Diamonds will always be a classic choice for engagement rings, but they’re certainly not the only choice. Aquamarines, emeralds, rubies are all unexpectedly beautiful alternatives. At Gemvara, you can choose from 26 different stones to create a ring that’s as unique as you are. I spent a little time playing around with the customization tool, and thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you, starting with aquamarines and sapphires (inspired by the gorgeous ring Prince William gave to Kate, of course)…

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In addition to 26 different stones, you can also choose from 8 different metals to fully customize your ring. I love the look of rose gold! (And that smoky quartz reminds me of my own engagement ring…)

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Remember the black diamond ring that Big gave to Carrie in Sex & the City 2…?

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While Gemvara is known for their colorful gemstones, they also carry classic diamond rings in a variety of styles, some with the option of colorful accent stones.

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Not only does Gemvara carry engagement and wedding rings for women, they also carry earrings, necklaces and men’s wedding bands, all of which can be customized. I warn you, it’s easy to lose track of time while you’re getting lost in the infinite variety of styles that they have to offer. Are you considering an engagement ring with a colored stone? What type of gemstone is your favorite?

 

 

This post sponsored by Gemvara.

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Tomorrow I’m headed to Sonoma for a wine tasting bachelorette party – believe it or not, I’ve spent most of my life in Northern California and never been wine tasting! So it should be a fun weekend, especially since it looks like we’re rain free for the time being. It also got me thinking that I’d love to hear your best ideas for bachelorette and bridal shower celebrations – any favorite themes or games or places?

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Some links for your weekend!

Cinemagraphs are just about the coolest thing ever.

I’d love to attend a crawfish boil wedding shower, wouldn’t you?

Whimsical Maui wedding.

Well-Groomed – a blog for the boys!

12 months of caramels, via Oh Hello Friend.

White charcoal pencils… I sense some DIY chalkboard projects in my future.

Stripes are in, even when it comes to popsicles.

Can you tell I’m loving watercolor wedding stationery?

I want this $6000 punch bowl. What? A girl can dream.

I was a guest judge! See the winners of Elizabeth Anne Designs‘ and The Sweetest Occasion‘s Inspired Creations contest today.

 

Have a happy weekend lovelies!

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Hi all! I know that many of you subscribe to Snippet & Ink through RSS, so you don’t get to see the sponsors on the sidebar – these are some the wonderful vendors who help to support this blog. Without them, there would be no Snippet & Ink! Some of them are longtime sponsors, and others are new, and they’re all wonderful. So I thought I’d bring them to your attention, in the hope that you’ll discover a fabulous vendor that was just what you were looking for.

 

Dramatic and whimsical wedding photography from inTandem, a husband and wife photography duo.

 

Stunning, heirloom-quality bridal hair adornments from Jennifer Behr.

 

Stylish and affordable wedding invitations and logos from Betsywhite.

 

Toasting glasses and favor boxes from Unveiled Bridal.

 

Bridal jewelry and custom hair accessories from Tigerlilly Jewelry.

 

Creative letterpress and engraved wood wedding invitations from Oslo Press.

 

Beautifully designed and socially conscious engagement rings from Brilliant Earth.

 

Save-the-date magnets and wedding day stationery from MagnetStreet Weddings.

 

Classic and romantic wedding photography from Jen Lynne Photography.

 

Budget-friendly printable invitation suites from e.m. papers.

 

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You’ve probably seen photos from Lanie and Matt’s gorgeous winter wedding around the interwebs, but I couldn’t help sharing it with you here. The couple lucked out with a beautiful January day in Colorado, full of incredible details from the talented Lisa Vorce (and stunning photos by Aaron Delesie).

Lanie had long sleeves added to her Vera Wang dress, perfect for a snowy winter wedding.

Little welcome bags included a note from the couple, pure vanilla extract, and the recipe for Matt’s father’s pancake recipe.

A candy buffet included chocolates and caramels, which guests could take home in little paper bags. There were also small glass bottles of root beer milk, one of Matt’s favorite treats.

Mindy Rice created uniquely beautiful centerpieces with cotton bolls, pine cones, and evergreens. Candles added a warm and cozy glow.

 

Menu

First Course: Olathe Corn Chowder with Lump Crab Croquettes / Second Course: Grilled Wild King Salmon with Wild Mushroom Ragout, Fingerling Potatoes, Haricots Verts and Chives or Ginger Soy Rack of Lamb with Sweet and Sour Eggplant, Bok Choy, Chili Beurre Blanc and Jasmine Rice

 

Photography: Aaron Delesie / Ceremony venue: The Chapel at Beaver Creek in Beaver Creek, Colorado / Reception venue: The Ritz-Carlton in Bachelor Gulch, Colorado / Planning, design: Lisa Vorce / Bride’s dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Groom’s suit: Charles Tyrwhitt / Flowers: Mindy Rice / Stationery: Yellow Owl Workshop / Rentals: Barker Decor ServiceAlpine Party RentalsLa Tavola Linen
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  • Elegant Winter Wedding in Colorado

    9 June 2011
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