Your Dream Honeymoon Awaits at Sandals

One of our awesome Account Executives, Stephanie Godfrey was recently invited to go down and hang out at Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa in Jamaica, and she’s excited to share her experience with you today! Keep reading to find out more about Sandals Whitehouse.

My husband and I had the opportunity to travel to the beautiful country of Jamaica and stay at the all inclusive Sandals Whitehouse. Let me tell you, this is what luxury feels like. We had the best time. The pristine beaches, friendly staff and wonderful food and cocktails… It was bliss! After 6 years of marriage and 1 toddler, we felt like we were on our honeymoon all over again.

Every room at the resort has an ocean view which is such a treat. Our room was sprinkled with rose petals, a bottle of champagne chilling, some Red Stripes in the fridge and a plate of appetizers. After a much needed nap, we indulged in the treats and later met with our group at one of the great restaurants in the resort.

Everything thru the entire trip was effortless and so relaxing.

While there, I got to tour the resort and all of the endless possible locations to get married. There was one spot where these two trees created an organic arch on the beach and it was hands down my favorite.

I can see why Sandals and Sandals Whitehouse is such a popular place to plan your destination wedding, renew your vows, elope with just the two of you or plan a stress free honeymoon. The staff and the planners make it so easy. Every detail can be tailored to the couples needs and preferences. Perfect for a destination wedding when planning from afar.

There is no pressure to do anything. You could have your butler reserve you a lounge chair and umbrella on your favorite spot on the beach and stay there for your entire trip if you wanted to. The Red Lane Spa is there to pamper you with a relaxing hot stone massage or you and your guests can take advantage of the fun activities included at the resort- stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling. One night we took an Island Routes catamaran cruise during sunset and it was so beautiful to explore the island a little bit more. We jumped into the water as the sun set on the horizon and it was one of my favorite memories.

Photography: Stephanie Godfrey

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05.11.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Vintage and Vintage-Inspired Engagement Rings from Trumpet & Horn

“Something old, something new”—you’ve heard it before, but what does that actually mean? For us at Trumpet & Horn, we live for the “something old”… particularly the very old, sometimes the over 150 years old! Vintage rings are our passion, and scouring the world for rare jewelry from decades past is our obsession. But we also have a soft spot for the “something new” out there, which we express through our ever-growing vintage-inspired collection.

So, what’s the difference between vintage & vintage-inspired, you may be wondering? Vintage and antique jewelry is authentically one-of-a-kind and was created decades (sometimes even a century!) ago. For a ring to be truly considered “vintage,” it has to have been made over 20 years ago from the present date (so before 1995) AND previously owned. Anything older than 100 years from today (those rings that were made before 1915) and previously owned is considered “antique.”

Each vintage or antique piece exhibits natural wear and characteristics of the time period it was created in. Most vintage jewelry created before the 1940s was made all by hand, from the carving of the stones to the welding and decoration of the setting. Vintage-inspired jewelry draws upon the styles and tradition of vintage jewelry, but is newly manufactured. This means that the piece has never been owned before, and can be reproduced time & time again.

If you love vintage styles, but are not sure if you want an authentically vintage ring or a vintage-inspired ring, consider these tidbits!

  • Vintage jewelry tends to be more affordable than newly-made or brand name jewelry because there are no labor costs associated with the pieces, which makes the retail markup significantly less. Also, vintage diamonds and stones are considered “imperfect” by modern standards because they were cut by hand rather than by computerized lasers, which can help to reduce the price tag.
  • Vintage engagement rings are truly unique & one-of-a-kind. There is only one piece out there that exhibits the distinct design and carries the same mysterious and romantic history for you to pass along to your family.
  • Vintage-inspired jewelry takes influence from a distinct vintage time period, but doesn’t necessarily have any other connection with it. At Trumpet & Horn, we use recycled vintage metals & vintage stones in our vintage-inspired pieces to make them more authentic to the era, but that is not the case with all of the vintage-inspired options out there. If using recycled and conflict-free materials is important to you, this is something to consider!
  • Vintage-inspired jewelry lends for more customization options than vintage jewelry. We prefer to maintain the integrity of our vintage pieces and would never tamper with a ring to replace a stone with a more modern one, but this would be an option in a vintage-inspired piece. For example, if you love the Art Deco style, but would prefer a modern, laser-cut diamond as the center stone, vintage-inspired might be the right choice for you!

Whether you’re thinking of incorporating a vintage or a vintage-inspired engagement ring into your family’s history, you’re sure to have a gorgeous and timeless piece to pass on and love for generations.

Photography: Elizabeth Fogarty  | Sawyer Baird | Mariel Hannah | Jose Villa

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05.09.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Black Tie Engagement Session

We love seeing a couple dressed to the nines for their engagement photos. Coupled with film photography, an elegant, black tie feel elevates your session from the standard, and doesn’t Carmela’s Adrianna Papell dress bring just the perfect amount of glitz without feeling stuffy and overdone? Read on for more from the photographer and the couple!

From the photographer: Balboa Park is one of my favorite places to visit here in Southern California and with it being an hour and a half drive (not including traffic), it’s not often that I drive down there. So when my brother proposed to his gorgeous girlfriend, I started brainstorming ideas for their engagement session. This particular engagement session is actually the second one for them. Carmela, my brother’s fiance, got this gorgeous Adrianna Papell gown for their engagement party and when I saw it, I knew that I had to photograph her in it somewhere gorgeous, like Balboa Park.

From the couple: For our engagement photo shoot, Damaris Mia Photography suggested we go to Balboa Park. She comes up with the best locations and best ideas. She showed me the location and I fell in love. We went there right before the sun set and we let her do her job! She found the best spots for us to take pictures. We both felt so comfortable and we loved working with her! She is very talented and her skills got us the best pictures we have! Thank you Damaris Mia for photographing us! We love you!
Photographer: Damaris Mia Photography | Film Lab: Pro Photo Irvine | Venue: Balboa Park, San Diego | Dress: Adrianna Papell | Suit: Calvin Klein

05.08.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Messy Side French Twist Tutorial

We love sharing beautiful, attainable hair and makeup tutorials with you. This messy side French twist is one of our new favorites! Simple to re-create with these detailed, step-by-step instructions, this look would be perfect for an organic wedding look, a bridal shower, or even a day at the office.



1. This style works best with hair that has some wave or texture. If you have naturally wavy hair, you are good to go! If your hair is naturally straight, wrap different sized sections around a 1 ¼” curling iron to create some wave.

2. Mist a texturizing spray or surf spray through the hair to give it more “grip”. This will make styling the hair easier and help the finished look stay in place. Hair designer Claudia Mejerle used the Sea Salt Spray from Not Your Mother’s.

3. Back comb (or tease) the last few inches of your hair with a wide-toothed comb to give it even more texture and body – this makes it easier to pin the hair in place in the following steps.

4. Part your hair wherever you feel is most flattering for your face. Either a side part or center part will work great. Then, gather all of the hair in a low ponytail with your hands.

5. Twist your ponytail toward the side of your head that you would like for the French twist to be situated.  As you twist, tuck your hair into itself low on the head. This will start forming the French twist.

6. Pin the twisted hair in place with several hair pins and bobby pins.

7. Tuck the ends of the ponytail up into the twist and pin the ends into place. Feel free to leave some loose bits out to give the hair a soft, “lived in” feel.

8. Finish the style with a mist of hairspray. Mejerle used the Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold.

Photography: Katie Hyatt for Laura Catherine Organic Photographs | Hair and Makeup: Claudia Mejerle | Model: Emily Cuppia | Top: Elizabeth Suzann

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05.07.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog