Engagement Ring Redesign

Category: Favorites | June 26th, 2020

This weekend we are celebrating our 16th wedding anniversary. It is exciting to look back on our wedding weekend and to relive the moments through our photos. Having a physical album is something I will always treasure. As a kid I remember looking at my parents’ photos every year and would ask about the story of the day and the powder blue shirt my father wore. At the end of last year I decided to do something just for me and to update my engagement ring. After my grandmother passed in 2014 I received a beautiful set of earrings and matching necklace. They were set in gold which I don’t wear as often as white gold. The earrings were small and had a simple backing that made me worried I would easily lose them. So I was very careful when I wore them and I always thought of my grandmother with a smile. So I took the sapphire stones (which are one of my favorite gemstones) and put them next to my diamond. Then I looked up settings online and found some great ideas. Ted from Herzog helped to explain which settings would work with the size stones I have and which would  stick up and annoy me with daily wear. I also made sure to ask my husband Ben to make sure that he was ok with the changes. He had picked the perfect engagement ring and I didn’t want him to feel like I was making too drastic of a change. He loved the idea and how the darker stones enhance the diamond. Getting my ring back was so exciting and still look at it all the time! I am so thankful for Ted and his ring designer for the advice and beautiful craftsmanship. My Nikon camera and 105 macro lens were used for this close up with the background items being my veil and tiara from 2004!

Engagement ring by Herzog Jewelers in Northern Kentucky.

Micro Weddings, Let’s Celebrate!

Category: Misc. | May 17th, 2020

Weddings are my favorite! They are the symbol of a new start and are a time worth celebrating in a couple’s life. And right now we all need reasons to smile. I feel the same way about newborns. No matter how the joy is shared it is still a beautiful occasion. And although events during these times may be a bit different – they are still so much fun! Recently a wedding planner friend Dana and I had a chat about the new trend of micro weddings. And I asked her to share more of what she is seeing in our area and abroad. 

The New Face of Weddings
by Dana Renae Propes

The current situation has impacted so many people in so many ways. But one overlooked industry is the wedding industry. Full of eager couples, excited guests and many talented vendors who depend on the industry of love. The face of weddings, at least for the moment has changed. We are being restricted as business owners and service providers and couples are facing some very hard and unexpected decisions.

Imagine, you have been planning your wedding for nearly a year. You have booked all your favorite vendors, reserved your dream venue and chose a special wedding date. But then Covid-19 hit. All the planning came to an immediate halt. You wait anxiously to pick up your dress and are holding onto your wedding invites wondering if you should send them out or not. You watch daily updates, contact vendors and speak with your venue. After all the waiting, you are faced with postponing your wedding till next year or opting for the new popular option – a micro wedding followed by an anniversary reception.

Think of an intimate wedding that married your Pinterest board all organized in a complete package. You enjoy a beautifully designed wedding ceremony, gorgeous flowers, a delicious mini wedding cake and an artfully designed dinner table for you and your guests to enjoy. A micro wedding typically accommodates 10-40 people and is a shortened version of a typical wedding. This is a fabulous option for those couples wanting to get married now and celebrate later.

A timeline for a micro wedding can be:
1:00 pm hair & makeup
3:00 pm pre wedding photos/first look etc.
4:30 pm wedding party arrives at venue
5:30 pm ceremony
6:00 pm more photos and visiting
6:30 pm dinner
7:15 pm toasts
7:30 pm cake cutting/dessert
8:30 pm event over (evening sunset photos)

Intimate weddings are a simpler version of the traditional weddings and have been around for many years. I am sure you can see why so many couples are opting for a micro wedding followed by an anniversary reception a year later. Most vendors that I have worked with are splitting their time between the two days and are adjusting their current services, packages and pricing to meet the changing needs of the current wedding reality. Venues and vendors have jumped on board to help accommodate couples. We are all eager to get back to work even if it’s a micro version of what we are used to. Bring on your “micro wedding” and we will celebrate hard next year at your anniversary reception!

Dana Renae Propes
Wedding Planner & Designer

Some say I am an old soul. Loving and appreciating the stories behind Cincinnati’s historical homes is so inspiring. The character in this case is also a wonderful estate perfect for hosting weddings and events. If these wall could talk, we would receive an earful! From an intimate gathering in the sunken garden to a lavish Gatsby bash – this place is perfect for any party!

What is the biggest reason couples should pick your venue?
Peterloon is a beautiful and unique historical estate that was built in 1928 to rival the grandest houses of America and Europe and was the home of Cincinnati developer and arts patron, John J. Emery and his wife, Irene. The estate is perfect for a couple that is looking for a truly magical place that has eternal elegance, natural outdoor beauty and opulent interiors that will create a picturesque backdrop for their wedding. The estate is special because it offers an opportunity to transport the couple to this stunning and serene place to celebrate their big day. We have a lovely onsite bridal suite and ample gorgeous indoor and outdoor photo opportunities, so they can relax and enjoy their entire day at Peterloon leading up to their exquisite ceremony and reception.

What makes your venue stand out?
Every detail of Peterloon was intentionally finished with pieces of history that were salvaged from European castles and estates. As guests navigate the home, they will find architectural and design treasures, such as the 400-year-old oak parquet de Versailles flooring in the living and dining rooms, the 16th century Indigo Jones mantelpiece in the front hall and the hand-carved Slavonian oak paneling from the mid-1600s. There is masterful artistry found in every facet of Peterloon’s design.

The incredible splendor of the home is surrounded by gorgeous exteriors. The outside is adorned with numerous animal carvings and statues, from snails and dolphins to a robust rooster and a basket full of adorable puppies. The expansive two-tiered backyard complete with a new, 55’x100’ terrace, is ideal for larger tented celebrations. Strolling through a tunnel of natural foliage, guests will enter an exquisite hidden garden that is picturesque for an intimate wedding ceremony. The family’s European style swimming pool including a fountain is a spectacular backdrop for a romantic sunset photo.

What type of packages do you offer?
Peterloon Wedding Rentals:
Ceremony Only
Ceremony and Reception or Reception Only
Rehearsal Dinners
Peterloon also hosts nonprofit events and fundraisers, corporate meetings and events, music recitals and concerts and social events such as holiday parties, reunions and celebrations.

As a nonprofit organization, how do you help serve the nonprofit community?
John J. and his wife Irene Emery were both devoted to Cincinnati, lovers of the arts and incredibly giving. To honor their legacy, the Peterloon Foundation was established to help give back to nonprofit organizations. One way they do this is by offering use of the house and grounds at nominal rental rates to qualified charitable groups. At the core of the Peterloon Foundation is a commitment to help be a home for nonprofit organizations’ events so they can continue to do great work in the community.

Jamie Rogers
Marketing and Events Director


Peterloon Estate
8605 Hopewell Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45242