Rachel & Ben

how did you meet ?

Ben and I met at work!  We both work for an airline.  He works in the aircraft maintenance department and I am a flight attendant.  We met about five years ago as new employees, both eager to try out our new travel benefits!  Our first date was a day trip to Washington DC.  We explored monuments and museums and got to know each other.  After that date, we immediately knew that we were excellent travel companions and our relationship grew from there as we explored the world together!

why did you choose filigree ?

We fell in love with Filigree immediately because it was different than all of the other stores we had shopped at.  To us, it didn’t feel as special to try and choose a ring out of the huge catalogues that you see at most jewelers, and it was overwhelming!  Filigree showed us that engagement ring shopping can be a true treasure hunt.

Vintage rings are special, unique, and timeless!  It was so much fun to try them on, and to find one that really felt like me.  We were very impressed with the quality at Filigree. The vintage/antique jewelry was refurbished beautifully and we loved the custom pieces as well.  Both of us couldn’t be any happier with my ring, and we would recommend Filigree to anybody who is starting to look at rings!

How did you propose ?

Ben took me on a road trip up north in the fall of 2018 to see the colorful trees.  He proposed near Grand Marais on a beautiful rocky beach on Lake Superior.  I wasn’t expecting it to happen that day, but I suspected the proposal may be in the near future because my favorite ring at Filigree was no longer on their website 🙂

Anne & Adam

how did you meet ?

Bicycles — and pants! We lived in Dallas at the time and Adam was a buyer for a large bicycle retailer; Anne worked in sports, but also had a clothing line of commuter bicycle apparel and Adam placed an order for a size run of the pants. A year or so later, we re-connected over a shared love of sports, travel, and dogs! We recently moved to Minneapolis for Adam’s work in the bicycle industry at Quality Bicycle Products. Anne no longer sells pants, but she still works in sports.

why did you choose filigree ?

We really believe in connections with people and places. We also really like things that have a neat history and a special provenance behind them, or, in the maker’s spirit, come directly from the person who made them. The proposal was a surprise to Anne, and Adam knew that he wanted to choose an engagement ring together, so he proposed with a casual diamond ring that Anne now wears on our athletic adventures, like riding bikes or hiking. Since we were new to Minneapolis, we searched online for jewelers who offered estate pieces — and we found Filigree! Walking in, there were a few reasons we knew that Filigree was the place for us: The space itself has a neat design that we love: modern and historic all in one (even the art on on the walls is similar to Anne’s paintings). Also, the stunning collection features both original, modern designs as well breathtaking estate pieces — but, the best reason of all is that we have truly enjoyed working with Catherine, Brent, and the whole team.

We selected a 30s-era estate piece for the engagement ring, but later worked with Brent to have him create our bands so that they would have a modern look, but also complement the engagement ring. Adam’s band is truly a striking design, featuring an elongated 6mm emerald cut stone that almost seems to float within the brushed white gold band.

We love the mix of old and new and the provenance that our three rings have, and we love the connection we now have with the people at Filigree.

How did you propose ?

We’d spent New Year’s 2019 with some of our closest friends in downtown Chicago. Anne’s hometown of St. Charles is a Chicago suburb, so we swung through for a night and stayed at historic Hotel Baker. Before driving back to Minneapolis the next day, our plan was the stop in nearby Elgin at a one-room wooden church that Anne’s maternal ancestors built on their land after immigrating from Scotland in 1840. The church is where Anne was christened and is one of her most cherished places. That cold, snowy January day was the first time she was showing Adam the church … so it was especially fitting Adam proposed in front of the church while they were there. And, in December 2019, we were married in the church!

 

Photography by: Michael Hubatch

 

Tess & Nicholas

how did you meet ?

We meet in Austin, Texas while we were both living there. It was my first weekend exploring the city and a coworker invited me to watch the Vikings Game with a few of his midwestern friends. Nicholas was there with our mutual friend and as soon as I walked in Nicholas’ dog jumped at me! The rest is history!

why did you choose filigree ?

I have always been drawn to antique jewelry and Filigree always has a beautiful collection. It was the only place we looked and found the ring of my dreams!

How did you propose ?

It was just an average night and Nicholas made my favorite dish, Green Curry. I had no idea he was going to propose. I don’t remember much except for crying once I saw the ring and him on one knee!

Photography by: Mikayla Dawn

 

Annie & Tony

how did you meet ?

