Flaunt Your Rock

As many of you know I am recently engaged and planning a wedding for next May, 2011 (Save the Date)! Fiancé and I are always doing one thing or the other for our upcoming nuptials – weather it be working on our registry or searching for the perfect reception site or stalking local photographers.

I recently came across an awesome Philly photographer – April Ziegler – who is hosting an amazing contest that I am DYING to win. April is a photographer of modern, fun pets AND weddings. Hello, could that not be more Jackson and me (and I guess fiancé comes into that equation too! ) Obviously I am a crazy pet fan and weddings are my new favorite hobby, specifically MY wedding!

April’s contest is for newly engaged couples to show off their new bling. The winner with the best photograph of their bling will receive a full engagement session and a $100 print credit. Did I mention I am DYING to win this! I love Aprils style and her pictures are amazing. I would love to work with her!

I need your help!

I took two pictures of my bling, which I love equally and I can’t decide which one to submit.

Picture 1: This is the original bling picture. I took it the night we got engaged on top of the box it came in. I love the fact that this picture shows the setting clearly, and the soft ribbon detail is beautiful too.


Picture 2: I took this picture over the weekend with the last rose from my Valentine’s Day bouquet. I love the contrast of the red against the ring.


Which picture should I submit??

Let me know what you think! I really can’t decide and I need all the help I can get. I really want to win this!!

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  • Reply Charm City Kim March 1, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the first picture.

  • Reply Olivia March 1, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    oh my gosh! They're both BEAUTIFUL but there is something about the rose one. I feel like it's more unique, as I'm sure I've seen a million pictures of the ring with the ribbon. (But believe me, the ring looks STUNNING in the ribbon one). I'd go with the rose one!! The color is gorgeous and the ring really pops!

  • Reply Jessica @ How Sweet March 1, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    I LOVE the first picture girl! I think it is amazingly elegant. 🙂

  • Reply misszippy March 1, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    I like the first picture, but I don't think you can go wrong either way!

  • Reply Lacey March 1, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    wow i LOVE LOVE love picture 1. such a pretty close up. better to see the ring!!!

  • Reply AlwaysJoy March 1, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I think the 1st picture is so stunning!

  • Reply Genesis March 1, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    first picture definitely!

  • Reply Ashley March 1, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    The rose is more creative, but I love the ribbon one — it shows off your ring so nicely.

    Good luck!

  • Reply Paige March 1, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I think the ribbon picture shows off the ring better. It looks like it was taken by a professional! 🙂

  • Reply davidyingling March 1, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    One. The ring is much more at the center of your picture

  • Reply Andrea March 1, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I vote for #2 even though both are absolutely gorgeous!!

  • Reply Tracy P March 1, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    I Love the 1st one!

  • Reply Dolce March 1, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    I just discovered your blog through the Foodie Blogroll. I love it 🙂

    And congratulations on your engagement !!

  • Reply Carly March 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Numero uno for sure! I think using flowers is less unique than the first one. And having taken a photography class or two, I think the first one has far more visual interest. Good luck!

  • Reply MoraPiggy March 1, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Definately the first, it's more original.

  • Reply Cassie March 1, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    i love the first one – your ring comes through so clearly. it is truly beautiful!

    have you made any headway finding a reception hall in the area? i've been looking but haven't found a perfect one yet. you?

  • Reply ~Mrs. Guru~ March 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    I really like picture 1!

  • Reply andrea March 1, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    I like the first one.

  • Reply Jacqui March 1, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I am going with the first one too. Shows the ring better and I like that the ribbion has meaning too!

  • Reply Lori March 1, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Both are great! The first one is my favorite. You can really see the ring and its setting.

  • Reply Emily March 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Number 1 – no doubt!

  • Reply Fattie Fatterton March 1, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Picture one!!

  • Reply Jenna March 1, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Both are beautiful, but I slightly favor #2. I like the different, off-centered perspective, and the red is so deep and rich.

  • Reply Carly March 1, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    i am in love with the first one. its simple, elegant, and sweet

  • Reply RhodeyGirl March 1, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    I love the photo with the rose. The contrast is beautiful!

  • Reply Jenny March 1, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    oh tough call, they're both equally gorgeous!! but I think the first one REALLY captures the beauty of the ring itself!

  • Reply ladypurpl March 1, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    I vote for picture one. There's a softness and elegance that shows through. The ring is so gorgeous that it would fabulous anywhere!

  • Reply Jimmy Spinelli March 1, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    I like them both, but I think that the first picture really brings out the bling in the ring.

  • Reply Allie March 2, 2010 at 11:54 am

    I like the contrast of the second one but the first one shows off the ring better, so I say go with picture #1.

  • Reply Jenn March 2, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    The first one!

    Love your blog by the way.. combines my 2 favorite things- a dog and running!

  • Reply feetinmotion March 2, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I love both pictures, like you said the rose one is vibrant, but it doesn't show off the ring very much. If you were to take it again and got a more closer/detailed version of the ring, I would probably pick that one.

    But the first one is so clear and simple, very delicate.

  • Reply Megan March 2, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Wow. Both are GORG! I guess I have to choose the first one. 🙂 It seems to show off the ring more!

  • Reply Lisa March 2, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    I vote #1. I love the photo and it really grabs my attention. #2 is nice, but it doesn't have the same "wow" effect as #1.

  • Reply Lindsey @ Sound Eats March 2, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    #1! I think it shows the ring better and looks a little more lovely. Too much blank space in the rose one, as much as I like it (and it reminds me of a similar photo I took with my ring after I got engaged!).

    Also – please let me know if you need any help with wedding planning, particularly on a budget! I did ours for under $5000 and I've done some event planning work, too. 🙂

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