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How to Clean your Diamond Engagement Ring

How to Clean your Diamond Engagement Ring

It is "engagement season"! That time of year where many couple are getting engaged while they celebrate the holidays with their family and friends. For many people, this may be the first time they have worn diamonds or a fine gemstone. Their ring is all sparkly, new and gorgeous. But as time goes on, your ring needs to be cleaned. What is the best way to clean a diamond? Diamond experts agree that running a little warm water in a small bowl with a little mild liquid detergent and allowing your diamond engagement ring to soak for three to four minutes and using a soft brush will get lose debris and oils off your diamonds. And it is a good idea every year to get your rings polished and cleaned and for your jeweler to check for any lose prongs.

Engage!11 Cayman Islands, living, learning and loving it!

On this day when I see Thanksgiving blog posts of tables with pumpkins and gourds and fall decor in pictures I feel that I am going to change things up a bit. Today, I am giving thanks and thanking THE Rebecca and Kathryn for giving the wedding industry the Engage Conference.Today I share with you some amazing pictures of the most wonderful and exciting conference that I just returned from. 

Music to Get Ready to Before you Get Married

Music to Get Ready to Before you Get Married

I was in the bride and bridesmaid’s designated ‘primping’ room the other morning when the girls realized something was missing. Music. “Do you have any?” they asked. Out came my Ipod and we plugged it into the hotel's docking station. 

Chicago Architectural River Cruise for your Wedding Guest

Chicago Architectural River Cruise for your Wedding Guest

For Chicago weddings, we like to recommend some great activites that the brides and grooms can do with their guests or even recommend to their guests for when they are visiting Chicago. One of my favorite things to do in Chicago is the Architectural River Cruise.  This cruise takes you on Chicago's First Lady and you see over 50 buildings in Chicago. The guides are well versed in the history of Chicago architecture and will provide you with many wonderful details about how this great city was built. The cruise would be a great pre-wedding activity where anyone could attend the day before the wedding or maybe even great for a post-wedding event the day after the wedding. There is a full service bar on the boat and small snacks. You can toast your guests as you see Chicago from the river and learn more about the great city you are wedding married in. 

How to Get Wrinkles Out of a Wedding Dress

There is an amazing service in Chicago by Davis Imperial Cleaners which every bride should look into! They will perfectly press and steam your dress and deliver it on the day of the wedding so you don't have to worry about wrinkles in your dress! Or, it is a great idea to also talk to the location you purchased your dress about if they can do this for you as well and deliver your dress directly to your house,  hotel or location you are getting ready. That way none of your bridesmaids will have the burden of worrying about steaming or ironing your dress. 

Wedding at Hotel Palomar

Wedding at Hotel Palomar

I am so excited to share this wedding with you today. I loved working with Laurel and Dave on their wedding at the Hotel Palomar and adored how Laurel wanted to have so many cute and personal touches on the wedding day. One of my favorite parts of the wedding day was the groom's cake by Tipsy Cake and the wonderful red florals by Alexandra at Exquisite Designs. And with Sarah Alair as the photographer, I knew the pictures would be just amazing as you see below.  

Testimonial from Jill and Freddie Feldman

When my husband and I first started planning our wedding, one thing I knew for sure was I was going to need help the weekend of the wedding. From our first meeting I knew Ali would be helpful with organizing a religious Jewish wedding. As a matter of fact, she actually recommended our band for their awesome Hora and they were terrific!