- ENGAGEMENT RINGS
Devin is from Massachusetts but came to college at NDSU. He joined FarmHouse which was the same fraternity Brenna's brother was in. Brenna's brother Taylor introduced them when they were freshmen in college. After dating for two years, Devin started looking for a ring.
His family came from out east to visit his grandparents over the fourth of July. After supper that night, Devin took Brenna for a pontoon ride. He had made a canvas with pictures of the two of them. In the middle of the canvas it said "When you find the one you want to spend forever with, forever can't come soon enough." After giving Brenna the canvas, he got down on one knee and Brenna said yes!
"Amber and Patrick met in hip hop dance class at the University of North Dakota. They started dating after the hip hop class ended in the fall of 2013. They dated for 4 years before Patrick popped the question.
The week prior to their engagement, Patrick drove out to Ambers hometown in Western North Dakota to see her parents. This was extremely difficult to time since Patrick wanted to ask Amber’s parents if he could be part of their family when she wasn’t there. The week before their engagement Patrick got his opportunity; Amber was going on a quick trip and would be gone for the weekend. Patrick was able to ask if he could be a part of the Nielsen household and was welcomed by Amber’s parents.
There was only one more question to ask, and it all came down to when and where. Patrick had plans to replay their first date and propose to Amber at the end of the night. However, the ambience wasn’t right that night, and Patrick decided to delay the proposal.
Patrick had the wonderful idea to propose the next morning at the Greenway in Grand Forks. Throughout their time at UND, the Greenway had been a place for relaxation. Due to nerves, Patrick woke up an hour before Amber and started cooking chili. Amber finally woke up at 5:30, and they were on their way to watch the sunrise. Patrick had Amber face the sunrise while taking her picture. As Amber was facing the sunrise, Patrick couldn’t get the ring out of his pocket, so he started counting to three. Finally, as he said three, he was able to get the ring out of his pocket and got down on one knee. He asked her to turn around and popped the question. She said yes!"
CJ and I met 6 years ago when he was stationed in Las Vegas while in the Air Force and I was on a girls trip! He had known two of my girlfriends from High School and decided to join us for a pool day while we were there. From that first day meeting we both knew something big was going to happen between us. Fast forward 6 years, lots of changes with moving, starting and finishing school, and moving in together… we decided to take a weekend trip up to Two Harbors, MN and stay in a tiny cabin on the shore.
On our drive up there CJ had suggested we go to Split Rock Lighthouse first before checking into the cabin. I told him it wasn’t a good idea and we should check in first on our way, and then drive up to the lighthouse so we wouldn’t have to backtrack. He insisted we go to the lighthouse first and after some back and forth I gave in not understanding his urgency. We arrived, parked the car, and started our walk to the lighthouse. In the past I had told CJ multiple stories from my childhood about visiting this place with my family and how many memories I had at this lighthouse. This place was my happy place. As we were standing above the cliff watching the waves crashing on a FREEZING cold day in March the man I loved got down on one knee and asked me to be his Wife. I said YES!” -Karly
Andrew and I dated semi-long distance for nearly 2 years. While I was living in Detroit Lakes and he in Fargo, we managed to see each other nearly every day despite both working full-time and I was completing my Master's degree. Unbeknownst to me, Andrew took my parents out for lunch to ask their permission in May of 2017. Knowing how busy and stressed I was finishing my final projects, Andrew promised my parents he'd wait until I finished school. He kept that promise, getting down on one knee on the lawn of the University of North Dakota only 10 minutes after I received my diploma. I was in complete shock, crying and finally understood why he'd been acting so strange all day long. Andrew planned the perfect proposal, inviting my parents and sister to be involved.
The cherry on top of this perfect day came that evening. We'd planned a graduation party and invited some friends and family. I was initially really shocked at the amount of people who were driving hours to spend their Friday evening celebrating my graduate school graduation. It turns out that they were all aware of Andrew's proposal plans and we got to celebrate my graduation and engagement in the same weekend!
