11 Mar

Gemvara ring | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cake

Notice a little something sparkly on Jillian’s finger? That modern ring was actually her grandmother’s that she recently had reset and restyled with Gemvara (who are pros at customizable, handcrafted jewelry). They’re the first to offer diamond + gemstone resetting online with their new service, Stone Reset by Gemvara (discount code below!). She was able to send her stones in to be reset into a new piece by their experts. Allow Jilly to explain…

Gemvara ring | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cake

Talk about a before and after, right?

Over the holidays my mother handed me down a ring that my grandmother had designed. It held three engagement diamonds—one from her and two from her aunts. I loved the ring and the sentiment, but it wasn’t my style. Gemvara seemed like a great site to reset the ring, and since 49% of the people they studied have fine jewelry they don’t wear, you might want to dig up your own pieces to restyle too!

Gemvara ring | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cake

I worked with them and we created a ring that feels elegant and timeless. After trying on a few styles and throughly combing their site I went with the Renee ring in a rose gold setting. It’s the perfect blend of modern and classic. I can’t stop staring at it.The Stone Reset was a great way to preserve the ring’s history while transforming it into something that wouldn’t just sit in a jewelry box gathering dust. My grandmother was quite the fashionista in her day so I know she’d be thrilled to see how I transformed her design.

Gemvara ring | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cake

It took a whole three steps to complete the process. Quite simple really:

1. Send Stone. Gemvara sends a free, prepaid + insured mailer for you to send your stone in. You can also preview possible designs + pricing for your stones by entering info online. I was so nervous about mailing in my ring, but everything went smoothly. Even in the midst of a crazy New England snow storm, ha!

2. Stone Assessment. They’ll inspect the stone, confirm the measurements, and secure it.

3. Handcraft. You select the perfect design and a Gemvara jeweler handcrafts the new setting from scratch and sets the stone. The restyled piece is delivered just one week (umm yeah!) after Gemvara receives the stone.

*You still get the same 101-day return policy, 1 year warranty, and customer service that comes with every Gemvara purchase.

Gemvara ring | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cake

A little more info about Gemvara…

Gemvara offers 29 different gemstones, 9 precious metals, and hundreds of style to create one-of-a-kind, personal jewelry. Each is handcrafted to order in New York with free shipping + free engraving. They combine the value of traditional jewelry creation with modern technology so you always get exactly what you want.

What do you think? Do you have jewelry that you’d like to restyle? Head to Stone Reset by Gemvara, and fill out the form to request your prepaid, insured mailer by March 15th. Once you send in your stone or jewelry, you will be contacted by a Gemvara Jewelry Consultant who will work with you to create your perfect piece. Mention 100 Layer Cake during this consultation and receive a 10% discount toward your new piece! Just submit the form by Sunday, June 15th to be eligible for the discount.

 
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11 Mar

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Evelina + Marty took a ‘less is more’ approach to their wedding, opting for a timeless feel with Lithuanian traditions throughout, instead of getting lost in trends and details that weren’t super authentic. With hearts set on a garden wedding, they managed to find a divine reception venue at Palm Court Loyola Univerity Chicago–one that was like being outdoors without gambling on the weather. Sounds like the best kind of compromise!

Photog Lauren Balingit‘s work was an Instagram discovery by the bride. She only needed to see a few photos before knowing Lauren was the gal to book!

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Totally into this soft makeup look by Evelina’s friend + makeup artist Marla del Angel.

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Isn’t Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Chicago stunning?!

Very early in our wedding planning we knew we wanted to have something symbolic and personal during the ceremony. We decided that my father will walk me half way down the aisle where my father will hand over my hand to Marty and we will walk the rest of the way together.  

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

They didn’t want to book a garden venue just to put up tents if it rained, so after searching for an indoor setting that still felt natural (and getting a bit discouraged), they checked out the Palm Court atrium. Evelina says, The beautiful atrium with the abundance of natural light and wrap-around outdoor terrace was a perfect solution for the unpredictable summers in Chicago. Such a good find!

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Evelina, on incorporating their Lithuanian heritage:

As a traditional Lithuanian wedding extends over two days and is filled with beautiful traditions and endless festivitie,s it was hard to choose just a few. We decided to incorporate some of the oldest and most symbolic traditions to us such as greeting of the newlyweds and passage of the parents’ hearth fire. As we arrived at the reception venue we were greeted by our parents with rye bread, salt and water. Bread is a symbol of wealth, abundance of food and fulfilled lives. Salt is a symbol of longevity and eternal love.  Water is a symbol life and new beginning. 

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

PS: Evelina enjoyed the planning process so much, she recently decided to help other couples plan too! Find her at Ethereal by Evelina.

Cheers you guys!

