For those of you in the midst of winter, I have the perfect pick me up! Today’s inspiration shoot is like a blossom scented breath of fresh air, filled with pretty Spring pastels, delicate blooms (as well as a splash of greenery!) and the loveliest, most pin-worthy details – so be sure to have that pinning finger ready!
A few words from photographer Catherine Smeader….. “I loved photographing this romantic Texas garden wedding inspiration shoot! It was the first of Heather Benge Events‘ Styled Shoots Across American series, and it was so much fun to partner with such a talented vendor team. The look that was dreamt up for Houston Oaks featured a soft color palette of pinks, beiges blues and neutrals; eclectic mix-matched vintage rentals; the most amazing blooms and a stunning + sweet real couple (Fashion Blogger Jessica Crum and her husband).
Not much is needed for Houston Oaks – it’s that pretty! From the moment you step foot on the property, you fall in love! The chapel at Houston Oaks came from the Luberon region of France and was rebuilt stone by stone in Houston as if it was meant to be there forever. The grounds also feature 200-year-old oak trees and impeccably landscaped gardens that created a very whimsical and gorgeous backdrop for this shoot. With such a beautiful location and details (can we just talk about that beautiful laurel cake by Who Made The Cake! with those sugar flowers?), I knew I wanted to photograph the shoot in both medium format film and digital to capture all the beauty. Every little detail was perfectly thought out! But if I had to choose, my favorite detail was a framed vase of florals at the escort card table that the talented florist, F. Dellit Designs, created. A close second was the beautiful get away car!”
Have you ever seen anything so pretty?? That cake is just perfection! A huge thankyou to every member of the creative team (listed below) behind this dreamy editorial, but especially to Catherine Smeader Photography who captured it all so beautifully. If you would like to see more of Catherine’s work do pop and take a peek at her website catherinesmeader.com, and of course be sure to find and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!
Today I am proud to be unveiling the exquisite new collection of bridal jewelry and hair adornments from Edera Jewelry. ‘Tesora’ is a range of intricately hand created and embellished designs inspired by the architecture, history, and natural beauty of Italy. Each design has an nod to the old world, but has been created for today’s modern brides…..
If you’re only just discovering Edera Jewelry, their beautiful designs have been carried by BHLDN and can be seen on the hit television series Reign. Designer and founder Ivy Long started her business in 2006 with a vision of providing heirloom-quality bridal jewelry and accessories created using traditional lacemaking techniques. Weaving rich treads wrapped in silver and gold by hand into intricate lace patterns, Ivy then embroiders and embellishes them with vintage glass beads and crystals (all dating over 50 years old), instantly adding an old world charm – and the traditional “something old”!
Ivy tells me… “The collection takes its name from the Italian word tesora, a term of endearment that means “treasure.” I also chose the name because of its similarity to the word tessera which is a small piece of tile used in mosaic work. Many of the designs were inspired by the mosaics found in the cathedrals and Roman ruins throughout Italy. The Ravenna earrings and bracelet, which incorporate hundreds of tiny glass, were inspired by the Byzantine splendor of Ravenna’s famed mosaics. I wanted to translate the concept of mosaics into jewelry, by weaving and embroidering tiny seed beads into intricate patterns, juxtaposed with my signature handcrafted lace.”
Each design has also been thoughtfully named after a place in Italy — from the Fiorenza earrings, whose intricate golden lace motifs were inspired by Florence’s Ponte Vecchio and the city’s fleur de lis emblem, to the Venezia earrings, inspired by the gothic architecture of the Doge’s Palace in Venice, to the Toscana sash, overflowing with wildflowers inspired by the Tuscan countryside.
A floral motif also runs throughout the collection, with many of the designs embellished with delicate wired sprigs and beaded leaves. Silk threads used in the embroidery introduce delicate touches of color (including a pale blue for the perfect something blue!) and texture; while freshwater pearls and vintage crystals add an old world opulence to the designs.
I am utterly besotted with the intricate designs in this new collection, and the whole beautiful shoot! The styling for the shoot drew on a range of inspiration, from ancient Rome to the Middle Ages and Renaissance. British designer (and one of my favourites) Joanne Fleming created the stunning gowns: a beaded gown of French lace over silk satin, adorned with a low cowl back and floating silk tulle streamers, and a heavily beaded lace tulle bridal coat paired with a simple bias cut slip dress.
Edera is a much loved Chic Vintage Brides Sponsor but has not paid for this post, these words of admiration for Ivy’s designs, and love for this new collection, are all my own. Thank-you for supporting CVB’s Sponsors!
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When Scottish bride Imogen got engaged she envisioned a Celtic ceremony to reflect her roots. Living in Paris with her South African fiancé Matt, the beautiful region of Brittany known for its lush green fields, rocky coastline and Celtic heritage was a natural choice. With the help of Fete in France, the couple found a picturesque 16th century manor house as the setting for their wedding weekend.
