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Carly and Dave’s first date was a bust—Dave got sick and his car was towed—but it was meant to be and, for better or worse, they’ve been together ever since! The couple tied the knot in a modern celebration at La Quinta Country Club in Palm Springs. HoneyFitz Events planned the day filled with tropical and luscious greens by Little Hill Floral Design that reminded the couple of their favorite vacation spots. An understated color palette highlights all the stand-out details like the graphic acrylic seating chart affixed to a topiary wall and white blooms dancing around the custom neon signage. We love the bold, happy vibes and lucky for us Michelle Kyle Photography  was on hand to capture it all!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Having all of  their closest family and friends together to celebrate with them!

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

Carly’s Wedding Gown is Pronovias and was purchased at The White Dress in Newport Beach. She was immediately drawn to the unique lace and illusion panels on the side.

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Touches of tropical and luscious greens reminded them of their favorite vacation spots — including Palm Springs. The Chuppah Canopy was hand-sewn by the groom’s mom. Carly’s wedding gown had lace from her mom’s wedding gown sewn on the inside.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Stomping on the glass and making it official!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Carly and Dave met at a bar — Palihouse in West Hollywood, CA. After having one of the worst first dinner dates — Dave got sick and his car was towed — they have been together ever since!

Planner: HoneyFitz Events // Photographer: Michelle Kyle Photography // Florist: Little Hill Floral Design // Signage & Paper Goods: Simply Stated Stationery // Ceremony & Reception Venue:  La Quinta Country Club // Wedding Gown: Pronovias from The White Dress in Newport Beach // First Look/Hotel Block: La Quinta Resort and Spa // Entertainment: Dart Collective // Rentals: Signature Party Rentals // Makeup: Make-up by Hailey // Videography: Viken Photography

 

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Planning an entertainment-filled wedding? Lucky you! Check out these insider hacks from our friends at Alive Network for getting the best on your big day: 

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Go with your heart

Your wedding entertainment should celebrate the things you both love in life, reflecting your style, personalities, tastes and experiences together, setting the tone for your day. You could choose a string quartet that perform a track from your favourite film, or a band that remind you of your first gig together.

Venue logistics

Once you’ve decided on your entertainment, check logistics with your venue. Consider the size, lineup, and volume of the band, for example. Some venues have curfews and sound restrictions, which they should make you aware of so you can plan your celebrations.

Early bird…

Book your artist early to avoid disappointment. Many live bands are booked 18-months to 2 years in advance, so get in quick to guarantee your dream day.

Added options

To get the most from your artist, check whether they offer additional extras, like daytime sets, free DJ sets between their evening party performances, or whether they’ll learn a new song specially for your spine-tingling first dance. 

Your wedding will be filled with moments you’ll cherish forever! What are some of your best tips and tricks? Let us know below!

Photography Credit // Andrew Billington

Engagement rings are a big ticket item. For most people, engagement rings are one of the biggest purchases they’ll ever make. And it’s easy to see why people are ready to drop a lot of cash on their ring— after all, engagement rings are meant to symbolize everlasting love and people want the quality of their ring to reflect that. Plus, diamonds appreciate over time, so engagement rings are also an investment purchase that people want to get right. 

So, what exactly are people spending on engagement rings? Across the US, the average amount spent on an engagement ring is $6,351. Though, the amount spent per state ranges from $3,518 to $10,241, with the lowest average coming from Utah and the priciest coming from California. 

While it’s good to consider how much people are spending on their engagement rings, it’s also important to remember that your budget doesn’t have to hit that average number. Every person’s unique situation is different— the most important thing about your engagement ring budget is that it’s comfortable for you. No one wants to start a marriage with strained finances or debt. 

So, how do you buy the perfect engagement ring when you’re working within a budget? We partnered with Fancy Lab to answer that question! The first thing you should do is make sure you know exactly what your budget is. Some people have a range they look within and some people just set a hard upper limit. To figure out your budget, just take an honest look at your finances and think about what you’d be completely comfortable spending.

Once you know your budget, it’s time to start shopping around. If you’ve never bought an engagement ring before, you might not know that engagement ring settings are usually sold separately from the engagement ring’s center stone (which is, traditionally, a diamond). So, keep that in mind while you’re shopping. 

If you’re shopping online, most retailers have handy filters that will allow you to only look at settings or diamonds within certain price ranges. But one online retailer, the luxury jeweler RockHer has taken diamond “filtering” up a notch with their online diamond concierge, ROSI. 

ROSI, a combination of algorithm and AI (powered by IBM’s Watson!), was designed by the team at RockHer to help make what used to be a very difficult shopping decision very simple. Essentially, ROSI works by getting a few pieces of information from whoever’s using her, then sorting through thousands of diamonds and showing the user only the very best ones within their criteria. So, in a nutshell, ROSI helps you find the best diamond within your budget, taking all the confusion and work out of the diamond shopping process. Plus, she does it faster than even an expert gemologist could.

And RockHer is a full stop shop— you can use ROSI to find your ideal diamond and then pair that diamond with your ideal setting right away (or vice versa). They have every imaginable setting style, from intricate vintage settings to sleek modern rings. 

