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#SMPWedding101 – Choosing Your Wedding Jewelry

My grandmother wore a beautiful little ring on her pinky finger when she got married, and my mom wore the same one. So when it came time for me to walk down the aisle, it was a given, and as I slipped that petite piece on my finger, I felt the specialness wash over me. The jewelry you don on your wedding day instantly sparkles a bit more and Lauren Hartman of Trousseau Style couldn’t agree more – and she’s here sharing more tips and ideas for making those special stones shine even brighter!

Go Classic

Your wedding jewelry should be something you cherish for years to come, not a reminder of the season’s hottest trends. Opt for timeless pieces that complement your dress and offer a touch of sparkle. Vintage or vintage inspired pieces are usually a safe bet as the trends have already withheld the test of time. When it comes to gems, you can’t go wrong with pearls. Bright luminous pearls stand out and complement your white dress. Plus, they never go out of style.

Mind the Metals

Your wedding jewelry doesn’t have to match the metal of your engagement ring and wedding band; mixing metals is totally acceptable, and welcomed! But, if you have major metal accents or beading on your dress or shoes, the metal on your jewelry should match.

But Not Too Much…

Your engagement ring and wedding band do not have to match the metal of your husband’s wedding band. You’ll be wearing these rings for the rest of your life, so go with what reflects your personality!

Switch It Up

For the style conscious bride who is just dying to spice things up, consider switching up your look for the reception! Make a statement as a new Mrs. with bold earrings or necklace.

Check Out What You Already Own

Your wedding jewelry can become some of your favorite, most treasured pieces in your jewelry box. Not only do they spark memories of your special day, they tell a story. I commissioned a gold necklace and bracelet with three heirloom pearls I got on my 13th birthday. I gave my mom and sister matching bracelets (talk about a tear jerker!). We all wear the jewels everyday and cherish the memory.

Take Care

Since so much time and effort goes into choosing the perfect pieces to wear on your wedding day, you want to make sure they will last for years to come. Choosing jewelry made of high quality materials like white gold, yellow gold or platinum are great choices. Be sure to store your jewelry in a clean dry place away from other jewelry to avoid tangles.

See pretty pieces right this way from Trousseau Style!


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Fashion Stylist: Trousseau Style

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This Rose Bouquet is What We Want for 2017

See this bouquet? It just jumped to the top of my favorite florals Pinterest board. The roses are to die for and the colors? Don’t even get me started. Sweet Root Village, I’m in awe. And Michael and Carina’s pics? Pretty perfect as well if I do say so myself. They’re giving me life on this chilly winter day and this Vault gallery is where I’ll be for the foreseeable future if you need me!

From Michael and CarinaStunning overgrown stone walls, a cascading dress, unruly florals and the rushing water inspired us for these bride and groom portraits.
Natural fall/winter elements, like baking spices, walnut ink and richly colored flowers added organic elements to the shoot.

We would love to inspire fall brides with the simplicity and natural elements of this shoot and hope you love it as well!

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Photography: Michael and Carina Photography | Event Design + Styling: East Made Event Company | Floral Design: Sweet Root Village | Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah | Cake: Incredible Edibles | Ring: Susie Saltzman | Hair + Makeup: Emily Artistry | Venue: The Mill At Fine Creek | Bridal Model: Modelogic Wilhelmina | Calligraphy + Paper Goods: Corsivo Calligraphy | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Rentals: White Glove Rentals | Table Runners + Ribbons: Adorn Company

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A Castle in the Netherlands Is Where Wedding Dreams Come True

With one watch of this film by Lovell Productions, Netherland has been added to my must-visit list pronto. It was the special site for this fairytale of a wedding between Ryan and Hella and it just may be the key to making all those dreams come true. From the sweet personal touches (the vows!) to the gorgeous views, it’s absolutely magical – enjoy!


From Lovell ProductionsRyan and Hella’s destination wedding at Chateau Neercanne in the Netherlands felt like something out of a fairytale. From the baroque garden ceremony to the cave reception, every moment of the day seemed both intimate and grandiose at the same time and it was truly an unforgettable celebration.

Ryan and Hella both met and currently reside in Virginia. A few months after Ryan proposed to Hella at the Palace of Versailles, Hella suggested the idea of getting married in a castle somewhere in Europe. Hella is from Belgium so the idea sounded only somewhat crazy to Ryan. Realizing how special it would be, they both agreed to do the wedding at Chateau Neercanne, a castle built in the late 17th century on the Dutch and Belgian border. Being that Hella’s father is Dutch and her mother is Belgian, this seemed to be the perfect location.

When they told us they were getting married in the Netherlands, we knew it was going to be a remarkable event. The ceremony was officiated in both English and Dutch by their longtime family friend Floor in the stunning lower gardens, incorporating personal promises that, knowing Ryan and Hella, would surely involve food, animals, and the Baltimore Orioles. During dinner, Hella’s dad sang songs from her childhood and gifted them with traditional Dutch wooden clogs that they were immediately tasked to dance in. Following dinner, when guests weren’t roaming the wine cellar or sneaking off to Belgium (or of course snacking on frites), they were dancing for hours in the limestone caves that were transformed into a club for the reception. Of all the special moments from the day, Ryan and Hella told me that their favorite moment was shortly after the ceremony, when they stood up on the steps to greet everyone and saw just how many of their friends and family that had traveled so far to share in their special day.

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Photography: Ruud C Fotografie | Cinematography: Lovell Productions | Event Planning: Fabuloes Weddings | Floral Design: De Rozengaard | DJ: Artistic Productions | Beauty: Chante Cutter

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