Ohmygoodness! I'm so excited to finally share this news with you all. I have decided that along with some wedding prep vlogs and plans, I will also be recording it here on the blog. If there is something you would like me to cover specifically, please let me know in the comments, or feel free to DM me on Instagram.
I think the funniest thing is that this hasn't been a surprise to me at all. Scott and I have been planning (loosely) our wedding for about two years since the summer his sister got married. But it became very real back in the spring when Scott and I discussed a budget for the ring and he told me he had put money aside for it. I officially began my search.
I suppose I should start by sharing the ring process with you and then share my final ring! I will start by saying that over the last almost 10 years I have had a Pinterest board for "Future Wedding Ideas." My idea for the ideal ring has changed quite a bit over that time. I initially was looking at a three stone ring and really enjoyed one from People's that also had "Past. Present. Future." inscribed on the inside of the ring. I think another reason I moved away from that style is that it was one I was looking at when I thought that I was going to be marrying my boyfriend in university. Although...he did tell me that he was going to choose a ring without any input from me, including colour...he wanted yellow gold and I did not. Needless to say, I'm glad that never happened...
I think it was about 2 years ago, leading up to his sister's wedding that Scott gave me and the bestie the blessing to go and start trying rings on and search for the one. I had fallen in love with a pear shape diamond with halo as I felt that it helped to elongate my fingers. I do have quite small hands but find my fingers to be a bit shorter/wider. I feel like I have larger knuckles, but of course these are my own thoughts on my hands and many people disagree with me ahaha.
Anyways, the ring that started it all was the Merida ring from People's. I was never one fussed over the size of a diamond and despite this being a "smaller" diamond, I thought it fit my hand very well. What I didn't like was that it was mixed metal. I was dead set on white gold. I found that it was super difficult to find pear shaped halo rings online and with the lockdowns over the last year, I was having a hard time picturing the rings on me because I couldn't go anywhere. I also feel that the shops I was looking at only had a couple of styles for pear shaped and they were not really vibing with me.
Then after my poor brain was exploding, another thing I was considering was a moissanite ring, instead of a traditional diamond. If you are not aware, these gems are very comparable to a diamond and are a more affordable option. Now that doesn't mean they are a cheap knock off like cubic zirconia, but you get more stone for less price as compared to diamonds. They are almost as strong so I knew that as a teacher who is always using my hands, I didn't have to worry about it too much. We eventually moved away from that idea and I also decided to move away from the idea of a halo ring.
One of the best things that I could have done to help with my decision was to order rings from Modern Gents & Etsy. I will have a separate post about that process and outcome so I won't go into too much detail here. But it was nice to order an affordable piece of jewellery to "test run" the look that I was going for.
Anyways, skipping forward a bit, I actually found myself loving a solitaire diamond sans halo with some small diamonds along the shank. I went to the jeweller my best friend and her husband used for their engagement and wedding rings as he did such a great job for them. After looking at a few styles there I found what I am now totally obsessed with. I was (of course) a bit nervous about making the final decision about it, but Scott came back with me on my second trip there and told me that if I loved it, it would be mine. So we placed that order and initially when discussing some customization, we were told it could be 4-6 weeks, but in the end the engagement ring didn't need any changes (just the future wedding band), we were going to have it in a weeks time!
Then it became the waiting game for me. Scott picked up the ring a week later, I got a quick glimpse of it within our house and then it was stashed away in his office so I couldn't find it. That officially meant that I needed to have my nails done at all times and look cute in whatever outfit I was wearing LOL. Dramatic? Perhaps...but I knew that Scott was going to plan something so I had to keep my wits about me!
Flash forward maybe...two weeks or so...and I was ruminating about our wedding date and I actually called my principal (I'm a teacher for any new readers!) and despite it being the end of July, I asked if a particular date next September would be totally out of the question, given that I would be taking a Friday off. She chuckled and told me that they would manage and I said, "It's just some forward thinking...I'm not even engaged yet!" Well...those seemed to be magic words because about 6 hrs later I was!
Scott and I had a wonderful Wednesday morning up at the cottage as we were intent on visiting the Gravenhurst Farmers Market, we got these delicious crepes (I believe it was "The Crepe Sisters"), picked up some blueberries for his mum and just walked around. We had discussed canoeing to the island the next day for a picnic but then discovered the weather was going to take a turn so we poured some drinks into Yeti tumblers, made and packed some sandwiches and loaded up the canoe. Little did I know that Scott would propose while we were basking in the sun! He pulled a mini Moet bottle out of a wrapped up towel & whipped out some wine glasses (plastic - don't panic) for us to enjoy. I genuinely don't recall the moment he asked - I know he was sitting very casually and I obviously said yes, but it is a blur! You can see more in this vlog here!
I definitely could NOT stop smiling - my face hurt! We were able to share the news with his mum and dad the same day as well as some of his aunts and grandfather. We popped more bubbly with his mum and his aunt apologized for no bubbly but opened a bottle of wine in celebration! His sisters found out over the course of that weekend, and I had made little cards (because I'm a an absolute SAP) that said, "Now I've found my mister...will you be my sister?" Yes...I did that... We had to adjust to saying fiancé and his middle sister was the first to use it in a public setting! We'd gone to a brewery and she ran into someone she knew and she'd introduced us and 'her brother and his fiancée' and I gasped and said that I hadn't heard it out loud yet ahaha. (Scott and I also like to make up words - so we'd been calling each other fian-set prior to that).
So despite this happening nearly 3 months ago now, I'm still on cloud nine and THRILLED to say that I am going to be marrying him in just over 320 days! I have several more updates to share with you but will save them for other posts. Thinking of doing all my wedding content on Wednesdays, when I have things to share! So definitely make sure you're following my Insta for updates (I have a whole highlight dedicated to anything wedding!) and check back here!