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Modern Luxuries: Sleek, Glamorous Bridesmaid Styles

Bridesmaid dresses take a modern turn, courtesy of sleek silhouettes, jewel-toned palettes and minimalist accessories.

(Above) Bill Levkoff style No. 7107 rust chiffon halter dress with key-hole opening and Bell Levkoff style No. 7112 evergreen chiffon dress with ruffle-trim bodice from Ellynne Bridal. Beyond Beautiful emerald teardrop earrings from Hello Beautiful Bridal & Formal Wear. Yellow-gold and diamond bracelet, yellow-gold hoop earrings and yellow-gold and diamond collar necklace from Borsheims.

(Below) Allure Bridals style No. 1606 dusty rose stretch jersey wrap-waist dress and Sorella Vita style No. 8880 burgundy double-knit sheath dress from Hello Beautiful Bridal & Formal Wear. Starburst stud earrings from Noa Brides. Yellow-gold chain station necklace and Kendra Scott “Gia” geometric rose-gold earrings from Borsheims. On Harper, rhinestone sash collar from Dream Dress Express; on George, rhinestone crown headpiece from The Bridal Collection.


(Above) Vintage blush beaded dress, vintage black velvet floral beaded dress and gold stud earrings from Noa Brides. Rose-gold teardrop earrings from Dream Dress Express. Mattia Cielo coil diamond ring and Luisa Rosas white-gold oval diamond ring from Borsheims.

(Below) Mori Lee style No. 21559 fawn chiffon A-line dress with scoop neck and Mori Lee style No. 21634 bordeaux chiffon V-neck dress from adorned Bridal. Kendra Scott “Gia” geometric silver earrings, gold and diamond bracelets, and yellow-gold and diamond hoop earrings from Borsheims.


(Above) Johnathan Kayne style No. 8022 blue burnout velvet bell-sleeve dress, silver ruched-waist dress, and multi-colored gemstone bracelet from Dream Dress Express. White-gold ivy earrings and multi-strand collar necklace from Borsheims.

(Below) Sorella Vita style No. 9256 forest green satin halter dress with chiffon micro plunge and Morilee style No. 21573 navy satin spaghetti-strap V-neck dress from The Bridal Collection. Silver station necklace, Mattia Cielo coil diamond ring, silver hoop earrings and white-gold and diamond bracelet from Borsheims.

Photography: Jessica Blex Photography and Design,
Styling Assistants: Sam Areman + Amanda Leise
Location: The Kindler Hotel
Hair:Rebecca Forsyth + Eric Burden, BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing 
Makeup:Natasha Freeman, BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing
Videographer: Alisha Cerny Films
Talent:Regina Palmer + Kailee Lawrence, Sasha Models
Photo Shoot Coordination: Sam Areman + Amanda Leise

Go Retro: Mod Details for the Vintage Bride

The spirit of the ’60s is alive in today’s wedding-day beauty, with high-volume hair, sultry-but sweet makeup, and vintage-inspired jewelry that strikes a modish mood.

(Above) Yellow-gold ball stud earrings, Marika yellow-gold flower cluster pendant and cabochon rose quartz and sapphire ring from Borsheims. Adrianna Papell for House of Wu style No. 40234 long-sleeve beaded gown and cathedral veil from adorned Bridal

(Below) TARA Pearls moonstone bead necklace, Graymoor Lane Designs “Juniper” diamond and yellow-gold ring, and cushion-cut prasiolite earrings from Borsheims. Wtoo by Watters “Savannah” off-the-shoulder lace gown and birdcage veil from adorned Bridal.


(Above) Kendra Scott “Malika” mother-of-pearl earrings and Doves emerald-cut blue topaz, diamond and onyx ring from Borsheims. Moda Bella by Mary’s style No. MB2007 crepe A-line gown with flutter sleeve from adorned Bridal.

(Below) Freeform druzy quartz and diamond pendant and Marika “Honeycomb” yellow-gold and diamond ring from Borsheims. Adrianna Papell for House of Wu style No. 40238 beaded and sequined gown from adorned Bridal.



