6 Ways To Celebrate Your Summer Love

By guest blogger Dan Decker, Ring Center Manager for Robbins Brothers

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It’s finally summer! That budding spring romance is finally in full bloom and now is the time to celebrate your summer love. Summer provides the perfect weather to get out of the house and spend some time together, but what to do? Here are some of my favorite summer dates that can be put together by either mate in the relationship. Surprise your significant other with one of these summer celebrations of your love!

Love IS A Picnic – Ready to show off your culinary skills? And of course by culinary skills I am referring to your ability to purchase a fresh baked baguette, some of your favorite cheeses and meats, a selection of fruits and of course your favorite bottle of bubbly!  This one is easy, select a location (the park, your backyard or even an empty field), set out your blanket, pour a few glasses of bubbly and make a toast to your love.

Life’s A Beach – Nothing says summer better than a day at the beach.  Now you can take the easy way out and just bring a towel, but just a bit more planning and you can have a great day of celebrating your love.  Plan a few interactive activities to do like volleyball, Frisbee or making a sandcastle, anything really that allows you to let off some steam while enjoying the time together. For an added bonus, find a beach that allows you to build a fire and you can finish this day of fun around the fire making s’mores.

Stars At Night – With perfect summer nights comes the most unique and romantic way to watch a movie: doing it under the stars! Many communities offer outdoor movies throughout the summer and all you need to bring are a few snacks and a blanket. Sit back, relax and enjoy some cuddle time outdoors.

All Is Fair – Summer is state fair time and there is really no better way to celebrate your love than letting go of all of your adult responsibilities for a few hours and just acting like kids. Grab a cotton candy to share then head to the carnival to win that huge stuffed animal that you don’t have room for; or get dizzy on the Zipper and Scrambler. Together anything this fair can throw at you, the two of you can handle! Set aside the diet for this one and don’t miss out on sharing whatever the newest thing they found to fry!

You Belong In A Zoo – When was the last time you went to the zoo?  You may not remember how great it really is! Just like when you were a kid, find your partner and don’t let go of their hand. Stop and get a churro and let the adventure begin. With all of the paths and benches, you will have a day of amazing conversation and since it’s the zoo, you’ll have something new to talk about around every corner.

Take A Hike – Connecting with nature creates a great environment to connect with each other as well.  A perfect summer hike can be as intense or relaxing as you want. Make sure you know your fitness level and match the trail accordingly. If it is going to be a super hot or humid day, plan to go out in the morning or before sunset. After all, there is nothing romantic about being exhausted.

This is just a place to start.  Summer has done all it can to create the perfect opportunity to celebrate your love, but you have to take advantage of it!  For even more ideas, try substituting a few of your favorite activities like Kayaking or Tennis to one of the ideas above, or get adventurous and create something entirely new. The goal is to get out of the house and celebrate your summer love.

What is your favorite way to celebrate your Summer Love?  Let us know in the comments section!

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Diamonds and Desserts for a Cause

By guest blogger Harmony Walton

Left to Right: Shulie Lo & Tracey Lyles (Robbins Brothers Social Media & PR), Harmony Walton (Bridal Bar), Chris Easter (The Man Registry) and wife, actress Kimberly Easter

Diamonds & Desserts–(left to right): Shulie Lo & Tracey Lyles (Robbins Brothers Social Media & PR), Harmony Walton (Bridal Bar), Chris Easter (The Man Registry) and wife, actress Kimberly Easter

Customer Experience Managers at Robbins Brothers, Moraima, Jazmin & Michelle--rock their Simon G. Bling!

Customer Experience Managers at Robbins Brothers–Moraima, Jazmin & Michelle–rock their Simon G. Bling!

Last week I had the lucky honor of hosting a little soiree, Diamonds & Desserts, with the fabulous team at Robbins Brothers Glendale and Simon G. – all to benefit Dress for Success, an incredible organization that empowers women entering the workforce. They help those who are in need of suits and accessories for interviews and workdays but beyond that, they also train, teach and support women seeking the tools to secure and succeed at a new job. Such a great non-profit, I highly recommend checking it out – you can donate your time, your gently worn work clothes and get involved in lots of ways to help others get back on their feet!
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So back to the party. Bloggers, media and wedding experts gathered (and gathered belongings to donate to Dress for Success), to celebrate with diamonds and what else?! Dessert!

Fashion Blogger Wemi Opakunle (LA Chic Fashion Examiner) learns more about the vintage Simon G. designs.

Fashion Blogger Wemi Opakunle (LA Chic Fashion Examiner) learns more about exquisite vintage Simon G. designs.

Fashionista Joan from StylePreneur uploads a stunning ring pic to her Instagram.

