Fall Equestrian Engagement Session: Emily + Ben

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When deciding where to hold their Virginia engagement photos, Emily knew right away that the perfect location that was not only beautiful, but meaningful to her. Having grown up riding horses in Leesburg and competing with her show pony Bee, the bride had a strong pull to the horse community. Emily had to retire her beloved horse to a farm in Winchester, and although allergic to horses, Ben would take Emily often to visit the farm together. The couple opted for a day trip to Love Ranch for their romantic fall engagement session with Lisa Blume Photography. We love how they mixed the bride’s love of all things equestrian with their family pooch to create a meaningful and well suited session. Thank you to the newlyweds and Lisa Blume Photography for sharing this lovely fall wedding engagement session with us today!

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Tips to Creating a Wedding Timeline!

posted by Tabitha

Today we are sharing tips on how to navigate one of the harder parts of wedding planning – creating a wedding schedule that works best for you, your guests, and your vendors. Traditionally, your DC area wedding planner or Coordinator will work with you to build the best timeline for the day but if you are opting to have neither for your wedding, this will help guide you along the way! A timeline is crucial for your vendors to not only know the logistics for your wedding, but to help keep everything on time and flowing smoothly! Begin with the following questions to build the base of your timeline and then continue to plug in details as they develop! As a note, we are basing this schedule on a ceremony and reception in the same location. If your ceremony is offsite just make sure to allocate time for travel!

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What time must your reception end by, and how many hours are included within your reception contract?

By starting at the end of the night and working backwards, you know how many hours to allocate for each section of the wedding. Catering companies typically require 1 hour for breakdown and 2-3 hour for setup; take those and subtract from your contracted hours to determine how much time is available for your ceremony and reception. We often recommend 30 minutes for the ceremony, 1 hour for cocktails, and 4 for the reception. Often your venue contract will dictate what time vendors can arrive on property; touch base with your venue contact to determine this time before setting your ceremony start to ensure they have enough time to load in and setup!

3:00 Vendor Load In

5:30 Ceremony

6:00 Cocktail Hour

7:00 Reception Begins

11:00 Music Must Conclude/Reception Ends

12:00 Catering/Vendors Must Depart Venue

Do you plan on having a first look or taking family photos in advance?

We can talk all day long about the pros and cons of a first look, but whether or not you have decided to see your fiancé in advance determines how much time to allocate for photos during the day. A first look allows you to take portraits, bridal party photos, and family photos all prior to the ceremony, leaving you and your bridal party available for cocktails. This means that your beauty team must be finished earlier in the day than if you opted to not see each other in advance. Your photographer will also need to be present earlier in the day, which may determine what time their contracted time would end. Talk with your photographer during one of your initial meetings about your plan and they will help you work in how much time to allocate for a first look and portraits!

3:00 Vendor Load In

3:00 First Look

3:30 Bridal Party Portraits

4:30 Family Photos

Parents, Grandparents, Siblings, and their spouses should be included within this list.

5:00 All Photos Completed (guests are arriving and the couple should be out of sight)

Use this downtime to retouch makeup and hydrate before the ceremony.

5:30 Ceremony

6:00 Cocktail Hour

7:00 Reception Begins

11:00 Music Must Conclude/Reception Ends

12:00 Catering/Vendors Must Depart Venue

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From Romantic Maryland wedding by Birds of a Feather Photography

How tricky is THE dress?

Getting into a bridal gown takes time! It is never really getting in the dress that takes such a long time, but rather ensuring that bridesmaids are ready for photos, finishing that last trip to the restroom, and buttoning a full back of buttons! Allocate 30 minutes for your photographer to capture getting into the bridal gown and a few portraits on your schedule. Bridesmaids and the Mother of the Bride traditionally are dressed and ready for the day at this time for nice photos and to assist!

How long will hair and makeup take for your bridal party?

Communicate with your beauty team in advance about exactly how many people will be having hair and makeup services. Let them know what time you need to be in your gown and ready for photos, giving them the ability to build you a timeline that works for you bridal party count. If you want to avoid an early call time for beauty, opt to have grandparents, mother of the groom, or non bridal party members start their session after all bridesmaids are completed. This allows your bridesmaids and mother to partake in dress photos, and start the morning later if possible.

1:30 Photographer Arrival

Have your dress and accessories ready for photographer to photograph when they arrive.

1:40 Firm Finish on all Makeup and Hair for Bridal Party and Bride

1:50 All Bridesmaids Dressed

2:00 Bride into Wedding Dress

2:15 Bridal Portraits

2:30 Depart for Venue

*adjust for travel time to your venue as needed*

3:00 Vendor Load in

3:00 First Look

3:30 Bridal Party Portraits

4:30 Family Photos

Parents, Grandparents, Siblings, and their spouses should be included within this list.

5:00 All Photos completed as Guests are arriving and the couple should be out of site.

Use this downtime to retouch makeup and hydrate before the ceremony.

5:30 Ceremony

6:00 Cocktail Hour

7:00 Reception Begins

11:00 Music Must conclude/Reception Ends

12:00 Catering/Vendors Must Depart Venue

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Shadow Creek Virginia Wedding by Misty Rodda

How many hours have you hired your photographer for?

Based on the start of your day, your photographer should be present for specific points of the getting ready process from when the bride gets in her gown all the way through the last momentous event of the reception. Show your photographer the beginnings of your basic timeline and ask their suggestions based off of your first look and getting ready photos. They will help guide you to building the best timeline for your specific situation.

How many traditions do you want to incorporate into your reception?

Talk with your fiancé and discuss what traditions you want to incorporate into the reception. Are you opting to introduce the bridal party or just yourselves? Do you want to have a first dance, father/daughter dance, mother/son dance? Are you really excited to toss the bouquet to your single ladies? How many toasts are you expecting to have from your loved ones? (Side note: We only recommend 2! Best man and Maid of Honor. Keep the rest for the rehearsal dinner!) We have added in most traditional elements into the schedule below to give you an idea of a perfect layout!

1:30 Photographer Arrival

Have your dress and accessories ready for photographer to photograph when they arrive.

1:40 Firm Finish on all Makeup and Hair for Bridal Party and Bride

1:50 All Bridesmaids Dressed

2:00 Bride into Wedding Dress

2:15 Bridal Portraits

2:30 Depart for Venue

*adjust for travel time to your venue as needed*

3:00 Vendor Load In

3:00 First Look

3:30 Bridal Party Portraits

4:30 Family Photos

Parents, Grandparents, Siblings, and their spouses should be included within this list.

5:00 All Photos Completed (Guests are arriving and the couple should be out of sight)

Use this downtime to retouch makeup and hydrate before the ceremony.

5:30 Ceremony

6:00 Cocktail Hour

7:00 Reception Begins

Give guests 10 minutes to find their seats/20 if your venue has a killer DC view!

7:10 Introduction of the Bridal Party and Newlyweds (you can opt to have parents introduced as well!)

7:15 First Dance by Bride and Groom

Utilize that fact that everyone is watching you by moving right into your first dance!

7:20 Welcome Speech

This is the perfect opportunity to transition to dinner by allowing the host of the evening (parents or couple) to welcome guests. Keep it quick, upbeat, and under 3 minutes.

7:25 Blessing Over Dinner

7:30 First Course Service

Sit down and eat your dinner! Once finished get up and mingle throughout; your guests can wait for you to nosh a little!

8:00 Entrée Service (based off of 150 guests)

Again, sit down and eat your dinner!

8:30 Toasting of the Couple

After guests have all been served, have your MC lead into toasts to keep guests paying attention. Keep to 2-3 toasts to ensure that you don’t lose the momentum of guest attention.

8:40 Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dances

We recommend doing these post dinner to allow guests to then seamlessly be invited out to the dance floor to start the dance party once you are finished with parents!

