Archive for the ‘Engagement’ Category

Joyful, Romantic Downtown Houston Engagement Shoot by Adam Nyholt

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Already lucky in love, Houston couple Morgan and Nathan scored again, as attendees at this past February’s I Do! Wedding Soiree at The Corinthian, when they won an amazing engagement shoot from top Houston wedding photographer Adam Nyholt.

Known for his superb, unposed, full-of-personality portraits, Nyholt took Morgan and Nathan on a tour of downtown Houston, documenting their deep affection and unmistakable pre-wedding glow all along the way. We’re so excited to feature this engagement photo session here on the blog…and equally excited to see Nyholt’s photos of the lovebirds’ wedding, which will take place at The Corinthian in November!!

Love what you see? Check out more of Nyholt’s recent wedding work here and here, then find out just how he can capture your own wedding in stunning photos you’ll treasure forever!

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11 Unique Engagement Rings That’ll Make You Say, “I do!”

Friday, July 28th, 2017

It is the symbol of your promise, and is meant to be a source of joy, every day of your marriage…so better make sure it’s exactly what you want! Check out the 11 unique engagement ring and wedding band styles below, and see which one speaks to your style. Better yet—go try them on with your boo at local Houston jewelers! Happy shopping, xo!

Engagement-Rings 1. Rahaminov Diamond & Rose Gold Engagement Ring: Donoho’s Jewellers 2. Antoinette Engagement Ring: Trumpet & Horn 3. Pink Gold & Diamond Engagement Ring: Loggins Jewelers 4. Ashoka Diamond Engagement Ring: Lewis Jewelers 5. Nazarelle Diamond Engagement Ring: Nazar’s Fine Jewelery 6. Cliff Engagement Ring: Eklektic Jewelry Studio 7. Simon G. Diamond Band: Zadok Jewelers 8. Rina Limor Diamond Engagement Ring: Loggins Jewelers 9. Christopher Designs L’Amour Diamond Engagement Ring: Donoho’s Jewellers 10. Lewis Luxe Engagement Ring & Wedding Band: Lewis Jewelers 11. Tacori Rose Gold & Oval Diamond Engagement Ring: Zadok Jewelers

7 Adorable Houston Proposals That Will Give You The Feels

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Grab those tissues, y’all. You’ve been warned about these real proposal stories, real engagement ring selections and the real Houston couples behind them.

Jessica & Grant

Jeweler: Zadok Jewelers

Proposal Photo: Meghan Rolfe Photography

Jessica’s Story: In November of 2016, Grant and I planned a trip to visit some of my best friends at their home in beautiful Winston-Salem, N.C., to see the fall foliage. The last day of our trip, we made the drive up to The Biltmore in Asheville. It was breathtaking, and looked like a picture-perfect painting of fall, which happens to be my favorite season. When we arrived, Grant took me to a spot that has the best view of the estate. Soon, he was down on one knee. He popped the question, and I said, “Yes!” We spent the rest of our stay exploring The Biltmore, tasting wine and horseback riding through the beautiful property. It was perfect! We will be married at Saint Anne Catholic Church on Sept. 23, 2017, with a reception to follow at Hotel ZaZa.

Allison & Henry

Jeweler: Eklektic Jewelry Studio

Allison-and-Henry-Proposal Photo: Courtesy of Eklektic Jewelry Studio

Henry’s Story: I proposed on our one-year anniversary at Eklektic Jewelry Studio, where the founders Marco Sr. and Marco Jr. had helped me design and create an amazing engagement ring from a sketch on a piece of paper. I spent about 30 hours working on the ring with them and they called me the minute the ring was ready. I then called my soon-to-be fiancée, Allison, and asked her to meet me at Eklektic ASAP!  She drove in the pouring rain and arrived at Eklektic about an hour later. Marco Sr. and Marco Jr. had set the most amazing stage for my proposal with flowers and bubbly. The ring, which has a cushion-cut center diamond with an alternating variation of diamonds in the halo, was gift-wrapped in a beautiful box. As Allison started to open the box, I got down on one knee and asked her (the most amazing person I have ever met) to spend the rest of her life with me. And she said, “Yes!”

