Renee & Adam’s Long Distance Love Story

How did you and your partner meet?  

Adam’s Story:

I was saving a bunch of orphans from a fire, again!  She happened to be walking by as I boldly brought ten Latino kids to safety.  She knew I held the “heroic” quality she was looking for in a man and fell in love with me at first sight…….. O.K. that might not exactly be the true story, but I like to think that the truth is just as heroic!

The first time I laid eyes on Renee was back in 2002. It was in the back of her car when she had offered to drive us boys to Mentone Station on our way to an underage party. The first thing I noticed was how beautiful she was!! That image of her still remains fresh in my mind, as if it happened just yesterday. This was day one of “Operation infiltrate the Badaraccos”, a 10-year journey that proved to be the best decision of my life!

But by 10-year Journey, I mean 10 year wait!

It was not until 2012 for Walter’s (Renee’s younger brother) birthday party at a club in St Kilda that we would meet again. Although most believe that finding true love in the club is not possible, we defied the odds. We hung out for hours talking about things which are a foggy memory at best, but when the lights came on we realized no one else was left in the building and it was time to leave. That’s pretty much a metaphor for our relationship now. With millions of things going on around us, it’s still always about the two of us. And in the end, as every good relationship should be, it will just be us here for each other- the only two left in the club!

Now you’re probably wondering where the “heroics” were in that story? Well, let me tell you, dating your mate’s sister who I am quite sure has family connections with the Italian Mafia, in my book, is nothing short of heroic!

Renee’s Story:

We were celebrating my brother Walter’s 25th birthday at Big Mouth St Kilda. I was happily dancing the night away minding my own business when I had turned around to “OMG, you are even hotter in real life!”. Shocked by his immature comment, my reply was, “Oh, you must be Adam Goulding!”. Now for those that don’t know, Adam and Walter are high school friends, a definite ‘no-go-zone’! I had seen and heard of Adam many years ago when I was in my late teens, however, I have no recollection of our meet-cute (but apparently, Adam does). The rest of the night became a blur with lots of dancing and drinking — who would have thought it was the beginning of something so wonderful! 10 months later, we were presented with the biggest decision of our lives: Adam’s move to Hong Kong! As an incredibly intelligent and in-demand civil engineer, Adam was offered a once-in-a-lifetime job opportunity with the construction of the longest bridge in the world over water: The Hong Kong Macau ZhuHai Bridge. July 2013, we had made the decision to do long distance. I was unhappy and missed him dearly so in September 2013, I decided to leave all that I knew behind to follow my heart. Luckily for me, it paid off! Let’s fast forward 3.5 years to Chinese New Year’s Eve Feb 7th 2016, where Adam bent down on one knee, on the highest pillar of the HK-Macau-Zhuhai bridge and asked me to marry him! The rest, well, you will all be a part of and will witness the start of our lifelong love letter come Chinese New Year’s Eve Jan 27th 2017. I am so excited that I get to be the other half of you!

The proposal?

It wasn’t until the week before the Chinese New Year 2016 long weekend that Adam told me he had scored a last-minute deal to Macau, although he had to go into work the Sunday morning and then promised he would make it up to me. He had convinced me to get up at 6:15am Sunday 7th February to see the job site. Now, this isn’t out of the norm for us, as travelling into work on a Sunday together has occurred twice before. The only catch was that this time he had to lug around our suitcase as he “had planned” to head to Macau straight after. We arrived at the pier in Tung Chung and there wasn’t anyone around (normally there are always workers etc., however, I had not clued in at this point). The boat arrived, no one on board (still not clued in). We sailed past the construction of the bridge, it had changed so much since the last time I had seen it. Adam was proudly updating me of its progress and what he had personally contributed to. I was very impressed! We arrived at the tallest pillar of the bridge and I asked where his office was. He answered with, “I want to show you the view from up there and then I’ll drop you off at the office, while I finish up what I have to”. “Ok cool” (still not clued in!). We climbed the 50m of scaffold, which was quite nerve-racking for me.

Finally, at the top, I was impressed and wow’ed by the view. It was such a clear day in HK, the clearest of the year to date. We could see the man-made island and the China side of the bridge on the horizon. Adam proceeded to direct me to a certain section of the pillar and to gaze back at Tai O, a local village. My gaze had totally missed what he was alluding to. I was too distracted by the amazing view and had turned around to take it all in. Adam proceeded to direct my gaze back to Tai O village on the horizon. I was confused, but then I looked down and I saw THE SIGN, a stencil he designed and spray painted on the inside of the pillar! I was in shock, I looked back to Adam and he was on one knee with the ring. “Renee, will you marry me?!”, “OMG are you serious??” “Yes, I am!!” “Of course, yes, yes, yes!” I couldn’t jump up and down as I was very aware that we were standing on a man-made scaffold that was hanging out on the side of the highest pillar of the bridge, 50m over the water! We then climbed into the pillar and I sprayed “Yes” on the sign. That moment will forever be with the bridge and in our hearts.

