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As if we needed another reason to love Dr. Suess? He’s best known for his children’s books, but obviously he knew a little about being in love, too.

Dr. Suess Quote

“You know when you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ~ Dr. Suess

Engagement Ring Design as seen on Hill City Bride

From the day a couple determines they are right for each other, tradition has it that the bride-to-be has something wonderful to look forward to – an engagement ring! But, when it comes to the hunt for the perfect piece, sometimes what a jeweler has on hand isn’t quite the right fit. If a couple wants a unique ring or to incorporate sentimental metals or precious stones, considering a one-of-a-kind design is perfect!

We consulted with Robert Moses, Master Jeweler at Bowen Jewelry Company, to demystify the process of having a custom ring – engagement and/or wedding – designed. It isn’t as dicult or as expensive as you might think! Bowen’s does all of the steps in house, which makes it economical along with the assurance that everything is handled in one location.

Before you head out for a custom ring, be sure to have some idea of what you would like – both in budget and style. You can peruse Pinterest and also take a peek at what rings are already in the store to gain inspiration. Also, be sure to think about any precious metals and/or gemstones you already have that you may want to incorporate. Bowen’s can work within your budget to design a ring that is just right for you. After you have an idea of what you want, you’re ready to head on out,

Based on the couple’s ideas and inspiration, a concept is sketched, which can be viewed in store or emailed. A price estimate is also included.

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Once the design is approved and the cost is assessed, any metal or stones the couple would like to incorporate can be dropped off.

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Wax – which comes in a tubelike form – is selected and carefully carved into a wax ring.

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The wax ring is adhered to what is called a “sprue”, and a type of plaster called “investment” is poured around it so that a form can be made.

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Once the investment is set, the wax is melted and vacuumed out, which leaves an impression of the carved wax ring inside. The investment then becomes the plaster mold into which the precious metal is poured in order to cast the ring. The metal is melted, and a centrifugal caster is utilized to thrust the liquid into the mold. The process of centrifusion quickly forces the metal into the mold, which takes about 30 seconds.

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The investment with the cast ring inside is then immersed in water, causing the plaster to disintegrate, leaving a rough ring.

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The ring is then filed, smoothed and polished. Hand engraving can be added if desired. Stones are set into place.

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Voila! The ring can then be picked up, and the proposal can be underway!

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Isn’t it beautiful? Many thanks to Michelline Hall Photography for capturing our lovely photos and of course also to Bowen Jewelry Company for letting us have a sneak peek of their design process!

Industrial Style Shoot by Gaudium Photography as seen on Hill City Bride

Experimenting with juxtaposition offers a refreshing, unexpected style – especially when it comes to wedding inspiration. Take the theme of industrial elegance where harsh, useful objects such as worn, thrift store hardware elements are paired with the freshness of a stunning bride all in white. As a natural, refined spin on the tarnished feel of industrial times, copper colors are combined with dusk – both in the subtle hints of blue and the time of day.

The details of this styled shoot are stunning, and it took place right in Lynchburg, VA – so beautiful. The florals caught my eye right away as did the natural beauty of the model. She’s gorgeous! I loved this shoot so much, that we featured it in our recent wedding publication. I hope you find many ideas from it. Enjoy!

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Free Spirited Wedding by Stephanie Yonce as seen on Hill City Bride
I am so excited to feature this wedding! It’s got an adorable couple, flower crowns and a groom who decided on blue. But – best of all for me – is that it was photographed by Stephanie Yonce, who is one of the sweetest girls – one of those who is easy to talk to, plus she adores a plethora of colors, which shows just how vibrant she is.
Besides the overall beauty of the day (I love the photos by the creek!), be sure to take note of how they honored loved ones at their day – a small photo on the bride’s bouquet and also a tribute on the bottom of Matthew’s shoe. Those details show just how sentimental and kind this couple is.
Matthew and Amber also decided to buck a few traditions. “This is your day. Be true to yourselves and it will maximize the moment. We broke a lot of traditions but our wedding was more memorable because of it,” the newlyweds recommended to all engaged couples. Amber had two wedding gowns – one long and one short – and Matthew opted for a vest with a fun, colored button-down.
From vibrant, crimson flowers to a stunning, berry covered, naked cake this event is filled with fun ideas today. Enjoy!

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Vendors:

You’re engaged – congratulations, and let the celebration begin! When it comes to pre-wedding festivities, time spent with your closest friends at a bridal shower creates fond memories.

Speaking personally, I adore collaborating – especially with talented, creative wedding vendors. Our local Rising Tide Society’s Tuesdays Together group worked together to bring a mini, beautiful bridal shower to life. From a natural color scheme and fun (and delicious!) detailing, we hope you gain inspiration for your own event.

You’ll also spy a delicious looking lime punch, and I provided the recipe below. So yummy. Enjoy!

LIME PUNCH

Ingredients

• 1 quart lime sherbet
• 1 quart pineapple sherbet
• 2 liters ginger ale
• 46 ounce can pineapple juice
• lemon, lime and cucumber slices
Method

Pour one liter of ginger ale into a large punch bowl. Add scoops of sherbet to the bowl and add the remaining liter of ginger ale and the pineapple juice. Decorate with fruit slices, and top o with a steady pour of champagne (optional) to taste.

*Kindly note: This is a mix of the work of several different photographers, and each photo bears their name in its tag, yet the photos are placed in a logical flow in order to maintain the integrity of how Hill City Bride’s postings flow.*

Tuesday

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Tuesdays Together Bridal Shower as seen on Hill City Bride by Jonathan & Hannah Photography

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Tuesdays Together Bridal Shower as seen on Hill City Bride by Jonathan & Hannah Photography

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VENDORS

Photography Team:

And here is a bit of the behind the scenes of the great vendors we have the in area – look at all of those photographers go!

Bridal Shower as seen on Hill City Bride by Jonathan & Hannah Photography

Bridal Shower as seen on Hill City Bride by Jonathan & Hannah Photography

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Bridal Shower as seen on Hill City Bride by Jonathan & Hannah Photography

  • Jonathan - I love seeing all the different perspectives on this shoot. You guys crushed it, both vendors and photographers.

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