Amanda and I had been together only a couple months when we both decided we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. Before we approached our nine-month dating anniversary we had already talked about getting married and I was hoping I could propose on that day, but I unfortunately procrastinated in ordering the ring and I didn’t get it on time. Neither of us are fans of traditional white diamonds so I was able to order a custom-made ring with a teal-colored blue diamond that was the favorite color of us both. The ring came in that following week, however, and I didn’t waste any time in proposing the next weekend. I took Amanda out to my family farm for the weekend and I told her I wanted to have a sunrise breakfast with her on Sunday morning. We woke up around 6am on Sunday and I took her to a hilly grassland where my great-great-grandparents settled when they came to America (Our attached picture is us at the grassland). It was after having breakfast, we were talking and I hugged her, told her I want to spend the rest of my life with her, stepped back and popped the question. She immediately said yes. She was completely surprised because I led her to believe I hadn’t even ordered a ring yet; plus, who proposes at 7:20 on a Sunday morning? Something I didn’t expect is that the hour following the proposal, we must have pulled a dozen ticks off of ourselves from that grassland.
Although keeping secrets isn't Tyler's best asset, he did an amazing job keeping the journey to finding the perfect ring from me. He said he went to over 10 jewelers before he found this ring at Royal Jewelers for me. It wasn't until a few weeks later that he received the ring. Knowing that ring was going to be in his possession he started to set a plan in place so he didn't have to keep the secret any longer than necessary.
I live with a roommate and the three of us just end up doing everything together. I had originally planned for the three of us to take mine and my roommate's dogs for a bike ride. When I had returned home from work after 7 I had expected supper to be ready, but it wasn't. So I offered to make chicken for the three of us, but my roommate declined. As Tyler and I were eating my roommate just got up and started to leave. As she was leaving I asked her where she was going and she explained that she had gotten called into work. I thought that was a little odd, but it was okay with me because I wasn't really all that interested in going for a bike ride anymore. However, Tyler was adamant on going. As we were leaving the garage Tyler tried to grab the ball for the dogs thinking we would stop partway through our bike ride, but I declined and said we would just let the dogs run in hopes that we would return home sooner. Lucky for Tyler I still took our usual bike route rather than a shorter option. As we were nearing the park bench that we usually stop at with the dogs for play time Tyler claimed to have a cramp in his leg. I thought this was odd because we had only gone a mile and a half, and I started to make fun of him. I asked if he was embarrassed for getting a leg cramp from riding bike. He said no. All of a sudden he started grabbing at his pocket and saying sincere words. At that point I started to realize what was going on! I was completely surprised and I of course said yes! A perfect way to kick off summer!
Taylor likes to know everything, and if something seems off, she will investigate. On her birthday weekend we planned on going to a Twins game in the cities. We were going to meet her parents and the rest of my family on Saturday and go to the game on Sunday. I messaged her mom on Facebook and asked her if they wanted to come to Fargo on Friday for a birthday dinner with their twins (Taylor has a twin brother). She told me that it sounded like a good idea. Surprise One was set, at least until Taylor called her parents... She deduced that something was up, because that is what she does. Her parents arrived before Taylor as planned. We chatted for a bit. After a while I worked up the courage to ask for their only daughter's hand. Time felt like it passed more slowly than it probably did, but I finally heard an "Absolutely" from her dad. I showed them the ring after we shook hands and hugged, then I told them my plan. Before calling it a night I suggested we do a mini road trip inside of our big one to the cities. (I told her parents to play along) My family had gone to Itasca a few weekends before and I was not around. Since none of us have been there before, I suggested we add it to our route. The weather and scenery could not have been more perfect. We looked around, read some history, and finally started down the trail to the headwaters. Stopping at a bridge, I gave Taylor one of her birthday cards. The card rhymed, it was a poem. I told her poems were the theme for the weekend. We continued down the path and finally got to the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Once we took in the gorgeous view, we walked a little further down river to another bridge. I asked Taylor if she was ready for her second poem. Before she could answer yes or no, I pulled out a poem I wrote. Surprise Two seemed to work a little better. To save you from reading more, it finished like this:
As I ask on bended knee
Taylor, will you marry me?
