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Groom’s Corner: Wedding Rings For Him

Wedding Rings in boxes
Photo: Second Shots Photography

When it comes to talk of wedding rings, it’s almost always centered on the ladies. And it’s true, engagement rings are the most important in terms of investment and value (it’s all about the center rock, y’all!). However, we can’t forget about the groom! The groom’s wedding ring will be the single most important piece of jewelry he will own. The groom’s wedding band is not only a physical symbol of his love and commitment but also should speak to his personality. Here are a few groom weddings rings we think he will love, from classic, streamlined styles to edgier, more modern looks. Once he’s picked a style, visit our favorite Houston jewelers to get the ring. Click here to read the rest of this post »

6 Engagement Rings With Major Bling

Art Deco Diamond Engagement RIng
Photo: Doyle & Doyle

Picking out an engagement ring can be overwhelming with such a wide range of styles, cuts and stones to choose from. Check out these trending bridal jewelry designs for inspiration before you stop by one of these expert Houston jewelers.

Art Deco Engagement Ring

Art Deco Diamond Engagement RIng
Photo: Doyle & Doyle

Love all things vintage? Explore designs like this one that harkens back to the intricate lines of the Art Deco era. Click here to read the rest of this post »

8 Tips For A Perfect Marriage Proposal

You’ve been with your partner for a while now, and the relationship is stronger and more stable than ever. Life without this person seems unimaginable and you know that there is no other person you’ll ever love more. You’re ready to make the decision of a lifetime, and ask your partner to spend the rest of their life with you. Yeah, let’s repeat that: You’re ready to ask your partner to spend the rest of their life with you. It’s a big question, and a BIG moment, and you’re likely to need a little guidance. So, here you go:

Downtown Brenham Engagement Shoot by Sarah Ainsworth Photography

Photo: Sarah Ainsworth Photography

1. TEST THE WATERS BEFORE POPPING THE QUESTION

Before asking your partner the big question, make sure this is something they see as a possibility for your relationship. Marriage should be a subject you’ve both discussed at some point in your relationship, along with the question of Click here to read the rest of this post »

7 Adorable Houston Proposals That Will Give You The Feels

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: Diamond Cellar – 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!!

10 Unique Engagement Rings You’ll Love

You’ve found the one. Now, it’s time to send subtle (or not-so-subtle) hints and seal the deal with a unique ring that speaks true to your style. We handpicked stunning one-of-a-kind engagement rings that’ll have everyone swooning, for sure. P.S. We’ve got news for you—you can try on some of these rings at local Houston jewelers! You can thank us later. Happy shopping, y’all.

10 Unique Engagement Rings You'll Love

1. Rose Gold & White Diamond Band: Peran & Scannell 2. Simon G. Ring: Shannon Fine Jewelry 3. JB Star Marquise Round Cut Diamond Band: Zadok Jewelers 4. Cathy Waterman Wheat-Frame Ring: Barneys NY 5. Nazarelle Ring: Nazar’s Fine Jewelry 6. A. Jaffe Pink & Gold Double Halo Diamond Setting: Donoho’s Jewellers 7. Precision Set Diamond Bands: Donoho’s Jewellers 8. Pink Oval Cut Diamond Ring: Zadok Jewelers 9. Simon G. Fabled Collection White Gold Ring: Shannon Fine Jewelry 10. Claire Pettibone Versailles Ring: Trumpet & Horn