Ari & Bryce’s wedding almost didn’t happen.
A terrifying and near-tragic accident almost put the day on hold. But, this resilient couple didn’t let anything, not even rocks, stand in the way of tying the knot!
Rocks have played a major role in Ari and Bryce’s relationship.
They met in 2014 at their local climbing gym. Despite their busy schedules (Ari as a nurse practitioner and Bryce as a law student preparing for the Bar), they ran to the mountains every free moment they had and fell more in love with each new adventure.
After Bryce passed the Bar, they headed out to Colorado for some serious rocks, adventure and a surprise proposal on top of Uncompahgre Peak!
With the mountains in their hearts and a new rock on Ari’s finger, the couple quickly jumped into wedding planning, and Ari fell in love with a special pair of J’Adorn Designs rocks! (Yes, yes… crystals are rocks!)
She saw the custom earrings we made for another J’Adorn Bride and asked if we could recreate a pair for her. We were thrilled to revisit the design. Her earrings are a custom twist on the Gold Crystal Vine & Opal Teardrop Earrings we carry in the Jewelry Shop.
Two weeks before the big day, with the details well in hand, Bryce and his groomsmen headed out to Smith Rock State Park for a weekend of climbing the rocks.
On their last climb of the trip, Bryce took a 40 foot fall and sustained injuries to all four of his extremities, which left him temporarily wheelchair bound. Miraculously, he did not suffer any permanent spinal or brain injuries!
But, with just a handful of days to go before the wedding, his surgeon suggested they consider postponing the big day.
After a quick breakdown (because, of course, how heartbreaking!), Bryce and Ari decided that delaying their wedding just wasn’t going to be an option. And their family and friends rallied around them to make sure their day would happen!
They held their rehearsal dinner at the skilled nursing facility where Bryce was recovering, and with the help of his brother, Bryce and Ari were still able to have a first dance… wheelchair and all!
It really is so easy to get caught up in the glitz and minutia of a wedding and forget what’s at the foundation of it all. We love the perspective Ari brings…
“Dealing with such a near miss just days before our wedding helped us to realize that our wedding wasn’t about all of the little details that I had been stressing over weeks before. In the end, all that mattered was that we had each other.”
We feel so honored to have one of our pieces play a small role in the kind of wedding that reminds us all that weddings are about celebrating the beginning of a real flesh-and-blood life together. A life of ups and downs, of betters and worses. And NOT about the details of throwing a party.
We are especially tickled to learn that Ari’s version of these Gold Crystal Vine & Opal Earrings were so loved by one of her best friends, that she will be using them as her “something borrowed” for her upcoming wedding!
If Ari & Bryce’s story captures your heart the way is has ours, go ahead and check out their wedding video. Bryce’s cousin (Kyle Vandever Productions) created it to share their beautiful story.
Photos of Bryce & Ari’s wedding by: BriAnne Elizabeth Photography
What goes better with nuptials than botanicals?
Nothing… the answer is nothing. That’s why so much of our bridal jewelry incorporates elements from nature. And the way these botanical designs come together in precious metals and sparkling gems always leaves us swooning when we see them on real-life brides!
Bride Lauren totally captured our vintage-loving hearts with her wedding day look. However, what really gave us all the feels was that our Blushing Bride Earrings were the crowing jewel (pun intended) to her bridal ensemble.
Here’s what Bride Lauren had to say about her look and the significance of the earrings:
These earrings were the hardest-to-find piece of my wardrobe for that day, and pretty much the last thing I bought. I had a beautiful necklace of my mother’s that was a gift from my father, but I needed to find just the right earrings to match — I stumbled upon these and fell in love. The perfect combination and the final piece of my puzzle!
What could be better for a wedding day than a something old – something new, modern take on vintage style that’s packed with sentimental details?
And those beautiful watercolor botanical elements on her wedding stationery have us dreaming of spring and blossoms and sunbeams.
Also, we couldn’t be happier about the way yellow gold is making a real comeback in fine jewelry!
White gold and platinum have been the standard for well over a decade, and rose gold has definitely been having a moment the past few years. Yellow gold has seemed like a rarity.
But, no more! We are seeing a resurgence and we can’t get enough!
- Swarovski pearls
- blush crystal stone
- gold plated metals
- sterling silver posts
And, of course, we’re a custom jeweler. So, if you’ve got an idea to take these earrings and really make them uniquely yours, just ask!
