Q: When did you first meet and how?
A: Matt and I first met at work! We both worked at a local health club (I worked in sales, he worked as a exercise program director! Since I worked at the gym, I had the ability to take free classes and I ended up taking his class one morning. We also saw each other frequently in the break room and would exchange casual conversation.
Fast forward a few months, I start to consistently take his classes and stick around and linger just a bit too long asking lots of questions about exercise physiology and all kinds of stuff regarding fitness. He finally got the hint and we went out for pizza! The rest is history ;)
Q: What about the design made you choose this ring to be the one?
A: I've actually known exactly what I wanted for a long time (I'm one of those girls with a Pinterest board for my dream wedding, ring, etc.), I sent Matt a few photos of exactly what I wanted and I even wrote it down for him but fire & brilliance actually had exactly what I wanted! I've always wanted a cushion cut stone with a super skinny and dainty band with micro pave set diamond accents. He thought he would have to have it custom made, but they actually released a design that fit exactly what I wanted right before he got the ring.
Q: In each your own words, can you describe what the days leading up to the proposal were like? Can you tell us about the proposal? (Feel free to be as detailed as possible!)
A: Matt and I have always enjoyed working out together and fitness is kind of what ended up bringing us together. So, Matt had a Spartan Race coming up that he needed to train for, so we planned to go for a run and do some stairs up at Seal Point in San Mateo. We decided that I would pick him up from work after I got off and we'd go for the run. I picked him up around 4:30 and we were driving to the spot. Unfortunately, there was really bad traffic on our way there and my best friend happened to call me so we were just chatting and I was in really NO hurry at all to get to the spot because I'm not the biggest fan of running stairs. He was trying his best not to show his frustration, but at one point he was criticizing my defensive driving skills and was rushing us saying "the sun is almost down and there's going to be no light" I looked at him and said "it's already dark so it doesn't matter anyways!"
We finally get to the bottom of the hill, park, and start heading up right as the last bit of light was disappearing on the horizon. We were just chatting about our days and I was trying to get hyped and ready for this workout, so when we get to the top I start trying to warm up by doing some stretches taking some photos of the pretty skyline. He's trying to get me to focus, but I'm not really paying much attention. I finally turn away and start to do some step ups on a nearby bench, as soon as I turned around, I saw that he was already on his knee and then he asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. Obviously I said yes!
Q: How was your overall experience with Fire & Brilliance? How did you first hear about us?
A: I was researching engagement rings and I was really passionate about making sure I had an ethically sourced ring. I stumbled across fire & brilliance and I ended up showing my now fiance your website.
He was very happy with how easy it was to get the ring and I'm obsessed with the ring, so I would recommend fire & brillance to EVERYONE!
Q: What is your favorite quirk about your partner?
A: My favorite quirk about Matt is his extremely witty sense of humor. We are ALWAYS laughing and that is one of the big reasons I fell in love with him.
Mariah keeps me laughing, but she has a lot more accidental jokes than on-purpose jokes.