We met online… Match.com. Traded only a handful of messages before meeting up for brunch at the Hi Lo diner in my neighborhood. A very sunny and pleasant morning turned into a long stroll along the Mississippi River Gorge. Fortunately Annie brought her hiking shoes! …actually she jokes about that because she was wearing dress flats. Still she proceeded to trudge over rocks and hills without a care.

why did you choose filigree ?

I appreciated the quality, selection, and service. Annie led me to the ring she wanted. However, we are both very happy with the service. So much so that I returned to buy her additional jewelry.

How did you propose ?

I knew I wanted to marry her within a few months of meeting. However, I waited for the opportune moment. She had told me of a particular ring she liked (on Filigree’s Etsy page).

It was simple and elegant (much like Annie), and very different from what her friend was interested in. She showed these to me as a comparison very briefly one day. I took note and went to buy it shortly thereafter. After I secured the hardware, I waited for the opportune moment. 

Travel is important to both of us, so i knew I wanted to pop the question in a location that would be meaningful for both of us. I decided upon the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Washington State (https://www.tulipfestival.org/). Tulips are one of her favorite flowers, and she had told me about her travels to Holland while studying in Belgium. The Pacific NW is a favorite place of mine, and I could imagine getting down on one knew in a field ablaze with color.

Jessie & Max

how did you meet ?

We met at the Downtown Minneapolis YMCA. We had seen each other in passing a number of times, but we formally met when he asked me to race him up the stairs at a bootcamp class. Of course, I agreed, and that’s when we hit it off. We then began attending yoga and bootcamp classes together, and eventually started teaching our own classes as a team.

why did you choose filigree ?

We stumbled upon Filigree online while searching for unique and vintage wedding bands. Once we visited the shop, we knew it was the perfect place to purchase our wedding bands. The staff helped us create a beautiful stack for me and the perfect band for Max. I always love telling people the history of each of the rings in my stack.

how did you propose ?

We had been talking about getting married for a couple of months and began ring shopping together, but the actual proposal was a surprise to me. We had gone to our regular Friday night yoga class and came home to make dinner. Max asked me if I was going to shower, and I said, “Not until later.”

Well, little did I know he was about to propose me right then and there eating philly cheese steaks in our gym clothes. It was perfect and low key, which was right on par with our laid-back style.

Roshini & James

Miranda & Miles

how did you meet ?

We were introduced through two of our best friends who were dating at the time, and also graduated from the same high school as I. Little did we know we actually met previously during high school since Miranda went to a homecoming dance with a friend of mine. After Miranda and our friends sifted through past yearbooks she decided to take the initiative and reach out via Facebook re-introducing herself and saying we should know each other if our friends are together. I waited probably 30 seconds after receiving that message before I reached back out, set up our first date, and the rest was history.

why did you choose filigree ?

We had actually been looking at engagement rings together for a few months but nothing stood out. We thought making something custom was going to be the way to go, however we never saw anything that truly looked unique and different to us that we could pull inspiration from. During this process Miranda came across the Little Black Room within MP3 with her mother and sister while shopping for my birthday. Since the pop-up was new to us (we were living in Chicago at the time and hadn’t been back for a while) Miranda and her family wandered in and immediately spotted her ring. It was different, incredibly unique, she had just never seen anything like it (and the photos can prove that). Sharon helped answer all her questions through the process, made the whole experience much less intimidating, and I got a phone call about 30 minutes later saying she found the ring. Without her knowing I worked with Sharon and purchased the ring 2 weeks later.

how did you propose ?

Awkwardly… My parents had just moved into their new space and I had disguised a trip from Chicago back to Minnesota as a “house warming” that we needed to attend. From there I had her family and my family (without them knowing the proposal was happening) come together to celebrate my parents new home while we began the 7 hour drive back with our dogs. During those 7 hours I rehearsed what I was going to say in my head just about the entire trip. Once we arrived, I walked around the car, opened the door for Miranda, and instantly forgot everything I was going to say. It was about 3 minutes of blacked out mumbling with random tangents and awkwardness. During that Miranda quickly picked up on what was happening and began to look around to see if the family was watching, which meant I had to bring her attention back to my awkward attempt instead of looking around. As I got down on one knee and asked her I was greeted by an “I KNEW IT!” before even saying yes as I put the ring on her finger. After that moment we were able to walk into a room full of family and completely surprise them. End of the day it was very us and pretty great to see we could still get butterflies around each other even after years of being together.

