James & Loren - A Burkes Bridal Story


One day in the fall of 2015, Loren and James stopped by so Loren could pick out items for her wish list. While they were here they casually browsed engagement rings.

Loren made her wish list and they were on their merry way.

Fast forward to Christmas morning. Loren carefully opened a Burkes Box that she knew was holding the sterling silver Northern Neck Knot ring she had recently chosen to add to her wish list.

But, when Loren opened the box it was empty!


She looked up from the empty box to find James down on one knee asking for her hand in marriage with a beautiful diamond ring.

Moments later, James gave Loren's son, Kayson, a special dog tag with 12/25/15 engraved on the front. He asked Kayson if he could marry his mama. You see, James serves our country in the United States Air Force and giving his soon-to-be stepson a dog tag to commemorate this extra special Christmas was something that meant a lot to James. 

James, Kayson, and Loren

James, Kayson, and Loren


We had such a great time working with James to bring his vision for Loren's engagement ring to life. He carefully selected his diamond from a selection of dazzlers that we brought in just for him to view. He chose a stunning cushion cut diamond and had it mounted in a classic white gold halo setting with sparkling round diamonds flanking the center stone and continuing down the shank of the ring. Loren's ring is truly a classic beauty.


You see, that's what makes the Bridal experience at Burkes Fine Jewelers so unique. We work closely with our clients to bring in the perfect selection of diamonds for them. Then, they choose the one they love most!

Leading up to the wedding, we worked closely with James and Loren to modify her wedding band to be a custom wrap. Loren really liked the style of a wrap so Fred went to work and made it happen. Loren also purchased gifts for her lovely bridesmaids through our Burkes Bridal Benefits program. Her best gals wore matching earrings on the day of the wedding.

Burkes Bridal Benefits include 20% off his and her wedding bands and any wedding day gifts! Also included is a complimentary engagement photo session with Ashley Peterson Photography.

James and Loren's complete bridal set with the bridal set that belonged to Loren's late grandmother.

James and Loren's complete bridal set with the bridal set that belonged to Loren's late grandmother.


In the final days leading up to their wedding, Loren brought in her late grandmother's bridal set to be repaired, cleaned, and polished so she could wear them as her something old. What a treasure.

It was an honor to work with this special couple. We are so grateful to them for choosing to shop with us, their hometown jeweler, for their most precious pieces of jewelry.

Check out more of their gorgeous photos at the bottom of this page and over on Ashley Peterson's blog.

Congrats, y'all! We love ya!


View photos from their complimentary engagement session with Ashley Peterson Photography...