Wedding Dress Ideas & Styles


Today's post is all about the dress. The dress. When I think of a wedding dress I realise that somewhere deep down I have always wanted a wedding just so that I could wear one! There are so many styles, details, lengths... I just don't know where to start.

Well, actually I do. I am a UK size 14 with a big bust and sitting and thinking of my dress certain styles drop away as I just know that I wouldn't wear them with my body type (I also have a definite hourglass silhouette) so opting for a backless dress or a very low cut front is a no for me as I just couldn't pull them off. I have been on a wedding dress pinning rampage the last few days and I have an idea of what style I now want but I still think that when I see the dress I'll know, hopefully that is.

So the elements that I am lusting after are a sweetheart neckline. I need something modest as I don't want to be worry about my boobs making the dress look racy on the day. I have definitely settled for the pretty ruffled, eyelet sleeves. I don't mind long sleeves but I think these just give a pretty edge to the dress, also making it summery. I have decided on a full length mucg to the shock of my Maid of Honour as she was so sure that I would have chosen a 50's cocktail style knee length dress but I knew it had to be long. One thing I am so sure on is that I want it mostly plain. I don't want diamates or beading just plain and simple like me.


1. I adore this dress! The style and shape is everything that I'm looking for!

2. The sleeves are perfect and I love that the skirt is big. I'm undecided if I want a simple straight skirt or a billowing princessy sihouette.

3.I love the detail of the back and sleeves on this dress. Although I have ruled out a backless style I still thought this was gorgeous. 


4. I love the style of the skirt in this. How pretty is the length? I love that it would show my shoes! After all they're something to show off too aren't they?

5. Oh my! This one also hits the nail on the head for me!

6. I love the Grecian style of this dress/ It's almost as if the front bodice is wrapped like a toga haha! I  think it's beautful.



7. Aside from already deciding on eyelet sleeve details, this dress also catches me out! I love how playful it is and its perfect for a summer wedding. 

8. How gorgeous is the panel detail of this dress??

9. I suprised myself when I fell in love with this style! I don't think I would have gone for the wholeof my neck to be covered just in case in gave off victorian vibes but this is beautiful and I could see myself wearing it.


10. How simple and beautiful is this dress? It's bright white is illuminating and the ruffled sleeves are gorgeous.

11. This is one of the more fancier looks that I found but I could see my body type suiting best.

What do you think? Would you gofor any of these styles? What would you reccomend?






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A round up of Beautiful Engagement rings



I can't not have a post on engagement rings on this little blog. After all, they are an object that some girls out there have dreamt of since their childhood. To others these rings are a complete surprise as they never really gave them much thought and to some, they're not even on their list of things to do. If I had got my own way I would have had an engagement puppy instead of a ring but due to renting a one bed flat it's not possible. One day though.

I thought I would do a mini round up of some beautiful rings that caught my eye via Pinterest. Some may find these a bit untraditional and some are but I feel they're unique and have a bit of character. After all not everyone wants a beautiful princess cut ring from Tiffanys.... 


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I adore this first ring. I think it's beautiful and minimal with the right amount of sparkle. I love that it's not a traditional set diamond ring but offers something pretty and different. Ring number two makes my heart flutter! This ring is made by the talented Angeline Crowder Boyer from Oregon, find her Etsy shop here. She makes THE most beautiful creations all from natural rock. This ring maker holds a special place in my heart as she made my own engagement ring and I love that no one else will have the exact same style. Mathieu handed me her business card and the leaflet that came with the ring a couple of days after his proposal and my eyes were drawn to this colourful ring on the front. My favourite colour is green and I would never have though of a coloured stone for an engagement ring, but this is gorgeous.


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Ring number three and four are rather similar. A thin gold band with single large diamond taking the front. The same aside from the diamond shape, three is a circle, four an oval. I think the circle is another pretty minimal ring but I think I prefer the oval style. I feel it somehow makes t look a little more vintage.

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How beautiful is the idea of three small clustered diamonds for an engagement ring? Ring number five has another thin gold band and shows how beautiful a minimal engagement ring can be. I love ring number six' diamond cut. And is it strange that I love the cushioned pink box it comes in? I love the simple stone and the vintage look.

