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I Said Yes!

IMG_6953Oh my goodness, someone (virtually) pinch me – I’m engaged! My dream man and my dream ring, I could not be any luckier. Here’s how it all went down…

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Zachariah and I were at a Great Gatsby party when we first met. It was instantaneous. One look and for both of us, we just knew. So on New Year’s Eve, Zachariah, my two best friends and I headed to downtown Minneapolis for a party that just also happened to be a Great Gatsby theme. I was sequin and sparkles head to toe, Zachariah was channeling Jay in a grey suit, complete with bow tie – motion picture perfect.

We were dancing the night away and galavanting around the immaculately decorated dinner club as the night approached midnight rapidly. We hear the music cut and the countdown from 10 begins. At this point my best friends are grinning like fools but that thought was fleeting, distracted by a momentous New Year’s kiss.

Immediately after, Zachariah had me sit down in a leather chair, grabbed my head and whispered a whole speech to me, including the line, “I can’t stand the thought of living another moment without you.” He opens up a little black box to reveal the prettiest ring I had ever seen, followed with asking, “will you marry me?”

I immediately teared up, covered my mouth with my right hand while holding my left hand out. I excitedly responded, “Yes! Yes! Yes! A million times – yes!” With tears collecting in his beautiful blue eyes, he slid the ring onto my finger. All the while my friends were screaming in excitement like true friends should. It was the single most perfect moment. Not because of the Gatsby-like grandeur, but because of him and our love. My Grandmother once simply stated, “you just know when you know,” and that is so so true.

Here is the breakdown on my rock:

It is a Diamonds By Lauren engagement ring (i.e. diamond art). It’s an 1.5 carat asscher cut diamond center stone set in platinum. The halo is rose gold with pink diamonds. It totals 183 diamonds in the ring – Zachariah chose the perfect ring.

It was inspired by Daisy’s from The Great Gatsby because of the momentous importance that book and movie has seemed to play in our relationship thus far. In the book, Daisy wears an emerald cut stone to represent the green light Jay see’s at the end of Daisy’s dock across the bay that fills him with hope. An asscher cut is a square emerald cut. Rose gold was popular during the Victorian era but didn’t resurge in popularity until you guessed it, the 1920s. This is when Cartier started using the metal in their designs. Zachariah was a Marine, so true to that nature, he wanted a halo on my ring to represent that he will always protect me (and if said halo happens to have pink diamonds, so be it).

Needless to say, everything in our relationship has been undeniably fated and symbolic, so my engagement ring and the proposal has been no different. I look forward to sharing engagement pictures and wedding plans!

A huge thank you to Diamonds by Lauren for designing me my dream ring. Also, Zachariah, if you are reading this, thank you for being my dream man.

In case you are wondering, this is what I wore on that perfect night:

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Shop the outfit here:

As always, thank you for reading.

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18 Responses

  1. Kylan

    It IS the perfect ring! You’re so lucky! It’s absolutely beautiful, stunning and everything in between! Congratulations!

    • Brenna

      Aw thank you! I know I’m so incredibly lucky about the man (and the ring).

      xo,
      Brenna

  2. Cara

    Congratulations Brenna! Such a beautiful love story!

    • Brenna

      Aw thank you so much, Cara!

      xo,
      Brenna

  3. BEAUTIFUL ring!! I love it. And what a beautiful and timeless story. That will be one to tell again and again. It’s so nice when they do it right. Oh, and those sparkly shoes are too cute!
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    • Brenna

      Aw, thank you so much! I LOVE my ring 🙂

      xo,
      Brenna

  4. Congratulations on your engagements! Your story was so sweet and romantic! Also, that ring is amazing. 🙂

    xx-Erika
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    • Brenna

      Aw thank you! I am a very lucky girl.

      xo,
      Brenna

  5. Congratulations!!! What a sweet story! I’m loving that polka top sweater. too 😉

    • Brenna

      Aw, thank you so much Amanda! I’m always a sucker for polka dots.

      xo,
      Brenna

  6. It’s beautiful, Brenna! Congratulations! And what a fabulous story. 🙂

    xx Lindsey

    • Brenna

      Aw, thank you so much, Lindsey! I can’t stop staring.

      xo,
      Brenna

  7. gorgeous!! congratulations a million times over! the ring is beautiful–i love an asscher cut! It is so crazy following a blog and seeing someone mature and grow and evolve and share these life-changing experiences (virtually). thanks for sharing with us, Brenna!

    • Brenna

      Thank you so much, Vanessa! I am so euphorically happy. And aw, that is so sweet.

      xo,
      Brenna

  8. Oh my gosh!!! The ring is beautiful, your story is beautiful, I love it, I love it all! Congratulations to you both, wishing you a LIFETIME of love & happiness!

    Best,
    Aida

    • Brenna

      Awww, thank you so much! I could not be any more thrilled. Thank you so much for your support.

      xo,
      Brenna

  9. Jules

    Congrats! the ring is beautiful, and I wish you two the best! I thought you were dating another guy though (A Matt maybe?) What happened with that, if you don’t mind me asking?

    • Brenna

      Thank you, Jules! The relationship is even more beautiful than the ring so I am a lucky girl. Out of respect for my fiance, I’m choosing not to answer that question.

      xo,
      Brenna