9:20 Cake Cutting

Give guests a chance to digest from dinner and get in a good long dance set to work up a new appetite. Make sure to schedule this before your photographer departs for the end of the night!

9:30 Photographer departs from 8 hour contracted time

Most photographers will say that 45 minutes to 1 hour of dancing is the perfect mix for photos. Unless you have a big send off at the end of the night, having them leave after an hour of dancing will still ensure you have plenty of wonderful photos to look through!

11:00 Music Must Conclude/Reception Ends

12:00 Catering/Vendors Must Depart Venue

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Special notes to consider

Try to breakup the activities at the reception to constantly drive the attention of your guests. If you stack toasts and dances all together before dinner, guests will likely become antsy for dinner.

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All traditions are optional at your reception. If you do not love the idea of special dances or a big cake cutting, do not feel that you have to keep it on your schedule. Each wedding day is unique, but always let your vendors know your intentions so they can plan accordingly!

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Guests will arrive early to your ceremony! Plan on guests arriving up to 30 minutes prior to the start time on your invitations, so you should be out of site by this time. Also, don’t try and trick your guests with an earlier time on the invitation than your intended start to ensure they arrive on time. You would not want a well meaning guest arriving an hour early and having to wait in your unfinished ceremony space as vendors are setting up.

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Hire a Wedding Coordinator to help you manage your day. All of your vendors will offer their best suggestions and opinions on the schedule, but it is your coordinator’s job to realistically manage and keep your day on time and running smoothly.  Each vendor builds a timeline based on their own needs and specialty whereas your coordinator is advocating for the needs of the couple while structuring a timeline that works with your overall vision. They merge the vendor needs with your preferences to build a custom schedule for your big day.

Have you started your timeline yet? What are some concerns or questions you have as you work on your wedding day layout? We love to hear your thoughts and questions in our comments section below!

 

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A Virginia Hometown Love Affair: Casey and Bobby

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Casey and Bobby originally met in the third grade but I bet they never thought that decades later they would be hosting their Culpepper Virginia wedding in their hometown, surrounded by friends and family! They kept their wedding close to home, just a few minutes down the road at their family church, and followed it with a rustic homespun reception at Brandy Hill Farm. Casey and Bobby’s families came together to create some truly special touches such as the guest book signing quilt by the groom’s mother and woodworking décor details by the bride’s father. Keeping true to their personal style, they opted for red and blue color accents in the barn and the bride wore her own cowboy boots under her gown!! Thank you to Stephanie Messick Photography for sharing this fun country rustic wedding with us today!

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From the Bride:Everything was hand made at our reception. I made all the paper flowers, painted signs, table numbers, banners, tree cookies. My hubby, father and father-in-law cut all the tree cookies for me and I dried them sanded and Polly urethane. My dad made the bar, the frame where I hung the pictures, the candle sticks at the wedding, and my card box (which was a tree log SO COOL).

Some personal details: All of my aunts made home made cookies, chocolates and mints for what most PA people called the ‘cookie table.’ We did the bridal dance, also known as the dollar dance, and the bag we used to collect the money was actually my mom and grandmothers dress. The dress was also used to wrap the basket that my niece, the flower girl, carried down the aisle. My pearls were my grandmother’s wedding gift from my grandfather and both she and my mom wore them at their weddings.”
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Tips from the Bride: I am glad we had a longer engagement and had time to plan out the whole wedding. I was able to enjoy the day and was hardly worried about anything. We had a day of coordinator, and I could not be more thankful I did! It took so much pressure off of me and my mom. We put a binder together for her of all the contracts, contacts and timeline.

Someone else gave me this advice but I was so worth it: Remember to step back and look at everything once in awhile throughout your special day. It’s amazing to see all of your hard work being enjoyed. Several times at my receptions I stood back and watched everyone and I am so glad I did!”

