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Little Rock City Guide

We are gearing up for our next trunk show in Little Rock and we couldn’t be more excited to be heading to such a scenically beautiful and historic city! Our friends at Roberson’s Fine Jewelry have broken down all the highlights the city has to offer for your perfect weekend getaway. Whether you love the outdoors, enjoy food trucks, exploring museums, or fabulous shopping (like a Single Stone trunk show) the city has just the thing for you. Keep reading to discover why Little Rock is such a special place and is definitely a must see travel destination.

Don’t forget to join us November 17-18th for our annual Trunk Show, we can’t wait to see you there!

Q: What is the best place to stay?

The Capital Hotel, debuted in 1876 and received a full restoration in 2007. The Capital offers uncompromising comfort and convenience of a modern luxury hotel without any compromise of its rare historic character. Their brunch at One Eleven is not to be missed and they are known for their outstanding customer service, attention to detail and complimentary pecan toffee. 🙂 

THE CAPITAL HOTEL | 111 West Markham Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

Q: What is your favorite shopping destination and why?

Roberson’s Fine Jewelry! The very best selection of designer jewelry in the South!

ROBERSON’S FINE JEWELRY | Pleasant Ridge Town Center, 11525 Cantrell Rd #703, Little Rock, AR 72212

Q: What is your favorite restaurant and what’s the best thing on the menu?

Samantha’s Tap Room and the best thing on the menu is the Surf and Turf Queso!

SAMANTHA’S TAP ROOM | 322 Main St, Little Rock, AR 72201

Q: What is the best local dessert spot?

Le Pops, known for their gourmet popsicles including locally grown produce and herbs.

LE POPS | 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd Ste J. Little Rock, AR 72207

Q: Any must see destinations while you are visiting?

The Clinton Library and Museum of Discovery. The Clinton Library includes amazing historic artifacts from momentous moments of our history and is definitely a must see regardless of your politics. The Library features an inside look at the day-to-day of the Presidency and even has a replica of the Oval Office and Cabinet room. The Museum of Discovery is a great place for a family outing featuring 90 hands on exhibits focused on technology, science and math.

THE CLINTON LIBRARY | 1200 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201

THE MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY | 500 President Clinton Ave., Suite 150 Little Rock, AR 72201

Q: What is the best way to spend “Family Day”?

At Pinnacle Mountain, it is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors with your family and offers hiking trails, bike trails, canoe rides, boat tours and more fun activities to enable you to enjoy the beautiful landscape of the mountain.

PINNACLE MOUNTAIN | 11901 Pinnacle Valley Rd, Roland, AR 72135

Q: Best kept Little Rock secret (that you’re willing to share)

The variety of food trucks downtown! Southern Salt Food Company serves up southern comfort food with a twist and is known for their burgers. Loblolly Creamery crafts small batch unique ice cream flavors that change seasonally, they use local ingredients and their ice cream is free of preservatives and artificial coloring. 

SOUTHERN SALT FOOD COMPANY | Main Street, Little Rock, AR

LOBLOLLY CREAMERY MOBILE | Main Street, Little Rock, AR

Comment below if you have been to Little Rock and have some recommendations of places we need to check out, we would love to hear from you!

 

 

By |November 14th, 2017|BLOG, Travel, Trunk Show|Comments Off on Little Rock City Guide

Couple Spotlight- Justin and Carly

There’s something  romantic about the fall season. Crisp air, the leaves turning, and the holidays around the corner.  It makes us want to cozy up with our loved ones by the fire with a warm cup of hot cocoa . Our beautiful Single Stone couple took advantage of the outdoors with their beautiful engagement photos in Aspen Colorado. Get ready to swoon because we seriously can’t get enough!  

 

Q:How did you and your fiancé meet? 

We met in the beautiful little town of San Luis Obispo, where Justin is from and where I was attending college. We had a bunch of mutual friends and had been at a handful of the same events but had never really met. One night his band was playing in my town, he invited me to the show and afterwards he came over to my apartment for our first official hangout…….and then ended up staying for 2 weeks. haha! I guess you could say it was a successful hangout 😉 Almost ten years later, here we are!

