Understanding the recipient is key to creating a lasting piece of jewelry. Every custom piece takes on it’s own life as it is created for the specific needs of wearer. Because of this, my favorite step of the jewelry design process has become getting to know the individual. Its a conversation that extends beyond gemstones and metal into the emotional significance behind the jewelry we’re creating. Whether it’s a gift for birthday or anniversary, commitment or bridal, I’m honored to take part in creating something so deeply personal.
During my most recent commission I already knew the couple quite well. My cousin Stephanie and her fiancee Clay were married in Downtown Asheville, NC, on May 29, 2011.
Stephanie and Clay are both kind-hearted, fun-loving, intelligent, family oriented, and generous. Clay has a welcoming demeanor that encourages anyone to be as comfortable as if they’re family (and always have been). They laugh and love freely. Stephanie is always calm and collected. She never ceases to amaze me with her confidence and fashion sense. Contributing to the union of these incredible people is an opportunity I will continue to cherish.
The rings were a matching pair of 14k white gold bands. Each had a hammered finish creating a soft sparkle as light hits the facets in different directions. They selected a style that suits both of their tastes and incorporated elements to suit their individual needs. He personalized by making the band larger a total of 8mm in width. Her band’s width was selected to compliment the engagement ring. She also wanted her band to sit flush against her engagement ring, whose sides were not totally flat. To achieve this we created hers through lost wax casting, in which I carved a groove to mimic the shape of the solitaire. The end result is a complete wedding suite they can wear for years to come.
The ceremony and reception were a perfect mix of the the couple, their tastes, and their priorites. They wed during the afternoon in Pack Square Park in Downtown Asheville, and held a reception at The Venue a few blocks away. The setting was stylish, with lots of natural daylight and light decoration. Their style was effortlessly infused into the ceremony and reception, including her show-stopping blue pumps from Tops for Shoes. They were surrounded by friends and family, with the lovely city of Asheville as a backdrop.
All photos by Ryan Leggett (www.ryanleggett.com)
Congratulations again to Clay and Stephanie, and thank you so much for the opportunity to contribute to your special day!
I am always welcoming custom orders and design consultations for your jewelry needs. Lets work together to create something that’s uniquely you!