This morning we’d like to turn your attention to the matter of bridesmaids dresses – dreamy dresses to be precise. These dresses are what fantasy weddings are made of. Imagine your favorite girls strutting down the aisle with these gorgeous picks, preparing a romantic atmosphere in the room to welcome the bride. Let these soft, feminine, dreamy dresses below inspire your romantic senses.
Selecting your perfect wedding ring is an exciting and important decision after all, you want it to be something that reflects your personal style as well as your commitment as a married couple! Whether you gravitate toward jewelry that’s vintage-inspired, modern, classic or glam, custom designing your own unique ring is a fantastic way to ensure you get exactly what you want. And contrary to what you might think, if you work with the right artists, custom design doesn’t have to be complicated or overly expensive.
To show us exactly how that’s possible, the experts at Seattle’s Joseph Jewelry are letting us go behind-the-scenes of their design process and showing us all the fascinating steps along the way. If you live in the Seattle area, you can work with the Joseph Jewelry team in person, but if you don’t, you can just as easily design your dream wedding ring on their simple, user-friendly website. Check it out!
From the team at Joseph Jewelry :
Step 1 – Design Ideas: Whether you choose to design your piece online or in-person, youll first consult with a team of highly skilled artisans who are completely devoted to understanding your needs and preferences. To decide exactly what you want, youll see a variety of ring styles and precious metal qualities, and youll have the opportunity to decide what you like down to the tiniest detail, from shades and colors to artistic techniques and finishes. Once we get to know your unique style, our jewelers will then create sketches or computer-generated images to show you how your design might look.
Step 2 – Your Free Quote: Once your choice of design, gemstones and metal quality is determined we will be able to provide you with an estimate for the finished product. This is an easy and simple process, and if necessary, we are typically able to work within your budget by manipulating the grade of material.
Step 3 – 3D Modeling: Next, one of our talented artisans will begin creating a 3D model of your design. During this step, you are easily able to make any changes or modifications you like the only change that will affect your original price estimate is if you decide to add extra materials or gemstones. Rendered images of your 3D model can be emailed directly to you, posted to your online design account, or can be viewed in person by visiting the store. The computer-rendered images allow us to show you realistic views of your design as it will look when finished in the exact metal and gemstones you have chosen. This is an exciting step of the design process, where you will get to see a very real interpretation of your future wedding ring!
Step 4 – Wax Molds: Once you approve the 3D model, we will then use stereo lithography technology to “print” a full-size wax version of your design. This technology allows us to create the most intricate and complex details possible in the jewelry industry, within an accuracy of two hundredths of a millimeter. This means you can literally expect perfection from our workmanship!
The prototype is full-scale and will show you the exact detail and dimensions of your project. If you would like to see the wax prototype, you are welcome to stop by for viewing or we can mail it to you anywhere in the world. If, after viewing the prototype, you approve the final design, we are then ready to start the final design stage production!
Step 5 – Production: Our highly skilled jewelers each possess at least 15 years of experience and are masters at what they do. In this final custom design stage, they begin to actually create your ring. We use stock metal fabrication or metal casting – whichever will yield the finer quality to complement the complexity of your unique design.
If your design involves Stock Metal Fabrication We start by tracing your design on the stock metal of your choice. Then, we cut out the traced section and begin to shape or forge it according to your design. In some cases multiple pieces must be cut and shaped then soldered together. Other detail-oriented techniques like filigree, repoussé, inlay and more may be required in order to form your perfect finished product.
If your design is better suited for Metal Casting We use a state-of-the-art computerized casting machine that negatively vacuums all oxygen out of the casting chamber and replaces it with released argon gas to purify the environment for casting. This closed environment eliminates all porosity that would otherwise occur naturally due to oxidization. Porosity (tiny air bubbles in the metal) is a sign of an inferior casting and is normally seen on the surface of high-polished metal and will always occur during open-air casting. This is why our argon-gas vacuum chamber is so important.
This casting machine also allows us to pre-program the perfect temperature for any given metal to prevent the overheating of the metal we are casting. Because different metals become malleable at different temperatures it is important to be precise when heating. Too much heat could damage the metal, while too little could produce an incomplete result. Our computerized casting machine eliminates all of the guesswork that would otherwise occur when a jeweler is casting, creating a perfect casting of the chosen metal every time.
