Sadie and Scott Lawson’s origin story might be familiar to many: they met at work.
ONCE UPON A TIME…
“I was a PE teacher and Scott had recently left the Royal Marines to run the Military and Public Services Diploma at Bicton College in East Devon,” says Sadie. For her, it was love at first sight. “I remember his first day and being totally in love with his dimples!” she laughs.
The pair became really good friends but, says Sadie, she was too scared to tell him how she really felt. Until, that is, the Christmas break loomed. “I plucked up the courage, knowing that I would have two weeks of not seeing him if the feeling wasn’t mutual!”
Luckily, it was, and the pair tied the knot in July of last year in Devon’s stunning Rockbeare Manor.
While the day itself was an expert feat of planning from the couple, the proposal, on the other hand, took Sadie by surprise.
“Scott organised a surprise mermaid and pirate-themed party for my 30th birthday and he proposed in front of all of my family and friends!” Sadie recalls. “I didn’t even know he was planning a party, so I had absolutely no idea he was going to propose. I remember him doing a speech, thanking everyone for coming and for keeping it a surprise – then he suddenly said, ‘like all good pirates, I have some treasure…’ and got down on one knee!”
Scott picked the ring himself with the help of Sadie’s best friend – but he had some idea of Sadie’s taste, as a colleague of the couple’s had a trilogy ring Sadie had always admired. “He’d picked up on this years before, when we were just friends,” Sadie says.
Her BFF was on hand to steer him in the right direction, too: “She suggested princess cut and at least 1ct in diamond weight!” Sadie laughs. “I like my jewellery to be a little different than the norm, so the trilogy setting is perfect – and I love that each stone represents the past, present and future.”
As for wedding rings, “I chose a 1ct half eternity with princess-cut diamonds on platinum, to match my wedding ring,” says Sadie, whose wedding ring was also from Fraser Hart. On the week of her wedding, there was another surprise in store: “My mum took me to Fraser Hart to have my engagement ring cleaned and then asked me to pick a diamond bracelet for my wedding day, too!”
A LITTLE ADVICE
Sadie recommends focusing on what you want in your engagement ring. “Get what you want – no matter what others think!” she says. “I worried that my wedding ring would be too sparkly, as I have three big diamonds on my engagement ring, but it’s very me!”
Finally, she says – it helps to have someone on your side. “Make sure your best friend knows what ring you like, just in case!” she laughs.
All pics courtesy of Sadie Lawson ¦ Instagram