I want to become a society lady Rockin' a new rock?!

As couples become more and more aware of the impact their choices have on a global scale, we’ve begun to see a trend toward hand selecting jewelry designers based on their ethical standards for harvesting and manufacturing. Today, we wanted to highlight three designers that we think are answering that call in a profound way–each with a unique approach to making a difference in their industry.

First up, is Uneek, who produces incredibly…you guessed it…unique rings. But in addition to that, each piece is produced in the United States at a warehouse in Downtown Los Angeles, which bolsters the locally economy by producing jobs and generating tax revenue. By manufacturing rings locally Uneek chooses to invest in a sustainable future for the local economy rather than outsourcing their labor to a developing country in order to cut production cost. We love this just about as much as we love their rings and especially the new Silhouette Collection, with gorgeous curvy designs.

Wedding Blog Ethical Jewelry
Click to expand for more

Wedding Blog Ethical Jewelry

Wedding Blog Ethical Jewelry


Natalie K is a jewelry designer focused on the global impact of harvesting their diamonds. The Natalie K’s Forevermark Collection carries a promise that each diamond has been harvested in a responsible and sustainable fashion from the earth and the proceeds from the sale of the diamonds end up helping the community where the diamond mine is located and not funding any para-military rebel groups.

Wedding Blog Ethical Jewelry

Wedding Blog Ethical Jewelry

 

Wedding Blog Ethical Jewelry

Danhov is an award winning designer of handmade engagement rings with a focus on the nature of their production process. Each piece is assembled completely by hand while avoiding many of the harsh chemicals and large machinery commonly employed in jewelry manufacturing today. This eco-friendly approach to sustainable jewelry manufacturing is becoming an increasingly popular trend as many potential engagement ring buyers are gaining an increased awareness of their own ecological impact. You can read more about Danhov’s story here and check out some of our favorites from their collection below

Wedding Blog Ethical Jewelry

Wedding Blog Ethical Jewelry

Wedding Blog Ethical Jewelry

We like
our sponsors

We think you will too.

BLOGSTRESS_SIZED

We are very pleased to introduce to you one of the newest members of our Grey Collective, DarkerShadesofBrown Photography. Their work, which has it roots in street photography in NYC, is reflective of their photojournalistic style with an emphasis on connecting with clients.

DarkerShadesofBrown Photography believes good photography comes from having a good relationship with their clients. “Our job,” says principal photographer Daniel Lanton, “is to create an environment where people can just be themselves so that the photographs happen naturally.” Yes! We couldn’t agree more!

Today we are featuring Sarah and Mike’s fall wedding for you, but to see more of Daniel’s work, check out his site, as well as Christine and Brett’s wedding, and Sarah and Rich’s wedding. While this fab crew is based on Scranton, Pennsylvania, they are crazy travel nuts and book mostly destination weddings! So be sure to check them out!

Wedding Blog DarkerShadesofBrown Photography
Click to expand for more

Wedding Blog DarkerShadesofBrown Photography

Wedding Blog DarkerShadesofBrown Photography

Wedding Blog DarkerShadesofBrown Photography

Wedding Blog DarkerShadesofBrown Photography

Wedding Blog DarkerShadesofBrown Photography

Wedding Blog DarkerShadesofBrown Photography

Wedding Blog DarkerShadesofBrown Photography

Wedding Blog DarkerShadesofBrown Photography

Wedding Blog DarkerShadesofBrown Photography

Wedding Blog DarkerShadesofBrown Photography

Wedding Blog DarkerShadesofBrown Photography

Wedding Blog DarkerShadesofBrown Photography

Wedding Blog DarkerShadesofBrown Photography

Wedding Blog DarkerShadesofBrown Photography

Orchard Keepers is a new venue that opened it’s farmhouse doors late last year and was spotted by The Venue Report who finds new and unique celebration locations for weddings, elopements, dinner parties, group getaways and more. The clean countryside backdrop includes an ambiance composed of elements like the thriving garden, farm fresh eggs, trees and vineyards (and with 102 wineries in the area, there is no shortage of vino!). You can host up to 55 guests for an event, and sleep up to ten guests across the property, with buildings dating back to the late 1890′s, which all have been lovingly restored to provide “rustic luxury” accommodations with impeccable decor including a vintage French dining table, with chalk white walls, lime wash floors, organic French linen, feather pillows, and treasured objects. Located a mere 50 minutes away from Melbourne in the Australian countryside, Orchard Keepers is the perfect mix of antiques and layer upon layer of fresh white paint. Are you ready to see the full rundown of this gorgeous new venue???

