A Surprise Wedding Proposal and a Titanium Wedding Ring
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A Surprise Wedding Proposal and a Titanium Wedding Ring

Wedding proposals are always exciting and quite an endearing event when you get a chance to recount it among a circle of family and friends. Love is in the air at M&R headquarters, especially when it came time for a very special ring consultation with Erin and David.  But there are times when the romance is worth blogging about, as in the case for a darling couple, Erin and David.  And those are our favorite times of all.  First there were the clandestine emails from David to arrange champagne, to have their favorite song ready at the touch of a button and thoughts on wedding ring design for Erin.  And while we waited for the big day to come when he would fly up to Boston with his girlfriend for what she thought would just be a fun day of shopping and running around, he began the design and creation of her diamond engagement ring.  He purposefully picked a setting for her engagement ring that would stand high enough so that her Minter & Richter Designs  Wedding Band would slip perfectly beneath her engagement ring.  Engagement ring completed, he hid it away until the big day.    Erin and David elated to be together on their surprise engagement here, at Minter & Richter Designs studio, in Boston. A month or so later, the day finally came!  I’m not sure I have been that excited about a proposal since Mr. Richter proposed to me.  She had long been a fan of our rings, but I could see the surprise on her face as they walked up the stairs.  And he explained – “since we are in Boston anyway, we can just take a look and if we ever decide to get married, we will have a better idea about their rings…”  After a few minutes of chat, Margo distracted her, while David and I figured out logistics.  About a half hour into the Ring Consultation, David signaled to me that he was ready and I went to get the champagne and start the song “Favorite Person” by Jake Armerding.  As soon as I heard squeals and laughter, I knew they were ready for champagne! What a fabulous way to start the day – as well as a life together! Congratulations to Erin and David on their engagement!    Photo Credit: Margo Gabriel
Titanium Wedding Bands | Photo Gallery: 'Ring-scapes'
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Titanium Wedding Bands | Photo Gallery: 'Ring-scapes'

Wooden Wedding Rings| Receiving photos from our customers is like having a fresh bouquet of flowers delivered to the office...  Titanium Wedding Bands | Bringing light, color, passion and.... pumps! Titanium Wedding Bands: Handmade in Boston, Heartfelt Around the World | We're an online business, so it's not often that we actually get to meet our customers face to face. They come from Poland and Pennsylvania, Bhutan and Boston - with love stories as varied as the landscapes and languages they live in.                                                               Swedish Couple in Bhutan   Kiwi Couple        From Russia with Love Sometimes pictures are the simplest of translations. Here are a few of our favorite Titanium Wedding Bands and Wooden Wedding Ring "Ring-scapes"...   Ring's Best Friend   Wild Thing   DJ Love   Sword of Rings    Love is Timeless   Scrabble-Love   Our wooden wedding rings thrive in natural environments...    Golden Box Elder is a chameleon with endless variations occurring in its natural burl.   Blue Box Elder bands mate for life.   Sandblasted California Buckeye brings his fiancee home to meet the parents.     Thank you kind and beautiful customers for sharing your happiness :)    
Soulful By the Sea: A Cape Cod Wedding Officiant Shares Her Inspiration
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Soulful By the Sea: A Cape Cod Wedding Officiant Shares Her Inspiration

“For love keeps the stars in the firmament and imposes rhythm on the ocean  tide. Each of us was created of it, and I suspect each of us was created for it.” ~ Maya Angelou Rev. Kathleen Geagan of Soulful Weddings                                                                                                         MR: You’re a wedding officiant on Cape Cod. No pressure there! What do you do when the sun refuses to appear and the winds are whipping across the sand flats?! KG: You hope that the couple has a back- up shelter plan but if not, you keep a sense of humor and carry on. I’ve been in a downpour only once and we did just that. The couple really wanted to marry out in the elements. I’m pretty cool about it, but I don’t do lightning. MR: What led you to take on this special role? KG: I was hooked after my first wedding for Pete and Kathy in October of 2000. After being ordained as an interfaith minister I was also working as a chaplain. Two years ago I went full time into the wedding presider role. It is a wonderful gift to meet people in love and share this momentous time in their lives. I love to write poetry and enjoy a good love story, so weaving these elements into a ceremony makes it an enjoyable creative process. “I believe it’s my job to listen for the theme; to sense the thematic thread, to perceive in the story what is being laid down, like a good guitar riff and I hope I get it right.” MR: I love the above sentiment – pulled from your Soulful Weddings blog. Does meeting a couple for the first time feel a little bit like a first date? How does the process work? KG: Definitely, it does feel like a bit of a first date. Most first meetings are like that, we get to know each other, it can be a bit awkward at first. Most couples are relieved to realize that I’m not a ‘officious’ officiant. If we can’t meet in person we can talk on the phone, communicate by e-mail.  I use a wedding questionnaire that helps with getting information about the couple and what they want in their ceremony. It is a creative process that evolves as we get to know each other. Some couples just want to turn it all over, others like to have more input. I let them lead but take over when I see stress levels rising. (Years as a psych nurse help in reading people.)   MR: Can you share a few of your favorite wedding/love/marriage quotes? KG: “True love is unconquerable and irresistible. It goes on gathering power and spreading itself until it transforms everyone it touches." ~ Meher Baba   “For love keeps the stars in the firmament and imposes rhythm on the ocean tide. Each of us was created of it, and I suspect each of us was created for it.” ~ Maya Angelou   MR: You perform many ceremonies on the public beaches of Cape Cod. Any interesting stories about odd spectators (sea specimen, tourists?) KG: I’ve had some great ones- a tourist who stood behind me snapping pictures over the hedge. I wasn’t even aware of her but the bride kept looking over my head with a look of concern on her face.  I’ve also had couples who elope then become friendly with the people at the B and B where they are staying or folks they met on the beach that day. They end up with an impromptu wedding party and guests.  Once I did a wedding in Hyannisport and I had some young Kennedy children on a trampoline jumping up and down to get a look at the wedding. The bride loved that at her wedding the Kennedy clan’s youngest were her wedding’s paparazzi. MR: What is your advice for couples hoping to have the ceremony go as comfortably and smoothly as possible? KG: Nourish each others' sense of humor, keep communicating, have a rehearsal and or a point person who likes to be in charge and knows all the players.  Don’t burden yourself with the onus of creating your own ceremony from scratch. Find an officiant you trust and turn things over so you can focus on the essential vow and promise you are about to make to the one you chose above all the rest. Have fun, don’t expect everything to go perfectly. Perfect weddings are boring. Thank you, Kathleen! Soulful Weddings

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