Why E shoots make your wedding photos better

The moment you become engaged you’ll need to get used to being photographed for a while.  Family and friends will all be snapping away at you both, your ring and at your engagement party and that’s even before the big day. An engagement photo shoot or e shoot as they are sometimes called is a great idea if you want to become used to being infront of the camera and making the most of it.

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Image credit Susie Styler Photography

Most wedding photographers offer these sessions and some even include it in their package.

What you wear and how you style it is completely up to you and they can vary from being super casual to fairly formal with bouquets.  Go with the flow and think about what reflects you both perhaps event thinking about how to set the scene for the up and coming wedding.

Get to know your photographer

An e shoot is a great opportunity to spend some one on one time with your photographer and to get used to posing and taking direction particularly if you’re a bit camera shy.  Becoming more confident infront of the camera will only benefit you on your wedding day.  That I promise you.

Save the date!

The images will  also be a great momento to the time leading up to your wedding and can even be used as part of your save the date invitations.

Hair and makeup

By timing it right you can also look fabulous and make the most out of a hair and make up trial with your chosen hair and MUA.

 

Just another tip from me. Happy wedding planning xo

 

The First Look

Traditionally, the Bride and Groom don’t see each other before the wedding as it was considered to be bad luck. They get ready separately and only get to see each other for the first time as the Bride walks down the aisle.

There’s plenty of beautiful images captured of this beautiful moment where the Groom sees his beautiful Bride for the very first time as she glides down the aisle. Then, the ceremony begins….

For some Brides (and Grooms!) however the pressure of this moment hapenning infront of a crowd of guests can be a little overwhelming. Que tears and messy make up oh dear.

So how about breaking with tradition and opting for a first look instead.

What is a first look and why might it be beneficial to you?

There’s pro’s and con’s to most things in life however let’s start with what it is and the pro’s.

A first look is time for a Bride and Groom to come together, in private  for around an hour before the ceremony. A pre arranged secluded spot is scouted by the photographer where the Groom nervously waits for his beautiful Bride who walks towards him and taps him on the shoulder. He then turns round to see her for the first time.

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Image Source ( Pinterest )

WOW. So powerful.

For many couples, this magical and private time together helps to ease any nervousness they may have had prior to seeing each other therefore making the ceremony alot less stressful.

It’s also a great time for photos too as you’re not rushing to spend time with your guests, your hair and make up are fresh and there’s enough natural light for flattering images therefore creating a calmer timeline to your day.

So why not break from tradition and organise a first look with your Husband or Wife to be.

LCA Loves ♥ The Directory

The directory

If you’ve found this blog post then it’s likely you’re a Bride doing some wedding planning.  Am I right?

When you’re sourcing your wedding vendors, at the top of your list will be finding vendors and suppliers who won’t let you down and without past experience or word of mouth then where do you begin looking……

There’s just so many out there to look at so it can feel like an overwhelming task hey.  So how easy would it be to find like minded suppliers all in one place?!

If you hover on this page just up to the right, you’ll see a tab called D I R E C T O R Y and if you’ve not dived on to this page then I urge you to do it asap!

Filled with a wide range of awesome vendors and suppliers, there’s everything you’ll need to plan a wedding and more!

All of the vendors listed on the directory are some of the most creative, forward thinking and talented wedding and event business in the state.  Some you may have heard of before however many are small operations who don’t have the time, budget or desire to showcase their work at large wedding fairs or well known magazines. They are hidden gems that I’ve spent hours searching for to make life easier for you.

You’re welcome!!!

Wedding Prep with Ruby

I never dreamed of my wedding, in fact I didn’t really think I’d get married. The problem with that, is then you find that other person that you do want to marry, you may like me, just not know where to start.

Venue First

Everyone told me book your venue first, and this I’d have to agree on. Don’t get a date set in your head though because your dream venue may not be available.

Think of the big picture; do you want to decorate, price per head, is there someone there to support you with all your questions. The list goes on, so write a list and when viewing places make sure you cover all you want to. You can always phone or email back but it is easier to ask specific questions while at the venue. Oh and take photos, if you have ideas for decorations, it will be easier to refer to a photo to know your space.

Pinterest Pinterest Pinterest!

