Thanks, guys, for all your warm wishes. It's wonderful to have so many people sharing the excitement.
Regarding the ring, I picked it out myself. Pirate didn't know what I liked and felt it was better to let me choose. Of course I would have liked whatever he selected because of what it represents, but it was nice to pick something really different! The 'petals' are tanzanite, there's a tiny diamond in the middle, and the setting is 9carat white gold. yay for durability!
Pirate took me ring shopping in Bristol and asked me to marry him outside the jeweler's shop. Yay for romance!
We're thinking about next September for the ceremony, so for the next 10 months this has officially become a wedding blog. sorry about that. if anyone catches a whiff of "bridezilla syndrome" you will tell me, won't you? you guys will get to hear all about the details as plans firm up, i assure you.
Thanks again for all the happy wishes! love and hugs to you all. xoxoxoxox