Win a Diamond Ring from Diamond in the Rough!

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We are so excited to introduce our newest sponsor, Diamond in the Rough! We’re even more excited to announce a giveaway! Diamond in the Rough is giving away their “Grace” engagement ring, a $2000 value, to one lucky Once Wed reader. Yeah, really!  Read more about Diamond in the Rough and how to enter the engagement ring giveaway below.

Diamond in the Rough is a precious jewelry company based out of New York City that is known for crafting engagement and wedding rings with natural rough diamonds. Each one-of-a-kind piece is created with a rough diamond and displayed uniquely. Since every engagement ring is made with a natural rough diamond, no two rings will ever be alike. Your engagement ring is filled with a kind of character that can’t be replicated.

Diamond in the Rough has created multiple collections to appeal to all aesthetics from traditional to modern. The inclusions in the natural diamonds create a vast assortment of distinct shades in addition to incredible shapes. And we love the beautiful colors created by the natural forming of the diamonds like champagne, rose, cognac, colorless and much more!

Founder Daniel Eskapa pays homage to these precious stones and the history of jewelry with these modern yet historical designs. Eskapa selects each stone and every rough diamond is complemented with a distinctive setting that enhances the natural character of the stone. Every one of these beautiful pieces of jewelry is a wearable work-of-art!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER to win Diamond in the Rough’s beautiful “Grace” engagement ring!

05.30.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

DIY Flower Dyed Ribbon and Napkins

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Pretty neat, right? Ginny Au dyed simple silk ribbons and muslin napkins with only flowers. No dyes or powders needed. Just gather some of your favorite colored flowers, wrap them in ribbon and/or napkins, and place in a jar of water in the sun for 2 days. Perfection!

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Supplies

-Muslin napkins
-Silk ivory ribbon
-Jar of filtered water
-Seasonal flowers in variety of colors

Directions

1. + 2. Choose your petals to dye your ribbon and muslin napkins with.

3. Soak your piece of muslin in filtered water and wring out the excess water.

4. Open the muslin and place your torn flower petals inside the muslin. Wrap around with the silk ribbon.

5. Place the wrapped muslin inside your glass of water and set outside in the sun for two days. Make sure to start your project when two consecutive days of sun is expected.

6. After two days the water can appear dirty and brown. This is normal. Remove you bundle from your water, untie the muslin and discard the flowers. Rinse the muslin and ribbon in luke warm water with a mild soap. Wring out excess water and place the ribbon and muslin in the sun to dry.

Photography: Erich McVey | Styling: Ginny Au | Calligraphy: Holly Hollon | Flowers: Cloth of Gold Flowers

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05.29.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Gift your Bridesmaids with Coatt Jewelry!

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Are you looking for the perfect bridesmaids’ gifts for you to give to your special ladies? Well, we have found a beautiful memento for your maids that will demonstrate your gratitude in a stylish and meaningful way. So please let us introduce our new sponsor, Coatt!

Coatt is a family run design studio that specializes in jewelry design, specifically bracelets and necklaces. They have created a unique line of monogrammed bracelets and necklaces that would make perfect bridesmaids’ gifts. Each monogram is unique in that Coatt spells out initials by using morse code! They can spell out words on a bracelet or necklace as well. Cool huh? Each piece uses gold dots and dashes on silk cord to spell words, names, and phrases.

We are in love with this truly original idea for a monogram versus traditional lettered designs. We’re sure your bridesmaids will be in love too, and Coatt makes these lovely gifts even more appealing by offering a discount for you if you buy multiples!

Each piece is made to order with your specific words or initials, so allow for a few days after your order for them to create your new and unique piece of jewelry. These beautiful designs will definitely be worth the wait!

Check out Coatt’s website where they also sell morse code stationary and bookmarks!

05.29.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Elegant Hellebore Wedding Ideas

Ciara Richardson Photography and Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral collaborate every month to feature a flower. They went all out this month with the beautiful, Hellebore, and sent over some beautiful wedding ideas for me to share with you. Is any one here planning to use Hellebore at their wedding?

Photography: Ciara Richardson | Floral & Tablescape Styling : Tinge | Cake: Rue De Lis | Dress : Ciara Richardson | Venue: La Caille | Paper Goods: October Ink | Suit: Artful Tailoring

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05.28.13 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog