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Fine art inspired the stunning details of this Fall inspiration shoot at Charleston’s Society HallSmells Like Peonies Events led the team in creating the the romantic, autumnal vibes from the dusty peach and yellow florals by Wildflowersinc, to the expressive calligraphy by Nikki Daskalakis to the subtle gilded details on the cake by Sugar Magnolia Cake Boutique. A gown by  Carol Hannah Poplar adds just the right amount of architectural interest and the dreamy pictures captured byAva Moore Photography tie it all together.

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Photography: Ava Moore Photography // Planning: Smells Like Peonies Events // Flowers: Wildflowersinc // Calligraphy: Nikki Daskalakis // Venue: Society Hall // Videography: Epic Charleston // Gown: Carol Hannah Poplar // Hair & Makeup: Ashley Fisher // Dress Boutique: Southern Protocol // Cake: Sugar Magnolia Cake Boutique // Models: Sam and Maddy // Shoes: BHLDN // Styling Surface: Locust Collection // Rentals flatware glassware: Ooh! Events // Table runner: Nuage Designs // Ring: Susie Saltzman // Bridal accessories: Emma Katzka // Transportation: Palmetto Carriage Company

 

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They had us at “mermaid.” Creative directors Olea & Fig Studio describe their inspiration as “seaside mermaid at the beautiful, serene and untamed Ocean Beach in San Francisco” and we’re enthralled.  The team implemented a color palette composed of a range of soft, rustic hues with a rich and mystic accent of blue, embodying the elegance and fantasy of the deep sea. Organic textures and elemants in the tablescape, unruly florals by Delphinium Floral Design, watercolor spills on the stationery by Refine Studio and flowing gracefulness in the bridal styling all add the romantic tale of the sea. Janine Licare Photography  was enlisted to capture the modern mermaid and her whimsical fete and produced these dreamy images.

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Photographer: Janine Licare Photography // Creative Direction: Olea & Fig Studio // Floral: Delphinium Floral Design // Stationery: Refine Studio // Venue: Ocean Beach & Sutro Baths // Wedding Gown: WildBride // Skirt: Asos // Makeup & Hair: Urban Beauty Loft by Fiona // Cake: Butter& // Rentals: Chairs & Cups // Jewelry: Mikimoto Pearl Jewelry // Model: Scout Agency / Charlotte Bell

 

Who else is ready for proposal season to heat up? It seems like as soon as the temperatures dip, and the closer we get to the holiday season, the more we see new shiny rings on fingers! And with so many options out there today for rings, we thought we would partner with Clean Origin to navigate the decision making process. 

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How to navigate the 4 c’s

You’ve likely heard of the four things to look for when you’re searching for a diamond — cut, clarity, color and carat. But what exactly do all of those mean? And why are they so important to your diamond?

Cut
It’s common for people to mix up cut with the shape of the diamond. However, the cut is actually a grade of how well the diamond interacts with light, and how well the jeweler plans, maps and hand cuts the facets on each individual diamond. It’s no surprise that we all want our diamonds to shine, and how well your diamond is cut will ultimately be the deciding factor in how much sparkle you get. The cut of your diamond will be: Good, Very Good, Excellent, Ideal, or unavailable. Obviously, the better the adjective, the better the diamond cut. It’s also common that your diamond might not possess a cut at all. For some fancy-shaped diamonds, such as cushion, there is no cut grade. This is simply because there is not a grading system in place to measure the light return. If you’re interested in one of these shapes, simply talk with your jeweler about what else to look for during the purchasing process — often you’ll be looking for specific qualities in specific cuts. 

Clarity
The clarity of a diamond is a bit more self explanatory. Due to the high amounts of pressure that’s used to create a diamond — either in the earth’s surface or in a lab — it’s common for these jewels to include internal characteristics called ‘inclusions’ or external characteristics called ‘blemishes’. Naturally, the fewer characteristics that the diamond has, the more expensive it becomes. When you’re searching for your diamond, the clarity will includes one or two letters and a number — SI2 for example is the lowest you would want to go on the scale if you do not want to see any visible imperfections.

Color
Although a pink diamond might be turning in your head right now, when you hear about color in diamonds, it’s actually referring to the absence of color. The color of a diamond is graded on an alphabetical scale, starting at D and ranging all the way down to Z with D being a colorless diamond and Z being yellow. Most of the time, you’ll want to look for a diamond that is higher up on the alphabet — yellow in a diamond can actually leech the sunlight and minimize sparkle. It’s important to note that the differences from one letter to another are often minute — go with your eye, your gut and a trust jeweler. 

Carat
Finally, you’ll have to choose what carat size you want. Carat refers to the actual weight of the diamond. As you probably already know, size is a huge contributor to the price of the stone. It’s extremely important to understand some of the terminology around carat. For example, if you see “tw”, that means “total weight”. Unless marked otherwise, this could be the total of the center stone and the accent diamonds together. If you want a center stone alone that weighs a certain amount, make sure you specify! However, some small differences in carat size can be almost absent to the naked eye, but can cause a dramatic price jump. Make sure your jeweler knows your budget and is getting you the best bang for your buck in that range.

We know, we know, your head is starting to turn with all of these numbers and letters. But don’t worry, your jeweler should be able to help you with all 4 C’s, but it’s important to be educated so that no one tries to rip you off. And, always remember, this is your decision! Sometimes choosing one ‘C’ over another might be the right choice for your style or budget.  

Diamond choices
It used to be that you had very little say in where your diamond was sourced. In fact, if you walk into the average jeweler, it’s unlikely that they will be able to tell you where your diamond came from. With lab-grown diamonds, this is no longer the case. Lab-created diamonds, like the ones from Clean Origin, give you an ethical, environmentally friendly and less expensive option for diamonds. 

Not only does Clean Origins offer engagement rings, but you can also find loose diamonds, wedding bands, wedding sets, beautiful earrings and also bracelets! With over 100 ring styles available, free shipping, free resizing, a 100-day return policy, and a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty – using them is a no-brainer!

Ethically sourced, environmentally friendly diamonds may be their product, but their business is making sure that the individuals purchasing and receiving those diamonds are 100% satisfied. No matter how small the detail or how many questions you have, they’ll be there to help you throughout this important decision. 

Welcoming, sensual, minimal, organic, and artisanal are the words Alexandra McNamara found inspiration in for this modern, blush editorial. Sourcing maker quality items from the likes of Notary CeramicsLeanne Marshall and  Silk and Willow was key to the overall mood. Hunt and Gather  created florals with a unique mix of warm and neutral tones and foraged foliage, in line with the organic and natural story of the shoot. While warm candlelight and stationery on handmade cotton paper by Paula Lee Calligraphy provided the finishing touches and Christine Lim was behind the lens capturing all the details in these lovely film images.

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Photography: Christine Lim // Design and creative direction: Alexandra McNamara // Flowers: Hunt and Gather // Stationery: Paula Lee Calligraphy // Dress: Sash and Bustle // Dress 1: Saja Wedding // Dress 2 Skirt: Theia Couture / Top: Leanne Marshall // Hair and Makeup: Amy Beth // Chargers: Plate Occasions // Ceramics: Notary Ceramics // Table linen: Linen Closet // Napkins: Silk and Willow // Chairs: Contemporary Furniture Rentals // Earrings: The Loved One // Ring: On The Other Hand // Model: Anya from Ciotti Models

 

The blue watercolor walls of the Ampersea, a waterfront venue in Baltimore, inspired the modern, textural vibes of this inspiration shoot planned and style by Moore & Co. Events. Organic, gathered florals and ceremony arrangements by Steelcut Flower Company add soft texture to the contemporary elements in white, grey and black accents.  Cheer Up Letterpress created the clean, letterpress stationery and the sleek tailoring of the Modern Trousseau gown feels totally fresh. Jen S Photography was behind the lens capturing all the details and we’re exited to share the images with you today!

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Photography: Jen S Photography // Planning & Styling: Moore & Co. Events // Floral Design: Steelcut Flower Company // Stationery: Cheer Up Letterpress // Venue: Ampersea // Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau  // Cake: The Cake Studio Baltimore // Table Setting: Select Event Group // Linens: Lovely Home Idea // Tuxedo & Shoes: K & B Bridals // Hair & Makeup: Susan Lim Makeup Artist // Models: Ciara Dubbe & Blake Chidester // Jewelry: Faye Daniel Designs // Rings: Saxon’s Diamond Centers