Each piece of jewellery tells a story. A romantic proposal, a favourite Christmas gift, joyful baby showers... Our jewellery box turns into a treasure trove of cherished memories and moments. This time, Niamh West shares her special moments with us. After getting featured in RTE's "My Big Day – Home or Away", Niamh now tells us about her and Con's love story. She talks about their first date and engagement. She also explains how they found the right wedding rings in this very special Fields blog post.
We often laugh when people ask how we met because it wouldn't be considered the most 'romantic' story. We jokingly call it a fairytale from the modern era. Our paths first crossed online when we both swiped right on Tinder, a popular dating app. You could say our connection was instant on the first date as it led to many more wonderful dates. In a matter of weeks, we were off experiencing different places and travelling around different countries. Our relationship moved quite fast, which felt like a good pace for us.
Just over a year ago, August 2018, I had returned from a trip visiting friends. Con casually asked me to go for a walk with him. This was not out of the ordinary as we very often go for walks with our son Alfie and two dogs, except this time it was just the two of us. We head in the direction of my favourite boardwalk, which is only a couple of kilometres from our house. We approached the nicest part of the walk where a bench sits looking out into the view. Con took out a blindfold from his pocket and put it over my eyes, sat me on the bench and placed something on my lap. When I took the blindfold off, he was on one knee with the ring and on my lap was an old scrapbook I had made but left unfinished. He had finished the scrapbook and at the end he wrote: "Will you marry me". I, of course, said "YES". It was magical and true to us.
Fast forward to February 2019 when we decided we would get married in August 2019, leaving us 6 months to plan it all. There were many things we weren't sure of. What's the best band? Which photographer? Colour schemes? The list was endless. One thing for certain was that the only place for rings was Fields. We visited the shop and looked at so many different styles, and we were then able to decide exactly what suited us best in both style and practicality. As Con spends a lot of time on the farm, he was worried his ring would become marked from outdoor work and need polishing often. His wedding ring was customised with a matte finish which is zero maintenance for him and looks timeless. Our rings are now among our greatest treasures, not because of their value, but what they are a symbol of. They are features of our personalities, they are triggers for the magical memories we made the day of our wedding and most importantly they are symbols of our love and happiness.
Photos courtesy of Masters of Photography.