Nicole + Brett: The coffee and the marquee

The Proposal

Brett proposed to Nicole in August. “I had a feeling,” said Nicole, “He was running a lot of errands and he was very quiet. He’s usually very talkative.”

What was most special to Nicole was how much thought Brett put into the proposal. “We went out to get coffee and right across the street, the sign was up at The Observatory at North Park,” said Brett. “As we walked across the street, I said to her, did you hear the Observatory is doing shows again?”

Brett handed Nicole a movie ticket that read: Nicole will you marry me? “And then he pointed up to the sign, look, look,” said Nicole.

Nicole read the marquee as Brett got down on one knee. Brett had friends standing by to get photos. Their dog Rusty was there too!

When asked if he was nervous proposing to Nicole, Brett said, “I was and I usually don’t get nervous. I don’t mind public speaking or things that make other people nervous. I was nervous about it not going well, about her seeing the sign early.”

According to Brett the sign went up earlier than expected. He was planning on it being up the night before but instead it went up the day before around 1 p.m.

Nicole said, “I was taking the dog for a walk that day and he kept asking me which way I was going.”

“I had a lot going on that day, super busy,” said Brett. “I sent her the other direction with Amazon packages to return to keep her away from the sign. The bottom line is that I was definitely nervous.”

Nicole read the marquee as Brett got down on one knee.

The Ring

Nicole’s free-spirited ring has a 1.35 carat pear-shape museum-quality diamond with a delicate under-halo set into 14K white gold. The band features an echoing marquise-outline that is decorated with millgraining, hand-engraving, and pave-set round brilliant diamonds.

A tight deadline became even tighter when Brett’s proposal date moved up because of the theater marquee availability. We quickly set his internally-flawless center stone into a different setting so Brett could propose while we finished all the intricate details of the ring he designed for Nicole.

We talked with Nicole and Brett right after they picked up their custom-design engagement ring. When asked what she loves most about it, Nicole said, “I love the fact that he got everything I asked for. He went out of his way to get the exact shape, so much thought went into it.”

When asked if he enjoyed designing Nicole’s ring, Brett said, “It was really cool, the whole process. I had no idea how it worked – how it was done from the outside. I like knowing it’s unique and that no one else will have it. I knew she wanted something unique.”

“I love the fact that he got everything I asked for. He went out of his way to get the exact shape, so much thought went into it.” 

Finding Forever

Nicole and Brett’s wedding is this November. When asked how they each knew they had found their forever person, Nicole said, “I just knew. Ever since our first date, that first night. I met my mom the next day for lunch and I told her he was the one. I just had a feeling.”

Brett knew Nicole was the one “because we had been four years together and we had been through a lot. She’s seen my good and bad side. I knew pretty early.”

Nicole’s favorite thing about Brett is “he is always happy-go-lucky. It’s my favorite thing about him, he keeps me up.” Brett’s favorite thing about Nicole is “how grateful and appreciative of everything she is.”

“I just knew. Ever since our first date, that first night. I met my mom the next day for lunch and I told her he was the one. I just had a feeling.”

Nicole and Brett’s Tips

Nicole’s tip for anyone about to propose is to “make sure you know what they want. Put a little bit of thought into it. My advice is to make it special.”

Brett’s tip is to “like Nicole said, make sure you know what they want. I looked at a lot of different things, some were really pretty diamonds and rings, but at the end of the day, it needs to be high-quality but also something she will love. My advice is to talk to people that have done it and plan ahead.”

❤️ Thank you so much Nicole and Brett for sharing your story. What a darling and creative proposal!

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