We know the hive loves engagement rings. Just take a look at the Gallery or our Rings boards, and you will see all kinds of e-rings, discussions on what kind of ring to buy, pros and cons of different styles and stones, etc. So we thought it would be fun to create a series of ongoing “Ring Porn” posts with the hive in mind!
So we’re launching a set of ring surveys, starting with 16 different styles of engagement rings (you can find them at the bottom of this post, and we’ll also post them on the Boards as a stickied post). All you do is fill out the survey corresponding to your ring style (round diamond, moissanite, sapphire, etc.), Mrs. Mouse will email you to ask for a photo of your ring, and then once at least 10 people with that style of ring have filled out the survey, it will become a post here on the blog!
The posts will continuously be updated to reflect new ring submissions, and eventually we hope they will be an amazing repository of REAL engagement rings to inspire bees for years to come.
To kick off this series, Mrs. Mouse asked the bee bloggers and hostesses to submit their own rings to get an idea for what the ring posts will look like! Without further ado…
Mrs. Funnel Cake’s “Klein und Fein” (small and fine) five-stone solitaire diamond with two stones flanking each side.
Why did you or your FI choose this ring? I wanted a multi-stone ring with a traditional profile higher than the wedding band like my mother’s, and Mr. FC thought the engagement ring (which he didn’t think we needed) should cost less than the more important wedding ring. We decided to compromise, which was good because I anyway did not like how far all the 0.5-1.5 carat solitaires I tried stuck out on my finger. In the end, I preferred a ring with a very minimal profile for everyday wear.
Where did you purchase your ring? Fiechter
Carat size: Center stone 0.2, side stones, very tiny??
Clarity: Pretty sure around SI1-SI2
Color: Around H or G, also I forget
Metal: 14k white gold
One of the last vendor decisions we made was to bring on Studio Bride, a Jacksonville-based beauty company, to do the hair and makeup for the mothers, me, and my two bridesmaids.
When you’re not able to do a wedding trial, and when you completely neglect to plan well in advance for a vendor, of course you’re going to worry that the result will be less than ideal. In fact, you should expect it! But the work that the women from Studio Bride did (Amber and Anne Marie) was impeccable. I honestly don’t know how I lucked out so well with these ladies. They managed to take the inspiration pictures I had emailed them a few weeks prior and then proceeded to completely blow them out of the water on the spot.
I woke up bright and early and proceeded to kick Mr. B-Cat out to join his groomsmen in their hotel room. We had an early start with hair and makeup, and they came in bright and early on the day of the wedding and quickly set up shop in our hotel room.
The our story of how our relationship began is pretty boring.
There were a number of factors that were in play when we first met that were admittedly against us getting together. Initially we decided to just be friends, and that lasted for about a day.
We knew one important thing: We had lots of feelings for one another and walking away from those feelings just wasn’t happening.
Once we wrapped up our family photos, my team went inside to hide out while the boys mingled in the wedding area as guests began arriving. When the first bus went by I started to get really excited. It was really really happening now. (I think I had about 80 of those moments throughout the day.)
It was kind of surreal hiding out in the house as we watched guests heading past the house up to the second driveway. A few family members and friends popped in before the ceremony to see me, and it was just mostly filled with moments of excitement and anticipation.
Before we knew it we were gathering outside, ready to make our way up the hill for the ceremony to begin. Guests were seated and the boys were at the cabin waiting.
All photos captured by the talented ladies of Isos Photography
elliebelle02 shows off her 2.4 Old European cut engagement ring.
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Your wedding day outfit: Perfection. Your accessories: On fleek. Sure, there are a boatload of semi-finished DIY projects piling up in your spare room, but of course the person who will soon become your partner-for-life makes that half-finished chalkboard menu and those paper-wrapped votives that you’ve screwed up 8 billion times totally worth it.
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Softcover Photo Book
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Wood Block + Prints
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Large Format Fine Art Prints
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Layflat Photo Album
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Holiday Photo Cards
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Packed post ahead! I’m antsy to start in on the actual wedding details, so I’m cramming at least two or three posts about the day before all in this one. Bear with me!
The Old Court House in Brunswick, Georgia. A building plucked out of time.
The first order of business was driving to the county clerk’s office in Glynn County to pick up our marriage license.
It’s been two weeks since my husband and I got married! Gosh how I love saying that—my husband.
Other than just getting back from our honeymoon, being married hasn’t really changed our lives and we still do and say the same things we did before we became husband and wife. But seeing that shining band on his finger does do something to me other than just putting a cheesy grin on my face. In that mixed metal I see a man who decided he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me and only me. Out of all of the people in this world, he picked me to love, laugh, and cry with. To be a part of every one of his experiences. In that metal band I see someone who is proud to be with me, to be in love with me, and to tell the world as such. How lucky am I?!
And I can’t help but smile every time I look down to my ring finger, to know I am loved beyond measure. And to know I get to wake up to my best friend for the rest of my life.