August 2013

North Carolina Wedding {Melissa + Brooks}

This wedding is classy, classy, and classy.

Melissa and Brooks are college sweethearts from University of South Carolina, and their wedding celebration was one big Southern soiree.

They chose a neutral palette of green and ivory, which was understated and fit The Duke Mansion venue perfectly.

We adore the brides Modern Trousseau wedding gown, the groom’s classic tuxedo, and the sophisticated wedding styling.

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Congrats Melissa and Brooks and thank you Lauren Friday Photography for sharing these wedding photos with One Stylish Bride.

Melissa + Brooks Style Guide

Photographer: Lauren Friday Photography / Hair Stylist: Simply Beautiful Artistry by Sissy M. Duncan / Reception Venue: The Duke Mansion / Dress Store: Hayden Olivia Bridal / Thanks: Two Bright Lights

Diamond in the Rough

If you haven’t heard about Diamond in the Rough, we suggest you brace yourself, as you may start to hyperventilate with excitement over their super clever idea.

What was their idea you ask? They re-introduced the historical idea of using rough diamonds in fine jewellery and engagement rings.

We love that this company is redefining current perceptions of diamond jewellery and that this rediscovered idea has seriously taken off. Diamond in the Rough are now the world’s leading natural, rough diamond jewellery brand, which is sold all over the world and adored by celebrities.

We also love that they’ve developed a bridal collection including unique rough diamond engagement rings, coloured rough diamond engagement rings and wedding bands. Each piece is truly unique and the answer for any women that yearns to stand out from the crowd.

Dieu-de-Soleil

Here’s what the bride-to-be will love: When it comes to diamond selection, Diamond in the Rough only accept the best diamonds. They source the majority of their one-of-a-kind, conflict-free diamonds from South Africa, Russia and Australia. They also source an enormous amount of rough diamonds, but only accept one to three percent of the diamonds they evaluate, “We examine thousands of rough diamonds to find a handful that meet our standards without cutting or polishing. Although many diamonds can look beautiful once cut, they lack the intrinsic artistic integrity all ‘Diamond in the Rough’ stones possess.”

Once a diamond has been selected their jeweller and designers draw inspiration from the diamond itself, and carefully develop a design that will best showcase the natural beauty of that specific diamond. It doesn’t get more customized then that, does it?

As for the value of the diamond, we’re told, “Polished diamonds are valuable because the rough diamond was precious to begin with and, contrary to popular belief, cutting and polishing a diamond adds only a small fraction to its overall value. Because ‘Diamond in the Rough’ selects diamonds that are already naturally perfect, traditional processing is unnecessary which means not even a single ounce of their amazing appearance has to be sacrificed. Traditional processing takes away the original, unique characters of the natural raw diamond; keeping the original diamond is our goal and bringing the natural beauty of a diamond to life is ‘Diamond in the Rough’s’ mission!”

The bridal collection includes rough diamond engagement rings to suit any style, whether you’re looking for a classic design or a more edgy design. Here’s a few of our favourites.

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Classic

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Vine

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Grace

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Embrace

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Victorian

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To view the full bridal collection, head over to Diamond in the Rough. The full collection is available exclusively through their website.

Nashville Wedding {Brie + Robert}

We love that this wedding has “Strictly Ballroom” written all over it!

The gifted dance due met in a ballroom dance class in Chicago, IL. For Robert it was love at first sight and he pursued Briel relentlessly until she finally said that she would go out with him.

He later proposed on a weekend trip to Nashville. The couple chose to have a destination wedding in Nashville because it was now a sentimental place and also because it marked the halfway location for their families.

Briel and Rob decided to have a country meets modern vibe to their wedding. The bride wore a short front with long back mermaid dress. She accessorized her look with a corsage and a crystallized clutch in lieu of carrying a bouquet.

During the wedding the guests were seated in a semi circle. The bride and groom’s first dance was an elaborate choreographed ballroom routine to three different songs that represented their courtship. The reception was then kicked off by a flash mob on the dance floor. And as their late night snack, the bride and groom served Chicago dogs in honor of where they currently live.

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Congratulations Briel and Robert and thank you for sharing your wedding photos with One Stylish Bride.

Briel + Robert’s Style Guide

Photographer: The Photography Collection / Caterer: Chef’s Market / Event Planner: Simply Stunning Events / Floral Designer: Enchanted Floral Nashville / Reception Venue: Belle Meade Plantation / Cake Designer: Crumb de la Crumb / DJ: Cosmo Creations / Lighting: Nashville Event Lighting / Thanks: Two Bright Lights

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“I’m Marcela, an Aussie expat living in Hong Kong. This space is where I share my love for weddings and bits and pieces from my family’s life and adventures. I love celebrating weddings, motherhood, family, travel and life’s simple joys.”