As stated previously on the LCA blog, if you’re not already on Pinterest, get onto it. I joined Pinterest a long time before I was engaged however I didn’t really get it at the time. Then when I got engaged I was collecting all these images and they were just sitting in folders on my computer. I thought there had to be a better way to do this and remembered Pinterest. I had pictures on my phone, my laptop & my computer at work, to say it was a little inconvenient was an understatement. So one weekend I’d collected up all my images & painstakingly uploaded them to Pinterest. (Unfortunately they don’t have an upload multiple images option) Now I can conveniently access them from anywhere, which really helps when going to the hairdresser & showing her some styles. I’ve even shown my mother inlaw to be my account to show her all the pretty ideas I have for the wedding.

Get Organised

The second great piece of advice I have came from Susie at LCA. She suggested creating a new email address for anything wedding related. Unfortunately I was already 2/3 of the way through the process when I heard this and really wish I had of done it. It really makes sorting out and finding your wedding emails/details much easier when they’re not jumbled up with your everyday stuff. I have now got a separate account anyway which I’ve forwarded all the important emails too and sorted them out into folders, e.g. Cake / Celebrant / Photographer etc, and with any correspondence from my wedding guest I am using this email address too, which I put on the wedding invite. Just makes life easier.

Another thing which has also helped but may not work for everyone is Google Drive. My husband to be and I both have gmail accounts so this was possible, we have set up a wedding Folder within our google drive, so easy to use and I never knew it was there. We have all our deposit receipts, our ever changing budget & payments, our guest list, music for the DJ, basically any paperwork which is wedding related in there. It’s a bit like Pinterest, I can access it from anywhere on my phone or my computer, we’ve shared the files with each other so we can both edit it. If someone contacts me to tell me something I can go straight into the files and update them in a second. The google siftware is basically like Excel Spreadsheet & Word Documents, super easy and convenient, and makes the stressful things a little less stressful.

 Facebook

This next one is only something I have recently done and that is to start a separate Facebook account. Just me (& perhaps a sudo name) no friends or family added, no private details mentioned, not even a profile picture uploaded (Facebook will hate you for your lack of interest, but they’ll get over it.) This account is purely for my own indulgence. I have liked all the wedding pages to my hearts content and I don’t have to worry about friends or family thinking, oh gawd… she’s liked another wedding page again. As is on Facebook these days, the minute you like of comment on anything, everyone knows it. I first made the mistake of this when I didn’t realise by commenting on a page I’d liked what our wedding songs would be that everyone would see that. Not until a friend said to me, we had that song too…damit. So I stopped commenting & liking wedding stuff on Facebook even though I really wanted too. This way I can now do it without anyone finding out any of my wedding details and I can like as much as I like! Also if you did want you could always let your bridesmaids in on the deal and add them as friends if they are interested.

 Stay True & Don’t Stress

Now I know there is a heaps of wedding advice out there in the net. I in fact was quite overwhelmed with it all. But whether you follow my lead above or not, you will find your own way. The key is to not stress about doing what everyone else says you should do. Even the “must do” wedding blogs get it wrong sometimes, they don’t know your situation, so don’t feel like you have to apply everything they say to your wedding. Just pick & choose what is right for you. Think of it like choosing your wedding dress, you wouldn’t buy it if you didn’t want to.

And with that said, happy wedding planning and remember to enjoy the process as a whole.

Love,

Ruby

 

LCA Loves ♥ MCA [Modern Celebrants Adelaide]

What happens when a group of like minded, forward thinking Celebrants get together? MCA aka Modern Celebrants Adelaide!

I had a chat with Vic, Pen, Cam and Bec today from Modern Celebrants Adelaide. These ladies are a lot of fun and as we laughed our way through our chat this is what they told me…..

 How did you get to know each other?

Cam and Vic have been friends for many years… Then Vicky had a chance to meet Penelope at another wedding (of course). There are only so many Saturdays in a year so we were already referring couples to each other if we were already booked. Then we met Rebecca at our annual Ongoing Professional Development at the Australian Federation of Civil Marriage Celebrants (which keeps them up to date with changes in legislation and builds their celebrant skills). Bec is also a member of the Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants and she came up with this wonderful idea of creating a group of modern like-minded celebrants that could work along side each other and basically it would formalise the referral process that was already happening. So we joined forces.

How long have you all been celebrants for?

Between all of us we have 15 plus years of creating ceremonies. We are all professional Celebrants and we absolutely love our work. What an exciting and joyous celebration to be a part of as your profession?

