This week’s VOW can give you the ring of your dreams, no matter how unique that may be! Jewlery by Johan began as a small Etsy Shop in 2008 and has since grown into a full-service design and and manufacturing facility. Our favorite part about Jewelry by Johan is that they can make a wedding band from nearly any material, so dream big when it comes to designing the ring of your dreams. We had the pleasure of speaking with Johan’s daughter, Leanne to find out everything you need to know about Jewelry by Johan.
Q: What does Jewelry by Johan specialize in?
A: We specialize in handcrafted, made-to-order wedding jewelry and accessories.
Q: Where are you located?
A: Our design center and manufacturing facility is located in Oakdale, Minn.
Q: What makes Jewelry by Johan stand out compared to other wedding jewelry options?
A: Our ring design and material options are nearly infinite. We work with all precious and alternative metals, gemstones, and many unique materials that you can’t find anywhere else. We can also craft custom jewelry using customer supplied materials and metals.
Q: When and how did Jewelry by Johan begin?
A: My dad, Johan Rust, started Jewelry by Johan as an Etsy shop in 2008. He started making simple, wood rings in his garage and had pretty instant success. He started expanding his design, material and service offerings and the rest is history! Our existing location houses our full-service design and manufacturing facility. My husband and I both play active roles in the company and take pride in Jewelry by Johan being a local, family-owned and operated business.
Q: What’s an average day like for Jewelry by Johan?
A: Very busy and exciting! We receive over 100 inquiries a day from customers around the world. We also have local customers visit our design center where we offer a variety of in stock ring and accessory options as well as free design consultations.
Q: What would you want couples who are searching for a unique engagement ring, wedding band or wedding jewelry piece to know about Jewelry by Johan?
A: Your search is over! Our designers will provide personalized attention to help you find or design the wedding jewelry of your dreams while staying in your budget.
Q: Do you have any stories of couples from Jewelry by Johan that you could share?
A: We have so many great stories from our amazing customers. You can find some published in our blog. We’ve had some well-known customers, too! Chris Hardwick, host of NBC’s The Wall and AMC’s The Talking Dead, has our meteorite, dino bone and antler wedding band.
Q: How far in advance should a guy start planning his ring purchase? When should a bride pick out her wedding day jewels?
A: A good rule of thumb is to place your order 3 months before the need-by date. Our turn-around time for made-to-order items ranges from 4-6 weeks depending on materials and style, so that allows a little wiggle room. If that lead-time becomes a factor, we do have a large selection of pre-made rings and accessories to choose from.
Q: What do you love about working in the wedding industry?
A: I love how creative and personalized it has become! Pinterest, Instagram and Etsy are just some of the many channels that offer brides and grooms inspiration and the means to customize nearly everything about their weddings. From simple to extravagant, to barn weddings, to Harry Potter themes and so much more.
Q: What are some unique materials you can create a ring from?
A: Meteorite, antler, wood, dinosaur bone, and instrument components (e.g. guitar string)…just to name a few!
Jewelry by Johan Lightning Round questions:
Q: Describe yourself in three words:
A: Ambitious, Honest, Customer-Oriented
Q: Gold, Platinum or Rose Gold?
Q: Red or White?
Q: Black Tie or Farm to Table?
A: Farm to Table
Q: Chocolate or Vanilla?
Q: Milk, Dark or white chocolate?
Q: What’s your go-to comfort food?
A: Chocolate or Pizza
Q: What is your favorite board game?
A: I prefer card games, and my favorite is Rummy.
Valentine’s day is ONE WEEK from today! Don’t panic, you still have some time to get that special someone the perfect gift that shows how much you care. We have a few sweet little gift that are sure to make any bride-to-be’s heart skip a beat this valentines day!
1. Tickets to UNVEILED
$15 each – Shop HERE
Give your fiancé or bride-to-be galentine the gift of planning her dream wedding! UNVEILED is March 4th at the Minneapolis Convention Center and we have a special Valentines Offer for you! Use Promo Code: BEMINE at checkout to receive 20% off your ticket order.
2. Roses are Red Gift Box
$54 – Shop HERE
Planning a wedding is stressful and every bride-to-be could use a little at-home pampering. This adorable gift box is perfect for your stressed valentine.
3. Love Mug
$9.99 – Shop HERE
Does your valentine need her daily caffeine fix? This cute little Love Mug is the perfect way for her to start a day of wedding planning!
