If you know, without question, that only a classic diamond engagement ring will do pour vous, you may want to pass over this here post, future bride. If, on the other hand, you’re on the hunt for an utterly original engagement ring design—something in hammered steel perhaps, a rough-cut diamond, or a hand-sculpted setting—we’ve got a handful of amazing engagement rings we think you’ll admire, courtesy of Etsy’s finest.
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Remember way back in September when we ran our awesome Archetype Studio Engagement Session giveaway? Lots of y’all entered, sharing your beautiful, touching, and in a couple of cases pretty darn hilarious, proposal stories with us. While we usually select our giveaway winners totally randomly, in this case, our staff teamed up with Terilyn Brown of Archetype to pick the entry that moved us most. Our winner? Karlin, who, like her fiancé Jeremy, is an active-duty U.S. Marine. The two met, and eventually fell in love, while stationed in Okinawa, Japan, but eventually Jeremy received orders to move back to the states, while Karlin remained in Japan. During his time back in the U.S., Jeremy, head over heels over Karlin, procured the ring he planned to give his girl one day.
That day eventually came, months later, when Karlin and Jeremy were fatefully reunited in Okinawa (and despite a super-typhoon that hit the area and almost derailed the smitten soldier’s proposal plans!). As Karlin recounts it, after a dinner date and frozen yogurt, he surprised her by asking someone to take their picture. “He is shy and will never ask a stranger to take a picture of us, much less carry a camera around—that is my job,” Karlin told us. “As soon as we were getting ready to pose he turns me around and was already down on one knee. I am not really sure what else happened after that.”
What happened is that Karlin said, “Yes.” And entered her story in our contest—and won. And this past month, when she and Jeremy were once again reunited, this time in Houston, the pair posed for Archetype’s camera—and the results, as you can see here, are utterly amazing (they make it hard for us to believe that adorable Jeremy could ever be camera shy!). For us here at the Houston Wedding Blog, it is the perfect convergence of an extraordinarily talented photographer, a beautiful and adoring couple, and a story of determination, devotion and LOVE—of country, and of each other.
When you’re done wiping away that tear or two you KNOW you just shed, scroll down below those gorgeous photos to find out how you can win one of 12 engagement sessions Archetype is giving away, one per (business) day, starting Thursday, December 1!
Photos: Archetype Studio
ARCHETYPE STUDIO’S 12 DAYS OF ENGAGEMENT-SHOOT GIVEAWAYS CONTEST
The Prize(s): In the generous spirit of the Christmas season, and just because they love Houston brides as much as we do, Archetype Studio is giving away ONE engagement photography session—two-hour Houston location shoot, in-person ordering and image-consulting appointment, and one heirloom print any size up to 8×12—EVERY DAY for 12 business days, from December 1 through December 16.
To Enter: E-mail us your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and wedding reception venue. All requested information MUST be in your entry e-mail. You may enter ONCE per entry day during the contest period: Dec. 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and entries must be received by 5 p.m. each entry day in order to qualify. One winner will be randomly selected each day. We will notify winners by e-mail, and announce winners on Facebook.
You’ve seen their stunning photo work. Now be a part of it. Enter Archetype’s 12 Days of Engagement Session Giveaways contest, and good luck!!
“The best way to describe Ashley and Dan is to say they have big personalities,” hot Houston photographer Adam Nyholt told us, when we inquired about this amazing engagement shoot. “They both love fashion, and of course have great taste. For their engagement session they wanted a shoot that was unique and very much ‘them.’ I suggested the Foundation Room at House of Blues, not only for it’s dramatic vibe, but also because I knew nobody else has taken engagement portraits there.” Yup, that’s right, HOB’s ultra-exotic, super-sexy private party space was virgin territory for an engagement shoot when Ashley and Dan rocked the joint. We have a feeling it’s going to get a lot more popular, though, once brides-to-be get a look at these gorgeous photos (which also include a handful of lighthearted, romantic shots in picturesque Eleanor Tinsley Park). “During their entire session I encouraged them to relax and be themselves. They immediately warmed up and were kissing, striking dramatic poses and sometimes just being goofy. I loved it!” Nyholt says. So do we, and we hope you do, too.
Photos: Adam Nyholt Photographer
This retro-adorable engagement shoot from oh-so-talented Rachel Robinson is one of the sweetest we’ve seen. But the love story behind Amanda and Brandon’s engagement? That’s even sweeter.
Little did small-town Canadian girl Amanda know she’d end up with native Houstonian Brandon, all those afternoons she spent daydreaming on the shore of tiny Nipper’s Harbour, Newfoundland. But when Amanda, all grown up, with a degree in mechanical engineering, moved to Houston where several of her friends had put down roots, she couldn’t help but notice that cutie at the bar, the one wearing Chuck Taylors—just like the ones she was wearing! Sure, they got to talking, and even shared a smooch. But it wasn’t until the next night, when she ended up at the same bar to watch college football with friends, and happened to hear a familiar voice call out, “Amanda Newfoundland!” that she knew something special was happening. Over the next few months, through long chats and ping-pong games (she won), and despite her heading offshore for a job, and his shoulder surgery, the two fell in love. Hard.
