Posted September 17, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ Leave a Comment!
This downtown Detroit engagement photo is Wednesday’s photo of the day. Sarah Kossuch Photography captured the couple amidst the downtown Detroit skyline with the GM Renaissance Center, Comerica Park, and Ford Field buildings.
Downtown Detroit Engagement
Posted October 22, 2013 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 8 Comments
Debate, debate! Today we’re talking about diamond vs. alternative engagement rings. A diamond ring is the traditional choice, but is it the only option? No. When planning a handcrafted wedding, every single detail comes down to what you like best. Today we’re sharing a few alternative engagement ring ideas to inspire you to think outside the box. Read on to see four different styles of alternative engagement rings PLUS, vote in our great debate! Diamond or alternative?
Alternative Engagement Ring Ideas
1. White Topaz Engagement Rings
White topaz is a type of gemstone that looks stunning as a ring’s focal point.
2. Herkimer “Diamond” Engagement Rings
A herkimer “diamond” isn’t a diamond at all. Instead, it is a double-terminated quartz crystal.
3. Pearl Engagement Rings
Pearls are one of the prettiest of them all!
4. Gemstone Engagement Rings
Require sparkle? A gemstone engagement ring may be the perfect choice for you.
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Posted December 10, 2012 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 4 Comments
It’s the holiday season, I’m sipping on Peppermint Mocha, I have Christmas music on full blast here in the Emmaline Bride office, and there’s joy and love in the air. Ah, the holidays: a popular time of year for couples to get engaged. I mean, this week alone two of my friends got engaged – and it’s not even Christmas yet. If you’re thinking about popping the question soon – or you’re hoping to nudge him in the right direction with a gorgeous handmade engagement ring, today’s post is for you! We’re sharing some of our favorite twig engagement rings that are sure to put the sparkle in your season thanks to Barbara Michelle Jacobs Jewelry. And, we’re also sharing the answer to an often wondered question: why a wedding ring is worn on the fourth finger. Oh, and if you are trying to drop a hint for the holidays, just leave the window open on your laptop… you never know. ;) Enjoy!
Twig Engagement Rings
Ah, this newest ring from the collection is ‘Pretty in Pink’. I adore the pearls…. what a fresh alternative to diamonds!
Ooh, a sapphire is another fresh alternative to a diamond engagement ring! Plus, it’s “something blue” for your wedding day.
This is one of my favorite twig engagement rings from her collection. It’s simple – yet oh-so-elegant.
And, see it paired with a matching twig wedding band…
This next ring in white gold is a bucolic setting with diamonds. Gorgeous!
And, last but not least, a yellow diamond solitaire engagement ring with a rose cut. This one is quite the sparkler!
Why a Wedding Ring is Worn on the Fourth Finger
So, why is a wedding ring worn on the fourth finger? The ancient Romans believed the vein in the fourth or “ring” ringer of the left hand was the most direct path to the heart. This vein – called the “vena amoris” – is known as the vein of love. In early Christian ceremonies, the groom would take the ring and touch his bride’s thumb (“In the name of the Father”), then the index finger (“and the Son”), the middle finger (“and the Holy Ghost”), then “Amen” as he placed the ring on the fourth finger, which sealed the marriage. Another interesting fact is in many Jewish ceremonies, the wedding ring is placed on the index finger (believed to be the closest way to the heart), and is moved to the ring finger depending on the custom of where the bride lives.
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To see these rings, place an order, or view the entire collection, visit Barbara Michelle Jacobs Jewelry and check out her blog here. Barbara Michelle Jacobs is a Featured Artisan in The Marketplace, too!
I’m Engaged… Now What?
Newly engaged? Here’s what to do next!