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Ring number seven is another small minimal approach but I love how it works. I feel people who are not fussed by the size of their diamonds would love this ring. Number eight is a beautiful vintage approach, I love the three set stones and how the colours contrast together.


And last but not least a shameless plug in here of my own engagement ring. I couldn't not add this beauty in as to me this is the best one haha. My ring has a rose gold/copper band set with a grey white unpolished/cut diamond. You can read here why I didn't want an unresearched diamond ring.

I just wanted to add a little note here to say that this is just a round up of some pretty rings that I found online. I am not aware of the prices but I have linked the sources if you wish to find out. I am aware that not every person has the advantage of these beautiful rings and that not everyone wants one. The most important thing about the ring is the gesture/sentiment, story and most importantly the person behind it, even if he/she has asked to spend their life with you without a ring, that is the most important thing of all. As I said before I would definatly choose a puppy haha!

What do you think of this round up? What type of ring did you have? A unique custom ring? A family heirloom? A quick ring because you couldn't wait? A puppy?

Let me know! 





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The Pros & Cons of an Outdoor Wedding




After I got engaged I immediately had visions of our day. I knew from the start I wanted to get married outside. I am not religious and neither is Mat and quite frankly Churches really freak me out. I knew I wanted to spend the day in sunshine and be surrounded by nature. I am by no means a hippy but I knew of all the places to have a wedding it would have to be outside, whether it take place on a beach, a forest, or for me ideally, a field.

I started setting about pinning all the pins! When my mother brought me down to earth. "You can't get married outside!" she told me when I gushed my ideas and plans to her. I yelped and told her it wasn't true and showed her all my beautiful pins woefully. She explained that the UK here has some very strict rules on marriage and that I also would have to scrap the idea of writing our own vows as the UK sees marriage as a holy binding contract and it's not to be messed with. 

I felt defeated and after finding google no help at all I finally came across an article (which I can no longer find!) explaining the UK marriage outdoor laws. I can tie the knot outside but the grounds/place has to have a marriage license. Which is hard to find in my local area, where I plan on getting hitched. I started to feel totally bummed but as I kept scrolling I realised it was still possible. I can get married outside and have the ceremony but it just won't be bindingly legal until we sign the official marriage documents in a licensed place. 

So I now have to decide whether to get married before or after I have my marriage ceremony haha. Very confusing. I wish it was more simpler and relaxed like other countries, damn you UK. 


So with all the planning still commencing I thought I would add a small list of the pros and cons of marrying outside, just to give myself peace of mind. 

The Pros

You can have your wedding anywhere*

I love the idea that you can have your wedding ceremony anywhere (as I mentioned above it won't be legal until you sign the documents on licensed grounds). I think it's beautiful that you could marry the one you love in a place that holds sentimental value to the both of you. The ideas are endless! On a cliff, hidden in a forest, on a bridge! I love that you can have it somewhere extreme like bungee jumping if thats your thing or somewhere super romantic like under the eiffel tower (as long as these places aren't government protected haha). You can make your place family friendly or a perfect elopement for the two of you. 

Views

As mentioned above, wherever you choose to say your vows someplace will offer the most spectacular view which is a bonus for your wedding photos! I would love to be able to have photos in a field of wildflowers or a forest or even a lake on my day! This could be helpful as the view will be so beautiful that you don't need to splash out on the extra venue decor as nature has already done it for you. 

Availability*

I can bet that the field I choose as my venue probably won't be booked up for the next year or so like all the other outdoor locations I've viewed such as hotels and golf clubs. Some locations could be so unique that you wouldn't have to book at all. Handy! But I'm also adding this to my con list...

It's Versatile

An outdoor venue could be so beneficial to some couples as your decor and planning isn't as restricted. You could have more space, less rules and more inspiration.  You could think of somewhere like field as a blank canvas, as there would be no restrictions on decor (unless it ruins the field, but I'm looking at natural decor). I know that this is why I want an outdoor wedding ceremony as I know churches can have strict rules and regulations when it comes to decorating.

