Engagement information

We had our announcement put in my hometown paper, the Billings Gazette, on Easter Sunday.  Check it out by clicking *here*.  It’s getting real (but somehow time is still going very, very slowly).  Can’t wait until August 4th!


Save the dates went out today!  I decided to get a little creative with it and make a slide show/movie.  And of course I had to throw in a little Bright Eyes to go along with it.  We’ve been engaged for about five months, but now it feels like we can really start celebrating with all of our guests.  And it feels like the countdown to our wedding is really on.  Everyone says it goes by quickly, but it seems pretty slow to me!  Anyway, check out our save the date if you’re interested:

Eric & Andrea’s save the date

Our engagement pictures are available for viewing!  If you go to the Nashan website and click “your event”, you’ll be able to scroll down to us {labeled Jones/Hagfeldt, naturally}.  We’re really excited about them.  I’m more partial to some more than others purely for vanity’s sake.  I don’t know anyone who thinks their big cheesy grin is flattering :).  Melanie did a great job, and she was wonderful to work with.  So professional, yet so laid back and fun.  Great combo if you ask me.  Enjoy!


I love sapphires!  I have always thought they were such a beautiful stone.  I used to beg my mom to let me wear her sapphire ring around the house (I don’t think I was ever successful…that ring is a prize possession of hers).

There are a lot of reasons I wanted a sapphire for my engagement ring.  First, it’s both Eric’s and my birthstone (September babies!).  Also, it’s a gem that is mined in Montana.  And, of course, my favorite color is blue 🙂  I was really excited when Eric and I started ring shopping, but nothing was really catching our eyes in the bigger stores.  We decided to try this small mom and pop jewelry store in Columbus called “Montana Gem“.  They actually design their own jewelry and mine their own sapphires or purchase them directly from the person that mined them.  The bonus?  They pick and choose diamonds to make sure they are conflict-free.

Because they didn’t have the exact ring we wanted in their gallery, they let us look through their catalogs and select a setting we loved.  Then they brought out their sapphires and let us select one from their collection.  I still have to ask if this particular sapphire came from Lewistown or Philipsburg.  The end result is a ring I absolutely love!  The stone is gorgeous, and the setting is very vintage-looking.  Thanks, Randy and Katie (Eric too, I suppose)!

So it would probably be good to start with some basic information. Eric and I just got engaged on June 20, 2011, but who am I kidding? Everybody saw this coming from a mile away! So, needless to say, we’ve been doing a little bit of “pre-planning”, if you will. I’ll get to that information in later posts. I figured I should probably dedicate this post to the “Proposal Story” (awwww…). So here goes:

Eric and I went to Missoula to see a concert of one of my favorite artists – Ray Lamontagne and his band, The Pariah Dogs.

I think I was meant to quit my job and be their roadie...

He was playing with another artist: Brandi Carlile (she’s pretty incredible, by the way).

Can cover Johnny Cash and do it well.

This show was so good that I want to quit my job, buy a Volkswagon Bus, and follow them around the country. Anyway, I digress.

We didn't quite make it this far. Stupid snakes.

We were staying with my cousin in Hamilton and decided that since we had some time to kill before the show and it was such a beautiful day, we would go for a hike. The Canyon Creek Trailhead in Bloggett Canyon is only about 10 minutes from her house, so we drove up there and hiked. It was a great trail: rushing creek, beautiful mountain views, etc…  It was great up until the second snake we ran across.  That’s about the time we decided we had gone just far enough.  So, we went back down the trail and started driving to town.

At a clearing in the trees, Eric wanted to stop and take some pictures of the valley below. He brought his tripod and asked me to stand so he could adjust the camera to get us both in the picture. I wasn’t paying attention (not unusual for me), and when I turned around, he was next to me on his knee and holding a ring box. To be honest, I don’t remember what he said because I was so excited. I think I said something like “Eric! What are you doing!” as if I was the only person in the world who didn’t know what the single-leg kneel was going to lead up to. Of course I said yes, and he had to remind me that there was a ring involved in this process and he would like to be able to put it on my finger, so I needed to stop hugging and kissing him for just 30 seconds.

Fortunately, Eric had set up his camera to automatically take pictures every 30 seconds, so we have documentation of the whole thing. Very creative guy! You may be asking yourself “Well, if there is evidence of this event, where is it?” Valid question. 99% of the pictures we have are taken by Eric, so they are just sitting at his house waiting to be uploaded. I promise I will post them as soon as I can! Ladies: ring pictures will be included.

Update:  got the pictures! (Note: these aren’t staged.  Somehow Eric’s camera got the exact pictures we wanted.  Pretty amazing!)

I was not expecting this!

"Oh yeah! The ring! I forgot!"

Awww, precious!