Love was most certainly in the air for Amélie, a then-flight attendant, and her husband to be, Evan, when they crossed paths at an airport. After countless long distance phone calls from around the world, the pair finally settled down together in New York, after a romantic Roman proposal. Here’s how the jetsetters’ story unfolded..
"It seems romantic but for us, flight delays and long hours waiting around in airport lounges was our everyday lives. We chatted for a while over coffee, we were very different people but I thought something was so special about him, he was so kind and I admired him so much (I still do!). We exchanged phone numbers and from that day onwards we spoke every single day from everywhere around the world. We met again for coffee in London a couple of weeks later and the rest is history."
About the Proposal
"Evan proposed in Rome a little under 2 years after we met. We went out for dinner in a small traditional restaurant and when we came back to our hotel, the room had been set up with flowers, chocolate and champagne. Believe it or not the penny didn’t drop straight away, I was just very excited about the chocolate! Finally, I realised he was on his knee… The ring was breathtaking, I was speechless!"
About the Engagement Ring
Amélie’s cushion cut engagement ring is something straight out of the movies. Inspired by her love for all-things 1920s, Evan created a custom design, setting a pavé halo around the centre diamond, embellished with milgrain detailing along the halo and diamond set shoulders.
"I always knew the kind of ring I wanted, it had never changed. We were watching “the Great Gatsby” which is my favourite movie of all time, at Chiswick House & Gardens and I told him that I loved Daisy’s ring, I guess he paid attention as that’s exactly what my ring is like. It is so classic and timeless."
About the Wedding Day
"The wedding date was set 10 months after we got engaged so I had to start planning straight away, it was probably one of the biggest projects I had ever undertaken and we did everything together. We got married in a Castle in Belgium, the ceremony was outside in the gardens and the reception was in the castle’s barn, it took months of preparation for the decor, lights and flower arrangements but it was exactly what I had always dreamed of, very classic…some might say old fashioned.
The dress was a vintage lace dress from the 1920s, I had it all refitted and altered, the head piece was also an original piece from the 1920s and the veil was beautiful but ripped just after I walked down the aisle! The problem of vintage I guess!
The best moments were by far being reunited with all our friends and family. We invited 150 guests and 148 made it. We had never been so grateful and happy to be surrounded by such extraordinary people."
About the Wedding Rings
For Amélie, it was important that her wedding ring sat flush alongside her engagement ring, and that the two rings perfectly complemented one another in design. Creating a custom engagement ring and wedding band set means you can ensure the pair sit snug as the perfect duo - after all, they’ll have been made for each other.
‘‘We went together to pick up the wedding rings, I think the whole process took less than 15 minutes! I knew that I wanted a band that matched the engagement ring. I wanted them to look like one piece as the diamond itself is so beautiful, I didn’t want it to be overshadowed. My husband wanted the simplest, most classic band there was. I don’t think we are complicated people.."
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