Making the Memory
The story of how Heather forged a wedding band for her fiance' Dane and everything that it meant to them.
After working with Dane and Heather to help them make their own wedding band, we are honored to tell their special story, even though this is just their beginning. The couple originally came into the store with the expectation of choosing a simple wedding band. It just so happened that Dianna had just finished with the first "Make Your Own Wedding Band" experience and discussed it with the couple.
Heather told us that they both treasure experiences and time spent together. Given the opportunity to learn and make something symbolic of their life together, their decision to make their own wedding band was easy. Heather explained, "Physical things come and go, and while we both hope to have our wedding bands 'til the end, the one thing we won't lose is the memory of making it."
Heather went on to tell about the ultimate personal experience through their eyes.
The experience was just superb all around. It felt like it was much more than just another day in the office for the Dianna Rae team. The education and expertise they shared along with the camaraderie of the intimate evening in their shop felt like we were all close friends working together to ensure that Dane and I not only left with a beautiful hand made wedding band, but also a truly unique experience we would be able to share for a lifetime.
"Just as pressures and forces bring different metals together to create a stronger and more resilient one, we as humans also undergo stresses and outside forces that help shape us and bring us together to become stronger."
There are so many things about this experience that makes it meaningful for us. Some of it is pretty obvious, like the fact I hand made his ring or the fact that it is truly unique and one of a kind since not just any one or any machine made it. There is something inherently special about anything hand made. However for us, the meaning went much deeper.
Through the process, we saw how the act of forging this ring relates to life and relationships. We learned about goldsmithing and all that goes into hand making rings. We learned how different metals are heated, cooled, combined, and melted down to form a stronger and more resilient one. After being pressed, rolled, and bent, the ring was finally formed into shape. It became apparent that there was so much important symbolism that we could take away from this experience. In fact, we even referenced this new insight in our wedding ring ceremony. Just as pressures and forces bring different metals together to create a stronger and more resilient one, we as humans also undergo stresses and outside forces that help shape us and bring us together to become stronger.
In the end after a lot of work and a little polishing, we were left with new friends, more knowledge, a beautiful ring, and a symbolic memory stronger than what either of us could have anticipated.