers you ever will see!

21 Engagement Rings EVERYONE Will Swoon Over

 

When it comes to choosing your engagement ring, my advice would be to follow your heart! Of course you should educate yourself a little first too. It’s oh so tempting, once the question has been popped, to head straight to the high street in excitement and buy the first ring you like. But there’s no rush! Take your time, shop around, familiarise yourself with the all important 4 cs (that’s carat, cut, clarity and color), learn the different properties of metals: for example, did you know white gold turns yellow after a year or two? And the only way to get that beautiful white back is to get the ring Rhodium plated? And whilst platinum may retain its color, it is a more brittle metal? Nope, me either – but I do now!

If all this has left your head spinning, and even less sure where to begin, I have a little inspiration for you. I have rounded up 21 seriously gorgeous engagement rings, so take a deep breath and swoon over these stunners…..

Diamond Engagement Rings

When it comes to timeless elegance, there is nothing quite like a diamond! And it is the most popular choice for an engagement ring for a reason, because whether you go solitaire, trilogy or halo, in a vintage, vintage inspired or modern setting, it is a stone that will outshine all the rest…..

Timeless Diamond Engagement Rings

Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement RingMicropavé Trio Diamond RingBlue Nile

Vintage Inspired Diamond Engagement RingEdwardian Inspired Diamond Ring ~ Erica Weiner

Diamond Round Cut Engagement Ring

Delicate Diamond RingMelanie Casey

Mapleton Art Deco Diamond Engagement Ring

Art Deco Trio Ring ~ Trumpet & Horn

Vintage Inspired Diamond Engagement Ring

Vintage Inspired Diamond Solitaire Ring ~ Erstwhile

 

Colored Stone Engagement Rings

If diamonds are a little too conventional for you, you might want to add a splash of colour. Whilst your choice used to be limited to sapphires, emeralds and the occasional ruby, today you will find these and SO much more! With tourmaline, aquamarine and alternatively colored sapphires and diamonds (yep, they both come in different colors) offering stones in a literal rainbow of sumptuous and stylish shades…..

Exquisite Colored Stone Engagement Rings

Marquise Ruby Engagement Ring

Marquise Ruby Ring ~ MinimalVS on Etsy

Sapphire Vintage Engagement Ring

Sapphire Vintage Engagement Ring ~ Trumpet & Horn

Aquamarine Halo Engagement Ring

Aquamarine Pear RingDavie & Chiyo

Vintage Inspired Emerald Engagement Ring

Emerald & Milgrain Ring ~ Blue Nile

Pink Tourmaline Engagement RingPink Tournmaline RingS. Kind & Co

 

Budget Friendly Engagement Rings

And you will find that with a different choice of stone, the price decreases significantly! Meaning you can choose a sparkler with real wow, at a fraction of the price of a traditional diamond ring. Stones like Mossanite and Morganite are especially budget friendly, without sacrificing any of the sparkle or romance – and best of all, they’re conflict free!…..

Beautiful Cheap Engagement Rings

Hexagonal Champagne Diamond Engagement RingHexagonal Champagne Diamond RingCatbird NYC

Budget Friendly Mossanite Engagement Ring

Mossanite Rose Gold Engagement Ring ~ Etsy

Budget Friendly Sapphire Engagement RingMelika Sapphire RingCatbird NYC

Morganite Engagement Ring Under $1000

Morganite Rose Gold Engagement Ring ~ Davie & Chiyo

Under $1000 Emerald Engagement RingEmerald & Diamond RingCatbird NYC

 

Unique Engagement Rings

Of course if it’s unconventional you’re after, whilst still wanting the classic diamond, there are some incredibly creative jewelers today. From their choice of stones, to their settings, their designs are little works of art that are sure to make a statement….. they are not the rings for you though if you’re wanting your engagement, wedding and eternity rings to nestle neatly together!

Unique Engagement Rings

Unique Heart Diamond Engagement RingHeart Diamond Ring ~ Katoaka

Unique Opal Engagement Ring Opal Engagement RingCatbird NYC

 

 

Unique Wandering Star Engagement Ring‘Wandering Star’ Diamond Ring ~ Morphe Jewelry

Heidi Gibson Engagement Rings

Art Deco Inspired Rings – Heidi Gibson Designs

The most important thing of all though, when shopping for your engagement ring, is to enjoy the process! Choose one that you are confident you will always love, one that suits your style and personality, and you can’t go wrong. Oh and always choose timeless elegance over fashionable fads, because whilst rose gold is the biggest trend right now, how will you feel about it in 10 years time?

