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Put a Ring on it!

Engagement rings often steal the spotlight when it comes to wedding excitement—so much attention is given to them that wedding band details are overlooked. We chatted with Long’s Jewelers to redeem the humble wedding band. They gave helpful tips and advice that will help you figure out what type of ring you should go for, plus what’s the jewelry buzz at the moment. After all, these are the rings BOTH of you will be wearing for a lifetime!

Photo courtesy of Long's Jewelers

Photo courtesy of Long’s Jewelers

But let’s talk for a bit about the basics first…

Surprisingly, Long’s Jewelers recommends NOT going for the gold when it comes to metal type. Good ol’ platinum is the best type of metal. It’s virtually perfect due to its durability, and it’s hypoallergenic for those with sensitivities. Try to avoid tungsten rings at all costs, because they can’t be resized and can’t be easily removed if they ever get stuck on your finger (and no amount of butter is worth greasing that finger up to pop off a ring). Even white gold isn’t as practical as platinum, as it will have to be rhodium plated frequently to maintain its finish.

So how do you know you’ve got a legit ring? It’s as easy as squinting really hard and checking out the inside of the band, which should state the metal type and grade. If you’re in the business of buying rings and you’re not seeing that info, run the other way. You want to know exactly what you’re paying for—after all, it’s a nice chunk of change you’ll be spending!

Long’s Jewelers suggests giving yourself at least two months before the big day to special order your ring, and factor in as many costs as you can beforehand to lessen the sticker shock. Consider metal type, total diamond carat weight, and finger size, and keep in mind that with diamond or gemstone bands, the larger the finger size, the higher the band cost will be as more stones will be used. This leads us to believe that perhaps there really is something behind the whole wedding diet fad…

Now that we have the fundamentals out of the way, we can talk what’s hot. Long’s Jewelers was able to give us some insight on what’s popular in ring world and according to them, trend-seeking ladies should look for:

  • Delicate stacking bands
  • Rose gold and yellow gold metals
  • Diamond eternity bands
  • Sapphire and diamond bands
Diamond eternity bands. Photo courtesy of Long's Jewelers.

Diamond eternity bands. Photo courtesy of Long’s Jewelers.

Rose gold and yellow gold rings. Photo courtesy of Long's Jewelers.

Rose gold and yellow gold rings. Photo courtesy of Long’s Jewelers.

Sapphire and diamond bands. Photo courtesy of Long's Jewelers.

Sapphire and diamond bands. Photo courtesy of Long’s Jewelers.

For rings fit for a fashion-centric groom, try one of these menswear hits:

  • Carbon fiber accents
  • Two-tone metal bands
  • Beveled edge bands
  • Hammered finishes
Carbon fiber accents. Photo courtesy of Long's Jewelers.

Carbon fiber accents. Photo courtesy of Long’s Jewelers.

Two-tone bands. Photo courtesy of Long's Jewelers.

Two-tone bands. Photo courtesy of Long’s Jewelers.

Beveled edge ring. Photo courtesy of Long's Jewelers.

Beveled edge ring. Photo courtesy of Long’s Jewelers.

Hammered finish. Photo courtesy of Long's Jewelers.

Hammered finish. Photo courtesy of Long’s Jewelers.

And if you really want to take your rings to the next level, Long’s Jewelers also offered up these unique ideas:

  • Personally engraving a message in your handwriting
  • Choosing a mixed metal ring (for example, yellow gold + white gold + rose gold)
  • Choosing a colored gemstone band instead of traditional diamonds
  • Engraving your partner’s fingerprint on your band’s interior through the brand Furrer-Jacot
Furrer Jacot fingerprint. Photo courtesy of Long's Jewelers.

Furrer Jacot fingerprint ring. Photo courtesy of Long’s Jewelers.

 

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Put a Ring on it!

Engagement rings often steal the spotlight when it comes to wedding excitement—so much attention is given to them that wedding band details are overlooked. We chatted with Long’s Jewelers to redeem the humble wedding band. They gave helpful tips and advice that will help you figure out what type of ring you should go for, […]

Glam Bake in Cape Cod

We couldn’t be more excited for this 4th of July weekend! What better way to celebrate America’s birthday than with a Glam Bake on the seaside of Cape Cod?! This styled shoot is an elegant twist on the traditional backyard clam bake, focusing on the more glamorous side of life on the island.

The dazzling deck overlooking the salt marsh and beaches of Sandy Neck made for the perfect setting for this end of summer soiree we like to call: Glam Bake. We called in the professionals over at Compton Clambakes and Catering to serve a plated bake made a bit classier with custom linen napkins and china plates from Be Our Guest. The tables were decorated with vivid florals and glass votives in varying heights thanks to the talented Karen Taddei of Lilacs. The theme was carried out through the dessert course with seaside treats like starfish cupcakes, s’mores pops, and strawberry shortcake parfaits from Artisan Bake Shop.   