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Congratulations to Casey and Bobby! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Photographer: Stephanie Messick Photography
Reception Venue: Brandy Hill Farm
Ceremony Location: Liberty United Methodist Church
Catering: Clearwater Catering
Hair Stylist: The Personal Touch Hair Salon
Makeup: Ruby Fox Artistry
DJ: Craig Wood
Florist: Good Earth Flowers
Baker: Sweet Reasons
Coordinator: Sabrina Thompson

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Bright & Neon Wedding Inspiration

posted by Alex Hamilton

We love to see brides and grooms who go for an on-trend, non-traditional color palette and what could be more exemplary of this than a neon color scheme? Bright, bold, and punchy color brings an air of fun and cheerfulness to the big day, and who doesn’t love a colorful wedding and we’re super excited to see what our local DC area brides and grooms are bringing to the table! Whether you incorporate some of these colors into your bridal bouquet, your design and decor, or your bridesmaids and groomsmen, you can’t go wrong with letting your personality shine through with pops of hot pink, electric lime, bright yellow, tangerine, and more!

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(L) Lisa Blume Photography (R) Pinkerton Photography

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As you can see, including some of your favorite vibrant shades can really make your wedding pop! Layering some of these fun shades into your wedding day creates a fun and playful atmosphere in which your guests can really cut loose and have a good time!

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Candlelit Glam DC Wedding: Diane + Mark

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We cannot get over how fast September is flying by and we are thrilled to have another great week of wedding inspiration headed your way starting with today’s glam Ritz Carlton DC Wedding by Abby Grace Photography. Diane and Mark planned their wedding with the assistance of A. Dominick Events, creating an ultra sleek urban affair that is one we won’t soon forget! Keeping true to their personal style, the couple opted to take hints of blush and lavender and pair it with clean lines and white floral spheres to keep the wedding feeling sleek and sophisticated. Our favorite wedding décor detail would have to be the candle filled ceremony aisle that gave the space a warm glow and romantic ambiance to set the tone for the rest of the evening. Thank you to A. Dominick Events for sharing this beautiful sleek DC wedding with us today!

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From the Bride: “From the very start of our planning process, friends and family advised us to make the entire event a personal expression, something that reflected us in every way. With that in mind, we chose details and touches, large and small, which were not only beautiful, but would instantly strike our guests as “Diane and Mark.” In planning our ceremony and reception, we conceived the idea of something elegant, timeless, urban, and sophisticated. In Washington, D.C, no venue could achieve those goals better than the Ritz Carlton Hotel. 

We planned a simple and warm ceremony highlighted by the columns of candles down the aisle and tall white floral arrangements on the riser. Topping it all off was a string trio playing both classical and modern pop selections. As for the reception, there were stylish flourishes all over the room. From the stunning lavender and white florals, to the dance floor that glowed with overhead string lighting, and the unique mirrored bar, we received countless compliments on the décor from our guests. Each of these touches helped to create an atmosphere of intimacy, warmth, and fun. But more than anything, we wanted our guest to have the time of their lives.”

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Favorite Memory of the Day : “Of the many, our favorite memory would have to be the way in which our families and friends of all ages and backgrounds wove seamlessly together. It was so gratifying to see everyone mingle and get along so well and so easily. To see everyone laughing, smiling, and dancing all night long was an enormous pleasure that both of us will treasure forever. In particular, we requested that the D.J. play two traditional Cambodian wedding songs during the reception to honor Diane’s heritage. When the songs came on, Diane’s family and Cambodian friends all flocked to the dancefloor. What really thrilled us was that almost all of the other guests jumped up to get in on the Cambodian dance as well.”

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Congratulations to Diane and Mark!  Thank you for sharing your Ritz Carlton wedding in Washington DC with us!

