25
Aug
Great Find: Love Affair Diamonds
categories: Bridal Fashions, favor and gift ideas, Stuff We Love!

When I was a little girl, my stoic, well read, and world traveler (read: completely credible) grandmother told me “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” and I’ve never forgotten her wise words. When I saw the rings from Love Affair Diamonds, they reminded me of the style and quality of jewelry my grandmother would wear- she didn’t skimp on her accessories and she appreciated diamonds like no other woman I’ve met in my life.

Love Affair Diamonds does a few unique things that will catch your attention: they restore one-of-a-kind heirlooms, they design pieces that are a modern take on classic vintage elements, and they’ve just launched their “Try Before You Buy” program. We’re in love and you’re sure to be too!

Love Affair Diamonds’ most popular halo style-the Bella halo setting in platinum and rose gold is pretty gorgeous!

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One of the most unique things about Love Affair Diamonds is their revolutionary “Try Before You Buy” policy which launched June 1, 2015. Founder Erica created this one of a kind program in collaboration with jewelry designer and artist Caysie van Bebber, allowing brides and grooms peace of mind when choosing a wedding ring that will last a lifetime. Never before has an opportunity like this existed. LAD’s “TBYB” program is simple, convenient and straightforward. Interested parties pay a refundable deposit and like that, they are shipped a sample ring(s) for consideration. A pre-authorization of the replacement cost of the setting and a basic shipping charge is put on the individual’s credit card. They return the ring(s) within three days from the receipt date and the replacement cost is refunded, less the shipping charge. The shipping charge is waived with a setting order.

This is the Chloe solitaire setting in 18k yellow gold– we’re swooning over the intricate design

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This is a vintage reproduction antique cushion cut diamond and calibre cut sapphire ring and it’s pure luxury

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Julia and Sophie are the two most popular solitaire settings

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(Julia)

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(Sophie)

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(Lisette halo setting in 18k yellow gold and platinum, paired with the Alexandria french cut diamond eternity band in 18k gold)

The bands from Love Affair Diamonds are spectacular; yellow gold diamond eternity bands and platinum diamond eternity bands can accompany a more traditional engagement ring or stand on their own just fine

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Of course Love Affair Diamonds has all kinds of jewelry that would be perfect for your wedding. These are some of our faves:

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Love Affair Diamonds also works with loose diamonds like this beauty, a 1.74ct Old European Cut Diamond

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Many of the pieces are one-of-a-kind so once they’re sold, they’re gone for good, but luckily Love Affair Diamonds owner and founder Erica Derout is obsessed with her work and she is constantly acquiring new pieces. Some are disassembled and made into new designs and some maintain their original design.

Check out the collection online at LoveAffairDiamonds.com

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18
Aug
Real Tucson Wedding: Danielle and Ryan
categories: Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, Floral Inspiration, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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Location: Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort

Event Coordinator: Lindsay Bishop Events

Floral Design: Posh Petals

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Danielle and Ryan met while attending the University of Arizona and knew they wanted to return to Tucson to celebrate their nuptials; they decided Hilton El Conquistador would be the perfect venue for a beautiful wedding that would accommodate their large families.

The Vision: I wanted the wedding to have a vintage, romantic, elegant feel, and I loved the idea of a blush and gold color palette, but wanted to incorporate charcoal grey to add some masculinity. 

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The Flowers: Posh Petals created a beautiful bouquet filled with pink antique hydrangea and garden roses; Ryan is allergic to flowers, so the groomsmen wore boutonnieres made out of comic book pages. 

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The Ceremony: Ryan and I read our own vows that we had written earlier that morning. We love movies and TV shows, so we also incorporated readings from “When Harry Met Sally” and “How I Met Your Mother”.

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The Favors: We love our pitbull, Minkus, and decided to forgo traditional favors and instead donated to the Mayfair Pitbull Rescue in his honor.

The Fun: One of the most memorable moments of our wedding was when we incorporated The Marcha into our reception, and all of our guests joined in! 

