Just in time for the Masters: Golf ball sized diamonds!

How many of you out there had your tv tuned into the Masters to watch Bubba Watson take home his 2nd green jacket? Even if you don’t like golf, the scenery alone is worth changing the channel for. Known for it’s scenic vistas and iconic flowering azalea bushes, the Augusta National Golf Course is hands down, one of the most beautiful courses in the world. Seriously, it’s amazing and yet another reason why Georgia is one of the most beautiful states in the country. And we’re not biased… not at all. But i’m rambling a bit because something that I saw this morning reminded me of those white golf balls, but a whole lot sparklier.

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The Ludwig van Beethoven Diamond

Things that make you go, “Hrmmmm”.  Purple ketchup, Ugg boots with mini-skirts, and diamonds made out of people.  They all make you pause and wonder just what exactly the world is coming to. However, here they are, and hopefully, at least for the first two, they won’t stick around for much longer. But it seems that the latter is here to stay, and I just can’t figure out whether it’s really cool, or really disturbing. I guess I’d much rather wear Uncle Tim on my finger than have him immortalized on my mantle, at least as a diamond he’d be pretty. Now, if you recall, we once brought you a similar story about a grieving dog lover who immortalized her beloved pooch Mack by turning him into a diamond, and that was unusual enough. But this one. Wow. Continue reading

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The Perfect Poems and Readings for Your Wedding!

We’ve all experienced it, that moment when, as a Bride, you sit down to select the quotes and passages that will fill your invitations, programs, and even the ceremony itself. You think, “How hard could this be? There can only be one or two to choose from”. And oh, you are wrong…. so… so…. wrong. There are biblical readings and cultural readings and native american readings. Sonnets from Shakespeare, classic American poets, song lyrics, the mind boggles and there’s always that worry that your wedding will be like a scene from The Wedding Planner

“Are you aware that Fran has chosen teal for her bridesmaids? Teal, the color of gangrene. … Oh, oh, and I Honestly Love You as your wedding song? You might as well commit matrimonial suicide right now!”

But don’t worry, at least for the moment, because we’re here to help. In this blog we’re going to break down all of those categories and give you what we feel are the perfect passages that will cross the generation gap between your punk rock cousin, and your Aunt Muriel who is at any moment going to start sobbing into that lace handkerchief that you bought her on Etsy. So grab yourself a cocktail, because honey you’ve earned it, and just relax. We’ve got this.

Biblical

If you’re getting married in a house of worship, or if you have a mother like mine, odds are good that you’ll need at least one biblical reading and these, in our humble opinion are the best.

1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 NIV

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

 

“Song of Solomon” 2:10-13, NIV

My beloved spoke, and said to me, Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me. See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.

Ok so it’s cliche, but in a really really good way. No matter who you are, or what walk of life you come from, if you hear these at a wedding you’re going to get misty eyed. (And Muriel will LOVE them)

Shakespeare

 

Sonnet 116 

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
admit impediments. Love is not love
which alters when it alteration finds,
or bends with the remover to remove:
Oh, no! It is an ever-fixed mark.
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
it is the star to every wandering bark,
whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
within his bending sickle’s compass come;
love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
but bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Of all sonnets by the Bard, this one is the be all, end all, marriage poem. Everyone knows it, having had to memorize it at some point in childhood, but when it’s read at a wedding, again… magic. Trust us, wedding magic is a very real and tangible force, much like the magic veil at the bridal shop.

 

Poetry

 

I carry your heart with me
by E.E. Cummings
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
i fear
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

Sigh…. I don’t care how many times I hear this poem, I melt. Every. single. time. If my fiance read it to me on our wedding day, I would be a weeping puddle on the floor by the end. And guys, trust us… that’s a good thing.

“Sonnet from the Portuguese”
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,—​I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!—​and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Ok, so you got me. I’m a romantic to my very bones but come on! This poem… that last line makes my foolish heart skip a beat every time I heart it.

 

Song Lyrics

 

“Grow Old With Me”

Grow old along with me
The best is yet to be
When our time has come
We will be as one
God bless our love
God bless our love
Grow old along with me
Two branches of one tree
Face the setting sun
When the day is done
God bless our love
God bless our love
Spending our lives together
Man and wife together
World without end
World without end
Grow old along with me
Whatever fate decrees
We will see it through
For our love is true
God bless our love
“At Last”

At last
My love has come along
My lonely days are over
And life is like a songOh yeah yeah
At last

The skies above are blue
My heart was wrapped up in clover
The night I looked at you

I found a dream, that I could speak to
A dream that I can call my own
I found a thrill to press my cheek to
A thrill that I have never known

Oh yeah yeah
You smiled, you smiled
Oh and then the spell was cast
And here we are in heaven
for you are mine…

At Last

Children’s Poems

“It’s You I Like” by Mr. Rogers

 

It’s you I like,

It’s not the things you wear.

It’s not the way you do your hair,

But it’s you I like.

The way you are right now

The way down deep inside you

Not the things that hide you

Not your diplomas…

They’re just beside you.

 

But it’s you I like,

Every part of you,

Your skin, your eyes, your feelings,

Whether old or new.

I hope that you’ll remember

Even when you’re feeling blue,

That it’s you I like,

It’s you yourself,

It’s you, it’s you I like!

 

“Hug O’ War” by Shel Silverstein

I will not play at tug o’war.

I’d rather play at hug o’war,

Where everyone hugs

Instead of tugs,

Where everyone giggles

And rolls on the rug,

Where everyone kisses,

And everyone grins,

And everyone cuddles,

And everyone wins.

 

Cultural

 

Apache Wedding Prayer

Now you will feel no rain,
for each of you will be shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold,
for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there will be no loneliness,
for each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two persons,
but there is only one life before you.
May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead
and through all the years.
May happiness be your companion,
and your days together be good and long upon the earth.

Irish Wedding Blessing

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
The rain fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

 

Whew, hope you had enough tissues and martini for all of that! We hope that these made planning your special day just a little bit easier.

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Happy Birthday April Babies!

Isn’t it amazing how the older you get, the faster time seems to move? I can’t believe that April is already speeding past, which is exceedingly sad for us, because April’s birthstone is the diamond, which is; let’s face it, our favorite thing ever! And we’re also trying really hard not to be envious that your birthstone is so amazing. So today we’re going to take a little jaunt to the past and revel in the myths and lore of diamonds.

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Baseball Opening Day is Here!

Yep, you heard right. Baseball’s Opening Day is here… insert your groans or squeals of excitement here. Now, i’ll admit that i’m usually in the groaning category and that the only thing that has ever interested me in baseball is that it’s played on a diamond. But then I found out that the diamond was made of dirty and my attention waned a bit. Until that is, I stumbled upon this. A marriage between baseball and diamonds that is so wrong… it’s almost right.

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Spring into color!

Happy Tuesday everybody! As they say, whoever ‘they’ are, it’s all downhill from here! I like ‘they’, they’re always full of catch phrases and sage advice. Anyways, as I said Thursday, pollen season is in full swing in Georgia. If you live in a land without this environmental phenomenon, I’m more than a little jealous. So, in order to combat the pollen funk that so many of us are assuredly in today, I bring you the good things that pollen season, or Spring as it’s known to the rest of the world can bring. Things like COLOR. And as I was perusing the cases this morning, looking for the perfect inspiration, this piece stopped me in my tracks.

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Aquamarine: The March Birthstone that Brings All the Beauty of the Sea to Your Finger!

Well another month has come and gone. I don’t know why just losing one day can make a month seem so short. Any theories? I guess it’s just one of those universal truths, but the good news is that it’s March, the month of St. Paddy’s Day, March Madness, and the traditional March blizzard in GA (maybe). So I’d like to start this post by wishing all of you with March birthdays, a very Happy Birthday! And also, to tell you a little bit about your birthstone, the lovely Aquamarine. Continue reading

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Happy National Proposal Day and First Day of Spring!

Spring is in the air! All around me I can hear a symphony of hacking and wheezing. Hey, it’s the south and the pollen is bad, so bad. The entire world seems coated with a thick layer of greenish yellow dust. I however, am not allergic to pollen, YAY me! So that leaves me free to enjoy the flowers and the birds chirping and what’s that I hear? A proposal? Of course! It’s the first day of spring, but more importantly it’s National Proposal Day! And yes, just like Talk like a pirate day and Cupcake day, I did not make this up. Promise.

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St. Patrick’s Day Myths, Lore, and Jewelry!

It’s Monday, which is usually a fairly sad occasion, but there seems to be a strange sense of euphoria running through the office, because it’s St. Patrick’s Day! So we’re throwing on our party hats and green apparel to celebrate with all of you! And what kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t first give you some historical knowledge to go with that green Guinness? So, let’s dispel a few myths, and revel in some lore, here we go! Continue reading

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Antique? Vintage? What exactly is in grandma’s jewelry box?

Have you ever looked at a piece of jewelry and puzzled over its label? Antique? Edwardian? Vintage? Estate? Wait, I thought that was just a fancy name for yard sale? Arts and Crafts, what is this, camp? Well thanks to this handy guide, you’ll never have to wonder again. Feel free to print it out and use it as a guide next time you’re at the antiques fair!  Continue reading

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