Continuing our celebration of Stuller’s Year of the Wedding™, We are highlighting stunning rings and the Stuller associates who wear them.
Have you ever had a moment where everything just fell into place because you were in the right place at the right time? Imagine if just one detail was off in that moment — it could have just passed you by! Life has a funny way of bringing you exactly where you need to be for a great adventure, especially an adventure as great as love.
For Stuller’s Packaging & Displays Project Planner Hannah Foreman, she found herself in the perfect place when she met Lance. She never imagined where things would go, but the beautiful engagement ring on her finger will give you a hint that things have gone very well since.
Finding love at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic is reason enough to believe that true love will always find a way. Let’s dive into Hannah and Lance’s story and look at the stunning engagement ring designed just for her.
Right Place, Right Time
On March 14, 2020, Hannah was out celebrating a friend’s birthday and St. Patrick’s Day. Lance happened to be at the same bar that night because his cousin was the DJ. One of Hannah’s friends knew Lance and saw that he was sitting alone, so she invited him to sit with them. From that first moment, Lance caught Hannah’s eye and they talked all night — a scene straight out of a Hallmark movie.
However, in a story like this, not every detail falls neatly into place. Just a couple days later, Louisiana, along with the rest of the country, entered a quarantine period due to the COVID-19 pandemic where the two were unsure when they would get to meet again. Over the next three months, Hannah and Lance’s budding relationship was restricted to daily phone calls and texts. The couple did not get to experience their first date until June 2020, but both knew it would be well worth the wait.
Through Obstacles Came Growth
As we adjusted our way of living and the Lafayette community began to re-open, Hannah and Lance’s relationship grew. Eventually, they moved in together with Lance’s daughters — Brianna (14) and Brooksie (12), who Hannah adores. Earlier this year, the couple began to talk seriously about their future.
They knew what they wanted and on Mother’s Day in 2021, Lance spoke to Hannah’s mom to ask for her blessing. Robin Foreman, Hannah’s mother, is also a Stuller associate working as a Project Specialist in the Product Design & Development department. She helped Lance find the perfect ring for Hannah.
Something That’s One-of-a-Kind
One of the benefits of having your mother work with you at Stuller is being able to always send her ring styles you like and her having easy access to those. On top of that, Hannah’s mom works with some of the talented individuals that design all the products Stuller creates. When Lance approached Robin about a ring for Hannah, she wanted to help Lance give Hannah something no one else would have.
Judging from the styles Hannah sent her, Robin knew that Hannah was a fan of vintage-inspired engagement rings and that she wanted a matching band. Lance and Robin began with an emerald-shape accented engagement ring (123240) in our ever&ever® collection. With a little help from friends in Robin’s department, they adjusted the accent stones and the setting to fit the stone she wanted. Though similar in style to the original design, it is truly one-of-a-kind.
After working at Stuller for more than 20 years, Robin knew exactly who she wanted to ask to help her create the perfect rings for her daughter. Paul Arton and Melissa Borel in the Product Design & Development department created the CAD renderings and prepared them to go to casting. Mickey Guidry in the Model department prepped and polished the rings. Paul then received the casted rings and set all of the diamonds. Once they were done, Robin delivered the rings to Lance with her blessing.
Hannah’s engagement ring features a 1 carat lab-grown radiant-cut center stone with round natural diamond accents. Her preferred metal is 14K rose gold because it compliments her skin tone. She also has a band that matches the shank of the engagement ring.
The plan for Lance is to have a silicone wedding band for work, since he works with his hands a lot, as well as a tungsten band for everyday wear.
An Unexpected, Yet Perfect Proposal
Lance received the finished ring in September ahead of their planned trip to Orange Beach, Alabama to see a Brooks and Dunn concert in October. At this point, his daughters, family, and friends knew he was planning to propose. The only one left to find out was Hannah.
“I really thought that he would show some signs of nervousness that would give it away, but he never did,” says Hannah.
The one thing about the proposal that Hannah told him ahead of time is that she never wanted a public proposal. While Lance was very calm and collected holding onto the ring on the outside, he was very eager to pop the question.
After having dinner one night on their trip, they were on a boardwalk near the water at a popular restaurant in Orange Beach at sunset. Hannah was trying to think of where they should go next. She turned around to look at Lance in time to see him get down on one knee.
Once she said a couple of choice words for all the attention they were now receiving from the surrounding onlookers, she very happily said yes. Hannah and Lance plan to be married at the start of 2023 and their Stuller family couldn’t be happier.
A Hallmark Ending for a Hallmark Story
Can you imagine what would have happened if Lance’s cousin had not been the DJ at that bar that night and asked him to stop by? Can you imagine what would have happened if Hannah’s friend had not asked Lance to sit with them? Any one tiny change to this story and their futures would look very different. But that’s what is so special about a love that comes from being in the right place at the right time.
Are you feeling the love? Read a few of our recent Stuller Ring Story posts!