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Tiger Gemstones + Win a Wedding Set!


Based in California, creates lovely handmade, conflict free jewelry and engagement rings. These man made stones are not only eco-friendly and cruelty free, but also cost just a fraction of the real thing. From engagement rings and wedding sets to glamorous cocktail rings and earring studs, Tiger Gemstones carry all styles in nearly every color in the rainbow.

Jewelry designer, Tabitha, explains how her passion for jewel-craft has been passed down through five generations of artisans, “I began my tutelage at a very young age and have spent my entire professional life perusing the perfect jewel. My family imports beautiful gemstones from every corner of the world and has kept the tradition alive for almost 100 years. Important to our tradition is selling only ethically obtained stones. All of our gemstones and man made diamonds are conflict free, comply with all Fair Trade laws and are guaranteed to be of exceptional quality.”

Each gem is individually inspected to ensure perfection in cut, clarity, color and quality before Tabitha sets them. Using an extensive network of the best mines, cutters and laboratories, only selects the best gems – including the best grade of simulated diamonds, these stones are flawless and hold the same beauty and radiance that are desired in a perfect natural diamond. Each piece created is either hand set in a pre-mounted setting or entirely handcrafted to perfection with a keen attention to detail.

is hosting a contest offering one lucky reader the chance to win a 3.25 carat wedding set. To enter simply:

  • Follow Tiger Gemstones on Pinterest
  • Repin 2 of your favorite rings using hashtag #TigerBling
  • Winner will be announced December 1st, 2014 on Tiger Gemstones Pinterest page

Tiger Gemstones is also offering 15% with code ruffled2014!

Cultural Wedding at Korakia Pensione

Romantic Weddings

Today’s couple knew there would be no better excuse to head back to their native California than their wedding day, so they packed their bags and celebrated with friends and family at the jaw-dropping venue Korakia Pensione Palm Springs. With Erin J Saldana capturing images, First Pick Planning in control of planning, and the bride’s sister Candice Benjamin taking on the floral design, it’s little wonder this day turned out as beautifully as it did!

cultural wedding at Korakia Pensione - photo by Erin J Saldana

From the bride, Ashley: We have been living in Louisiana for 2 years because my husband is in the Army, so we were definitely missing our native California. I knew Palm Springs would be the perfect location for a desert oasis themed wedding. We wanted it to be quirky, laid back, and fun with just a touch of luxury. When I saw Korakia Pensione I knew it would be perfect, and the general manager was so helpful and accommodating I was blown away. Our theme was desert oasis fiesta. I wanted to main colors to be coral and mint with metallic details to pop against that desert background, while also incorporating my husband’s Mexican heritage with the dancers, pinata, and dulces. That mix mash of cultures is what southern California is all about. I knew I wanted to go with a coral for my dress because the color was just amazing, and it felt good to be different. The day was about us celebrating our love with our friends and family, we didn’t want to worry about what was traditional or expected.
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floral wedding invitation - photo by Erin J Saldana

Ruffled - photo by Erin J Saldana

rose gold earrings - photo by Erin J Saldana

pink wedding dress - photo by Erin J Saldana

party garland - photo by Erin J Saldana

protea and pincushion bouquet - photo by Erin J Saldana

Ruffled - photo by Erin J Saldana

desert bouquet - photo by Erin J Saldana

My friends and family came together to help us keep our budget low while still having a gorgeous wedding. My sister in law made the aguas frescas and bought the materials to make little signs. All of the centerpieces and bouquets were arranged and designed by my fabulous sister Candice Benjamin with help from my wedding coordinator Jen Bergmark. We went the morning before to the flower district in LA and they just let me go crazy picking out flowers that fit our theme and made my heart flutter. They spent all night piecing together these amazingly unique arrangements. Even the dancers were a high school group that my sister in law belonged to. They were amazing and completely affordable.

