Michelle + Aaron
He picked the Ring
I had an interesting and memorable experience picking out Michelle's ring. Jamie came highly recommended by a friend who had worked with him to redesign a family ring for his fiancée.
I was undecided whether to use a family ring or go with something new. After we met, Jamie drew up several beautiful designs for reworking the family ring. When I ultimately decided to move forward with a new ring and stone, I was already well into the process of studying for the Georgia Bar Exam. To help me save time, Jamie met me multiple times near my apartment, which made the entire experience unbelievably less stressful and more feasible.
With little more than a picture and a few words describing Michelle's style, Jamie selected several gorgeous rings for me to view, which we did in my car, in the parking lot of a local kosher restaurant. It was certainly a unique experience for me, and likely for Jamie also. After selecting the ring, Jamie met me one week later for coffee to select the right stone. What could have been a stressful experience ended up a simple and enjoyable one because of Jamie's candor, professional expertise, and cheerful demeanor. I knew I could trust Jamie to show me beautiful rings and stones that fit my criteria and that Michelle would love; it was wonderful to know we shared the same priority: making Michelle as happy as possible with her ring!
She said yes!
It was time to plan a proposal and post-proposal party. With the help of Michelle's close friends, I got a list of invitees, and we planned a surprise get-together at her friend's apartment in Manhattan. I decided to propose on Sunday, August 4th, right after arriving in New York. I met Michelle at her apartment. We got take-out burgers and went to the park for an impromptu picnic.
On my first trip to visit Michelle in New York, it began snowing, and I begged her to take a walk through Central Park with me. As a southern boy, snow holds a special excitement for me, so we eventually sat down on a cluster of rocks by the lake and watched it snow for hours, getting to know each other and enjoying the serenity of the park. We returned to those same rocks and ate our lunch, enjoying the view and the beautiful summer day.