Hi, loves! Wow, Friday already… the week positively flew on by! We’re kicking off this beautiful autumnal morning with a carved rustic diamond ring. If you’re popping the question soon, know someone who is, or want to leave this screen open on your computer to, you know, leave a hint or two, this is the ring for you! This unique rustic diamond ring and is hand carved in wax and cast in recycled Sterling Silver. It’s handmade with a whole lotta love by Andrea Bonelli and it’s one of our favorite newly added items in her shop. I think that diamond in the center is gorgeous; and, talk about those side diamonds, too!
Rustic Diamond Ring
This Scrabble tiles engagement photo is the photo of the day. The tiles spell out “Forever and Always” in this couple’s hands. This creative photo was captured from an West Virginia engagement session by Olivia from Liv Hefner Photography. For your engagement photos, will you spell out your love using Scrabble tiles?
Scrabble Tiles Engagement Photo
Personalize your engagement photos with these Scrabble tiles!
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It’s Thursday! This very Milwaukee engagement session is our photo of the day. The photo taken by Andy from Andy Stenz Photography is one of a kind. This adorable couple loves Milwaukee and likes to show it!
Milwaukee Engagement Session
Do you love Milwaukee too? If you’re planning your own Milwaukee engagement session, these might make your photos stand out!
This hipster styled engagement session might just be your sense of inspiration. If you’re hip, have a unique style, and like retro, than this photo of the day is for you! Sandra from White Ivory Photography captured this couple, while the photo shoot was styled by A Vintage Soiree. What items will you include in your engagement session? Let us know.
Hipster Styled Engagement Session
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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
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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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?
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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. :)