 What made you decide to create MCA?

Life is so busy already and then we add planning a wedding into the mix. We have all been recently married ourselves so we get it… our couples need a relaxed and simple, ceremony-planning process. We don’t want our Brides and Grooms to feel stressed about booking a professional celebrant and planning their perfect ceremony, so we created Modern Celebrants Adelaide so you have a choice of 4 enthusiastic and engaging, professional Celebrants all in one place. If one of us is already booked for the date you have in mind we are in constant contact with one another and will find out which one of the ladies is available and send you their details. It’s that simple.

 What’s different about MCA?

Security in numbers…although in all the years that we have been performing ceremonies we have not needed to call on a “back up celebrant”. We want our couples to feel secure in their booking. So Modern Celebrants Adelaide offers our Brides and Grooms peace of mind that if for any reason one of us is not able to perform their ceremony due to sickness or an emergency then we will pool our resources to come up with a solution to the problem. Offering them a safety net or celebrant net lol sorry that was sad.

MCA from David Resce on Vimeo.

Modern Celebrants Adelaide

 

 

LCA Loves ♥ Magnolia Press

Introducing Magnolia Press who is one of our sponsors this Spring.  Owner and creative director Sharon designs and prints both digital and letterpress stationery using two amazing antique presses in her home based studio. Sharon’s written this extremely informative post about wedding stationery which includes timelines for when to get things done by and lots of tips about choosing the right stationery for you. Over to Sharon!

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There are many factors which determine what type of stationery you choose for your wedding or event. Is it a strict budget, the wow factor for your guests, or just because you would love to have something nice to start people getting excited about your big day!

You may choose a DIY option or have them professionally printed by someone who knows the ins and outs of what to do. But even before you decide how you’re going to have your stationery, you need to work out what pieces you would like.

Save The Date

Firstly there are the Save the Date cards. Generally they are sent our between 6-12 months before the wedding but we recommend organising these closer to the 10-12 months ahead, especially for guests needing to travel or if you plan to have your wedding during a social time of the year. Save the date cards are usually simpler design and a smaller size than your invitations.

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Invitations

Next we love to work on your invitations – the main event! If choosing digitally printed stationery, what papers would you like, matt or shimmer? Would you like embellishments, will it bulk the envelopes and therefore cost more to post. What size do you want – will it fit all the text? These are just some of the things worth considering. We love designing stationery where the design speaks for itself, using premium papers. Letterpress is great for a sophisticated look, where the beautiful impression is the feature, and feeling the soft fluffy papers makes it that even more special. Send these 2-3 months before your wedding.

Letterpress papers are made from short fibred cotton, which is made especially so we can create that tactile finish. The ink colours are endless, but sometimes we have requests to mix letterpress invitations with digital response cards, and that’s where it can get tricky. Some colours we can match well, especially black, but there may be colour shade variations. Either way we can help you decide on the best option.

If you do choose letterpress, we ask how many colours would you like. You see, each colour on the design requires its own plate which is set up in our antique machines. The most cost effective option is one colour, but some designs look great in two, or three. The way to add colour to your stationery suite without adding huge plate costs, would be through your envelopes or personalised guest name bands.

Other stationery pieces such as response cards and gift/ travel information cards are popular. Response cards generally have a space for the guests to write their names, and if they are attending. Other points to consider would be dietary requirements or if you are organising a bus service to and from the wedding/ reception. Some couples ask if there is a favourite song they would get up and dance to at the reception.

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Information

Information cards are helpful for any accommodation suggestions if the day is in a remote area or if you have guests travelling. If you have the bus service, pick up times can be noted and of course the gift details if you are having a registry or wishing well.
Stationery on the day is varied, especially if you are having a church ceremony, and may need Order of Service programs, or if it’s a beautiful garden ceremony a flat simple card, expressing thanks especially for those in the wedding, and a general list of proceeding.

As your guests enjoy there pre dinner drinks and canapés, a printed table seating chart is fantastic for allowing guests to casually find where they are seated, so once welcomed into the reception area, there isn’t a crowd of people wondering around looking for their seat. Ushers are also great for personally showing guests to their seats.

Menu + Place Cards

Menus can be arranged through your venue, or if you want everything to be designed in the same style as the rest of your stationery, we can also print your menus. They can be folded ones which are placed at the centre of your tables, providing there is room and won’t look too cluttered or over take your arrangements. Another option would be to personalise each menu with your guest’s name, which then is place at their seating, and can be referred to through the evening. Most couples choose to have menus which are subtle and blend in, leaving their stunning flowers or candelabras to be the focus.

