Today we’re excited to talk about one of our favorite things – diamonds! We are in full engagement season swing, and we know you you are too – you’re probably wondering what more there is to these gems than the famous 4 C’s. That’s why we invited Arctic Ice Diamonds to help explain the difference between lab grown diamonds and naturally mined diamonds. This way, you and your significant other can make an informed decision as you shop for your sparkly bridal bling.
Fact 1: Regardless of how they’re grown, no two diamonds are the same. Each gem has its own unique recipe of cut, clarity, color and carat that are combined to create a stone with a brilliant, sparkly finish.
Fact 2: Lab grown diamonds have the same dazzling appearance as mined diamonds, and even expert gemologists cannot tell the difference when comparing them side by side.
Fact 3: The only difference between a lab grown diamond and a mined diamond is that one grows above the ground while the other grows below the ground.
Fact 4: Lab grown diamonds will cost 30-40% less than mined diamonds, though they still use the highest standards of diamond grading.
Fact 5: Lab grown diamonds are not synthetic like diamond simulants (think cubic zirconia or moissanite). Rather than being created to imitate a natural product, lab grown diamonds are 100% real diamonds.
The “New Diamond” has been gaining some major traction with environmentally-concious couples, and Arctic Ice Diamonds is the proof in the pudding that beauty never has to be sacrificed for a good cause. Their company began with a mission of protecting the earth while simultaneously providing wedding and engagement rings that have 100% of the characteristics of the naturally mined diamonds we’ve always known. We encourage all our soon-to-be brides to try a few of these gems on for size, and we can’t wait to see how your eyes gleam. Peruse our top 10 picks below!
This post is sponsored by Arctic Ice Diamonds. Thanks for supporting our sponsors!
Something old, something new. Something borrowed, something blue. We all know the age old saying, but EraGem takes it to a whole new level with their fine jewelry collection that spans from the mid 1800’s to the present. You may have seen that they’re giving away a gorgeous floral cluster ring on our Instagram account today. But lucky you – you have another chance to win one of their rings here! We’re talking the Blue Sapphire and Diamond Halo Ring in 14k Yellow Gold pictured below.
We are suckers for rings with a story and always love reading about their vintage treasures – especially their blue green sapphire rings which glitter in every cut from Round to Oval to Emerald. Major Kate Middleton vibes here! Luckily, their collection goes beyond engagement rings and into the realm of necklaces, earrings and watches too. The perfect balance of traditional yet unique, these gems will have you falling love all over again.
Enter to win the sapphire ring in the first photo by visiting their site and comment below with your favorite piece of jewelry from their collection. You must have a US shipping address to enter. The winner will be announced on Monday 12/19 in the comments of this post. You will have 24 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected. Visit our Instagram here to enter to win the floral cluster ring too!
Update: Congratulations, Brittany, you are the winner! Will will be in touch with you shortly!
Fashion & Jewelry
With inspiration stemming from the delicate designs intrinsic to papel picado, Jessica Cooper Photography set out to create a styled shoot using the decorative paper. Sweet Caroline provided the incredible bridal fashion, a two-piece stunner with a blush pink skirt that couldn’t possibly evoke more romance than it already does, and Papertini put together some of the most beautiful floral arrangements we’ve ever seen!
Few occasions in life will give you the same freedom to wear the dreamiest of accessories as being a bride does. The baubles from Bel Aire Bridal give you just the excuse to take your wedding gown from great to gorgeous. One look at their site and your mind will set sail towards a bridal look that combines regal and romance into a modern day fare. And their collection using opal gemstones is just a peek into what they offer.
Bel Aire Bridal has THE accessory for each style. Are you a vintage bride? Then these scrumptious headpieces will take you back to Great Gatsby’s soirées. Feel like you’re leaning towards a veil, because all else being equal, when else will you be able to? Look at their veils before deciding. See where I’m going with this? Bel Aire Bridal’s accessories are second to none when it comes to styling your wedding look.
