First of all, we would like to say a huge congratulations on your engagement, such a special time for you both! Would you like to walk us through the big moment?
Sierra: It was everything I could have dreamt of. Tyson and I had been together for 9 years before he proposed and I was adamant it wasn’t going to happen anytime soon, as we had always communicated that if we were to ever get engaged it would be overseas where the rest of the world couldn’t find us. Just the two of us alone.
We used to always take turns organising a date night once a month and it was his turn to organise the next one so I had in my mind he was just taking me to a nice restaurant and a night away, but boy was I wrong. Tyson booked a beautiful estate down in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, and organised for my best friend who is a florist to set up the most amazing florals in the most beautiful shades of purple, as a tribute to my mum who has passed. His sister hid around the corner to capture the moment. I was so adamant that he wasn’t proposing, and even after I saw the florals and the place he hired I didn’t catch on until he asked me to put my bag down and grabbed my hand and started asking me to marry him. Then I just froze and cried, but it was the most thoughtful and amazing proposal I could have ever wished for.
Tyson: It was the most stressful day of my life. Not only was I the most nervous I have ever been to do anything in my whole life, but everything that could have gone wrong seemed to be going wrong. As we left to go to our “Date Night”, my car engine light came on and I couldn’t bring myself to risk a break down on the way to the estate, because I had everything timed and ready with my sister and Sierra’s best friend who were setting everything up for me. So I drove back and swapped cars, trying to hide some of the items I had put in the boot when changing cars, as I felt this would have made Sierra very suspicious. Then on the way down the sky turned black and it started pouring down rain, I thought “this can’t be happening”. But in the end it could not have worked out any better. The skies cleared just in time for the proposal, and through all the shock and tears, she managed to say “Yes”.
It sounds as though the stars aligned in the end! How did you celebrate the special milestone?
The estate was hired for the weekend, so we celebrated with champagne, some food platters and a couple of relaxing pool days.
How long have you been together and what is the story of how you met?
We have been together for 10 years now, although we have known each other and been friends for 14 Years. We met in High School. We were close all of the way through school, but finally made it official in Year 12. Tyson wanted to make it official a lot earlier in high school. Luckily he is persistent, because we both agree that waiting until we were older and away from the pressure of a high school relationships was definitely worth it.
What are you looking forward to most about marriage?
We both feel, although we have been together for a while now, that we are officially starting our forever together.
Tyson, it has been such a joy co-creating Sierra’s ring with you. Can you tell us a little about why you chose the Oval Ceremonial Solitaire?
The choice of the diamond came a lot easier than I thought it would. I feel like I know Sierra’s taste well enough to have decided on the shape well before communication with Louise Jean. And as cliche as it sounds, I feel like the oval shape is timeless and I didn’t want to risk going for anything that Sierra might eventually come to dislike. In saying that though, I had absolutely no idea about anything other than the shape of diamond that I was after. I felt like I was in a whole new world speaking a whole new language with some of the aspects that come with selecting a ring. But thankfully, Kelsey from Louise Jean was one of the kindest most helpful people that I have ever been in contact with. She made the whole process so easy and was so understanding and patient with all of my questions. I learnt a lot through the selection process and couldn’t be more grateful for Kelsey guiding me through it all.
Sierra, what was it like to see your ring for the first time?
Oh my gosh! I couldn’t tell if I was crying because of the engagement or my ring, It was everything I had ever wanted, it was a beautiful timeless piece, simple gold band with a stunning diamond, I still catch myself just looking at it thinking how lucky I am.
What do you envision for the big day, are you planning a celebration close to home?
We are getting married three hours south of where we live in a small town called Braidwood at the wedding venue Mona Farm. We are both quite reserved people so a big wedding was not on the cards for us. We have chosen to have an intimate wedding with just our closest friends and family invited to celebrate with us over a 3 day weekend. Our vision for the weekend is a timeless, formal winter wedding with a monochrome colour palette.
You have chosen the Fluir ring as your wedding band Sierra, what drew you to this style?
Tyson and I flew up to the beautiful Louise Jean showroom in April last year to look at wedding bands to sit beside my engagement ring, I tried on almost all the Louise Jean wedding bands but couldn’t go past the Fluir Ring, I loved the way the different sized diamonds complimented my engagement ring yet didn’t take away from the diamond. It was just perfect and I can't wait to wear it!
So many exciting moments ahead for you both, what memories do you look forward to making as a couple?
Receiving my Louise Jean milestone ring after 10 years of marriage! Joking, but not joking. We’re looking forward to travelling the world together, buying our forever home and eventually starting our own family, with plenty of pets and animals in the picture.
Photographer: House of Lucie