Weather Control*

*Not including the UK haha because when have we ever had control over that! The good thing about having an outdoor wedding is that in some places you can control the weather. If you do plan on getting married in the sun you could head to the beach for an over seas wedding in a hot country.

No Hidden Fees

With most venues there are small hidden costs everywhere that you might not even discover until you have to pay th full bill. These things could catch you out such as cleaning fees, damages, even extra music instruments. At least outside you can start from scratch and add up as you go along and not get any surprises at the end.

Cons


Not legal

As I have mentioned at the start of this post, to be legally married you have to do it on licensed grounds, so for some, myself included, we will have to make a trip to a registry office the day before or after to make it legal. 

Availability

I mentioned in my pros list that availability is a pro but it all depends on where you choose to do it. My ideas like a field or forest I imagine would be fine but some places could be in high demand or even a tourist destination.

Privacy and Comfort

An indoor venue gives you the control and luxury of privacy from wanderers or nearby sounds such as a motorway. They can also provide comfort for younger and elderly guests which an outdoor wedding might not. There is also the notion that they will be better equipped during an emergency.

Allergies and Wildlife

I plan on having an open evening party where we dine and dance outside under the star in the summer. As idyllic as this sounds, it could be ruined by pesky flies in the evening and even wasps. Also as my wedding will be taking place at the height of summer outdoors, I know certain people will be uncomfortable as they're allergies will come into full swing. As I'm typing this I just remembered that one of my bridesmaids has hay fever! 


Cost 

This is the worst con. With an outdoor wedding there isn't a nice tidy package for the day so when providing essentials these costs may add up. You may have to rent the land, rent amenities and electricity, and even furniture which will add up your costs. I am planning mine in a field so I have to look at shelters from sun and rain! 

Weather

Weather will always be on a bridesmaid whether indoors or out but it'll make a huge impact on an outdoor venue. To me it doesn't really bother me too much as I know I have no control and would actually love a wedding photo in the rain! But I also need to think of my guests and their comfort. Rain could also destroy the venue such as creating muddy fields and even some vendors won't rent out equipment such as marquees as they can get damaged or muddy. The annoying thing about British weather is that there is no chance of knowing what will come. You could end up walking down the aisle in a gale only for it then to start raining, and as soon as you duck for shelter, it could change into an indian summer. You can't win, but you can be prepared!


What do you think of these pros and cons? Did you have an outdoor wedding? Would you ever consider it?






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Outdoor Wedding Ideas that I love


I've mentioned on here before that my ideal wedding day will be held outside in the British sunshine with lots of greenery, wildflowers, and fairy lights. That's the goal. I've put together here some wee mood boards on what I would consider having. 


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Look at those beautiful ceremonies! I love that they are taking place in the sunshine and under the stars (très romantic). For a while now I have been quite taken with the idea of an arch. I love that you can dress it up but after seeing the tree here all lit up at night is definitely giving me new ideas and the ceremony in the forest with all the guest stood around? I never would have considered a ceremony like that but I think it is beautiful! 

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Another thing to think about (there are many!) with outdoor weddings is where your guests are going to sit. I have seen so many different seating arrangements and love the idea of a circle and having the ceremony in the middle so everyone can see. I am not really too fussed but love the idea of having different chairs to sit on and pretty floral decorations or even hay bales if you're going for that rustic look! 


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I think my favourite thing I'm looking forward to (aside from marrying my lobster haha) is the evening party. I can't wait to dress my venue and would be the happiest person alive if it could look something similar to the photos above. I am dreaming of lots of fairy lights, long tables and no seating plan, a live band and once more lots of greenery. 

I don't know why I'm so taken with the idea of an outdoor wedding, maybe it's because I was always outside as a child. I think I'm a bit nostalgic and would love for this special day to occur on a hot summer day with the smell of grass in the air surrounded by family and friends. I can't wait!