Posted October 12, 2012 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 2 Comments
Once in awhile, you come across a video on YouTube that makes you laugh, cry, and watch through to the very end, cheering on the people in the video even though they are total strangers. This lip dub proposal is one of those videos. I sat here watching this lipdub proposal video with a huge smile on my face, which quickly turned to tears, then back to a smile. We are so happy for Brad and Emily and it’s clear to see they have an awesome amount of friends and family that contributed to make this a day to remember. So, watch this proposal video – you won’t regret it! The best part is that Emily has no idea what’s about to happen… great job, Brad + everyone!
Congrats, you two! Video by Bradley Productions (Brad + his team) based in Michigan! Yay for these fellow Michiganders. :)
Posted November 15, 2011 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 8 Comments
It’s not every day that we receive an incredible DIY engagement shoot featuring a couple with such warm, so-in-love smiles and a photographer who can capture their love on film. Meet Ally and Mark, one of the cutest couple’s we’ve ever seen and a beautiful Los Angeles engagement shoot by photographer Blair of Blair Nicole Photography. Blair wrote to us sharing this beautiful shoot and filling us in on how the bride-to-be, Ally, wholeheartedly loves DIY and handmade weddings. So, why does she love handmade? She says, “… I think everything is so much better when it’s homemade! I love to feel like I have some part in everything involved with our wedding.” For this shoot, Ally handcrafted the chalkboards and the banner, both of which turned out beautifully. Read on to see Ally and Mark’s charming Los Angeles Engagement Shoot complete with a tractor, homespun charm and DIY details, which Ally says is, “just a small preview of what I have in store for the wedding!” Ooh, we can’t wait to see more!
To view more of Blair’s beautiful work, check out her blog.
And, to Ally + Mark, enjoy planning your wedding! We wish you all the best. Thanks for sharing your beautiful day with our readers.
Posted June 13, 2011 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 3 Comments
We’re head over heels for engagement shoots that show off a couple’s chemistry. This Connecticut engagement shoot featuring Tracy and Tom is no exception! Michelle of Michelle Gardella Photography did a beautiful job capturing these two lovebirds throughout many Connecticut hot spots, including an aquarium with some of the sweetest shots we’ve ever seen. Michelle fills us in on some background details of the day. Take it away, Michelle!
“This engagement shoot with Tracy and Tom in Mystic, Connecticut was so much fun! We started at the Mystic Aquarium and one of the beluga whales came right up behind where they were sitting and starting posing for the camera! He even made a kissy face at the glass. We saw jellyfish, sting rays and tons of tropical fish. After a healthy lunch of french fries, onion rings and hot dogs we made our way to the historical Mystic Seaport. This is an incredible outdoor marine time museum filled with character. After exploring the old boats and vintage charm it was off to the center of town for ice cream cones along the shore. This couple loves to laugh and it was a photographer’s dream capturing their chemistry. They are getting married this coming winter (there is a photo set of the numbers 12-10-11 from the buildings around town) and their day is going to be filled with handmade love! Can’t wait!”
Thanks, Michelle, for sharing this beautiful engagement shoot with our readers. Tracy and Tom – you are such a cute couple! Best wishes as you prepare for your wedding day!
Posted June 7, 2011 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 4 Comments
We love this beautiful, rustic and natural Ontario engagement shoot by photographer Rosina Di Trolio. Kristina + Jeff (such a beautiful couple!) wanted “natural with a touch of vintage” for their engagement shoot. We think Rosina captured the look perfectly. The photos were taken in St. Thomas Ontario Canada, the Railway Capital of Canada. In fact, the photos on the railroad tracks are a tribute to Jeff’s father and grandfather, both of whom contributed to build the Canadian Railway for many years. The picnic photos were taken at Kettle Creek in St. Thomas. Rosina incorporated an old typewriter and added the love notes. The props and antiques were supplied by Antiques on the Side in St. Thomas Ontario. Read on to see this engagement session as it unfolded…
Ontario Engagement Shoot
Special thanks to Rosina for sharing these engagement photos! If you’re a bride-to-be looking for an engagement and wedding photographer in Ontario, check out Rosina’s website here.