Photographer: Lauren Balingit / Videographer: TVS Digital Media / Ceremony Venue: Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary Parish / Reception at Palm Court Loyola University Chicago / Event Design & Styling: Ethereal by Evelina / Florist: Windy City Lily / Hair: Salon Buzz / Makeup: Marla del Angel / Invitations: Minted / Cake: Vanille Patisserie / Catering: Aramark /Chairs: Halls Rental / Sofa: Shadow Box Dreams / Votive Holders: Ulrapom / Ribbons: Frou Frou Chic / Film Developing & Scanning: PhotoVision / Bride’s Dresses: Dolce & Gabbana & Custom by Ausra Kasperiuniene / Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Veil: BHLDN / Earrings: J. Crew / Rings: Custom by Family Friend / Lipstick: NARS ‘Dolce Vita’ / Groom’s Suit: Burberry / Shoes: Hugo Boss / Bow Tie: Calvin Klein / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ML Monique Lhuillier from Bella Bridesmaids / Groomsmen Ties: Calvin Klein

 
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10 Mar

Elegant California wedding | Photo by Raya Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-California-wedding

With day jobs as production manager at Jenni Kayne and COO of Apolis, Brooke + Shea’s impeccable style isn’t too surprising. But it turns out, these two also run Meet The Foleys, their event + design studio specializing in styling, florals, and stationery. Ahh—now we see why their mile long DIY list looks anything but! See what we mean when you peruse the images by Raya Photography below…

Elegant California wedding | Photo by Raya Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-California-wedding

Elegant California wedding | Photo by Raya Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-California-wedding

Elegant California wedding | Photo by Raya Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-California-wedding

Elegant California wedding | Photo by Raya Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-California-wedding

Elegant California wedding | Photo by Raya Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-California-wedding

Elegant California wedding | Photo by Raya Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-California-wedding

The bride’s bouquet recipe: white tulips, white lilac, David Austin garden roses, ranunculus, white sweet peas, and fringed tulips

Elegant California wedding | Photo by Raya Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-California-wedding

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Now, that DIY list…
Shea and I style and plan events through our company, Meet The Foleys, and my mom and I have always loved decorating together, so it was a great combination. We sourced all of the silver lanterns and blue and white vases for the tables during the months leading up to the wedding. We designed all of the stationery and paper goods. The photo backdrop was a few hundred crepe paper wedding bells that we strung together and hung in the photobooth canopy. One of the biggest feats was a group effort: Shea and I, along with our parents, hand-painted the blue and white stripes on custom slipcovers for all of the market umbrellas used during the cocktail hour. We also custom made all of the white burlap runners and striped napkins for all of the guests. The cross used as a backdrop in our ceremony was made my Shea’s dad, a contractor, using reclaimed wood. 

Elegant California wedding | Photo by Raya Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-California-wedding

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Elegant California wedding | Photo by Raya Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-California-wedding

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Brooke loves the clean + classic look of stripes, so that was a given for the design. They paired them with the lush venue (a family friend’s home) and white flowers with a blue and white accent. Opting for this instead of big arrangements kept things more relaxed. Wouldja guess they had over 1500 tulips flown in for the occasion?! Such beauties!

Elegant California wedding | Photo by Raya Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-California-wedding

Elegant California wedding | Photo by Raya Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-California-wedding

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Parting words, c/o our bride:

Shea and I have similar taste and wanted to keep the focus of the day on our marriage, not on a flashy, one-day event, so it came together very naturally. Our parents, family members, and the owners of the house were unbelievably helpful and supportive, which made the experience a joy, rather than a stressful six months. For us, the crafting, building, sourcing, and organizing were not just tasks to check off our list. Getting to plan the wedding with Shea, my mom and dad, and Shea’s parents was so rewarding; it allowed us to grew closer as a family, spending time together knowing we were all working toward such a joyous union. 

Cheers, Brooke and Shea!

Photographer: Raya Carlisle of Raya Photography / Venue: Private Residence / Event Styling, Florals, & Invitation Design: Meet The Foleys / Day of Coordinator: Tiffany’s Party Designs / Hair: Lindsey Neavitt Hair Design / Makeup: My Girls On Film Studios / Cake: Sweet Layers / Catering: Vineyard Gourmet Catering / Rentals (Sailcloth Tent, Furniture, Basic Linens): Shane McAlister of Apex Tent and Party / Lanterns, Vases, Runners, Striped Napkins, Sweetheart Tablecloth, S+B Napkins, Photobooth Backdrop: Custom through Meet The Foleys / DJ: San Diego Partytime DJs / Photobooth Camera: MVS Studio / Getaway Car: Classic Mustang Rentals / Bride’s Dress: Custom, Designed by Bride in New York / Shoes: Loeffler Randall / Veil & Belt: Designed by Bride / Bracelet: BHLDN / Earrings: Vintage / Rings: Custom from Shea / Lipstick Clinique ‘Bonfire’ / Groom’s Suit: Spencer Hart / Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana / Bow Tie: Burberry / Pocket Square & Tie Clip: Custom by Apolis / Watch: Timex / Bridesmaids: Various / Mother of Bride: Custom / Necklace: Vintage / Shoes: Valentino / Groomsmen Suits: The Black Tux / Ties, Pocket Squares, & Tie Clips: Apolis / Ushers’ Sweater & Bow Ties: Zara / Shoes: Converse

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