Couple Spotlight- Ingrid and Jason

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Q: How did you meet?

Jason and I were introduced by a dear friend during a University of Minnesota Homecoming football game in 2013. Little did we know, that dear friend had a knack for matchmaking! It was a rainy Saturday afternoon and I decided the Library Bar was the perfect (dry) place to enjoy the game. I ran into all kinds of old friends at “The Library”, including a sorority sister who I hadn’t seen in years. After catching up and learning I was single, she told me she had the PERFECT guy I just HAD to meet. Meanwhile, Jason had braved the weather and was at the stadium. This friend had been texting him saying that she had the PERFECT girl he just HAD to meet! Before I knew it, Jason showed up at the bar and we hit it off right away. We had our first date the following week and the rest is history!

Q:How did you know he/she was the one?

I knew Jason was the one about 2 months after we started dating. He found out he was being relocated from Minneapolis to Cincinnati for work and it made things between us get serious very fast. We made long distance love work for just over 2 years, and truthfully, it brought us closer than we could have imagined! We made seeing each other a priority during that time and racked up a lot of Delta SkyMiles doing so :)

 

 Q:How did he propose?

Jason’s proposal was perfectly us.  It happened as we were finishing up one of our favorite things to do as a couple – cooking dinner together. We were almost done with the dishes when Jason slipped away and grabbed the ring. He came up behind me and said “Sweetheart, turn around, I have a surprise for you!” When I turned around he was down on one knee with a stunning Single Stone ring I had just so subtly hinted I wanted, and I was so excited I couldn’t even get a “Yes!” out. We spent the night together, just the two of us, and told our families and friends the next day. It was simple and perfect.

 

Q: What was your wedding like?

When we began wedding planning, Jason and I knew we wanted three things: to be on the water, to honor our strong family ties, and to host a mini getaway for our guests. Bayfield, Wisconsin was the perfect match in our search for a location: my parents were married there nearly 30 years ago, you can’t get closer to Lake Superior, and it’s the perfect destination for a celebration. The meaning of the place and the view from our venue steered a lot of the creative vision for the wedding overall. I loved the idea of simple and timeless with meaningful touches throughout. I made our escort cards out of stones from Lake Superior while spectacular vistas of the lake and the Apostle Islands served as our backdrop for the whole wedding. We tied Bayfield into our invitation suite by using vintage maps of Lake Superior as our envelope liners, and we sent our guests home with blueberry jam favors from a local orchard. We danced the night away with family and friends in a clear tent under the stars.

Q:What was your favorite moment from your wedding?

 We both agree that our favorite moment from the wedding was seeing each other for the first time. We planned our first look to be in the woods on the shore of Lake Superior. The weather was absolutely flawless, and any nerves either of us had were completely calmed at that moment. It truly felt like nothing else mattered at that point in time.

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Photography: Jeff Loves Jessica /  Videography: SkyFocus Films /  Venue: Apostle Highlands Golf Course / Event Coordination: Lace and Brass / Makeup: Tina Beaupre / Hair:  Ayla Dougherty / Bridal Gown: Pronovias/  Bridesmaids’ dresses : Wtoo / Bride’s engagement ring and band: Single Stone  / Groom’s Attire: Menguin / Florals: Saffron & Grey / Catering: Good Thyme Catering  / Rentals: Apres Party & Tent /  Band: Bluewater Kings Band

 

By |January 10th, 2017|Couple Spotlight, Weddings|Comments Off on Couple Spotlight- Ingrid and Jason

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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 We know finding the perfect gift for your loved ones can be a challenge so our little elves are here to help.  We have rounded up some of our favorite holiday gift ideas for everyone on list!

Shop our favorites below:

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Milo Necklace with Diamonds $2,800

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Amber Earrings $1,500

 

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Small Gabby Rose Cut Band $3,600

 

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Jolie Ring $13,000

 

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The Sport Bracelet $3,200

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Iris Earrings $1,200

 

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Swallow Pendant $3,850

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Milo Ring $1,900

 

By |December 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Autumn Harvest Editorial

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Photography: Tyler Branch / Venue Name: Oak Canyon Ranch, Los Angeles, California, USA / Event design: The Blushing Bird / Planning: Laurel and Fey / Florals: Revel Petals / Wedding Dress: Tatyana Merenyuk / Hairpiece: Melinda Rose Design / Bride’s shoes: Harriet Wilde Peony Gold / Rings: Single Stone / Hair and Makeup: Amber Rose / Groom attire: Heart and Dagger for ASOS / Paper goods: Heirloom Paper Co. / Cake: Frost it Cakery // Tabletop rentals: Borrowed Blu / Furniture rentals: Premiere Party Rents / Models: Merissa Underwood and Wesley Kemp

By |November 7th, 2016|BLOG, Collaborations, Editorials, Single Stone Style|Comments Off on Autumn Harvest Editorial

Retailer Spotlight: Greenwich St. Jewelers

 

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Today we are excited to introduce you our retailer in New York City, Greenwich St. Jewelers!

