What really makes a wedding a success? Is it the food? The wedding dress? The decoration? Do all things have to fall in place, or can one area make up where another one lacks? Maybe it doesn’t even matter, as long as the bride and groom are happy.
Aslihan Ekinci Kaba met her future husband for the first time at a Univeristy library. Adrian Kaba’s friend, a matchmaker, wanted to introduce him to Aslihan but didn’t know her name at the time so the introduction never happened. About a year and a half later, Aslihan got in touch with Mr Matchmaker on Facebook regarding another matter, when he decided to take upon himself to introduce her to Adrian. They started talking on Facebook and soon realized they had numerous things in common.
"My culture’s traditions are very important to me, and I let him know that we have to do it the traditional way, Aslihan said." That meant after dating for a while, Adrian and his family would have to come over to Aslihan’s family house and ask for her hand in marriage.
Adrian and his family came over on three occasions. Aslihan’s mother saw a lot of potential in the couple, but Aslihan’s father wasn’t convinced that easily (apparently it’s a nice thing when the bride and her family plays hard to get).
The couple set a date for their engagement party. According to Turkish tradition, Aslihan bought Adrian an engagement ring and he bought her one. At the engagement party, the rings are tied together with a red silk ribbon. Adrian’s father would then put the ring on Aslihan’s finger and Aslihan’s father would put the ring on Adrian’s finger. The silk ribbon is then being cut by a person close to the bride and are then pronounced engaged.
Adrian picked out the 0.3 carat white gold ring with his sister. “I thought it was nice but the stone was too small. I did get to choose my own wedding ring, which was a 0.6 carat diamond ring.”
Mr. and Mrs. Kaba got married September 8, 2012. As they did not have a wedding planner, Aslihan’s sister, sister and mother in law took it upon themselves to plan the wedding.
On the day of the wedding, Adrian would come to Aslihan’s home and dance outside the house while Aslihan went through with a farewell ceremony. This was all done with a live band playing. The actual wedding ceremony took place in a park where a close friend would perform the nuptials. Bridesmaids and ring barer was also present at this time.
"I liked this part of the wedding the most. We made our entrance to the sound of live violin music and beautiful flowers, said Aslihan."
After the nuptials, the wedding reception took place. With roughly 300 guests it was time for the couples first dance.
"I wanted a more rehearsed dance, but my husband thought it would be too embarrassing. I chose the song and it was sung in both Turkish and Albanian." (Adrian’s father is of Albanian heritage, hence why the song was sung in his language as well).
A toast to Mr and Mrs Kaba who are expecting a bundle of joy as this story is being printed.
By Maria Dimera
Just like everyone has their favorite flavor of ice cream – every woman has their favorite shape of diamond. With the shape of diamonds expanding from rounds to heart shape the choices for center stones in engagement rings seem endless as compared to decades before. The shape of the diamond, not the cut* is the outlining of the stone.
The most popular and well know diamond shape is the round. There are many versions of the round shape - the European Cut, the Old Mine cut, and most recently the round brilliant. All of these have the same shape but what differentiates each stone is the cut – the agreement of the facets. The round brilliant is currently the most well known round shape and has 58 facets (57 if the cutlet is not included) and was originally developed in 1919 by Marcel Tolkowsky.
Square shapes fall closely behind with Princess Cut gaining great popularity in recent years. Princess cuts include a range between 49 to 58 facets. Other square cuts include Cushion cuts that were first introduced in 1700s and have round corners. Ascher cuts come in third under square shapes as the most popular for center stones. Ascher cut, known as a “step down cut,” are very similar to Emerald Cuts (see below) but have larger facets and more squared off.
The octagonal shape better known as the Emerald Cut has a rectangle shape with “step-cut” facets and beveled corners. The Emerald Cut has quickly gain popularity in recent years and is becoming more requested from women looking for a classic “old Hollywood look.” Emerald Cuts have a mirror like look and need to have a very high quality stone to make this shape look beautiful. The Radiant Cut is a new rising star for many women – combined the fire of a round brilliant and the shape of an Emerald cut with rounded corners.
Stay tuned for SHAPES Pt. 2 by Staci Kline
Jay and Alyssa both met while attending Penn State College. Even after Alyssa graduated and began grad school, this devoted couple stayed together. They moved in with each other and later went on to purchase a house. It was then that Jay had the idea of how to pop the question. On February 11th, they had planned a trip to visit Penn State and a few friends who still attended the school. Jay mentioned to Alyssa that they should snap some pictures of the scenic campus, and hang them in their new home. Since it’s a special place for the both of them and held many great memories, Alyssa thought this was a great idea.
Once they arrived at Penn State, they parked the car and walked along College Avenue. By the time they were up to Old Main road it had begun to snow. Jay then started pointing out objects to photograph, all the while stalling until he was ready to propose. Previously, Jay had set up his friend behind a tree nearby to capture the moment he proposed to Alyssa. Once he received the sign that his friend was in place, Jay dropped to one knee and asked Alyssa to marry him. She replied ‘Yes’
"[I] was looking for love to do something for me; to make me happy, fill a void, make me feel complete, and all of these things don’t come from another, it comes from a love of self," she told the magazine. "I didn’t understand that at the time… I said a prayer and I waited. And I saw Ryan." - Brandy
Justine and Karlo first meet 10 years ago while working together. Both were dating other people and not really looking for love anywhere else, they maintained a professional work relationship, until they began dating.
To Justine, her and Karlo’s engagement was a complete surprise, and may not have even been planned. One day, as they walked through the Westchester Mall, Karlo suggested that they browse around in Whitehall Jewelry store. Once inside, the clerk asked if they needed any help and Justine quickly answered that they didn’t and were just window shopping. Karlo then called Justine over to the engagement ring section and asked which ring she liked. Not aware of his intentions, Justine began selecting rings and trying them on.
Once she had the ring of her dreams placed on her finger, Karlo popped the question right there in the store. Admittedly at first Justine thought he was joking, but once she realized that Karlo was serious she replied ‘Yes!’ Without hesitation, Karlo ordered the ring and they left the store engaged. Justine says about the proposal ‘Karlo and I do things non-traditionally and I couldn’t be happier with the way it all happened because it was sincere, simple, and sweet!’
It’s the last day of Engage With Me’s 12 Days of Ring Special!!
We thought it was only fitting to feature our all time favorite celebrity couple - Jay-Z and Beyonce!!! Jay proposed to B with a flawless Emerald cut center stone weighing in at 18 carats and side diamonds making the ring 20 carats total. This engagement ring is estimated at 5 million. For Jay-Z and Beyonce it’s “go big or go home.”
Day 10 of Engage with Me’s Holiday Ring Special!
Everyone knows the traditional colors for the Holiday season are red and green. Lucky for Jessica Simpson she has an engagement ring to match! Check out one of our favorite celebrity’s engagement ring below!
Eric Johnson proposed with this 3-stone Neil Lane ruby engagement ring, which features a 5 carat ruby center stone lined with two 2 carat diamonds on either side.
It’s getting down to the “nail” for Engage With Me’s 12 Days of Rings Holiday Special.
Day 9 and what is more fitting than one of our favorite stories with a twist on nails! Check out Aki and Nana story here and don’t forget to look at her georgeuous engagement ring with a diamond shank. Pure elegance.