She said yes.
Sunday morning started out the same as many mornings living above the Watford City Veterinary Clinic. Mike had taken Rose out to the bathroom and Ruben and I were still being cozy in bed. Mike came back upstairs and told me Rose had eaten some wire nuts. I didn't know what those were, so I asked him, and he pulled a couple out of his pocket. Darn it! She wasn't going to pass those. I told Mike there was hydrogen peroxide under the bathroom sink and he could induce vomiting on his own as I was being cozy. Mike pressed harder that wasn't there a shot at this clinic that we could give her? Reluctantly I admitted that yes, this clinic had apomorphine. Downstairs we went, Rose, Ruben, Mike and me. To say I was less than impressed would be an understatement. Once we reached the bottom of the stairs I asked Mike to go and weigh Rose while I turned on the x-ray machine. I was further irritated when Mike did not indeed go and weigh Rose but stood there. I grabbed the computer mouse and the screen turned on. A dog in lateral with what appeared to be a ring in the stomach and several other foreign bodies appeared. I briefly thought to myself "that's a nice ring" as the band showed up but not the diamond. Real diamonds don't show up on x-rays. I also was feeling very sorry for Dr. Mark Foster as he was on call this weekend and had already done a cystotomy and FB surgery. I glanced over my shoulder and Mike was down on one knee. He asked me to marry him and I just couldn't believe it.
The evening before Mike and I had gone out to eat with Mark and his wife Brandi. Brandi had recently found out she was pregnant and so we were celebrating. I jokingly had mentioned it could be an engagement party too, but Mike refused to ask me. Little did I know that morning Mike had asked Mark to help him take an x-ray the next morning to propose to me. Sunday morning Mike had waited for Mark to get to the clinic and they had x-rayed Rose together. Rose did not really eat my ring, they had laid it on her side. But she did at some point eat some things suspicious of rocks and/or wire.
Since Daniela and I had met, I knew she would be the once I would spend my life with. I wanted to surprise her but since we live together I had quite the challenge in front of me. I wanted until she had a good friend coming to town that I knew I could trust to help me out. When the day came, after some coordination, I was "at work" and she was with her friend. I had everything set up by the pier on the Red River, it was a place I used to go to think and special to me, I had her friend bring Daniela to meet me. Unbeknownst to her, I also had a photographer hiding in the trees to document the momentous even in our lives. She said YES and accepted the beautiful ring I bought through Royal Jewelers. It would not have been possible without their incredible staff.
Our story is not traditional as most. On our first date I broke my foot at the street fair and was positive I would never see Matthew again. Instead, Matthew spent every day with me as I healed. After many jokes from myself about going ring shopping one day after the routine joke Matthew said "sure". Within two weeks the perfect ring was found at Royal Jewelers and the wait was on for it to come in. After many days of trying to pry information out of Matthew he managed to pick up the ring without me knowing. Shortly after coming home from work after a trying day for both of us, Matthew approached me and asked if I still loved him. After saying yes, he then asked "How much do you love me?" and presented me the ring. I obviously said yes and it took no time for us to call our family and friends to let them know the news.
