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All about that Bling

All about that Bling | Capturing the Symbol of Love

As a wedding photographer, one of my favorite things to photograph are the rings. Capturing this symbol of love and commitment is so powerful. Every set of rings, like every love story is different. Blue Nile Diamonds have been working towards streamlining the process of designing and purchasing a ring as unique as your love. Once you have that ring, what’s the best way to preserve it in photography? In this post, I wanted to share some best practices on how to be prepared to show off your engagement rings and wedding jewelry during engagement sessions and your wedding photography.

Sparkle and Shine

There are so many clichés when it comes to talking about diamonds. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Diamonds are forever. Diamonds have become a symbol of light, of purity, of endurance. Wearing a diamond continues to be a symbol of commitment and love. In recent years, the diamond industry has fallen on criticism of how diamonds are mined and obtained. This has brought about an evolution of additional gemstones, synthetic diamonds and other ways to display love. No matter what kind of stone is in your ring, including your wedding jewelry in your engagement sessions and wedding photography are very important to me!

How to Showcase your Bling:  Engagement Tips

Engagement sessions are such a sweet time for couples. Your love shines through in every smile. And, of course, that new engagement ring shines, too! During an engagement session, I try to make sure to capture shots of your engagement ring in a candid and unobtrusive way.

  • When you’re both holding hands as you walk, catching that hint of sparkle.
  • As you kiss, your hand upon your partner’s shoulder.
  • During your poses, I try to make sure that ring is visible.

Engagement sessions are a way to have fun and for me to get to know you as a couple, so I always enjoy these sessions. When it comes to jewelry, I encourage couples to wear the accessories they usually would. If a bride-to-be wears additional rings on her hand, she should continue to do so! There’s no need to be too fussy.  For engagement sessions, I love when my couples can just relax and be themselves.

How to Showcase your Bling: Wedding Day Tips

On the wedding day itself, the ring shots are so important to include  Because of that, make sure to be prepared!

Be Prepared!

When couples are prepared, it makes photographing the rings and the details a breeze!  Here are some tips towards being prepared. Ideally, the detail shots will be captured while the bride and bridesmaids are still getting hair and makeup done.

  • Get your rings cleaned before the big day. A good rule of thumb is to ask the jeweler to clean the engagement ring when you pick up your bands. Make sure that stone shines as brightly as your smile!
  • Have your engagement ring, wedding band, and husband’s wedding band together. Make sure to designate one of your wedding party to hold onto them. Put that Best Man or Maid of Honor to work!
  • Make sure the rings, the bride’s shoes, the bridal gown and any accessories the bride and groom will wear are together. This makes for awesome pictures.
  • If you like, include copies of wedding stationery: the invitation, RSVP, any other interesting paper that was meaningful to you—especially fun if it all supports your theme.
  • Make sure anything else important to you, your day or your story are handed over to the photographer. You’ll get it all back—promise!

These images don’t take long if everything is ready ahead of time! The ring photographs are a wonderful way to add personality to your wedding images. I love tying in details that are unique to the couple, so the result is that no two ring images are the same. Whether the rings highlight an important psalm or prayer, nestle into your wedding bouquet or complement your shoes, these photographs are all based on my couple’s wedding day style.

A Symbol of Love

However you show your love and commitment to each other, make sure it is included in your wedding photography. Whether the stone on your engagement ring is amber, emerald, diamond, ruby, amethyst, sapphire or opal, the fact that it is a part of your love story is the most important thing. Make sure it is captured in your wedding images.

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Local jewelers in the area

As a resource to my Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls couples, here are some featured local vendors who can help you with all of your wedding day jewelry needs:

Eric’s Diamonds : Eric’s Diamonds is your resource for custom jewelry design and quality diamond jewelry. Serving the greater Chippewa Valley since 1990. Shop for wedding diamond rings, custom jewelry and more.

A. Anderson Jewelers : “This place is great! It’s a one-man-band with over 10 years of jewelry experience.  A professional through-and-through, and he’s very down to Earth.”

Lasker Jewelers : Find premium fine jewelry at Laskers in Eau Claire, WI. Discover a vast assortment of diamond & precious metal engagement rings, pendants, earrings & more!