Whether your vision is Classic, Bohemian, Glamorous or Trendy, Bel Aire Bridal has styles to suit any bride. Check out Bel Aire Bridal My Bridal Style page to see what style suits you best. These stunning photos taken by KT Merry of gowns by Monique Lhuillier and Temperley of London show that the accessories and finishing touches make all the difference when completing your look.
We at Ruffled are all about the little things that make the planning fun and the wedding beautiful, and shopping for your bridal accessories should be both. Take a look into attending a Trunk Show or check out their Store Locator for a boutique near you and try out their pieces. They have been in business for over 30 years and chances are, there is a boutique very close to you.
With all the decisions you have to make during the planning process, choosing what you will look like should be one of the most joyful decisions Bel Aire Bridal will help you to achieve the look of a lifetime!
We’re absolutely giddy at the office today because we get to share some of the most incredible antique jewelry with you all today. D’Arcy Benincosa Photography recently visited Antoinette’s Antique Jewelry in Salt Lake City, Utah to photograph some precious pieces, and we’re showing off some of our absolute favorites and a bit about them. There are many more where these came from, so don’t forget to visit the full photo gallery!
About the store: Antoinette’s Antique Jewelry is passionate about collecting, selling and preserving antique jewelry for future generations. We believe the craftsmanship and artistry of our jewelry reflect a time when great care was given to create individual pieces of art. Each piece is carefully selected for its beauty, originality and quality.
Ring on the far left: A rare natural yellow sapphire in an antique cushion cut weighting 11.40 carats. The sapphire is set in an 18kt yellow gold wedding with 2.24ctw of white diamonds surrounding the yellow sapphire. Circa 1900. Ring on the far right: A 14kt yellow gold and diamond setting featuring an intense blue zircon weighing 9.41 cts, circa 1940.
Of all the worthy investments in a lifetime, good jewelry is near the top of the list. With the right pieces, you’ll be wearing it for decades to come and passing it down to future generations in your family. Simon G. Jewelry knows how important quality pieces are, and they make it their goal to create jewelry that’s worthy of your life’s most important moments.
When it comes to engagement ring shopping, www.simongjewelry.com or an authorized Simon G. Jewelry retailer is a fantastic place to start. They have a collection of eye-catching creative designs, but also have plenty of classic pieces to choose from, all with some of the finest gemstones and highest quality workmanship. Simon G. Jewelry is a family owned company, and once you purchase a piece of jewelry from them, you become a part of their family. Being part of the Simon G. family means having a strong appreciation of beauty, and understanding that creating jewelry is more than just a business. It is about making your world brighter, about creating a ceremony of memory, and of building something that will last.
One of the greatest things about jewelry is how closely it can be tied to memory. Whether it’s an engagement ring, earrings as a graduation gift, or a dazzling birthday necklace, looking at the piece should conjure up all sorts of powerful memories of amazing life moments. Simon G. feels that the jewelry you wear should be just as meaningful to you as the occasion it commemorates, and we couldn’t agree more. The artisans at Simon G. Jewelry makes it their goal and their honor to make your moments just a bit more memorable.
Simon G. says it best: “We know that a photograph only tells part of the story – that paper fades, film gets erased. Even memory begins to alter with time. We want to distill that perfect moment into something you and your family can hold on to forever.” Choose your jewelry with care, and rest assured that your most precious pieces will be crafted with love, attention to detail, and ingenuity with Simon G.
From the delicate jewelry to the Sphinx cat to the buttery images from Debbie Lourens Photography, how could you not be enthralled? Debbie and floral designer extraordinaire Anli Wahl teamed up to create this inspiring shoot with nods to the Nile and springtime colors, and I have to say we’re pretty smitten with the result!
From the photographer, Debbie Lourens: Our main source of inspiration for the Girl of the Nile shoot was definitely our Sphinx cat model, Romeo. We wanted to incorporate a cat in one of our shoots and planned everything around the Egyptian theme. Instead of going with heavy golds and coppers, we wanted to use fresh vibrant colours giving the feel of Spring. We infused corals, mints, and blues with oranges and yellows to get the vibrant colour palette. Because of the rich tones in our shoot we wanted to have our ‘bride’ wear understated clothing with just little pops of colour in her jewellery.
