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One of a Kind Proposal

November 18, 2014

The One of a Kind Show is where I’m fortunate to meet many of my Canadian diamond engagement ring couples for the first time. Designing together and choosing the perfect diamond is a once in a lifetime experience where we become friends and I love to hear what happens after the ring leaves the studio, so I’ve asked if I can post! Here is the first of what I hope to be many stories of romantic proposals and if you have a unique story to share don’t be shy. Write to shelly.

Once upon a time, there was a boy who met a girl he could not forget. And while you may be wondering what Bill Murray has to do with this story, it actually begins many years ago.

Me, Brandon, and Bill Murray—A One of a Kind proposal

By Tamara

Brandon and I went to middle school together. He was quiet and sweet, whereas I was loud and constantly talking. We were 12 years old and word spread quickly that he had a crush on me. This led to a short romance where he avoided me completely but we remained friends throughout school.

In Grade 9, my family moved overseas but 14 years later I ended up back in Toronto. Out of the blue, I got a message on Twitter from Brandon asking if I was his old school friend from King City and I quickly responded that it was indeed me. Tweets led to texts and then phone calls and romance blossomed once again!

Out for dinner one night, we ended up at our favourite restaurant and just as we began our meal, Brandon looked up and saw the Bill Murray who stars in my favourite movie — Lost in Translation — He was hilarious and graciously posed for a picture with us.  I was beside myself at meeting him and he didn’t disappoint. I thought the night couldn’t get any better.

Brandon and I were so excited, and talked about our night all the way home. After getting ready for bed, I walked into our living room where Brandon was sitting on the couch, and I could tell something was up by the way he was looking at me.

“Don’t worry,” I said to him. “I’d never leave you for Bill Murray.” to which Brandon responded, “That’s good to hear because I have a question for you.” and getting down on one knee, he asked me to marry him!

He said he'd bought the engagement ring months ago, but couldn’t settle on the perfect way to propose. It wasn’t until that night and seeing how happy I was that he decided this was the moment to pop the question. Brandon is the kind of man who loves making others happy. He knew proposing would make a wonderful night absolutely perfect.

I have to admit I’ve dropped many a hint about the kind of engagement ring I wanted, even showing him a few on your website that I had seen at the One of a Kind Show, just in case he was thinking about making a move. Brandon never really dropped any hints of his own, instead making mental notes about the rings I showed him.

Ultimately, his visit to your studio really struck him. The experience was personable; the one-on-one interaction really helped guide him to picking out a Canadian diamond that would make a statement and symbolize how special our connection is.

My ring is classic, but unique, not something I’d see many other women wearing, which makes it all the more special. When I opened the box, I was ecstatic! My story with Brandon, the perfect ring, and Bill Murray, all ended up being “a dream come true!”  Thank you for helping make our engagement incredibly special. I love my ring.  I’ve even had strangers tell me how beautiful it is!


Shelly Purdy
Shelly Purdy