The Story Behind the Ring

April 24, 2013
Every engagement ring tells a story.  What does yours say?

I feel like most girls dream of their perfect engagement rings.  Many girls know the exact cut, style, and karats they want their ring to have.  Many girls want rings that their boyfriends have to save and save or even take out a loan for.

While I’m not at all saying that attitude is wrong, that’s just not me at all.  I’m a simple, frugal girl who’s not high maintenance.  (Stop laughing about that, Nate.  Maybe there are times I’m high maintenance)

As you can read in our LOVE STORY (seriously, go read it!  I’m quite the fan of it), Nate and I knew that we’d more than likely be getting married right from the start of our relationship.  The October of when we were dating, I went to go get sized for a ring.  I was nowhere near being ready to be engaged yet, but I figured that I didn’t want to know when Nate was going to propose so I may as well tell him my ring size at that point.  Otherwise, he’d have to tell me to go get sized and I’d know that it would be soon.

At that point, the only criteria I gave Nate in picking out a ring for me was that I wanted white gold and for it to be under $500.  (See, I told you I wasn’t high maintenance)  Everything else I wanted to leave up to him.

One night, probably in November, Nate and I were hanging out with some friend of ours and I saw her ring – a ring with three diamonds, the one in the center being larger than the other two.  I told Nate I really liked it and then didn’t really think anything else of it.

Come December or January, we were seriously talking about marriage.  I realized that I REALLY wanted a ring like our friends’.  The problem is, I can be super stubborn and, since I had told Nate I wanted him to pick it out, I didn’t tell him that’s what I wanted.  I tried really hard to put that desire out of my mind because I didn’t want to be disappointed by the ring he bought for me, especially since it was the ring I was going to have the rest of my life.  (Yes, I know how dumb it was to not tell him what kind of ring I wanted)

Well, February rolled around and Nate came into Spokane with a surprise proposal (seriously friends, go read our love story, it rocks!)  He proposes, pulls out the ring, and I ignore it.  Seriously, I just got engaged!  I didn’t have time to look at a silly ring!  Heehee.

When I finally did look at it, I almost started crying!  It was the perfect ring – exactly what I wanted!

Yes, he had gotten the exact ring I had been wanting.  He later told me that here was some sort of gleam in my eyes when I was telling him how much I liked our friend’s ring that night and he knew that was the ring I wanted – even before I knew it!

Yes, I married the perfect guy for me!

(Oh, and, in case you were wondering, the ring cost $499.  He even stuck with the budget I set for him!)

Your Turn:
Do you have an awesome story that goes along with your ring?
How did you get engaged?

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  • Katrin

    April 24, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Love the ring! 🙂 And now I'll go and read your love story!

  • Nadiya

    April 24, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    That's a lovely ring! As strange as it might sound I've never thought of my wedding or of the ring I'd want to wear or anything of that matter. Now that I do think about it, I'd want something very simple no diamonds no expensive stones that people had to die for to obtain.

    I think that having the guy buy me a ring would be a true test of how well he knows me. If it's got a diamond on it I'll him to return it because it will only make me feel of the people who died to get that diamond.

  • tiarenie

    April 24, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Way to go, Nate! I'm off to read your love story now 🙂

  • Always Maylee

    April 24, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I love this story and yay for Nate! Seriously, a man who can pick out the ring that is perfect for you, is a keeper. That just means he knows you so well to know what you would love. 🙂

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  • Rach @ This Italian Family

    April 24, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Aww, so sweet! Love how he picked out the perfect ring for you! I definitely helped pick out my own ring, haha! I am SO picky about jewelry and change my mind about what I want all the time. So Christopher proposed with a plastic ring in my favorite colors (I still wear it sometimes!) and that weekend we went to pick out my real ring. I figured that this is the ring I'll wear the rest of my life and he gets to pick his wedding band… why shouldn't I get to pick mine? Thankfully he felt the same way so there were no hurt feelings. 🙂 What's funny, though, is that what I THOUGHT I wanted wasn't what I ended up with at all. And Christopher actually ended up picking out the ring we got. So all in all, he probably would've picked it out just fine on his own, haha!

  • Rachael SparkFire

    April 24, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    What a cute story! 🙂 I loved reading it! Rings are so hard…Just because you will wear them the rest of your life! I have been eyeing up a ring that is rather expensive, with the ONLY justification I have for it being that I don't want to be tempted to upgrade it later because it then won't be the same ring I was proposed to with. I never used to care about rings until we seriously started talking about marriage and I realized I maybe should care just a little bit ahah 🙂

  • Diana

    April 24, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    The ring is really beautiful! And the photo is sooo cute! 🙂

  • P!nky

    April 24, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Awww your ring is so beautiful, so glad he was able to get what you wanted :)!

    Love the picture too!

  • Kelly Lamborn

    April 24, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Thanks for linking up! I love you ring. I just read through your love story too, how sweet! I can't believe you live in Portland!! I only live 4 hours away from you!!

    Thanks for linking up!


  • Brooke

    April 24, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Your ring is gorgeous! I love classic, elegant rings and yours is definitely both of those. Thanks for sharing your story with us! I love that photo, too. You both look totally triumphant that you get to have each other. Love it!