Shoot Location: Stellenbosch, South Africa / Photographer: Debbie Lourens Photography / Flowers: Anli Wahl / Venue: Cultivar Guest Lodge / Wedding Dresses: Janita Toerien and Alana van Heerden / Jewelry: Quench Jewellery / Hair and Makeup: Marnel Toerien / Caterer: La Petite Patisserie / Wedding Cake: Simply Cake / Stationery: White Kite Studio
I’m deeply excited to share this particular wedding shoot with you all today. Not only is your wedding day a celebration of love and friendship — it’s also a prime opportunity to give back to your community and the world at large. A star team of vendors, including CarolineRo, Charleston Stems, Sara York Grimshaw Designs, and Sweetgrass Social, put together a lovely styled shoot to show how easy and beautiful it can be to implement charity into your big day:
From the photographer, CarolineRo: I’ve been in weddings for a bit and am such an advocate of having freedom in your wedding. To me, that means breaking the norm, straying away from stereotypes and in this case, giving back. One of my favorite authors, Bob Goff, talks a lot about not merely showing love but instead, exemplifying and being love. To me, this is showing off what really matters in life which is loving and serving other people.
So even though a wedding is definitely about a couple and their love — the union they’re about to make — it’s also such a perfect opportunity to show others what is important to them and how a marriage can impact others and help change the world. So all of that being said, I wanted to design and photograph a styled wedding shoot incorporating non-profits and organizations that do just that: give back (and in a beautiful way!).
The specific ideas/ways to give back that are seen in this shoot are:
-In lieu of a favor, making a donation to charity:water to help ensure that all people around the world have access to clean water, something we take for granted. Charity:Water has a lot of campaigns for everything from birthdays to specific countries-all ways that encourage others to give back.
-Use/wear jewelry that employ women in Africa. I’ve been a big fan of 31 Bits for a long time now and aside from their jewelry employing and empowering women in Africa, they are beautiful pieces and they also offer an entire bridal line. The bracelets and necklaces also make good gifts for bridesmaids.
-Bread bags and table numbers. Instead of the traditional table number, these table numbers represent a child in Africa that needs sponsoring. Also, the bread bags are a way to spotlight the organization that allows sponsoring of children, Bread of Life Mission.
-Clutches from Proud Mary. Harper Poe, of Proud Mary, buys all of the textiles she uses from different people in third world countries, thus giving them jobs! These also make great bridesmaids gifts. Lastly, The FEED bag. With each FEED bag purchased, 1 child is provided with 1 year of micronutrient powder.
Shoot Location: Charleston, SC / Photographer: CarolineRo / Venue: Charleston Stems / Floral Design: Sara York Grimshaw Designs / Design and Coordination: Sweetgrass Social / Paper Goods and Chalkboard Designs: Blue Glass Design / Linens: La Tavola / LOVE Sign: 428 Main Vintage Rentals / All Other Rentals: EventWorks / Long Wedding Gown: Fabulous Frocks / Short Wedding Gown and Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid / Hair: Beth Bell at Allure Salon / Makeup: Pamela Lesch Makeup / Styling: Alexandra Styles / Main Jewelry (any of the bracelets/necklaces with the round/layered beads): 31 Bits / Additional Jewelry: Croghan’s Jewelry Box / Rectangular Clutches: Proud Mary / White Tote Bag: FEED projects / Bow Tie: BowTieCause / ‘In lieu of favor’ Cause: Charity:Water / Bread-Table Number Cause: Bread of Life Mission / Bride and groom: Derrick and Maeve (they’re married with three kids!) / Bridesmaids: Laura and Beth
Soft, sparkly, elegant. There is nothing better than a stunning accessory (or two or three) to finish off a bride’s look. I’m absolutely elated to share these gorgeous bridal accessories by My Olivia Nelson with you today shot by the ever so talented Jen Huang Photography and styled to the nines by Borrowed Blu.
From Jaclyn: Combining soft vintage glam and chic sophisticated style, Olivia Nelson’s unique, heirloom-quality bridal accessories are artfully constructed by hand in Los Angeles. The new spring 2014 bridal collection is comprised of chic bridal hair accessories, lace gloves, dress sashes and bridal veils. A few of these designs elegantly feature Swarovski crystals, fresh water pearls, and French lace hand-stitched to accessories such as headbands, hair pins, dress sashes and embellished veils.
