Julia + Sam City Hall Elopement
Julia + Sam
from Chicago, IL / Birmingham, England, UK
"I first met Julia when I was on holiday with my family in Cancun, Mexico back in 2004. Julia was on holiday with her best friend's family and I was away with my family, I was only 14 at the time. I was swimming in the ocean outside our hotel when I met Julia and her friend. I think it was my accent that they heard which made them want to speak to me. After spending every day with them for the whole time I was on holiday, it was sadly time for me to leave. As this was 2004 and the internet as we know it was still relatively new, we exchanged email addresses. Me and Julia exchanged occasional emails right up until 2008, where we became friends on facebook. This made things a lot easier! So we continued being friends until 2013 where Julia decided to get off her cruise ship (she worked on one at the time) in Dover, England. Julia stayed with me and my dad in Birmingham for 2 weeks. This is where our relationship started. Fast forward to the last year, Julia has since agreed to come and stay with me for a 6 month period before then agreeing to marry me!
So next came the design of the engagement ring. I never wanted to go and buy a ring, anyone can do that. I wanted to know that the ring Julia had would be the only one in the world, something super rare, so I knew the only way I could do this was design and make it. I spent a long time thinking about our relationship and asked myself questions like, what are the chances that 2 people from different continents can be in the same place, at the same time, when there are over 7billion people on earth and 196 countries to choose from? With these ideas floating around in my mind I knew that the main gemstone used cannot be a diamond, which are found in every ring. I decided on Tanzanite, a blue/violet coloured stone 1000 times rarer than a diamond, mined in the foothills of Kilimanjaro in an area estimated to be 1.5miles wide. The stone's rarity reflects the probability of me and Julia ever meeting, knowing that the chances of something like that ever happening to be very slim, whilst the colour of the stone is a blue that reminds me of the ocean in which we met.
Once I had the stone it was a case of designing the ring around it. I wanted a wave to go around the top of the stone, representing again the ocean in which we met. I made small silver bubbles in a satin finish to add to the effect of the ring being a wave, then added a small discrete diamond, just to be old fashioned. Once the wax model was complete it was a case of casting it in Silver, which I made sure came from America. So we have an American material made in England, a bit like our relationship, America meets England..."
Locations: City Hall (elopement), Midtown Comics, Times Square, Midtown East.
Editing Style: The West Village