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Thinking of popping the question? Odds are “best Colorado wedding jewelers” is in your search history. And why not? It all starts with a ring! Before the vows, before the cake, before the photo sessions and save-the-dates, there’s a question, a moment—and a ring. Photographing proposals is one of my favorite assignments, and you can be sure I’ll capture lots of detailed shots of that brand-new bling! It’s an important purchase, and one you should do your research on! So with that, here are five of the best Colorado wedding jewelers, straight from a Colorado wedding photographer!
Ever been to the Pearl Street Mall? This little gem has been a staple since 1979, formerly known as the Gold and Silver Exchange. They’re family owned and operated, and offer a variety of pieces like custom or designer engagement rings and wedding bands for both partners.
Their vibe: Eclectic/Unique
Their prices: The Little Jewel buys their pieces directly from designers, which saves you from any middle-man upcharges to keep prices affordable.
If you’re looking for timeless and stunning rings, Luisa Graff has you covered. They specialize in wedding and engagement pieces, including the Intrigue—an exclusive Luisa Graff precision-cut diamond.
Their vibe: Elegant/Classic
Their prices: While they’re a bit more on the pricey side (selling their own diamonds and all), they do offer flexible financing, making these knock-out pieces totally doable.
Even though the flagship store is in San Francisco, Brilliant Earth opened its Cherry Creek showroom in the summer of 2017. In addition to offering a wide variety of services and styles, they also commit to an ethical approach, including responsible sourcing, social impact and climate action initiatives.
Their vibe: Classic/Vintage-Inspired
Their prices: While some lab-grown diamonds can be a marketing ploy, and are generally over-priced, Brilliant Earth’s selection of ethically-sourced diamonds are fairly priced for their style and value.
John Atencio brings a unique perspective to jewelry design, creating show-stopping rings that serve as statements of personal expression. They’re known for distinctly dramatic diamond cuts and setting designs that break the mold of overly-symmetrical rings. Each piece is undeniably identifiable as John Atencio craftsmanship.
Their vibe: Avant-Garde
Their prices: Fair. You get what you pay for, right? These are bold, artistic and hand-drawn designs! You’ll get a one-of-a-kind ring, so keep an eye out for sales… they offer them from time to time!
Colorado Springs’ premiere jeweler since 1988, Johannes Hunter is known for their exceptional customer service. Family owned and operated, they specialize in wedding and engagement rings that shine with style and sophistication.
Their vibe: Modern/Classic
Their prices: Johannes Hunter has a huge wedding collection, from timeless and classic to modern and alternative styles. As such, they have a ring for every taste, and every budget!
Congratulations! You found the person you’re going to spend the rest of your life with. So what now? Get started with the steps below on my engagement photo checklist! This season of life goes so fast, so my first piece of advice is: Don’t let the wedding stress get in the way! Really enjoy it and soak it up—it’s supposed to be fun! And as you move forward through the exciting whirlwind ahead, don’t forget to capture the moments to remember your love and this chapter of life exactly as it happened.
First things first: As you search for an engagement photographer, see if they offer wedding packages with an engagement session. For couples who book engagement AND wedding photography at the same time, I offer a one-hour complimentary engagement session. (More about that $350 value here!) Plus you kill two birds with one stone, so you’re ahead of the game already!
Be flexible when you’re deciding on a date. Your photographer is likely going to suggest sunrise or sunset because the lighting is the prettiest, but daytime is possible! Our schedule books out months in advance with various commitments and sessions (sunset only comes once a day), so if you’re looking for a weekend day, plan in advance!
You don’t need to be an expert in this! You can ask your photographer for a list of recommended places, but if you do have a vision in mind, don’t be afraid to speak up!
Pinterest can be your best friend when it comes to outfit inspiration. Make sure you pick according to the theme/location and try to stay away from anything that clashes like too many loud prints. For more advice on this one, check out my 12 tips for picking out engagement photo outfits. If you are someone who wants to bring accessories (hats, different shoes, scarves) pack those items in advance so you’re not scrambling on the big day!
This may seem like a small thing, but with that new gorgeous ring to show off, there will be several photographs with your hands in them. Treat yourself to a manicure day! The best advice I ever received for engagement photos is to always have the couple touching. That means lots of hand holding and arms wrapped around each other, and in turn, lots of visible hands. It’s great to ensure you’ll love the close-up shots as much as the shots from far away.
In Colorado, the weather can change from summer to spring and then winter in 48 hours. Be sure to bring hiking shoes or closed toed, flat shoes in the event you end up walking to different spots of a park or lookout spot.
I encourage couples to send me their Pinterest boards of favorite Instagram shots, but not every photographer agrees. Some photographers believe it sets the expectation that your photos will look just like the post, plus it doesn’t provide the level of creativity that a photographer is capable of. That’s why I say to think of it as inspiration. We’re not going to take every single photo and recreate what’s been done, but there’s no need to reinvent the wheel, either. Let’s find what you like and then make it yours!
I hope this engagement photo checklist gave you some ideas as you start to plan for your engagement session! Sarah Arnold Photography has more tips and tricks, so feel free to contact us or send an inquiry. We’d be happy to help you throughout the process so you’re excited for your session and happy with the final product!