4. Heart Embossed Robe
$28 – Shop HERE
Nothing sounds more perfect than sipping coffee on a Saturday morning, wedding planning in this cozy robe.
5. Little Book of Love
$9.95 – Shop HERE
Writing your own vows? Brush up on your love letter skills with this inspiring book of inspirational quotes, practical exercises and advice for you and your soon-to-be!
6. Flower Bomb Eau De Parfum Spray
$55-$215 – Shop HERE
Give your valentine a special scent to wear on the wedding day! It is said that if your wear a new fragrance during your wedding and honeymoon, your memory and feeling of that special time will be tied to that scent forever.
7. Falling Hearts PJ set
$120 – Shop HERE
Every Bride-to-be needs her beauty sleep, she may as well do it in style with these adorable and cozy heart pajamas.
Fair warning to everyone, this week’s VOW will make your mouth water and may cause your sweet tooth to act up because we are talking cupcakes with Amy, from Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe! Our Trend Wedding winners, Matt and Kay are one lucky couple, because their wedding dessert will be provided by Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe, and when it comes to her sweet treats there is really no wrong choice!
Q: What does Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe Specialize in?
A: We specialize is gourmet cupcakes, French macarons and custom cakes of any shape and size.
Q: How did Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe start?
A: We started out of my home in 2011 watching cupcake wars and bringing cupcakes to my work at the U of M hospital. I later had my daughter and then decided to start again in 2014. We did our first wedding in February of that year and have been hooked ever since.
Q: When did you know you wanted to start your own business?
A: I never knew I would be the type of person to start my own business until it actually happened. Getting to be my own boss sounded pretty amazing and I got to make delicious and beautiful cupcakes while I was at it! In 2015 I finally went for it and stopped working the other two jobs I had at the time to pursue my career as a bakery owner full time.
Q: What makes Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe stand out in terms of wedding dessert options?
A: We make everything from scratch and have a personal professional touch to all our weddings. Every cupcake, cake, filling and frosting is made by us always from scratch with only the best ingredients!
Q: What do you like about serving cupcakes rather than traditional cake at weddings?
A: We also make traditional wedding cakes, but most brides and grooms are opting for a small cutting cake for pictures and various flavors of cupcakes for the guests. With multiple flavors, more guests can be accommodated at the same time, whether it’s flavor choices, or dietary restrictions. Everyone is able to have dessert no matter what!
Q: What is an average day in the cupcake shoppe like?
A: We typically bake for most of the morning into early afternoon and finish frosting and filling cupcakes, cakes and macarons throughout the day. Meanwhile Rick (also my dad) is out front helping customers and filling coffee, cupcake and macaron orders for take out and eat-in.
Q: What would you want couples to know about choosing their perfect wedding day dessert option?
A: I would love for them to know they are able to order desserts for everyone. We offer vegan and gluten free options along with dairy free options. So many people now have dietary restrictions of some kind and aren’t able to get desserts at traditional bakeries or restaurants. We love being able to provide desserts for those who seemingly never get to have good desserts.
Q: Do you have any memorable experiences working with couples that you could share with us?
A: Even though we meet couples during their tasting and then almost never get to see them on their actual wedding day, we have developed amazing relationships with my brides and grooms and have even become friends with them throughout the process. Now getting to have them come to the shoppe and enjoy treats on a regular basis is more rewarding than I could’ve even imagined.
Q: What is your favorite cupcake flavor?
A: My favorite cupcake flavor is Lemon Chiffon. It’s a lemon cupcake filled with tart lemon curd, topped with vanilla buttercream and a dollop of lemon curd. It’s sweet, tart and fresh all at the same time. And I love everything lemon, so it’s perfect!
Q: You offer macaron classes? How did this begin and what do you enjoy about these classes?
A: My husband and I went to New York and tried macarons for the first time and I was hooked! I wanted to learn to make them and realized after the 40th blog with the 40th different recipe and oven temperature, they are very tricky to make, and you really just have to figure it out for yourself. So, I came to realize, I bet a lot of people were in the same boat as me. Lost in the apparent macaron madness. So, I spent 8 months developing a recipe, and oven temperature that worked in my kitchen. My first class was friends and family and worked great! Then class after class I was able to teach others to make macarons and have a great evening while doing so. Whether people really want to make them at home, or just have a fun night out with friends, they are able to take home delicious treats they never imagined they could make. Share or not, we don’t judge! I love seeing people be surprised they can make them, even those that “don’t know how to bake”. We all surprise each other with what we can do!