-THE EB TEAM
Posted May 31, 2011 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 3 Comments
We love when a couple really pops behind camera. Jen and Shane are a fun couple who are best friends + head over heels in love. Stephanie of StephCarson Photography shot this beautiful Cincinnati engagement and it is bursting with memorable scenery and bold colors. This couple contributed to the outfit and prop design, too! Jen is a wedding planner and Shane is a hair dresser, so they teamed up to plan the details of this shoot. Stephanie did a beautiful job capturing them – take a peek!
We hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend! Get ready for a full week filled with wedding inspiration with more coming up soon!
Posted May 19, 2011 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 2 Comments
We love hearing from our readers, so we were ecstatic when Rachael sent over her recent Ohio engagement shoot to share (photographed by Marissa Bowers art * design * photo *). Rachael and Nick are planning a New Years 2012 wedding full of DIY and handmade details, many of which, she tells us, were spotted on our blog. (Yay!) She says, “[Emmaline Bride] has been a great inspiration! We’re committed to making as much for the wedding ourselves as possible, and what we lack the time (or talent) to do ourselves, we are having handmade [by artisans], so it’s great to have a go-to site for DIY wedding resources.” It sounds like this will be one amazing handmade wedding with tons of charm!
Rachael knew Marissa would be their perfect photographer because they shared a mutual love for all things crafty. Upon the first meeting, they hit it off immediately and began to brainstorm about photo props and location ideas to make the photos extra special. Rachael got to work on handmade props (that’s our girl!) such as the adorable image transfer box featuring her own artwork on the outside. She also handmade the bunting banner which reads, “Be My Honey Pie”. This Cincinnati, Ohio engagement shoot took place at a local abandoned factory (Marissa tells us the factory was even used in horror films, according to Google) and followed by a visit to a beautiful blooming fruit farm. So, without further adieu, we present the shoot! Enjoy!
Don’t they make a beautiful couple? We wish you both the best of luck as you continue to check off your wedding planning to-do list! We can’t wait to see your wedding photos capturing all of the handmade details + hard work you’ve put into your special day! Thanks for sending in the images, and a special shout-out to Marissa Bowers for letting us share these with our readers, too.
Posted May 10, 2011 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 2 Comments
Today we are featuring Ashley + Ian’s beautiful Baltimore engagement session by Danielle of Danielle Cover Photography. Ashley is a lover of classic beauty, planning, and, of course, Ian. Ian is an English professor, lover of the arts and all things Ashley. They met at the Baltimore Museum of Industry for their engagement session and with Ashley’s hot pink dress, satin heels, and Ian’s classic ‘Mad Men’ attire the tone was set. These lovebirds make such a charming couple!
Congratulations Ashley + Ian!
To view more from the session, check out Danielle’s blog feature here. Danielle Cover Photography is a Maryland based photographer and a member of The Bridal Book at Emmaline Bride. View her listing here.
-THE EB TEAM
Posted February 2, 2011 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 10 Comments
We love every single thing about Kathy & Keller’s engagement session photographed by the lovely Michelle Gardella Photography. It took place on January 30th at a private boarding school in Connecticut where Keller works (and where the couple will be married!). The engagement shoot began at the library where the couple snuggled under blankets, strung a whimsical garland of library books and stole kisses behind the stacks. In the next location, the classroom chalkboard added tons of charm: Kathy blew heart kisses at Keller and they re-enacted their proposal. In the final location outside, the brick wall symbolized their solid bond as they held hands, red hearts, and each other in warm embraces. This is a memorable engagement shoot because it intimately portrays two people who are true soul mates. We can’t wait to see their wedding photos! Enjoy! ♥
We’d like to give a special thanks to Michelle Gardella because without her unique vision and charming details this shoot would not be possible! Michelle Gardella is a preferred vendor in The Bridal Book at Emmaline Bride and you may view her listing here.
-THE EB TEAM
All images copyright Michelle Gardella Photography. All Rights Reserved.