Maggie & John

Jeweler: Lewis Jewelers

Maggie-and-John-Proposal Photo: Kasey Lynn Photography

Maggie’s Story: We both love going to the beach. For my birthday, John rented a beach house in Bolivar, where his family used to own a house that was destroyed by Hurricane Ike. On Saturday morning, we woke up, had some Champagne and went down to the beach to look for shells. He drove us to the beachfront where his family’s house once stood. The shells on the beach were all brown and broken, but then I saw one that was bright yellow, huge and perfectly intact. I exclaimed for John to come look, and when I picked it up, I noticed there was a little jewelry bag inside. I opened it, and John got down on one knee and proposed. It is a moment that still gives me such joy.

We’re thrilled to share engagement stories from not one, but two, of the family jewelers from Nazar’s Fine Jewelry. Brothers Nareg and Alec Kalajian both proposed to their fiancées with rings they made themselves, and both brothers are having 2017 weddings at Hotel ZaZa.

Alec & Seelva (no pic yet for these two cuties…but we’ll be sure to share images from their wedding later this year!)

Alec’s Story: Seelva and I met at a Halloween karaoke night at our church, but we didn’t date until April of the next year. We weren’t dating for very long before I decided to propose to her that August. I asked her to come to the store for a little bit, and I left to go get some flowers. But getting the flowers ended up taking forever! I rushed home and I put a bunch of flowers in the apartment and put vases with one rose in each to make a path to a table in our apartment. After I had made her wait at the store for probably too long, I told her to meet me at the apartment, where she found me on one knee with a three-stone-cushion-cut-diamond-and-twisted-yellow-gold engagement ring. Afterwards, we went back to the store to celebrate with everyone, and then went to dinner with my parents and brother Nareg. Nareg’s proposal story is probably a little better than mine…

Nareg & Darlene

Nareg-and-Darlene-Proposal Photo: Courtesy of Nazar’s Fine Jewelry

Nareg’s Story: Darlene and I had plans to take a trip to Seattle. I just finished making her ring at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and we had a flight at 6:30 p.m. that day. We were the last ones on the plane and the airline was going to make me check my bag, but that was where I had kept the ring!  So, I sneakily put the ring in my jacket pocket, but the box was kind of thick and I was worried that Darlene could see it. We ended up sitting across from each other on opposite sides of the aisle. At one point, she asked me if she could borrow my jacket because she was cold, but I had to say…“No!”

We originally met at a Starbucks in Houston, so when we got to Seattle, I wanted to propose at the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market. When we got there, the place was really crowded. I thought, “I can’t do it here,” so we went to a giant Ferris wheel nearby. The Ferris wheel started moving and when we were up in the air, I proposed. I was still able to get down on one knee!

Amanda & Matthew

Jeweler: Loggins Jewelers

Amanda-Matthew-Engagement_Photographer_Maria_Cordoba_v1-17x11-HI-RES Photo: Maria Cordoba

Matthew’s Story: I’ve wanted to marry Amanda since our first date. After being at her place of employment for 10 years, Amanda was rewarded with a vacation. I was blessed to be invited to accompany Amanda to Thailand! I thought this would be a great place to purchase a unique engagement ring, a ring as unique as our love. While on our vacation, I stumbled upon a gem shop that was going out of business, and I jumped on the chance at buying an engagement ring. I found a blue sapphire that I thought perfectly reflected our relationship.

When I got back to America I went to Loggins Jewelers to ask if they could help me upgrade the engagement ring I bought in Phuket. Jennifer Pappas at Loggins Jewelers was heartbroken when she had to break the news to me my sapphire was in fact blue glass. To say that I was devastated was an understatement, but Jennifer was a godsend. Not only did she make sure I didn’t feel like the worst boyfriend in the history of the world, she gave me hope. Jennifer let me know she was going to handpick some options for me to come take a look at. Feeling lost and overwhelmed at the idea of a new search, this was exactly what I needed to hear. When I met up with Jennifer again, I was taken aback by the difficult selection before me. Jennifer and her sister had picked out four amazingly beautiful rings. After some consideration, I settled on a smoky topaz set in a halo of diamonds.

