Shine Bright Like A Diamond: When A Ring Is So Much More

David proposed to me in December 2008

As the longest night of the year ended

This amazing man asked me to be his wife

It was the most wonderful start to one of the best days of my life

Matched only by the days that each of our children were born

And our magical wedding day


David proposed at Bodiam Castle in a very romantic way

It was the longest night of the year and I was woken from a deep, deep sleep

I heard a voice saying, “Wake up, Jennie. Jennie. Wake up!”

I realised that David was not beside me

Our song started playing (I’ll Stop the World, The Cure)

I got out of bed and started looking for David

Before realising that the voice and the music was coming from the computer

The voice was saying

“Before the dawn on the longest night, I’ll wake you

Look outside let the blue lights guide you

Wrap up warm, your future awaits you.”


I rushed to look out of the window to the back garden but could not see anything

I looked out of the front window and saw a blue light flickering on the footpath to the castle

I got dressed and spotted a torch labelled, “Bring me with you!”

I took the torch and left the house, heading for the blue light

When I reached the footpath I noticed that lots of blue lights

Were leading and lighting the way toward the castle

David was very clever

And thoughtful

To choose blue as it is my favourite colour

I let the lights guide me

Following them with my torch

I was excited and terrified all at the same time

The lights led all the way to the draw bridge of the castle that too was all bathed in blue

And there was David

Waiting in the bitter cold with the most beautiful diamond I have ever seen!


He told me that he loved me and asked me to be his wife

It was just wonderful!

A perfect moment

A story to tell to our children

And their children after them

It was like a fairytale

Our fairytale!


Over the next few weeks and months

We designed my engagement ring

And found the person we wanted to make this most precious jewel

Now I wear this ring of mine with pride

I wear it together with my wedding band

Designed and made to complement the engagement ring


Just as David and I fit together



The rings are truly beautiful

Both are made of Platinum

Shaped to represent the sea

And also the winding path to the castle

The sapphire is blue

For my favourite colour

The guiding blue lights

And the sea

The diamond represents the castle and our love

Everlasting, with strong defences and loyal servants.

For me the diamond also now reminds me of Matilda Mae

Our forever Baby Tilda

The brightest star in the sky

I love that our rings tell our story

That their design represents our love

And we can weave elements of our life

Our family

Into the interpretation

As the years go by

It has been 10 years this year since David and I got engaged

Since he asked

And I answered


This is a collaborative post

3 thoughts on “Shine Bright Like A Diamond: When A Ring Is So Much More

  1. Wow – such a thoughtful and romantic proposal. It is like a fairy tale and I have to admit, I’m jealous!
    Your rings are stunning and you look so happy and in love on your wedding day. You actually look quite ethereal, which fits with the story of the proposal. Such a wonderful memory for you to treasure. x

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