A few weeks ago, my brother Ryan McDermitt, and long time friend Carrie Zoltowski got engaged! It was over a year ago that I was taking my brother to the airport, as he was on his way to NYC for a business trip. I had told him a few days earlier that he should meet my “crazy” friend Carrie, as she worked for Marc Jacobs, lived in the city and I knew she would be happy to show him around. Unfortunately, he never did see much of NYC, as the bar they were supposed to meet at had been torn down. However, what he did see was a beautiful, energetic, loving, driven women, whom he couldn’t stop talking and smiling about when I picked him up from the airport.
Little did I know they would hit it off so well, and now be living together in Boulder and engaged! I couldn’t be happier for the two of them or hand pick a better wife for my brother and sister in law for me My brother is one of my closest friends, always pushing me to be the best, encouraging me (in his own way) and has always been there for me, and Carrie is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet, next to her sister Lea of course Prior to meeting Ryan, Carrie did not know how to swim, but after a few lessons, she not only mastered swimming, but went on to get certified in Scuba diving so she could dive with Ryan on one of their many trips to Mexico! Very impressive.
I felt honored to not only be their for the engagement, but also help him pick out her diamond from the incredible artist and jewler, J. Albrecht. On a side note, if your in the market for an engagement ring or custom jeweelry you have to visit their storefront near Boulder, Jay and his wife Laina are amazingly sweet, and Jay and his brother in law Kenny create beautiful masterpieces. I’ve had several friends who have created their rings there and were very thrilled with the result. Here is a little snippet from their website,
Our strength is creating and fabricating custom made jewelry from start to finish, without the snob quality that other custom jewelers seem to flaunt. Our custom design process is the easiest way we know of to create heirloom quality jewelry that reflects your style and tastes.
Needless to say, Carrie being a designer and artist, is thrilled with the opportunity to customize her ring!
Now onto some images from the proposal!
Carrie had no idea that he was about to ask her! Ryan looks pretty excited though
They are always laughing and having a good time together.
Half way up, he stopped at the bathroom and put the ring on his little pinky, which you can see here.
I think she was a little shocked!
She was very happy!
After the proposal we went to one of my favorite restaurants in Boulder, Bacaro. They brought us out a complimentary dessert plate to celebrate the happy couple!
It was yummy! We are definitely planning to back soon. They have an amazing happy hour too!
Carrie, welcome to the family! I’m ecstatic that you are going to be my sister!