After we have cast your design our master jewelers will finish and polish your piece. Many styles of finishing can be applied to a piece of jewelry. The most common is a high-polish finish, but the options are endless (matte finish with various grades of texture, vintage hand-engraving, and so on).
Your diamonds and gemstones are set by our most experienced jewelers, resulting in a beautiful piece of heirloom-quality jewelry that youll enjoy for generations.
And voila! Your personal and one-of-a-kind ring is complete. Thank you for the behind the scenes look Joseph Jewelry team!
Readers, you can learn more about custom designing your own dream wedding ring on the Joseph Jewelry website !
This post is sponsored by Joseph Jewelry, and chosen for Junebug for it’s value to our readers – who doesn’t love to learn about jewelry and see behind-the-scenes?
The Couple: Scott & Mashayla
The Wedding: 5.11.12 – Casa Del Mar , Santa Monica, CA
What three adjectives best describe your wedding? Heartfelt, Romantic and Glamorous.
What was your wedding color palette? Blush, Peach, Pewter, Sepia, Ivory and White.
What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day? For the design concept, we were very inspired by the old-world glamour of the 1920s and 1930s. We loved the concept of incorporating vintage textures and patterns to bring the feeling of that old-world charm, and once my Claire Pettibone masterpiece of a dress was selected, the rest of the design really unfolded organically from there. Scotts family is bursting with music – his parents are both musicians, and their family runs one of the largest event planning, decor, and entertainment companies in California. They specialize in weddings, so we were able to infuse music into every inch of our wedding. We infused a bit of humor into our music selections as well (we did our grand entrance to Pusher Man by Curtis Mayfield, and Scott performed Aint No Fun by Snoop Dogg with the band for my bouquet toss).
Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding? Looking back, the best decision Scott and I made was to allow our bridal experts to be experts, and to guide us in the right direction. Trusting their creative vision alleviated unnecessary stress and gave Scott and I an opportunity to focus on other planning details. Our wedding day was absolutely breathtaking and incorporated every element of our personalities.
What piece of advice would you give to a bride planning her wedding today? The main advice I would give a bride planning her wedding today would be to keep it real, simple and personal. Do not let yourself become overwhelmed with perfecting every detail of your wedding day that you lose sight of what is important. Most of all, relax and enjoy yourself! Whatever will be, will be.
For even more from this wedding day, check out the incredible wedding film from Elysium Productions – it’s so full of emotion, I dare you to watch it and not to laugh and cry right along with the couple. It’s simply not possible!
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Next Exit Photography
Event Planning and Design: Bob Gail Special Events
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Casa Del Mar
Cinematography: Elysium Productions
Officiant: Reverend Bob Schneider
Invitation Designer: Copper Willow Press
Catering: Casa Del Mar
Flowers, Rentals & Lighting: Bob Gail Special Events
Wedding Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop
Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone
Bridal Accessories: Shoes – Badgley Mischka , Hair Piece & Veil – Claire Pettibone
Groom & Groomsmen’s Apparel & Accessories: Mens Wearhouse
Hair & Make-up: Tara Dowburd-Luftman, Make-Up Therapy
DJ: Bob Gail Special Events
Live Music: String Quartet and “Jump Start” by Bob Gail Special Events
Rings: Bea Millen
Thank you so much Mashayla and Scott! We’re honored to get to learn about your love story, and your day!
If you are looking for a way to brighten up your wedding decoration, consider adding pops of color with pom poms! Whether used as cake topper, hanging garlands, aisle decor, or place setting, they can really help change the atmosphere of your day. Check out these darling pom pom decoration ideas below!
If you are a fan of Marc Jacobs’ distinct aesthetic, there’s no doubt that you will love his designs for your little ones! Little Marc Jacobs ‘ 2013 lookbook is a great place to find adorable fashion inspiration for little fashionista! Here are some of our top picks from the collection, enjoy!
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Many say that nature itself is the best wedding decoration you could possibly get, and this was the feeling we had when we first saw Stephanie & Jeff’s wedding photos captured by talented photography duo Jakob and Cole of Nordica Photography .