Place cards may also be needed, which helps guests find there seat, once again, these are generally kept simple, but ties in with the style. Bonbonniere tags can be doubled up as a place setting tag, with your guests name on the front, and a thank you message on the reverse.

Lastly, the other common stationery piece is thank you cards. While traditionally these were hand written to each guests thanking them for their kind generosity and gift, handwriting 100-200 may take a while and you may feel as though you would like to send them a nice photo and a generic message. Some photographers offer this with their package, others are happy to provide images and we can design postcard style thank you’s, or plain notecards.

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Signage

Lately we have been working on some other projects such as signage for your day, such as chalkboard/wooden welcome signs, menus, cute quotes and verses etc.

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We welcome appointments on some weeknights and Saturdays.

w: www.magnoliapress.com.au

e:  hello@magnoliapress.com.au

t:  0449504379

Why Hiring a Wedding Planner Is a Good Idea

Planning a wedding can sometimes feel like juggling glass balls. There’s so many things to consider and slotting this all into place with a timeline and budget to adhere to can feel overwhelming. Hiring a wedding planner to assist you is a relatively new phenomenan and something that could be considered to at the bottom of your list when it comes to your wedding budget.  The good news is hiring a wedding planner is not as expensive as you think!

LCA exhibitor Yvette Lagozzino is the owner and creator of Dapper Events, a local SA based wedding planner who has a number of packages to suit all budgets from on the day co-ordination to helping you every step of the way.

How did Dapper Events come to be?

Dapper Events came to be as a lover of weddings who enjoys planning events and thrives on being organised so I decided to turn it into a career. When it comes to working I believe in the saying “Do what you love; love what you do”. I am a sucker for weddings and always get teary when I attend one. It’s such a lovely event to be apart of especially the ones where personal touches about the couple are used to create a unique experience.

Please expel the myth that planners are an expensive luxury!

Wedding Planners are great for everyone. I have met couples who work and study or work irregular or full time hours and they just do not have the time to plan a wedding. An average wedding takes approximately 200 hours to plan from start to finish so knowing that a dedicated professional is planning your wedding with your ideas in mind can be very reassuring to couples. As a wedding planner I have access to local vendors and suppliers where I may be able to get items at a discounted price which I then pass on to my couple.

What are the added benefits of hiring a wedding planner?

I believe the number one benefit of hiring a wedding planneris to ease the stress associated with planning a wedding. Wedding planners have trusted vendors and suppliers they can recommend and like I mentioned they can even negotiate prices for the couple. Also using someone who can look at your wedding from a different angle and make suggestions or tweak plans so the execution of the couple’s ideas is flawless. There are couples out there that have no interest in planning their wedding and that is where a wedding planner would also come in handy.

What does on the day co ordination involve?

On the day coordination is my bronze package and it is for couples who have booked everything for their wedding and they just want confirmation of their bookings and a dedicated person there on the day to ensure the coordination of the couple’s plans are fulfilled and the day runs smoothly. Using a wedding planner for on the day coordination is like having your very own personal assistant.

Approximately a fortnight before the wedding I contact all booked vendors and suppliers and introduce myself and confirm bookings, arrival times and check if any remaining payments are due. A run sheet is then compiled with these times and any specific details and this can be given out to close family, the bridal party and photographer which is a great time management tool. I even attend your ceremony rehearsal.

Certain tasks I would carry out on the day is ensuring the ceremony and reception spaces are decorated to the bride and groom’s liking, usher guests, help organise the bridal party, cue music for the ceremony, gather family and friends for photos, finalise any payments to vendors, pack up any decorations, early arrival at the reception to liaise with venue staff, DJ, MC, band, ensure the cake has arrived and set up additional items that doesn’t come under the venue staff’s job description.

I even carry with me an emergency bridal kit filled with bobby pins, panadol, hairspray, band aids, sanitary products, mints, sewing kit, wipes etc to ensure I can attend to everyone’s needs.

 

See, I told you, wedding planners aren’t unaffordable!

