02 April 2009

we went shopping ...

We went shopping today for our wedding bands. It was a spur of the moment, "I'm 2 minutes from your apartment getting my windshield repaired (stoopid truck) and I know your job interview isn't until 2:00" kind of thing.

I knew that he had the Ghost of Turban Man -- almost a full ounce of gold. I had Stuff From Mom -- a ring & earrings that my dad gave me when I was a kid (they'd lived in her jewelry box, just waiting for me to need them) and the remnants of Mom's wedding ring from my dad. Which apparently has donated all but one of its diamonds to other causes over the years. Whatev's. We had gold and we had a stone. We were off to the jewelers.

Mr. UB found a lovely little shop just blocks from his home. They made my engagement ring, so I liked them already. And they're going to take all of our materiƩl, which should total between 1/3 to 1/2 of the cost of the wedding bands we picked out.

This is weird. And not just because the Jeweler Lady got all teary-eyed about "Gran Torino" when we were talking about movies. But because we keep taking all of these little steps that drive the reality of "We're Getting Married" home for each of us. For him, it was while on the drive home from the venue we found in Malibu. For me, it was handing over the teensy sapphires my dad got me as a kid + the remnants of my parents' wedding ring, for a Much Higher Purpose.

"There are more things in heaven & earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

... or something like that.

(Image on Flickr here.)


Marie said...

I love the idea of incorporating jewellery you currently own into your new wedding rings. Hope they turn out just as you want.

Nicole said...

really cool idea of recycling jewellery to make your wedding bands. how nice to add a lil more significance to the rings!

and teary eyed at gran torino? no thanks. lol

Mara (The Wedding Cabaret) said...

great idea!

east side bride said...

I can't wait to see em :)

elizabeth said...

So cool that you're using family gold! Don't you love those moments when it becomes more 'real'? I had one when the save the date cards went out... oh, people are actually going to come to this big party we're planning!

Krista said...

I really haven't had a moment that has hit me. I spent the week-end addressing invitations, and I sent them out tonight. I didn't even get teary eyed when I found my dress. I haven't gotten emotional or upset. I don't know ... I think I'm missing the bride gene, or something.