On Sunday we were excited to make our 3rd appearance in Rochester for UNVEILED-Rochester at the Mayo Civic Center! This amazing day of bridal eye candy took place in the brand new ballroom! Both vendors and attendees were surrounded by inspiration in every corner. It’s like your dream wedding Pinterest board, but live. We like to call it — pinspired!
As brides entered the show room they were greeted with a red carpet featuring some of the most beautiful gowns for the season provided by Mestad’s Bridal and Formalwear! Once couples entered the show, they had the opportunity to plan, chat and brainstorm with the areas leading wedding service providers. Everything from catering, hospitality, floral, photography, fashion and so much more!
The Tasting Bars were a huge highlight of the show! Both Powers Ventures and Kahler Hospitality served up amazing creations for brides to taste! There is no other show that lets you get a little taste of your wedding day (literally!)
Brides were also able to participating in some Sunday retail therapy at BESPOKE The Shop at Unveiled! The shop offered exclusive and limited edition gifts hand-picked by The Wedding Guys themselves. Everything from clothing to coffee mugs to t-shirts. The shop also features trendy bridal and bridesmaids essentials from our friends a bminx.
The TrendSpot Fashion show featured some of our favorite bridal and bridesmaids looks for the season. We like to bring a little bit of what we see in NYC for Bridal Fashion week to Rochester. Mestads Bridal and Formal Wear featured the latest trends we are seeing for the 2018 season, including lace, sleeves, ballgowns and satin.
Models hit the runway with looks designed from SM Makeup Inc. featuring matte bronze contouring, bright highlights and subtle lips. Hair was pulled into a classic and elegant up-do. Brides were also able to pamper themselves with mini makeovers at the beauty bar, also styled by the talented SM Makeup Inc!
If you missed out on this show don’t worry- because we have another show in MINNEAPOLIS on March 4th and are returning to Rochester on October 21st!
Photos by Anna Grinets Photography
This week’s V-O-W works hard to make your groom look (almost) as good as you on the big day! Heimie’s Haberdashery was created in 1921 and has been a leader at making men look and feel their best since then. Heimie’s stands as a sanctuary for men those who celebrate their individuality and masculinity through an authentic, immersive experience!
Q: What does Heimie’s Haberdashery specialize in?
A: Our specialties are clothing design and tailoring, but our objective is to create a space for men to enjoy a sense of community through the enhancement of lifestyle and image.
Q: How and when did Heimie’s Haberdashery open and begin?
A: My great-grandfather opened his shop in Saint Paul in 1921 after immigrating from Russia. We’ve expanded on his concept over the decades. While we adhere to timeless principles of classic style, fashion is an ever-evolving art form that introduces new traditions over time.
Q: Where are you located?
A: The corner of the Historic Hamm Building on 6th Street, at 400 Saint Peter Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102. The building itself is a Saint Paul historical milestone; it’s perfect for us, and we have some wonderful neighbors.
Q: What is your favorite part about working in the wedding industry?
A: A wedding is highly expressive by nature. We are passionate about helping a groom represent himself through the creation of a look that expresses his character. It should genuinely manifest that individual’s personality through form and function.
Q: Do you have any fun or memorable stories working with grooms or groomsmen?
A: We once did a groom’s suit for the a member of the Queen’s Royal Guard. When they came into town, twelve of the guard pulled up in a limousine for a photo-op in front of the store!
Q: When should grooms and groomsmen commit to their wedding day fashion?
A: At least six months; this allows time to order and assemble all of the elements of dress for 7-10 guys, which is no small task.
Q: What do you think the groom should wear to the rehearsal dinner?
A: Some are dressier than others, depending on the setting. They should dress according to the location and who is invited to attend, matching the bride’s level of formality in dress.
Q: What is the most popular style you are seeing men wear for their wedding?
A: It’s all about the suit. A traditional black or blue with clean lines and tailored fit will always retain its relevance.
Q: What are some options the groom and groomsmen have when shopping at Heimie’s Haberdashery?
A: We have a full custom department that offers cloth from the finest mills available. We also offer five ready-made options for the wedding party at affordable prices, and accessories to coordinate with the wedding’s color scheme.
