For those of you on the search for the perfect sparkle for your engagement ring finger, the dream wedding band, a gift for your future husband/wife or jewellery to accessorise your wedding day attire then look no further.
Today I have the pleasure of talking to Diamond Boutique, a beautiful boutique which sells a huge range of gorgeous fine jewellery. With near enough every cut, style and colour available you will be spoilt for choice.
Let’s get to know a little more about Diamond Boutique and read their invaluable advice on how choose an engagement ring…
Could you firstly tell www readers a little bit about you?
My name is Pritesh Vegad and I am Founder and CEO of Diamond Boutique. I graduated from Northampton University with a Masters in Business Computing and worked as a senior business consultant for major consultancy organisations over a period of 8 years. I got married to Mira in 2005 and had the opportunity to travel around the world, which we grabbed with both hands. We spent 12 months on the road travelling from Japan to Lao to New Zealand to Easter Island and more. In total we visited 23 countries. I have been married for nine years now and have two beautiful girls, Arya and Aanya, who are my world.
What do you love/dislike about your job?
I love to travel so this is one of the things I really enjoy about my work. As I personally select each and every gem I have to travel to Hong Kong, Thailand, Madagascar, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, amongst others, to source the most beautiful and rarest of gems. I am extremely passionate about coloured gemstones so having the opportunity to help and guide clients is fantastic and extremely rewarding for me.
How did you get into the wedding industry?
My passion for gemstones and jewellery was ignited when I myself was searching for an engagement ring, all the way back in 2005. I started to read and educate myself in the field of gemmology and slowly developed a real passion and desire for coloured gemstones. It was only in 2012 when I quit my day job and followed my dreams of having my own jewellery business and Diamond Boutique was officially born online.
What do you aim to achieve for your clients?
Quality, confidence and exceptional customer service.
Quality – with coloured gemstones it is all about the colour of the stone. Quality is key if you want a beautiful gemstone with excellent lustre.
Confidence – we give good old fashioned advice. Be honest and respectful of people’s budgets and requirements.
Customer service – we pride ourselves on exceptional customer service. We will go above and beyond to make our customers happy.
What style is your work?
Diamond Boutique specialises in high-grade coloured gemstone jewellery, anything which has colour we love! Our style is classic with a modern twist.
Good afternoon lovelies. Today I have the honour of introducing you to one of WWW’s newest sponsors; eco luxe bridal label Minna.
Minna creates dreamy whimsical dresses with a focus on affordability and environmentally friendly UK based production. With dreamy ethereal designs Minna‘s pieces are sure to make every bride feel utterly fabulous. With an amazing friendly service and bespoke options too, dress shopping just got even more fun.
Plus WWW readers get 15% discount in October on standard size dresses. (Excluding alterations charges, be-spoke dresses, children’s clothing, and lace fabrics.) Just use the code WHIMWONDWED at the checkout. WOW.
Let’s get to know Minna and take a peek at her stunning new collection…
Hi Minna, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?
I grew up in a beautiful part of Finland near the Russian border. My childhood was very idyllic. Roaming free in the countryside, riding horses, picking up blueberries in the autumn, swimming in lakes and playing basketball. I have always been very outdoorsy and a real tomboy.
I found myself in London when I met my husband in a bar in Helsinki. That was 16 years ago and in the beginning of September, we celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary. Alongside running my busy business with offices in London, Helsinki and Dorset, I have two gorgeous children, dogs and horses. In my free time, I train for a triathlon and ride my horses.
What do you love/dislike about your job?
I definitely love receiving the lovely thank you emails and letters we get from happy customers. We feel a real connection with each piece we make. I never got that when we were doing ready to wear collections. Wedding dress is the most important dress a woman will every buy and to be part of that process is amazing! I also love the creative part of the business. Needless to say, I absolutely hate spread sheets and admin!
Despite the fact that the positive bits outweigh the negatives ones, I find it impossible to switch off. Now that I have two kids and house full of animals, my goal is to find a better work/life balance. Something that I have struggled to find for years…
Who doesn’t love finding that elusive pair of perfect shoes.
On your wedding day especially you want to find the most divine footwear to walk down that aisle. So I thought I’d give you some ideas today if you are unsure which direction to go in. From sky scraping heels to blingtastic numbers, trainers, sandals and statement styles, I have them all to feast your eyes on…
Sparkle & Shine
If you want something really special, your wedding day is the day to go for glitter and glam surely?
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If heels just aren’t your thing, don’t fret. Go flat. Pretty sandals and pumps can look really elegant.
It’s been far too long since I posted images of pretty frocks. Those of you planning your wedding for next year are in for a real treat in the style stakes. Claire Pettibone got in touch with a look at their 2015 Romantique collection and I couldn’t resist sharing.
Ethereal, dreamy dresses for whimsical style brides. I adore the back details on Claire Pettibone dresses, which make for such a gorgeous statement look.
Images courtesy of Claire Pettibone.
“A little Moroccan villa, a touch English garden.
Timeless with a vintage vibe.
Polaroid-soft light and lavender fields.
Graceful, poetic, bohemian wedding gowns priced under $3,000, made with love in Los Angeles.” – Claire Pettibone
To round off the bridesmaid looks by colour series on WWW, I have some amazing alternative looks for your maids. Make your girls dance with joy at your dress choices for them; with sequin, mismatched, pattern or multicolour looks.
Sequin & Metallic
You cannot go wrong with a touch of sparkle and glamour. Think embellished, sequins, metallic or glitter frocks and accessories.
How about giving your girls different dresses. Each bridesmaid will feel wonderful in a style that suits her and the look comes together for an edgy fun feel.
Tags: Bridesmaids, Floral Bridesmaid Dresses, Mismatched Bridesmaids, Rainbow Bridesmaid Dresses, Sequin Bridesmaids