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The bride's pink shoes add a flirty pop of color

8 Ways for Unconventional Brides to Wear a Pop of Color

(Above) Martina Liana “Carter” ivory silk corset bodice and “Sachi” tea-length skirt from Ellynne Bridal. Gurhan gold and pink tourmaline necklace and Kirk Kara rose-gold and pink sapphire rings from Borsheims. Gold necklace from Michael Tish Jewelers. Bouquet by Memrical Design Studio.

(Below) Allure Bridals style No. A2002 ivory beaded top and style No. A2011 crepe fit-and-flare skirt from Hello Beautiful Bridal & Formal Wear. Doves St. Barths Blue collection quartz and turquoise earrings from Borsheims. Lovebird Jewelry Collective rhinestone tennis bracelet from Blush Bridal Boutique. White-gold diamond rings from Michael Tish Jewelers.


(Above) House of Wu style No. 22889 chiffon gown with plunge neckline and circle skirt from adorned Bridal. White-gold diamond earrings from Michael Tish Jewelers.

(Below) Claire La Faye “Harlan” crepe bell-sleeve top and “Blake” wide-leg trousers from Noa Brides. Oval amethyst, pink tourmaline and diamond ring from Borsheims.

(Above) Enchanting by Mon Cheri Bridals style No. 119111 embroidered Schiffli lace and tulle sequined gown from The Bridal Collection. Kendra Scott “Annaliese” maroon jade pendant and “Charmian” gold drop earrings from Borsheims. Rose-gold starburst diamond ring from Michael Tish Jewelers.

(Below) Justin Alexander style No. 9904 strapless sweetheart ballgown from Dream Dress Express. Earthen Joy gold tassel earrings from Noa Brides. Yellow- and white-gold diamond band from Michael Tish Jewelers.

(Above) Justin Alexander style No. 88023 jewel-neck ballgown with layered tulle skirt from Blush Bridal Boutique. Diamond ring from Michael Tish Jewelers. Custom-dyed pink veil (held) from adorned Bridal. Floral backdrop by Memrical Design Studio.


Photos: Jessica Blex Photography + Design
Styling; Michelle Meyer
Art Direction: Ashley Nicole Photography + Design
Venue: The Venue at Highlander
Hair and Makeup: Creative Hair Design
Talent: Peyton Saar, Sasha Models
Floral Design: Memrical Design Studio

Two bridesmaids stand in Lauritzen Gardens in pastel, floral gowns

This Year’s Favorite Bridesmaids Looks: Textures, Florals and Accessories

Blond model: Allure Bridals style 1571 floral print gown from Dream Dress Express. Rose-gold diamond bar earrings, rose-gold plated cuff bracelet, rose-gold double-row cubic zirconia tennis bracelet and rose-gold plated cubic zirconia ring from Michael Tish Jewelers.

Brunette model: Allure Bridals style 1563 blush cold-shoulder chiffon gown from Dream Dress Express. Cubic zirconia earrings, sterling-silver cubic zirconia filigree ring and gold-plated diamond wedding bands from Michael Tish Jewelers.

Brunette model: Allure Bridals style 1528T blush lace top and style 1531S high-low skirt from Hello Beautiful Bridal & Formal Wear. Rose-gold plated drop pendant and rose-gold plated micro pavé ring from Michael Tish Jewelers.

Blond model: Allure Bridals floral patterned dress from Hello Beautiful Bridal & Formal Wear. Rose-gold plated opal pendant necklaces and gold and diamond infinity ring from Michael Tish Jewelers.

Blond model: Morilee by Madeline Gardner style 21574 grey one-shoulder jumpsuit from Adorned Bridal. Marika gold flower drop earrings and Kendra Scott “Marianne” gold cubic zirconia caterpillar bracelet from Borsheims.

Brunette model: Christina Wu Celebration style 22780 blush floral chiffon gown from Adorned Bridal. Graymoor Lane Designs yellow-gold petal necklaces from Borsheims.

Blond model: Bill Levkoff style 1508 turquoise chiffon empire halter gown from Ellynne Bridal. Kendra Scott “Jackson” cuff bracelet with gemstone accents and rose-gold “Jilly” earrings from Borsheims.

Brunette model: Sorella Vita style 9050 arctic blue chiffon halter gown from Ellynne Bridal. Spartina 449 floral crystal earrings from Borsheims.

Brunette model: Morilee by Madeline Gardner style 21510 floral chiffon gown with ruffle from The Bridal Collection. Stephen Webster rose-gold butterfly necklace and Kendra Scott “Jemmina” rose-gold chain bracelet from Borsheims.

Blond model: Allure Bridals style 1544 sweetheart floral chiffon gown from The Bridal Collection. Marika yellow-gold flower station necklace from Borsheims.

Blond model: Morilee by Madeline Gardner style 21520 floral chiffon gown with ruffle neckline from Bridal Isle. Marika yellow-gold diamond floral bracelet and Kendra Scott gold “Jilly” earrings from Borsheims.