"David and I planned a weekend getaway camping in Rocky Mountain National Park. We woke up Saturday to clear blue skies and beautiful weather. David made me breakfast over the fire before a great 13 mile hike alongside alpine lakes and scenic vistas. We had such a great day hiking and laughing together. Once back at our campsite, we changed clothes made our way to Sprague Lake to watch the sunset over a glass of wine. The sunset was as perfect as the sunrise earlier in the day with clear blue skies. Just as I sat down on a bench to rest my legs after a long day hiking, David, acting somewhat strange, took my hand and started leading me up a small hill. I was so confused because as we were walking, I saw a photographer moving from behind a rock. David just smiled and kept leading me up the hill. We reached an area where a blanket was laid out with pictures of us, candles, roses, champagne and champagne flutes that had been engraved with our names, date, and location. David got down on one knee and asked me to marry him as Taylor and Mike, our fantastic husband and wife photography team, captured the best moment of our life!"
"Tony and I have been together for a little over six years when he decided to pop the question! He surprised me with a trip to Rome, Italy in May. The whole time we were there walking around the city, Tony had the ring in his pocket just waiting for the right moment to ask me. On our second to last night, we went to dinner at Villa Miani which over looked the city of Rome. After dinner Tony said let's go to the roof top to enjoy the views. There, on top of the roof top terrace with Rome's beautiful lights and the Vatican's Basicilla Church in the background, Tony got on one knee and asked me to marry him! Of course I said yes!! It was an amazing moment that I will never forget!"
"Jack and I took a much-needed vacation after I graduated my program and passed my board exam. We headed out from Minnesota to Montana to do some hiking, rafting, touring, and horseback riding. We had been together for a while so I had a feeling a proposal was coming on this trip. Some unexpected and untimely snow delayed our hiking trip until the last day of our vacation, but we made it out to the gorgeous trail right after a rain shower. The further we hiked, the more anticipation and excitement I felt. However, before I knew it we were back at the car- the hike was over, and there was no proposal. I felt disappointed, but tried hard to dismiss it because I really did have a fantastic time simply hiking with my best friend.
After drinking some water and checking his phone Jack suggested we check out a side trail that we missed. Hope was restored! We passed a few hikers on this trail that were taking photos of the beautiful scenery. Suddenly, Jack stopped to turn around to look at me. With a huge grin on his face, he got down on one knee and asked if I’d marry him with the most beautiful ring I’d ever seen. And of course I said yes! It turns out Jack had hired a photographer for the occasion, and was trying to time it just right! I am so excited to marry my best friend!" - Jenna
"Eric picked Island Park in downtown Fargo to propose. Our favorite date nights are always spent downtown, and Island Park is such a beautiful setting in the Fall as the leaves were changing. What I thought was just a walk through the park turned out to be so much more as Eric went down on one knee. I loved how thoughtful he was in asking my dad's permission first and making sure to capture the moment with a photographer on site so that I would be able to cherish the moment and share it with my friends and family."
"Nick & I had been together for quite sometime prior to our proposal. We were long past the stage where everyone would ask when we were going to get engaged. About two years before Nick proposed we went ring shopping. While at Royal Jewelers, we found "the ring." It was perfect in every way. Nick spoke with Royal and chose the center stone. It even served as the screen saver on Nick's computer for a few months after the shopping trip. Then some time passed - days, months, years! When Nick finally decided the time was right to purchase the ring, he made his way back to Royal and "the ring," center stone and all was still waiting! Talk about meant to be.
Halfway through May of 2013, I was wrapped up in studying for the bar exam, and Nick had just started working a new job in Bismarck. We were doing a puzzle one evening (a typically rainy day activity for us). About 2/3 of the way through the puzzle, I said I was tired and was going to go to bed. Nick convinced me we were almost done with the puzzle and should just finish it. I thought it was kind of odd, since he is usually not so passionate about puzzles, but I reluctantly agreed. When we were wrapping up the puzzle, we realized there was one piece missing. I was annoyed - we just opened the puzzle that evening. I started to search under the couch cushions -thinking the piece couldn't have gone far. I turned around and Nick was down on one knee with the ring and missing puzzle piece! I instantly started crying - filled with emotion at the unexpected turn of events! Nick had a speech prepared which concluded with him asking me to fill the missing piece in his life and be his wife. I of course said YES. With shaky hands and a new piece of hardware, I put the last piece in the puzzle. We have that puzzle framed and hanging in our home today."
