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home : weddings : adventures in planning   May 27, 2016

8/6/2014 9:54:00 AM
No longer a bridesmaid
Jared Bell and Amy Kreiser seem surprised at their choice of an engagement ring. They had a good time picking it out.
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Jared Bell and Amy Kreiser seem surprised at their choice of an engagement ring. They had a good time picking it out.
Amy Kreiser




Six: the number of weddings I was in between the time I graduated from college and when I first met Jared.

I wasn’t exactly the girl from the movie “27 Dresses,” but my friends and family were surely giving me a hard time about it.

In addition to being involved in six beautiful weddings for my best friends, I also attended several weddings throughout the years, which also involved buying a new dresses (who wants to wear the same dress over and over?!?!). It felt like at least once a month I was doing some sort of dress shopping or going to get a dress altered. I was such a “frequent flier” that my dresses and the weddings were definitely a great conversation starter during lunch in the teacher workroom.

In February 2013, that all changed. That’s when Jared and I began dating and since then my friends were certain I would never make it to 27 dresses before we were engaged and married.

Now, Jared and I are working together to make all those decisions that affect the people who we have asked to be involved in our wedding. I truly loved having the opportunity to be a part of so many weddings for friends and family. Each was special, unique and meaningful which helped to make the experience so enjoyable.

Jared and I decided we really wanted that for our wedding and reception as well. Now, Jared wasn’t quite the avid wedding goer before he met me, but he understood how important it was to me to make sure that I came up with some of my own unique ideas that were meaningful to us on our special day.

The first being that I knew I didn’t want a square- or circle-shaped diamond engagement ring. I definitely wanted to be surprised, but Jared just wasn’t ready to go in completely blind on this one. Long before Jared proposed, we were Christmas shopping in Woodfield Mall. Jared was quite the trooper that day, but let’s be honest the mall was a zoo and really he had put up with my indecisiveness about presents and waiting in line for long enough, so he convinced me that it might be fun to go look at engagement rings.

At first, I was very hesitant. I wasn’t ready for him to propose yet and I had no idea what questions to ask when looking for a ring. As we walked into the nearest jewelry store, Michael Hill, we must have looked like lost children. The man who assisted us was very kind and taught us all we needed to know about diamonds, bands, rings, etc. I tried on lots of rings and even though I was very nervous at first I became quite comfortable as the jeweler slipped each ring onto my finger. Of course, they were all gorgeous, but I absolutely fell in love with the pear-shaped diamond (also referred to a tear drop). I had never seen it before and that was exactly what I wanted — something different and unique.

As the day progressed, we stopped in other jewelry stores and we even made a trip to Peoria after Christmas to do some ring shopping, but it was very difficult to find a pear-shaped diamond.

Don’t get me wrong, we saw absolutely beautiful rings and cuts of diamonds, so many that soon I didn’t even remember what the pear-shaped ring at Michael Hill looked like, but I was still stuck on the pear shape. It just felt so unique to me.

Turns out, after all the looking and shopping, Jared ended up buying the exact first ring that I liked, which six months later still was in the store.

His selection of the gorgeous pear-shaped diamond with a double halo and a pink sapphire inside that now graces my finger was just the start of our decisions to try things a bit differently and make some selections for our wedding that we haven’t seen before. Now, that doesn’t mean that I will be reinventing the wheel!

I am definitely scouring Pinterest every day for ideas, but I want to find things that we haven’t seen before. Isn’t that what makes a wedding? It isn’t about the amount of money that you spend or how many guests you invite.

It is about the unique group of people that have come together to celebrate the distinctive relationship between two people. I want our wedding and reception to reflect just that!








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