Photography: Jen Huang Photography / Event Planning, Design & Floral Design: Borrowed Blu / Dresses: Garden Collection by Kirstie Kelly / Hair & Makeup: 10.11 Makeup / Bridal Accessories: My Olivia Nelson / Jewelry: Melinda Maria / Models: Marlyse Phlaum and Rebecca Morgan / Adorable Dogs: Gatsby and Pepper
We’ve always loved the sparkly stunners available from Brilliant Earth, and we are particuarly excited that they have recently expanded their rose gold engagement ring collection. We’re loving the current trend, so we picked a few of our latest ring obsessions below!
Brilliant Earth believes that luxury goods need not come at great human or environmental cost. They promote socially responsible business practices that respect human beings and the environment and to that end they even donante a portion of their profits to underdeveloped communities that have been ravaged by the jewelry industry. They’ve recently expanded their collection of colored gemstones, which we adore! They literally offer emeralds in saphires in every color of the rainbow! You can now select one of their unique colored gemstones and have it set in any of their engagement ring settings. We adore that Kate Middleton heralded the return of colored engagement rings with her gorgeous sapphire and no matter what color stone you seek, you’ll find it at Brilliant Earth!
Peruse all of the sparkly wonders from Brilliant Earth then consider choosing an engagement ring or wedding band that is not only remarkably unique and beautiful, but ethically sourced!
If you love DIY and if you love jewelry, this project created and shot by June Lion is just for you. An easy DIY that you can wear it on your wedding day, honeymoon and will quickly become the darling go-to in your closet. You can make them as gifts for your ladies, and customize each design for them. Sounds like an all around winner, yes? Let’s get to it:
For this project, you will need:
– heavy lace (can be found at fabric store, usually at a bridal counter)
– thin necklace chain
– thin jump rings (needs to just fit through your chain)
– wire cutters
– needle and thread
– jewelry clasp
1. Cut fun shapes out of the lace and spread them out.
2. Play! Make different combinations to see what looks good. You can just lay it on the chain to help visualize.
3. Sew pieces together if you want to make new shapes.
4. With your pliers, open the jump ring, put one end through your chain, the other end through your lace. Attach one side, put the chain around your neck holding up the necklace to see how long you’d like it. Cut the chain to desired length using the wire cutters. Once both sides are attached you can just find your center, and cut the chain.
5. Attach your jewelry clasp and you’re done!
We have such a soft spot for couples who are unafraid to joke around in front of the camera, mainly because it results in the most amazing pictures. Katie Beth and Brandon are one adorable couple — not to mention talented! Katie Beth took on many of the wedding projects herself and ended up with a darling small town wedding with a big bang. Thanks to the always incredible Heidi of Our Labor of Love for these wonderful photographs!
From the bride, Katie Beth: I wanted a romantic but rustic affair with lots of candlelight and accented with the muted, saturated tones of winter. Eufaula is a small, southern town so there are not a lot of venue options and everyone typically uses the same place. I knew the reception would be outside under a tent so I had to brainstorm and come up with something unique for my hometown. My dad and I are both designers, so once I declared the “theme” our creative minds started going!
The wedding involved a lot of natural elements that we collected ourselves – lily pad seed pods, cotton bolls, wood sectionals, greenery, magnolia leaves, etc. – and our florist did an amazing job incorporating them into all pieces. Along with the natural elements, we used a lot of candles to create a romantic, but casual atmosphere.
We used a lot of natural tones pulled from the winter season. I concentrated mostly on grays, sage green, and cream. They all blended in so well together. We anticipated for late February to be cold, but somehow the day had blue skies, sunshine, and a high around 70 degrees. It was a beautiful day!
My dad (along with lots of family members!) constructed these rustic mason jar chandeliers that hung above each dining table under the tent. Each one was strung with twine and held about 15 mason jars with tea lights. They illuminated the tent beautifully!
