Friday, March 07, 2008

Wedding Planning While The World Watches ... And Helps!

Men sometimes say women over-plan their weddings. That's even a popular theme in movies (scripts chosen to bring men to romance genre movies, I'm sure). But what happens when the owner/executive chef of a Minneapolis catering company proposes? He and his fiancé plan it publicly in a major magazine and accept tips from readers, of course!

Wedding Proposal Roberto Coin Ring in Magazine AdAmazing Proposal!

A former voice over student of mine, Kathryn Janicek, (soon-to-be Kathryn Lane) is blogging about her planning journey leading to her wedding. You can even email her your wedding tips. (You can follow the blog in Minnesota Bride or METRO magazine.)

Nate Lane, her fiancé, proposed through an ad in METRO magazine (right). He handed it to her an hour into a live show. Quite the show stopper! (As if that ring wasn't enough!) Nate's company, Thyme to Entertain, is a full-service catering company serving the Twin Cities.

Thousands of Listeners ask, "When's The Wedding?"

And if all that wasn't enough, Garrison Keillor even mentioned the proposal on the air--Nate proposed during the live A Prairie Home Companion show! (Nate proposed just before the intermission, Keillor mentioned it at the start of the second hour.) So far they have decided on a small family wedding on November 8, 2008 to be held in a beautiful old church in downtown St. Paul, and a reception on a yacht on the Mississippi.

Did You Look Closely At The Ring?

When Dave and I married, I custom-designed a semi-traditional gold and sapphire wedding ring around a beautiful diamond that had been in Dave's family for generations. Kathryn, by her own description, wanted something different: a non-traditional “ring of substance” that didn’t scream “engagement ring.”

Notice the ruby on the INSIDE of the Roberto Coin ring (above). Of course, there's a story that goes along with that:

Do You Believe in Legends?

According to an ancient Egyptian legend (so the story goes), wearing a ruby near the skin promoted a long, healthy and happy life. Women in ancient times were said to use it to promote fertility, and Burmese warriors supposedly inserted genuine rubies beneath their skin to protect them.

Ruby next to skin in Roberto Coin RingHere's a pic of Kathryn, and here's what I believe: Finding a man who proposes so thoughtfully, regardless of the ring, is good luck! I wish Kathryn and Nate every happiness, a great wedding, and a wonderful life together. Go Kathryn and Nate!!

Update: Broken Links
If you have any trouble with the links in this post, click here, and then try again. The database for METRO magazine likes to have already been opened in your browser before showing you specific posts, according to my resident nerd (my husband!)


  1. I LOVE the ruby on the inside of the ring . .

  2. Oh Sarah - what an amazing blog. You've recapped the entire thing! Thank you again - what a terrific surprise.

  3. So, did she get married or not?