Jackie of the fabulous wedding dress shop Nearly Newly Wed is totes a boss babe we admire. She started her company which is now a go-to destination for wedding dresses, from scratch, with basically nothing. She is a mom, entrepreneur, and overall babe. We recently worked with her on a special collaboration of vintage jewelry for her shop and as we got to know her, we knew had to have her on the blog!
Here she tells all in the expose on her proposal and it's a good one!
Let’s start romantic — tell me about the proposal?
So surprised. Speechless, actually.
It happened at my favorite bakery in NYC, Billy’s in Chelsea on a brisk December evening. I was going to pick up cupcakes for my now husband’s birthday. I was running late from work so remember being in a big hurry to get them. When I picked them up the woman at the bakery opened the box to show them to me with a bit of a strange look on her face. They were all the same color with writing but it didn’t really register to me what they said. So I kind of was like, um, yea, ok, great, paid for them and took them to the table to get ready to leave.
I remember she was staring at me and being confused, and then turned around and Patrick was there, on his knee, with a ring. I just stood there. He said he had to ask me again and then say, Jac? Jac?! I was just so shocked. I don’t think I have ever been so surprised in my life. His birthday party after was like an impromptu engagement part with all of our friends… it was one of the best nights ever.
What is the center stone?
DIAMONDS! Lots of little ones.
Were you involved in the process of picking out the ring?
Technically Yes, I picked it out myself but rather by accident.
I was actually ring shopping with and for my best friend. We were at an antique & jewelry shop in NYC called De Vera looking at rings for her and I was looking at regular jewelry. I wasn’t trying on engagement rings or looking for one (didn’t think I was that close to getting engaged), but anyway, a woman was trying on this ring and the lady at the shop took it back and then said, you should try this on it would look pretty on. I put it on and fell in love.
My best friend, flexing her best friends prowess texted my husband and told him about it. Apparently, he bought it a week or two after but didn’t propose for months, so I had no idea. I actually went back to visit/see it again, I was so enamored, and the woman told me it had been transferred to their SF store for someone else. I was so heartbroken. Turns out it was tucked away in our Soho apartment waiting to surprise me a few months later.
Why do you love your ring?
I like that it has a history and I like that it packs a good amount of sparkle even though it is comprised of a lot of small stones. I like that it was made by hand by someone, there is an artistry there that feels meaningful. And I like that we found it at an independent shop that curates unique pieces and supports artisans and antique dealers.
Mostly I love it because of who gave it to me and what it represents. No matter where I go or what I may or may not acquire in my life, or what jewels I may have, it will always be the most special, beautiful thing I own. Getting engaged and then married were also what prompted me to start my business, Nearly Newly Wed… so in a way, my entrepreneurial path & passion started when I got that ring… so it represents a lot.
What’s your favorite way to take care of your ring?
Um, I need to work on that. I have a one-year-old, so not wearing it as often as I used to is probably the best thing I do for it. I don’t wear it to bed usually either, but I do need to clean it and care for it a bit more I think. Does just loving it and watching it sparkle when I am on the subway count?
You can check out the Gem Breakfast X Nearly Newly Wed Collab HERE