After looking at all of these beauties, the only question I have is, how is a girl supposed to choose?! I would be happy to see any one (or all!) of them sparkling away on my finger.

Amy

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Wedding Wisdom

Top 10 To Dos for Every Newly Engaged Bride-to-Be

Hello lovelies and happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed a fabulous holiday season and are now feeling, as I am, refreshed, raring to go and eager to see what 2018 has in store! Whether you’re a regular follower of Chic Vintage Brides, friend, new visitor or fleeting passer by, it really is lovely to have your company as I start the new year.

If you are a new visitor, then an extra warm welcome to you! And if you have stumbled across these pages today as an excited, newly engaged bride-to-be wondering where to begin, a hearty congratulations – this first post of 2018 is especially for you! These are the top 10 to dos after getting engaged….. well, the top 10 after saying yes, shedding some tears, jumping up and down screaming, telling all of your loved ones, posting a ring selfie on Instagram and updating your Facebook status of course!…..

Top 10 to dos after getting engaged // Photography by Q Avenue PhotoPhotography by Q Avenue Photo

Top 10 To Dos After Getting Engaged // Photogrpahy ~ Bamber PhotographyTop 10 To Dos After Getting Engaged // Photogrpahy ~ Joanna Traeger Photography

1.  Choose Your Engagement Ring

Of course it might be that your exciting first job on the wedding planning path will be picking your pretty sparkler! And if it is, I don’t mind admitting to being more than a little envious. For whilst Mr E did a rather fabulous job of picking the perfect ring for his proposal, not every groom-to-be is so brave, and that’s ok! Because what could be a better way to begin the new year than shopping for your engagement ring?

If you have your heart set on something a little different, like perhaps a beautiful vintage or antique ring, then start by taking a look at these Top Tips for buying a Vintage Engagement Ring from industry specialists and purveyors of pretty Trumpet & Horn….

Vintage Engagement & Wedding Ring

Oh and to peruse a selection of my favourite vintage engagement rings pop across to Chic Vintage Brides Pinterest board – there are some absolute stunners!

 

2. Find Your Ring a Home

For when it isn’t sparkling away on your finger, you will definitely be wanting somewhere pretty to keep it safe, so have a look around for something befittingly beautiful. I am firmly of the belief that ring boxes shouldn’t be boring (and most definitely not cheap plastic!), in fact they should be almost as lovely as the precious cargo they carry. And I think these velvet ring boxes inspired by eras past could be just the thing for your vintage engagement ring!

Pink Velvet Engagement Ring Box

Amonie Ring Boxes

Vintage Ring Boxes from The Mrs BoxThe Mrs Box // Photography by Jose Villa

Turquoise Velvet Engagement Ring Box

The Family Joolz

 

3. Follow A Few Wedding Blogs

Long gone are the days when brides-to-be were limited to subscribing to expensive and sadly un-inspiring wedding magazines loaded with advertising. Today the world wide web is awash with beautifully unique (and largely free!) wedding blogs to fit every imaginable wedding style, size, theme, budget and location. So find and follow a few, choose those whose voice and aesthetic you love and just see how quickly the ideas start flowing.

A few of my own personal favourites are Green Wedding Shoes for unique real weddings, Hey Wedding LadyBurnetts Boards for inspiration boards, and Magnolia Rouge for just plain gorgeous photography. Oh, and if you’re in the UK and a lover of all things vintage Love My Dress is the blog for you.

For more ideas, take a look at this carefully compiled list of 100 blogs to suit every couple over on the fabulous Bridal Musings, or head across to the Top 100 Wedding Blogs (on which CVB is proudly listed!)…..

Top 100 Wedding Blogs

Oh and its not just inspiration blogs can help you with! Find the right blog for you (one that suits your style, theme, budget and wedding location) and check to see if they have a directory, like CVB’s Little Book of Chic. These hand-selected lists of some of our favourite wedding vendors are guaranteed to help you find just the right people to bring your dream wedding to life.

 

4. Set a Date

After “Congratulations!” and “Ooooh, let me see your ring…” you will be asked “When’s the big day?” A LOT! So, set a date – even if it’s just narrowing down a year and season! And you can always start looking at Save the Dates if it is too soon for invites. But don’t rush into it, remember these are your guests first impression of your wedding, and we all know how important first impressions are!

Romantic Save the DatesElegant Save the DateRustic Watercolor Save the DateRomantic Destination Save the Date

The above 4 lovelies all came from CVB fave Minted who always have the most fabulous collection of cards, magnets and minibooks!

