My story begins in the beautiful state of California, represented by the Napa Valley wine bottle charm (#2962). I was born near the Napa Valley, and this charm reminds me of spending time over a bottle of wine with my mom and my friends, which are moments that I cherish. My mother is one of the most important people in my life, and the Hibiscus with Hummingbird charm (#7770) reminds me of her and all the hardships she had to go through as a teen mom raising me into the person I am today. Life also wouldn’t be complete without woman’s best friend, and the Boxer charm (#0300) represents my love for my two Boxer dogs: Harley and Rogue. Over five years ago, my fiancé and high-school sweetheart gifted me a beautiful key necklace the first year he spent my birthday with me, which is perfectly represented by the Key to my Heart August charm (#8410-008). This was the first gift I ever received from him and I still wear and cherish it every day. My fiancé is in the Air Force, and we have been apart for over four years while he has been stationed either overseas or across the county. During his first two years, he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, which was a very difficult time for the both of us. Visiting him overseas was the first time I had ever traveled out of the country, and this moment is represented by the Japanese Torii Gate charm (#1491) because it reminds me of my trip and walking through these beautiful gates. In June, my fiancé proposed to me while I was visiting his new base in Florida. Nothing could represent this wonderful and surprising moment better than the Heart Engagement Ring Box charm (#3887), as it reminds me of my beautiful ring and the amazing moment I said yes to marrying my best friend. Our wedding is on February 15th, 2020, the day after Valentine’s Day, and is represented by the Rose with Stone charm (#6489) because red roses signify the beauty of falling in love in the month of February. The ending to my story, and the beginning of a new exciting chapter in my life, is represented by the Kiss the Bride charm (#8156) because I finally get my happily ever after and get to live the life I have always wanted with the person I love.
-Ashley C, Elk Grove, CA