SK Love Stories

FRANKIE + AMBER’S STORY

It’s June, which means we are celebrating PRIDE! This month’s love story features some of our favorite clients, Amber Tisue and Frankie Cail. They came to us a while back for two custom rings, designed to be as unique as each of them, and we are so happy to have played a small part in this beautiful couple’s love story.

Names: Amber Tisue and Frankie Cail

Current Location: Los Angeles, CA.

Meeting Location: Santa Monica, CA.

Wedding Date + Location: TBD

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How did you meet?

We met at one of Amber’s music nights at a little restaurant called Santino’s. She was playing her guitar and singing for about an hour. I immediately fell in love with her, it was a feeling unlike I’ve ever had in my whole life. Something inside of me said, “at some point you will be with this woman.”

The proposal – please tell us the stories!

Well, there are two proposal stories, as we both wanted to ask each other, but Frankie popped the question first!

Frankie: We had originally planned to take a vacation to Tulum, however, two nights before we were to go, Amber had been watching the live cams which showed the terrible seaweed epidemic that took hold of Tulum. We both decided that this was not the time of year for us to go, and instead planned a last-minute trip up to Sedona.  I had visited Sofia about a month in advance and had the ring packed away tightly in my suitcase knowing full well that this was the trip I wanted to propose. Our drive to Sedona started off in all the right ways, with a side trip to a deer sanctuary about 45 minutes from the cabin we were staying in. We were so giddy to spend an hour with incredibly gentle animals and by the time we got to our beautiful cabin we were so excited to have had the chance to get away with each other. I was extremely nervous the whole day and night as I was anxiously waiting for the right moment to present itself for me to propose. The next day we woke up and decided to visit all of the energy vortex’s around Sedona. By the end of the day, we decided to take our final hike up Cathedral Rock. The hike up to the first Saddle was a bit challenging, in that we did not prepare ourselves with the right kind of shoes, thus, Amber decided to go barefoot and climbed all the way up and I followed. The whole day I was without the ring as I was too nervous it would have been discovered by Amber in our shared backpack, but on the final hike I brought it with me and as we built Cairns on the top of the first saddle together, Amber barefoot, no one around, I saw the moment and asked Amber to follow me to a small edge off to the side of the rock. We sat down, and I read a hand-written note that I had written the night before to Amber. And after we were both crying, I reached into the backpack pulled out the ring and asked her to marry me. It was sheer magic! We got engaged on May 23, 2018.

Amber: My proposal came 4 months after Frankie proposed to me. It was Labor Day weekend and I had planned to take Frankie to Santa Barbara, at least that’s what I was telling her where we were going. We got in the car on Saturday morning and headed towards Malibu and decided to stop at the Malibu grocery store to stock up on some snacks and some champagne. The entire time Frankie was questioning why we were buying things so early, as we had another 2 hours in the car. I told her ask no questions and after that I think she realized we weren’t going to Santa Barbara. We got back in the car and drove up the 23 onto the animal sanctuary/ property in which I played a music festival 5 years ago that we really fell in love at. I had contacted Debbie, the owner of the property, to stay in her bunkhouse with Frankie so that I could propose, and she granted me my wish, even though she doesn’t really allow anyone on the property anymore. As we drove up to the gate, Frankie knew, and it was incredible to see her sheer surprise. We were greeted by Debbie and we were given free reign over the property. All of the memories of the Drawing on the Moon festival flooded back in for us. I decided to take her out onto the farthest hill overlooking the whole valley at what was an incredible sunset. We sat down on the bench and I gifted her a book of love notes that were to be opened on special occasions and I brought our speaker to play her a song I had written and sung. I asked her to marry me on top of that same hill we fell in love.

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What is your favorite thing about your significant other?

Frankie: I love how passionate she is. Whether it’s about our love or about her hobbies (making music, ceramics) when she’s into something she goes all in. It’s a remarkable quality that I truly admire about her.

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What made you choose your rings?

Frankie: I had an idea of a ring for Amber for about 2 years before I got it made with Sofia. I went in with the image and idea that I found online and Sofia and I sat together a few times discussing how to make the ring unique and one of a kind and the result with the little black diamond around the halo to match the salt and pepper diamond in the middle is exquisite.

As it turns out, when Amber began the process of designing Frankie’s ring, we let her know that the diamond Frankie chose was part of a pair. When Amber saw the matching diamond, she knew that was the stone she wanted to use for Frankie’s piece..!

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Do you have any notable stories that have stood out over the years – hilarious, sentimental, anything!

Frankie: After Amber and I first met at Santino’s it wasn’t until a year and a half later that we ran into each other at one of our favorite DJ’s set at Sound Nightclub in Hollywood that we re-connected. We both got home around 6am and I decided to Facebook message her that I would love to take her out for a drink. She made me wait two weeks later to have our first date at The Other Room in Venice. Our first date lasted 7 hours and I never wanted it to end. Till this day we are forever our favorite DJ- Lee Burridge’s number 6 couple that has told him that we fell in love at his show. It’s truly so meaningful to us that this whole night happened because of him!

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What are you most excited about for your wedding? Are you going on a honeymoon?

Frankie: I’m most excited about the intimacy of our wedding and getting to spend quality time together and with the ones we love. Absolutely honeymoon! We’re thinking Thailand and Japan.

Do you have any advice for planning a wedding?

Make the wedding about you and what you two want.

We loved playing a part in this beautiful couple’s love story by creating a pair of custom rings as unique as them.

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