Jason and Natalie had both wanted to visit Nashville for as long as they could remember, so they finally decided to book a trip. The day of their trip they had 4 flight delays and a gate change. Unbeknownst to Natalie, Jason was planning to propose on their first night in town and had even hired a local photographer to capture the whole proposal! While Natalie was blissfully unaware, Jason was frantically texting and calling the photographer with every flight change. Almost 2 hours later than planned, Jason and Natalie landed in Nashville to pouring rain. Jason told Natalie she had 10 minutes to get ready and they had to go because it “was a super cool view that she had to see”. Their taxi pulled up to the pedestrian bridge over the Cumberland River with a view of downtown Nashville. Jason asked Natalie to turn around so he could a reenact a similar panoramic picture from a previous vacation in Las Vegas. While she was looking towards the downtown landscape, he got down on one knee, pulled the ring box out of his boot, and then told her to turn around. The rest is history!
Ben and I had headed to Florida for our first "real" vacation together. We spent 2 days in Miami and then we met up with his family on the 25th [of March]. After a long day of driving 3 hours to Marathon, all I wanted to do was go to a beach. So we all headed to the beach after supper. Ben had been keeping his eye out on the ocean and low and behold he saw some dolphins jumping out just off the shore a ways. So we all ran over to where we could see the dolphins a little better. Then Ben said 'Let's take a picture with the sunset, water and dolphins in the background.' I said "Okay, sure!" Then out of the corner of my eye I see this box in his hand and I turned to him as he was getting down on one knee and I said, 'WHAT ARE YOU DOING?' (I was very surprised) and he says, 'Will you marry me?' And of course all I could do was say, 'YES!
"On a family trip to Ixtapa, Mexico everyone was together eating at The Catalina. As the sun was starting to go down everyone taking pictures with one another, and as Kyrstin was looking out at the sunset Robie came up behind her and went down on one knee and proposed. Robie is quite the jokester, so Kyrstin’s first response was “Is this a joke? Are you serious?” As we all laughed and she finally realized it was real she jumped up and down in excitement and said yes. It was the perfect moment in the most beautiful and memorable destinations.
A year later, the couple, along with 60 friends and family came together where it all happened back in Ixtapa. Kyrstin and Robie were married on the incredible beach of Ixtapa. They danced the night away, and when it came time to do the bouquet toss Kyrstin was getting ready for a special surprise. As everyone counted to three, she turned around and handed the bouquet to Tannis. At that moment Tannis turned around and Jeremy was on his knee proposing.
"One night Jeremy and Tannis were at the same bar, and Jeremy was waiting for an MMA fight to start. They randomly caught each other’s attention and hit it off from there. They started spending more and more time together and fell deeply in love and started a family. They had a son, Silas together and he is the center of their world.
Tannis and Jeremy went to Kyrstin and Robie’s wedding in Ixtapa, and Silas was the ring bear. Jeremy had gotten so much positive feedback from Kyrstin about Royal Jewelers, even though he lives 3 hours away, worked with Kelsey at Royal Jewelers and designed Tannis the perfect ring. Jeremy knelt behind Tannis as Kyrstin was handing her the bouquet with his Royal Jeweler’s box open and ready. She was speechless and shocked; tears of joy were filled in everyone’s eyes. It was the perfect moment and their most memorable trip so far."
“Shannon and I had been together since 2012. She was such an amazing girlfriend I had no doubt in my mind that I wanted her to be my future wife. On a vacation to Marco Island this past March I told her I planned a photo shoot for us on the beach to celebrate our much needed vacation! But a few weeks prior to the vacation I told the photographer that I planned to propose and made sure he’d capture that perfect moment. And on the beach at sunset on March 29th, I got down on one knee and asked her to be with me forever. Through some happy and surprised tears, she said ‘YES!’” -Kirk