Like many of you reading this, Denver-based photographer Ashley and her fiance Jonathan have been forced to postpone their wedding due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When it came to telling their friends and family about their change of date, they decided to do a silly photo shoot with – what else? – bottles of Corona beer!
Ashley told us, “My fiancé and I had to postpone our wedding but we had to find humour where we can. These are our new ‘Save the New Date’ photos…When a wedding gets postponed, a Corona gets a lime!”
The exchanging of the rings is one of the most exciting and personal moments in any wedding. You also have to look at your wedding band every day, so making sure your rings are personal and authentically you is super important for even the most non-traditional couples. Whether you want something minimal or a ring that’s never been seen before, there are plenty of unique ring options out there.
The Great Frog
Chances are you’re already familiar with The Great Frog (and if you’re not, check them out immediately – their skull rings are legendary) but you might not know that they do their own range of wedding rings, too. All of their wedding bands can be created in silver or gold, and each is handmade for you. They have everything from the deceptively simple to more unusual geometric styles, so you’re bound to find something that speaks to you.
One way of making sure your wedding bands are unique to you is to get them engraved. Sofia Zakia has a range of out-of-this-world wedding rings, including these utterly beautiful constellation bands which you can have etched with the constellation of your other half’s zodiac sign – I can’t think of a better way to match without really matching.
If the zodiac’s not your thing, there’s also a huge range of gorgeous rings made with different stones and diamonds, inspired by everything from goddesses to the cosmos. A ring inspired by a Greek goddess is definitely something I’m on board with.
For those of you a little more inclined to head towards the dark side, you should head over to Kipkalinka’s Etsy page. Her wedding bands are dainty but still full of character, with an amazing variety of metals and jewels so you can find something that suits your bad ass personality. Those simple skull bands would make amazing matching couples rings, whilst her various coloured diamonds would make the perfect showstopper.
If you’re reading this, the likelihood is that you don’t want your wedding to be super traditional. Maybe you’re wearing a coloured gown, sashaying down the aisle to your favourite metal song or putting skulls on the tables instead of flowers. All of these things, and many more, are really fun yet fleeting ways to showcase your individuality. After all, once the wedding itself if over they won’t exist in your everyday life.
If you want a more permanent way to showcase that uniqueness as you go on into your marriage, then you might want to consider an engagement ring that feels more ‘you’ too.
Ken & Dana Design, a family-owned and operated wedding jeweller (based in NYC but working with couples all over the world) have a HUGE selection of some of the most unique, alternative and beautiful engagement rings I’ve ever seen. I’m personally loving their range of nude, soft pinks and grey stoned rings, and a raw or rustic diamond gives a very different, much more subtle, overall look than a cut stone would. They’re often a much more affordable option too. I’m here for it!
Molly and Christopher’s engagement shoot is just about PERFECT for today’s post, what with it being International Star Wars day and all.
The couple made the costumes themselves! “We are both huge geeks who go to a lot of conventions”, she said,” so it was easy for us to find pieces we already owned to channel some Sith realness.”
“Chris and I were both HUGE Star Wars fans before we met one another and our love was forged in the fires of our space opera fandom! We met right before the Force Awakens came out (and haven’t seen a Star Wars film in theatres without each other since), the first gift he ever got me was a robotic BB-8, we run an inter-sectional Star Wars Club together (it’s called the Star Wars Dumpster Fire). He also proposed to me with a fan made Star Wars video – perhaps the only proposal video in history where my husband-to-be makes out with my fictional husband (Kylo Ren). So CLEARLY Star Wars is a HUGE through line in our relationship. We wanted to honour that by making our own real life fanfic with our engagement photos!”
Ahead of their big wedding day in China featuring a traditional tea ceremony, Anna and Alex decided to have some engagement pictures taken in Brighton with Manon Pauffin. The suuuuuuper cute results are below!
“In China, it is popular to do a pre-wedding shoot to show your photos at the wedding because on the big day it’s often too busy to have photos of just the two of us,” Anna explains. “For us, this shoot was like a wedding present to ourselves to capture the sweet moment of our love story forever, and it gave us a chance to enjoy some time together and just be who we are.”
Engagement shoots don’t get any better than this. Taking place in Italy, where the couple live, it just screams love, happiness and damn good style. Isn’t that what being a Rock n Roll bride is all about!?
Griffith, from one of the noble families of the GA tribe of Accra, Ghana, met Ilaria in Rome through a mutual friend. Three years later he asked her to marry him. They wanted to celebrate their engagement with some beautiful, fun and colourful photographs taken in their own flat in Italy. They also shot down by the beach, as they both love the sea.
Ilaria’s GORGEOUS pink gown was handmade for her and all of Griffith’s accessories came from Ghana. Ilaria’s engagement ring was handmade by a little independant jewellers in Ghana as well.