So, the answer to the question of “how to buy the perfect engagement ring without breaking the bank?” Figure out your budget then use ROSI, an AI advanced digital diamond gemologist, to help you sort through the rubble and find your perfect ring. 

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the year. (Unless you’re also getting married this year, of course!) Valentine’s Day is a day when love is in the air. It’s the perfect day to spend special quality time with your partner, deepening your bond and falling even more in love. 

While spending time with your Valentine is a major part of this special day, there’s another big tradition to take into account: the gift exchange. Choosing just the right gift for your sweetheart can be tricky. You want to get them something truly special, something that shows them just how much they mean to you. That’s a big part of why so many people opt to give fine jewelry on Valentine’s Day. It’s beautiful, special, and timeless— just like your love for each other. 

If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day gift that’s as thoughtful as it is beautiful, you’re in the right spot. We partnered with Fancy Lab for a fab list of top Valentine’s Day fine jewelry gifts. Read on!

Love Ring 

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Why not spell out your devotion this year with this modern, beautiful rose gold and diamond “LOVE” ring? 

Ruby and Diamond Halo Studs

Rubies: they’re the stone of romance and passion. Give a timeless (and stunning) token of your love with these ruby and white diamond halo studs by Studio 247 Fine Jewelry

Diamond Chain Necklace 

Keep it simple and beautiful by giving this ultra-wearable (but still gorgeous!) 14k gold and white diamond cable chain necklace by Gnat Jewelers

Asscher Cut Diamond Earrings

These earrings have all the appeal of the classic diamond stud with a retro twist: their angular, art deco asscher cut. 

Diamond Infinity Bangle 

This adorable bangle is as beautiful as it is sentimental. The infinity emblem on this piece, shimmering with radiant white diamonds, is a symbol of your infinite love for the recipient. 

Diamond Halo Pendant

Is there a better gift than a classic diamond pendant? It’s wearable, gorgeous, and timeless. This stunning diamond staple is by Bay Diamond Importers

Bar and Chain Bracelet

This delicate bracelet is simple yet oh so beautiful. This on-trend, elegant piece is perfect worn on its own or as part of a fun bracelet stack. 

Tourmaline and Diamond Ring 

This romantic pink tourmaline and diamond cocktail ring is the perfect gift for the glamorous lady in your life. 

Rose Gold Tennis Bracelet 

The infinitely covetable tennis bracelet design gets a modern, on-trend update in this bracelet, which features a rose gold setting and a stunning star-shaped clasp by Stein Diamonds

Diamond Baguette Necklace 

Want to give a gift with a real “wow” factor? Choose this incredibly elegant, dazzlingly beautiful 18k white gold and diamond baguette necklace by Valla Jewelry. 

The inspiration for this gorgeous shoot came originally from the Anna Marguerite Couture headpieces which felt “Greek-esque” in their design. The team wanted to expand on the theme by bringing in a beautiful and majestic white horse, incorporating the Greek goddess Epona known as protector of horses. The collaboration of this team including the stunning florals by Holly Viles Design and planning by Olive & Nine, they bring just the right element to help create the romantic vibe to this shoot. And lucky for us Lauren Brandon Photography was there to skillfully capture every perfect moment.

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This shoot was inspired originally by the beautiful Anna Marguerite headpieces in a dainty entwined olive branch pattern. We felt like these looked a bit “greek-esque” and wanted to expand on this theme. Epona is the Greek goddess and protector of horses, renowned for her fertility and sensuality. She rides a white mare as Epona is known as the “Great Mare” and is adorned in crowns and roses. So we wanted to incorporate touches of Greek elements you can see in the blue ribbons, the stone vessel, the white horse, roses and olive branch headpieces. And we just went from there, with a beautiful garden elopement fit for a goddess.

The subtle themes of Greek culture are entwined with a beautiful mix of light and lux elements. The couple is a real couple and is so in love, it was difficult to get them to look away from each other between shots! They met and fell in love from opposite sides of the county and were inseparable immediately.

Lastly, the horse used in this shoot is from the sweetest older couple who are known for breeding beautiful Arabian horses here in Texas. This is their oldest mare, and their first baby on the farm. They were hoping that she would produce a line of horses with her beautiful white color, however, after 20 years, she never had a white foal, making her the one and only. The only white horse is actually the “Great Mare” that is Epona’s namesake.

Styled Shoot at The Grove from Brad & Monica on Vimeo.

Photographer: Lauren Brandon Photography// Planning: Olive & Nine // Florist: Holly Viles Design // Calligrapher: Pretty Post Calligraphy // Venue: The Grove // Videography: Brad & Monica Wedding Films // Bridal Dress Designer: Made With Love // Dress provided by A&be Bridal // Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu // Hair & Make-Up: Adrienne Redman and Margot // Ring Designer: Majabond // Headpieces: Anna Marguerite Couture // Bakery: Butterfly Cake Factory // Popsicles: (cocktails) Steel City Pops // Rentals: Coral Lane // Tableware: Pretty Little Plates // Linens: ChrysQ // Film Development: The Goodman Film Lab