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

He always says he knew I was the one when we went on our first dinner date and I ordered a giant burger instead of a salad! I would say I knew it was something very special on our first valentine’s day (before we were actually officially a couple). He was living 4 hours away at the time and my girlfriend talked me in to going to a romantic dinner with her, since we both were alone on valentine’s day and pouting about it. When I walked up to the restaurant to meet her, there he was instead, sitting outside waiting for me with flowers. No one had ever done something like that for me. And after all these years, there are countless moments like those that just affirm that you have found your person. 

Q:How did he propose? 

Our favorite quick getaway from L.A. has always been The Parker in Palm Springs. This year for my birthday, he took me there and got us our favorite room. Our favorite thing to do in the mornings there is to order a french press of coffee, and sit out on the balcony overlooking the beautiful gardens in our robes. I had zero idea it was coming, but that morning, on my birthday, as we sat out in our favorite spot in our robes, he asked me to marry him.

Q:What was your first reaction when you saw your ring?

After about 5 minutes of uncontrollable sobbing after he proposed, Justin was like “You haven’t even looked at the ring yet!!!” Haha! I was too emotional and excited to even think about it, but once I saw it….I could not believe it actually belonged to me. I have looked at my share of rings over the years, but this was better than anything I could have EVER dreamed up for myself. The fact that Justin picked it out all on his own (with help from the amazing Arielle) and picked something that is so me makes it that much more special and is just a testament to how well he really does know me. Every time I get a compliment on it, I just light up inside.

Q:Any other things you would like to share.. 

Working on hundreds of weddings for other people through my graphic design studio moochie creative, and the fact that we have been a couple for almost a decade, I thought that when the time came for my own wedding, that some of the luster would have worn off. But I could not have been more wrong! This has truly been the most joyous season of my life and I am so excited for a new chapter in our story. 

 

 

 

 

Credits:

Bride: Carly Marie of Moochie Creative/ Photography: Dani Cowan /Ring: Single Stone 

By |November 1st, 2017|Couple Spotlight, Proposals, Single Stone Couples|Comments Off on Couple Spotlight- Justin and Carly

Couple Spotlight – Chelsea and Kyle

We have been looking forward to sharing with you these beautiful engagement photos from our Single Stone couple, Chelsea and Kyle. This adorable and adventure seeking couple are high school sweethearts. They have decided that after spending 15 years together, it was the perfect time to make it official and travel the world together! To hear more about their love story and see their beautiful wedding photos, scroll below!

Q:How did you and your fiancé meet?

Kyle and I met in middle school. I had the biggest crush on him, but we didn’t start dating until high school. 

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

I guess as a super dramatic pre-teen, I knew he was “the one” the minute I laid eyes on him. HAHA. But over time, we became “each other’s person.” We went from being kids together to being adults. It blows my mind but at of our wedding, we had known each other half our lives. Watching him grow over all these years but never losing his kindness, playfulness and willingness to change his mind is what gives me hope that he will always be the one for me. 

Q:How did Kyle propose?

Getting married wasn’t something we both dreamed of. After 15 years together, we were happy with our lives and didn’t really see a reason to get married. To us marriage had always felt like a “supposed to” and we weren’t into that. We dealt with our families for years, asking “when are you two going to finally get married?” We would respond with, “never!” But January rolled around and we both needed something new and exciting. A year full of love and adventure, we decided. Let’s get married and travel the globe! 

Q:What was your favorite moment from your wedding?

We have so many favorite moments from our wedding. We had a very small intimate wedding of 18 people, which definitely caused some difficult conversations, but in the end was the right thing for us. Our close friend married us and his remarks were amazing, so funny and wonderfully personal. My baby sister, Kacy, took charge of the wedding planning with me and made sure the day was incredible. The friends who attended used their wonderful, artistic skills every chance they got to add more flair and love to all aspects of the day. Kyle’s cousin, Madi, is a tap dancer and she killed it on the dance floor to a Ciara song during the reception.  I think having an intimate wedding makes everyone feel special, you’re a part of something and you matter, you aren’t one in a sea of people. Kyle and I, whether together or separately got to have moments, real moments with everyone there. And we remember every single one of them!

Q: Any other things you would like to share..