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Thoughts on my first wedding fair


After Mathieu proposed I promptly googled all the wedding fairs and shows in area and jotted the dates down in my bullet journal (yes I have one of those haha)! But the one that I missed was right on my doorstep. the couple I had planned to go to in January backfired as I already had plans and then I booked tickets straight away for the National Wedding Fair at the NEC in Birmingham! Can't wait for that one! 

Mathieu and I were walking down our street one day which just so happens to be the high street in Chester city centre, and noticed that there was a wedding fair at the Grosvenor Hotel. We signed up and went straight in.

The fair was only small  but it was so insightful and I think that Mathieu actually enjoyed it! It was helpful in so many ways such as grabbing all the business cards, meeting local vendors and although its not nice to say, actually helped us to see what we didn't want in a wedding. 

It was nice to see photographers and what styles they did, we realised what style photographs we didn't want. We realised that we don't want huge gaudy table decorations but we soon realised that we did want some kind of floral arrangement. It was so eye opening and I even got a small goodie bag filled with Clarins samples and every perfume sample that I love! I also topped up on every free wedding magazine I could get my hands on haha! 

We came out having a good idea of what we want from our vendor and may have a potential photographer! Mathieu loved being fawned over when he hit the suit suppliers and can't wait to have a suit fitting session, although we both need to decide on the colour of the suit as it's the one thing we can't agree on! 

By the time this post goes live I will have already visited the National Wedding Fair so I can't wait to do a post on that! I am so excited! I will be going with my mother and we're both looking forward to a lovely day out! 

What did you think of your wedding fairs? Is the idea of a wedding fair a nightmare for you? Let me know!





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How to decide on your wedding colour theme




Whilst browsing through multiple wedding boards and pins on Pinterest, I quickly realised what style wedding I want. But as I was scrolling I realised that there were certain colour themes that made these wedding pics stand out. 

Then it just kind of hit me that I needed to have one too! I know that seems kind of obvious to most brides-to-be but as I am new to this stuff it went straight over my head! With that realisation I suddenly became very overwhelmed.

I need to think of flowers colours, table decor, bridesmaids dresses! I went to make myself a cuppa and sat down to a notebook and pen and did a good ol' brainstorm. I am a very minimal person in some ways.

 I like what I like and I am not a very colourful person. I like the saying "Though she always wears black, she has the most colourful mind" as I feel that that saying was made for me. My wardrobe consists of black, white, grey and dark green. But funnily enough the last thing I want is a minimal, formal, black tie wedding. Confusing I know.

I took stock from all the wedding pins I was pinning and noticed that they were full of greenery with the odd pop of colour from a floral bouquet along with the shimmer of gold from a jewellery piece or fairy lights. My favourite colour has always been green so I thought about it and decided it should be a no brainer and have it in my colour palette.

So I have decided on three colours that the colour palette will revolve around and they are Green, Blush & Gold. I am now visioning a venue full of greenery. Table decorations full of leaves and flowers, with of course, fairy lights above our heads.  For the pop of colour I am leaning towards blushes, purples, pinks with hints of yellow and along with the influence of fairy lights, I will have all my accessories gold.


What do you think? What are your favourite colours? Did you use them in your wedding theme? 









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Wedding Planning: Ideas and Inspirations




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So I have now had about three months for my engagement to sink in and I have been bombarded with questions from family, friends, and colleagues, about all the details of what I have in mind. After scanning through endless boards and pins on Pinterest (I am in my element haha!), I have a few ideas. You can visit my wedding board here.



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After our sit down and our “wedding planning talk” We both knew that we want a relaxed wedding that’s pretty, full of happy tears, laughter, and bad dancing at the end of the night. I know I want a kind of rustic/vintage theme going, even as far to say as a “festival wedding” which sounds right up my street. 

Mathieu and I aren’t religious so we have ruled out a church wedding as we just don’t feel it’s right or our style. People have offered suggestions such as golf clubs, town halls, hotels, and just a small ceremony at a registry office, but I just feel like none of them are really “me”




I think deep down I knew what I wanted and Mathieu willingly accepted when I told him that I wanted to get married outside. I want the sun shining, an arch filled with flowers, and hopefully the hazy smell of summer lingering in the air.