 

Yvette Lagozzino | Dapper Events

Wedding & Special Event Planner

www.dapperevents.com.au

e: info@dapperevents.com.au

t: 0410 804 608

 

The Rise & Fall of a DIY Bride

The rise of the DIY Bride has risen steadily over the years with its appeal of being able to put your own stamp on your wedding and to try and save a few $$ in the process. What’s not to love about that since weddings are expensive after all.

If you scour the internet you’ll find endless projects on blogs from making your own stationery, decor, flower arrangements and cake decorations.  You name it it’s out there in abundance.

Done well, DIY efforts can look amazing and along with potentially saving money, there’s a huge amount of accomplishment that comes from contributing to your wedding.

Saving money…..?!

So, the biggest appeal with a DIY wedding is saving money.

Now I write this as a Bride who made her own invitations almost 9 years ago.  I’m not sure why I decided to do it but I did.  That along with not getting a videographer, are the 2 things are the biggest regrets I have about my wedding.  Working in the industry now I’m surrounded by images of stunning paperie that makes my efforts look like something a kid in kindy could have done. Epic fail. I’m not sure I have a photo of them and even if I did, I’d be too embarassed to show you!

Like most Brides, I was working full time up to the wedding and so I had limited free time for anything let alone wedding DIY.  I recall frantically glueing and sticking in order of service information just the day before my wedding and thinking to myself that I should be doing other things like enjoying the build up and being present in the moments before my big day.

There’s also the cost to factor into all of this.  Does DIY REALLY mean you’re saving heaps of money??  By the time you pay for all of the materials (at retail cost) and potentially make some or alot of mistakes, would it not be better to commission an expert who can get the job done without you stressing out?

So my single advice to you is to seriously think before you embark on a DIY wedding project.  If you’re not at one with a glue gun and art wasn’t your thing at school, I’d leave it to the professionals.  You won’t regret it!

 

Newly Engaged? Here’s 3 Handy Tips

Firstly, if you’re newly engaged, congratulations!

Being engaged is lots of fun and most importantly is a super lovely time to spend with your groom to be (or bride to be, Hi grooms!) plus you get to plan a wedding!

Secondly, there are a slew of articles on the web that tell you where to start when you first get engaged, a lot of these are overwhelming and can, more often than not, make you feel like you’re behind before you’ve even started. I’m two months away from walking down the aisle myself so I completely understand that taking the first steps down your wedding planning path can be the hardest. So whether you’re someone that has had their perfect day planned since they were 12 or someone who has never even considered what they want their wedding to be like, here are my top 3 tips on where to start when you become engaged.

1:: GET PINTEREST!

I am so serious about this, it is the bomb. Even if you use it for nothing else other than wedding ideas, it is the number one place to start. Make that wedding board and pin like crazy! Eventually, you will notice themes and that you’re pinning similar things over and over.

Not sure what kind of dress you want? Not sure what sort of colour scheme you’re going to go for? Patterns will emerge! Decades ago women would buy bridal magazines, cut out all the pictures they liked and stick them all down, this is the exact same but with a lot less scissor and glue stick related injury.
Once you’ve pinned and pinned for a few solid months, go back through your board and delete anything that doesn’t fit with your themes/decisions you’ve been making. If it’s pretty clear you’re after a vineyard wedding, delete the pins related to beach weddings etc.
Pinterest also becomes a great sounding board for your groom/mum/bridesmaids/anyone else involved in the wedding planning because it’s basically a window into your mind. They’ll know exactly what you’re after and where you’re at and the whole process will be far more efficient.

2:: Attend Bridal Fairs

There are so many reasons why these events are ace. The most important is that it showcases your local vendors. You can read a zillion bridal magazines (which are also fantastic) but nothing beats having knowledgeable, reputable and local vendors laid out in front of you that you can chat to, ask questions and maybe even end up booking. They’re also great when you’re just getting started because they can help to guide you on your way of what sort of wedding you’re after.

When I found Love Cherish Adore (shameless plug!) I felt the asense of direction towards all the things I wanted at my wedding. You also generally get a little showbag of goodies and vendor info and more often than not the vendors run competitions for freebies or percentages off their services. They’re also a really great day out in general and it’s really fun to feel all bridey.

3:: Pick The Big Things First

Celebrant (particularly important), venues, rings, guest list, catering, the bigger things, in my opinion, are definitely where you should start. Because at the end of the day, these are the cogs that will get the whole machine moving. Unless you absolutely know that you want a specific pair of shoes or ring dish etc, then these sorts of finer detail decisions can be made later on in the planning phase (though I must admit, the very first wedding related purchase I made was our cake topper!)