Safe to say, there was no trip to Macau, and he had led me on the whole time. Although, for those that know Adam, it didn’t stop there. He had organised a private car, a swanky room at the Ritz Carlton (where we had celebrated our 1st year anniversary), a 3-course meal and a spa package. He had truly planned the most epic proposal I could have ever imagined and I am one lucky woman!

Is there a particular reason as to why you chose your venue?

We (I) wanted to be by water, however with 187 on the guest list, we needed to find a venue that could accommodate our family and friends. Amongst the many hours spent googling, I found The Park, along with a few other venues and sent my parents on a mission on our behalf to scope them out.

We ended up choosing The Park, because we could conduct the ceremony, canapés and reception all at the one venue. Not to mention, the blank canvas, the location, the staff, the reviews, the flexibility, the lake views, the food and drinks, the DANCE FLOOR and the amazing sunset photo opportunities! It was/is such a magical venue and can be styled any way that you desire!

Your favourite part of the wedding?

This is a hard one!

Seeing my future husband for the first time at our reveal in Catani Gardens, St Kilda. It was such a private moment and a surprise to the both of us. We had his tuxedo and the groomsmen’s suits all tailor made when we were living in HK. I only attended the first fitting with Adam where we chose the colors of the tux and suits. Adam had searched the colour “ivory”, and was blown away when he saw me, as he was expecting a more yellow tinged and smaller dress. The moment allowed us to take our whole day in, and we were able to really be present and calm for the remainder of our wedding day. Many family and friends mentioned how composed and calm we were. The reason being is from all the advice I had received leading up to the day: Ensure you take in every moment as it will flash before your eyes & make sure you and Adam take time out away from everything to truly be present with each other.

Close second, was walking down the aisle with my father (who did not stop crying the whole day), by my side. In that moment, surrounded by our dearest family and friends, I was walking into my next chapter in life and was so incredibly humbled by all the support and love surrounding us.

How did the dress make you feel?

My beautiful “Darlene”, with her 5+ layers, gave me the well-known butterflies one hopes for when wearing THE dress. I felt beautiful! Stepping into the gown for the final time on my wedding day; I was nervous, elated, in love, excited, beautiful and calm all at once. All the planning and prep work completed, it was now time for my moment.  Adam and I decided to reveal ourselves to each other before the ceremony so that we could enjoy each moment and truly be present when it counted. Looking back, I couldn’t wait for him to see me and vice versa (as we kept the completed tuxedo a secret) at our reveal at Catani Gardens, St Kilda and I am so happy that we decided to do so. His first words “you’re so beautiful, you look like an angel.”

Tips for brides-to-be!

1: Glass of champagne in hand, with Pinterest open and wedding mags, start constructing your vision on paper.

2: Give yourself a timeline

3: Sit down with your husband/wife and discuss what part of the planning process he/she is willing to contribute to and what he/she isn’t fussed about, make it about both of you.

4: Trust your girls and family, they are there to help you

5: Be confident with your vision when discussing with suppliers

  1. Save and hire a photographer and videographer!
  2. Treat your suppliers well on your wedding day; ensure they eat the same time as the bridal party so they too can rest. This way they will give you their all to ensure your day is amazing.

8: When it comes to your wedding day, wake up, smile and stay calm. This is the point where you need to roll with the punches as everyone else WILL ensure your day is perfect!

  1. Take a moment with your partner, to take it all in!
  2. Budget.

The Team:

Dress: “Darlene” by Demetrios and Kelly Star from Raffaele Ciuca http://www.raffaeleciuca.com.au/

Make-up and Hair: Cathy In Beauty

Suit: Manning Company http://www.manningcompany.com/

Celebrant: Words and Music

Photographer: Pro Shot Photography http://www.proshotphotography.com.au/

Videographer: Allure Productions http://allureproductions.com.au/

Wedding Stationery: Adorn Invitations https://www.adorninvitations.com/

Cake: Vitts Cakelicious https://www.facebook.com/VittsCakelicious/

Event Stylist: Levian http://levian.com.au/

Limo: Exotic Limo

Mustang: Pony Passion

Wedding Favor Succulents: The Terrarium Factory https://www.facebook.com/TheTerrariumFactory/

Band: Baker Boys Band http://www.bakerboysband.com.au/

Location: The Park, Albert Park https://www.theparkmelbourne.com.au/

Link to wedding video: https://vimeo.com/206337900

Tips To Consider While Choosing Your Bridesmaids Jewelry

Every woman wants to look stunning and perfect during her wedding day. To achieve this, they get too busy preparing for their wedding, from finding the perfect venue to the selection of best invitation cards, choosing the wedding trousseau to the make-up artist, everything needs to be done to make their wedding full of personal and special touches.

Along with those special touches are your lovely friends who will accompany you on your special day. You’ve carefully selected your bridesmaids because of your family bonds, life long friendship and many years to come of special moments together. Every bride knows that she couldn’t enjoy these special moments without the love and support of her bridesmaids.