Q: How do you determine what accessories such as ties and pocket squares work well with a specific suit?
A: With weddings, we consider the colors at play throughout the ceremony and reception. What are the bridesmaids wearing? How about the flowers? Is there an overarching theme? These factors determine which suits we recommend, and the accessories we pair with them.
Q: Anything else you would like grooms to know about Heimie’s Haberdashery?
A: Beyond our wedding program, we are a full-service shop and custom house, with a barbershop and shoe shine stand. We also offer tailoring services for garments procured elsewhere, and emergency fittings for out-of-town travellers. We offer a full array of gifts for groomsmen, including cigars, handmade leather goods, and accessories. Heimie’s stands as a sanctuary for men those who celebrate their individuality and masculinity through an authentic, immersive experience. We continue to enrich each other’s lives for years after the wedding date, and this brings us joy and fulfillment.
Lightning round Questions:
Q: Describe Heimie’s Haberdashery in three words.
A: Traditional, Sophisticated, Luxurious.
Q: IPA or EPA?
A: You’d have to ask my associates!
Q: Black, gray or navy?
A: That would depend on the occasion.
Q: Tie or Bow Tie?
A: A tie or a bow tie depends on the facial and structural attributes of the person, and their choice of outfit.
Q: What’s your go-to comfort food?
A: Definitely a nice burger.
Q: If Heimie’s Haberdashery could dress a celebrity client for their wedding, who would it be?
A: We’ve enjoyed the business of our professional athletes, but I would have to say Johnny Depp, à la “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!”
The wedding day fun begins the moment you step out of bed on that very special morning! What you and your bridesmaids wear the morning of your wedding when you are getting ready is a fun, and important decision! Don’t forget your photographer and videographer will be there capturing every second while you and your besties get your hair and makeup done and of course sip on mimosas! Hana Chughtai, owner of bminx loves to create adorable pieces for you and your girls to wear on the morning of your big day! You can check out her merchandise this weekend at UNVEILED Rochester, stop by BESPOKE the shop @ Unveiled to spoil yourself and your bride tribe!
Q: What does bminx specialize in?
A: Custom Bridal and Bridesmaid Attire and Robes
Q: What makes bminx stand out in terms of wedding related clothing options brides have in the Twin Cities area?
A: bminx offers gifting items, items for the wedding day morning, and even attire for the honeymoon and beyond. Plus, we offer custom personalization with hundreds of options to truly make your purchase or gift unique.
Q: When bminx begin?
A: Research and development started 4 years ago, but it has officially been launched for a year
Q: How did you get the idea for bminx?
A: When I saw the lack of stylish attire options available for gifting bridesmaids, or for brides to wear on their wedding morning, I wanted to create a brand that would offer something new in the market.
Q: If bminx had a personality, what would be three words to describe it?
A: Stylish, flattering, trendy
Q: What are some of your favorite bminx bride products?
A: Our custom bride jogger pants, perfect for wearing during your wedding planning and after as well! See attached pic!
Q: What are some of your favorite gift options for bridesmaids? (please include (photo(s) if possible)
A: I love our new floral pattern robes! Finally a new take on floral print for your wedding morning.
Q: What do you love about working with brides?
A: You are part of a very special day in their lives, and the fact that they included you to share in it, is a very special thing.
Q: What would you want a bride in the wedding planning process to know about custom clothing and gifts?
A: There are so many unique ways to gift your bridesmaids something special. For instance, when you ask them to be in your bridal party, why not start it out with a custom tote bag or shirt with their monogram on it? Then for the wedding morning, gift them matching floral robes they will wear again and again after the wedding day. The custom gifts at bminx, offer countless options to for everyone special in your life that is a part of your wedding.
Q: Red or White?
Q: Chocolate or Vanilla?
Q: Coffee- black, cream or sugar
A: None! Green Tea for me!
Q: Milk, Dark or white chocolate?
Q: What’s your go-to comfort food?
A: Burger and fries
Q: Favorite music genre?
A: 90’s throwback
Q: If you could time travel, would you go back in time or visit the future?
You’ve found the one you love, but now it’s time to find the dress you love. With our AF Couture Collection, the incredibly talented designer Madeline Gardner will leave you breathless with her timeless designs.