So I started to make a folder of images of wedding venues, table decor, flower arrangements, and wedding dresses that I want and putting them together. Thankfully Mathieu is so onboard and I couldn’t be happier that I’m marrying him. 




I am so pleased with the outcome of these mini vision boards, they’re making me fill with excitement just looking at them!

Where are you planning on tying the knot? Did you have a pretty little church wedding or a chic hotel reception! Please share your ideas & memories! 

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Thoughts on Wedding Magazines


Okay. I'm not gonna lie. I have always dreamed of this moment. When I was little I was obsessed with these glossy magazines that showcased the most beautiful princess dresses. I then quickly realised that I had to marry someone to wear one and promptly dragged my friend Ben to the playground in school the next day and made him cry by demanding that he married me. Unfortunately, he was already betrothed to Sophie so I had to find someone else. Thirteen years later I found someone to do it without even asking or making them cry haha. 

I would also be lying if I didn't have a Pinterest wedding board ( who doesn't these days, and if you say you don't we all know you have a secret one!). I am pretty proud of my board and I would love to have everything on it. 

Anyway back to my magazine. I actually forgot about it until three weeks into my "engagement period" (is that a thing?) in the early hours of the morning when I couldn't sleep and realised and yelled, "Omg I haven't bought a wedding magazine yet!" To Mat who was snoring away next to me oblivious that to this very important matter and that I had also whacked him with a pillow. 

So I strode, yes strode, into WHSmith the next day and stood in front of the selection of magazines. Who knew there were so bloody many! I picked up about five and was then told off by Mat as he realised they were five pounds each! I selected two, a magazine for untraditional weddings and a local one to Chester and Liverpool as I thought that would be a logical decision. Smart Nicole.


I adored this magazine. The ideas, the couples, the themes! Insert all the heart eye emojis! I love the alternative wedding spreads and how they prove that your wedding doesn't have to be traditional to be, well, a wedding. It was so eye opening and the inspiration was flowing whilst flicking through all the beautiful pages. 

{all images from Rock n Roll Bride}

How beautiful are these two piece bridesmaids dresses? I Love how pretty they are and how different. I would never have thought of something like this in a wedding but this picture is proof of how it works. I also love the idea of an all green bouquet. After viewing these images I envisioned the same for my wedding but I think I need a bit of colour in mine.


The couple above in this photo had their venue/ photos taken at a botanic garden! Inside the greenhouse! The pictures were stunning and I wish will be lucky enough to have a beautiful/quirky wedding venue.


I love the idea of adding a bit of colour to a wedding dress and how gorgeous is this idea? Unless the hem is lifted it is unnoticeable. Very pretty but subtle. Also top hats? Hell yea!


Man buns and tattoos? Although I'm `not brave enough for this style of wedding I still adore it!! I think a bride who still shows her tattoos on her wedding day is the real deal! I don't understand the girlies who have them covered up for the day.



Have you read this magazine? Would you have or did you have an alternative wedding?
 Let me know in the comments!




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Announcing My Engagement



Whew. I didn't know how stressful that moment was going to be. After Mathieu proposed we didn't rush to tell anyone, not even our family. We live a few hours away from both my parents and Mathieu's family still reside in France. 

I didn't want to ring as I felt like I had to tell them in person and see the look on their faces. The only problem was that Mathieu is a chef & works the most awkward hours so a get together is always hard to arrange. 

The day after he proposed I arranged a dinner with my mum & stepdad at a restaurant, to come down to stay the weekend at my dad's, and a FaceTime call to Mathieu's mother. 

As I had a while to break the news, four weeks to be exact!, I started to fret about how I would tell them. I don't know why but I didn't want to raise my hand and yell I'm engaged, I just felt more comfortable with a different version. 

I headed straight to Etsy and ordered some Save The Dates. I had had a month to plan already so we had already set a date. As I'm on a strict budget, I needed something purse friendly, rustic, pretty, and fast. 

As you can see I don't want much haha. But straight away I found these beautiful bookmarks that were £8 including delivery that could be posted in two days. Meant to be if I do say so myself. I ordered 15 to hand out to my family members and close friends as an announcement and I loved watching their faces as they opened the envelopes. 



