All of those candy colored ring boxes from The Mrs. Box had me dreaming of candy colored engagement rings – vintage of course! So I’ve rounded up some of the yummiest vintage engagement rings I could find…

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Purple, Red, Yellow Stones
1. “Aliya” Smoky Quartz Ring from Brilliant Earth / 2. Art Decor Purple Sapphire Ring via 1stdibs / 3. Victorian Purple Spinel Ring via 1stdibs / 4. Art Deco Amethyst and Pearl Ring via 1stdibs / 5. Fancy Brown Diamond Ring via 1stdibs / 6. “Auden” Red Garnet Ring from Brilliant Earth / 7. “Kanya” 3-stone Amethyst Ring from Brilliant Earth / 8. Edwardian Diamond and Citrine via 1stdibs / 9. “Isaura” Citrine Ring from Brilliant Earth / 10. “Sissela” Amethyst Ring from Brilliant Earth

Green Stones
11. European-Cut Diamond and Emerald Engagement Ring via 1stdibs / 12. Black Starr & Frost Edwardian Emerald and Diamond Ring via 1stdibs / 13. “Forest” Green Tourmaline Ring from Brilliant Earth / 14. Art Deco Emerald and Step Cut Diamond Ring via 1stdibs / 15. Edwardian Emerald and Diamond Platinum Ring via 1stdibs / 16. “Montrose” Victorian Emerald Ring from Trumpet & Horn / 17. “Rolling Hills” Art Deco Diamond and Emerald Ring from Trumpet & Horn / 18. “Weatherford” Art Deco Diamond Ring with Emerald Accents from Trumpet & Horn

Blue Stones
19. Art Deco Style Diamond and Sapphire Ring via 1stdibs / 20. “Vanderbilt” Edwardian Diamond and Sapphire Ring from Trumpet & Horn / 21. “Manica” 3-stone Sapphire and Diamond Ring from Brilliant Earth / 22. Edwardian 3-Stone Sapphire and Diamond Ring via 1stdibs / 23. Edwardian Violet Blue Sapphire Ring via 1stdibs / 24. Art Deco Sapphire and Diamond Ring via 1stdibs / 25. “Essex” Victorian Sapphire Ring from Trumpet & Horn / 26. Antique Russian Sapphire Engagement Ring via 1stdibs / 27. Edwardian Sapphire and Diamond Flower Ring via 1stdibs / 28. Edwardian Sapphire and Diamond Ring via 1stdibs / 29. “Landry” Sapphire Rose Gold Ring from Brilliant Earth / 30. Old Mine Cut Diamond and Sapphire Ring via 1stdibs / 31. 1920s Calibre-Cut Sapphire and Diamond Ring via 1stdibs / 32. “Winterhaven” Edwardian Sapphire and Diamond Ring from Trumpet & Horn

White Stones
33. “Wetherby” Art Deco Diamond Ring from Trumpet & Horn / 34. “Alpine” Filigree Diamond Ring from Brilliant Earth / 35. Antique Tiffany & Co. Pearl and Diamond Cluster Ring via 1stdibs / 36. “Wheaton” Edwardian 3-stone Diamond Ring from Trumpet & Horn / 37. “Greylands” Retro Diamond Solitaire Ring from Trumpet &  Horn / 38. Art Deco Diamond Engagement Ring via 1stdibs / 39. Victorian Old Mine Cut Diamond Cluster Ring from Bell and Bird / 40. Late Victorian Gold 3-Stone Diamond Ring via 1stdibs / 41. Edwardian 3-stone Diamond Ring via 1stdibs / 42. Vintage Moonstone Diamond Cluster Ring from Doyle & Doyle

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When we started asking brides and grooms for more information about their weddings, with the hope of offering even more inspiration to our dear readers, I was a little afraid that no one would want to take the time to share so much! I have been pleasantly surprised by all of the amazing stories we’ve received, like this thoughtful wedding from Maura and Aidan. Not only did they share tons of information about their planning and the day, they also shared their full budget breakdown and wedding ceremony! Get ready to be inspired to create a beautiful, meaningful wedding day…

