Diamonds aren’t always a girl’s best friend. Whether it’s for ethical reasons, they’re just too damn expensive, or just because you really want something a bit more individual, there are so many alternative engagement rings to be found!
Here are some of my current favourites.
Moissanite engagement ring
Lapis Lazuli ring
Morganite and white sapphire engagement ring
Blue topaz, peridot, or red garnet rings
Pink tourmaline ring
Robert and Kerri wanted to marry on their own terms. That meant no big, flashy party or extra expense – just the two of them and a few witnesses. They chose to elope at Phoenix Municipal Court last April and spent just $1000 to do so.
“I wanted a 1960s style courthouse elopement”, wrote the bride. “I’ve always adored pictures of my grandparents courthouse wedding, particularly my grandmother’s mod above the knee dress. Both of us are atheist so a church wedding was out of the question, and I’ve never envisioned a large wedding with lots of family and friends. We wanted something quiet and private.”
“We each invited our closest friends to be our witnesses and didn’t tell any other friends or family until a few days later. We wanted it to be a day that celebrated our relationship and do away with all the big wedding plans that can add stress and anxiety. It was really wonderful having my best friend as our wedding photographer. She came over early in the day and took photographs of us in our house getting ready together, it was so special and intimate and we’re lucky that she could capture that for us.”
Happy Friday! I think this colourful and fun wedding all the way from Chile is the perfect way to head into the weekend, don’t you? After their chapel ceremony, Trini and Fe hosted their reception at the bride’s parent’s home. They had a small budget, $7000, so they did practically everything themselves.
“We had a very small budget but we wanted to do something very cool”, wrote the bride. “It was totally DIY. The groom’s family all came over from Brazil to Chile for the wedding and so we wanted the whole day to be very chilled out.”
James and DevAnn chose a ranch in Southern Colorado as their venue for their summer wedding. They wanted somewhere that would reflect their rustic, vintage theme and one where they could have the whole day in one place.
“We both have a love for vintage and antique items so we decided to thrift for each and every one of our centrepieces and other various décor”, explained the bride. “We also did lots of DIY such as the stationery, the bar, all the signs and the picture display. We also did the favours ourselves which were a CD with our favourite love songs on.”
I am very much looking forward to this weekend because Ronnie and Sophie are coming to stay. On Saturday we’re having a ‘crafternoon’, which we totally take the piss out of ourselves for saying, but it’s going to be suuuuper fun!
We’re going to be working on some DIY projects that I’ll be featuring on the blog soon. As you probably already know, I am DIY-phobic (AKA I suck at it) so I’ve had to call in the reinforcements. It’s all good though because one of them involves cocktails!! I’ve been ferociously scouring Amazon for ingredients all week and getting very excited over things like edible glitter and rose flavoured syrup!
Oh! And last weekend was quite monumental too because Gareth did a skydive! He is notoriously difficult to buy gifts for because he really doesn’t care about material things and never wants anything (except, like, motherboards and graphics cards and boring techy computer equipment which I really can’t buy for him!) So, for Christmas I decided to get him an experience instead of just pointless bits of junk that will sit around our house, and for some crazy reason I thought of a skydive.
He said he wasn’t nervous beforehand (yeah right!) but once he’d done it he was high as a kite on adrenaline and said it was the most amazing thing he’d ever done! If you’re looking for a unique gift for something that’s tricky to buy for (and a bit of an adrenalin junkie!) then I can totally recommend.
Aww so cute in his purple jumpsuit!
So how have you been? What are your plans this weekend?
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Juliana and Forrest were married at the bride’s parent’s home in California in October. Their inspiration was the time of year, so they had Halloween and Day of the Dead references mixed in with other things they both love such as the theatre and music from the 1920s-40s. They also wanted to play homage to their Latin heritage.
The ceremony was particularly special and important. “We had an ancient Viking tradition in our ceremony, in honour of the other half of our common heritage”, Juliana explained. “We also had some friends that performed a cleansing ritual before the event got under way, which was a great idea. The whole vibe of our wedding was super chill.”