A Glam Bake wouldn’t be complete without a custom lounge area. Ours featured a lavish cabana with chandeliers and elegantly draped embroidered organza created by Ryan Designs, and a craft beer bar! The craft beers were hand-selected from the regions finest breweries by Luke’s Super Liquors.

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Glam Bake in Cape Cod

We couldn’t be more excited for this 4th of July weekend! What better way to celebrate America’s birthday than with a Glam Bake on the seaside of Cape Cod?! This styled shoot is an elegant twist on the traditional backyard clam bake, focusing on the more glamorous side of life on the island. The dazzling […]

Baubles and Confections-A Styled Shoot

What tween girl doesn’t love bright baubles and sweets? The super talented ladies over at Jubilee Events took to their jewelry boxes to find inspiration for this stylized Bat Mitzvah. This party was all about the sparkle and brilliant jewel tones. The brightly colored gems could be found everywhere; from the cake to the gorgeous invitation suite designed by Coral Pheasant Stationery. The highlight of the evening? Custom mocktails at the bauble bar where each girl could take turns trying on all the gems!

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Baubles and Confections-A Styled Shoot

What tween girl doesn’t love bright baubles and sweets? The super talented ladies over at Jubilee Events took to their jewelry boxes to find inspiration for this stylized Bat Mitzvah. This party was all about the sparkle and brilliant jewel tones. The brightly colored gems could be found everywhere; from the cake to the gorgeous invitation suite […]

Farm to Table with Blackstone Caterers

Farm to table as a food trend is swiftly gaining popularity among the event industry, and brides are starting to look for the option when choosing a caterer. Blackstone Caterers talked to us about their business and what sets them apart:

What is it like running a farm to table catering business? Do you run into challenges if brides have certain requests? The catering business is a great vehicle for promoting the farm to table dining concept no matter where you live. There is planning and seasonality to work with for most clients. When we discuss menus, we always talk about what is in season when their event is going to take place.  And we mean what is in season where we live. We prefer to promote items we can source locally and fresh from the farms. They may come through distributors, like Farm Fresh or a wholesaler, but they are identified by the source or grower. Many items are tagged by growers, as is shellfish and other seafood.

When we discuss the menus we plan for what is in season and build the dishes.  If a client would like a tomato, we tell them where it will come from.  If it is not a typical season for tomatoes, we suggest other items in the area we could use.  Our chefs work hard to develop menu items for all seasons and typically can produce a local item any time of year.  Spring peas, fall squash, and apples come into play often. Obviously, we have some great local foods which may run out. We can offer strawberries for instance that may come from New Jersey if ours are not ready and Massachusetts if we have past our season. It depends on how you define local…Aquidneck Island, Rhode Island, New England, or American grown.

What are some of Blackstone Caterers signature dishes? Are there any that are more popular than others? At Blackstone, we pride ourselves on using fresh, local, and organic ingredients as much as possible. The high quality provisions we use to create our signature dishes play a large role in making them the favorites that they are. Two of our most popular would have to be those involving our Halibut and our Murray’s Organic Chicken. The Artichoke and Parmesan Crusted Halibut with a Crispy Polenta Cake, Baby Carrots, and Fennel Broth is a beautifully presented dish with rich color accents and well-balanced flavor.  The Murray’s Free Range Organic Statler Chicken Served over Bibb Lettuce with Tuscan White Bean Salad and Pea Shoots, Honey Lemon Vinaigrette, and a Grilled Lemon is a perfect luncheon entrée showcasing this exceptional poultry. The light flavors of the accompaniments really let the flavors of the chicken shine through. Aside from fish and chicken we also serve many cuts of steaks, short ribs, and vegetarian dishes—it’s really dependent on the clients preferences.  Short plate stations (miniature entrees) are increasingly popular as you get a smaller version of a few of our top sellers to sample!

What is your favorite drink concoction? Can you share the recipe with our followers?

Lavender Lemonade

Step 1: Prepare Lavender Simple Syrup

– 1 cup Granulated Sugar

– 1 cup Water

– 1 Tbsp. Dried Lavender Flowers

Combine ingredients and bring to a simmer. Once the sugar has completely dissolved, remove from heat and steep for five minutes. Strain the lavender flowers and refrigerate for up to an hour.

Step 2: Prepare Lemonade

– 1 cup Lavender Simple Syrup from Above Recipe
– ¾ cup Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
– ¾ Water

Combine all ingredients together.

Step 3: Prepare Your Cocktail!

– 1.5oz of Lavender Lemonade from Above Recipe
– 1.5oz Lillet Blanc

Combine ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake, strain and enjoy!

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Farm to Table with Blackstone Caterers

Farm to table as a food trend is swiftly gaining popularity among the event industry, and brides are starting to look for the option when choosing a caterer. Blackstone Caterers talked to us about their business and what sets them apart: What is it like running a farm to table catering business? Do you run into challenges if […]