Today’s wedding vendor interview is with Portland, Oregon based jewelry designer Monika Reed of Favor Jewelry! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
Hello! I’m Monika and I run Favor Jewelry. I focus on minimal, modern designs that will be relevant and beautiful for years. I love the idea of buying jewelry to celebrate a special occasion and incorporating it into your regular wardrobe. I want to make pieces that you want to wear every day. I also try to work as ethically as possible, which means I use recycled metals, non-toxic metalsmithing techniques, and ethically-sourced gemstones. Every piece of Favor is handmade one at a time in our Portland, Oregon studio.
Today we have a lovely interview to share with jewelry designer Beth Cyr, based in Athens, Georgia! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
I started my business about 12 years ago and have been a full time working artist for a little more than a decade. I grew up playing in the woods and by the pond in our front yard. We would sleep out in our backyard and stare at the night sky until we fell asleep. Much of my childhood art was inspired by these elements, as are many of my current designs. I believe our natural resources should be protected and preserved so all the little girls and boys in future generations can play in natural forests and clean water and be able to enjoy the stars at night.
My partner, Alex, just recently quit his job to start working with me. We’re consciously looking to grow the business in a sustainable way. In both our personal lives, as well as our business, we strive to have as minimal environmental impact as possible. From using recycled packaging material to 100% recycled metals, to composting and growing a lot of our food – we do what we can to leave a light footprint on the planet. We also support larger organizations that are working to have a larger impact, such as replanting forests or cleaning up the Great Lakes.
This elegant and bold wedding invitation suite comes to us from Sally of Iyris Invitations, based in Montreal, Canada! Here’s Sally to tell us more:
Aldora means winged gift in Greek. Just as the name suggests, this line of invitations will feel like a wonderful gift for your guests. The Aldora makes a bold statement with its silky red paper, wrapped in lace and ribbon,and embellished with a metal rhinestone.
You heard I eloped, right? Pictures are still to come (my wonderful photographer friends are being picky about post-processing), but first, I wanted to share a wonderful experience I had beforehand.
The wedding preparation was very simple, being that we were eloping in Las Vegas. Pretty much the largest issue was my now-husband’s wedding ring; I already had a vintage ring from my parent’s for myself, albeit a bit tarnished and dull, but we had no idea what to do for Andrey. To compound the issue, we were also in a bit of a budget crisis: even though Vegas was going to be significantly cheaper than any typical wedding, it was still adding up quite a bit (hotels, flights, restaurants, etc.), not to mention a rather hefty tax bill this year on my end.
In the interest of keeping things simple, we opted to get a plain band for Andrey, which we’re planning on upgrading in the future, perhaps when we finally have our official “reception” in a year. We were also running out of time (holy moly does wedding planning, even elopements, consume your time), so finding something unique on Etsy was out of the picture. I still really wanted to keep our jewelry options local, so after some searching on Yelp, I found Vardy’s Jeweler’s in Cupertino with a solid 5 star rating with 147 reviews. You almost never see those kind of reviews — I was convinced we needed to stop by.
Today we’re here with Samantha, the creator of Fleurings, a vase jewelry line to hold fresh flowers. Enjoy!
Let me start by saying…I love flowers! I love everything about them… the colors, shapes, and magnificent scents they offer. My grandmother also loves flowers and she was the one who first got me started wearing a flower behind my ear. She’s from the South in Louisiana where it was common to see women wearing flowers.
So, years ago I began wearing flowers thanks to Grannie. Not only did I enjoy the experience of having a fresh flower behind my ear but other people also took notice and enjoyed it as well. Fleurings came because I wanted to create new and different ways to style and wear flowers, and also keep them lasting longer. Hence, I dreamt up this idea of creating a vase earring that would hold a little water and a flower… keeping the flower fresher for a longer period of time.