Kyle wanted me to have a say in my ring, but he did actually pick out the one that is now my wedding ring. He took me to Single Stone to try it on and it was beyond perfect. I love antiques. I love the fact that something has a story and a life long before us. My ring is from around 1910 and the craftsmanship blows me away every time I look at it. Everyone at Single Stone was wonderful, especially Arielle. She was so genuinely excited for us and made us more excited about the entire thing. After my grandparents passed away, both their wedding rings were left to my sister. She so beautifully offered my grandfather’s ring to Kyle. He was thrilled! Single Stone lovingly resized it for us. They were kind and gracious throughout the whole process. We couldn’t have been happier to find them!


   

  

  

 

Photography: Hannah Kate Photography /  Ceremony and Reception Location: SummerWood Winery & Inn /   Tables and Linens: All About Events   /  Florals: Country Florist   / Brides Wedding Ring: Vintage from Single Stone

 

 

By |October 18th, 2017|BLOG, Couple Spotlight, Weddings|Comments Off on Couple Spotlight – Chelsea and Kyle

New York City Guide

We are packing up our most fabulous jewels for our next trunk show in NYC and we couldn’t be more excited to be heading to the city that never sleeps! New York is such an iconic city with an endless amount of things to see, eat and do. Luckily our friends at Greenwich St. Jewelers, Christina and Jennifer Gandia, have filled us in on the best the city has to offer. Whether you love to explore, enjoy musicals, or fabulous shopping (like a Single Stone trunk show) the city has something for you. Keep reading to discover why NYC is the ideal choice for your next vacation destination.

Don’t forget to join us October 13-15th for our annual Trunk Show, we can’t wait to see you there!

 

Greenwich St. Jewelers, Jennifer and Christina Gandia

Best place to stay?

GSJ: The Beekman is a truly gorgeous property. The lobby alone is an interior decor lovers dream. It’s a bit of a splurge, but it’s an experience to remember. If not there the Crosby Street hotel in Soho has a chic vibe and serves as an amazing jumping off point for exploring

THE BEEKMAN, A THOMPSON HOTEL | 123 Nassau St, New York, NY 10038

Favorite shopping destination and why?

CG: There has been an incredible rejuvenation of the entire downtown neighborhood. Within a few blocks of our store we have access to everything from Saks and Gucci around the corner at Brookfield Place to longtime neighbor Century 21 for the best deals.

JG: I’m a boutique shopper and I love to explore. One of the best shopping areas that’s still under the radar is Tribeca. It’s a beautiful neighborhood to get lost in and has serious fashion shopping like Thom Browne, Issey Miyake and Gary Graham as well as amazing multi-brand shops like 108 The Store and La Garconne.

ISSEY MIYAKE | 119 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

Favorite restaurant and what’s the best thing on the menu?

CG: I’m a huge oyster fan. There’s a great spot on the Hudson river called Grand Banks. It’s actually a hand built wooden ship that has been completely restored. They are a part of this oyster shell recycling initiative called Billion Oyster Project (BOP), which is working towards restoring the oyster beds in NYC. A lovely spot to sit outside, sip rose and enjoy stunning views.

JG: Nobu’s new home at 120 Broadway has refreshed the look and feel of this NYC sushi institution. They created the miso cod dish craze and let me tell you, they still do it better than everyone. I’d be remiss not to mention Augustine, the new restaurant at The Beekman hotel. I’ve only been there once, the night I got engaged (with a Single Stone ring!) so I might be biased but you feel transported by the decor and the food. I highly recommend a visit!

GRAND BANKS | Pier 25 Hudson River Park, New York, NY 10013

 NOBU | 195 Broadway, New York, NY 10007

Favorite local dessert spot?

JG: So many choices… I have an ice cream obsessed niece who takes me to all the new dessert spots. We love 10Below for their famous ice cream rolls. And, Black Tap milkshakes are really as delicious as they look on Instagram.

CG: We love BIlly’s Bakery on Franklin and often use their desserts for celebrations in the store. Everything they make is delicious but my favorite is the Key Lime Pie – it’s TDF!!!

BLACK TAP | 529 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

Must see destinations while you are visiting?

JG: The Highline is a must see and is the perfect day out if you pair it with a visit to the Whitney museum. They have incredible, thought provoking programming that I always enjoy.