“A celtic handfasting ceremony should be outdoors, within nature, so having a beautiful ceremony spot was high in the criteria for our venue. We fell in love with Chateau de la Motte Beaumanoir, a beautiful mini castle with five guestrooms before a serene lake ringed by trees, which we were able to enjoy to ourselves for 4 days. ”
Imogen wore a custom Eliza Jane Howell 1930’s-inspired wedding dress and the groom wore the traditional Celtic formal-wear of a kilt in a tartan to match the deep sapphire blue that ran throughout the wedding décor. Sourcing local vendors and producers was important to the couple so the florals and table decor contained only locally-grown plants and seasonal fruits.
“I’m a wordsmith by nature, so I was always going to be fussy about all things stationery. I found Elisa from Designed with Amore on Etsy and she had the most perfect ready-made design for us with wild bohemian foliage that picked up the greens and blues of our colour scheme, printed on beautiful linen paper. She was a delight to work with, so generous with her time and so fast.”
“Matt proposed with a beautiful 1920’s/30’s gold and diamond ring, and he’d convinced the skeptical jeweller to swap out the original opal for a deep blue lapis lazuli – my favourite stone. That lapis blue then inspired the touches of deep blue velvet that were peppered throughout.”
“I had never imagined getting married, so had absolutely no idea where to start looking for my dress. Originally I didn’t want a white dress, but I couldn’t find anything that looked ceremonial enough. In the end of months of searching, I came back to the Jayne in antique silver by Eliza Jane Howell – the first dress I had seen and loved online. I loved the bias-cut and the asymmetrical beauty of the beaded pattern, which made me think of sun, moon and stars.”
“My bouquet included giant protea – national flower of South Africa – and Scottish thistles, as a nod to our respective countries.”
“Matt wore the Robertson tartan kilt, representing the clan heritage of one side of my family, and a Fraser of Lovett crest plaid brooch as a nod to the other half.”
“We had a fabulous Breton piper who had a full Scots repertoire!”
“I was thrilled that my bridesmaids picked out the tones the Robertson tartan perfectly in their Ghost London dresses!”
“It was always going to be Highland Cathedral on the bagpipes that would accompany me into the ceremony. I deliberately gave myself a marathon of a walk so I could try and compose myself before arriving in the ceremony circle.”
What were your favorite parts of the day?
“Without a doubt, our ceremony was our favourite part of the whole day. It was really important to us that the ceremony reflected us, and we chose to have a Celtic hand fasting in the Scottish tradition that acknowledged us making a non-religious commitment to each other as equal partners before a circle of our family and friends.” “There were a couple of beautiful and spontaneous moments that we’ll always remember; Immediately after the ceremony, we were standing at the centre of the circle, hands fasted together, bathed in light, in love. And being at the centre of the circle just drew everyone in towards us. Everyone wanted to come forward and embrace us, so we ended up with a thirty-minute circular receiving line of sorts, but it was so moving.”
“One of our favourite wedding finds was our guestbook by Spellbinderie. FounderKaren lives in Lyon and rebinds battered but beautiful French books from the 19th and early 20th century into guestbooks. Ours was a 1923 edition of the Swiss Family Robertson and had a gold heart on the front cover.”
“We wanted the dining tables to resemble fine art still life paintings, with wild flowers, antique brass candlesticks and fruits and vegetables. Clementine of Bloomette incorporated some wild looking purple and yellow carrots into our arch – someone fed them to us on the dance floor along to chanting about fertility offerings…they were delicious!”
What did you do for favors?
“We wanted to create as little waste as possible, hence the edible fruit table decorations, so buying loads of decorating stuff for us just wasn’t an option. All of our guests looked so elegant! Our people were the decoration. We were really disciplined about not getting carried away with Pinterest-y inclinations. If it wasn’t going to either feed our guests or make them feel fuzzy inside, we didn’t do it. Instead, we poured our energy into writing 7000 words of handwritten thank you notes as favours for each guest, telling them what they meant to us in our lives. These were under the napkins at dinner and went down a treat. Some people were crying – again – at their seats.”
Tell us about your wedding cake….
“Our beautiful little wedding cake was blue velvet on the inside, decorated with gold leaf and wild plants. It was created by Beatriz Belliard Cake Design.”
And last, but not least, tell us a little bit about your photographers…
“We couldn’t recommend our photographer Yann Audic of Lifestories enough. He photographed our engagement pictures and our small legal ceremony in Paris, so by the time the big day came round he knew us really well. His pictures speak volumes about his skill at seeing what’s the most important at a wedding. He’s a pro at putting people at ease and capturing the magic in front of his lens without needing to resort to overly stylised images.”
Such a beautiful day, I am completely smitten with every detail – especially their stunning venue. Huge congratulations to the happy couple, Imogen & Matt, and a heartfelt thankyou to them and their photographers Lifestories Wedding, for not only capturing every detail so perfectly, but also for allowing me to share it with you here. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of their work, take a peek at their website lifestorieswedding.com and be sure to follow them on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
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!
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 🙂
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…..
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.”
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!
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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!”
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!””
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!
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……
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.”
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 Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest for daily doses of gorgeousness!
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!
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…..
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.
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?”
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.”
“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. “
“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!”
“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.”
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!
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!
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…..
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…..
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!…..
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!
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.