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How To Take The Perfect Engagement Ring Selfie

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He liked it so he finally put a ring on it, and now you’re chomping at the bit to show off that bling on social media! Girl, trust us, it’s only natural. Before you start snapping away and clicking that share button though, make sure you’re doing your rock justice. Because filters can only help SO much, we asked a few fab photographers to teach us their secrets for taking the perfect engagement ring selfie. Is your rock ready for a close-up?

1. Get the light right

Natural lighting is everything, particularly when it comes to capturing the sheer gorgeousness of your engagement ring (shine bright like a diamond, y’all!). That’s why destination wedding photographer Nicholas Purcell recommends standing in front of a large, bright window to snap your selfie but 
preferably not with the sun beaming right in that same window. “Maximum brightness is what you’re aiming for without direct sun,” he notes. Otherwise, the lighting will be too harsh and less than flattering for both you and your bling.

2. Keep the background simple

Ever notice how fashion bloggers and brands always shoot their accessories against a white backdrop? That’s because a white wall or surface simplifies the background and provides for a much more striking image overall, points out Purcell. The ring pops and becomes the focus of the photo, as opposed to those dirty clothes you forgot to pick up off the floor, oops! Not a fan of white? No worries. Place your hand on any simple but elegant surface, such as dark wood, says Vanessa Stofenmacher, co-founder of fine jewelry brand Vrai & Oro.

3. Experiment with angles

The key to capturing the perfect engagement ring selfie is finding an angle where your diamond really sparkles (you’ll want to polish it first, advises Purcell). “The camera should be above and slightly to the side to show the three-dimensions of the ring. Now, just rotate the shooting angle until you get maximum sparkle.”

4. Snap a pic under a chandelier

Speaking of sparkle, according to photographer Jon Kline, diamonds sparkle best when they’re near a lot of different light sources at once. “Take your picture under a chandelier or other multiple lights grouped together,” he suggests.

5. Don’t zoom in

Want your rock to look extra large in that Instagram pic? Then whatever you do, don’t zoom in! “Zooming in tends to flatten your ring out,” warns Kline. “Just move the camera closer to the ring to get a good shot instead.”

6. Remember to relax

Just like you’d relax your smile in a standard selfie, you’ll want to relax your fingers in a ring one, states Stofenmacher. “Then lay them flat but naturally on the surface.” Now, that’s better!

7. Get a manicure for goodness’ sake

Even the best engagement ring selfie can be ruined by a bad manicure so always keep your fingernails looking fresh. For an au natural look, Stofenmacher suggests painting them a neutral shade, such as nude. “Red gives off a more classic vibe, whereas black is edgier.”

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From the Opry to the Aisle

Country Singer Katie Armiger tells us how to look your best on your big day!

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  1. Drink lots of water and use moisturizer. I am a big fan of LUSH and Kiehl’s products.  My favorite moisturizer is Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer.
  2. Some lipstick and a good pair of sunglasses can work wonders. Finding the perfect pair of sunglasses is really a personal preference. Pick a style and shape you like, try them on and see how they look!  It doesn’t hurt to ask your friends for their opinion!  Personally, I love Anthropologie sunglasses.  They are affordable, and have really cute feminine / vintage shapes. 
  3. Invest in a great pair of shoes that you can wear on an off day, as well as for dressier occasions. I love ankle boots.  Free People has some really pretty/funky styles that you can wear with a fancier dress, or a simple pair of jeans.
  4. Try to avoid carbonated beverages and salt on an important day. You’ll feel much better, and it will help with bloating. One of my favorite healthy snacks is celery with peanut butter!
  5. Be confident. Believe in yourself. You can look incredible, but if you don’t think that you are, then nobody can convince you otherwise. 
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3 Yummy Champagne Cocktail Recipes from ONEHOPE + A SPECIAL OFFER FOR YOU

 ONEHOPE Smitten Kitten Sparkling Cocktail 

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 A twist on the classic cosmopolitan, this cocktail sparkles with a splash of bubbly and fresh berries.  Plus, the color is purrrfect for your Wedding Day festivities.  Check meowt!

Yield: 4 Drinks

Ingredients

1 cup chilled vodka
1/2 cup Triple Sec
1/2 cup cranberry juice
4 tbs fresh pomegranate seeds
1/4 cup fresh raspberries 1/4 cup fresh blackberries
ONEHOPE Sparkling Brut

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Enter to win $3000 towards the ultimate wedding planning package

You’re engaged! Congratulations! It’s now time to start tackling that never-ending list of wedding planning to-do’s. 

We’ve all heard the horror stories: the massive list of potential vendors; the treks from store to store with your leading ladies to try on dresses; the day-long department store excursions with your soon-to-be hubby, debating between blenders for your registry (just thinking about it stresses us out!). 

The good news? Thanks to the Internet, these wedding woes don’t have to be your reality! Today, you can do or get just about anything you need online, from a freshly cooked farm-to-table dinner to filing your taxes. So why not plan a wedding?

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What Wedding Planning Was Like Before The Internet

Can you imagine what it would be like to plan a wedding without the help of Google, social media and the slew of ridiculously awesome online wedding planning tools (ahem, Weddington Way) available to brides today? Um, we just can’t even! But if we had to guess, we bet it would look a little something like this. We suppose there were a few perks to pre-Internet wedding planning, after all…

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Dear Weddington Way

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 9.32.49 AMDear Weddington Way,

When it comes to planning my wedding, one thing that I’ve been putting a lot of thought into is the traditional aspects of the ceremony and reception. I want to throw an event that has all the usual customs, but also feels modern and hip. All of the weddings I’ve been to in the past year have been super cookie cutter! How can I spice things up and make mine different, while respecting the age-old rituals that go hand and hand with the celebration of marriage? Can you help me out? I would be so grateful!

Brooke, Savannah

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Wedding Planning Sweepstakes – Terms and Conditions

1. Eligibility:  To be eligible for this contest (“Contest”), you must be 18 years of age or older, a legal resident of the United States for the duration of the contest.  Weddington Way, Inc. (“Weddington Way”) employees and members of their immediate families are not eligible for this Contest.  No purchase or payment is necessary to participate in the Contest.  Weddington Way may reject any submitted entries that it determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, fail to meet any of these eligibility requirements.  To be eligible you must agree to abide by these terms and conditions and be bound by all Weddington Way decisions relating to this Contest, which are final and binding in all respects, including, but not limited to, Weddington Way’s determination of the winner.  

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