Hive, in the weeks leading up to our wedding we were getting so many wedding-related packages in the mail that I didn’t have a chance to share my news with you about two special deliveries:
1) My wedding band! I don’t think I ever provided you with the back-story on my engagement ring either, so here’s my story in a nutshell. Last fall, Mr. Wallaby and I had been talking about getting married, and on a rainy Sunday afternoon he decided that it was time to go ring shopping. Cue to a popular jewelry store at the Houston Galleria, where I nervously tried on rings galore. I had never paid any attention to engagement rings. None. I didn’t know there was a difference between princess and cushion cut. And I definitely didn’t know that a lot of rings these days have halos of diamonds around the center stone. But once I had tried on several rings, I decided that I looooove round diamonds, with halos and with pave diamonds around the band. I left the rest up to Mr. W, and several months later he proposed…with a beautiful round-cut diamond ring prettier than any I had imagined.
My ring, the day Mr. W proposed. Personal photo.
It’s actually a synthetic diamond. Mr. W and I were very affected by the movie Blood Diamond, and we also aren’t okay with environmental degradation that comes from mining for gems, so we decided we would either go with a recycled diamond from someone else, or a synthetic diamond. Remember how Mr. W is an engineer? He fell hard for the concept of lab-made diamonds, so lab-made diamond it is!
The company Mr. W bought my ring from sells a matching wedding band, but it wasn’t quite right. I have always been crushin’ on eternity bands with diamonds all the way around, and the matching band for this ring only had pave diamonds about a third of the way around. (Sheesh, first world problems, right?!!) So Mr. W and I went back to the drawing board and did some research, and we found a beautiful, super-thin eternity wedding band from Brilliant Earth that we both loved. We ordered the ring, and waited and waited…and it finally arrived!
My pretty little wedding band!! Personal photo.
I am really, really excited about this ring. I didn’t know that rings could get me so excited! It looks so beautiful on its own, I can imagine sometimes leaving the engagement ring and home and rocking the simple, beautiful eternity band.
2) Remember how I told you guys that I wanted to scatter rose petals down the aisle? I ordered some freeze-dried multi-colored rose petals from Flyboy Naturals, a family-owned company in Oregon that produces bulk rose petals with eco-friendly agricultural practices.
My shipment of bulk rose petals. Personal photo.
Beautiful multi-colored freeze-dried rose petals. Personal photo.
After the rose petals arrived, I stowed them away in the depths of my closet to guard them against sunlight and moisture, which can cause freeze-dried petals to go bad. I really appreciated the ease of ordering freeze-dried petals – they were cheaper than ordering through a florist, and they were preserved so I didn’t have to worry about ordering them the week of the wedding. Every once in awhile I would open one of the bags and sniff them just to make sure they still smelled lovely.
Have you found yourself checking the front doorstep for packages more often than usual during wedding planning? Did you trust the postal service with shipping your wedding band?