The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Wedding Planner: A Dominick Events
Venue & Catering: Ritz Carlton DC
Photography: Abby Grace Photography
Beauty Stylists: Alison Harper & Co.
Wedding Invitation & Day of Paper: Flourishing Penguin
Bridal Dress: Sottero and Midgley 
Floral Designer: Amaryllis Inc
Grooms Attire: Alton Lane
Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique L’huillier
DJ: DJ Chris Styles / Elan Artists
Lighting: Frost Lighting
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens
Table Linens/ Chargers/ Plates: Party Rental LTD
Pipe and Drape: Fabrications

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Photo Credits: Abby Grace Photography

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Manassas Battlefield Engagement Session: Caroline + Bryce

posted by Tabitha

Caroline and Bryce, who are sharing their sweet Manassas Engagement Session with us today, positively radiate happiness and love in their photos, courtesy of Kir2ben Photography. The couple are college sweethearts who met when, in true entrepreneur fashion, Caroline began selling tie-dye shirts on campus; Bryce was her first customer! A few years of trading waves and hello’s on campus passed before they had their first date on Halloween. Bryce was a biker from Sons of Anarchy, while Caroline was dressed as Flo from Progressive. Bryce won her over with an ultra cute yet terribly cheesy pickup line when he asked “if she sold motorcycle insurance.” From that moment on she knew he was the one for her! By the end of their college tenure, Bryce pulled off the perfect engagement proposal to his love on the beaches of the Outer Banks just after his Senior Fraternity Formal. The couple is getting married in Smithfield Virginia in 2017 and we wish them all the love in the world! Thank you to Kir2ben Photography for sharing this cute engagement session in the fields of Manassas Battlefield Parks!

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Credit: Kir2Ben Photography

Pretty & Pampered

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Wedding Design Inspiration from Aisle Society

posted by Alex Hamilton

With the exciting introduction of Aisle Society last week, we wanted to bring you some design inspiration from one of their shoots to get you excited! Aisle Society and Alexis June Weddings have paired together with Estera Events to bring this fabulous and airy wedding. We love the use of pops of corral and gold accents from ceremony to reception and we absolutely love the bar cart. Bar carts are a great way to include some of your favorite items on the big day – whether it’s filled with your favorite liquors, signature drinks, cigars, or just family photos, we love the use of such a versatile surface.

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The following wedding professionals contributed to this inspirational post:
Event Design: Aisle Society
Photography: Alexis June Weddings
Venue: Chez
Event Planning: Estera Events
Fashion Styling: CoChic Styling
Hair and Makeup: Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists
Floral Designer: Fleur
Stationary: Sarah Drake Design
Mens Attire: Black Tie Formalwear
Videography: Nicodem Creative
Furniture Rentals: Bowery & Bash
Chair Rentals: Hall’s Rentals
Tabletop Rentals: Tablescapes
Linens: Luxe Linen
Bar Cart & Tabletop Rentals: The Festive Frog
Draping:  Drape Kings
Jewelry:  Susie Saltzman & Rach B. Jewelry
Catering: Boutique Bites
Calligraphy: JM Paper and Ink
Cake: Elysia Root Cakes
Models:  Robert Suarez,  Josh Smith, Orlondo Thompson, Michael Rabinowitz, Thomas Ortiz

For more wedding vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more amazing local ideas, check out our wedding inspiration galleries and other Washington DC area real weddings.

Photo Credits: Alexis June Weddings

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College Sweethearts Marry in Virginia: Camila + Peter

posted by Tabitha

Camila and Peter met while attending Marymount University in Arlington, making it the perfect backdrop as they said their wedding vows in the college chapel years later! During the catholic wedding ceremony they were surrounded by their bridal party which was made up entirely of their siblings! Oh, your not seeing double; our groom Peter is a twin! After their Virginia wedding ceremony, the party moved on to the Fort Myers Officer’s Club for dinner and dancing. They used a bright poppy color story of coral and navy to balance the formal look of the Virginia reception venue.  Thank you to Photography by Marirosa for sharing today’s lovely Marymount wedding with us!

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Thank you so much Camila and Peter for sharing your wedding with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Venue: Marymount Chapel
Reception: Fort Myers Officer’s Club
Photography: Photography by Marirosa
Beauty Team: Premiere Makeup and Hair
Floral Design: Royalty Flowers
Bridal Attire: Global Bridal
DJ: JK Music Productions
Cake: Alexandria Pastry Shop
Hotel Block: Ritz Carlton Pentagon City

For more vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more local ideas visit our wedding inspiration galleries or check out our other Washington DC area real wedding features.

