Both rings are designed by Christoper Designs (http://www.christopherdesigns.com/ ; e-ring is Style G12A-RD ) were purchased from Hollands Jewelers.
Ben and I worked together to pick on the e-ring and I originally had no idea what I wanted, but as soon as I saw it, I knew it was the one!
The main diamond is actually a family heirloom. We're the 3rd generation in Ben's family to have it and prior to that it was in the Deere-Wiman Family, as in John Deere. I love the sparkle of the diamond, but even more, I love it's history!
I'd love a second wedding band on top to complete the look, but I'll have to be patient for an anniversary or some time down the road for that.
I made it myself from 2 headbands from Claires! (See DIY > Attire/Accessories)
I actually found my wedding shoes before we were engaged (I found them but didn't buy them). They're Cole Haan's "Air Elly Criss Cross". I saw them at Vonmaur and ever since had in my head that they would be my wedding shoes. They're a Spring 2009 shoe so when we got engaged in August 2009, I immediately called Vonmaur, assuming they'd be on sale, but was surprised to see that they weren't. I googled them and ending up finding them on sale at Cole Haan's website for $96. Although it was still a bit high, I decided that for the Nike air pockets, low wedge, and fact that I could wear them again, it was worth the cost. And man am I glad! They were so comfortable (and perfect for an outdoor ceremony) that I wore them all night!
But after I found my dress, I decided they were missing a little something, so I made shoe clips for them (see under DIY section)
I loved loved loved these dresses! The color was perfect, the style was cute, and they even had pockets.
Designer: Jenny Yoo (Chicago)
Price: ~$200. (We got a group discount and I had a 10% off voucher. In the end the dresses were $225 each, but since I didn't want the girls to pay more than $200, I covered $25 for each of the girls dresses)
I provided the girls with jewelry I made (see DIY) and asked the girls to wear gold shoes.
As part of a fall wedding, we decided to do brown tuxes. Unfortunately, there aren't many options for brown tuxes in the Quad Cities! After looking at Ducky's and Skeffington's, we ended up selecting a Calvin Klein tux.
Storybook Ending carries the same tuxes as Skeffingtons and since I purchased my dress at Storybook, the guys were given a discount on their rental. Instead of getting the grooms tux for free, we decided to split the discount among everyone, so the final tux, shirt, tie, vest, shoes, and cuff links rental cost was ~$100 (all the guys needed were socks).
To avoid looking like a 1990's prom, we nixed the idea of orange or pink vests/ties and opted for the brown tie/vest combo for groomsmen. Ben wore champagne tie/vest to match my dress.