Wedding Blog Orchard Keepers
Click to expand for more

Wedding Blog Orchard Keepers

Wedding Blog Orchard Keepers

 

Wedding Blog Orchard Keepers

Wedding Blog Orchard Keepers

Wedding Blog Orchard Keepers

Wedding Blog Orchard Keepers

Wedding Blog Orchard Keepers

Wedding Blog Orchard Keepers

Wedding Blog Orchard Keepers

Wedding Blog Orchard Keepers

Wedding Blog Orchard Keepers

Wedding Blog Orchard Keepers

Wedding Blog Orchard Keepers

We are super excited to announce an incredible opportunity for those of you who are strong contributors to your community and planning a wedding over the course of the next year. 16 Weddings, 16 Islands, One Priceless Day is a competition to present 16 deserving couples an all-expense paid dream wedding!!! The event is an effort to celebrate and reward those couples that volunteer their time and give services to support their community along with couples that are currently or are ex-active military personnel.

Wedding Blog Bahamas

16 Weddings, 16 Islands, One Priceless Day will take place on the 15th of January 2015.  With all expenses paid travel and stay in The Bahamas; these lucky couples dream weddings will also include the wedding rings, wedding gowns, tuxedos, wedding ceremony, wedding cake and reception.  For all participating couples, it will truly be an unforgettable event – one that will encourage them to continue the charitable work and sacrifice they have so selflessly been offering.

Sixteen beautiful islands await these lucky couples.  The weddings will take place on the majestic islands of Acklins & Crooked Island, The Abacos, Andros, The Berry Islands, Bimini, Cat Island, Eleuthera & Harbour Island, The Exumas, Grand Bahama Island, Inagua, Long Island, Mayaguana, Nassau Paradise Island, Ragged Island, Rum Cay Island, and San Salvador.

Enter to win at Bahamas16islandsweddings.com.  #BahamasWeddings

The 16 islands represent a diverse collection of destinations with distinct characters, flavors and attributes. Not only will these islands provide excellent hosts and backdrop for sixteen unique weddings, they will also show the world that The Bahamas is more than just beautiful beaches and inspire consumers to consider one of the sixteen islands wedding options. The giveaway also recognizes those among us that have served in their community or served their country and are therefore most deserving of an all-expense paid wedding!

The Islands of the Bahamas also launched a new romance trip planning wizard  called Trip Tuner on bahamas16islandsweddings.com to enhance a couples initial research and wedding planning experience. For more personal contact The Bahamas Wedding Desk at 888NUPTIALS is available to provide guidance and answer questions.

 
Post Sponsored by Bahamas, all opinions are bloggers own.


If you haven’t already checked out part one of our feature about “How to Style Your Getting Ready Photos” you absolutely must. This afternoon, we’re onto part two, a little bonus round, if you will, thanks to Ashley Lindzon Events and Brietakespictures of Mango Studios.

Wedding Blog How to Style Your Getting Ready Photos (Part Deux!)
Click to expand for more

1. Shoes!!! It’s unlikely you’re willing to confess how many shopping hours and dollars you spent on those shoes. So make sure your photographer nabs the perfect shot!

Wedding Blog How to Style Your Getting Ready Photos (Part Deux!)

2. Never in your life will it ever again make sense to wear a veil, so be sure to include this beautiful once-in-a-lifetime accessory in your images. It’s always so beautiful to pair with your lingerie!

Wedding Blog How to Style Your Getting Ready Photos (Part Deux!)

See we told you! Just like these images, part one featured love letters and desserts…two of our favorite “Getting Ready” details!

Wedding Blog How to Style Your Getting Ready Photos (Part Deux!)

3. Include a few classy lingerie shots that you wouldn’t be embarrassed to show grandma!

Wedding Blog How to Style Your Getting Ready Photos (Part Deux!)

4. The half dressed shot is always so classic and downright lovely.

Wedding Blog How to Style Your Getting Ready Photos (Part Deux!)

5. Flowers, flowers, more flowers. Le sigh.

Wedding Blog How to Style Your Getting Ready Photos (Part Deux!)

Wedding Blog How to Style Your Getting Ready Photos (Part Deux!)

Styling and Coordination: Ashley Lindzon Events // Photographer: Brietakespictures of Mango Studios // Florist: Blush and Bloom // Lingerie: Fortnight // Wedding Dress and Lace Kimono: Lowon Pope // Venue and Catering: The Drake Hotel // Hair and Make-up: Ashley Readings Hair and Make-up // Sweets: Nadia & Co. // Rentals: Happily Ever After Events // Model: Blythe Stark