Your bridesmaids will be standing with you on the most precious day of your life, and for that a ‘Thank you’ is advised. Many brides are short of ideas of what they should give their bridesmaids to make this occasion momentous. While making the selection of bridesmaids jewelry for your bridesmaids on your wedding day should be a task on your regular list.

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The selection of bridesmaids jewelry is as important as the selection of bridal jewelry. Finding the perfect bridesmaids necklace, earrings, bracelets is essential for the ansamble. With the regular changing trends, selecting your bridesmaids jewelry before two-three weeks is a wise decision. You can go online or hop to jewelry stores to find the latest styles of designs and timeless pieces that will be cherished by your friends for a lifetime. While selecting the bridesmaid jewelry, consider the style of gown they will be wearing as well as the theme of your wedding party. If your bridesmaids are wearing a gown with neckline plunges, then a pendant or y-drop necklace looks amazing.

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If your bridesmaids are wearing a strapless dress, then a single or double strand necklace or choker would go perfect. Whatever their dress selection is, choose the style that will enhance the bridesmaids gown they’ll be wearing. As your friends are not the same people and their jewelry shouldn’t be same either, choose different styles and types of bridesmaids earrings, necklaces and bracelets.

For example, your wedding colors are purple and you have three bridesmaids with different tastes, try mixing the necklaces they wear, but go same with the bracelets. This is the best way to maintain consistency but change the overall appearance depending on their personal taste.

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Whether it is chunky jewelry, large or simple and delicate, pay attention to the type of jewelry they generally wear. Do they wear silver or gold? Selecting a piece of jewelry that your bridesmaids will like will certainly make them feel comfortable on your D-day and they will be far more likely to wear it again in the future.

Also, remember jewelry worn by the bridesmaids does not necessarily need to be same. One way to accommodate their style differences may be choose a style that would be loved by every one. Try to pick pieces that will accent the dresses and look good on everyone. Once you decide, make sure that the bracelets and necklaces will fit them comfortably. Look for the pieces that are adjustable and allow flexibility to war to make it a little longer and shorter.

Conclusion :

No matter what bridesmaid jewelry you choose top give your bridesmaids, they will cherish those as a special memory of they were a part of in your life. Present your bridesmaid jewelry in a beautiful gift boxes tied with a ribbon to make a statement of your gratitude. You can also include a handwritten card to add a classic touch and a wonderful keepsake that they will enjoy for years.

We also recommend http://chanteurdesigns.com/ where you can buy amazing jewelry and accessories for your little princess.

How to Look Extraordinary in Your Wedding Pics

Contrary to popular belief, looking amazing in your wedding pics is not that difficult. You might be tempted to believe that your dress, makeup and hair matter the most. The truth is, for your wedding photos to exude perfection, all you need is a smile. Here are some further tips to help you immortalize the most important day in your life in photographs.

Smile with your eyes

Let your eyes tell a story, and ask the photographer to photograph them from up close. Keep your smile on the low, and open up those big, bright eyes of yours. With your right make-up, you’ll look absolutely gorgeous. The contract between the color of your eyes and your make-up can result in the most meaningful, and alluring wedding photograph. Let it be the embodiment of your happiness as a bride.

Find a good pose

We all have that one pose that makes us look amazing in photographs. If you don’t know which one yours is, start practicing in the mirror. Get inspired from the best celebrity photos, and eventually you’ll make it. It might be a good idea to ask from further advice from your photographer. He can give you some pretty good advice, especially he’s a pro. Just act natural and be yourself for your wedding photos to look incredible, and express your true personality and sense of style.

Relax the face

Wedding photo sessions can be extremely tiring. This means that grinning your face and sitting still for 4 hours can be a real torture. The first thing you need to do is relax your face. Stop frowning and squinting your eyes.  Just breathe, and let your eyes speak. Relax the lips as well, and smile naturally.

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Steer clear of the double chin

Even the most well-defined, slimmest face can have a double chin in pictures. Learn to avoid it by elongating the neck. Slightly move your head forward, and try to lift up the chin. Try not to exaggerate. If you notice that your neck creases, it might be because you’re trying too much. Slightly more your head on one side and smile. Let your beautiful check bones frame your face.

Watch out for the shoulder and arm pose

Most wedding dresses, don’t have sleeves. If you want to hide your arms in a photograph, keeping them stuck to your body doesn’t help. In fact, this will make them look even bigger, not to mention that your silhouette willbe completely destroyed. Your shoulders will expand, and you certainly don’t want to that in your wedding photos. The best thing that you can do is lift the arms a bit on the sides, and allow a small space between the arms and your upper body.

Make-up

As far as make-up is concerned, it’s very important that you make an appointment with a skilled make-up artist. Professionals know exactly what colors and techniques best match your face. Since this is your wedding, you might want to go for a nude, all-natural make-up. Accentuate the eye and eyebrow area of the face. The cheeks should also be well-defined with blush and highlighter. In case your face suffers from excessive redness, a rosacea concealer will make the complexion and under eye area look fresh. For the lips, choose a lipstick that is resistant to transfer. This way you will look impeccable in photographs even after kissing all your guests.