One of my main focuses was to create separate dining and dancing atmospheres. Most receptions at the Mansion keep the layout symmetrical for the band and tables, but I wanted a cozy, unique dining experience with music and dancing on the other side. We essentially split the tent in half with a walk way and had the catering on one side with buffet style dinner tables and the band with dance floor set up on the opposite side. I really loved how they turned out.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I think that wedding planning can be stressful regardless so just try and keep you head up and don’t sweat the small stuff. Also, don’t be afraid to delegate or ask for help. I am a perfectionist and wanted to do everything myself (or with my mom), but I realized I could have saved a lot of time if I would have asked for assistance. In the end, no matter what happens, you will still be husband and wife and look back and think everything turned out perfectly.
Processional: Bridal Chorus from Lohgengrin by Wagner
Recessional: Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee by Ludwig Van Beethoven
First Dance: Into the Mystic by Van Morrison
Wedding vendors (Eufaula, AL):
Ceremony venue: First United Methodist Church / Reception venue: Shorter Mansion / Wedding photographer: Heidi and Julia of Our Labor of Love / Wedding flowers: Selena Bond / Wedding dress: Nicole Miller from The White Room / Jeweled applique: Romona Keveza / Bride’s necklace: Nordstrom / Wedding shoes: BCBG / Bride’s veil: made by bride’s great aunt / Bridesmaids’ dresses: J. Crew / Musician: 2nd Coming / Wedding catering: Quality Catering / Wedding cakes: Teresa’s Cake Art and Bakery / Wedding invitations: designed by bride
Few things get our hearts beating as much as antique engagement rings. We could spend hours upon hours ogling them, and our wonderful sponsor Weston Fine Estate Jewelry allows us to do just that. Whether you need some great rings to drop as subtle hints to your significant other, or you’re looking for a killer cocktail ring, you don’t have to look much further than these guys:
We select our pieces for beauty with our customers in mind. We offer Free Shipping and a full 60-day Money Back Guarantee for any reason. All the images we take ourselves and are of the actual items we are offering for sale. All our items have a fully detailed item description of materials and all diamonds and gemstone specifics. Many have been independently appraised and certified.
Not only does Weston Fine Estate Jewelry focus on antique and estate engagement rings, we also love that all their previously treasured rings are considered eco-friendly engagement rings, and are perfect for the green-minded bride-to-be. Which is your favorite?
If you’re looking to set yourself apart from other brides, then we’re here with a solution! While we believe the diamond engagement ring is here to stay, we just love the idea of injecting some color into your bridal jewelry. Our sponsor, Gemvara, allows you to totally customize your jewelry, whether it’s an engagement ring, wedding band for you or your husband, or wedding day jewelry. Check out some of their great pieces:
Gemvara is a leading online custom jewelry company that allows shoppers to customize their own piece of jewelry. Gemvara offers innovative styles of engagement rings and both wedding bands for women and men’s wedding bands. Shoppers can personalize jewelry on Gemvara’s site to fit their own style and budget by choosing from a selection of gemstones (we’re particularly fond of the emerald engagement rings) and metals.
Joielle is one of Ruffled’s tried and true sponsors- their dress selection just seems to get better every year and we’re always so excited to see the next year’s collection. The Spring 2011 collection is already up and ready to go so there’s plenty of eye candy over on Joielle for you and your bridesmaids to peruse. I’m really loving those one-shouldered numbers…
From Joielle, Joielle is an online boutique specializing in a carefully edited selection of dresses and accessories for modern and sophisticated women. We aim to provide high-quality products at affordable prices for budget-savvy consumers who don’t want to break the bank to have or attend a wedding or special event.
We started Joielle because we wanted to create a boutique feel in online shopping for wedding-related dresses and accessories. Many websites sell bridesmaid dresses, but we provide an uncluttered and well-designed site so people can have an enjoyable and comprehensive shopping experience with personal customer service.
Joielle carries some of my favorite brands for wedding dresses, including Cynthia Rowley, Dessy, After Six and Lela Rose. Thank goodness we no longer live in the days where bridesmaids dresses were big, horrendous, poofy messes! Joielle is proof that your bridesmaids can become part of the overall style of your wedding.