In a city full of big-name jewelry brands, it’s natural to yearn for a more intimate, personal experience when selecting jewelry. That is what sisters Jennifer and Christina Gandia decided to do when they took over the family jewelry business more than a decade ago.

Started by their parents in 1976 in lower Manhattan, Greenwich St. Jewelers had long offered exceptional service and an unusual level of onsite expertise. But the sisters’ dream of adding a broad range of services and a fashionable, curated selection of jewelry was visionary.

Today, Greenwich St. Jewelers presents a carefully chosen assortment of styles from sought-after and emerging designers, exquisite custom design work, and an extensive selection of engagement and wedding rings. All of this, in a boutique setting in the downtown Manhattan.

Greenwich St. Jewelers will be hosting our annual trunk show November 4-6 ! Join us to meet the designer and see the latest pieces in our collection. We look forward to seeing you all there!

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By |October 25th, 2016|BLOG, Retailer Spotlight|Comments Off on Retailer Spotlight: Greenwich St. Jewelers

A Picture Perfect Proposal

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One of our favorite things to celebrate with our clients are their proposals! We feel so privileged to be able to be a part of such a special occasion and love to celebrate the love that each and every couple has for one another.

Meet one of our newest Single Stone Couples, Nick and Paulette. Nick proposed to Paulette in the south of France with a beautiful custom Savannah ring. Here, Nick tells us about how they met, the proposal, and more!

 

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Q: How did you meet?

We actually first met through my younger sister Wendy. Wendy and my fiancé Paulette became best friends when they were in college together at College of Charleston. Eventually, after she graduated, Paulette moved up to New York City where I was living. We had met before, but hadn’t really spent time together, and we had each previously been involved in other relationships. We connected immediately when we spent more time together in NYC, and when my sister gave both of us her blessing and encouragement, I asked Paulette on our first date. The rest is history!

Q: Tell us about the proposal!

After spending a couple of days in Aix-en-Provence, we left for a surprise destination… I had booked a couple of nights at a great hotel in Eze, near Nice.  Once we arrived, we took a little stroll around the gardens, and then got ready for dinner. I snuck out and gave my phone to one of the concierge so that she could take secret video footage of the coming proposal. After we were ready, we walked down to a beautiful platform in the garden overlooking the Mediterranean to enjoy the view, and that’s where I proposed!

Q:What did she think of the ring?

She absolutely LOVES the ring, and I could not have been more proud and happy to finally give it to her. It was an extreme test of my patience to keep it tucked away in our apartment for so long- especially given how badly I wanted her to see it and how excited I was to propose. It was such a special moment, and hers is such a special ring- she talks about how much she adores it every day, and it makes me so happy to catch her admiring it.

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Congratulations you two! Thank you for sharing your love story with us!

By |September 20th, 2016|BLOG, Couple Spotlight, Proposals|Comments Off on A Picture Perfect Proposal

Retailer Spotlight: I. Gorman Jewelers

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Today we are excited to introduce you our retailer in Washington DC, I. Gorman Jewelers!
 
In1981, Bonnie and Ivan Gorman opened I. Gorman Jewelers in Washington DC. Now 35 years later, their store is run by their children Adam and Nicole, and has become an award-winning retail destination known for featuring some of the most renowned international designers in the world.

Adam mentions “We spend a few times a year traveling the world to find unique designers, that most often are exclusive in the DC area, and sometimes almost completely exclusive to the USA.  We love the challenge of finding artists that have an individual and unique statement, with design and craftsmanship that parallel that thought.

 

We invite you to see their beautiful showroom and the latest collection of Single Stone pieces September 16-17th. We look forward to seeing you there!

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By |September 13th, 2016|BLOG, Retailer Spotlight|Comments Off on Retailer Spotlight: I. Gorman Jewelers

Retailer Spotlight: Croghan’s Jewel Box

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Today we are excited to introduce you our retailer in South Carolina, Croghan’s Jewel Box!