CG: The new observation deck in 1 World Trade has the most breathtaking views in the city and the elevator ride itself is such a fun experience.

THE WHITNEY MUSEUM | 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014

THE OBSERVATION DECK at 1 WORLD TRADE CENTER | 285 Fulton St, New York, NY 10007

Best way to spend “Family Day”?

CG: The Financial District is a terrific neighborhood for family activities. We love taking our kids to the Seaglass Carousel in Battery Park, it’s magical! For adventure mixed with a bit of history take a ride on the Staten Island ferry to get a close look at the Statue of Liberty and follow it up with a visit to South Street Seaport for a bite to eat.

STATUE OF LIBERTY  | Liberty Island, New York, NY 10004

SEAGLASS CAROUSEL | State St & Water St, New York, NY 10004

Best kept NYC secret (that you’re willing to share)

GSJ: New York is fairly easy to navigate and there’s no excuse not to roam around. If you do you will see why people love this city, there is always something to discover if you save time to get lost and explore!

Comment below if you have been to NYC and have some recommendations of places we need to check out, we would love to hear from you!

 

By |October 9th, 2017|BLOG, Travel, Trunk Show|Comments Off on New York City Guide

Washington D.C. City Guide

Washington DC is the next stop on our list of trunk shows and we couldn’t be more excited! Whether you are a history buff, enjoy fabulous food and sweet treats or love to take in the beauty of Washington DC by boat on the Potomac River, the city has something for you. Our friends at I. Gorman have encapsulated the best facets of our nations capital – keep reading to uncover why DC is the perfect place for your next vacation.

Don’t forget to join us September 15-16th for our annual Trunk Show, we can’t wait to see you there!

Best place to stay?

The Graham Hotel is an uber-chic boutique hotel located in the heart of Georgetown.  They have sleek, modern rooms and an incredible rooftop bar that has plush seating with sweeping views of The Kennedy Center, Washington Monument and The Watergate.

THE GRAHAM HOTEL | 1075 Thomas Jefferson Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

Favorite shopping destination and why?

Other than I. Gorman? 😉 Union Market, hands down awesome wares from local “Makers,” an incredible, vibrant atmosphere, an ever-rotating collection of pop-up shops, and a huge selection of food to select from while shopping.

UNION MARKET | 1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Favorite restaurant and what’s the best thing on the menu?

The D.C. restaurant scene has really hit its stride in recent years, so it’s tough to choose just one place and dish. One of the favorites of most of our staff is Le Diplomate. For brunch or dinner, it’s a perfect spot to stop and imagine you’re at a cute bistro in France for an hour or two.  Their house made bread is one of the best in DC and not to be missed before a great meal.

 

LE DIPLOMATE | 1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Favorite local dessert spot?

DC is known for being home to a great number of cupcake shops, but the absolute best is Baked and Wired. The cupcakes are not to be missed, but there are a host of other goodies, like cookies, pies, and bars, which are all divine. Also, after grabbing a few options from the “baked” section, the café side of the shop has a great selection of beverages, to get you “wired.”

BAKED AND WIRED | 1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Must see destinations while you are visiting?

All of the free monuments, museums, and happenings going on in and around the Mall area. From the jewelry collections, including the Hope Diamond, at the National Museum of Natural History, to the cherry blossoms blooming along the Tidal Basin, you could spend days exploring the area.

JEFFERSON MONUMENT | W Potomac Park, Washington, DC

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF HISTORY | 1300 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560

Best way to spend “Family Day”?

Start the day with a morning walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island, which is a hidden gem located directly across the Potomac River from Georgetown.  It’s a great way to see unique views of the city in an off the beaten path spot.  After a morning walk, head across the river to the Georgetown Waterfront for lunch on the Potomac. Incredible water views and you might even see the Presidential helicopter fly over the river to the White House!  Finish the day off with an evening baseball game at Nationals Park, located in an up and coming DC neighborhood with great views of the Anacostia River.

GEORGETOWN WATERFRONT | 3000 K St Nw, By The Potomac River, Washington, DC 20007

NATIONALS PARK | 1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Best kept DC secret (that you’re willing to share)

My absolute favorite hidden gem is a smaller scale reproduction of Rome’s Spanish Steps, which are tucked away in the Kalorama neighborhood. There’s no more beautiful place to read a book during the day or stop by for a romantic moment at the end of a date night.