Then came the day when Amanda walked into the living room to see Brandon down on one knee with a little blue box (“which we all know means Tiffany’s!” she says). For their engagement—for which their parents joined them for a few adorable pics—the couple did a “fun and flirty photo shoot” in different parts of downtown Houston. “Brandon was the best, through all my girly ideas,” which included cotton candy, a tea party and tons of vintage styling, Amanda says. Through all the darling costumes, great settings and cool props, you can see this couple’s deep, sincere adoration for each other in every shot. Beautiful work, Rachel. And happiest wishes, Amanda and Brandon!Rachel Robinson Photography
There are so many things we love about this extraordinarily elegant Victoria wedding, we hardly know where to begin. So let’s start bride Meredith herself. The Stephen Yearick gown? Gorgeous. Paired with the chunky necklace and bracelet? Perfection. Plus we love a.) that Meredith’s jewelry is beautifully echoed in the adornment of her Badgley Mischka shoes, b.) that both jewelry pieces look terribly expensive, and c.) that they are actually from Ann Taylor’s very affordable wedding jewelry collection–smart bride! Groom Michael ain’t so bad himself: white tie, orchid boutonniere, pocket square…excellent. OK, moving on to the party, we’re just dazzled by that lovely, lovely reception space, all muted gold and white damask, rising into a beautiful burst of vibrant spring color. Big thanks to the fabulous Terilyn Brown of Houston’s Archetype Studio for sharing radiant images of this exquisite wedding with us, so we could share them with you.
Oh, and there’s one more thing Archetype Studio has in store for one lucky Houston Wedding Blog fan: A professionally styled, two-hour, on-location ENGAGEMENT PHOTO SHOOT, including a complimentary 9×12 heirloom print, total value: $545. Oh yeah.
This prize is non-transferable, good for the greater Houston area only and expires 12/31/2011.
To enter, first Like Weddings in Houston on Facebook if you haven’t yet (and we, in turn, will love you xox). Next, e-mail us with your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and location, and a bit about how/where you got engaged. Engagement descriptions don’t have to be lengthy, but please do let us know any exciting, unusual or insanely romantic details.
Entry deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 14, and we’ll announce our winner on Friday, Sept. 16 on Facebook. You’ve scored the man of your dreams, now snag the engagement sesh of a lifetime. Good luck!!
Photography: Archetype Studio~Bride’s Dress: Stephen Yearick from Weddings by Debbie~Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka~Bride’s Necklace & Bracelet: Ann Taylor~Groom’s Attire: Al’s Formal Wear~Flowers: Fresh Urban Flowers~Bride’s Cake: Simply Charming Cakes~Groom’s Cake: Sonya Lahodny~Decor & Rentals: Touch of Elegance, Aztec Tents & Events~Wedding Consultant & Design: Sweet August Events
Jessica and Richard’s lovely Discovery Green engagement shoot by photographer Sarah Ainsworth has so much to teach us about how to get great results form your ES. First, don’t be afraid of color! It’s no surprise that Discovery Green’s “wall of color” is a hugely popular spot for photo shoots of all kinds. Those blocks of bright color just POP in photos, and lend their energy and excitement to every subject that stands in front of them. But Jessica and Richard take it a couple steps further, bringing their own bright hues into the picture. Beautiful. Love the his ‘n hers Converse, too! OK, second, include your best friend (you know, the one with the paws and the tail). So many cohabiting to-be-wed couples share a beloved pet, they’re more like a trio than a duo. Plus, dogs are just CUTE. Third, and maybe most importantly, have a little fun with your photos. In addition to serious shots with serious expressions that show the depth of your emotions, bring in a few whimsical, humorous or flirty poses–Jessica and Richard’s totally adorable photo-in-the-photo and “Richard, the photographer” shots are perfect examples. Sometimes letting down your guard a little (or a LOT) makes for the most meaningful and cherished engagement shots of all. Thanks, Sarah. And congrats, Jessica and Richard!
Not many of our couples choose gritty urban landscapes for their engagement shoots. But we think that may change, once y’all get a look at Lan and Avi’s Houston engagement photos by the brilliant Ashley Kohlleffel of Ashley K Photography. Notes Ashley, “We shot this in Houston’s Sixth Ward off Washington Avenue…an eclectic mix of new and old. Lan and Avi had such a cool, relaxed approach to their session. They were so easy to shoot!” Probably doesn’t hurt that these mellow to-be-weds happen to be downright gorgeous, too. We never knew graffiti and chain-link fences could be so darn…romantic. But Lan and Avi (and Ashley) make them so.
Okay, it’s official: The cutest couple award goes to Carson and Morgan, two lovebirds whose smiles shone brighter than the springtime sun in their San Angelo engagement shoot. Seriously, could a couple look more in love? Of course, in-demand Houston photographer Adam Nyholt deserves a little of the credit for these stunning photos. We particularly love how he uses natural daylight and sentimental outdoor settings—so sweet. Even sweeter? That “Save the Date” shot. Woof! Congratulations, Carson and Morgan. And big thanks to Adam for sharing this sun-dappled shoot with us…and you!