My mum: 

As I mentioned above we went out for a meal on the second of January to tell my mum. It was just after Christmas, and as Mathieu & I spent Christmas day together we hadn't seen her before the holidays. I gave her an envelope containing a small thank you card for her lovely presents and then passed her my bookmark. 

She was chatting away as she opened it and for some reason, I had so many butterflies swirling around my stomach. I slipped the ring on under the table and watched her reaction as she stopped mid sentence and frowned at the bookmark. She looked at me & Mathieu and just said "what?" & I then showed her the ring as a huge smile spread across her face and she took her face in her hands. Mathieu was unbelievably nervous and I started to bloody cry! She passed the bookmark to my step dad and stood up to hug us shouting "I can't believe it" whilst I sobbed like a toddler. Mathieu could breathe again & my stepdad called for champagne. 

It was nerve-wracking and I had to do it another two times that week! 



My dad: 

On the following Saturday, we took a three-hour train down to my dad and step mums to tell them the news, armed with the envelope. We arrived at the house and exchanged Christmas gifts and after they had settled down, with shaking hands, I passed them the envelope saying I had one more present for them. I still cannot get over my dad's reaction. His jaw dropped he looked up at me and yelped "what's this!?" Causing my step mum to jump up and look, whilst my father broke down in tears. The big ol' softie. My stepmum cheered and then ran out for bottles of bubbly. 

Oh, but it wasn't over yet. The next day we had a Sunday roast booked at a local pub (standard Britain aha) where the rest of my father's family were joining for a belated birthday lunch for my aunt. I gulped down my gin and tonic and passed my aunty her birthday present and card. Once she had opened them I slipped her and my gran an envelope with the save the dates. The whole restaurant was met with screams as my aunty screamed to my uncle "Oh my god! they're getting married!!!" I just wanted the ground to swallow me up. The whole pub was eyeballing us haha. My gran was in tears and jumped up to hug me and so did everyone else whilst my father blubbered away in a corner. 

And last but not least Mathieu's Mother:

It was hard at first to find a time to face time his mum as we were both traveling up and down Wales to tell everyone the news. I've never met Mats mum but I have spoken to her briefly via face time where she waves and coos at me in French as she doesn't speak a word of English. We finally got ahold of her one Monday night, Mathieu and I sat on the sofa together and he told her the news. She cried straight away and shouted "Finally!" in french whilst sobbing into her hands whilst Mathieu sat next to me stunned and embarrassed.


So that's how we told our families. I then announced it on Facebook because isn't that what we do these days? I know people have mixed feelings about announcing personal events such as this on social media but as I have moved away from home it's a great way to stay in touch.

How did you tell your family? Would you use a different method? 





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I said Oui


So here we go. My first official post! I wanted to take some photos of my ring but after standing next to my window in natural light I realised how ugly and awkward my hands are hahaha! In the end, I kept the ring in the box and decorated it with flowers, hiding my fingers in them haha.



Mathieu proposed to me with the most beautiful ring, it just goes to show that he knows my style and my "annoyingly expensive taste" as he would say. I am not a blingy person, my style of jewellery consists of minimal gold pieces that are either handmade, vintage or just catch my eye on the high street. 




I mentioned to Mathieu one day as he was planning a valentine gift for our second year that I would love to start a jewellery collection. I can still see his jaw dropping as if I was about to pull out a Cartier brochure. 

I explained that I like gold and simple jewellery and that I don't like diamonds. "What!?" Was his reply, I mentioned that I had seen the film blood diamond and I didn't want to be associated with the diamond trade after seeing the film.





So when he proposed, he surprised me with a handmade "one of a kind" ring from Etsy that was rose gold and had a raw, conflict free diamond. I fall a little bit more in love with it every day. It's perfect. the perfect style, the perfect fit, and was the perfect moment. So cheesy but after all, it was a proposal haha. 



What do you think? Are you a fan of gold or silver? Of diamonds or something untraditional? 
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