I had the dumb luck to run into an old friend of mine on the street a few weekends ago. Pat is an incredible spirit, always looking on the bright side of things and a joy to be around. We worked together at a jewelry company years ago and were both so happy to see one another and catch up on each other's lives. So there was lots of hugging and jumping up and down when I saw Pat.
As it turns out, he's getting married! And he asked me to make their wedding bands, right there on the street. Sweet! He's been together with his partner for 25 years and they are making a documentary about their journey together and what has led them to finally get married after all this time.
I love being a small part of people's journey and creating a set of wedding bands is one of my favorite things to do as a jeweler. I feel lucky whenever I get to work with a couple taking such a big step together, it's amazing to make such an important and symbolic piece of jewelry.
Once we set up the appointment, Pat told me that his camera guy was going to film our meeting. yikes. I am not a fan of seeing myself on film (not that it happens often. okay never.) it just kinda freaks me out. But I was determined not to let that get in the way of helping two people find the perfect rings for their union. It's not about me anyway, it's about them. And they are adorable.
Here I am, all dolled up for the meeting...
I'm wearing a silk dress (with pockets!), my faux diamond studs and my pyramid necklace. Oh and MAKEUP. And I wore a ponytail since I couldn't figure out what to do with my hair, which looks like this on a GOOD day...
And I used hair-straightening shampoo but it's just as frizzy. Just let me be angry about it.
Well the meeting went just fine, we laughed, we reminisced and we talked about their wedding. They are having a beautiful ceremony in a redwood grove in California, surrounded by friends and loved ones. I suggested my bark texture rings in bronze. And their faces lit up, in that way they do when you know something fits just right.
A bit more about the couple. Directly from them: "Pat and Stephen are getting married in every state that currently allows same-sex marriage: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, and New Hampshire. They are also getting married in California, where the legal status of same-sex marriage is still unresolved. Their final wedding will be in Washington, DC on their 25th anniversary. "
I'm so honored to be contributing in a small way, to make such meaningful rings for people who truly define love and commitment. Pat and Stephen, you are an inspiration.