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The Venue

“We wanted to get married in Western Massachusetts, where Aidan grew up. We also were interested in having a barn wedding on a farm with historic, beautiful buildings. We also liked the idea of having multiple locations all within one venue, such as the apple orchard, farmhouse, barn, and patio. We knew that we wanted a very big wedding and it was difficult to find a farm with all of these elements. Quonquont Farm had all of the things we were looking for, and as soon as we saw it we knew we wanted to get married there.”

 

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The Ceremony

“We wanted to incorporate some of the wonderful traditions of a Jewish wedding ceremony,” share Maura and Aidan. “We had a lovely and intimate Ketubah (Jewish marriage contract) signing in the farmhouse with a small circle of close friends and family who surrounded us as we signed the document that formally married us according to Jewish law. Our officiant, Ben, in his wonderful way said to the folks in the room, ‘Shh, don’t tell the others but this is the real wedding!’ It was incredibly special and emotional for all of us, especially since the words on the Ketubah were so wonderful.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Personal, Emotional, Hand-crafted.

How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  Maura’s cousin, Ben, officiated our wedding, and we worked with him to craft a ceremony that felt meaningful to us. Ben is insightful and compassionate while maintaining levity and humor, and he has a unique way of connecting people and bringing them together. We knew he would be wonderful to work with. We also worked with a local rabbi in Boston who helped advise us on our wedding and preparing for marriage. It felt important to bring in traditional Jewish wedding elements, while honoring people in both of our families and connecting with each other.  Our ceremony involved several objects of significance to both of us, including a chuppah that was handmade by Aidan’s mother, a tallis that was given to Aidan on the day he converted to Judaism, a prayer book that was handed down from Maura’s relatives, and a kiddush cup that Maura and Aidan purchased together.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Surprisingly being indoors at the last minute wound up being so wonderful. The day was muggy and buggy and threatening to storm, and the barn was beautiful – and air-conditioned. Beyond the sheer comfort of this last-minute decision, the barn had been completely set up for just the dinner reception, not for a seated ceremony. Orchestrated by our amazing day-of coordinator, Jen, and venue manager, Jenelle, all of the guests chipped in to move the room around to fill the space with seating. By the time we walked down the aisle, less than 30 minutes later, the room was filled with this wonderful energy and feeling of real community. There was a point in the ceremony, just after our vows, where we turned to face our guests for them to affirm our commitment to one another and their commitment to stand by us to support our marriage. Looking through the room at this wonderful array of our community of friends and family was simply perfection.

 

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Ceremony music:
Processional: “Kneel Before Him” by Chris Thile
Recessional: All I Want Is You” by Barry Louis Polisar

What were your ceremony readings?  No readings, but we revamped the seven blessings tradition. Each prayer was recited in Hebrew by our officiant, and then a close friend or family member shared a blessing in English that they had written for us, wishing us a marriage filled with: Stewardship, Balance, Partnership, Nourishment, Friendship, Adventure, and Learning. We hadn’t heard the words that people had written before they were said aloud during the ceremony and it was an incredibly touching and intimate experience.

What were your vows like?  We each wrote our own vows. There was no real formula except that we began by affirming our love for one another. We didn’t rehearse them, so we heard each others’ words for the first time under the chuppah.

READ MAURA AND AIDAN’S FULL WEDDING CEREMONY RIGHT HERE.

 

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Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  There’s a wonderful Jewish wedding custom that right after the ceremony, the couple sneaks off to enjoy their first moments of marriage privately by sharing a small meal. Having the wonderful interlude in the midst of the hubbub of this crazy-amazing day was an incredible treat. We shared some delicious snacks and popped open a bottle of champagne to celebrate during our private little picnic in the middle of the orchard. It was really magical to spend a few quiet moments just the two of us.

