As our wedding day approached, Patrick and I began discussing what our wedding bands would look like. My Pinterest board was filled with perfectly manicured fingers decorated with statement diamonds and stacks of mixed bands, and I was hopeful I could convince Patrick to let me select two dainty bands. While I knew what direction I wanted to go in, Patrick had no idea. He had spent so much time working with Ascot Diamonds on my ring that he hadn’t given much thought to his own band.
Without overthinking where to find his band, Patrick and I headed to the mall. I cringe writing this, now knowing that we should have been at a jeweler, not the mall, but ya live and ya learn. We poked our head into various high-end jewelry shops inquiring about wedding bands and we were presented with diamonds, beveled bands, and cable insets. I watched hesitantly as Patrick interacted with the salesmen hoping that he wouldn’t chose anything gaudy or over-the-top; thankfully , he asked to try on something simpler and emphasized that it should feel light on his finger. We went home empty handed and feeling frustrated about the process. The following week, we booked an appointment with Ascot Diamonds to select my wedding band and Patrick was delighted to learn they had plenty of options for him as well.
When it comes to spending money especially a significant amount of money, my husband loves to know he is spending it wisely. In all seriousness if its not a vacation, restaurant, or a diamond, Patrick will probably find it at Nordstrom Rack. Being on the proposed to side of the relationship, the surprise element was very challenging for me. I not only like to be in control, but I also like to have decision-making power. When it comes to other big decisions we had made such as buying a house and planning our honeymoon, I was part of the process - and I assure you, I shared my opinions loud and clear. While I hadn’t yet stepped into Ascot Diamonds or been involved in the ring selection, Patrick’s enthusiasm about the buying process gave me confidence he had chosen somewhere I’d love.
Our experience was intimate, unhurried, and personal. There was no pressure, no price tag, and no sales vibe. Patrick and I enjoyed a tour of the office, seeing the gemcutters crafting rings behind the scenes, and meeting married couples working together at Ascot Diamonds. A business that has figured how to successfully employ more than one married couple must have something truly special going on.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored blog post and I was compensated by Ascot Diamonds. All thoughts and opinions are my own.