Stephanie & Jeff’s wedding embraces the tradition of their families and the simple, natural feeling they love. The fact that Stephanie took her mother’s dress from 33 years ago and made it into her own melts our hearts! This intimate wedding is full of natural hues, laughter, and lots of love. Join us as we share Stephanie & Jeff’s wedding below with some beautiful memories captured by Nordica Photography.
Thoughts from the bride
Stephanie: Our wedding was a reflection of who Jeff and I are. We wanted something very simple – the venue was so beautiful we hardly needed anything! We laughed, a lot. The ceremony and reception were vey laid back. We had 95 guests, which felt very intimate to us. I was so happy to wear my Mom’s dress. We took it out of the box it had been in for 33 years and it was in perfect condition. I had Patty Nayel of Pure Magnolia take it completely apart and she created the inside of a dress to fit me and stitched 100% of my Mom’s on the outside. It was beautiful, she did an amazing job! When we started planning, the most important things to us, besides the guests, were the photography, the food, and the venue. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I could have it all in one place, but everything came together! The whole day was a dream.
Thoughts from the photographers
Nordica Photography: This wedding was exactly what we hope for with all weddings: Totally natural, at a beautiful location, with a couple who completely trusts us and our style. What we’ll remember about the wedding specifically is what an incredible group of people were there (from the family to the bridesmaids and groomsmen). There was a ton of emotion, and something seemed to be constantly happening throughout the day. Add on to that, the venue was incredible and it was a great experience.
About Nordica Photography
Our names are Cole and Jakob, and we started Nordica Photography together in 2009. We are based out of Stockholm, Sweden and Vancouver, Canada, and we primarily photograph destination weddings. You can learn more about our style and approach here .
The Photographers’ Information
Nordica Photography Website | Facebook Page | E-mail
Other Vendor Information
Venue: God’s Mountain Estate
Bridal dress alterations: Pure Magnolia
Jewelry: Club Monaco
Bridal Shoes: Ramon Tenza
Hair: Melissa Dacre
Makeup: Melissa Craven
The groom’s pants and shirt: Neighbour in Gastown
Groom’s shoes: Regal for nonnative
Tables / Chairs / Etc: Westminster Party Rentals
Catering: Joy Road Catering
Tessa Kim is proud to present her 2013 accessory and veil collection as well as her new intimates collection! Each collection includes hand-made detailing and intricate design for a year in the making. From sophisticated beading to flirty feathers, each look is absolutely charming — and handmade. Join us as we share Tessa Kim’s beautiful 2013 designs, along with some tips and thoughts she offers to brides-to-be!
About Tessa Kim
Tessa first started to create handmade bridal accessories and veils during her own August 2009 wedding. Inherently artistic combined with a strong background in hairstyle and design, Tessa launched her own line of vintage-inspired veils to fit the modern day bride’s ensemble. Tessa has gained much recognition from customers and tabloids alike, applauding her visionary style and exemplar hand painting and petal forming.
Thoughts and inspiration behind Tessa Kim’s latest designs
The accessory and veil collection pairs vintage aspects with modern individuality to truly create timeless products. Each accessory incorporates different textured elements, metallic tones, and special heirlooms to guarantee each piece exudes uniqueness as one of a kind.
Subtle colors for both brides’ and bridesmaids’ sashes and garters compliment the headpieces, allowing effortless formation of the perfect ensemble.
The new intimates collection features soft, silky pre-wedding and everyday lounge wear. This stylish line will ensure anticipation for the wedding night with delicate high-end Venice lace, silky fabrics, and soft cotton voile. The intimates collection, vintage inspired with a modern twist features floral prints and soft blush tones to fit each and every bride’s unique style.
Tessa Kim’s tips to help brides find the right accessories
There are many things to keep in mind when choosing your accessories. Most of all we recommend keeping your dress in mind. Make sure to pay attention to details, the shape and size and coloring of your attire. Another aspect to keep in mind is your hair style as well as your face shape. Make sure the accessory compliments you. For example, if you are petite you should stay away from statement pieces and opt for a smaller accessory. Over all, just make sure you find an accessory that you love and you feel most beautiful in.
Where to buy?
Online and in store. Our online store ships world wide although we do sell locally as well.
Tessa Kim website | Store locations | Online store | Facebook page