What do you get when you mix modern chic with sophisticated elegance? For starters you’ll find crystal beaded bodices blended with sweeping skirts of rich organza and tulle. You will be in awe of this collection’s delicate netting and glamorous embroidery. Morilee’s deep illusion necklines that flow gracefully into layers of lace and crystals will leave you wanting more.
The fit of your wedding dress is as important as its beauty. With Morilee’s experience and impeccable taste in design and details, the AF Couture Collection aims to please all around. Their goal is for brides to radiate from the inside out, starting with how beautiful and sophisticated they feel in one of their gowns.
Weddings are a decadent affair and your dress should be equally luxurious!
The Morilee AF Couture Collection can be found at The Wedding Shoppe in Saint Paul
There is no other wedding show like UNVEILED! Step into the magical world of weddings and immerse yourself in an unparalleled planning experience designed by us, The Wedding Guys. Come experience a day of bridal eye-candy where inspiration is everywhere. From the lavish Trend Wedding Experience to the fine details of specialty papers in the Stationery Gallery, we’ve brought everything directly to you.
UNVEILED offers exciting elements that you won’t find at other events including:
The TrendSpot Fashion Show featuring Mestads Bridal and Formalwear. Get a one-of-a-kind look at the latest bridal fashion at the UNVEILED Fashion Show. Mestads Bridal and Formalwear will provide bridal gowns and bridesmaid gowns inspiration right in front of you! This unique fashion runway will make you feel like you’re apart of NY Fashion Week.
Shows start at 1pm and 3pm.
Shop trend galleries throughout the event that showcase bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, tabletop, cakes and flowers. Meet with the vendors to discover exactly what you’re looking for, or just get some inspiration and ideas!
As you arrive at UNVEILED- Rochester you will be treated by The Gown Gallery, which features over 30 gowns styled in one glamourous display. Discover your dream dress in the Gown Gallery.
Don’t forget to check out the Trend Wedding under the tent provided by Majestic Tents. Another place for even more wedding inspiration!
Taste some delicious food from Kahler at the Tasting Bar.
And don’t forget to grab mimosas with your girls!
Shop and create unique wedding wear and decor for your big day at bminx and BeSpoke! Dress up your bridal party and yourself in special clothing that you can wear while getting ready– it makes your getting ready photos even more adorable! Psst, there’s so many great bridesmaid gift ideas here, and even a few for those special guys!
The list goes on and on! Not to mention the long list of the area’s premier wedding service providers that will be showcasing the latest trends for you.
Come shop the most talented wedding experts who are showcasing the latest trends for your wedding inspiration. From florists, stationers, cake designers, decorators, to videographers, reception sites and more, your wedding planning couldn’t get any easier!
No other bridal show offers as many options, inspiration and style as UNVEILED.
Get your tickets here:
The Twin Cities Bridal Show on Sunday January 14th at the Saint Paul RiverCentre was a huge success! It was our biggest ‘spring’ show yet! We hope you had a blast and got a ton of inspiration for your big day!
Some of the top features included in the Twin Cities Bridal Show include the Inspiration Station, Glam 2 Go, and the Aisle of Style Fashion Show.
All photos by Aubrey K Photography
The attendees first walked in to the Inspiration Station, where they found themes from some of our favorite wedding providers in the Twin Cities ranging from florist, bakeries, stationery, rental, and fashion. We like to call this Pinspiration, because it was literally like Pinterest but live! The themes included: Modern Minimalist, Woodsy, Ultra Violet, Gilded, Whimsical and Classic.
The next stop is every brides must-go! At Glam to Go, make up and hair experts from SM Makeup INC will get you all dolled-up exactly how you want to for your wedding day. It’s like a free practice round and pampering! We loved seeing their work on these beautiful brides!
Attendees moved around where they were connected with the areas best wedding experts, from florists, stationery, cake, venues, DJs, Photographers, caterers, and the list goes on! The day is filled with so much to see, touch, feel, hear, and of course taste!
the award-winning Aisle of Style Fashion Show returned this year at 1pm and 3pm with the hottest and freshest looks in bridal fashion from the area’s top bridal salons including The Wedding Shoppe, Luxe Bridal Couture Angelique’s Bridal, and tuxedos provided by Savvi Formalwear.
We hope you walked away from the show with all the inspiration and information you need to get you started on your wedding planning! But if not we will see you in Rochester for Unveiled on January 28th or back in Minneapolis for Unveiled on March 4th!