 

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The Reception

“We thought a lot about just how special it is to have all of the important people in each of our lives together to witness and celebrate our commitment to one another. We really wanted it to feel like a celebration of love and of our communities coming together. We’re lucky to have so many incredibly talented people among our friends and family so we didn’t have to look far to accomplish a ‘do-it-OURselves’ wedding – a far more collective version of DIY. Our wedding was really and truly a team effort with almost every guest lending a hand in some way to make the day a reality. From lending skills as a floral designer, to arriving early the morning of the wedding to help us set the tables, to serving as an amateur (if amazingly natural) emcee/DJ for the night, to baking a pie to share, we had so many people involved in one way or another. To us, that was really special.”

 

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Your reception in three words. Hand-crafted, Playful, Lively.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We were super inspired by the naked beauty of the spaces at Quonquont Farm. We had the farmhouse to get ready, the gorgeous early fall apple orchard for pictures, a lovely patio for cocktail hour and the beautiful restored dairy barn for the ceremony and reception. The “bones” of all of these spaces were breathtaking and all our decor choices were intended to showcase the architecture in its wonderful simplicity.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We did include something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. For something old, we each held embroidered handkerchiefs hand-sewn by Maura’s great-grandmother throughout our day. For something new, Maura had a new lace headpiece and Aidan had a new yarmulke. For something borrowed, Maura wore pearl earrings from her aunt. And for something blue, Aidan’s father drove him to the farm in his vintage restored 1940 Ford Truck, painted in Bahama Blue.

Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  Oh, so many! It all began with our Save the Date, a stop-motion animation made with Bananagrams, and continued through the whole wedding! Aidan designed several large rubber stamps that we used to hand print our invitations. Aidan’s mom sewed our chuppah, which she is in the process of making into a quilt for us, and she also cut and hemmed beautiful cloth napkins. We made bags for the kids in attendance (each contained a personalized coloring and activity book, bubbles, crayons, farm animal tattoos, and handmade pinwheels). Maura’s aunt has long-adored family collection of kooky salt shakers which she passed on to us in the lead up to the wedding and we carefully selected a shakers to place on each of the tables. And all the beer – finding used bottles which was quite the group effort, removing labels and sanitizing, and then on to the fun part of brewing the beer and Aidan putting his graphic design skills to work creating amazing “limited edition” labels. Not to mention the flowers, favors, mismatched silverware, pie buffet…

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  We both agree that our favorite moment of the reception was at the end of the Hora, which is a dance where the couple is raised above the guests on chairs. After the dance ends, there is a Jewish tradition where the couple is entertained by the guests. Picture a large crowd surrounding the couple, and every few seconds one of the guests spontaneously juggles, does a crazy dance move, or performs a magic trick! And the entire time, loud, fast music is playing and people are laughing and clapping. It all happened so fast that it was a blur, but we’ll never forget it.

First Dance Song: “One Voice” by The Wailin’ Jennys. During the last verse we invited all the couples who celebrate an anniversary around ours to join us on the dance floor. We didn’t have a father/daughter or mother/son dance per se, but we had a wonderful special performance that took its place. Our fathers are both musicians and they played together – Aidan’s dad on guitar, Maura’s on mandolin. They played “To the Love of My Life” by Jay Ungar.

 

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Did you have a signature cocktail?  We brewed all of our own beer for the wedding, and designed custom labels for each type of beer. We had four types of beer (Barnhouse Brown, 1940 Ford I.P.A., Lovebird Lager, and Orchard Red Ale), and a friend also brewed two signature non-alcoholic drinks: a delicious ginger beer and root beer.

Tell us about the food served at your wedding?  Having really flavorful, locally-sourced appetizers and dinner was really important to us, especially Maura who works to promote local, sustainable food systems. We had a beautiful menu featuring seasonal produce available in Massachusetts and honored our farmers by listing them on a chalkboard along the buffet line.

