PW Reader Ring: Erin & Brian!

Erin's ring!

Erin’s ring!

The couple: Erin Legg and Brian Forrest, from Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring has an emerald-cut black diamond set in yellow gold with white diamonds on the sides. Brian designed it with a hint of my preferences! I picked out ring styles I liked on Pinterest, and I also told him that I like black and white diamonds with yellow gold. I just think those colors are very classic and will stand the test of time. He did the rest!

He found a perfect black diamond online, bought it, and then took it to a local jeweler on Jewelers’ Row, D’Antonio and Klein Jewelers. He then designed the rest with the classic setting.

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Photos: 12 Nontraditional Engagement Rings We Love

Alternative Engagement Rings

Photo by Nell Hoving

The traditional engagement ring—white-metal setting, diamond star either shining on its own or with smaller diamond sidekicks—will never go out of style (or, we’re quite sure, out of favor with brides- to-be).

But lately, it’s the alternative engagement ring that’s getting a lot of attention from both jewelry designers and couples. Slices of pale gray diamonds, clusters of sapphires in varying shades, rose-cut topaz center stones and semiprecious halos—set in everything from brushed yellow gold to diamond-dotted rose gold—are gracing more and more ring fingers.

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Beginning-of-February Bridal Trunk Shows

Gown by Maggie Sottero

Gown by Maggie Sottero

Nicole Bridal & Formal Shoppe, Jenkintown

February 2-4: Augusta Jones Bridal Trunk Show

You’ll receive 10 percent savings if you order the featured designer’s dresses during the trunk show; call to make an appointment.

The Wedding Pavilion at Van Cleve

February 2-11: Alessandra Rinaudo Bridal Trunk Show

You’ll receive 10 percent savings if you order the featured designer’s dresses during the trunk show; call to make an appointment.

Bridal Garden, Marlton

February 3-5: Maggie Sottero Bridal Trunk Show

You’ll receive special incentives to order the featured designer’s dresses during the trunk show; call to make an appointment.

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PW Reader Ring: Kimberly and Greg!

Kim's ring!

Kim’s ring!

The couple: Kimberly Knorr and Gregory Spaeter, from Warminster.

The ring: My ring has a pear-shaped diamond set in white gold accented with smaller chip diamonds in a unique band. Greg tells the story that he had a stone all picked out a few years ago and was going to go back to buy it—and then I happened to mention liking my mom’s engagement ring, which is a pear. Needless to say, he didn’t go back and then ended up waiting a few years before buying a ring.

The only tips I had given him were that I liked the pear-shape stone, and that I liked a simple band. He picked both without my help: He went with a friend to Jared the first time and picked the stone. And I believe he went back on his own to select the band. He said that they showed him many different bands before he finally found the one he liked! I know I said I wanted simple and I had told him that I didn’t want anything on the band—but once he gave it to me I was in love. I couldn’t have picked it better for myself!

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Take a Look at Van Cleve Wedding Pavilion’s Brand New Location

The new Van Cleve bridal space. Photo courtesy of Van Cleve.

Part of the new Van Cleve bridal space. Photo courtesy of Van Cleve.

If any of you have been shopping at Van Cleve in the past—for your prom, your bridesmaid dress for your BFF’s wedding, or with your mom for that black tie event she had last year—then you might remember that the bridal- and formalwear shop was broken up into two separate buildings, depending on what event you were shopping for.

Well, no more! The lovely ladies at Van Cleve have picked up and moved just a few miles down Route 30 in Paoli, and now all of their gorgeous frocks are under one roof.

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Late January Bridal Trunk Shows

Photo courtesy of Carolina Herrera.

Photo courtesy of Carolina Herrera.

Nicole Bridal & Formal Shoppe, Jenkintown

January 19-28: Claire Pettibone Bridal Trunk Show

You’ll receive 10 percent savings if you order the featured designer’s dresses during the trunk show; call to make an appointment.

Elizabeth Johns, Ardmore

January 20-22: Carolina Herrera Bridal Trunk Show

You’ll receive special incentives to order the featured designer’s dresses during the trunk show, including a $500 Elizabeth Johns merchandise gift card with your Carolina Herrera bridal gown purchase. Call to make an appointment.

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Ask the Expert: How Soon After My Wedding Should I Preserve My Bouquet?

An example of one of Hana Willow's shadow box bouquet preservations.

An example of one of Hana Willow’s shadow box bouquet preservations.

Question: I want to preserve my bouquet, but do I need to get it to the preserver before we leave on our honeymoon? Or can I hang it upside down until afterward?

Answer: “The best plan is to get the bouquet to whoever is preserving it as soon as possible after the wedding—we recommend within about four days,” says Stefanie Kitcher, floral preserver and artist at Old City’s Hana Willow Design. (She also suggests appointing a loved one to keep and deliver the bouquet after the wedding.)

Until then, “Keep the bouquet in water, even the fridge if possible.” If life happens, though, don’t sweat: Miracles can still occur. “The flowers will likely need to be painted, because hang-drying often turns them brown—but it’s still doable, and they usually come out looking great.”

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PW Reader Ring: Allie & Patrick!

Allie's ring!

Allie’s ring!

The couple: Allie Luceri and Patrick Rowley, from Fairmount.

The ring: My ring has a cushion-cut diamond surrounded by a diamond halo set in white gold. It’s by Henry Daussi. I absolutely love my ring—and I love that Patrick picked it out himself, without me! I think that makes the story so romantic.

We never went shopping together and I never left photos around, although I did occasionally share feedback on rings I did and didn’t like when appropriate—and Patrick is a very good listener, so I am sure he made note of these details. He is big on surprises and wouldn’t have wanted to pick something out together. I had shared photos of my dream ring with my sisters and mom, which I know they shared with him when the time was right.

He bought the ring at Benari Jewelers in Exton. The staff mentioned how detail oriented he was in selecting the perfect ring. It’s absolutely beautiful, classic, romantic, sparkly and timeless. It’s suits our relationships and my personality. After he proposed, he told me he wanted me to say Wow when I saw the ring—and let’s just say I still say Wow whenever I look down at my hand!

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Mid-January Bridal Trunk Shows

Photo courtesy of Inbal Dror.

Photo courtesy of Inbal Dror.

The Wedding Shoppe, Wayne

January 16-22: International Collections Trunk Show

During this week-long event, dresses by international designers such as Inbal Dror, Le Spose di Gio, Rosa Clara, Francesca Miranda and more will be discounted by 10 percent—and you’ll also receive a $50 coupon towards your veil with your dress purchase. Call to make an appointment.

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