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A Love Story

Posted on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 at 4:55 pm by Melinda

A great client and now a BFF of mine Charity Santibanez recently celebrated her 5 year wedding anniversary.  She shared her sweet love story on a recent blog post so I wanted to share! I'm so thankful to be a part of helping couples pick out the most treasured symbol in their marriage!

- Bling Queen


Raymond and I celebrated 5 years of marriage this past August. What a journey it’s been. All I can say is, God is good and He has blessed me with one INCREDIBLE man. Anyone who knows him knows he’s beyond AMAZING and truly my better half.

Let’s go back to where it all began…

Many moons ago…circa 2010 when we were just babes. We had been dating for 6 years since high school and were both attending different colleges. Raymond was playing football AND soccer for SAGU and I was working and going to a local community college after spending one year there with him. I remember it being tough juggling our semi-long distance relationship and my full-time job plus college but we made it work. The thought of marriage was at the top of our minds and we knew were ready to officially begin our life together. It was time to start looking at wedding rings.

We knew of a locally-owned-and-operated fine jewelry store at Firewheel Mall in Garland called Sam’s Fine Jewelry. We had passed by it a hundred times going to other places within the mall, Gloria’s restaurant, mostly. LOL. It was a special evening. There are so many emotions involved in picking out the ring the two of you will wed in…it’s an ALL THE FEELS occasion, let me tell ya.

When we walked in the door, we were greeted by the loveliest smile known to mankind. Seema Patel’s smile, that is. Imagine the most genuine, heartfelt person in the world and that’s her. We could tell from the moment we walked in she cared about US and WHY we came in. She immediately took us and we began playing in rings, only after she asked us to tell her our love story. There’s no way you could ever feel like just a wallet in this place, everyone was so pleasant, warm, and attentive.

The bridal selection couldn’t have been better. We sat for a couple of hours and custom built our very own gorgeous wedding ring.

A few months later…BAM!


He proposed to me after a romantic ride in a hot air balloon surrounded by family!

4 months later…the wedding.

The thing I love most about SFJ, is the genuine interaction they have with you. Afterall, this is a happy industry. They literally get to help you choose your lifelong gems that will eventually turn into family heirlooms. It’s a big deal in the first place and you find you become close to each other. In this industry, I think people get connected to one jeweler and that’s fine but it’s not realistic to think that one person will be there day in and day out. It’s important to know you will be properly taken care of by EVERYONE in Sam’s Fine Jewelry.  I have never been into the store, where I wasn’t greeted and treated like a Queen by the staff. They ALL genuinely care about why you’re there, what’s going on in your life and before you know it you’re texting each other regularly, are Facebook friends, and you follow each other on Instagram. That’s the sort of relational service you receive at SFJ.

As I mentioned earlier, this year Raymond and I celebrated 5 years of marriage. In honor of the occasion, we picked out the most darling stackable bands a la SFJ, of course.

Here’s what we chose…

I love the style of the look, edgy but classic all at the same time. Very non-traditional and I get tons of compliments not only for my original oval-shaped diamond but how amazing the trio look together! We couldn’t be happier.

I’m glad Raymond decided to “Say it with Sam’s” and chose the most genuine, classy place to do all of our fine jewelry business!

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Shop my stackable wedding bands here + here.

Love you all and as always, much love, loves!

Charity xx