KALORAMA SPANISH STEPS | S St & 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20008

Comment below if you have been to Washington DC and have some recommendations of places we need to check out, we would love to hear from you!

By |September 11th, 2017|Retailer Spotlight, Single Stone Style, Travel, Trunk Show|Comments Off on Washington D.C. City Guide

Charleston City Guide

Whether you are going for vacation or a weekend getaway, Charleston has become a popular destination that is definitely at the top of our travel list.  From it’s historic charm, the booming dining scene, and must visit shopping destinations, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Our trunk show is just a few weeks away, so we asked our friends at Croghan’s Jewel box for their can’t-miss spots that make the Lowcountry the perfect place for a visit!

Scroll below to see their recommendations and don’t forget to join us September 8-9th for our annual Trunk Show!

Best places to stay?

Zero George, Dewberry Hotel and Rutledge House Inn. Zero George, as pictured below, is a collection of five restored historic residences and carriage houses overlooking a magical private courtyard making the boutique hotel the ideal ground zero for exploring Charleston’s allure.

ZERO GEORGE | 0 George Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Favorite shopping destination and why?

King Street! We love the wonderful local shops and beauty of the facades.

Favorite local shops?

For Women: Hampden Clothing, Berlins, Hidden Countship, Beckett Boutique, Ibu Movement, Finicky Filly, Shoes on King and RTW.

For Men: Dumas, Grady Ervin and Jordan Lash.

HAMPDEN CLOTHING | 314 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401

FINICKY FILLY | 303 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Favorite restaurant(s) and what’s the best thing on the menu?

That’s so hard because we are fortunate enough to have amazing restaurants in Charleston but if I had to pick, FIG– the gnocchi appetizer!

Also honorable mention goes to, the Warm cauliflower Sformarino with soft farm egg appetizer at Luca; The Soufflé of the day at High Cotton; Soft shell crab (in season) or roasted corn pizza with fresh mint, basil and taleggio cheese at Indaco.

FIG | 232 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29401

INDACO | 526 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Favorite local dessert spot?

Sugar Bakeshop

SUGAR BAKESHOP | 59 1/2 Canon Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Best way to spend “Family Day”?

On the water! The Lowcountry is so beautiful in every season and we love taking it in by boat.

Must see destinations while you are visting?

The Gibbes Museum, The Nathaniel Russell House, Rainbow Row, the Battery, Middleton Plantation and Drayton Hall.

DRAYTON HALL | 3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414

RAINBOW ROW | 83 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401

Best kept Charleston secret (that you’re willing to share)

Our little alleyways and paths through gardens. We love the one that connects King Street to Archdale Street. We like to start on the King Street side, wander through the garden to the graveyard and end up near Charleston Day School. Zig Zag alley, Philadelphia Alley near queen street, Longitude Lane, and Stolls alley are also lovely alleyways to wander through.

PHILADELPHIA ALLEY | CHARLESTON, SC 29401

Comment below if you have been to Charleston and have some recommendations of places we need to check out, we would love to hear from you!

By |August 30th, 2017|Retailer Spotlight, Travel, Trunk Show|Comments Off on Charleston City Guide

Custom Design 101

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 Whether we are creating a one of a kind engagement ring, re-mounting an existing clients diamond, or re-purposing a family heirloom into something new and exciting, we take pleasure in working closely with our clients to create that perfect piece. We know custom design can seem like a daunting task, selecting the perfect stone to deciding on that most minute detail-  so we decided to go over some of the basic steps in our custom design process.  

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step 1

Begin by setting up an in person or phone consultation to tell us what you are looking for.

Have an inspiration board on Pinterest or photos saved on your phone? Bring those in!

We have an extensive library of bespoke pieces we have created for previous clients and

encourage you to browse our Single Stone and vintage collection to gain inspiration

for your perfect ring.  

Have a project you would like help with?

Schedule an appointment with one of our designers here!

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Once we know what your dream ring looks like, we can look at different stone options that fit

your taste and budget.  Whether you have your own family heirloom diamond or are looking for

a stone, we can guide you through the process of finding the perfect diamond.