What about dessert?  In addition to a small cake for a ceremonial cake cutting (and to freeze for a one year anniversary treat), a group of our guests put together a gorgeous spread of potluck pies from our guests for dessert. Maura’s best friend Leigh compiled a book of all the recipes and gave it to us for our one year anniversary. Highlights included Salted Honey Pie, Blueberry Peach Pie, Whole Wheat Triple Berry Pie and Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Pie. Not that we got to taste any of them, we were far too busy having fun to take a break! We’re baking our way through the cookbook as a way to relive the wonderful day.

Any other details?  From the locally-sourced food to the use of compostable materials, we’re proud to say that our wedding was very close to being zero waste!

What was the best advice you received as a bride (as a couple)?  In the throes of planning, when I was concerned about ensuring that everyone will have a good time, someone finally mentioned that people will have a good time – as long as you’re happy and there’s enough food!

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Have a day-of wedding coordinator, no matter how DIY your wedding is.  This could be someone you hire, we had a friend who’s done a bunch of event planning and really loves it.  We comped her hotel room and paid for her travel to the wedding.  She was amazing! Just make sure it’s a friend who’ll enjoy this role. (If it’s a friend, make sure it’s someone who’ll embrace and enjoy this duty and build in time/space for them to experience the wedding for themselves too!)

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  Not stress about the weather so much! We had a good rain plan in place, and in the end, it was so much better that we ended up inside, so we really didn’t need to spend so much time in the week leading up to the wedding worrying about whether or not the ceremony could be held outdoors.

 

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Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  As we were thinking of starting our own little family, we really felt like we wanted to share a name that we both felt connected to and we happened upon the name Ackerman which felt right from the start! On the most basic level Ackerman is an amalgam of Aidan’s patrilinial name (Acker) and my matrilinial name (Feldman). Honoring both sides of our new family and the lineage of both our mothers and our fathers feels very powerful to us. / Ackerman has a meaning that rings true for both of us. Literally, Acker comes from the German for “field” or “acre,” thus Ackerman has the connotation of caretaker or steward of the land which jives well with each of our life’s work (Maura’s in agriculture and Aidan’s in landscape architecture). / Finally, Ackerman has a decidedly Jewish ring to it which feels good as we approach building a Jewish home and life together. Choosing a shared Jewish last name will also serve as a reminder of the choice we have made to embrace Judaism.

Photography: Lara Kimmerer / Venue: Quonquont Farm in Whately, Massachusetts / Event Planning, Design, Coordination: the couple, Jennifer Lawrence  / Dress: LulaKate / Ceremony Shoes: Kiss & Tell / Reception Shoes: Miz Mooz / Suit: Macy’s / Floral Design: Eliza Gray Gardens / Rentals: Northhampton Rental / Catering: Heirloom Catering / Ketubah: Urban Collective / Cake: King Arthur Flour
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    When you’re planning a wedding, one of the first things that comes up is The Budget, and it can be incredibly helpful to see how other couples allocated funds for their own wedding celebration. Maura and Aidan have graciously shared their full budget breakdown with us… You can see their full wedding feature here.

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    BUDGET BREAKDOWN

    Sunday, September 1, 2013
    Whately, Massachusetts
    165 guests

    VENUE / RENTALS
    Venue: Quonquont Farm, $3300
    Cleaning / Damage Deposit: $600
    Insurance: $175
    Rentals: Northhampton Rental, $400
    Total: $4475

    LINENS / TABLEWARE
    Napkin Fabric: $110
    Silverware: $100
    Total: $210

    FOOD / DRINK
    Catering: Heirloom Catering, $9265
    Bartender: $350
    Liquor License: $75
    Beer Supplies: $300
    Additional Beer: $100
    Wine: $700
    Sparkling Apple Cider: $100
    Other Beverages: $200
    Total: $11090

