Congratulations are in order for another very happy T&H Couple, Erin & Courtney! These two were engaged with our classic, Mid-Century ring Pine Ridge. Erin wrote us the sweetest summary of their love story, so we're going to let her take it from here!
Court and I met in 2011, and we knew within the first few months that we were meant to be. But it wasn’t until several years later, while enjoying happy hour during an amazing vacation in Maui, that we first really talked about marriage. After returning home, we decided that we each wanted to pick out our own engagement rings, that we both wanted something a little different and unique, and that we’d rather avoid buying new diamonds. I came across the Pine Ridge ring early in my search and immediately knew that its clean lines and classic retro style—as well as its name!—were perfect for me. It was a little out of our price range, though, so I kept looking elsewhere (but I couldn’t help coming back to peek at Pine Ridge every once in a while). One day, to my surprise, the ring was on sale, so I immediately got in touch with Tom and snapped it up. When it arrived it was everything I hoped it would be, and more!
But that’s not the end of the story…Court and I really wanted all the romance and surprise of a proposal, so when I returned the ring to T&H to have it resized Court took charge from there, with Tom helping her keep it a secret when the ring was shipped back. And Tom, Court, and I also got to share our mutual joy and congratulations that now we can all be legally married anywhere in the country. Meanwhile, Court found her own engagement band, and without me knowing, started planning her proposal. A few months later, just a couple days before our 5-year anniversary, I came home from work on a random Thursday evening in the middle of a snowstorm, and opened the door to find that the entire house had been transformed into Maui happy hour! There was patio furniture in the dining room, fairy lights everywhere, a soundtrack of ocean waves and Hawaiian music, Court and our dog were both wearing Hawaiian shirts, and Court offered me a fresh flower lei that had been shipped from Hawaii. The surprises kept coming: Court had also made all of our favorite Hawaiian foods and drinks, covered the window with a giant poster of a Maui sunset, and had a whole assortment of Maui treats and souvenirs, all of which she had been ordering from Hawaii and sneaking into the house for weeks! I had no idea that she was doing any of this! Eventually, after I had a mai tai and recovered a little from my initial shock, Court said, “Well, you probably know why I’ve brought you to Maui…,” got down on one knee and asked me to marry her, pulling Pine Ridge out of her Hawaiian shirt pocket. Of course, I said yes, and then Court handed me her own engagement ring so I could propose right back. Luckily, she also said yes.
We’re planning on a fall 2017 wedding in upstate New York, and we are so delighted that T&H and Tom were part of our engagement experience. And we can’t wait to return to Maui!
We are so happy for you two! May you never lose the magical spark that can turn a snowy afternoon into paradise! ♥
Photos by Rachel Philipson