Hairstyle

Complex hairstyles that involve using too much hairspray should be avoided. This season is all about fresh, natural waves and loose hair. It’s ok to have it styled and straightened, but keep hair products to a minimum. Dye your hair with 3 days before the wedding photographs, and use conditioner after shampooing. This will make your hair glow without trying too much.

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Looking extraordinary in your wedding photographs is not something impossible to achieve. The key is to be yourself and enjoy the photo shoot. Smile and adopt a natural pose; let your inner personality become omnipresent. The happier you look the better your photos will be. Don’t forget that it’s the happiest day of your life. Enjoy your day to the full and fill it with the best memories.

4 Wedding Tips You Won`t Get From a Bridal Magazine

A wedding is a beautiful moment but challenging at the same time. On the one hand, a couple approaches the other level of relationships, which is awesome. On the other hand, the bride and groom are a little bit confused since they are not aware of what to expect from their spouse in the future. They love each other, hope that their future will be bright, they give promises, celebrate, and when the first obstacle appears in their way, their world might be torn apart… In order to protect a couple of incoming difficulties, it would be better to know how to prevent the issues out of experience of other women. It is much wiser to learn from the mistakes of other people, than on your own. Here are the comments from ordinary citizens and tips helpful for a couple before achieving the status “Just Married”:

  1. Plan your future together:

“Before we got married, we loved each other that much that we did not think about anything else. He often told me: “I love you” and we were happy together. He gave me a lot of presents, we chatted a lot in a social network. He was from Australia and I was from the U. S. A. He owned his business in Australia and soon moved back there. I remained to stay in the U.S.A. Later I took a plane and arrived at his place of residence. He begged me to stay with him, but I did not since I had no friends and connections. Well, actually we did not plan to move to his country. So, I turned back to my native city. Now we live in different corners of the world. We are still married, but there is a distance between us. Now, we both do not know what to do: to live together somehow, or divorce?” – Elizabeth, 29

Planning the future together can help prevent many upcoming problems. Knowing your way beforehand is possible to save your marriage if it is needed. It goes without saying that it’s not about your marriage…but….still


  1. Get to know your partner’s core moral principles:

“You know, I used to live according to the principle that I will have intimate relationships only after marriage, but at that time I did not love and had no relationships. Then I met a man I loved so much that I thought I was also loved. He became my first man before marriage. I DID NOT PROTECT MYSELF. However, he left me after getting to know that I was pregnant from him. I don’t care if anybody tells me anything about this. I think that sex SHOULD BE ONLY AFTER MARRIAGE.  Our grannies lived according to this principle and their families were stronger than they are today. They respected each other and were more responsible”. – Clarissa, 30

It is really important to know each other way of thinking and what they believe in. For example, some people think that intimate relationships are acceptable only after a man puts a ring on a finger and they should look for a spouse who has the same opinion as they do.

 

  1.  Be honest and share the information about your health state to your beloved before marriage:

” After marriage, I got to know that my husband has attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (It is a neurotic disorder of development, which appears in early childhood. The symptoms of it are difficulty concentrating one’s attention, hyperactivity, and hardly managed impulsiveness.) He kept on singing like: “My love, you are my only one, you are cooking…” When he saw a cat, he began to sing about it, like: “Oh, a cat is approaching…” When I was doing the washing, he was singing. Then he confessed that in the childhood singing helped him to cope with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. It finally helped me to understand him.” – Eva, 24

So, it would be better for you remain open to each other in advance to avoid awkward situations and confusion in marriage life. It is much more right to show the truth at the last step of your relationships before marriage proposal than to face the truth after it.


  1. Try to keep social balance and remain equal in status:

“I got a master’s degree in engineering and worked for an oil company. I had a stable income. He was a cook in a restaurant. I believed that one day he would become an owner of a restaurant. He text me every day: “You make me happy” or “You make me smile”. To tell the truth, we were happy. We got married. I got a promotion at my job and earned three times higher than my husband. Then, I got promoted again. He never succeeded in his career, unfortunately. He was a cook and that’s it. I was tired of his promises to buy a new flat and we divorced.” – Catherine, 32

Before you get married, it’s high time for you to figure out whether you suit each other. Being on the same level of income will help you keep your marriage protected. “Perfectly, man and woman’s income is better to be either similar, or a man should earn just a bit more”, the experts say.

If you still want to get married, good for you. Don’t be afraid to figure out the truth before you get married. It’s better to face the reality beforehand than to cry out loud at the end. In such a case, you have some extra time to prepare. Invest some part of your today’s activity in research and you will only benefit out of it. Preparation is the mother of success. One popular singer told: “The more I work, the more successful I become”. The rule is exactly the same for happy couples before marriage. Just work on the success of your marriage, sow the seeds of wisdom earlier to reap the fruits of happiness earlier.