 

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Non-Traditional Engagement Ring Inspiration

posted by Alex Hamilton

This post is sponsored by Blue Nile. While this was a sponsored opportunity from Blue Nile, all content and opinions expressed here are my own.

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We all know the old adage “diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” and of course we believe in that, but we’re not ready to discount any of the other fantastic gems out there when looking for fabulous engagement ring inspiration! You know we are suckers for anything sparkly  (if you have any doubts, see this post on 10 Tips for Wedding Day Sparkle) so when we had the opportunity to team up with another one of the diamond industry’s heavy hitters, we just couldn’t say no! If you’re dreaming of something a little less traditional and a little more “you,” have no fear – we have teamed up with Blue Nile to bring you some of our favorite engagement rings!

If stunning round and princess cut diamond engagement rings are popping up on all of your social media feeds, you may want to stand out a little when showing off your rock; we can’t fault you! Like we said before, we are always fans of diamonds but if you want to add a little something different to your ring, going for a non-traditional cut could be the path for you. Choosing a unique diamond shape may not only make you stand out in a crowd, but could also save you some cash! Imagine where you could go on your honeymoon with the roughly 30% you could save on a pear, marquise, or other uniquely shaped diamond with Blue Nile.

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Cushion Cut – This atypical shape has been popular for more than a century. Cushion-cut diamonds (also known as “pillow-cut” diamonds) have rounded corners and larger facets to increase their brilliance. These larger facets highlight the diamond’s clarity, as you can see in this stunner; talk about bling bling! Halos are super in right now and we love how this ring combined the cushion cut shape with the halo.

Pear – This brilliant-cut diamond is also called a teardrop for its single point and rounded end, as shown in the middle ring of those in the image above. The unique look of the pear shape helps make it a popular choice for a variety of diamond jewelry. If you choose an elongated pear shape, the length of the diamond creates a subtle slimming effect on the fingers, and who doesn’t want that when posting their “I said yes!” Instagram photos?!

Marquise – The shape of a marquise diamond can maximize carat weight, giving you a much larger-looking diamond. This brilliant-cut diamond, shown in ring number one on the above image, looks beautiful set with round or pear-shaped side stones, and the length of the marquise makes fingers appear long and slender. We love how this bride opted for a marquise cut diamond with a halo paired with a varied stone shape wedding band.

Emerald – What makes this shape different is its pavilion, which is cut with rectangular facets to create a unique optical appearance – you can see this in the second ring from the top in the image. Due to its larger, open table, this shape highlights the clarity of a diamond. This particular ring has three emerald cut diamonds, which not only adds more sparkle but is also quite unique! Don’t our brides have fantastic sparklers?

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We get so excited when our brides decide to opt for an engagement ring or wedding band with a little color! We love Blue Nile’s large array of gemstone rings because they have every color and stone imaginable. From the deep red of a ruby to the lighter hue of a pink sapphire, or from the pale blue of an aquamarine to the rich navy of a sapphire and everything in between, having a unique color on your ring finger is always fun. Below we have compiled some of Blue Nile’s stone options in each color family in case you have a favorite color but aren’t sure which gemstone to go with.

Red – Ruby, Garnet | Orange – Mandarin Garnet, Citrine | Yellow – Yellow Sapphire

Blue – Sapphire, Blue Topaz, Sky Blue Topaz, Aquamarine, Tanzanite, Aqua Chalcedony

Pink – Morganite, Pink Sapphire, Pink Tourmaline

Green – Emerald, Peridot

Purple – Amethyst, Rose de France

If you want to see a little more bling bling before you begin looking for “the one” on Blue Nile, check out some of our engagement ring inspiration and see all of the stunning designs chosen by UWL’s local couples through some of our many engagement photo sessions!

Photo Credit: Blue Nile

Say Cheese!

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