Perfectly curated diamond designs paired with an altogether harmonious whiskey. Take a step into the Wanderlust Jewelers studios for a design consultation, educational conversation, or a good ole game of darts.
A Manly Recap
Heather has a page in her Wanderlust notebook that is labeled “Wes’s Harebrained Ideas” that she uses to collect some of the quick, sometimes off-the-wall, sometimes ridiculous things that spew from Wes’s mouth. Every time he gives a disclaimer that it should go on the page, but this last time the idea wasn’t so harebrained after all.
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The idea: To have a night built for dudes to hang out and talk about dude things.
A Manly Night
Quintana’s Barber & Dream Spa set up a pop-up shop with a shoe shine station, massage chair, a barber chair for beard and neck clean ups, and a straight razor shaving presentation which drew almost the entire audience to the front of the store.
Not only was it a chance for them to expand their customer base, but also educate men on the reemergence of the old school techniques used by our grandfathers. Also located in Cleveland Heights, their full amenities barber and spa service caters to men and women alike.
46 and 2 Brewing was introducing attendees to the coolest thing to happen to coffee. Combing the skills of a brewer, a chemist, a master roaster, and a local retailer, this company is currently campaigning to bring their cold brew coffee concoction to the masses.
Imagine a glass filled from a beer tap with what looks to be a dark stout, but when you take a sip you’re hit with the flavor of cold coffee and the aroma of hops. Stocked full of caffeine and not a single drop of alcohol, this frothy and smooth drink left people slightly perplexed and craving more.
The Journey: Pencil & Paper to Gold & Diamonds
Anna & Matthew
The engagement ring became even more meaningful later that week when Matthew snapped a shot of us on the Abbey Bridge while sitting on a particularly special bench. Our hooded heads held closely together resembled the layout of the diamonds completely; the larger diamond leaning up against the smaller one. The similarity was unmistakable and made me believe that this ring was designed with divine knowledge of this moment beforehand.
Each twist of gold and pounded imprint of vintage hammer was scripted by our own hands. I made Matthew’s band, as he made mine. We would each be wearing the work of each other, forever.
Something White & Something Engaging!
On January 17th, we had the pleasure of participating in the fifth annual Something White Boutique Bridal Bazaar (say that three times fast). This beautifully curated group of wedding vendors set up mini shops in the Hyatt Arcade for a high energy and beautifully lit event. It was our first year, and it did not disappoint!
Ben & Julia
The Wanderlust Couple
WANDERLUST CREATIONS | white gold wedding bands with yellow gold linings
WEDDING | May 30th, 2015
THEME | casual & natural. Single blooms in apothecary jars, garden lights in the outdoor tent, navy blue matchbooks & cookie bags.
HONEYMOON | “across the pond”
FUN FACT ABOUT HER | cries whenever she sings above a certain register.
FUN FACT ABOUT HIM | has an extreme green thumb that is slowly turning their home into a jungle.
Andy & Caitlin
“Omnia vincit amor, et nos cedamus amori” is Latin for “Love conquers all things; let us yield to love.”
Young Andy and young Caitlin were learning this phrase in their middle school Latin class when they first met. Little did they know that this would become a very meaningful phrase for the two of them later in life.
Remaining friends throughout and after high school, they found themselves following similar paths. They each moved far away for college – Andy to Colorado and Caitlin to North Carolina. They each worked for a couple years after college, with Andy staying out West and Caitlin spending time in Texas and Italy.
Eventually, they each independently decided to go to law school at the same time but in different states – Andy came back to Cleveland to go to Case and Caitlin moved to New York to go to NYU. They stayed in touch during their time in law school, occasionally reaching out to each other for advice, and they graduated the same year.
When they learned that they had both registered to take the Ohio bar exam on the same time, they reunited in Cleveland as old friends to share the car ride to the exam together, the nervousness together, and the relief together once it was over. Several months later, they learned that they had both passed, and Caitlin and Andy came together once again to celebrate. They stayed in touch and shared stories through the fall and winter as they each embarked on their careers.
By the next spring, the two were inseparable.
For the next four years, the pair began to get to know each other on a much more intimate level, and began enjoying a new mix of activities. They traveled together, cooked together, and even made up songs together (we’re still waiting for them to share one with us). After long and stressful days at work, their unwinding ritual consisted of simply walking around the neighborhood together or just relaxing on their porch with a good glass of whiskey.
Side note: We later learned one of Andy’s quirky habits that undoubtedly assured Caitlin that he was the one, was his talent of “cat whispering”. Every time they would head out for a walk, Andy would stop and have a conversation with at least one neighborhood cat, making it a staple part of their day. Who doesn’t love a man who can talk to animals?!
Andy and Caitlin appreciate the simple things in life and the mutual love for them in each other. Their sense of humor is infectious and completely endearing.
Maybe it was her ability to get them out of awkward situations by speaking in Italian and pretending not to know English, or maybe it was the Cat Whisperer thing that he had going on, but these two knew that they found their better half in each other.
Then came a busy working Saturday when Andy decided it was time to ask Caitlin to marry him. He didn’t have a ring, as he had done some shopping around at jewelry conglomerates and couldn’t find anything that he was confident she would love, but that didn’t stop him. In the most un-romantic cadence, he made several references to the Ohio Revised Code and tax-filing status, hinting at the benefit of filing together.
Catching his drift, but not fully satisfied with the way it played out, Caitlin pleaded, “You have to say the real words.”
Andy finally did, and she said “yes.”
Another side note: Andy had not yet learned of Wanderlust Jewelers before he proposed. We felt the need to disclaim that little fact as OBVIOUSLY if he had, there would have been no issue in finding the perfect ring for her. Just saying…
Wasting no time, these two planned their entire wedding in SIX WEEKS! Six weeks? Most people can’t even choose bedroom furniture in six weeks. And contrary to the popular topic amongst their wedding guests, no, there is no imminent progeny. Through their friend and owner of Juma Gallery (where Wes’s wife Heather works), Caitlin and Andy learned about Wanderlust Jewelers and quickly made an appointment to discuss design options. Coming to the meeting with absolutely no idea was absolutely no problem.
Through casual conversation, Wes got to know these two enough to dream up some stunning bands.
“We wanted something personal and custom, but we also have very simple tastes,” says Andy. In keeping with a classic theme, Wes created matching white gold wedding bands with yellow “heart of gold” linings. “Ultimately, through Wes’s artistry, we ended up with stunning, unique pieces that feel like they’re a part of each and both of us.”
When Andy and Caitlin came back to the studio to pick up the bands a couple days before the wedding, they celebrated with Wes by clinking glasses of Templeton Rye and devouring giant cookies from Presti’s Bakery.
The introduction to this particular brand of rye made enough of an impact that they decided to serve it at the wedding, bringing a little bit of the Wanderlust culture to their special day!
The casual and natural wedding included beautiful floral arrangements from Branch & Bloom that incorporated fresh flowers with mint leaves. Spice of Life catered the delicious hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and bar with an attractive presentation. The wedding cake was a homemade white coconut cake made by Caitlin’s mom, the dessert spread included a variety of scrumptious cakes, cookies, and pies made by family and friends, and Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell were prominent fixtures in the aesthetic.
We are so honored to have made these distinguished bands for such a beautiful and down-to-earth couple. We wish them years of happiness, and can’t wait to see how we can continue to be apart of their many memories to come.