No, this post isn't about music.
In just a few months, Brian and I will be celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary, and we are trying to figure out what we want to do. I would really like to go back to Costa Rica where we honeymooned, but that most likely won't be in our budget. I think we have decided to take a cruise, since we had so much fun on our last one. Fine by me!
All of this talk about our anniversary has made me reminisce about our engagement and wedding planning. In fact, it was about this time five years ago when we got engaged. Now, I don't have one of those fairy tale engagement stories to tell you about, but our engagement got us to where we are today, and I wouldn't change anything about it. We had been together for seven years and basically just decided one night to take that next step. Even though there was no get-down-on-one-knee proposal, my soon-to-be husband still wanted to pick out that perfect ring for me, and I was happy to let him have that task all to himself.
Being the non-conformist that he is, Brian didn't go with a traditional ring made from gold or platinum. My ring is made from palladium. Palladium is a member of the platinum family that is durable and bright like platinum, but less expensive. I can't tell the difference between the two, and I have had jewelers even call it platinum at first glance. I'll be honest, though, and tell you that my eyes barely moved past the beautiful F-colored diamond to really notice the setting.
He did a great job, didn't he? I absolutely love my ring!
Brian also wanted something a little less-traditional for his ring. He didn't want to spend a lot on a band for himself, so after researching the different types of alternative metals, he decided to go with one of the tungsten rings. Tungsten is as strong as steel, and resists corrosion, tarnish and discoloration. He browsed various tungsten wedding bands online, and ultimately decided to go with this one...
We did also consider black tungsten rings, but decided to go for a color more similar to my rings.
Once the ring selection was complete, the wedding planning began. We didn't have a long engagement (heck, it had already been seven years!!!), but the planning sure was fun. The actual wedding was even more fun! I reminisce about our wedding day often, and it all comes back to our alternative metals...the never ending circles that represent our never ending love for one another.
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