 

step 3

Once we have settled on a design, diamond, and metal color, we will go over the details to

ensure it is exactly what you are looking for. 

On approval of your design, we require full payment to start production for your ring. 

step4

 

It’s time to begin working on your ring!

Our pieces can take anywhere between 4-10 weeks

depending on the complexity of the design.  

We will keep you updated on the design process and let you know

as soon as it is ready for pick up!   

 

Here is a look at just a few of the custom pieces and remounts we have done for our clients: 
 

 

    

  

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By |August 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Custom Design 101

Couple Spotlight- Matthias and Megan

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We are so excited to share with you these fabulous non-traditional black and white engagement photos from our Single Stone couple Matthias and Megan. This adorable and adventure seeking couple have been together for five years and intend to see all the modern wonders of the world together. To hear more about their love story and scroll through their amazing engagement shoot scroll below! 

Q:How did you and your fiancé meet?

We met at USF (University of San Francisco) when I was a sophomore and Matthias was a junior. Some may argue that we were children when we met…and they would be right; I was only 19! We had mutual friend groups and only knew of each other during those first couple of years of undergrad. Once upon a time Twitter was a hot social media platform that Matthias decided to use break the ice with me and responded to my tweet about watching the Wizard of Oz (because what else do you do when you watch the Wizard of Oz with your mother during the holiday season?) I quickly shut down his attempt to Twitter message me and sent him my phone number so he could text me like a normal person trying to get to know someone else. We officially went on our first “casual hangout date” a few weeks later when we were back on campus for second semester! We casually hung out for about a year and then realized that we may as well call each other what we were…a couple.

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

He puts up with me! Just kidding (but he still does). This is a hard one because I feel like we’ve been together for so long that I don’t really think there was one moment that I realized he’d be my husband. Rather, there are so many things that more “solidified” that we were a perfect team that unfolded over these past 5 years. Matthias is whole heartedly passionate about music and technology (video games and the fact that we have a smart apartment and I have to talk to everything to turn things on) which counterbalances my love for fashion and constant travel planning. We love spending time together but we still have our independent lives and understand how important it is in our relationship. Obviously we mesh our lives together in almost every way at some point, but it’s good to know that I still have my girls and he still has his buddies and we can have so much fun without each other too (as long as we come home to each other at the end of it :))

Q:How did he propose?

We went up to the San Juan Islands in Washington state over labor day weekend 2016 to visit Matthias’ parents for the long weekend/RELAX. We always hike Mount Guemes which is more like a small mound (half a mile hike to the top) and woke up on Saturday morning to do so. We were supposed to have terrible rainy weather that weekend but the sun was shining which I thought worked in our favor because NOBODY was hiking the mountain (which was a rare occasion). Little did I know quite a few people on the island knew what was about to happen and refrained from going on that hike in the morning! We get to the top and as I was turned around trying to find the best place to take our picture that we always take, he pulled out the fabulous navy, Single Stone box. I naturally said yes after asking a few times “Are you sure? Like absolutely serious?” (It’s REALLY hard to surprise me, and he did)

Q:What was your first reaction when you saw your ring?

Matthias was a smart man and knew that he would need a little help in the ring department. Right after our trip to Peru last May, Matthias mentioned that I should probably find 4-5 rings that I would wear so that he had options when the time came. I quickly explained that we would be lucky if I found ONE ring that I would wear because I’m so particular. When we finally walked in to Single Stone and I had tried on the Colette in gold with an old European cut center stone. I quite literally could have tried on any other ring and wouldn’t have flinched. I understood that to find that exact stone in weight, color, clarity, etc. it could take a while if that exact ring was sold but the timeline we discussed allowed for more than enough time (I thought that later this year, in 2017, this would have been potentially happening). Fast forward to 2 short months after that day, almost to the day on September 3rd, I saw that ring again and was stunned. It now feels so at home on my left ring finger!

Q: Any other things you would like to share..

