I get a huge number of emails from brides (& grooms!) to be asking my advice on alternative and ethical wedding ring sources. I know a couple of great wedding ring designers, but up until now I’ve always replied with a bumbling response about etsy and hoped they might find their perfect ring with a hardy search.
Until today that is.
I was thrilled when CRED Jewellery got in touch about working with Rock n Roll brides and I’m even more thrilled that I get to showcase their designs, and their ethics, with you today.
CRED pride themselves on only using fairtrade gold and have been pioneering ethical jewellery since 1996. ”CRED gold is traceable, accountable & has 40 times less of an environmental impact than a standard ring”, they say. “We were the first to realise the importance of, and to create a transparent supply chain for the gold – so the couples can trace their rings back to the exact location in the world that the gold in their rings came from, and know that it was produced in an ethical way.”
“We work directly with the miners to make sure they are working in safe conditions & lessening their impact on the environment, and we made sure we pay them a decent, guaranteed living wage. Our work and development formed the basis of what is now the Fairtrade and Fairmined standard for gold and silver in the UK & Europe (and soon to be the USA). The rings are made in the UK with the gold from Peru. Every design can be tweaked to your specification, or we can design a completely unique creation.”
I’ve got a bonus post for you today, simply because I couldn’t help myself and wanted to blog this right away! Amanda and Walé got married in Cornwall, Polhawn Fort to be specific which overlooks a dramatic bay. Amanda wore a completely gorgeous bright blue Roland Mouret dress with pewter Jimmy Choo wedges (swoon.) The bouquet was a structural arrangement of Calla lilies and she clipped some pretty little butterflies from Urban Outfitters in her hair. Her ring was the ‘crystal haze’ ring by Stephen Webster and Wale’s ring was from Sarah Sheridan.
I found a linky to the wedding of UBER UBER UBER cool recent bride and artist Zoetica Ebb & her writer husband Ales Kot on Gala Darling last week and literally couldn’t wait to share it with you – especially after I visited Zoetica’s inspiring website and laid eyes on her sparkly, blue, fauxhalk! Serious hair envy batman!
Zoetica wore the parachute gown from All Saints, which was a gift from her friend Courtney and a necklace from her husband, a keishi pearl and black garnet beaded necklace with pyritized ammonite pendant and three pink sapphire drops, by Ria Charisse, purchased through the lovely folks at Gold Bug Pasadena. The pair also had custom-sculpted and cast rings made by Shane Case. “We wanted a texture that looked somewhere between bark and flesh and the lunar surface” Zoetica told me.
Shannon & Jayson could only afford to book their photographer to shoot an hour of their wedding but they certainly made the most of it!
The couple pulled together their retro, 1950s vibe with very little money. Shannon wore a dress and pink petticoat that she found in a vintage boutique and the coolest thing ever? Their rings were from an arcade. Oh how cute. These two are clearly young, broke and in love…In fact Alley told me that you’d be more likely to catch this pair at a protest for something they believe in then at the mall. Someone should make a movie about them or something.
Yeah so I’ve gone a little nuts with this post. Sixty four photographs may be a lot to share in one bumper go, but once you lay eyes on these I know you’re going to allow it!
Chad & Christine, what can I say? The super stylish pair had a fabulous eco wedding at the end of October at Lake Oak Meadows. The bride wore a Sue Wong dress which she bought from Saks and both she and her groom had wooden rings made by Gustav Reyes which of course complimented their rustic, eco, hippy-chic theme to a tee. The bridesmaids all chose their own dresses from David’s Bridal and the boys wore suits from Men’s Warehouse.
Who says your wedding has to have one theme?! What I love about Simon & Cherie’s day is while there are certainly traditional and classic elements to this wedding, it’s the funky and personal touches that make it really rock. The scooter complete with the ‘just tied the…’ sign, the bride’s purple flower in her hair and the groom’s fabulous suit and braces…and of course their beyond kick ass rings! The pair actually had other rings for their ‘real’ wedding rings but they used these for their ceremony…apparently the priest nearly had a heart attack when he saw them!