 

5. Treat Yourself to a Manicure

For the next month or so everyone’s eyes will be on your ring finger, which makes getting engaged the perfect excuse for a spot of pampering. Take the opportunity to spend some time with the girls (because there will be p-l-e-n-t-y of time to spend with your new fiance over the coming months, or years, of wedding planning) and book in a manicure for you and your Mum, sister or/and besties.

Get a ManicurePhotography by Greg Finck Photography

 

6. Book an Engagement Session

If I could change one thing wedding planning journey, it would be to have made the time to organise an Engagement session before our big day! Your engagement is an event well worth celebrating and capturing, so with all the excitement of wedding planning and dress shopping don’t forget to record it. Plus, an engagement shoot is the perfect opportunity to get a little practice in front the camera with your photographer!

Gorgeous Glamping Engagement Session by We Are Origami Photography

We Are Origami Photography

Oh and if (or when) you do decide to plan your engagement shoot, do pop back here as I will be sharing some great engagement shoot advice posts over the coming weeks; including ideas on what to wear, where to go, and some beautiful must have shots!

 

7. Say Hello to Pinterest

I wonder now how I ever managed to plan our wedding without it, so if you haven’t already, create an account and embrace Pinterest. It makes collating, bookmarking, organising and communicating all of your ideas so much simpler. To start with though don’t focus too much about the specifics, don’t worry about finding THE dress, perfect gifts for your bridesmaids, or your dream centrepieces; just let the inspiration wash over you and be prepared to get lost in all of the pretty! Pin everything wedding (or even non wedding) you love, anything at all that makes your heart skip a beat or your hands tremble and see if a pattern, theme, scheme or look emerges….. but be warned, it is seriously addictive.

An Introduction to Pinterest

Oh and after 3 years of me declaring my love for this particular Social Media platform, only to receive a disdainful look, Mr E finally discovered its merits over the holidays! Last week, out of nowhere, and to my utter amazement he announces “I love Pinterest!” So, involve your soon to be husband in the wedding planning process from the start by inviting him to pin to your secret Wedding Board.

 

8. Follow Chic Vintage Brides on Pinterest

With a board for every wedding detail as well as every theme, colour, decade and style of wedding (or if there isn’t, let me know and I will create one!) I promise you will find something you love, so pop across, peruse some of the 34,000 pins (I told you it was addictive!!) and join 4 million brides-to-be, brides, wedding professionals by following Chic Vintage Brides here…..

Chic Vintage Brides Wedding Inspiration on Pinterest

Did you know Chic Vintage Brides was also named one of 10 Pinterest Boards to follow by Vogue Paris no less!

Top Wedding Pinnser to Follow by Vogue Paris

You will also find Chic Vintage Brides on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google+

 

9. Agree On A Budget

This number will affect every decision and purchase you make, so before you start planning (or even looking – for there is nothing worse than falling in love with a wedding dress only to find it is way out of your price range!) set a budget and agree with your groom to stick to it!

SET A BUDGET

 

But don’t be pressured into thinking a beautiful wedding will break the bank and cost the earth, just take a peek at this beautiful bride and her budget friendly DIY wedding!…… Or here for more budget friendly weddings and money saving ideas.

Budget Friendly Wedding

 

10. Celebrate!

Most of all, if you are basking in the glow of a proposal popping New Year, bask a while longer. Yes, it’s true you have a lot of decisions to make in the next few months but, for now, take some time to enjoy being engaged. Book a weekend away with your fiance, throw a party, have a family meal; however you want to do it, before you start down the wedding planning path, just take a breath and with your nearest and dearest celebrate being engaged!

Vintage CelebrationSpeakeasy inspired party

Click here to see all the photos from this speakeasy inspired shindig. Photography by Chris Spira

Oh and of course, do stay a while and familiarise yourself with these pages! You will find lots to love including beautiful real weddings, inspiring styled shoots, perfect colour palettes and inspiration boards, and more helpful hints and top tips to see you through your wedding planning journey.

 

Amy

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1920s Weddings

A Sophisticated & Glamorous Gatsby-Inspired Wedding at the Biltmore Estate

ALL BLISS PHTOTOGRAPHY

It is fair to say that today’s wedding is a little bit special! Over the years I have seen many a beautiful celebration, but today’s completely took my breath away when it hit my inbox – and is just perfect to help us see in the New Year in style! With the Châteauesque mansion of Biltmore House as its backdrop it is a stately affair brimming with Gatsby inspired glamour…. seriously, if this doesn’t get you swooning then nothing will!