Croghan’s is the oldest family owned jewelry store in Charleston and is a treasure trove of the most exciting and unique inventory in the low country. The charming store, which began 100 years ago as a small narrow shop, has now expanded to occupy the entire three story building. The jewelry store is now being run by the third and fourth generation of women and each family member has added their own touch to the family business.

Croghan’s has been a destination for clients whose family has been coming to them for generations and has been apart of the Single Stone family for over 15 years.

Join us for September 9th and 10th as they host our annual trunk show! We look forward to seeing you all there!

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By |August 24th, 2016|BLOG, Retailer Spotlight, Trunk Show|Comments Off on Retailer Spotlight: Croghan’s Jewel Box

Summer Sips

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Whether you are hosting a backyard BBQ, throwing a summer party,  or just hanging out with some friends, a good summer cocktail is always a must. We have rounded up our five TOP summer cocktail recipes that are sure to refresh you all summer long.

Cheers!

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Grapefruit Mint Mojito

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INGREDIENTS: 

2 sprigs fresh mint leaves (about 8 leaves)
2 oz rum
2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
1/2 oz lime juice
Ice
1 oz club soda
Grapefruit wedge or wheel for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place 1/2 of the mint leaves in your glass and muddle gently.
  2. Stir together the rum, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and ice until the drink has chilled.
  3. Top with a splash of club soda.
  4. Garnish with fresh mint sprig and grapefruit wedge or wheel.

 

Elderflower Champagne Cocktail

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INGREDIENTS:

Dry champagne
St Germain
Thinly sliced cucumber
Mint

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Fill a tumbler with ice.
  2. Fill 3/4 of the glass with dry champagne.
  3. Add thinly sliced cucumber and fresh mint.
  4. Top off with St Germain.

 

Blueberry Moscow Mule

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INGREDIENTS:

1 cup ginger beer
1 shot ginger vodka
juice of one lime wedge
blueberry syrup (recipe below)

BLUEBERRY SYRUP DIRECTIONS:
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon sugar

  1. Bring the ingredients to a boil for 5 minutes, then let it simmer for another 10 minutes until it thickens.
  2. Strain over a glass bowl and let it cool.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pour the ginger beer, vodka and lime juice in a copper cup and stir.
  2. Add in the ice and then pour a little blueberry syrup on the top.
  3. Give it another stir and garnish with blueberries and a lime wedge.

 

Fresh Lime & Jalapeno Margarita

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INGREDIENTS:

1/2 fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 large green jalapeno ( thinly sliced)
4 ounces silver tequila
2 ounces honey
2 tablespoons sea salt
2 lime wedges for garnish
2 sprigs cilantro for garnish (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In the bottom of a pitcher, muddle the jalapeno slices with the lime juice.
  2. Add the tequila and honey, stir to combine thoroughly – or until all the honey is dissolved.
  3. Pour the sea salt in the bottom of a small bowl.
  4. Dip the top of each glass in the margarita mixture, then press the top of the glass into the bowl of salt.
  5. Fill each glass with fresh ice and pour in the margarita mix.
  6. Garnish with the fresh lime and cilantro.

 

 Blackberry Lemon Gin and Tonic

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INGREDIENTS:

12 blackberries
20 mint leaves
2 lemons
1/4 cup simple syrup
12 Ounces Hendricks Gin
Tonic Water
Ice
 

 

DIRECTIONS:

1. Combine 3 blackberries, 5 mint leaves and juice from 1/2 of lemon and 1 tablespoon of simple syrup in each of your four cocktail glasses, preferably high ball glasses.
2. Muddle ingredients until combine and berries and fully crushed.
3. Fill each glass to the top with ice.
4. Add 3 ounces of gin and stir.
5. Top with tonic water and garnish with a slice of lemon, blackberry and mint leaves.

 

By |August 2nd, 2016|BLOG, Lifestyle, Trending|Comments Off on Summer Sips

Couple Spotlight- Zack and Delsie

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Q: How did you meet?

When Zack was 19 and I was 16, he worked at Family Video in our little hometown. I went in late one night to drop off some movies, and he was there working by himself. The rest is history! He actually asked my friend for her number, so I thought he was going to chase after her…until he asked her for my number later that evening. We connected right off the bat, and though it took us some years to find our way back to each other, we both think it was worth the wait! 

Q: How did you know he/she was the one?