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Congratulations Danielle and Ryan and thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! To see their wedding feature in print, pick up a copy here or go online

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12
Aug
Great Find: Tribal Hollywood & Scott Kay Wedding Bands
categories: Stuff We Love!

It seems like men have drastically fewer options than women when it comes to wedding bands so when we were introduced to the new Scott Kay wedding bands designed exclusively for Tribal Hollywood, we were thrilled!

Scott Kay is a leader in advancing the boundaries of design and materials in bridal jewelry. The brand has amazingly unique wedding band designs for men including fashion forward, contemporary, unusual and statement styles. Scott Kay is a brand for a man who wants to express himself.

Tribal Hollywood is a leading online retailer specializing exclusively in men’s jewelry and focuses on unique, bold, contemporary and non-traditional designs for the man who wants to express himself.

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At first glance, you probably notice that the rings are downright manly. Like Thor or Jon Snow from Game of Thrones manly. You’ll notice the inside of the bands are engraved with “BioBlue 27” and “SK Cobalt”- this is the material used to make these rings and it’s 4 times stronger than platinum. That’s not to say the bands lack style though. How could they with Scott Kay designing them? The fine details and beautiful textures make the bands just as refined as they are masculine.
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One thing that grabbed our attention immediately were the interesting textures- some of the bands have a stone-hammered texture, some have wedge cut recesses and sleek beveled edges, others have barbed vine patterns and laser etching. The level of creativity is pretty awesome.

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The fit between the two companies’ male audiences was immediately apparent at the first meeting, and Scott Kay and Tribal Hollywood shared the same vision for designing and marketing men’s jewelry. Tribal Hollywood is the natural retail extension of the Scott Kay design vision for men.

Personally, the people in the companies hit it off together instantly and have enjoyed building their partnership ever since. They share the same obsessive attention to detail, outstanding and unique customer experiences and service, and follow Scott Kay’s motto of “Never Compromise”.

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If you’re leery of ordering your wedding band online, don’t worry. Tribal Hollywood has a great customer satisfaction policy: You can order Scott Kay wedding bands online and have them shipped quickly direct to your door. Tribal Hollywood has an easy and generous return policy to be sure you are completely happy with your new ring. Return or exchange your ring up to your wedding night!

Shop Scott Kay wedding bands at Tribal Hollywood

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4
Aug
Real Tucson Wedding: Tonya and Daniel’s Spring I Do’s (feat. rescue dogs!)
categories: Bridal Fashions, Cakes and Sweets, fabulous reception sites, favor and gift ideas, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Videography, Wedding Inspiration

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Photographer: Something Blue Photography

Location: Reflections at the Buttes

Cinematography: Black Sheep Filmworks

Bridal Gown: Maya Palace

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Cake: Cup Quequitos

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When you love dogs as much as Tonya does, you can only marry someone willing to include their support of your devotion to dogs in their vows. Luckily Daniel was willing! The couple planned a wedding that was fun, would focus on them as a couple and their love of rescue dogs, and celebrate the beginning of their new life together.

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No dogs at the ceremony (the couple has 6 so that could have been just a bit much to handle!) but one thing that made it very special was that Daniel’s brother officiated.

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It was a pretty gorgeous day to get married! Tonya tells us that her gown was the exact opposite of what I wanted, I always thought I would want a big princess-y type dress, but this form fitting, lacy number with just enough sparkle was perfect (to read the entire story of how she chose her Maya Palace gown, click here).

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The reception featured grey and coral details along with rescue dog adoption opportunities. Tonya recalls: Instead of table numbers, each table was marked by an adoptable dog from multiple local dog rescues that my husband and I work with. On the tables, there were also bios about each dog so if any of the guests knew someone who might be interested, or they themselves were interested, they could take the bio with them. Our cake topper featured my husband, and myself, as well as all 6 of our rescue dogs.

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The dogs took center stage at the reception; one dog was actually adopted through the couple’s efforts that evening!

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Check out their awesome video by Black Sheep Filmworks:

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The couple was treated to a spectacular sunset and their photographers took advantage of the fiery sky- such a beautiful way to end the night!

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Congratulations Tonya and Daniel and thank you for sharing your wedding day with us!

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