I can't remember a time where I haven't been obsessed with jewels. I love everything about them. Diamonds, gems, pearls, and luxurious gold and silver. Their sparkle, brilliance, and rich colors have me hook, line, and sinker. For me, jewelry is in my blood. My grandparents each had their own jewelry store in Nebraska and my uncle still has an amazing store in San Francisco (Union Street Goldsmith). I was probably one of the only little girls who grew-up playing 'jewelry store' with brass rings and pretend invoices almost as much as playing with Barbies. It was pretty obvious from the beginning that jewelry and sparkle would be a big part of our wedding.
At 27 years old, I'm lucky to have my dream job. I work at Wixon Jewelers and get to spend every day playing with biggest and best diamonds and gems in the state! Over the years. I have heard countless love stores, and have been able to share in so many special experiences. Obviously, I have also spent years dreaming about my own engagement ring and wedding. Nate surprised me with my center diamond, and let me choose my own setting. Smart man. When it came time to picking out my wedding band, he was equally supportive about my creative vision . . . just perhaps a bit more reserved on the diamonds. I guess that's what happens when you hit such a big home-run the first time. ;)
I think one of the most important pieces of advice when choosing an engagement ring and wedding band is to always always go for quality. For us, it was saving a bit more to be able to afford platinum instead of white gold. The jewels really do play an important part in a marriage. They are the additional constant reminder day in and day out of the one you love. There are so many pieces that I have seen out there that just fall apart, lose diamonds, and have no sparkle from the beginning. At Wixon's, we are so picky about the quality that we carry. It's a quality, design, and style that lasts forever. Just like a good marriage.
In addition to the wedding band, there is also the wedding day jewelry. Nate thought he was finished after shopping for the engagement ring. Then came the wedding band. Then the wedding earrings. I won't go into too many details, since I want to save them for the big day. However, let's just say I know I am SO lucky to have such a wonderful man that understands my obsession. They were custom-made by a goldsmith at Wixon's, and in the end combined a little bit of something old, something new, and something borrowed. Now on to something blue . . .
My final BIG jewel is my brooch bouquet. (I promise to post a photo after the wedding day!) One of my absolute highlights of our upcoming wedding. It has taken months and months to create, and is truly so beyond special. Both of my grandmothers were big into jewelry too. With a little additional help from Nate's mom and my own, we were able to come up with enough pieces to make something incredibly memorable. My grandma was so sassy, fabulous, and over-the-top, I feel lucky to even be just a bit like her. I think the hardest part about planning my wedding is not having her around to play a part. Most of the pieces on the bouquet are hers, and I know she would be so pleased to see our love of sparkle so perfectly represented.