In this blog post we are sharing our wedding ring journey and why we commissioned bespoke wedding rings. David is also sharing more about my engagement ring, and why this inspired us to have bespoke wedding rings made. We hope you are enjoying our wedding planning and post-wedding blog posts.
You can find our latest wedding inspired blog post here, where we share an honest post about wedding costs, something that should be talked about more, but isn’t. To find out all about my wedding dress, click here. And you can catch up on our wedding planning journey for October, November, December, January and February. And yes, we planned the whole of our wedding in about 6 months. So if you are currently planning your wedding in a shorter time frame, we hope you find these blog posts to be helpful. You can view some of our wedding photos here. Plus I’ve shared a blog post which includes 5 wedding day tips when you’ve got Crohn’s Disease. If you’re interested in reading more, you can find the blog post here.
The Engagement Ring
The wedding ring journey actually started, as one might expect, with the engagement ring. I knew I wanted something that would be unique to Clementine. She won’t mind me telling you that she’s got tiny fingers. Look at what’s in the shops, and it’s all quite chunky. People still seem to want huge stones! I knew this just wouldn’t be right for Clementine. I have always admired Alice’s work, and it was with a little trepidation that I approached her to see if she might adapt one of her existing designs for an engagement ring. I say with some trepidation as if you’re commissioning a ring in this way, the process needs to start quite some way in advance of the proposal itself. Although she didn’t know it at the time, the engagement ring was commissioned in May 2021, and we got engaged in August 2021. I actually had the ring about a month before we got engaged.
Alice’s jewellery is all inspired by nature. It’s delicate, just like nature itself, and it seemed just perfect for Clementine. Of course, I had to hope she liked it (and said “yes”), so it was both a leap of faith and Faith. Perhaps one of the nicest things about commissioning an engagement ring in this way is that you can be part of the whole process: the design and the making. Alice put together some different ideas, using different stones and metals, all based on existing designs on her website. We settled on a birch leaf in white gold with a small diamond in the centre. Clementine and I both prefer silver, but conscious of the fact the ring needs to last, hopefully forever, white gold is more durable. Luckily, from a colour point of view, it’s hard to tell it apart from silver. I felt part of the whole process as Alice sent me photos and videos along the way. All this meant that I knew I had something to give to Clementine which was totally unique, not only to her, but to us too.
The Wedding Rings
When we were in the process of looking for and choosing our wedding rings, we decided to first go to a jewellers local to us. This was mainly to get our exact ring sizes, but to also take a look at what wedding rings were available, and to see what types of metals, shapes and sizes there were. We had already discussed with each other and decided that for our wedding rings, we both wanted to keep them simple and to have no stones. This was just our personal preference.
We were shown lots of different, beautiful rings, and we tried on a few to get an idea of how they looked on our fingers and how they felt, mainly to see if they were comfortable to wear. We both wanted rings that weren’t chunky, especially because I have quite small fingers, and as David plays and teaches the piano, it needed to be a ring that was comfortable to wear and wasn’t restricting the fingers when playing the piano and other instruments.
One thing that we had discussed was going back to Alice, who made my engagement ring, and asking her if she could make us bespoke wedding rings to match in with my engagement ring. I think as I was trying on the rings in the jewellers, it became more and more evident that I felt I wanted the uniqueness of my engagement ring to also be in our wedding rings, to have that consistency, and for us to have matching rings that were unique and meaningful to us. The rings in the jewellers were nice, but ultimately, they are predominantly machine-made and a bit lifeless. They just didn’t feel as though they were the rings for us.
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As David mentioned above, Alice was so wonderful to work with creating our bespoke rings, and it always felt as though we were part of the whole process. She was able to design a ring which fitted exactly alongside my engagement ring. We both had matching rings in the design of a birch twig, both delicate and just right for our individual needs. We really couldn’t have asked for a more perfect pairing.
When our wedding rings were finished, they came in a beautiful box placed next to each other. They are both everything we wanted our wedding rings to be and more. I really love that we were able to have matching rings, and also for mine to match my engagement ring and for it to have been made to fit around my engagement ring too.
Photos taken by Wallace & Wild.
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