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Local Vendor Spotlight: Denis the Jeweler

 

Denis the Jeweler Engagement Ring

Before I hop into the details of my visit, let me set the scene for you. I couldn’t have picked a better day to stop by Denis the Jeweler. It was a crisp, cool autumn day and the warm lights of the jewelry cases just beckoned you in. “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (the Marilyn Monroe classic) played on the TV in the background. Everything set the tone for a great experience!

 A Little About the Business

Dennis is a second generation jeweler — his father was also a jeweler. He is certified in gemology, watch repair, and jewelry fabrication. He also has two certifications from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), which is the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, gem stones, and pearls. The shop used to be located on 7th and Main, but has relocated to 10th and Main. They’ve also recently expanded!

Products & Services

Among the services offered, there is watch repair, jewelry restoration, and jewelry appraisal. On a personal note, one of my favorite features is that they do repairs in-store rather than shipping them somewhere else.

At Denis the Jeweler, they are very detailed about letting people know exactly what they’re getting. They also try to ensure the ring will fit the lifestyle and profession of the recipient.

The full line of engagement rings are all models and prototypes. They have this amazing CAD software to where you can completely customize the ring. I got to see a run though, and was so impressed. It actually made me wish I’d discovered Denis the Jeweler before I got engaged!

Specialty

Shop Denis the JewelerThree C’s — choose, change, and create. Choose the display ring that most suits your taste, make desired changes via the CAD software to create a ring that fits your personal style.

You can also bring in an heirloom piece and have it reset.

Tips for the Bride and Groom

There’s a lot of stuff out there on the internet, but you don’t get any personal service. You want to trust who you are working with. Plus there’s the issue of service, who is going to take care of it? The benefit of Denis the Jeweler is that they do repairs in-house. You get personalized service and your ring stays right here!

 

To check out Denis the Jeweler for yourself head over to 10th & Main in downtown Stillwater.       Website: denisthejeweler.com                                                                                                                            Facebook: facebook.com/denisthejeweler

11 Must-Have Registry Items from Amazon

First of all, I wish I had known about Amazon.com wedding registries when I got married! Anything we can’t get locally, we get from Amazon. Here are a few registry gems, we hope you enjoy.
Of all the gifts we received for our wedding, our crock pot is by far the item we use most often. I just wish we had registered for this gem with the locking lid!

 

These Isaac Mizrahi dishes were too cute not to share. Can’t you see serving breakfast on these?

 

 

Probably the items I use most after my crock pot, are my glass Pyrex dishes. They’re easy to reheat and a breeze to clean. The lids come in handy for leftover storage!

 

Yes, these are grapefruit spoons. Let’s be honest, they’re not an item you’d usually buy for yourself. But they do come in handy! Besides some of your wedding guests will appreciate having a few budget items on your registry.

 

 

These glass and stainless steel salt and pepper mills would make a lovely addition to almost any kitchen.

 

 

We assume you’ll be eating more than just grapefruit around your house. Here’s a 65 piece set of flatware.

 

 

 

This twelve-piece set from Cuisinart should cover most of your kitchen tasks.

 

 

 KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Need I say more? Not a Kitchenaid fan? Sunbeam also makes stand mixer I like- check it out here.

 

 

Not going to lie, we love the set of sheets we received for our wedding. Check out this 1500 thread count sheet set.

 

 

 

 A lot of couples get new beds after the wedding. This is the perfect time to pick out a new comforter for your cozy new bed.

 

 

 

Moving in to a new place? Don’t forget the shower curtain!

 

 

 

 

We’ll definitely follow up with a part two. There are so many more great items to choose from!

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14 Charming Love Quotes

charmingIn honor of Valentine’s day being February 14th, we’ve decided to share 14 of our favorite love quotes. Perfect for some V-day inspiration or wedding day dreaming.

  • She knew she loved him when “home” went from being a place to be being a person. – E. Leventhal
  • Your voice is my favorite sound.
  • He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same. -Emily Bronte
  • We loved with a love that was more than love. -Edgar Allen Poe
  • Who, being loved, is poor? -Oscar Wilde
  • You’re just too good to be true. -Bob Crewe
  • Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. -Antione de Saint-Exupery
  • Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you. -Loretta Young
  • The best thing to hold on to in life is each other. -Audrey Hepburn
  • To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides. -David Viscott
  • True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself… it is seen with withe hairs and is always young in the heart. -Honore de Balzac
  • [Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. -I Cor 13:7
  • We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love. -Tom Robbins
  • There is no remedy for love but to love more. -Thoreau

 

Three Topics to Discuss Before Marriage

couple on benchAside from all the wedding details you need to discuss, there’s a lifetime of marriage to prepare for. If you haven’t already, here are a few topics to discuss.

Finances

Money is a big stressor in many marriages. Two people with entirely different financial pasts and methodology are suddenly joined together. Will you have a joint account? How much debt, if any, needs to be paid off? Do you/will you have a set monthly budget? How much money would you like to set aside for savings?

You get the idea. The key is being prepared for how you’ll deal with financial matters once you say, “I do.”

Family

Amazingly enough, I’ve met plenty of couples who don’t broach the topic of children before they get married. It may not be a problem for most. However, if your fiancé wants eight children, and you dream of a child-free life, you may want to discuss that now.

Beyond the topic of children, there’s also the question of boundaries with in-laws. If your in-laws live nearby, how often will you see them? Is it okay for them to pop by unannounced? Will your aging in-laws be moving in with you?

Again, you’re combining two families with completely different standards of what is and is not appropriate. Managing expectations and setting guidelines on how to handle things early on, saves a lot of headaches later.

Faith

This can be an uncomfortable topic for some to broach. By now, you’ve probably discussed whether you will have a religious or non-religious wedding ceremony. However, there’s usually a little more to talk about. Will either of you need to convert to be able to have your ceremony at a particular place of worship? Does your mate’s church require a specific dress code for the ceremony? If you’re from differing faiths, if you have children, would you want them to take part in either of your religions? If so, whose?

The Pros and Cons of a Christmas Wedding

pros-and-cons-christmas-weddingConsidering a Christmas wedding? Here are a few pros & cons to think about.

PROS

  • There is no shortage of gorgeous decorations around the holidays! Many churches are already decked out for Christmas, which saves you some expense. If you choose your own decorations there are some wonderful color palettes to choose from. Wintery whites, blues, and silvers; the timeless Christmas reds, greens, and golds; or the classic silver and gold.
  • A gently falling snow, a blanket, a roaring fire, and curling up with your new spouse. Sounds like a perfect honeymoon to us! Winter weather not your thing? Christmas is the perfect time for a tropical getaway. Either way, you can’t lose.
  • You’ll always remember your anniversary. It may seem far fetched, but I’ve known plenty of couples who have wed on holidays for that very reason!

CONS

  • Many of your friends may already have plans to be out of town to visit family during the holidays. Don’t be offended if your guest list ends up being smaller than you hoped.
  • Booking a caterer can be tricky. You many find that many caterers are busy with holiday parties and events.
  • You share your anniversary with a holiday. This may not affect most, but if you’re the type who loves receiving gifts, this may turn in to a point of contention down the road. Will you be okay with little differentiation between Christmas and anniversary gifts?

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