A Sophisticated & Glamorous Gatsby-Inspired Wedding at the Biltmore Estate

Gorgeous bride Samantha shared how the couple decided upon their lavish Art Deco theme…. “Kent and I are both old souls and we love doing things out of the ordinary. We also have this fascination with the 1920s era, to us it is a time that was very sophisticated, glamorous, and proper but edgy at the same time. So our design and style was Art Deco inspired, we wanted it to feel like a blast from the past.

While that was the main focus for design, I also wanted it to feel very romantic so that is where the light colored flowers, huge crystal chandeliers and high ceiling tent comes in. We wanted our guests to feel like they escaped their crazy, hectic lives and entered a magical night of love.”

Avoiding the conventional heavily beaded and drop waist Art Deco bridal gowns, Samantha instead chose a dramatic, curve hugging, lace design from Berta, that created a sultry silhouette and kept her look contemporary – but still oh so glamorous! Whilst Kent donned a tailed Tom Ford tux and was the epitome of dapper for his beautiful bride.

Biltmore Estate Wedding Wedding Dress Photo Rose Gold Bridal Earrings Bridal Fingerwaves Bride Getting Ready Mother of the Bride helping the bride get dresses Bride Getting Ready Bride's Gift Romantic Timeless Bride Groom Getting Ready Groom's Cufflinks Groom Getting Dressed

“The most important thing to us was to keep our love and our union at the center of everything. That being said, everything we chose from overall design down to the little details, had a direct connection to our relationship and our love for each other. It was super important that we kept this as our main focus during the planning process to avoid becoming crazy because at the end of the day it was all about our union as one and everything else were added bonuses.”

Groom & Groomsmen in Tuxedos Gatsby Inspired Groom Glamorous Black Bridesmaids Dresses Pink Wedding Bouquets Pink Bridesmaids Bouquets Black Bridesmaids Dresses for a New Years Wedding Glamorous Modern Bride

“The most memorable part of the day was definitely the moment I was walking down the aisle. Despite all the people there watching us, all I saw was Kent‘s huge smile as he was trying to hold back his tears. I will never forget the emotions I felt during that moment.”

Biltmore Estate Wedding Ceremony String Quartet Wedding Music Flower Girl Frenchies in Tuxes Bridesmaids Processional Bride & Father Emotional Groom's First Look Bride & Father Walking Down the Aisle Bride & Groom Wedding Ceremony

“We decided to write our own vows. They ended up being very different from one another but they portrayed each of our personalities. For us it was a way to genuinely profess our love and commitment to one another in front of all our friends and family. By the end of our vows I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place.”

Biltmore Estate Wedding Venue Marquee Wedding Ceremony Pink Bridesmaids Bouquets Gatsby Inspired Wedding Ceremony Wedding Ceremony Photos First Kiss Biltmore Estate Wedding Marquee Wedding Biltmore Estate Wedding Romantic Biltmore Estate Wedding Gatsby Inspired Biltmore Estate Wedding Romantic Biltmore Estate Wedding Glamorous Bride Glamorous New Year Bride

“Making any decisions, small or large, were really easy for me because I had a clear and precise vision of how I wanted to wedding day to look and feel. I suggest brides hone in on the vibe they want for their wedding before making any decisions. This will help with having any seconds thoughts or uncertainty as you go through the wedding planning process.”

Biltmore Estate Wedding Reception Luxe Biltmore Estate Wedding Decor Luxe Wedding Table Luxe Biltmore Estate Wedding Reception Art Deco Inspired Wedding Cake Gatsby Inspired Wedding Cake Opulent Wedding Reception Lavish Wedding Reception Decor Gatsby Inspired Wedding Place Setting Gatsby Inspired Wedding Table Art Deco Inspired Glam Wedding Place Setting Gatbsy Inspired Wedding Table Glam Wedding Bar Gatsby Inspired Bride & Groom Luxurious Wedding Reception Gatsby Inspired Wedding Cake Bride & Mother of the Bride Wedding Fireworks Wedding Fireworks at the Biltmore Estate Wedding Fireworks at the Biltmore Estate

Pearls of Wedding Wisdom from the Bride…

“I suggest that you check off as many items on your to-do list as soon as possible. Even if that means overloading yourself with a bunch of work because it will pay of in the end. You want to enter the week before your wedding as calm and relaxed as possible so you can focus on the most important thing…getting married!”