14 Steps To Planning Your Own Wedding

If you can visualize planning your own wedding, you can do it.

Whether it’s to economize or just because you are a DIY person, doing your own wedding without the help of professional planners requires you to first step back and imagine what it is you want your wedding to be like, to look like, and to feel like. Get the big picture fixed in your head and in your heart, and then go for it!

You’ll find lots of helpful hints and inspiration from friends who are already married, from the internet, and from those big glossy wedding magazines that weigh half a ton each.

Here are 14 steps to take as you begin planning The Big Day:

Have a budget. Start with the financial end in sight. Know exactly how much you are going to spend, and then hold fast to that number no matter what.

Think things through. Hasty decisions are for the movies. Make all your wedding decisions based on considered logic and reality. Don’t let your heart rush your brain.

Get advice from married friends. Let people you trust give you some practical tips on the process, even if they didn’t do their own wedding planning. When they starting saying “If I had only known . . . “ you know you’ve struck gold.

Don’t ignore bridal magazines. Even if you think they’re corny and overly commercial, they still contain tons of hard facts and figures that can save you plenty of headaches and embarrassment.

Now is the time to Pin. Pinterest is a fantastic warehouse of great wedding ideas, plus you can start boards to solicit advice and resources from innumerable other Pinners.

Involve him (or her.)  You’re not planning a vacation — you’re planning a lifetime enterprise. So get him or her onboard early on. There’s no better way to find out how your relationship is really going to work than to involve your intended with the nitty-gritty of planning and see how he/she reacts.

Ignore the traditions. Something borrowed, something blue — who says? If you love traditions and must have them, by all means go for it. But don’t let all the musty old rules and regulations dampen your spirit and slow you down. Nobody gets arrested for not throwing rice at a wedding.

Involve the bridesmaids. You won’t find a more eager beaver bunch in helping you forge your dream wedding than the bridal party. Ask them for help and input from the get-go.

Don’t let your planning take over your life. You still have a job, family, hobbies, and many other outside interests that demand your time and focus. Don’t neglect them for the sake of mulling over which shade of pink looks best for the table napkins. Set aside time for relaxing and depressurizing to insure your intended does not marry a crazed, stressed out maniac.

Consider going alcohol-free. One of the biggest expenses at the pre or post wedding activities is the wine and liquor for guests. Plus it can cause so many embarrassing incidents when someone overindulges. Alternatively, just have a cash bar.

Use a playbook. All the big time coaches have one. You need one to keep track of expenses, arrivals, departures, and strategies to keep the whole shebang stable and progressing. Whether digital or hard copy — just create it now and keep it updated.

You can bargain with vendors. There’s nothing vulgar or chintzy about getting the best services and product for the least expensive price. If you’re no good at it, find someone among your friends or family who is and put them in charge. You’ll save literally thousands of dollars on a big affair.

Book everything early. That includes the church or hall or beach, as well as the limo service and caterer. And make sure you are protected with a buyer’s remorse clause that lets you cancel up to forty eight hours beforehand. Because, in this day and age, you never know . . .

Bio: Melissa Thompson is preparing for her own wedding, while running her online health publication HarcourtHealth and writing for Forbes magazine.

5 Diamond Engagement Ring Styles That’ll Win your Lovers Heart

Diamonds are forever.

The impact of this line remains undiluted and will be the same for Diamond lovers. 
If you don’t believe me, simply consider two occasions – Engagements and Weddings. You ought to agree to the fact that these two occasions are even more spectacular when Diamonds are in the picture. That warmth of smile lit faces, those chills down the spine when the couple exchange the ceremonial vows and make each other wear the engagement rings, surely feels magical even to witness it all happen. 
Rhetoric. 

The sparkle of diamond that comes along with incomprehensibly limitless happiness, is indeed capable of freezing time like an old fashioned snapshot in the family album, preserved and cherished thereafter, forever.

Before I discuss my favorite 5 Diamond Engagement Ring Styles, allow me to share some valuable information that every diamond enthusiast must know. 

The 4 C’s of Diamond Quality

The 4 C’s of Diamond is a universal approach to assess the quality of any Diamond. The purpose behind initiation of such a clause is to ensure that diamond quality is communicated in a universal tone all through the globe, enabling diamond enthusiasts to know their purchase better.

Diamond Color

Did you know that measure of Diamond color is actually based on the absence or lack of color? In other words, it’s a measure of colorlessness.
As per GIA’s standards, the diamond color scale ranges from D to Z.

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Diamond Cut

The cut of a Diamond also accounts for the price of a Diamond. For a clear understanding of what the Diamond Cut is, take a look at the image below.

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The cut of a Diamond plays a crucial role in deciding the gems final look and cost. Speaking of which, out of all the 4C’s of Diamond, analyzing the Cut is the most difficult, so to speak.