We are determined to see the whole world! Matthias grew up in London for 7 years (age 11-18) and thank goodness he got his citizenship! If there isn’t an international trip on the horizon we get (I get) pretty antsy and we’ve been fortunate enough to have been on an international trip every year since 2012. We’re trying to see all of the modern wonders of the world with other, off the beaten track places, in between. We are getting married on September 23rd in San Francisco so that our friends and family can experience our home base when we aren’t out of office. Next up on our travel list is Walla Walla, Washington for our minimoon, Whistler, Canada for a Christmas ski trip and Italy for the honeymoon in April 2018!

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All Photos by Helena & Laurent photography 

By |July 7th, 2017|Couple Spotlight|Comments Off on Couple Spotlight- Matthias and Megan

The Blk Tux Guide to Wedding Dress Codes

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For most,dressing in a formal suite or tuxedo is not an everyday occurrence. Knowing how, what, and when to wear them can get very confusing. We spoke with the experts, AKA THE BLK TUX, to break down the different dress codes for you.

Before anxiety kicks in, remember that your guests will probably be more concerned with what they’re wearing than what you’re wearing. Just focus on choosing the right dress code for the vibe of your wedding. Knowing the location, ceremony time and overall scope of the wedding will help you determine which one is best suited for the big day. 

Below you’ll find THE BLK TUX’s simple formality scale to help you quickly find the perfect dress code.

The spectrum runs from the informal (1) to the very formal (5).

No matter what you choose, the Blk Tux has you covered!

CASUAL – 1  2   3   4  5  –  FORMAL

 

WHITE TIE “AKA” FORMAL
FORMALITY LEVEL: 5
 
White bow tie
White waistcoat
White wing-tip tuxedo shirt
Button studs and cufflinks
Tailcoat with black pleated tuxedo pants
 
White tie is reserved for diplomatic galas, extremely formal ceremonies, and royal weddings. It is the most strict of dress codes, so make sure to stick to the list above. The “waistcoat” and “tailcoat” are mysteries to most. A waistcoat is essentially a vest with lapels. A tailcoat is a short jacket with peak lapels and long tails, designed to be left open. Proportions are everything, so you’ll need high-waisted pants so the waistcoat covers your pant waist without dropping below the short front of the tailcoat. 
 
BLACK TIE “AKA” SEMI FORMAL 
FORMALITY LEVEL: 4
 
White tuxedo shirt
Button studs and cufflinks
White pocket square
 
Black tie is a common dress code for formal weddings, company awards nights, charity events, or formal holiday parties. Black tie is nearly as strict as white tie, in that visual personality is not encouraged. You do get to select from two lapel styles and two tuxedo colors. You can also wear a more contemporary tuxedo shirt with a fold-down collar. If you need suspenders, match them to your tuxedo. A low-cut vest—matched to your tuxedo—or a black cummerbund is also optional.

CREATIVE BLACK TIE “AKA” FESTIVE
FORMALITY LEVEL: 5
 
Button studs and cufflinks
White pocket square
Black patent leather shoes and black socks
One interesting thing
 
The Oscars, the Emmys, and especially the Tonys, are a great place to find examples of creative black tie. Largely created by “the industry” in the ’90s, this code allows for individuality while observing most of the black tie code. Have fun choosing your jacket, shoes, tie, pocket square, or shirt, but deviate from the traditional in only one category.
 
BLACK TIE OPTIONAL “AKA” INFORMAL / BUSINESS FORMAL
FORMALITY LEVEL: 3
 
Black-tie optional is on the very edge of high formality. This dress code is considerate and inclusive of guests who may not own a tuxedo. If possible, guests wear a tuxedo and follow the black tie rules. Next best thing? A dark suit with black leather dress shoes, a solid necktie or bow tie, and a white dress shirt. This combination also works well as business formal, sometimes simply called “business.” Skip the belt and wear cufflinks to elevate your look.
 
COCKTAIL ATTIRE “AKA” BUSINESS CASUAL  
FORMALITY LEVEL: 2
 
White, blue or pink dress shirt
Navy, blue, brown, gray or charcoal suit
Black or brown dress shoes
Black or brown dress socks
 
Cocktail attire or business casual require a formal suit, though none require a tuxedo. Take liberties with your suit color—navy, blue, brown, gray, or charcoal—and you may now wear notch lapels. Brown shoes are also on the menu, and they don’t necessarily need to be high-polished. Shirt options now include pastel blue and pink. Also fair game: neck ties and bow ties with subtle patterns, lapel pins, patterned pocket squares, and tie bars.
CASUAL DRESS
FORMALITY LEVEL: 1
 
Collared dress shirt
Blazer
Dress pants or chinos
Dress shoes with interesting socks

As with all dress codes, err on the side of formality: no polo shirts, denim, shorts, or sandals.

