We are so so excited to share these photos of Nick & Allison's wedding! We were lucky enough to meet this amazing couple and design both their engagement ring and rose gold wedding bands. Even more special - they were married down the road from our Islington Shop at the Town Hall and ventured down on their wedding day to get these amazing shots outside the shop. We caught up with Nick about their story...
- How did you both meet?
We met in London, on the very first day of a Master's programme we had just started, in September 2013. We had just officially registered at the LSE for the course, and then a group of us met at a cafe on campus. I am usually quite shy, but was trying to be sociable, and Allison was I think the second person I went over to speak with - and we hit it off from there, talking about London, beer and places we'd both lived at the same time unbeknown to one another. Allison had just left Washington DC, where she'd been for 6 years - and while she was there my parents were also living there, and I stayed there for half a year or so, literally just 5 minutes down the road from where she was, but we never met. We also both lived in the same area of Paris at different times, and used to go to the same supermarket - but missed each other by a couple of years that time! After that, we hung out a lot among a group of new friends we made on the course, and started spending more time together (often due to our friends setting up situations for us to be alone), before finally getting together properly in mid-November.
- Tell us a little something about the proposal...
We had been talking about maybe getting engaged for a while, but I wanted it to be a surprise so I arranged for a couple of Allison's best friends to set up drinks on a Friday evening in February (the 10th 2017, to be exact). When she showed up for the drinks, I was there instead, and we went across town to the Wolsey restaurant for a fancy dinner, a special place for us as we had celebrated our anniversary there the year before, and it is a favourite spot for meals for special birthdays, etc for my family.
After dinner, we went across town to the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, where I had got us a room with a balcony/terrace overlooking the spot on Shoreditch High Street where we had our first kiss. I put Allison in the room with the blind down, while I went onto the terrace to try to light a load of candles before proposing. However, it was snowing and a bit windy that night, so the candles immediately went out as soon as I lit them. After spending five minutes trying to do that, I gave up, and went to bring Allison outside. I proposed on the the terrace, in the lightly falling snow, and didn't even get the chance to put the engagement ring on her finger, as she snatched it up out of the ring box right after saying yes!
- What inspired the design for your ring?
I had spent a while thinking about possible ring designs, and had some ideas in mind and had been visiting jewellery stores/ring designers, including Maya Magal on Upper Street. But then, while having a hypothetical discussion about getting engaged/married in the future, we started talking about rings and about what sort of ring she might want. She was sure she wanted something in Rose Gold, and that she wanted something classic-styled, and a single stone. Armed with that, I had a look at some more ideas online, and came in to Maya Magal to discuss ideas with Maya and Ella.
- How was your experience designing your ring together with the Maya Magal team?
The experience of designing a ring with Maya and the team was really easy, and supportive. I knew nothing about rings when I came in, and everyone was very helpful in talking about options for the stone, for the setting, shank and shoulder design options, for the metal choice and for diamond options. We worked initially from a modern engagement ring design from an example Maya had in a cabinet, but customised it to make it something unique and special to us, and chose a really great 5.6mm salt-and-pepper diamond from a selection in the store. I ultimately asked to go ahead with the design in early January (the 5th) and the team turned around the ring in time to propose by mid-February. I was worried the ring might not fit, but I brought in a ring Allison already had and wore a lot (on the ring finger of her right hand) to get the sizing right, and it was perfect in the end!