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Katie & Adam
Prior to the weekend away, Adam asked me to make an itinerary of our trip so that we could follow a schedule. I made a card with a list of things to do and gave it to him. On the second day of our trip, we hiked up Arethusa Falls and ended up at a waterfall.
When we got to the top, Adam got down on one knee and asked me to read what’s next. In between “hiking” and “Story Land” he had written “get engaged” and the ring was tied to the itinerary.
On the way down the mountain, we came across an older British couple who took our engagement photo while repeating the word “smashing!” and summoning other hikers to come take a look at us. They then offered us a celebratory mint from their backpack while the British man told Adam that getting married was the biggest mistake of his life (and was subsequently smacked by his wife). Over- all, the whole experience was really sweet and hilarious and I couldn’t have asked for a better engagement! Or a better fiancé!
Greg & Jess
I had been planning on proposing to my girlfriend of 2 years for a few months. So I decided to visit Baxter’s Fine Jewelry to look at rings. I sat down with John and Paul and I found out I could customize the perfect ring for her. My girlfriend and I had planned to go to Atlanta, GA for my birthday. The trip was a few weeks away and they were able to have the ring ready right before we left.
So there we were in Atlanta, on my birthday and up in the sky in a hot air balloon with the sunrise. I finally got the courage to get down on one knee and ask her if she wanted to spend the rest of her life with me. And she said "yes!"
Jake & Meg
Meg and I met in Burlington, VT during college and started dating during our senior year. About 4 years into our relationship, I knew she was the one, so I decided to start thinking about proposing and looking into engagement rings. My cousin purchased his engagement ring at Baxter’s and had great things to say about it, so I thought I would give them a try. Also, my grandmother, who’s lived in Rhode Island for her entire life, kept telling me ‘You gotta go to Baxter’s Jake, they are great!’ I took their advice and was certainly glad I did. From the moment I walked in the door, all the staff was extremely accommodating. I told them I was interested in customizing a ring for my girlfriend.
Meg and I took a trip back up to Vermont for a weekend getaway. Saturday morning, we drove to Burlington, checked into our bed and breakfast and started out around town. I wanted to propose as soon as possible that morning so we could enjoy the rest of the weekend together. We went for a walk by the shore; I got down on one knee and asked Meg to marry me. Luckily, she said "Yes” and we spend the rest of the weekend celebrating our engagement!
Kendra & Justin
Foxwoods is our favorite place to go and enjoy ourselves. For years, I have always wanted to have a caricature drawing done. On vacations that we have been on together, it’s always been ironic because there were always caricature stations set up, but I would always say that the line was too long and I didn’t feel like waiting.
Well, Justin hired a caricature artist to come to Foxwoods and draw Justin proposing to me. Of course, I had no clue! So when the man finished the drawing he turned I around and it was Justin proposing. I was in a state of shock as people from all around were clapping and congratulating us!
My ring is absolutely gorgeous and Baxter’s couldn’t have done a better job. It’s exactly what I have always dreamed of!
Shelbey & Ryan
Shelbey and I met in Buffalo, NY – our hometown. When we both graduated, we moved to California for work and spent much of our time traveling the country. During our travels, we developed a love for sea glass hunting and would partake in the activity wherever we could.
We finally got the opportunity to move back to Newport. Between starting new jobs and moving across the country, there was a lot of excitement and craziness, but we both always found time to unwind with one of our favorite hobbies: sea glass hunting.
In August, we set out to our favorite sea glass hunting spot on the Cliff Walk in Newport. Convinced that she would find the biggest and best piece of sea glass this time around, Shelbey was irritated when she heard me call her over to some rocks on the shore where I told her I found some “really good sea glass.” As she approached, I pulled my hand out form under a rock and was holding the engagement ring. Before I could say anything, Shelbey exclaimed, ‘Did you just find that under there? Did someone lose their ring?’ Once she realized I did NOT just find the ring on the beach ad that I was not messing with her, she excitedly said "yes."
Olivia & John
John and I met through mutual friends back in 2008. Six years later, we’re still together and finally decided to plan our first real vacation. We decided on Montego Bay, Jamaica.
We arrived in paradise and instantly fell in in love with the tropical weather, white sand and gorgeous teal water. Honeymooners and couples preparing for their destination wedding surrounded us. It seemed like we were the only two at the rest that were just dating.
We decided to get a couples massage on the beach. We had the sound of thunder, the ocean water rolling in and out with the island music in the distance to listen to during our hour-long session. Afterwards, we had scheduled an appointment with a photographer to take some pictures. Little did I know that as the photographer took us around the resort, John had planned one of the most romantic and special moments of my life. As we made our way from the garden back out to the beach, a message written in flowers on the sand, “Will you marry me?” came into view. I glanced at the message and then at John. He got down o his knee and spoke the words I had been longing to hear and of course I said "Yes"! The ring is beyond gorgeous. I haven’t been able to stop staring at its sparkle as I think about marrying the love of my life.”
Michelle & Derrick
Derrick visited Baxter’s on a number of occasions to custom make an engagement ring. He took me to Profile Rock in Freetown, MA which is where he first told me he loved me, and yet I still had no clue what was about to happen.
When we got to the top, he asked me to take a picture of him. He told me to wait so he could tak off his jacket, which I told him to keep on because it was raining and quite cold.
Regardless, he took off his jacket and turned around and got down on one knee. I then took a picture only to realize that written on his shirt was “Will you marry me?” It took me a few seconds to realize and then what Derrick says felt like eternity to answer, I said “YES!!
The ring is absolutely beautiful and I couldn’t be happier!! Thank you so much!”
Jennifer & Eric
While Jennifer was in nursing school, a mutual friend of ours introduced us. We had been dating for almost 3 years when I decided the time to propose had come. I was recommended to Baxter’s by a number of peole and my experience there could not have been better. My mom and I went to the store and were treated with honesty and respect throughout the process.
Jennifer and I were on vacation for a week in California driving up the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway. I thought that since she loved the ocean, this would be the best time for the big question. One evening in Big Sur we spent some time on the beach taking pictures of the sunset. I had my camera set up on a tripod and just as the sun set I got down on one knee and the camera captured our proposal. Of course she said "Yes" and we couldn’t be happier to be getting married March of 2016.
Evan & Michelle
Evan and Michelle’s love journey started at Bryant University with Michelle’s favorite marketing professor Dr. N. During her four-year tenure at Bryant, Dr N. was a great mentor and role model for Michelle, who always inspired her with her teachings to strive for greatness. Aspiring to be like Dr. N., Michelle selected Dr. N. as her professor for three of her classes, and as her internship coordinator at a large energy company.
Soon after she graduated, she was offered a full-time marketing position with the company. One day at a company event, her friend and co-worker’s phone started ringing. He was busy and asked her to answer the phone for him. She ended up talking for five minutes with a charming firefighter named Evan. Little did she know this person would be her future husband, and the son of my favorite Bryant professor, Dr. N.!
Their mutual love for the New England Patriots continued our story, as Evan brought Michelle to the home opener at Gillette Stadium in 2012. In November of 2014, not knowing if the Patriots would even make Super Bowl 49, a dear friend offered Evan tickets. As luck would have it, the Patriots made it to the Super Bowl, Evan proposed during the game, and to top it off the Patriots won! I guess you could say that the Patriots and Dr. N. are their good luck charms.