Groom & Groomsmen Smoking Cigads Glamorous Wedding First Dance Glamorous Wedding First Dance Glamorous Wedding First Dance Groom Dancing Bride & Groom Dancing Sparkler Wedding Exit Vintage Wedding Car Biltmore Estate Wedding Exit

Tell us a little bit about your photographer…..

“It was such a breeze working with our photographer! While I love a good photo taken of myself, (who doesn’t?!) I get really awkward in front of the camera when I have to pose. Marylou of All Bliss Photography was able to capture so many great moments beautifully without me knowing she was even there! It was really important to me to have photos that were more artistic than your classic wedding photos and Marylou did just that! She was able to organically capture moments that portrayed all of the emotions that were felt on our big day.”

Glamorous Art Deco Biltmore Estate Wedding

VIEW THE GALLERY

Huge congratulations to our oh-so-glamorous couple Samantha & Kent! A big thankyou to them and of course to the lovely Marylou of All Bliss Photography who captured every gorgeous moment and detail so perfectly. If you love her rich photography as much as I do, and would like to see more of her work head over to her website allblissphotography.com and don’t forget to follow her on FacebookInstagram and Pinterest.

And if you love Samantha & Kent’s glamorous celebration and are looking for more Art Deco wedding ideas for your own Gatsby inspired wedding, then you might want to see Elizabeth & Matt’s garden wedding, or Sarah & Adem’s prohibition inspired celebration and Seana & Brian’s bright and beautiful Summer wedding, with subtle references to the era, is a wedding not to be missed!

 

Amy

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Contributors & Credits

Photography – All Bliss Photography // Event Planning – Asheville Event Co. // Venue – Biltmore Estate // Floral Design – Blossoms at Biltmore // Catering – Biltmore Estate // Officiant – Pastor Brad Jones // Live Music – The Perfect 10 BandAmati Chamber Music // Videography – Pie and Mash Filmworks // Invitations – Durante New York // Hair & Makeup – Faces by Seven // Wedding Dress – Berta // Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Amsale // Groom’s Apparel – Tom Ford // Groomsmen’s Apparel – SuitSupply // Rings – Kadella Diamonds // Rentals – Classic Event Rentals // Transportation – Young TransportationAir Haven Limo // Cigar Roller – Bull City Cigars

Inspiration Boards

New Year Elegance – Stylish Wedding Inspiration in Ivory, Garnet & Gold

As a New Year bride myself, I can confidently say (from experience) that there is no better time of year to exchange your vows! The season of celebration is guaranteed to have your guests in the party mood, making for an evening to remember! But for those of you who still need convincing, there’s just enough time, before we welcome 2018, to share this exquisite example of a New Years wedding inspiration board…..

New Year Elegance Wedding Inspiration Board

New Year Elegance Wedding Inspiration Board

Bride & Bridesmaids – Brad and Jen Photography via Bridal Musings on Aisle Society // Boutonnieres – Still Leben Deko, Photography by Die Hochzeitsfotografen via Hochzeitsguide // Wedding Cake – Patty Cakes, Photography by Brad and Jen Photography via Bridal Musings on Aisle Society // Wedding Stationery – Early-June , Photography by Jessica Lorren via Wedding Sparrow // Wedding Welcome Sign – Antea Amoroso Design, Photography by Alisha Maria Photography via Hey Wedding Lady // Bridal Shoes – Photogrpahy by Sara Hasstedt via SMP // Wedding Place Setting – Diana Marie Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

Again this year (it’s become a bit of a tradition to share one each year, so in case you missed them, you can see the last 6 years here) I wanted to avoid the cliched ideas for a New Year wedding, and instead showcase a contemporary mix of glamour and elegance. This gorgeous set of hues, with its black, ivory and gold base, alongside splashes of a nude pink and deep red, is sure to create a stylish celebration worthy of such an auspicious date!

Guests attending a New Years eve wedding will be expecting something special! So make it a formal affair – think black tie for the men and full length gowns for the ladies; keep the champagne flowing (a champagne tower would be a lavish touch to add!) and finish the night with fireworks or a sparkler exit. Formal doesn’t have to mean traditional though! Showcase your individuality, personalities and style with a few unconventional twists – I for one love the idea of a black wedding cake!

Well, I think it’s time to turn off my laptop for a few days and spend some time with my nearest and dearest. All that is left for me to say is happy New Year! And, whether you’re an avid follower, a regular reader, CVB partner, sponsor, photographer, wedding industry pro, fellow blogger or passer by; I would like to say a big heartfelt thankyou for being a part of Chic Vintage Brides throughout 2017, and I look forward to seeing you next year!

Happy 2018 everyone!

Amy

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