Love at first sight? Nah. When painter/illlustrator Tracey Atkinson first met new-media artist/designer (and my former People.com colleague) Paul Notzold at The Brooklyn Inn in January 2007, romantic lightning didn’t strike. But Paul walked Tracey home in the rain, so she agreed to see him again. Then she gave him a broken umbrella and sent him back to his own place! He showed up for their first proper date with a new umbrella for her. “It took a while before I saw ‘the diamond in the rough,'” Tracey told me in an email. But “once we started transporting my cat back and forth between our apartments, it became clear that we were always together and liked it that way.” Flash forward four years and Tracey and Paul are happily married with a bouncing baby boy. No wonder songs are written about umbrellas!
After Paul proposed on a bridge over the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, they were married at City Hall in August 2010.
Beautiful story and stunning ring. I should get engaged!
Yes, you should!
What a beautiful ring – before and after. You’ve done a gret job, Wendy!
I totally agree with Mary! Great story; awesome ring !!
I’ve never found yellow gold and diamonds all that attractive together, but I just adore the sleek shine of her rings! The contrast is so perfect, it really brings out the best of both.
Barbara Brandes says
You did a splendid job….love it.
Susan Tiner says
Beautiful love story, beautiful work. It’s neat that you like redesigning older pieces.
Maja Piraja says
I love these posts Wendy, it is so much fun to read about the process of redesigning jewelry!
Beautiful ring design with an even lovelier story behind it, Wendy!
gorgeous redux!! I’m actually up for a new setting for my 10 year.. so 2.5 years! think you can do a vintage/artdeco/filigree style?? haha
I can do any style!
For Those About To Shop says
That is a great story! I’ve heard the best marriages can be based on a love that grows on you rather than lust at first sight.
Katie, Interrobangs Anonymous says
I’ve never been a fan of mixed metals before, but the yellow and white golds combined here are stunning. I think it comes down to proportions and it’s just gorgeous.
Some of the more yellow diamonds really need to be set in white metal to brighten them up. But I’ve done other mixed-metal pieces just for the fun of it: http://wendybrandes.com/store/categories.php?category=Material/Mixed-Metals
These are one of my favorite types of posts from you, soooo awesome to see the story behind the end result
enjoyed the story and you did an amazing job with the ring
Madeleine Gallay says
I love the rings and your aesthetic is so fantabulous but seeing the progress, progression and understanding about the stones is every bit as exciting. Craft is just the most wonderful thing to see in progress.
And a love story ..
Thank you…it’s funny to me because I used to think people would be bored by the process!
Hi my dear-wow, you did a stunning job re-creating the engagement ring, it is exquisite and so very unique looking with the wedding band, well done indeed xxx
I really like how you interpreted the previous style and paid homage to it with the new style. You really put a lot of thought into that project–as you always do with your custom work.
It’s just beautiful!
The Style Crone says
Magnificent transformation with love story to reflect the rings.
Such a sweet story, almost sobbing at my desk! You are so incredible, Wendy. The design was so careful and thoughtful, with an exquisite result!
Susu Paris Chic says
I agree, doesn’t matter when you get the ring. Just that you get;)
So beautiful! And the photo of Tracey and Smith is just gorgeous.
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What a wonderful re-design of that ring, Wendy! It still has the same vibe as the original, but now it’s clean, classic and timeless.
Smith – great name and a great background for it.
OK..favorite post ever alert.
What a beautiful story…and her sons name…great meaning their…but mostly..I enjoyed seeing the before and after shots…you are amazing at what you do..
PS I LOVE that tiffany band…I looked at it when I got engaged…as a potential wedding band…and the way you worked WITH it..is just beautiful.
Love it all here.
great meaning “there” oops