Romantic Moments

How to Choose His Wedding Gift

By guest blogger Natasha Burton

One of the most special enduring wedding day traditions is when the bride and groom exchange gifts. This is typically done pre-ceremony, separately, as a way for the couple to connect and feel loved amid the chaos of getting hair and make-up done and wrangling groomsmen.

But finding a special something for this moment—especially for a guy—is no easy task. (Grooms have it easy: They can just buy a little bling and their brides are sure to swoon!)

So, if you’re stumped trying to figure out what to gift the man of your dreams on your big day, here are some key questions to help those ideas flow.

1. Would he prefer a less pricey, heartfelt gift (like a love letter) or something a bit more fancy and tangible?

2. Are there any elements of his wedding attire that you haven’t purchased yet, which could make good gifts? (As in, cuff links, a monogrammed pocket square, or a nice watch?)

3. Have you considered doing a boudoir shoot? (Giving your man pin-up style photos of you the day of the wedding is a popular trend right now.)

Budior Shoot--photo courtesy of www.pinterest.com

Boudior Shoot–photo courtesy of www.pinterest.com

4. Does he have a favorite sport or sports player? (You could give him a signed baseball or something small that he would consider special to mark the day.)

5. Are you two all about coziness comfort? (Consider getting coordinating robes and slippers for each other that you can wear while getting ready—and beyond!)

6. Have you settled all of your honeymoon activities yet? (Perhaps a voucher for a fun excursion could be an exciting day-of surprise for him?)

7. Does your man like to be pampered? (Consider an experiential gift, like an in-room massage at his hotel or a stylist to come give him a haircut and shave before the ceremony.)

8. Does your groom have a quirky sense of humor? (Give him funny “groom” boxers to wear or special socks for keeping his “cold feet” warm.)

9. Is your groom getting ready with his boys? (Make it a party by gifting him a nice bottle of whiskey or a beer tower for them to all enjoy…responsibly, of course.)

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10. Have you considered engraving something he already has? (Surprise him with a sweet message inside his wedding band or on the back of his favorite watch.)

Robbins Brothers Wedding Band with Inscription

Robbins Brothers Wedding Band with Inscription

Natasha Burton is an author, freelance writer and editor.
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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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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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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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Jurassic Falls Perfect Proposal for San Diego State University Alums

Just Engaged on the Island of Kauai! Congrats to Glendale, CA customers Dione & Lisa. #beautiful #lovereigns

Just Engaged on the beautiful Island of Kauai! Congrats to Glendale, CA customers Dione & Lisa!

Engagement Date April 5, 2014
Wedding Date April 26, 2015

How did you two meet? (In Dione’s Words)
Lisa and I met in college while both attending San Diego State University.

How did you propose?
I took Lisa to the Island of Kauai for a few days. On the second day I rented a helicopter just for the 2 of us and got a tour of the entire island. It then landed at the Jurassic Falls which is a famous waterfall that was featured in the movie Jurassic Park. We both stood in front of this beautiful and iconic waterfall and when the moment was right I got down on one knee after saying a few kind words.

What does she love most about her engagement ring?
She loves the personal touch that I incorporated. I put emerald stones on the sides to honor her grandmother and mother who both have emeralds in their ring. Of course she loves that there is a big rock on her finger but the emeralds are very symbolic and meaningful.

Split Shank Diamond Halo Setting with Elegant Emeralds--From Robbins Brothers Glendale

Split Shank Diamond Halo Setting with Elegant Emeralds–From Robbins Brothers Glendale

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How was your shopping experience? Stressful?
To be honest when I first walked in my plan was to just get an idea and then shop around at other stores to compare. The minute I walked in Nairi at the Glendale store made me feel very comfortable and she was very helpful throughout the process. After looking around for a while I finally set eyes on the perfect ring. Once we put the set together I knew that was the one. I didn’t need to go to another store to compare or even see if there was anything else out there. The special treatment I received and great experience made this process pain free. We will be going back for wedding bands as we get closer to our wedding date.

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