Floral engagement ring shows Oliver and Kei's blossoming bond

July 04, 2015

Floral engagement ring shows Oliver and Kei's blossoming bond

(Photo: Gwylan Goddard)

Choosing an engagement ring can be almost as daunting for a man as popping the question.

He'll often come to face the decision with a strong yearning for perfection, hopelessly offset by a complete lack of knowledge.

Oliver Loertscher was in a luckier position than most, being Chris' brother – but that didn't make it any easier for him to step into the intimidating world of choosing an engagement ring for his fiancée Kei, a floral designer.

“I didn't know anything about jewelry other than that it was bright and it sparkled,” he explained. “And I didn't even know if the designs I had in mind would be feasible.”

But if there was one thing Oliver knew for certain, it was the thing that brought his fiancée most joy – flowers.

“Her love of flowers is something that anybody can see, because her face just lights up whenever she speaks about them,” he said. “She likes a very natural and organic look, but has an appreciation for anything incredibly beautiful that grows naturally. She appreciates different flowers every day.”

And with his heart set on this theme, Oliver just needed some of Chris & Alix's creativity and expertise to help him come up with an unforgettable personalized engagement ring.

(Photo: Gwylan Goddard)

“I wanted something with a vintage feel to it and with a floral inspiration,” Oliver recalled. “I wanted my fiancee to have something that didn't just look like a run-of-the-mill ring, and I really love the stuff that Chris & Alix do.

“I was worried that I wasn't communicating what I wanted very well, but I was really impressed – it was almost as if Chris wanted it to be better than I did! She explained every detail and answered my questions, and it was a great experience.”

Keeping the beautiful floral ring a secret, and sticking to his plan of presenting it to Kei on the couple's fifth anniversary, became increasingly difficult for Oliver.

“I could tell she was becoming suspicious and it became more and more difficult to hold off on the proposal,” he said. “I told her I needed to focus on getting through my studies, but I knew I couldn't put it off for much longer than I already had!”

The resulting ring was just what he'd hoped for – and it got a better reaction from Kei than he could have imagined.

“She teared up right away,” he recalled. “For the first week she was probably looking at her left hand more than she was looking at me!"

“We absolutely love the ring – every time we look at it we fall in love with it even more.”

(Photo: Gwylan Goddard)

The couple, who live in Toronto, got engaged on May 22, and will be married on October 8, 2016.

We wish them all the best!

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