GIA, relies on a few factors that help analyze certain qualities in diamonds such as how successful is the interaction with light, can the brightness be modulated, what’s the scintillation like etc.
By working on these attributes, a Diamond is made more effective.
Following are a few terms you must know.


  • Brightness- Reflection of white light, both internal and external from a Diamond.

  • Fire- The phenomena of dispersion of white light into all the rainbow colors.

  • Scintillation- It is the measure of the light that a diamond creates. In other words, the amount of sparkle of a Diamond creates can also be referred as Scintillations.


    These are a few terms with respect to a cut of a Diamond (as shown in the pic above). You should take a gander at it and spend some time with the basics of Diamonds. 
    This way, you’ll be a better judge of the stone yourself. Anyways, moving ahead with the next C.

Diamond Clarity

The clarity of a Diamond is a reference to the absence of inclusions and blemishes within a Diamond. Formation of Diamonds is the reason behind clarity and thus clarity is one factor, that helps decide the value of a Diamond. The more the blemishes and marks, lesser would be the price and shine of the diamond, and vice-versa.

Diamond Carat Weight

Last C in the series is the Diamond Cartage i.e. the Carat Value. Carat is the standard of measurement used for precious gems.

The Carat Value of a Diamond is a reference to the weight of a diamond.

1 (metric) Carat = 200 milligrams, that is the standard.

As in the image above, the carat value may vary from 0.50 ct. To 5.00 ct.

Enough of the technical aspects. I believe understanding the 4C’s properly would be suffice for you to be a good judge of diamond jewellery. Case in point, it’s time for me to present the 5 Diamond Engagement Ring styles.


5 Diamond Engagement Rings Styles that’ll Win Your Lovers Heart


Round Brilliant Cut





One of the most popular choice and extremely appealing, the round cut style remains to be an undisputed favorite since ages. The facets of this particular cut refract the most light possible. Thus it is one of the most brilliant style you can choose a s an engagement ring option. Class apart, the looks go well with different colored precious metals too.

Princess Cut




Second most popular Diamond cut (globally) is the Princess cut. This style has been around since the early 60’s. The facets are somewhat similar to that of a round cut, however much instead of a conical downward face, it resembles a pyramid instead.

This particular cut is more affordable than a round brilliant cut because the rough stone is retained to quite an extent thus involving less labor.

Oval Cut


The Oval Cut is a great option for engagements. Oval engagement Rings were into the spotlight during the engagement of Prince Williams with Kate Middleton, back in 2010. Lately, it’s quite the popular choice especially because it appears too big as compared to round cut because of a larger surface area


Pic Credits: Jean Dousset


Cushion Cut

Ever since its first appearance during the late 1800s, Cushion cut remains to be one of the most prominent choice for engagement rings. It was the most-purchased cut of all in the year 2013.

Pic courtesy: Sylvie Collection


The name of the cut derives from its distinct pillow shape, falling in between rectangular and round stones. This cut is considered to be a great option for colored diamonds too.


Marquise Cut




This one is an antique one. Dating back to the French court in the early 1700s, the Marquise Cut stands out amongst all. This cut is great for solitaire rings because it is long and thus fingers appear more slender. However, the cut is pretty delicate and must be handled carefully all the time.

In Conclusion

Whatever diamond engagement ring choice you make, be sure to take time before you jump to a conclusion. Since Diamond is forever, you’d want the best to remain until the last. Make it count for you and your lover.

All the best!

How To Be A Radiant Bride With Flawless Skin

Beauty is defined by the individual and the beholder. It’s cliché to say that every bride wants to feel and look beautiful on her wedding day. Of course she does. We all have challenges, though. Every woman has a flaw that she finds in herself; whether it’s our curves, our skin, our hair or something else entirely.

Being beautiful and radiant on the most important day requires an acceptation of one truth:  that the person standing at the other end of that aisle finds you beautiful. Nothing else really matters.

We can tell you how to take care of your skin. How to treat pimples and other skin issues. We can teach you how to apply make-up to accentuate all your perfections. But you can read that anywhere.

Instead, here are the real ways to find radiance on your wedding day…and they have nothing to do with a mirror (or exercise).

Make a list of your loves.

No, this doesn’t include the people you love. Your loves…what you love about you. List your positives. Include everything you find wonderful and beautiful about you. Go beyond physical. List your good personality traits. Your inner beauty.

Volunteer.

Life isn’t about us. The beauty in life—the beauty in us—is about caring for our fellow man and creatures. Adopt a cause. To de-stress from wedding planning volunteer at an animal shelter, make a blanket for a sick child. Cook meals for the homeless. Find your cause and your care.

Treat Yourself.

To relax and decompress from wedding preparations, treat yourself to a day of relaxation. Maybe this means a pedicure or a manicure. Schedule a massage or hire someone to clean the house. Invest in yourself and give yourself a break…and a little appreciation.

Laugh.

Take time to enjoy the fun moments all around you. Laughter and smiling is beautiful and beneficial. According to the Mayo Clinic, laughing increases endorphins, relieves stress and soothes tension. Find the cheer. Rent a comedy or watch silly videos on YouTube. When you feel down, find the laughter.