Rogers & Hollands Jewelers : Oakwood Mall – “Rogers & Hollands Jewelers has always surpassed other jewelers in service and selection. I used to start at this store because the sales people are professional but not pushy and I felt comfortable there.”

Williams Diamond Center : Introducing our newest designer collection! Toby Pomeroy. Ethically sourced and sustainable fine jewelry by Toby Pomeroy. Toby is known for his beautiful lines, practical features, organic feeling and sustainable fine jewelry that supports and promotes the health, beauty and diversity of our planet and its people!

Shane Co Jewelers : Visit your local Shane Co. jewelry store for the best collection of engagement rings, wedding rings and fine jewelry. Buy risk-free with our 60-day return policy and free lifetime warranty.

Big Box Jewelry Stores

Blue Nile : We’re reimagining the jewelry experience because love deserves better. We’re the first and largest on-line retailer dedicated to helping you find the perfect piece that lives up to your love.

Wedding Day Diamonds : Engagement Rings, Diamonds, Free Custom Designs, Designer Jewelry, Sell Gold, Sell Diamonds, Sell watches all at Wedding Day Diamonds at 9 locations around the Twin Cities, Minnesota; Eden Prairie, Burnsville, Bloomington, Maplewood, Maple Grove, St. Louis Park, saint cloud, Woodbury, Roseville.

Kay Jewelers : Shop our selection of engagement rings, wedding rings, diamonds, gemstones, metals, watches and more. Kay Jewelers carries a wide selection of looks, from classic to modern

Helzberg Diamonds : Shop our selection of engagement rings, wedding rings, diamonds, gemstones, metals, watches and more at Helzberg.

Zales : Shop Zales – America’s diamond store since 1924 – for the best fine jewelry selection of rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and watches.

Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church Independence Wedding Andrew Samplawski Photography

Amy & Brian | Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church Wedding

Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church Independence Wedding Andrew Samplawski Photography

Amy and Brian were married on June 25 with a ceremony at the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church and a ceremony at a private residence in Independence WI. Congratulations, lovebirds! Amy and Brian not only trusted us with photographing their special day but also with their videography. With Jeff as my second shooter and Jenelle on video, we had all creative angles covered. Read more

Marriott McDowell Mountains Arizona Wedding, Andrew Samplawski Photography

Matt & Whitney | McDowell Mountains Wedding

Marriott McDowell Mountains Arizona Wedding, Andrew Samplawski Photography

Matt and Whitney were married on April 28th, with a ceremony and reception at the Marriott at McDowell Mountains.

This was one of those weddings where friends and family really came through in the clutch to pull it together so that Matt and Whitney could enjoy their big day. Everyone was involved, from Whitney’s friends Brianna and Lexi—who gifted her a trip to the salon to get her hair done in a classic updo—to her friend Tara—who surprised her with flower bouquets—to Matt’s Aunt Julie, who officiated the ceremony for them. Read more

Mistakes to Avoid during Wedding Planning

Day in and day out wedding planning can be fun…who doesn’t like the idea of helping two people in love, plan the celebration of a life time. Typically I witness wedding planning being done by friends who are completely new to wedding planning; Most have never had to plan a something outside of a bachelorette party or a bridal shower, etc. It’s no easy task to navigate, so I have pulled together 5 tips that will help wedding planners get through some of the common hiccups in the planning process.

Mistakes are bound to happen – Some can unfortunately be quite costly, but most can be avoided! I have listed one of my own suggestions, as well as a few others here, but feel free to visit the link below for the whole list!

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Jess & Mike | Real Life Wedding

Couldn’t resist sharing a little behind the scenes of  real life wedding action from today’s wedding with Jess & Mike… the newest MR & MRS CAMPBELL!! This photograph was captured shortly after they said their I DO’s at the gorgeous Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Chippewa Falls, WI.

It truly was a beautiful day with their family – with an overwhelming amount of candid moments and those emotions between Mike and Jess, and with Jess doing a first look with her father. Absolutely bliss seeing these two tie the knot in front of their friends and family. This real life wedding is one for the books.

With friends and family surrounding, huge love flying through the air… these two truly were supported with tons of love by all. It was a pleasure and honor to photograph such an amazing time of their lives as they became one.

Stay tuned for more photos from their real life wedding day!

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