Joan from StylePreneur gets her Instagram on!

Simon G.’s amazing team brought out the best of the best for guests to try on (and swoon over). My personal favorite was this fabulous canary diamond engagement ring. I might have worn it just a little too long!
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I also loved this cuff – perfect for a destination wedding. It looked like I was wearing coral made of diamonds!
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Rose gold was certainly trending around the room for the night, not unlike on brides down the aisles too! Partygoers also enjoyed trying on this gorgeous ring encrusted with yellow diamonds.
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But this night wasn’t just beautiful jewels! We also got to taste test sangria from the Los Angeles wedding location, Noor and try sweet treats from Some Crust Bakery. And if guests could put a cupcake down long enough for a manicure, Serve the Goddess offered up a pampering experience right there in the store!

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I had such a great time getting to know new faces and seeing old, friendly ones and I know the group had a blast too – especially those who won raffles prizes like this fun book for couples by relationship expert Natasha Burton (and of course there were some jewels given too…)!
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Big thanks to everyone who came out for the night and congrats to all the big jewelry winners – some ladies went home with some very nice (and sparkly) swag! And thank you to Robbins Brothers for including me in such a lovely evening!

Winner of Simon G. Amethyst Pendant

Winner of Simon G. Amethyst Pendant

One of our lucky guests walked away with this awe-inspiring blue topaz pendant prize!

A lucky guest walked away with this awe-inspiring blue topaz pendant prize!

Don’t forget to check out Simon G.’s beautiful pieces and Dress for Success as a way to give back before (and after) your big day!

**Harmony Walton is the founder of The Bridal Bar and host of Bridal Bar Radio airing on iHeartRadio.

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The Perfect Butterfly Themed Marriage Proposal

Congrats to Robbins Brothers customers Daryl and Cristina from Arizona! Just Engaged!

Congrats to Robbins Brothers customers Daryl and Cristina from Arizona! Just Engaged!

Engagement Date  June 15, 2014
Wedding Date  July 4, 2015

How did you two meet? (In Daryl’s words)
In 2010, my friend Melissa (whom I dated when we were 13 years old) invited Cris and me to a 4th of July party. Cris was there on a date with another guy. That date wasn’t going well for him. After she sent him home, Cris and I started talking. One thing led to another, we exchanged numbers and we went on our first date that next weekend. Cris LOVES butterflies and roses, so our first date was to see the live Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum and the Rose Garden at the California Science Museum across the quad.

How did you propose?
Every year we go to Vegas for Cris’ birthday (June 17). For this trip we had several activities planned, including the Tournament of Kings dinner and show at Excalibur Hotel & Casino on the night we arrived (June 15). When you walk into the casino on the main floor before heading down to the theater, there is a photo concession stand where scantily clad models invite you to stand with them in playful poses. After they went through their routine, I asked if we could do one more pose. I snaked the ring out of my pocket, dropped to my knee and asked Cris to marry me. The model you see in the background of the “on my knee” photo and the photographer had no idea I was going to do this. The model’s candid reaction is obvious excitement and joy and the photographer just kept snapping shots. We were the first people anyone could remember EVER using their service to capture a wedding proposal. After she said yes and I placed the ring on her finger we went down to the theater for dinner and the show where they announced our engagement to the entire arena.

What does she love most about the engagement ring?
As you may have guessed from the description of our first date, it was no accident that the ring I chose for Cris is butterfly-theme. I spent several long weeks searching for a suitable ring before finding this one on the Robbins Brothers website. Once I found it, that was it. I knew it was the perfect ring for her. I was almost shattered when I learned that it was from the 2012 Spring Collection and no longer available in stores. When Lori Harris from the Ring Center explained that I could special order it from a manufacturing plant in China I was overjoyed despite it being Chinese New Year and there would be a bit of a delay. We love that this ring looks like a butterfly. It is a perfect choice for Cris who loves butterflies so much.

Cristina's butterfly inspired engagement ring from Robbins Brothers.

Cristina’s butterfly inspired engagement ring from Robbins Brothers.

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How Brides Really Feel Days Before The Wedding

How Brides Really Feel Just Days Before The Wedding - Robbins Brothers Fully Engaged

I’ve been married for about two weeks now, so I’ve had some time to let all the emotions sink in and cleaned up the wedding supplies. I knew the wedding was going to be emotional, obvi. I’ve been to a ton of weddings prior. However, I had no idea the emotional rollercoaster I was going to be on. Let me try to paint you a picture of how brides really feel just days leading up to one of the biggest days of your life!

The week before: You’re in total denial. Everything is just fine. This is just like every other week. Nothing out of the ordinary happening here. Practically everyone, even strangers, will ask you if you’re ready for the big day (you’re not). “What big day?” you ask as you laugh to yourself. You’ll accidentally blurt out the wrong wedding date when making small talk. You’re so far in denial, that you’re thinking about looking up real estate in Egypt.

