So how did you meet?
Most would consider our proposal rather unconventional on a few different fronts, but it was perfectly on-brand for the two of us! We started discussing rings in December of 2020. Garrett had tried to make sense of my Pinterest board so he could surprise me before finally asking me outright. To be honest, after years of daydreaming and pinning many different styles, he couldn’t find a way to make heads or tails of what I truly wanted!
We were researching jewelers mid-pandemic when I came across Fire & Brilliance and began to read about moissanite. Garrett had heard of the stone before but wasn’t sure what my opinion would be on a diamond alternative. After talking and more research, and reassurance that I would still be blissfully surprised, Garrett gave me full reign to design the ring of my dreams on the F&B website.
A little backstory to help our proposal be understood… I love interior design and games like The Sims or Animal Crossing. To me, Ikea is just a theme park for furniture lovers, and the best place to get my creative gears turning. I love to dream of designs for the games, but more than that, for our future home together.
On February 17th, 2021, our first day off after Valentine’s Day, we made an IKEA run to pick up a few things for the apartment and get general inspiration. After hours of browsing, building our dream kitchen, and designing a TV stand to purchase, we loaded our purchases into the car. Realizing we’d forgotten a smaller storage ottoman we didn’t get on our first round, we headed back in and found it on the showroom floor in a display room that almost perfectly represents our current setup.
After recording where to find it in the marketplace, Garrett got down on one knee and said to me “I had this crazy idea of doing this here…” and in true Kayla & Garrett dork fashion, he opened the box upside down. The combination of the perfect setting and the perfectly fitting-for-us upside-down ring made for a perfect proposal. Naturally, I said yes!!! (And even through our excitement, we managed to remember the ottoman on the way out!)
Have you had your wedding already? If so, how was it?
Has the pandemic effected your wedding plans? If so, how?
The pandemic has only affected our wedding planning in the sense that all of the vendors are booking so far in advance, we need to secure the important ones much earlier than usual. With vaccines rolling out and travel restrictions being lifted, we could reasonably have a safe wedding if our families respect guidelines.
What's one thing you and your fiancé are looking forward to doing the most after the pandemic is over?
Once the pandemic is at least under control, Garrett and I are excited to visit Japan! We planned on staying there for our honeymoon from the very beginning. Once the world shut down, we added the possibility of not visiting to the climbing pile of concerns. In the meantime, we've planned about three weeks' worth of activities, from ryokan stays and temple visits to shopping and food adventures; we're so excited for all that Japan offers.
We've always dreamed of traveling, and since we're both so interested in Japanese culture, food, and history, it's only natural we visit it first! We've actually been living together for quite a few years now and have most of what we need, so we're utilizing a honeymoon registry instead of a traditional one to help make our travel dreams come true!