Zack claims he knew from the very beginning. :)

The moment that I revisit every time I’m asked this question is one evening when we were together late at night—Zack had gotten off work at almost midnight, so we spent a lot of late nights together since our schedules were so different—and on this particular night, it was so late that everything we did and said was funny. We stayed up until almost 5 in the morning laughing at anything and everything. Zack has always been so easy for me to connect with, but this night was so much fun that I knew it was how I wanted to spend the rest of my life. I wanted to smile and love life every day, and I knew that with him in my life, this would be as easy as breathing.

Q: How did he propose?

           The two of us took a beach trip to North Carolina in March of 2015. It was perfect weather all week, until the day he planned on proposing; then, it became chilly and dreary. It rained all day the day before we were to head home. I was bummed because I wanted to go to the beach with him, and I was afraid we were going to be rained out. When it stopped, I was bound and determined that no matter how cold and dark it was, we were going to go walk on the beach together. Since it had rained all day, when we got there, the beach was completely empty. There was no one there but the two of us. We walked for a little while, then down to the water…that’s when it happened. It was so peaceful and intimate, and I never thought I would be so thankful for a rainy day at the beach! 

Q: What was your favorite moment from your wedding?

            Both of us agree that our favorite part of our day was when we saw each other for the first time as I walked down the aisle. On our wedding day, I didn’t get nervous or upset or worked up a single time. Everything was so easy and smooth, and I couldn’t wait to see him. I was an emotional wreck. I teared up at the slightest little thing, as I was in such disbelief at how lucky I am to spend the rest of my life with the perfect man. I knew I was emotional, but not until the church doors opened and I walked down the aisle did I realize how emotional Zack was, too. His face was so priceless. And at that point, no one else mattered. 

 

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Photography: Kristyn Hogan / Ceremony Location: Vine Street Christian Church /  Reception: Cabana Nashville  / Wedding Dress:  Stella York /    Florals: Alice Rockhold /  Makeup: Katy Yokley MUA / Hair: Amy Uhls  /  Wedding Rings:  Single Stone

 

 

By |June 8th, 2016|BLOG, Couple Spotlight, Weddings|Comments Off on Couple Spotlight- Zack and Delsie

DB Creativity- “5 Mistakes brides make when it comes to floral.”

floralLets face it.. when it comes to floral choices for your wedding, it can be hard to choose! There are so many beautiful options. We got a chance to talk with Laura Hazzard, past Single Stone client and wedding planner extraordinaire at DB Creativity, and get her insight to the “5 Mistakes brides make when it comes to floral.”

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  1. Not considering line of sight

When picking out your centerpiece design, oftentimes brides do not think about the line of site in the room. A lot of the styled shoots you see on Pinterest are misleading because they aren’t practical for a table setting and comfort of your guest.

  A low centerpiece draws the eye down to the table and can act as a great conversation piece for your guests. If you are going tall – keep it high and thin. Our rule of thumb is it must be taller than 18 inches to not impact the guest line of site at the table.

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  1. Buying vs. Renting

Many couples go on a spending frenzy when they find deals at Michaels, downtown, or even Etsy. However, this may not be the most cost effective route – and really, do you want to own 20 tree stump vases after your wedding? Rental is almost always the most affordable route when choosing containers for your centerpieces. Also, there is a concern that what you purchase cannot be used by your florist to achieve the look you are going for.

 

  1. Choosing overly-fragrant flowers

We always recommend our couples stay away from fragrant flowers. There are so many people that suffer from allergies, and the scent can also impact how your food tastes at the table. This includes flowers like lilies, hyacinth, tuberose, or freesia. Some options that have little to no fragrance include hydrangea, orchids, most standard roses, and many more…

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  1. Not having the proper lighting

So often we’ve seen couples choose BEAUTIFUL designs but choose not to include lighting in their budget. When the lights go down for dancing, all of the centerpieces disappear in the dark. Pinspots or candles are always recommended if your venue does not provide any type of dimming light source.

 

  1. Seasons are important!

Many brides come to us wanting peonies or dahlias which only bloom beautifully during certain times in the year. Requesting these flowers off-season can be very pricey or result in low-quality flowers. One of our favorites, the garden rose, you can get all year long in so many different colors.

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About DB Creativity: DB Creativity is a full-scale event production and design firm in Los Angeles, specializing in weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, and corporate events for the past 20 years. To find out more about their services please visit their website.

By |May 11th, 2016|BLOG, Weddings|Comments Off on DB Creativity- “5 Mistakes brides make when it comes to floral.”