Finally, can we all just take a moment and gawk at this stunning bridal bouquet? Somehow, it is both wild and understated and we just can’t get over it!
Congratulations on your beautiful day, Lauren! We hope it was everything you dreamed it would be. And we are so honored to have played a small part in its perfection.
// Wedding day photography by Urban Row Photography
Today, we’re showing off the custom set of bridal jewelry we created full of vintage vibes and stunning raw crystals.
Bride Kylie found us on Instagram. She fell in love with a post featuring our Deco Rose Gold Bridal Earrings, but the metal color wasn’t exactly right for her. She reached out to us to see if it would be possible to get them in yellow gold.
- And as a custom jeweler, our answer is (almost) always YES!
What started as a request for customized earrings quickly grew into a full custom set of bridal jewels. The raw crystals paired with a vintage style came together in the most romantic way.
In the end, we created four elements for Kylie’s wedding look:
- hairpin set
Notice the vintage details in these pieces! From the warm, yellow gold and deco-style embellishments inspired by the original earrings that caught Kylie’s eye; to the rough clear crystal quartz points and the more delicate clear Swarovski crystal “sprouts” (our signature element).
This set gives us all the romantic vintage wedding feels. And we think raw crystals might be the most lovely wedding jewelry element since pearls!
We played with the contrast between rough + fine for a stunning effect. The delicate chains on the necklace and bracelet set against the rough crystals give interest to the look. And, the set ended up looking cohesive but not overly “matchy.”
And, in a time when rose gold is having a moment and white gold has been the standard, these warm yellow hues are refreshing (and just the right way to keep that vintage vibe).
Kylie sent us such a sweet message when her vintage wedding jewels showed up on her doorstep:
“I wanted to let you know I got all of the jewelry and it is even prettier in person! I love it all…and I can’t wait to see it all put together on the wedding day!”
This bridal set has got our design wheels turning as we think about the next bridal collection.
Would you like to see any of these pieces make an appearance in the Jewelry Shop? Tell us in the comments!
Photo Credits: Bekah Kay Creative // Nichole Meredith Photography
Ally had a specific vision for her bridal accessories but couldn’t find it in any store. So, she called on us to create her custom floral hairpins!
J’Adorn bride Ally wears a lot of hats.
She’s an engineer, a fitness instructor, and a graduate student to name just a few of the roles she fills.
When it came to her bridal headwear, she knew exactly what she wanted.
But after searching high and low for those hair accessories in stores, she couldn’t find them.
With Jamie’s referral, Ally reached out to me a few months before her wedding to ask if I could help bring her vision to life.
She wanted two very small floral hairpins with minimal embellishments, no wider than one inch per pin.
It was a very specific request that I embraced as a design challenge! And after two rounds of design revisions, Ally and I decided on the perfect custom floral hairpins design for her walk down the aisle.
To make Ally’s custom bridal hairpins, I used a combination of paper millinery flowers, freshwater pearls, and Swarovski crystals in my signature hand-wired sprout formation.
With a golden leaf and beaded ivory flower as accents, each pin represented delicate simplicity at its finest.
Ally was thrilled with the results of her custom floral hairpins.
She raved, “I love them so much!”
From the father-daughter dance until the last kiss of the night, Ally’s custom floral hairpins were the perfect accent to her half-up bridal hairstyle.
Wedding photos by Kate Dixon // Product photos by Nichole Meredith
Pearls & Crystals
Classic elements for a bridal comb came together in this custom-made, adjustable bridal headpiece
You might remember J’Adorn bride Michelle from a previous blog post about her custom set of diamond and sapphire jewelry.
Today I’m sharing another piece from her custom bridal jewelry suite: a classic crystal and pearl bridal comb!
But it wasn’t a perfect fit for her wedding colors and bridal hairstyle. So, I made some minor changes to the crystal & pearl colors to better match her look.
Erica of Silver Immersion helped me customize the size of Michelle’s bridal comb at her bridal hair trial.
From there I designed a stunning, extra-long bridal comb that Erica could bend around Michelle’s cascading half-up bridal hairstyle.
I created bendable crystal & pearl branches to extend on both sides of Michelle’s bridal comb.
This made the design wider and even more stunning at the back of her bridal hairstyle.
The end result was a crystal & pearl bridal comb in exactly the color, size, and style that this Maryland bride needed!
Are you interested in ordering a custom bridal hairpiece for your wedding?