Give a compliment…every day.

Finding beauty means appreciating the beauty around you. Give a compliment to a total stranger every day. You will make someone’s day a little brighter! Whether you like a shirt, a haircut or even a funky tattoo…find the unique and beautiful and give a compliment.

Stop and smell the flowers.

Little things matter. This isn’t about literal flowers…although when you see them, you should take a whiff (unless you have allergies!). Look around. Live in the moment. Try to practice mindfulness. So often, we worry about the little things that we fail to appreciate moments as they happen. There is beauty in the little moments. Discover that beauty.

Wedding beauty—daily beauty—means also finding inner radiance. Facials and peels may fix skin issues. An expensive hair stylist can craft that ideal wedding ‘do and sculpt Cara Delavigne-worthy eyebrows. And daily exercise may help you mold that so-called “wedding body.” But that person waiting for you at the end of the aisle—the one who will promise forever—already knows you’re gorgeous. The question is: do you? Get soulful and find your inner beauty…because once that shines through, outer radiance will follow.

Creative Bridal Shower Ideas

While wedding showers are a long-held tradition, they are often times regarded as boring, corny, or drawn out in today’s world. Guests are known to complain about the cheesey games or length of time it takes the bride-to-be to open her gifts in front of the crowd. Luckily, there are simple and fun ways to spice up these affairs, and we have compiled a list of ways to get creative with bridal showers for your benefit below.

Throw a “cookbook shower” – for a bride or couple that loves to cook, this is a fun theme that everyone is bound to love! Guests can gift their favorite cookbooks to the happy couple paired with fun kitchen accessories. To make the shower an all-around yummy affair, turn it into a potluck and ask guests to bring a dish along with the recipe written down for the couple to add to their personal collection.

Have a fondue bar – no one wants to leave a bridal shower hungry, so ditch the light appetizers and give guests what they really want! To stimulate your guests’ taste buds, include a cheese fondue bar or a chocolate one – or even better, both! Be sure to stock up on all the fixings so that your guests can dip, dip, and dip fruits, pretzels, breads, and marshmallows to their hearts content.

Make it tropical – do something outside the norm for your shower and make your guests feel as though they’ve entered a tropical paradise! In an outdoor setting, serve drinks in coconuts, have everyone wear leis, and light some tiki torches. This is a relaxed theme that will have your guests feeling at ease and will make them feel like they’ve escaped on a little getaway. Grass skirts are indeed encouraged in this dress code!

Throw a tea party – give your guests a chance to attend an elegant party! Set each place setting with vintage-inspired teacups, invite your guests to wear pearls, fancy hats, and a sundress, and put out your favorite tea selections for a day to remember. This will be a fun day for the bride-to-be and an unforgettable shower for guests that will leave them feeling anything but bored. Pinkies up!

Make it glamorous – everyone loves to add some sparkle to the aesthetic of a party, so why not add some to your bridal shower for a pop of pizzazz? Use centerpieces that incorporate glitter and sprinkle sparkly confetti on the tables. Use champagne flutes that have glitter adorned bottoms, which guests will love and that can double as favors or a take-home gift.

Have a photo booth – photo booths are a great way to give guests something fun to do during the event and allow them to take home a fun momento, too. You can even make some DIY props for guests to take advantage of in the booth – they are sure to be a hit!

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Create a candy bar  everyone loves something sweet to snack on during a party, so why not set up a candy bar during your event? Let your guests fill up their own personal buckets or bags as a take home gift, stocking your candy table with unique and high quality sweets that they will love snacking on. Chocolates, gummy bears, and jelly beans, oh my!

Instill a casual dress code – who says that bridal showers have to be a stuffy event, anyways? Let your guests dress down or even make it a pajama party to ensure everyone is as relaxed as possible. Believe us, your guests will thank you!

There you have it! Your bridal shower doesn’t have to be a snooze for you or your guests. Instead, it can be lively, fun, and a totally unique experience. Make it a memory you’ll cherish and something your friends and family won’t stop talking about by going out on a limb with some of these fresh and fun party ideas.

A Happy Brides’ Double Emotions

Name me one girl who has not dreamt about her gorgeous wedding and has not pictured herself in a snow-white wedding gown, beautifully decorated church, a sea of flowers and sure, the prince of her dreams beside her ready to start a lifelong journey called life, in hardship and happiness.

The wedding day for a girl is a changing point in life.  Marriage is the beginning of a new era for her, so the day when she becomes a beautiful bride should be something remarkable. That’s why we all put too much effort in organizing weddings on the highest level. We hire wedding organizers, and we buy a lot of things and decorations, ordering wedding cakes should be a fairy tale cake and a symbol of a new, sweet life as the cake itself.

