How did you meet?
Beth was quite literally ‘the girl next door’ in Oak House, our Manchester Uni first year accommodation. We met in freshers’ week when my friend (Sam) invited me round for a few shandies before a night out. Understandably, Beth couldn’t keep her eyes off me and I decided I’d give her a shot. I cooked her an out-the-jar curry, and me and Sam sat and ate it (Beth generously donated her plate and naan bread). That was the first date! We went on to share a small single bed for the rest of first year and have lived together ever since.
Ben, how did you know Beth was “the one”?
Difficult to pin point any particular moment but if I had to. I took Beth home to meet the parents, but we stopped by to meet ‘the lads’ on our way. Let’s say Beth was intent on showing them she wasn’t any old girl and that she could handle her drink. 2 hours later and Beth is meeting Mum, for the first time, with the exception that Mum and I had to carry her to the car. And then to bed. You’re wondering why this makes her the one? Because my mum absolutely loved it, Beth was having a whale of a time, and when I woke up in the morning – she was in my Mum’s dressing gown, doing a jigsaw with my baby sisters and having a brew with my Granny. I thought, “fair play”.
What made you choose The Workshop for the ring?
Fast forward 6 years and we’ve landed between Leeds and Manchester (our places of work) in the lovely Hebden Bridge – buying our first house 50 yards behind The Workshop. After 6 years, you struggle to walk past a jeweller without being shown all of her favourite rings, all of which she said would be fine for her… I kid you not, every single time we walk into town. Then one day, she saw ‘the one’. And then every weekend for 6 months, she reminded me as we walk past. Then 1 week before we went to Mauritius, it had gone. Panic set in as not only had I not bought it – she might think I had (I managed to convince her I hadn’t)! So a few months later whilst Beth was living in China, I popped in to see if the guys could design one similar and they did, some stunning rings. But the twist is – ‘the one’ had simply been moved inside. So I bought it.
Tell us about the proposal.
5 months after I bought the ring (to Rob & Jen’s dismay as they were of the view I should get on with it) I took Beth down to Cornwall. We go a few times a year and this was no different, except I had a diamond ring with me, but the same otherwise. I took Beth to the beach which is 100 yards from the church she dreams of getting married in, on April bank holiday (30 degrees) and found a quiet cove. Whilst Beth was collecting shells, I buried the ring in a wooden box I made her for our first Valentines. When I called her back, I asked Ivor (Ivor is our 5yo Cockapoo, who I got for Beth’s 21st and is our world) to dig up the sand. He duly obliged and a small hole and a sandy nose later, he pulled out the box for her. We walked straight up to the church and spoke to the warden to set a date!
What’s the most amazing thing about each other?
Now, this is funny question as we’re not very cute. My view has always been “Once you find your best mate, just hope that she is attractive”. I’m punching well above my weight – so that’s both boxes. Like all good football teams, everyone needs to bring something to the party for it to work: I bring the common sense, organisation and pragmatism, Beth brings the fun, the energy and the mess (sorry). Ivor brings the Instagram likes.
If you would like to know more about getting something special designed and made at The Workshop, request our brochure or contact us. To see some of the beautiful bespoke pieces we have handcrafted here in Hebden Bridge, please visit our recent commissions page.