*FIRST ANNIVERSARY - We head to San Francisco and buy onyx rings at a tourist hut in Sausalito. Steve's breaks a month later when he hits his hand on the kitchen table. I get angry, then mine breaks a week later when I catch my car keys in my hand.
*A FEW MONTHS LATER - We go to Maya on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles and buy cheap $5 silver rings that fit on our middle fingers (placed there because we've only been together a year and are not officially married). They're pictured centered.
*FOUR YEARS LATER - We go on a hiking into the jungles of Hawaii with then-girlfriends Meghan & Molly. After hiking 8 exhausting hours across the Big Island, traveling up and down hills from pine forest to rain forest climates, Steve starts shouting, "This is insane! We're like f-ing hobbits!" On the hike out it rains, the rivers swell, we almost die, but eventually make it to salvation for pizza and facials.
*MY FOLLOWING BIRTHDAY - Steve uses the silver rings to figure out my ring size and order us two One Rings from Lord of the Rings. Yes, they're official, with elvish writing on the inside. Yes, we're THAT geeky (in case you haven't figured that out yet). They're pictured on the left, above.
*LAST WEEKEND - We picked up our wedding rings from a certain store in Beverly Hills. Too nervous to leave them in their pretty red bag in our pretty red Mini Cooper, we decide to wear them for a couple hours while purchasing wedding clothes. We then put them back in their boxes and hid them until the big day.
*SEPTEMBER 20, 2008 - The rings will go on our hands for good.
We can't believe it's finally happening.