Christine + Jackson
When Jackson and I met in a bar in 2013, neither of us realized we had already posed for a photo together 15 months before! It turns out that we had both attended the same concert in December 2011, a few weeks after I had moved to Atlanta. Unbeknownst to us, we stood right next to each other at the concert and I would up photobombing several of my future husband’s photos that night!
By the time Jackson and I stumbled upon the pictures and we discovered this amazing coincidence, we were a year into our relationship and already knew we had found the one. However, the coincidence confirmed that we were destined to be together!
Jackson’s proposal in May 2014 was absolutely magical. He tricked me into hiking (not my favorite thing) into a nature preserve, and got down on one knee on a picturesque wooden bridge over a sandy creek. Once I said yes, the surprises had only just begun! He had inscribed a padlock to forever mark our proposal spot on the bridge. Then, there was a beautiful champagne picnic with flowers set up by the creek. Next, we went to a brunch where our Atlanta friends and family were all waiting to celebrate with us. Then, instead of taking us home, Jackson drove me to the airport for the ultimate surprise: a whirlwind trip back to NY, where I am from, to spend the weekend celebrating with my oldest friends and immediate family.
As you can probably tell from the elaborate proposal, Jackson is extremely thoughtful and detail-oriented. He’s an engineer, and I am an advertising creative, so my ring needed to be the perfect mix of elegantly structured details and beautiful artistry to satisfy us both. Nothing we came across in our extensive research was quite right. I’d had an idea for a ring in my head but while some came close, none felt like the right symbol of our forever commitment. Fortunately, our wedding planner recommended that we talk to Jamie and Katie at Brilliant about a custom ring. We are so glad that we did! Jamie was a dream to work with – so patient, kind, and talented. He understood exactly how to translate my vision and Jackson’s technical questions into the gorgeous ring I’d been dreaming about. He kept it fun and worked with us through several revisions, never asking for a dime until we were completely satisfied – which we are! We appreciated that he was totally respectful of our budget and that there were no surprises when it came to final cost. The best wedding vendors are the ones with whom you click and have immediate chemistry. That was definitely the case with Brilliant! Thank you Jamie and Katie for our gorgeous wedding rings!