Bonus tip:: Start Early

Now I don’t mean within the hour that the ring goes on! But I do promise that this will really help. The earlier you start to put some ideas in motion, jotting things down and opening that pinterest account, the easier the whole experience will be!

Love Kirby xx

 

Inviting kids to your wedding

To have children at your wedding or not to have children at your wedding, that is the question!

For me and my fiancé, this was a no brainer, we will not be having children at our wedding.

This isn’t because we hate kids or don’t really have them in our lives, the opposite in fact! We have twelve nieces and nephews between us and we adore every one of them. But for us, it was an easy decision and I will tell you why, for some couples though I know it can be an agonising decision and I hope that this post helps making that decision just that little bit easier.

There are several reasons why my fiancé and I decided not to have kids at our wedding, the first is that we are friends first and foremost with the adults. While we love all the little people in our lives, when it comes to who we would choose to celebrate our marriage with, it’s their mums and dads. And not only do we want to celebrate with their mums and dads, but we want the Mums and Dads to have a totally super fun time! We, like many couples, want our wedding to be a big fun party celebrating our love and commitment to each other and, arguably, this can be achieved much more easily by parents when they don’t have to look after their babies. We want them to have a night off and let their hair down and not have to worry about being responsible parents for the night. Finding a baby sitter means that our guests can stay as long as they like and they don’t have to hurry home when sleepy kids need to be in bed, they can dance uninterrupted, they can eat their whole meal without needing to feed someone else, they can totally enjoy themselves.

Secondly, and more specifically to wedding planning, is the cost and effort factor. Generally speaking, the smaller your wedding, the less cash you have to drop on it. By not inviting littlies, you get to save money on things like meals, bonbonniere, venue size (and finding a child friendly venue), possibly all the way down to little things like knife and fork hire (every little bit counts right?). Similarly, if you have kids at your wedding, they’re probably not going to be as entertained by an hour ceremony, an amazing meal (you may need to organise special child friendly meals), speeches and dancing as their parents. You will probably have to provide them with some child friendly entertainment such as colouring books or a big box of lego, which doesn’t sound like a lot of effort but it’s just one more thing on top of a list as long as my left leg that you already have to tick off. And to add to that, kids are unpredictable! With all of the things that can potentially go wrong on a wedding day I think it’s common sense to try and limit thevariables.

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Image via Pinterest

Now, as much as the choice was a clear one for us, it certainly hasn’t been a hundred percent easy to execute. For most parents a night off from the kids is a welcome relief, others though can take it personally. My number one suggestion for bearing the brunt of any backlash regarding your decision to have a child-free wedding is consistency! Stick to your guns. You can’t bend the rules for one child and not the others unless you have a really good reason (such as a breastfeeding baby). We had a child free engagement party too and I think that helped to set the precedent for the wedding. We have had complaints and some comments, but it was to be expected and being consistent has really helped not only us but also the parents. When they realised that we weren’t going to budge they just got on with it. So if you’re thinking that maybe you don’t want to invite people’s kids to your wedding, it can be done! If you’ve just read this and you realise that none of these things matter and you in fact find it really important that the children in your life get to celebrate as well then that’s fantastic too. Most importantly (and I’m sure every bride has heard this a million times) IT’S YOUR DAY! You do what you and your partner want, nothing more, nothing less, including whether you want to invite kids or not.

Kirby xx

Choosing the Perfect Engagement Ring

 

A simple guide by Andrew Mazzone Design Jewellers

Selecting an engagement ring is arguably one of the most exciting and daunting decisions that you or your partner is bound to go through. There are endless designs and options when it comes to diamond shape and specifications and to make the matter more complicated when it comes to the engagement ring, there are no longer any strict rules. Furthermore, with coloured gemstones becoming increasingly popular it’s a wonder anyone can make the right decision as to what their partners dream engagement ring may be.

More and more are opting to share this special experience to alleviate the pressure from one party and ensure the prospective partners’ happiness, however, this method is not for everyone. Some people thrive in romantic situations and opt for the theatre of surprise in order to fulfil the true romantic fantasy of the “on one knee” proposal.