They carry plenty of dresses and styles and dozens of colors so you can have fun with the selections. And their collections are carefully organized so they’re easy to search by color, style and designer. No matter where your girls live, they can submit their order through Joielle to assure that they are dyed in the same batch- which means no more strange color variations! Joielle has turned what can be a very daunting task into a fun, exciting, and stylish pre-wedding experience.
Swing by Joielle for a beautifully curated selection of dresses for your bridesmaids, your rehearsal dress, your bridal shower or for any occasion that you want to look your best. They have gorgeous jewelry and hair accessories, too. And then check out their cute blog for shopping tips, real wedding photos and trends. You and your ‘maids are bound to find something you love here… and have a little fun while you’re at it! Joielle offers a 10% discount for bridal parties of four or more so go ahead and get started!
Happy Friday, friends of the wedding world! It’s chilly here in NYC but hopefully you find some warmth, love and coziness in your weekend. Here are some of our favorite links, deals and vendors from this week plus free wedding downloads designed by Carolynn of Two Brunettes :
The set contains frames for wedding invitations, table numbers, place cards (or escort tags) and favor tags, all in three different colors. That’s 24 templates! Just a little somethin’ from Two Brunettes:
Editable version (just type in directly on the files!
Amazing Engagement Session Giveaway from one of our favorite sponsors, Kristin of Photomuse Photography! The girl is wicked talented and all you have to do to enter to win is send a picture of your fun and funky selves with your beau to Kristin. The session, including all the digital files, is worth $750 so pose for some pics with your fiance and enter for this to-die-for prize! Here’s all the info:
What: Free Engagement Shoot for a Retro Inspired Couple in the NYC area from Photomuse!
When: Sunday, December 26 at 1:00pm from 2nd Avenue Subway Station
We are offering a free engagement session to a retro-inspired couple in the NYC area on Sunday, December 26th. The shoot will be on the last day the MTA historic subway car will be running. The winning couple will be chosen for their vintage appeal and fashion sense.
Please send an email to Kristin@photomuse.com with a photograph of both of you by Thursday, December 23. The winning couple will be notified Friday, December 24.
A Simple Photo, a stunner of a photographer, continually brings us romantic, dramatic and all around spot-on photography in engagements sessions and weddings alike! She shot THIS gorgeous engagement session.
Catherine Cindy Leo Events covers events both large and small- and by cover, I mean covers them in GORGEOUS! Their unique ideas and classy presentation are always crowd pleasers. They coordinated THIS stunning wedding.
My Personal Pic(ture) of the Week is this sweet shot of Karli getting carted off by her new husband, Caleb.
Isn’t it the sweetest?! You can see the rest of the wedding just by Ben Blood in their feature right here.
Have a wonderful weekend!
You might recognize the gorgeous necklaces in this wedding made by the bride, Lisa. Lisa’s awesome jewelry shop, Tree & Kimball, is a sponsor here on Ruffled! Clearly, her impeccable style translated perfectly to her charming farm wedding. There were sweet mismatched details and handmade elements abound, which lent themselves perfectly to the homey and relaxed feel Lisa and Travis were going for. The day was artfully captured by Love Me Do Photography.
From the bride, Lisa: I am a vintage lover & collector through & through, so I knew that I wanted the wedding to evoke a nostalgic, well-loved feeling. And although we live in the city now, Travis grew up in the country down south & I grew up in the suburbs of the Midwest, so we wanted our day to be outdoors in a pastoral setting. Once we had that settled, all of the details just fell into place.
I started with a color palette of orange & lilac, but as things went on, that just became too difficult to stick to! I’m a great lover of color, so we simply decided the more, the merrier & left it at that.
I found Ash Mill Farm while searching & searching online for a nice rural setting in Pennsylvania. After speaking with David, the owner & innkeeper, i absolutely knew it was the place for us. The grounds were gorgeous & immaculately cared for, the rooms well-appointed & cozy, & David himself is so hopelessly charming. Add in the equally charming groundskeeper, Jesper, and you’ve got the whole package — I was (& am) completely smitten with Ash Mill Farm & couldn’t be happier with our choice to have the wedding there.