(Above) Yellow-gold oval beveled hoop earrings and bracelet and Graymoor Lane Designs “Juniper” diamond and yellow-gold ring from Borsheims. Martin Thornburg by Mon Cheri “Angelina” beaded gown with scalloped cap sleeves from adorned Bridal.

(Below) Yellow-gold multi-hoop earrings, Graymoor Lane Designs “Juniper” diamond and yellow-gold bangle bracelet, and “Artichoke” link yellow-gold bracelet from Borsheims. Moda Bella by Mary’s style No. MB2007 crepe gown with beaded back detail from adorned Bridal.



Photos: Kaylie Sirek Photography
Styling: Sarah Baumann Rogers
Styling Assistants: Sam Areman + Amanda Leise
Hair: Rebecca Forsyth for BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing
Makeup: Sekara Lorsch for BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing
Hair + Makeup: Eric Burden for BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing
Location: Graduate Lincoln
Talent: Lauren Speicher, Sasha Models
Videographer: Alisha Cerny Films
Photo Shoot Coordination: Sam Areman + Amanda Leise

Stone Cold Style: Local Baubles, Bangles and Rings for Nebraska Weddings

Daring in design, color, texture and shape, these works of art are aglow with chic appeal.

Michael Tish Jewelers rings, stacked in splendor on the Sheldon Museum of Art’s marble floor, give new meaning to the phrase “set in stone.” In the array: a shared-prong diamond band, marquise 1-karat diamond solitaire ring, 14-karat white-gold diamond wedding band and 14-karat gold diamond ring.

This wedding ring of 14-karat white gold is the ideal setting for a classic look, while the 14-karat yellow gold “Lynden” solitaire ring with tapered shank boasts contrast and detail. From Borsheims.

A dainty set of rings from Borsheims boasts colorful chic. (From top): 14-karat yellow-gold oval peridot ring with beaded shank, 14-karat yellow-gold baguette ruby and diamond ring, 14-karat yellow-gold baguette citrine and round diamond bezel-set ring, 14-karat yellow-gold diamond eternity ring, and 14-karat yellow-gold baguette and round diamond ring.

If gold is in your palette, consider these statement pieces from Borsheims. The Marika 14-karat yellow-gold tourmaline and diamond cuff bracelet and Marco Bicego 18-karat yellow-gold “Lunaria” double dangle earrings play off the sophistication of a matte finish. Try the 18-karat yellow-gold diamond infinity locket with a matte black chain for a modern twist on tradition.


Add pizzazz with Michael Tish Jewelers sterling-silver pearl druzy drop earrings, yellow-gold vermeil howlite cuff bracelet and Syrena opal necklace.

Go forth boldly with Michael Tish Jewelers yellow-gold vermeil cerulean howlite cuff, sterling-silver pearl druzy drop earrings, gold and opal stud earrings, and the Syrena blue opal necklace.

Photos: Sam Areman Photo
Venue: Sheldon Museum of Art
Text: Emily Kerr
Art Direction: Courtney Nielson

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

4 Engagement Ring Trends We’re Seeing in 2019

We’re seeing some exciting and unexpected engagement ring trends heading into 2019! With the popularity of non-round cut stones on the rise, we’ve been noticing a particularly high number of pear-cut stones in 2018 and 2019. This beautiful shape looks especially enchanting with an added halo, but makes for a gorgeous solitaire as well. Another increasing trend is brightly colored stones, for a ring that truly stands apart. Opt for a unique diamond shade, or different stone like an emerald or a sapphire. Perhaps fueled by Instagram influencer Emily Ratajkowsky’s bold choice, one of the more surprising trends we’ve noticed is a rise in the popularity of two-stone sparklers. We have to admit we’re loving this unique setting and the symbolism that it represents. Lastly, art deco is back in a big way (seems appropriate as we approach the roaring 2020’s!). This classic style still manages to create a contemporary vibe for a timeless yet stylish choice. Which trend are you considering?


Brightly Colored Stones

Two-stone Setting

Art Deco

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