Five days before: It sinks in and you will get butterflies. You’ll be thinking about standing in front of almost everyone you know. You’ll be in the center of attention. All eyes will be on you and your soon-to-be-husband. Did you remember to get your eyebrows waxed? Mani and pedi booked? Am I missing anything? Do I need to get my teeth whitened? Your stomach will be making flips and sometimes you’ll wonder, “What am I getting myself into??” Especially if you aren’t the type that likes to be in the center of attention.

Three days before: You’ll realize that you’ll be getting married to the love of your life! You’ll be all smiles. For no reason. You’ll still get butterflies here and there, but you’ll mostly be floating around in a happy stupor, with a smile on your face. You’ll be listening to your wedding playlist (because you’ll have a private YouTube playlist with all of your wedding music in chronological order so you can walk through the entire day in your head) and you’ll tear up just thinking about walking down the aisle. You’ll listen to your father-daughter dance song and you’ll tear up. Then you’ll think about your parents and how much they love you and how much you love them. For the first time, in your mind, you have an absolutely perfect relationship with your parents. You’ll be at a red light and you see an adorable old couple walking hand in hand and you’ll tear up. Lots of tearing up here. I think you catch my drift.

The night before: You’ll be completely calm. It’s like the calm before the storm. You’ll either sleep like a baby (which I did) or you’ll be laying in bed, thinking about everything that’s going to happen in just a few hours. You’ll have a “whatever” attitude towards the last few to-do’s left on the list because it’s all happening tomorrow! You’ll be so excited and happy that you’re about to be a MRS. to your best friend that those handwritten bunting signs you were supposed to make won’t even matter to you at this point.

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Day of wedding: Your heart will burst from all the love you feel from practically everyone in your life. The real tears. If you thought three days ago was bad, think again. You’ll alternate between tears and laughter every half hour. From the precious moments with your family right before the ceremony, to laughing at the adorable flower girls throwing rose petals at the guests. From the maid of honor’s sweet speech, to laughing at your mother-in-law owning the dance floor with your childhood friends. You’ll feel guilty, almost undeserving of all the gifts that you’ve been showered with on this day. A few days later, you’ll look at your total wedding costs and you won’t feel so bad. Congratulations, you’re now in a legally binding contract with your love and your wedding diet is over! Woo-hoo!

What about you? Were you surprised by any of the emotions you felt? Did an ex suddenly pop into your head? Did you have any strange dreams? Or were you cool as a cucumber? Let us know all about it!

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Summer of Love Engaged Couples Reunion on KTLA-TV

Robbins Brothers’ Valentine Surprise Proposals have become a viewer favorite on KTLA Channel 5. For nearly 10 years, the Robbins Brothers Love Team and popular fun-loving Los Angeles reporter, Gayle Anderson, have helped anxious guys plan and surprise their girlfriends with heart-wrenching marriage proposals…..on live television! There is always uncertainty, suspense and a little chaos involved; and sometimes the Love Team doesn’t even make it on-air due to breaking news stories. But one thing’s for sure, each and every proposal we plan is special, sweet, tear-jerking, fun, magical and memorable.

Recently we decided to catch up with some of our previously engaged couples to see what they’ve been up to since their televised proposal. But first we started the week off with a surprise proposal for an EMT who stunned his girlfriend during a CPR training in the city of Orange!

CPR Training at Care Ambulance Headquaters right before the big proposal surprise! Photo courtesy of John Dinh Photography

CPR Training at Care Ambulance Headquarters right before the big surprise! Photo courtesy of John Dinh Photography

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Once the charming Keith Boles proposed to Michelle in 2012 in front of coworkers, she gleefully started singing and dancing! Stan Huang serenaded the love of his life, Janelle, for breakfast at Old Vine Cafe and she is not a morning person (uh oh). Did these couples actually get married or was it all for show?

A few years ago Ray Ledesma popped the question to Rochelle at her daughter’s daycare with the help of adorable kids (awww). Did they make it to the alter and if so how’s married life we wonder?

Meanwhile, Refugio Calderon was all set to propose to his girlfriend Juana at the Alan Levy Dental Office, but there was a gunman pacing a rooftop in Westwood and the segment was almost cancelled (yikes, never a dull moment on live TV!). Did love conquer all?

All  smiles, Juana Calderon shows off her Robbins Brothers engagement and wedding ring set to reporter Gayle Anderson.
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We are happy to report that most of our couples are still crazy in love!

Wishing every couple across the world the most romantic summer ever. We enjoy celebrating your Love!

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