I designed & made my necklace myself.– You can check out some of Lisa’s other beautiful pieces here.
My sister wore a vintage dress embroidered cotton organdy dress from the 1940s that I found on eBay.
I made brooches for my mom & Travis’ mom, necklaces for Travis sister & sister-in-law, & my own necklace. The locket that hung from my necklace had my grandparents initials within it… I miss them dearly & loved having them there with us in spirit.
Our placecards were biodegradable tea bags filled with wildflower seeds & sewn shut.
Travis is easily the most laidback person I know, so I wanted to make sure that that was represented too! One of his only requests was to have sweet tea (spoken like a true Alabama boy) & chocolate chip cookies, & I happily obliged, adding lemonade & pie for my own sweet tooth. Our guests played badminton & horseshoes, relaxed in the hammock, & took strolls to visit the nearby horse stables. We had mismatched vintage linens on each table, striped paper straws, milk glass vases & pie stands, mismatched vintage china for our dessert plates… it basically felt like you were having supper in your grandparents backyard on a warm summer evening. Relaxed, surrounded by an intimate group of our favorite people, with comfort food & (bonus!) a bunch of cute little sheep & one impetuous little goat named Billie Jean… what could be better?
Our table numbers were hand screen-printed on muslin & put in embroidery hoops.
We had mixed berry & peach pies, along with chocolate chip, peanut butter, & fresh spearmint cookies in lieu of a wedding cake.
Travis’ mom & sister-in-law quilted the photo-booth backdrop that now graces our bed. I absolutely love it & am so grateful to them for taking the time so to make us something so beautiful & memorable.
My dress is an embroidered cotton organdy gown from the 1930s with matching jacket that I found on eBay.
Some advice from Lisa:
It doesn’t have to be as complicated as it seems! We got all of the big things out of the way at the beginning (location, photographer, caterer, rental company) & then took six months off from planning! We sort of flew by the seat of our pants a bit after that — I trolled thrift stores, yard sales, eBay, & Etsy constantly to collect my vintage linens, milk glass vases, & vintage ephemera. I found both my dress & my sister’s bridesmaid dress only a few months before the wedding & neither of them even required tailoring! The biggest thing that I learned about planning a wedding is simply that it is what you make of it — it can, of course, be stressful at times, but it doesn’t need to be a production. It’s your day after all & it only happens once… have fun!
Wedding Vendors (New Hope, PA):
Venue: Ash Mill Farm / Photographer: Love Me Do Photography / Florist: Wallflowers / Caterer: Soup to Nuts / Desserts: Soup to Nuts / Stationery: Nishat Akhtar / Hair Stylist: Nick Cerruti of Hush Salon / Makeup Artist: Karen Bellingeri of She Who is Beautiful / Bride’s Shoes: Marie’s Vintage / Necklace: Made by the bride Tree & Kimball / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Wedding Dress: Vintage
Today we’ll be sharing more entries from our DIY Contest, and they are SO good! There’s still time if you would like to participate, but hurry. The deadline was extended till tomorrow, March 27. Simply send me 4-6 photos (600 pixels wide), instructions and a list of materials of your do-it-yourself project to amanda [at] ruffledblog.com. Good luck!
Next up is a DIY Statement Necklace made by Lisa, from Ink and Button. She made this necklace with bridesmaids in mind, and what great gifts they make!
What you’ll need:
– One strand of crystals from a vintage chandelier. My crystals are made out of glass and thus cheaper than the real deal. Crystal and glass strands from old chandeliers can be found at antique stores, architectural salvage stores, or on eBay.
– About 4 yards of satin ribbon in desired choice of color from a local craft or fabric store. I bought mine by the yard at a fabulous trim store in Nashville called Textile Fabrics (http://www.textilefabricstore.com)!
– Embroidery floss in a color that matches the ribbon, found at a local craft of fabric store.
– Wire cutters
1. Use some wire cutters to take the chandelier strand apart so that only the crystals are remaining.
2. Wash the crystals with warm, soapy water (mine were quite dirty but shined up so pretty!) Many strands have graduated sizes of crystals. I lined mine up for the necklace so that the largest crystals were in the middle.
