Hey, y’all! It’s been almost a year since our last blog post, but we have an actual explanation for that!
To start, from last October until now, life has been a TOTAL roller-coaster. It’s been almost an entire year since our last post because, since then, we’ve gotten evicted, and moved…. TWICE. Yep, TWICE in 6 months!
It’s been a roller-coaster of emotions to accept the sad reality we had to live through. January was the hardest, but come March, all became “normal” again! We moved to a home with my parents that has a more mother/daughter setup. We have half a house, full bathroom, living room, bedroom, etc. for ourselves. We pay rent (not nearly as much as we would have to pay to live in a CRAPPY apartment near our jobs) which includes all of our other bills besides our car payment. We are financially stable and physically + mentally happy once again. To reflect on my last post about “failure,” I actually couldn’t go back to school because of all of the changes since my last semester (in the winter of 2016), and that’s okay. I will go back when I’m ready and when there’s less pressure on us again.
So… It’s almost July! We are officially 4 months and a few days out from our wedding day. That’s CRAZY to consider! All of my bridesmaids have their attire, almost our entire guest-list already RSVP’d, every single piece of wedding decor has been bought (and is currently being produced and DIYed by us!) and all of the “bigger” aspects (food, music, photography, alcohol, etc.) has been configured and/or partially paid. We both have our wedding outfits from head-to-toe. We’re almost at double digits in our countdown (136 days from this moment, to be exact!!!!) when we started in the 1,100s!!!! Life is moving CRAZY fast, but I truly could not be any more excited!
For today’s portion of Wedding Wednesday, I’m going to talk DIY and ring selfies!
To start, we recently just finished up the focal point of our centerpieces! These are mini mason jars and clear vases that we painted with our wedding colors, distressed, added rocks to and cut up silk and artificial flower bouquets to make our own! For our entire wedding, we decided we wanted fake flowers…. even down to our bouquets! We’ve both really dabbled with the idea of spending the hundreds of dollars on real floral bouquets, and then both agreed that it’s kind of a waste of money. We’re doing wooden and silk bouquets and boutonnieres! I love the idea of everyone (including us) having them as forever keepsakes (considering real bouquets are only good for a select amount of hours/days) and I love DIY-ing as much as possible!
Next up…. ring selfies! I know a lot of people think it’s “bragging” and stupid when people post ring selfies, but for me, I just do it because it makes me happy. If something is pretty, I like to take a picture of it! Plus, Jordan totally enforces me taking them whenever we see pretty flowers. 😛 Honestly, do what makes you happy…. and always take pictures!! I love having pictures as keepsakes as it is, and if that means taking a billion pictures of my beautiful engagement ring, too, then so be it! To see some of mine, check out the #LifeIsBeautifulWithTheJacques on Instagram! 😀 Here’s one of my recent favorites:
As most people know, my ring is a handmade conflict-free ring off of Etsy. We chose to take this route for a few reasons: 1. They last just as long as blood diamonds. 2. TG’s diamonds are created to be identical in D-color and shape. You cannot tell the difference unless you are a “diamond expert,” and even then it’s tough. (Check this article for reference!) 3. I have a VERY laborious job. I’ve already lost a stone once from my ring last fall and had to get it fixed. It was extremely affordable and came with a free cleaning and buffing, even though it happened at a financially hard time in my life, and that’s a BIG deal for me. (I had a diamond ring growing up. I lost ONE diamond, which was less than 1/4 carat in size, and it cost a good $400 to fix.) If it’s not affordable to fix ALWAYS, it’s not worth it (to me!) 4. Referencing number 3, with my job, there’s no way I would go to work 180 days of the year and not wear my ring in fear of it breaking or getting dirty. Knowing I can always afford it, and always clean it, without stress, is a HUGE deal to me. We chose to take the small business route and in return, we were surely not disappointed. My ring is 1.5 carats and a pear-shape. We chose this shape because I have very long and skinny fingers, so it fits to them flawlessly! The wonderful businesswoman who owns the company, who created my ring and wedding band(s), is named Tabitha. Tabitha was generous enough to send me ANOTHER one of my rings to show you guys how incredible the detail and the lack of wear-and-tear is. My ring (pictured above) is almost 2 years old. A few facts about Tiger Gemstones: NO, THEY ARE NOT CUBIC ZIRCONIA and NO, man-made OR conflict-free rings DO NOT mean they are LESSER QUALITY than a blood diamond. They are more affordable and usually made by small businesses, and they are definitely HIGH-QUALITY PRODUCTS. Before you read articles on topics like this, check the jeweler of the rings/jewelry first! Similar to TG, moissanite and other beautiful and flawless-colored gemstones fall under this category of diamonds. Cubic zirconia, on the other hand, DOES NOT fall under this category! Here’s a few pictures of the new pear ring that Tabitha sent me, and also one comparing the new versus the almost 2-year-old one to show proof of quality with EVERYDAY wear:
The first picture was taken when it was straight out of the box. The second picture is comparing my almost 2-year-old ring (bottom) versus the brand new ring (top.) The only difference is that my older one needs to be buffed because I recently wore it to work and the gym (* this photo was also taken before my weekly cleaning. Like any other diamond, it needs to be kept up with.) THAT IS IT! Just like a blood diamond, since your engagement ring IS worn daily, it will DOES need to be cleaned. This is not abnormal wear! Unlike cubic zirconia, man-made/lab-made/handmade/conflict-free diamonds do not yellow or cloud within years of constant wear. The sparkle is still the same and I do clean it at home weekly, but I like to send it to get professionally cleaned every year. Reference to the photo I posted earlier with the hydrangeas about how shiny and clear my diamond is today! Click here to shop for your dream ring.
Here is a short video un-boxing the ring! This shows the shine without filter and in daylight:
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN TIGER GEMSTONES, please feel free to use this discount code courtesy of the wonderful ladies of TG: drinkpositivitea. This will give you 15% off of ANY order! I have been a fan of Tabitha for years now, and I am so happy to help others find their dream rings at an affordable price, too!
Keep smiling. Yes, you got this. 💛 ALISSA + JORDAN 🌻