Xandy & Ahlia

Xandy & Ahlia

1) How did you meet and fall in love?

We met at a Cafe that Ahlia worked at on Queen Street, Auckland. I was getting a tattoo at the tattoo parlour across the hall and went over for a snack halfway through the session (8 hours long!) and found out it was actually a Cat Cafe!

Ahlia mentioned to my tattooist I could come in anytime for snacks, I left my phone number with my tattooist, who was friends with Ahlia and the rest is history!

2) Tell us about your proposal? 

I organized a weekend away to Queenstown during COVID Level 1, with one of our friends (needed a photographer!). It was all planned, we caught an early morning flight down, rented a car and drove to Wanaka.

This was a special place due to its beauty and I lived there for a while before we met. I knew the perfect spot on the Old Wharf overlooking the lake and mountains.

The morning could not have been more perfect, no wind or clouds, a perfect setting for the proposal.

Ahlia had no idea it was coming. We posed for a photo, Sophie (Ahlia's best friend) gave the cue when the shot was framed just right, I got down one knee and popped the question.

2) Tell us about your Nolan and Vada engagement ring and why you chose it? 

radiant cut teal sapphire engagament ring three stone

I chose a pear-shaped white sapphire centre stone with trillion cut matching side stones, the ring also has a hidden Alexandrite inside the band.

I went with this arrangement due to Alexandrite being Ahlia’s birth stone, as well as white sapphire being a Gemini birth stone.

Furthermore, knowing the stones were naturally and sustainably sourced via Nolan and Vada, made the choice to use them a no brainer!