3. Begin with one end of your ribbon, tucking the rough end under and then folding the ribbon back and forth accordion style so that you achieve two loops. The size of your loops should be pretty uniform throughout the necklace to create a neat look. Mine were about a half inch tall.
4. Thread your needle and sew through the two loops of ribbon you just created. The idea here is to create a loop of thread (see photo) where you will eventually attach the ribbons that will tie around your neck.
5. Begin by attaching your first crystal. Each crystal should have holes drilled in each side. Take the thread that is attached to the ribbon and push your needle down through the crystal and into the ribbon. Bring the needle and thread behind the ribbon (forming a small tight loop on the back of the necklace) and push it back up through the ribbon and through the other hole of the crystal.
6. Gather two more loops of ribbon, folding accordion style, just like you did in the beginning and push your threaded needle through the loops. (I tried using three loops around the center crystal to create a unique effect.)
7. Repeat this process until all the crystals have been used or desired length is achieved. Finish the necklace the same way you began: trim the ribbon, tucking the rough end under, and create two loops of ribbon. Sew through the ribbon loops and back – creating a loop at the end of your necklace with the thread.
8. Cut your remaining amount of ribbon in half. Fold each piece in half – these two pieces will become the ends that will tie around your neck. Push the folded end of one of the ribbons through the thread loop that you created at one end of the necklace. Pull the two loose ends of ribbon through the loop to form a loose knot.
On a recent trip to Nashville, my husband and I were doing a button-search, and I came across some strands of crystals that had been taken apart from an old chandelier. Inspired by the challenge to re-purpose a gorgeous vintage piece, I decided to transform this chandelier strand into a glamorous piece of jewelry!
I have recently been loving some of the “bejeweled” necklaces that have been emerging at stores like J.Crew so I used that as my inspiration to create a unique and affordable necklace that brides could create for their bridesmaids. Brides can easily choose ribbon that will coordinate or contrast with the bridesmaids dresses – making a lovely statement at the wedding and a treasured gift for the ladies after the wedding. I made this necklace for $14 and I love it!
Wendy Mink Jewelry doesn’t have your typical bridal jewelry line, but rather they have a versatile collection that you can wear on future dates with your husband or parties to come. I also wanted to point out that they are selling these darling birdcage earrings to benefit Red Cross Haiti Earthquake relief:
And below are my personal favorites: how fun would these necklaces be as bridesmaid gifts? And since we were talking about pearls earlier today, the chunky necklace on the right is the perfect combination of traditional and modern…
I could make a whole week long series of gift ideas on jewelry, specially on necklaces. It was very hard to pick 6, but it was nevertheless fun to research.
1. Vintage doily lace necklace by Tree & Kimball; 2. Compass necklace on a sterling silver chain Riyzedesignz; 3. Blue quartz glass briolette and bird necklace on a gold plated chain by Oceanne; 4. Skeleton key and lock necklace Tryst by Kerry; 5. Hot air balloon necklace, Oh Hello Friend; 6. Sterling silver initial id charm Chain0
Continuing with our bridesmaid gift idea series, earrings were the most fun yet overwhelming category to choose from! It includes a sterling silver and freshwater pearl earrings, which is a steal for $10!
1. Crystal droplet earrings by GetNoticed; 2. Pear earrings, Polished Two; 3. Hoop coral carved flower and glass beads, Mykonos; 4. Amber and antique brass earrings by Voleur de Bijoux; 5. Glisten earrings by Wiyomu; 6. Freshwater pearls on sterling silver, kgarnerdesigns
And the winner of Wendy Mink Jewelry giveaway is entry #193, Jordan who said:
Love the Green Leaf Chain necklace. Thanks for the giveaway!
Congrats Jordan! I will be contacting you shortly to send you the $100 gift certificate from Wendy Mink. If you’re still looking for the perfect bridesmaid gift or non-bridal wedding day jewelry, I urge you to check out Wendy Mink’s shop – it’s full of gorgeous jewelry!