I love nothing more than getting phone calls from clients. They are newly engaged, excited, and ready to start planning. EEEK it’s amazing, you can’t help but get excited right along with them. Now the tables have turned and I AM ENGAGED! It has only been eight days and I am bursting with excitement
Now it wasn’t a surprise engagement, the response we most commonly got after telling friends and family was “it is about time!” We knew we wanted to get married long before he officially asked but I had to find the perfect ring.
Being a wedding planner you see a ton of engagement rings and I wanted something different. Plus, Jared is going to school for his Masters in Geology so an ordinary rock wouldn’t do the job! I looked for about two years. TWO YEARS!! UGH I tried on rose gold, white gold, silver, solitaire, princess cuts, marquees, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, practically any type of ring you can think of. I came to the conclusion diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but I am not a fan. Since blue is my all time favorite color I decided I wanted a Sapphire. Not like Kate Middleton’s Sapphire because omg that bad boy is huge but something simple and sweet with a little glitz. Jared approved since Sapphire is a 9 on the Mohs hardness scale and the third hardest mineral after diamonds. Fun fact Sapphires are part of the corundum mineral grouping and the amount of iron, titanium, chromium, copper or magnesium found in sapphires are what determine its color. (The things you learn when you ask a future geologist a simple question) My friend Jeff Shaffer works at Helzberg in the Columbia Mall so I asked him to be on the lookout for a Blue Sapphire that we could use as an engagement ring. He NAILED it!
Jared is a closet romantic, he isn’t one for big grand gestures, but pays attention to the small things in life. With two munchkins running around the house it is hard to find time for yourself let alone each other. When we get spare time we enjoy being outside together, camping, hiking, we try to garden. Last year we even went on a 10 day full on camping adventure through Yellowstone. This past weekend we ended up KID FREE?!? So that never happens, and we took full advantage by going out with our friends Friday night. Naturally we slept in Saturday morning but then decided to go for a hike. We went to Rockbridge State Park,The Gans Creek Wild Area Trail System. We don’t do the full 8.5 miles just the Shooting Star Trail, but kudos to those that do! As we walked through the trail we laughed about his moss obsession, talked about school, the kids, we even just walked quietly next to each other. We came to an outlook point and climbed down, to enjoy the view. And seriously what a view.
Before we got back on the trail, he looked at me and said there was something he needed to do. Honestly I immediately started crying because I knew why he was down on one knee. I remember very little of what was actually said, but it was so perfect!!! I was so emotional I almost forgot all about the ring. My ring, the ring we searched forever for, he had to remind me to put it on. I did however stare at it for pretty much the remainder of the hike!
I’m not going to lie, I have a lot of our wedding already planned but trust me the excitement to continue the planning is strong. So I wanted to create series of blogs that focuses on each of the steps I take to plan my own personal wedding. Because I am approaching planning our wedding just like I would a client, you can literally plan your own wedding right along with me.
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