Pandemic Brings Couple Together a Bit Earlier Than Planned

Mike Levine

For many years, Council Rock North graduate Leah Collier has ventured to the Florida Keys for an annual family trip. “My dad participates in an astronomy event there, so we’ve always made it into an regular outing,” says Leah.

Last year, on February 17 th 2020, Leah’s boyfriend Justin Faust headed to Florida with the family. He added a joyful twist to the annual adventure by surprising Leah with a wedding proposal on a beachfront dock. Leah’s parents, Jill and Bruce Collier, were in on the secret. Nobody could have predicted what the rest of the year would bring thanks to Covid-19. Despite plans for a big wedding down the road, the two now 26-year-olds decided to face the pandemic together as a married couple. They were legally united in a small, private ceremony on November 28th , 2020 at the Newtown Borough Courthouse, accompanied by their immediate families and four best friends.

David Craig Jewelers for Ring Ideas
Leah’s parents are devotees of David Craig Jewelers where, she says they’ve “been shopping forever.” So it was only natural for Leah and Justin, along with Jill, to have visited the store for ideas.

“I was presented cases of rings and tried on about 10,” recalls Leah. “Turns out that the last setting was the one I really loved best which was the total opposite of what I had thought I would want when we first went in.”

An engagement ring is a major investment for anyone, especially for a young couple just starting out. It’s one of the reasons the gemologist team at David Craig Jewelers even encourages couples like Leah and Justin to come back in to look at diamonds in different lighting, to make sure they love the clarity, cut and color of the main stone.

“David Craig Jewelers were absolutely amazing,” recalls Leah. “They gave us all kind of information on what to look for and helped us pick the right stone, respectful of our budget. They don’t try to push you into picking a diamond you can’t afford and were always so very positive and pleasant.”

The Final Selection
Leah’s 14k white gold engagement ring includes a dazzling center diamond, side diamonds and a halo of surrounding diamonds. The engagement ring also includes a matching band. For Justin, they selected an 8mm cobalt chrome band with a high beveled edge and sequoia sleeve. Although the couple purchased the wedding bands, they decided they won’t wear them until the “official” larger wedding celebration which is planned for May 14, 2022 at Penn Oaks Golf Club in West Chester.

Even More Fun to Come
Leah and Justin now reside in Newtown. Leah is a medical assistant at Southampton’s Pennsylvania Dermatology Specialists. Justin works as a firefighter for Warrington Township.

They’re hoping COVID-19 will be just a bad memory by 2022 and that they will be able to plan either a fabulous European cruise or belated honeymoon in Greece or Hawaii.

As far as jewelry, Leah says that the couple would happily return to the Langhorne, PA shop for future purchases.

“David Craig Jewelers truly cares about customers, which is awesome,” she says.

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