The Meeting

I met my husband quite by chance on one rainy day, I was walking all alone in the street, when somebody pushed passed me, he apologized and I said “It’s Ok” then after a second he offered to have a cup of coffee together in a nearby café, I agreed. To tell the truth I did not recognize it was him, the prince of my dreams, there were no white horses either, an ordinary guy was sitting in front of me making me smile with funny stories that had happened to him.

After our third meeting I realized he would be my future husband, because he owned all habits I do appreciate in the opposite sex: sense of humor, interests, his character his natural beauty. I felt like I was falling for him. He was not a real prince with crown on his head but for me he is the king.

The Planning

Long story short, we fixed the wedding date. And that was it, I lost sleep, it was hard to concentrate on anything else but my wedding, the only thing on my mind was my big day. So I joined a long line of brides waiting for their wedding cake tasting, selecting various flavors and decoration options. I waited for the day to try on dresses and pick the one that was right for me. Sure, I did not forget flowers, I chose a flower that was perfect for us, a simple hydrangea.

The Big Day

The planning took a toll on me and I couldn’t have been more excited to get down that aisle to my fiancé. I remember feeling nervous and excited. I couldn’t wait to get it over with, for the reason that I wanted to kiss my hubby and just spend my time relaxing after all that planning.

I remember my husband’s happy eyes when he saw me, then the church ceremony, saying our vows and exchanging the rings, with all our family and friends beside me. I remember clearly our first kiss, our first dance, and our first meal together like it was yesterday.

Some of my plans may not have gone as planned, but I couldn’t help but feel more than happy that I got to make those memories with my prince.

The End

But when my wedding was over tears came to my eyes, I began to cry sad and happy tears, I think all the brides do the same, because we feel happy and sad at the same time. I think of all the planning, the time and energy that went into this. I thought of all the time I spent dreaming about my big day. My happy tears were tears of joy knowing that I just married the man of my dreams. The sad tears were for all the time I spent, sad that the day was over. Maybe it was just a whirlwind of emotion with all that went on that day.

We are sad because we leave our parents, we are no longer daddy’s little girl, we say goodbye to the things that occupied us since our childhood and we all know by and by they will become memories, sweet memories, the things we are so much accustomed to. But at the same time we are extremely happy because we start living with a person we love more than ourselves. It is a beginning of a new life, new challenges, and all changes should be directed in a positive way. That’s why we mark the first day of our life changes with wedding, it is so positive. The caring and loving make each day, each moment, a lifetime of happiness.

Bec and Callum’s Real Wedding Story

How did you and your husband meet?

Callum and I met about ten years ago at a music festival. Our first date started off as breakfast and then we enjoyed each other’s company so much that we ended up having lunch and then dinner together.

The proposal?

SUPER relaxed. We had a picnic in the gorgeous Gold Coast hinterland and at the very end of the day he proposed.

Is there a particular reason as to why you chose your venue?

We live nearby and loved the area.  The glass chapel sealed the deal for us, oh, and did I mention the food there is AMAZING! All of the staff were incredible and couldn’t do enough to help.

Your favorite part of the wedding?

I don’t think we can name just one. I think we were both just happy once we were at the altar. We were incredibly lucky that everything went according to plan (well not everything… the boys had to “iron out” their suits that morning but thought it was best to keep it from me until we were on our honeymoon!) I guess the best part was having all of our closest friends and family with us on our big day.

Tell us about the dress!

I had always had my heart set on a mermaid gown. It fit perfectly and I felt amazing in it. After searching all over the coast and in Brisbane for the perfect dress I had made a trip to Sydney to find something. That trip was unsuccessful and so I made another trip to Melbourne in my search (a task which felt like it was never going to end)! I visited both boutiques (Brunswick and Armadale) and I realized that I had gone from not being able to find anything I liked to having too many choices.

I finally decided on the gown about 2 hours before my flight left. I didn’t have enough time to purchase the gown then and there so the ladies quickly took my measurements and took down the details of the dress and I called them on the Monday to order it. I even ordered additional tulle and lace so that we could customise it (aka – the sleeves) and lacing detail on the décolletage

Tips for brides-to-be!

RELAX! Just enjoy the day. Don’t let little things get to you in the lead up or on the morning of. At the end of the day, if you are married that’s all that matters.

The Team

Dress: Raffaele Ciuca – @raffaeleciuca http://www.raffaeleciuca.com.au/

Hair: Samara Palazzi – La Sorella – @lasorellasalon and @samarapalazzicolourist http://lasorella.com.au/

Makeup: Lenise Pattini – @lenisepattini

Jewelry: Love On @loveonjewellery http://www.loveonjewellery.com.au/

Flowers: Keren – @weddingflowersbykeren  http://www.weddingflowersbykeren.com/

Wedding Stationery: Adorn Invitations @adorninvitations https://www.adorninvitations.com/

Photography: Prue Franzmann Photography – @pruefranzmann http://www.pruefranzmannphotography.com.au/

Videography: Jesska Trueman from Wilde Visual – @wild.visual http://www.wildevisual.com/

Venue: Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove – @interconsanc http://www.intercontinentalsanctuarycove.com/