As a wedding photographer, I’ve been anxiously waiting for when it would be ‘my turn’. I’ve photographed hundreds of different engagement rings – all of which are hard not to love! But I definitely wanted something unique that stood apart from all the others. I had a general idea of what I liked, but Caleb knew how important trying on rings was for me since it’s a once in a lifetime experience.
I wanted to see what looked best on my hand. Let’s be honest girls, we all want that “oOo-ahHhh” and “it makes my fingers look so skinny” factor, right? Straight away, my attention was drawn to the Ritani three-stone-halo ring, shining in all of its glory. The minute I tried it on at Brent L. Miller, I felt like a princess and couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face. It was unique and elegant. I’d never seen one like it and I knew it was the one. I still wanted a surprise when it came to which ring Caleb would choose, though, so I picked out two different rings and left it up to him to decide!
On December 19th, 2013 Caleb took me to Mt. Davis, which is the highest peak in Pennsylvania. Once he coaxed me up to the top of the tower, the view was breath taking. So I did what I do best – start photographing it! In between hugs and kisses, Caleb whispered, “I can’t wait to do this more with you”, I replied “me too! Everyday?” and he said, “Yeah, everyday…But before that…” and then there I was, starting to get that ‘ohmygod-is-this-happening’ feeling, as Caleb got down on one knee, tears in his eyes. He opened a box to my sparkly Ritani ring and asked me to marry him! I was so excited and surprised! About both the proposal and the ring!
I signed up for the biggest adventure I’ve ever taken in my entire life. I’m becoming a wife. A partner, the second half to the man of my dreams. When I look at my ring, it makes me excited inside to know that someone so amazing wanted to gift me something so beautiful. Our wedding date is set for September 14th, 2014 – about 2 months away! At the end of the day, past the photos and the vows, the one thing you have to look at every day of your life is your ring. It’s not just a pretty diamond (although that part isn’t so bad), it’s a forever symbol, it’s the selflessness it took for my fiancé to bless us with something so nice, the time he took to pick it out and the nerves he had to work through to propose. It’s the symbol of love, and commitment that it holds. Thinking about all that this ring exemplifies makes my heart skip a beat. I still have mornings when I wake up, see the ring on my finger and think “HOLY CHEESE BALLS! I’m engaged, I really get to keep this rock on my finger, I’m getting married, it’s real life!”
As a photographer, I count myself lucky being a part of so many weddings. Not only because I’ve been able to pick things I liked, know what works and what doesn’t, and basically had most of my wedding planned out before I was even engaged. I get to be a part of such a beautiful time in people’s lives. Being engaged has given me a whole new appreciation for engagements and weddings! I can understand exactly what emotions my clients are going through. It’s also affected my appreciation for the smallest detail, and the importance it might hold. I did not realize how much work really does go into planning a wedding, which makes my job documenting it all the more important! But most of all, going through this whole process has helped me understand how special each couple’s unique story truly is to them.
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