Wedding Design and Planning by Cole Drake Events

Beautiful Fall Inspired Floral Design by Meredith Law with M.Design

Calistoga Ranch Wedding Photography

Summer Wedding Wine Country

Auberge Resorts Calistoga Wedding

Calistoga Ranch Outdoor Wedding Dinner

Orange and Yellow Wedding Flowers

Calistoga Ranch Fall Wedding

  • Sarah Drake - Amazing wedding! It was so much fun working with you and reliving this wedding through your beautiful images!ReplyCancel

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Sneak Peek from the Vineyard Overlook at Gundlach Bundschu.  The view is stunning!  Gun Bun is the perfect venue for an intimate wine country wedding!

Gorgeous wedding cake by Sweet on Cake

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Romantic Vineyard Wedding Photos

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We are thrilled to be featured on the July/August 2013 cover of Beauty Solutions Magazine!

Hair cut, color and styling by Tiffany Concklin.

Makeup by Shannon Stellmacher.

Thank you Tiffany for your creative vision and incredible talent!!

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From Beauty Solutions Magazine ~ About the Cover Photo

“Beauty Solutions News – CA, NV and AZ
In designing his 2013 collection, Kevin Murphy was inspired by short, compact silhouettes that compliment the changing trends
in hair and fashion. Geometric shapes, strong angles, and cropped lengths will replace the flowing styles we’ve seen in seasons
To achieve such a style, KEVIN.MURPHY KEY Educator, Tiffany Concklin of Hair by Tiffany Concklin Salon in Sacramento,
CA, blow-dried her model’s hair smooth with YOUNG.AGAIN and BODY.BUILDER. UN.DRESSED gave subtle separation and
definition while WHITE.BUG took Tiffany’s model from blonde to platinum instantly.
Tiffany says her collaboration with Photographer Shannon Stellmacher has been an inspiration and has led to many exciting and
rewarding projects. Many of those projects are highlighted on Tiffany’s website, which we’ve visited over and over.
About our cover photo:
We think you’ll enjoy Tiffany’s website and blog too.

While processing a recent wedding, and going through the ring images, I noticed that there seem to be trends in style and shape of the main diamond, and also the color of gold or type of fine metal used.   It just got me thinking… there a particular timeless style?

After some online research, I discovered an online  UK jeweler that has one of Europe’s largest selections of certified natural diamonds…and  a fabulous educational web page about size, cut, shape, etc., so be sure to take a peek.

The gorgeous Emerald Cut below has a broad flat pane, truncated corners, and a step cut. It evolved from 20th century table cuts.  This look has a vintage sophistication.

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Above image photographed at the amazing Clift Hotel in San Francisco.

The Asscher Cut has a “hall of mirrors effect” , and is also referred to as a square emerald cut.  This cut is from the Art-Deco era of the early 20th century.  I don’t have one of my own images to show, but imagine this emerald cut in a square.  It is amazing!

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The Cushion Cut below has larger facets and is light dispersive with “a crushed ice effect’.  It has a Square shape with rounded edges.  It’s origin is from the 19th century and is stunning!

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After reading about the different cuts, I was interested to learn that the round shape is considered to be of ideal proportions to maximize brilliance and fire.  It’s origin is 17th Century Mazarin, and it is the most popular of all shapes due to it’s versatility and classic nature. That became evident to me after noticing that so many of my clients chose this shape.  Notice the round shape from the  images below, but how the different designs and settings give the ring it’s unique look.

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Below image from a beautiful wedding at Auberge Du Soleil in the Napa Valley

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The two images above feature a round main diamond surrounded by  smaller diamonds in a square frame. The is a lovely way to incorporate both design elements, and seems to be a popular look right now.

The Marquise Cut is an oval shape that elongates the finger and has origins from 1745 French Royalty.  Unfortunately, I haven’t photographed this style yet…but am looking forward to it!