    DECOR
    Candles: $50
    Flowers: Eliza Gray Gardens, $350
    Total: $400

    DETAILS
    Stationery: $200
    Kippot: $160
    Welcome Bags: $100
    Seed Favors: $150
    Total: $610

    ATTIRE
    Bride’s Attire: $500
    Groom’s Attire: $200
    Total: $700

    MISCELLANEOUS
    Website: $99
    Honeyfund: $39
    Misc. Help: $250
    Total: $388

    PHOTOGRAPHY
    Lara Kimmerer, $3718.75
    Total: $3718.75

    GRAND TOTAL: $21,591.75

     

     

    Some budget tips from Maura and Aidan:  

    DIY is not always less expensive, but can be way more fun.  In some places, there were things that we really wanted to make ourselves that wound up being just as expensive as off-the-shelf (beer). In other cases, we saved a lot of money and achieved a far more personal feel by going the DIY route (invitations). By and large, things mostly came out in the wash but we were definitely able to give things our own flair in a way we would have never been able to afford if it hadn’t been for some of our own sweat equity.

    If it’s going to stress you out, it’s probably worth paying someone else to do it. For example, we wanted to have complete control over our playlist and had a friend who hooked us up with a professional sound system and was willing to do some “light emceeing” for us. If you wouldn’t have fun building your own playlist – or with any other project for that matter – it might be worth hiring someone to do that work for you.

    Don’t get wrapped up in what you “should” have at your wedding. Necessity gets really inflated during wedding planning, so instead think about if it’s something that will enhance your experience and that of your guests, and where you can pare down.

     

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    I have a deep love of beautiful things. Objects that are thoughtfully made, that add a little loveliness and charm to life. You know that quote from William Morris? “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” I strive for that. Which is just a long way of getting to my point which is: I’d like you to meet The Mrs. Box and her stunning collection of ring boxes. Needless to say that they fit Mr. Morris’s criteria.

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    Left: The Antoinette with gold foil monogram. 

    Somewhere down the line, ring boxes were relegated to the realm of utility, but it wasn’t always that way. And Summer Watkins (stylist, blogger, all-around lovely lady) could see no reason it had to stay that way, so The Mrs. Box was born. And I must say, Brava my dear! Well done!

     

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    Left: The Havana. Right: The Cabana.

    I love that they are modern-day heirlooms. I love the idea of a gentleman kneeling in front of his lady love with one of these in hand – a “harbinger of joy.” I find them irresistibly delightful, and I want one in every color (but if I had to choose it would be The Antoinette for me). And maybe it’s knowing that this pre-war French velvet was made in mills that no longer exist, but there’s a bit of magic about them, too…

     

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    Top left: The Gardener.

     

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    Left: The Louis V. 

     

    GIVEAWAY

    To enter, head over to The Mrs. Box and check out all their colors. Then come back to this post and leave a comment telling us which gorgeous velvet box you’d most like to call your very own (good luck picking just one favorite!). The winner will receive a ring box in the color of his/her choice (pending availability), with a gold foil monogram if desired. 

    Contest begins Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 5:30AM PDT, and ends Friday, October 31, 2014 at 11:59PM PDT. Winner will be selected by Snippet & Ink and announced on this post. Please note: winner must live in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec).

    Official contest rules.

    Photography: Jose Villa and Joel Serrato / Styling: Type A Society and Grey Likes Weddings / Rings: Trumpet and Horn / Stationery: Shannon Kirsten
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    From Jordan: “This picture was taken during our first dance, and you can just tell that we are having the best time. Taylor and I don’t particularly like to be the center of attention, so we were both a little nervous about dancing in front of all of our guests, but you can tell in this picture that we weren’t at all concerned with who was watching us and were just enjoying the moment!”

     

    From Taylor: “This is my favorite picture because it truly captures the energy of that day in a very focused and dedicated light. This picture will forever remind me of the happiness and warmth Jordan and I share towards each other.”

     

    Photos by Mandy Busby.  See Jordan and Taylor’s wedding feature RIGHT HERE.

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