If you are a romantic at heart and would prefer to surprise your loved one, information can be acquired subtly – regarding basic style. For example, if you both are walking past a jewellers window maybe just stop next time and have a quick peek – I am sure your unsuspecting other will also stop and offer some helpful hints. Friends and siblings can also be invaluable spies when trying to determine a prospective design and gemstone. Proposals with the unset diamond only are also becoming quite popular – keeping the element of surprise and preserving the romance, but allowing your partner to also play a major part in the ring design – taking pressure off you!

 

Regardless of whether you are planning a surprise engagement or if you would prefer to design the dream ring together, there are a few things that are “need to know” when it comes to selecting the perfect engagement ring for you and your partner.

Rough Design

Do you think a plain band or diamond band would be preferred? Solitaire engagement rings are the best idea if you are unsure of design preferences, as you can focus on making the beautiful centre gemstone the main feature. However, perhaps your partner enjoys vintage style, and would prefer an elegant diamond Halo ring, which is the most highly coveted design at the moment. After all – you don’t have to be a saint to wear a halo.

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Focal gemstone

Although it’s difficult to get it wrong with a beautiful diamond – some people may prefer a favourite coloured gemstone to really get the unique Engagement ring that was always dreamt of. While gemstones such as the very rare Tanzanite and beautiful Aquamarine present beautifully, they are not ideal for everyday wear, such as in an Engagement ring. This is due to the characteristics of the gemstone which affects its longevity and durability of day to day wear. The reason diamonds are the perfect gemstone for an Engagement ring is because they are the hardest compound known to man – meaning they truly “are forever”.

Sapphires and Rubies come in a range of colours and although they are not as hard as diamonds – they are much more durable than other gemstones and therefore are also appropriate for an engagement ring. Small pink sapphires are being incorporated into diamond halos or delicately placed inside the band for a more personal touch – a secret that only you and your loved one share.

If you think a diamond is the right stone for you, you still have a few things to consider. You will undoubtable have heard about the “4 Cs”, which is the process of evaluating a diamond based on four keys factors: cut, colour, clarity and carat weight. The 4 Cs are a wonderful starting point to choosing a beautiful diamond, however evaluating a diamond merely by the 4 Cs is like describing your beloved on the basis of height and eye colour! Two diamonds can look the same “on paper” but can actually be very different when viewed in person. The beauty of a diamond depends more on how well it has been cut than anything else. Understanding the cut of a diamond begins with the shape of the stone eg Round Brilliant, Princess Cut or Emerald Cut. However, in determining the value and beauty of a diamond, the “cut” refers to the stones proportions, symmetry and polish – not shape.

Although nature determines a rough diamonds clarity and colour, the hands of master craftsmen release its fire, brilliance and scintillation. When a diamond is cut to exact proportions – neither too deep or too shallow – light reflects inside the stone from one mirror to another and reappear through the top of the stone, making it seem to radiate from within.

Such diamonds are cut to exacting proportions that maximise the beauty of the diamond – such precision often requires sacrificing some of the rough diamonds carat weight, but truly creates a brilliance that is second to none, or the “Ideal Cut” Diamond.

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Budget

Come on guys, this is an easy one! While some people have an exact budget and others may be slightly vague, it is a great idea to let your consultants know as soon as possible what you were hoping to spend. This will help us narrow down options such as diamond specifications and source the most beautiful gemstones that are going to suit your budget. When it comes to diamonds, sacrificing carat weight over diamond cut is always gently recommended, as mentioned before these are the diamonds that truly display beauty and brilliance.

Finger size

It’s possible that this can be estimated, however if the ring is being custom made it is best to know the finger size before manufacturing begins so no further adjustments need be made and your loved one can show off her perfect engagement ring straight away.

Equipped with this information prospective fiancés can walk into their manufacturing jewellers and have a dream ring created within the shortest time possible. However, obtaining this information is not always that easy and subtle hints can quickly evolve into a conspicuous interrogation if you aren’t careful. Nevertheless, if you are concerned that you can’t acquire this information without giving the game away, there’s no need to fret, as that is what the experts are for! Andrew Mazzone Design Jewellers is a family owned and operated business, and has been offering expert advice on Engagement rings and gemstones for over 50 years. Whether you have some idea or are completely clueless – the friendly staff have seen it all and are more than happy to offer advice, organise hand sketches or computer aided designs so you have every opportunity to wow your fiancé.