Sarah & Mike

how did you meet ?

we are an actual online dating success story. mike had taken a break from online dating and i was about to when i decided to respond to this guy who had messaged me a couple of months ago. (he had a soul patch in his profile picture, what was i to think?) we had a pleasant first date at Psycho Suzies where i was sick with the plague and mike survived. One date led to more, and before i knew it I had my perfect partner.

why did you choose filigree ?

We both have a love for the classics and things that have stood the test of time. When house shopping we knew we wanted an older house and at 112 years old, it fit the bill. When it came time to shop for our wedding rings, I knew i wanted something with a history that we could add to in our own way. I met Catherine and Brent a few years before when doing some birthday shopping for myself. Catherine knew before I did that I would be buying my wedding ring from them.

We were married at Culzean Castle in Scotland, UK. An 18th century castle and the antique rings were a perfect accompaniment to so much history.

how did you propose ?

After living in our house together for 7 months we spent a day moving my office to the newly renovated home office. This included bringing all the office equipment up 3 flights of stairs and multiple trips between NE and south minneapolis. To celebrate we walked to the pub down the street for beers and burgers and on returning home we got into comfy clothes for some chill time. When standing in the kitchen Mike wouldn’t take his hand out of his pocket and was acting strange. I kept asking what was going on and finally he pulled out a ring he had made out of a two pence coin from our last trip to London and asked me to marry him. I didn’t think it was real at first and then made him get down on a knee 🙂 I said yes, we popped some bubbly and the rest was perfect. I did give him grief for proposing to me while i was wearing yoga pants and lemurs on my socks…they are now affectionately known as my “engagement socks”.

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Kasey & Carl

how did you meet ?

Several years ago, we first met through mutual friends, one of Kasey’s best friends in particular. Not many months later, we were both encouraged and somewhat “pushed” towards one another. Kasey visited Rochester to watch the production of “Grease” with some friends. I was part of the cast in that show and afterwards, Kasey and her friends celebrated the show with members of the cast. Even though we were seated right across the table from one another, we were both too shy to say much to the cute boy/girl across the table. Only a few weeks later, Kasey revisited Rochester again, and this time we connected. As my wife loves to remind me, it was her that asked me out on the first date a few days later!

why did you choose filigree ?

I knew that Kasey had an affinity for vintage style and design, and wanted something unique but classic. I went to a few of the typical jewelry stores in the metro that you always hear on the radio, but whenever I would inquire about vintage style engagement rings, they typically brought out their version of “vintage.” This was usually a ring that had some small etchings or little designs but seemed very unauthentic to me. Nothing grabbed my attention and I wanted to make sure I had the perfect ring. I mentioned my frustration to a friend from the gym, Zach Kopp, who had just had a wonderful experience with Catherine and Brent as he purchased an anniversary gift for his wife, and suggested I check out Filigree. As soon as I walked in, I knew I had found the right spot. Brent and Catherine were so incredibly helpful. They had the knowledge to help me make my choice while also tailoring to the vision and requirements I had for the perfect engagement ring. Kasey loved the vintage yellow-gold ring I found, and we were so impressed with Filigree it was a no-brainer to come back for our wedding bands and my wedding gift for her.

how did you propose ?

The lake cabin has always held a special place for us with memories of holidays spent there together. So it seemed fitting to add another! I had the proposal all planned out; a relaxing day, followed by a home-cooked meal, followed by getting down on one knee. However, Kasey had her own plans that did not make it easy on me. She suggested shopping in the town square, checking out the local brewery, and winding down with a late evening dinner on the porch. After managing to cram all the activities into the day, we made it back with enough time for dinner before the sunset. Following dinner, I gave Kasey a hand-made book filled with personal messages and notes I’d written her over the course of our time together and ending with “I have to tell you one more thing…” Then I led her outside, traveled down the stairs to a yard strewn with sunflowers (her favorite), and across the lawn to the shoreline… got down to one knee, and asked her to marry me! She said yes ☺

 

 

Photography by : David Puente Photography

Rebecca & Joe

I cannot express to you how in love I am with my ring that you helped Joe to create. I look at it multiple times a day and it is the perfect ring. We spent a fair amount of time looking at stores in the Twin Cities, and nothing I tried on felt quite right. Little did I know Joe had a plan to design one for me, and I am so glad he chose you for the project!

I have had multiple people – friends and people I don’t even know – say things like “I love your ring! It is so unique and timeless!” Thank you so very much. You have a very special place in my heart.

Cheers!
Rebecca & Joe