Brunette model: Morilee by Madeline Gardner style 21502 floral chiffon gown with draped overlay from Bridal Isle. Stephen Webster rose-gold diamond butterfly earrings and Kendra Scott rose-gold bracelets from Borsheims.

Photography: Ashley Nicole Photography
Styling: Sarah Baumann Rogers
Art Direction: Janet McLaughlin
Venue: Lauritzen Gardens
Hair and Makeup: Creative Hair Design Salon
Styling Assistants: Ashley Nicole Dickes, Emily Kerr
Talent: Sasha Models
Location Assistant: Sarah Hankin

A cushion-set diamond

Fall/Winter 2019 Engagement Ring Trends

You have probably heard about the classic four C’s when it comes to picking out a diamond. Cut, color, clarity and carat weight are all essential pieces to consider when it comes to selecting a diamond engagement or wedding ring. A diamond’s cost is based on each of these elements’ quality as these characteristics are graded and categorized by the diamond industry as a whole. The higher the quality, the rarer the diamond and therefore more expensive. However, equally important to these factors is the feeling that takes over when you are wearing it. We understand that shopping for your engagement and wedding rings can sometimes seem overwhelming when considering the four C’s, price, as well as your emotions. Let us guide you through the basics so that when it’s time to make the final decision, it will be a comfortable one for you and your fiancé.

There are numerous trends and styles available in engagement and wedding rings, and some of the most popular have real staying power. If you are not sure where to start, consider whether any of the current styles reflect your own personal tastes.

Vintage Rings
One extremely popular and truly timeless trend is vintage-inspired rings. Vintage or antique-inspired rings usually feature intricate details, such as gemstone baguettes or floral accents. A vintage ring will never become outdated because of its timeless character and the nostalgic sentiment it provides whenever someone is wearing it.

Classic Rings
Classic rings are still all the rage, and for good reason—they can withstand the test of time. While white gold is increasing in popularity, yellow gold still remains a highly-popular characteristic of a classic ring. A simple round or square-cut solitaire diamond with a simple metal band conveys a very classic feel.

Emerald-cut Stones
Emerald-cut diamonds are a striking, more unusual cut. Selecting an emerald-cut diamond will set you apart from the crowd, as it is not as widely chosen for engagement and wedding rings. Since these stones are also more affordable, you can usually purchase a larger stone for the same price as a smaller stone in another cut. However, take note that flaws are more visible in an emerald-cut diamond, so it is important to pick a top-quality gem when selecting this cut.

Colored Stones
Selecting a colored stone for your engagement ring is another way to showcase your personal style. Considering a colored stone certainly broadens your options. While many brides opt for a colored diamond, it is completely acceptable to choose another gem for your ring. Brides are choosing anything from rubies to sapphires to opals as either their primary stone or as accents. Anything is possible, and a unique gem will draw attention to your distinctive sense of style.

Multiple Diamonds
While solitaire settings are still enormously popular, many brides are choosing a large diamond framed by tiny ones. This style gives a nod to vintage styling while also creating the illusion of a larger stone. Brides also love the look of either three-stone or five-stone settings, which provide a traditional yet glamorous quality. There is also a broader range of design options available when using multiple diamonds.

Modern Styles
Modern trends lean toward a look that is clean and simple, usually in platinum or white-gold settings. They also have a sleek appearance that borders on plain but works well for everyday wear. If you desire something cutting-edge, a modern design might be the right style for you.

Lab-Grown Diamonds
An emerging trend in the jewelry industry that has appeal for younger generations is man-made, lab-grown diamonds. Rather than being formed by nature, these lab-grown diamonds alleviate concerns for those worried about the ethical and environmental consequences of the global market. As a bonus, these stones cost roughly 30 percent less than the traditionally mined diamonds. Not only will these stones provide peace of mind as to their origins, but they’ll give your pocketbook a break too.

Wedding Bands
Once you have settled on your dream engagement ring, you and your fiancé should shop together for wedding bands. While engagement rings are still an ideal way to show off your individual style, wedding bands are becoming more personalized as well. Here are some tips to keep in mind when making your selections.

A bride fastens her earring while her solitaire ring flashes from her hand.

Mix it up. Do you and your fiancé have different tastes and styles? No problem. A matching set is not necessary. However, you may be able to save some money if your jeweler offers a package discount on matching sets. These rings are a lifetime investment that you will wear every single day, so each of you needs to select a band that you absolutely love.

Another trend that is appearing in the jewelry industry is the use of mixed metals. Gold, silver, platinum, rose-gold: the options are endless. This technique allows brides and grooms the opportunity to incorporate unique materials into their accessories. Have fun mixing it up. Other materials that can be utilized include wood, certain minerals, and even meteorite.

Be sure to incorporate your personality with whichever design you may come up with. Perhaps a special engraving is the key to the ideal wedding band. Today, designers can do just about anything you can think of to make your ring more personal.

