Wedding Wednesday

Wedding Wednesday: The Ring

1. how it all began: how you met, first date, first kiss, how long did you date? first picture together…..etc.
2. when you knew he was the one: self explanatory.. but how and when did you know?
3. proposal: how it happened, how long were you engaged for? was it a total surprise? pictures of that… etc.

4. the ring: tell us about it! did you pick it out? did he? pictures! tell us about his ring too!

5. engagement/bridal pictures: let’s see em!
6. the colors: show some of the flower and colors you used
7. the dress: was it what you always imagined? did you have it made for you? white or ivory?
8. the little accessories: you know, veil? shoes? jewelry? what did your bridesmaids wear?
9. the reception: where was it at? show us some pictures! what day did you get married?
10. the cake/food: i love food. so tell me about what you had at your wedding!
11. your song and/or the first song you danced to at your wedding: share a music video or lyrics if you can!
12. favorite part of the day and least favorite part of the day: can be anything.
13. honeymoon: where did you go? was it good? 😉 haha…jk.
14. thoughts on marriage: what is the easiest/hardest part? if you could change anything, what would it be?
15. first place that you lived together: pics if you have them!
16. kids: do you have any yet? if not, when do you plan on it? how many do you want? any tips on good/bad birth control?
17. most recent picture of you and your significant other and what you love most about them 🙂 and any other thoughts.

Unlike most girls, I never dreamed about my wedding ring when I was younger.
I never went into jewelry stores with my friends to ooh and aah over diamonds.
I didn’t even really ever take the time to look over the jewelry advertisments that came in the mail.
So I found it funny that when I knew deep down that Matt was the one, I dragged him into a ring store on the spur of the moment to pick out one that I liked. It was just so not me.
I did know three things, however:
(1) I did not want a ring that stuck out at all. I’ve never been a fan of wearing any rings period, and the thought of having a ring that could potentially snag my eye out was just more than I could handle.
(2) I did not want my ring to cost a lot, and I did not want a big diamond.
(3) I liked how my Mom’s wedding kind of had a swirly design–smaller diamonds in a curved band.
That was it. But it was enough.
So I randomly dragged Matt into Kay Jewelers one night as we happend to be walking through a mall. The seller looked eager as we stepped in. A little too eager. I was immediately embarrassed by his questions, esp. as we hadn’t even set a date or even formally decided to get married. That’s how spur-of-the-moment it was.
The overeager salesman (we’ll call him Jake) seemed intent on making me fall in love with the biggest rock in the store. He had no idea who he was dealing with. Matt stood off in the background, trying not to laugh, as I explained over and over again, “I don’t want a big diamond. I don’t want anything that sticks out. I’ve never wanted an expensive engagement ring.”
I think my ring was the second one I tried on. After that, I had eyes for nothing else. After trying valiantly to keep in his frustration at my lack of girly desire for expensive  jewelry, Jake gave up and had me keep returning my favorite ring to my finger so that I could get used to seeing it on (or at least that’s what I supposed). He hinted to Matt that there would be a sale in two weeks, but I figured there was no way Matt would have the guts to buy the ring so soon, esp. when we hadn’t decided anything.
I was wrong.
Matt bought the ring on sale (smart man!) and kept it hidden for two months until he proposed. I absolutely adore my ring–it’s everything I ever wanted, and I still find myself studying it sometimes, watching it sparkle. I love putting it on every morning and knowing that it’s a constant reminder of the fact that I can be with the man that I love forever.
Matt was decidedly more picky with his ring.
With me, we only had to go and look in the one store, for maybe twenty minutes (it would have been only five, if Jake had been a little less persistent and thinking a little less about his commission). With Matt, we went in store after store, and we couldn’t seem to find a band that fit what he wanted: simple, silver, a certain thickness, and, of course, within my price range. We found a few that were “all right” by Matt’s standards, but I wanted him to really like his ring. We decided to go back into Kay Jewelers to see if we couldn’t use the deal on men’s bands they’d given to Matt when he bought mine.
Finally, after weeks of searching, Matt found the one he liked. Tungsten, medium-width, comfort fit, and at just the right price. And, as a bonus, we used the wedding band deal to get some cuff links thrown in too. Matt wanted to wear his wedding band right away (so all the girls in his classes would stop trying to hit on him), but he managed to hold off until we were pronounced husband and wife.
I still love looking down at our intertwined hands, seeing the rings that remind us of our love.
(And I love looking at this picture that was taken at our wedding reception by Valor Photography!)(check out her site here).
Above photo by Valor Photography

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