 

Andrew Mazzone Design Jewellers

21 Pulteney Street

Adelaide

(08) 8223 5447

www.mazzone.com.au

Rilda Welcomes You!

When a newly restored vintage caravan and a group of creative and passionate wedding vendors get together for a photo shoot, something magical happens….. Last month a fabulous collaboration of vendors and suppliers from across SA got together in the Barossa within the grounds of Chateau Tanunda for a shoot inspired by the transformation of Rilda the caravan. The vibe of the shoot was to capture some flirty girly wedding fun with pretty pastel hues to give a nod to Rilda’s heritage. The shoot was made possible with thanks to a fabulous line up of vendors and kind permission from Chateau Tanunda to use their land. So meet the team!

Little Vintage Bar & Van

Rilda, the Brides Trailer is the brainchild of Kathy Elliott of Little Vintage Bar & Van.  Named after Kathy’s Grandmother, Rilda has been a wonderful labour of love involving many, many hours of restoration. With her husband Ross, they set about bringing this 1968 Harris caravan that had spent quite a few years out in the weather back to life….. Rilda has a serenity about her and when people step inside they inevitably start to whisper. For that reason Kathy decided to offer Rilda as a Brides Trailer for hire. The perfect haven on a Wedding Day for a Bride to have her wedding photos, pre wedding glass of champers or simply a retreat between ceremony and reception.. Rilda can be custom styled for any occasion and will bring many smiles and memories to those she meets..

Cake Bites

Based in the Adelaide Hills, Cake Bites has over 8 years experience of cake designing and it’s worth noting that  all of her stunning cakes are  made from scratch with love using local ingredients. Cake Bites made and provided the gorgeous naked cake, biscuits and scones which were the perfect addition to the shoot and enjoyed by all after the shoot nom nom nom!

The Eclectic Bride

Our super models Jess and Lauren wore bespoke vintage inspired gowns designed and hand made using vintage materials by  The Eclectic Bride, a business that’s about to launch in the Barossa.

MintCloud Makeup Styling

Our MUA for the day was Lauren from Mintcloud Makeup & Styling who has over 10 years experience in the industry.  Lauren really loves making people feel their best with a strong belief in providing a personal touch. Ensuring her clients are completely comfortable and happy is of the upmost importance. The makeup Lauren used for the shoot  was designed to give a soft romantic look.  A light golden shimmer eye  along with some extra lashes for a touch of glamour.   Cheeks were given a peachy pink highlighted hue and Lips were given a soft peachy/pink and a peachy brown colour to ensure that the models natural beauty shone through.

Miss Maggies Flowers

Based in the Barossa, Miss Maggies Flower believes the flowers for your wedding should be unique. With this in mind they don’t offer pre-prepared packages, preferring to discuss your individual requirements with you and tailor your wedding  specifically to your needs and budget. They also have one of the largest range of vintage and eclectic vases, original pieces and props to personalise your wedding day including table flowers, ceremony flowers, table numbers, runners, vintage props, lolly bars, suitcases, drink stations and other general styling.

 High Tea at Home

High Tea at Home can set you up with everything you need to host a fabulous High Tea party.  For the shoot they provided authentic vintage chinawear, cake stands and serving wear along with some gorgeous champagne flutes. These ladies will develop your event concept, arrange catering and provide you with all the infrastructure, service items and decorations you need for an ‘Instagram-worthy’ High Tea party.  They’ll even deliver, set up and style your event and at the end of the day, will come and collect all of the items for you. With affordable packages, stunning service items and award winning event managers on their team, it’s no wonder the ladies from High Tea at Home have developed the reputation as Adelaide’s ‘go-to’ High Tea supplier.

Bridget Quain Photography

Our outstanding photographer for this shoot is Bridget Quain Photography.  Bridget runs her boutique Wedding Photography business in the beautiful Adelaide Hills and prides herself on her ability to provide a very personal level of service. This enables her to create a clear understanding of your Wedding Day and what it is you wish to illustrate.  Her natural style of photography, and relaxed approach to the day, will quickly put you at ease.  This is ultimately reflected in your resulting images, with many a happy client in her collection.

 

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Photographer: Bridget Quain Photography

Van:  Little Vintage Bar & Van

MUA:  Mintcloud Makeup Styling

Cakes:  Cake Bites

China: High Tea at Home

Flowers:  Miss Maggies Flowers

Gowns:  The Eclectic Bride – 0421253901