With the ring in hand, I was ready to propose. I decided I’d propose the same way we met: walking our dogs. I asked if I could spend the rest of my life with Amanda, and she blessed me with her, “Yes!”

Kaylin & Michael

Jeweler: Donoho’s Jewellers

Kalyin-and-Michael-Engagement Photo: Dave DiLauro Photography

Kaylin’s Story: We began dating on Dec. 20, 2006, when Michael took me to an ice rink in The Woodlands and asked me to be his girlfriend. Almost seven years later, on Nov. 23, 2013, he took me to dinner at Brio on The Woodlands Waterway for The Lighting of The Doves [the area’s annual Christmas-display lighting ceremony]. We walked the waterway and when we were under the doves, Michael got down on one knee and ask me to marry him.

We are super grateful to our wonderful couples for sharing their deeply personal proposal stories with us…and with you! And we wish them all a lifetime of love and happiness. Congratulations!!

Buy I Do! Soiree Tix & WIN a $400 Engagement Shoot with Taylor Golden Photography

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

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Are you ready for the wedding event of the season? You’ll get to experience couture bridal gowns, ooh-and-aah over statement wedding decor, indulge in gourmet bites, and meet with Houston’s A-list wedding vendors while you sip fine bubbly, at the I Do! Wedding Soiree on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. If you haven’t snagged your tickets yet, NOW is the time to get ‘em! Why? One lucky couple that purchases their I Do! tickets by 11:59 p.m. TONIGHT, Thursday, Sept. 8, will WIN a $400-value engagement shoot with one of the very best in the wedding-photography business, Taylor Golden! So, what are you waiting for? Get your tickets NOW, and you could score yourself a once-in-a-lifetime chance to have the glow of your pre-wedding bliss captured by a consummate pro (and super nice person, as it turns out!). Oh, and once those I Do! tickets are gone…they’re gone. Good luck, and we can’t wait to see YOU and your boo at I Do!

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Photos: Taylor Golden Photography

Shannon Fine Jewelry’s White Diamond Christmas

Monday, December 7th, 2015

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The Christmas season means different things to different people, but for many of us, the holidays evoke thoughts of warm fireplaces, spiced eggnog and colorfully wrapped gifts placed beneath the tree. All of the season’s built-in festivities and feel-good vibes also make December the ideal time to get engaged. Whether one or both of you will be involved in the ring choosing, Shannon Fine Jewelry will make engagement ring shopping WAY easier—and a lot more fun—than you may think. In fact, all you need is a few short hours with one of their caring consultants to find and size your perfect ring before it’s all yours to take home. Prefer to surprise your sweetheart with a completely original, custom-designed ring? They can do that, too!

And it just so happens, Shannon Fine Jewelry has a few GREAT deals going on right NOW. Anyone who purchases an engagement ring between December 1 and Christmas Day will receive a whopping 30% off a future wedding band purchase for both to-be-weds (Yes. Really.). PLUS, one engagement-ring-purchaser will be eligible to win the full price of that engagement ring  (up to $5,000 store credit)!

For all of you WIH readers, Shannon Fine Jewelry is sweetening the deal even more: receive an additional 10% off all engagement ring and wedding band purchases THIS WEEK through their annual Christmas party on December 12. Do yourself a favor, and head over to Shannon’s luxurious Lake Woodlands location this Saturday with your one and only for a fabulous date night. Browse their exquisite diamonds, colored stones and intricate designs together--all while sipping bubbly and sampling delish bites. Simple, no?

As for your epic proposal, well, that part’s up to you. But if the thought makes you nervous, just let your sparkly new engagement ring do the talking. 😉