A patterned jacket with contrasting dress pants or chinos, or patterned pants with a solid contrast blazer work well. Or try a patterned dress shirt without a tie with a matching suit. In this case, an interesting pair of socks— or no socks at all—would be a great way to display personality without going overboard. Ties are optional.

 
 
 
*Photos and details all provided via The Grooms Guide by The Blk Tux
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Couple Spotlight- Frank and Ashton

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One of our favorite things to celebrate with our clients are their love stories! Today we are sharing the romantic love story of Frank and Ashton.

Q: How did you meet?

Frank grew up in a military family and moved around frequently. When his Dad retired from the Marines, his family settled in a small town in Virginia, where my family lived. Frank’s little sister and my little sister met not long after his family moved to our small town when they were on the same recreational soccer team. Through weekly soccer practices and games, our sisters immediately became best friends. Frank’s sister, my sister, and I had many sleep overs together as kids and generally did everything together until she moved away to live with her mom in PA. Oh the stories we have from fishing, to dress up, swimming in ponds, and so on.

Frank was always around, but we didn’t do much with him, as he was several years older. He was just that “big brother” that the girls didn’t really care about – he did his own thing, and we did ours. Frank and I continued to grow up alongside each other; we eventually attended the same high school, but we were merely acquaintances. We lost touch when Frank left for college.

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


On August 31, 2014 things changed – that’s when Frank, out of the blue, reached out to me to see how I was. We nonchalantly chatted here and there and eventually, Frank mentioned we should get coffee and catch up. I was not amused, and in fact, quite against it all. I really wasn’t interested in a relationship with him at the time, and I had a feeling that’s what his intentions were. But I continued to talk to him! We talked, and we talked, and eventually I found myself driving to two hours to see Frank for the first time in years. 

Through so much conversation, I already had a feeling that he was the one. That was quickly confirmed for both of us after spending our first weekend together. Frank and I dated long distance for not quite a year while I finished my master’s degree and he continued working as a Nuclear Engineer in the Navy. When Frank received orders to Millington, TN we knew that our only option was for me to move with him. So I did. 

Q: How did Frank Propose?


In December 2015 Frank and I traveled from Tennessee, where we currently live, to Virginia to spend the holidays with our family. Christmas Day we were at his Dad’s house and I accidentally found my engagement ring in his suitcase. We were headed to my mom’s for dinner when I told Frank I didn’t approve of the shirt he was wearing. In typical Frank fashion, he said “Fine, go get something you like!”. So I hurried up the stairs to his bedroom, opened his suitcase, pulled out a shirt, and BAM! there was a ring box.

I paused…do I open it and look or not? You better believe I opened it!

I rushed back downstairs, gave Frank his shirt, and off we went to my mom’s house for dinner. The entire time in the back of my head I was thinking, “Do I say something?!” The evening went on, we ate dinner, and I didn’t say a word…not until after dessert when we were all relaxing in the family room when I casually mentioned to Frank, “Hey, we need to talk. I found the ring in your suitcase.” Frank was not happy.
A few days later Frank and I traveled to Pennsylvania to visit his mom, sister, step dad, and step brother. That was the quietest road trip of my life. Frank still wasn’t happy – I mean, I just found my engagement ring! The ring you’re supposed to SURPRISE your girlfriend with. Of course he was upset. However, once we were there, Frank could not wait to show the ring to his mom and sister. Let’s just say I’ve been wearing it ever since his mom said “Honey, you better put that on and never take it off! It’s a lot safer on your finger than in his suitcase!”

Frank and I eloped March 22, 2016 in a private ceremony. We just couldn’t wait to get married! We are currently preparing for an exchanging of vows and wedding celebration in June on my family’s farm in Virginia. Family and friends are extremely important to us and we are so excited to share this special moment with those we love most. It isn’t often that we can all be together. 

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Photos courtesy of Nikki Santerre Photography

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