wedding ceremony - photo by Erin J Saldana

ceremony kiss - photo by Erin J Saldana

Ruffled - photo by Erin J Saldana

wedding portrait - photo by Erin J Saldana

sweetheart table - photo by Erin J Saldana

Ruffled - photo by Erin J Saldana

desert inspired centerpiece - photo by Erin J Saldana

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Remember when you’re planning that this day is about what the two of you want. Pick three adjectives that the two of you agree on, and when you’re making your decisions make sure that it applies to all three of those things. And don’t think that because you have a low budget that you have to go to a craft store and raid the cheesy wedding aisle. Get creative. If you’re not creative comb through your friends and family and see if anyone is willing to help out. It will make your wedding that much more meaningful.

desert inspired arrangements - photo by Erin J Saldana

Ruffled - photo by Erin J Saldana

Mexican inspired floral design - photo by Erin J Saldana

Mexican inspired wedding - photo by Erin J Saldana

Mexican inspired wedding - photo by Erin J Saldana

Ruffled - photo by Erin J Saldana

cookies - photo by Erin J Saldana

Ruffled - photo by Erin J Saldana

Ruffled - photo by Erin J Saldana

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Ho Hey,” The Lumineers
Recessional: “I Will Wait,” Mumford and Sons
We didn’t have a first dance, we had a folklorico performance instead.

Wedding Vendors


Erin J Saldana


First Pick Planning


Candice Benjamin, bride's sister

Ceremony Venue

Korakia Pensione

Reception Venue


Wedding Dress


Wedding Shoes

Steve Madden



Hair and Makeup

Jen Plus Color

Groom's Attire

Men's Wearhouse


Smoketree BBQ

Wedding Cake

A Twist of Cake

Wedding Invitations


Cross Creek Ranch Wedding

Rustic Weddings

This wedding from Shipra Panosian is just one of those that makes us immediately happy. With a fun-loving bride and groom, endless feminine touches and personal details, this wedding day is the perfect mix! Be sure to check out their wedding cake — it’s a definite favorite of ours!

pink rustic decorbride getting ready
pink bridal party
pink rustic decorbride getting ready

From the bride, Lauren: Since Jon and I can be a bit, let’s say “quirky”, we knew we didn’t want to be too traditional in planning our wedding. We really wanted a rustic, vintage feel, but also to have fun. We wanted our guests to have a total blast at our wedding and be something that they could remember forever along with us. Moments of silliness were definitely a necessity to tie in with everything to help us relax and enjoy the entire evening.

rustic wedding decor

white hair accessoriespink bridesmaids dresses

white wedding gown

white hair accessoriespink wedding bouquets

Adjectives to describe our wedding would include silly, romantic, rustic, and FUN. We didn’t really have a set color palette, but we tried to stay within a mix of spring pastels with pops of bright color for contrast. I would say about 75% of our wedding was DIY. From the invitations, programs, guest book, cake topper, place cards, wedding jam favors…I could probably keep going… we wanted everything to be very personalized. It was also great having a 13 month engagement in order to take our time with all of the projects, and thanks to the ranch, the rest of that 25% was taken care of by them and their wonderful staff.

ring pillow
peach hair accessoriespink bridesmaids dresses

wedding ceremony outdoors

kraft paper programswhite groomsmen boutonnieres

wedding party tractor

rustic wedding signreception cafe tables

ruffled bridesmaids dresses
barrel reception table idea

photo booth signbride and groom portrait on film

wedding reception barn

rustic wedding guestbookrustic wedding guestbook

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t stress – just have fun!

wedding reception gameshanging escort cards

wedding cake cutting

white brown cakesjam wedding favors

wedding first dance

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”
Recessional: Indiana Jones Theme Song
First Dance: “Cosmic Love,” Florence and the Machine

Wedding Location: Dover, FL / Wedding Venue: Cross Creek Ranch / Wedding Photographer: Shipra Panosian / Wedding Flowers: Alta Fleura / Wedding Dress: Pronovias / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Makeup Artist: Collective Creations / DJ: Harmonic Events / Wedding Caterer: Affairs to Remember Tampa / Wedding Cake: Alessi Bakeries