  • Jen

    April 24, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Such a sweet story, I absolutely love your ring. 🙂

  • Stephanie @ Life, Unexpectedly

    April 24, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    That's awesome! Your ring is beautiful! It was similar with us, even though I didn't give him a price limit. I was actually with him when he picked the ring; he had it custom-made for me and needed me to translate for him at the jewelers (he had proposed spontaneously, so he didn't have the ring yet). I love it and wouldn't trade it in for anything!

  • Sam M

    April 24, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    What a cute story! Your ring is pretty. I love when guys do good and pick out the exact thing we wanted.

  • Mojo Giorno

    April 24, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    your ring photo is like the power of ring 🙂 yes..marriage got the power 🙂 as a married person.. lovely rolling to your story

  • Rachel

    April 24, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Wow, he really knew when to listen!! That's too cool that he picked out the ring you wanted. I'm such a golddigger–I no longer have my original engagement ring because we traded it in for one I liked better. 😛

  • Becky Dougherty

    April 24, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Incredible! 🙂 I've always felt the same way. I never wanted my ring to cost so much that Scott needed a loan or to save forever. I just wanted something simple. That's what I got. 🙂

  • Julia {J- Ziggy}

    April 24, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    your ring is beautiful!

  • Ginny

    April 24, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    I love this! So perfect! My husband proposed on his birthday, which I thought was super sweet 🙂

  • Angela

    April 25, 2013 at 1:02 am

    Great story!! 🙂 I love this, I will probably have to go link up.

  • Faith

    April 25, 2013 at 1:40 am

    What a great story behind your ring! It's beautiful!

  • M

    April 25, 2013 at 3:14 am

    Aww, this made me a wee bit sniffly. What a great story!!!

  • Whitney Cypert

    April 25, 2013 at 5:07 am

    I love the story behind your ring! What a sweet hubby to pay so much attention to that "gleam" in your eye and get you your perfect ring! It's beautiful!

  • Cheltee T.

    April 25, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    I enjoyed reading your love story & your ring is beautiful! I am also a simple girl & had no clue what cut or anything I wanted.

    Thanks for linking up with us, we hope you join us again next month.

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  • Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird

    April 25, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Aw what a sweet story!

  • Danavee

    April 26, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Awwwwwww! He is a good guy! Great listener too!!!!!!!!!

  • Veronica Lee Burns

    April 26, 2013 at 3:46 am

    so sweet and perfect!!!

  • Courtney B

    April 26, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    I LOVE this story!! And your ring is SO perfect. What makes it so perfect is that your hubs totally nailed it before you even realized it's what you wanted 🙂 So sweet!

  • Gaby

    April 27, 2013 at 10:17 am

    it's gorgeous 🙂 my husband and i were never properly engaged so i missed out on the engagement ring thing, but i love my simple wedding ring so that's all that matters.

  • Kayla

    June 4, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Such a CUTE story. Before my hubby and I got engaged all I told him was I didn't want anything expensive (didn't get my wish) because i work in a hardware store. I also wanted a non traditional ring, basically not a single solitaire diamond lol. I ended up with Aquamarine (center stone) with two diamonds on either side. He also followed my wish of wanting my rings to match(
    engagement and wedding) so my wedding band is made up of aquamarines.

  • That Time Nate Didn't Propose – Simple Moments Stick

    October 15, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    […] On my 22nd birthday Nate didn’t propose.  Every birthday that passes reminds me of that. Nate and I had been dating for about five months on that fateful day.  My favorite guy planned an awesome day that started with a scavenger hunt.  As the hunt began I realized we were going to all the special places in our relationship.  We went to our favorite spot overlooking the city.  We went walking in the leaves in our favorite neighborhood.  We grabbed coffee at the coffee shop Nate had initiated our first DTR.  Each stop included Nate telling me things he loved about me and our relationship.  At each stop I got more and more scared… See, I didn’t want Nate to propose!  I wasn’t ready for it at all!  I stopped being able to enjoy my birthday since I was so nervous about how to deal with a proposal I wasn’t ready for and a boyfriend who obviously didn’t know that our relationship wasn’t to that point yet. Finally we stopped at a great restaurant as a conclusion to the scavenger hunt.  Before going in I had to have a heart to heart with my love.  I timidly but firmly told him under no uncertain terms that I was NOT ready to get engaged.  I told him that things were going super well in our relationship and I was very happy with everything but we were not at that point yet. Nate chortled and told me that he was NOT proposing.  He realized that it totally could look like he was but he assured me that the scavenger hunt was nothing more than a scavenger hunt. Looking back I always laugh about the whole situation.  It’s so funny to me that I panicked and pulled back because I thought something was coming that actually was not.  It’s funny that Nate didn’t realize what his romantic gesture could look like. The thing that makes me smile about the crazy day is that communication was already in place.  I have always struggled with trust issues and had always felt as though there was no way I could ever fully trust a guy I was in a relationship with.  If I hadn’t trusted Nate I never would have been confident enough to tell him that I was not ready for him to propose. It was just a few weeks later at Thanksgiving that I realized that he WAS the guy I was going to marry…  and I still had to wait until February to for reals get the ring. […]

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