Think about what you will be doing day-to-day as you wear your ring over the years. Remember that certain stones or softer metals combined with an active lifestyle can diminish the beauty of your ring over time, or even cause damage.

Plan your budget before you even walk into a jewelry store. Decide on the maximum amount you can spend, and don’t sway from that amount. It is easy to be tempted when you see the vast selection of top-dollar rings, so it is important that you and your fiancé hold one another accountable on price. While a common rule-of-thumb is that the wedding rings should account for about 3% of your budget, it is up to you and your fiancé to decide what the right budget is for you.

Take your time. Visit several jewelers and never feel pressured to buy anything until you are certain it is the right investment.

Plan accordingly. To allow for sizing, engraving or any other modifications that will need to be made, it is essential to purchase your rings two to three months prior to your wedding date.
The best advice when shopping for your rings is to always keep in mind that they are an important symbol of the commitment between you and your partner. Long after your flowers have wilted, and the music has faded, your rings will still be on your fingers as reminders of the vows you made. Remembering their significance during the selection process will help you make the best possible decision.

Photos: Ashley Nicole Photography, Amanda Leise Photography

Ballet-inspired Wedding Details

It seems the world of ballet has a lot in common with the world of weddings. Soft, romantic details like tulle, silk ribbons and classic blooms can be found just as easily at a performance of Swan Lake as a they can at a wedding ceremony. In addition to these little details, one of the wedding industry’s favorite colors of the past few years is borrowed straight from ballet style – that’s right, blush pink! This rosy hue has been popping up in wedding decor and trends for years and it is easy to see why. It pairs beautifully with gold and green (among other colors) and photographs beautifully. Below, find some of our favorite ballet-inspired wedding details!

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Planning Your Wedding Means Planning Their Gifts

The wedding planning process can seem to go on forever; especially for the bride and groom to be. After all, you are planning a day for not only yourselves, but all of your closest friends and family to enjoy. This is why we enlist the help of our dearest friends to aid in wedding preparation. From giving their opinion on the perfect dress, visiting potential venues, searching for vendors, test cake flavors, the list goes on!

When all is said and done, it’s important to take a step back and think about the people who helped pull your day together. When you asked your closest friends and family to be in your wedding, you were asking for a large commitment both in time and finances. It’s one of the most selfless things a person can agree to. So how do you let them know how much you appreciate them? Add gifts for your wedding party to the list of things to do before the big day! It can be a little overwhelming to think about, so here are a few ideas we’d like to share:

For Your Mother (and new Mother In Law)

Your wedding day is sure to be filled with lots of emotions. While it’s a joyous day filled with love, it can sometimes lead to tears of joy as the bride and groom say I do. No one wants to carry a pack of tissues around. A great, and maybe a little uncommon, gift to give is a handkerchief! Gift your mother and mother in law a personalized handkerchief with a message of your choice.  Armed with their own personal messages, giving the same gift to the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom is great symbolism for the unity your marriage is creating! It’s also a great way to express your thanks, and share a gift that is likely to come in handy.

wedding gift for mom

For Your Father (and Father In Law)

To the same sentiment, get your fathers matching yet personalized presents. One idea is to gift a nice set of cufflinks to wear as they walk down the aisle. Take it a step further than a standard inscription, and find your favorite picture of you and your dad together. If you really want to tug at the heart strings, find pictures from your childhood to include. Nothing says sentimental like taking a trip down memory lane before you set down the aisle on one of the biggest days of your lives.

cuff links for groom

For Your Wedding Party

Getting presents for the entire bridal party is tricky. Getting matching presents for the bridesmaids and groomsmen is an entirely different story. Your best bet is to get them a gif that they will likely use again. Giving your guys and girls fashionable sunglasses is sure to be a hit. Not only can it further distinguish them as a part of the wedding party, but it is a gift that can be used beyond your wedding day. If you’re going to spend money on a present, you might as well ensure that it’s relevant for use for more than just one day!

colorful sunglasses

For Your Bridesmaids

It can be argued that the job of a bridesmaid is one of the most stressful. Thank your girls by putting together a care package of their favorite things. After months (sometimes years) of planning, a great gift option could be a certificate to a day spa! What better way to say thank you than treating your girls to a day of pampering and relaxation. Want to do more than hand them an envelope? Go the extra step and put together a basket of spa day essentials! Equipped with a robe, slippers, a makeup bag, and a cute tote to pull it all together! If you do want to customize and item, the makeup bag may be the way to go. It’s something that is sure to get a lot of use, and something that will likely get a lot of compliments!

bride and bridesmaids with bouquet of flowers

For Your Groomsmen

While not all groomsmen may appreciate a spa day, the idea of treating them to something they can do for themselves isn’t a bad idea. One option to consider is putting together a gift of favorites. It can be anything from a giftcard to their favorite restaurant, a bottle of their favorite drink or even just an assortment of their favorite snacks! Nothing says thank you like a gift of all of your favorite things. Make it easy on yourself and buy a variety of gift cards online!

groom and groomsmen in tuxedos