Celeste Atkinson Iuul
, Lifestyle & Entertainment Communications ConsultantHubby's Name:
Nicolai IuulPlease describe your ring and a little bit about its make.
"It was made by Marlene Juhl Jørgensen, a Danish jewelry designer who is a friend of Nicolai's family. She has a boutique called Figaros Bryllup
, which translates to 'The Marriage of Figaro.' Apparently, Nicolai was a big fan of her work and always knew this was where he was going to buy the special ring after meeting the special girl."What's the story behind the ring's procurement? Did he pick it himself?
"While I was visiting Nicolai in London, we decided on a last-minute trip to Denmark to meet his parents. He was showing me around downtown Copenhagen, and we walked by Marlene's store. I saw a ring in the window and just about died. It looked like the Queen's crown, only for one's finger. He rang the doorbell, and this gorgeous blonde woman came to the door and let us in. I waited by the door while they spoke in Danish for a few minutes. The conversation was going well and then suddenly we were ushered to the door, and out on the street we went. Nicolai didn't say anything. After we walked together for awhile, I finally asked, 'What happened in there?' He said, 'Oh, she said there were only three made — she owns one, one went to French Vogue
, and the other is in the window. She said to forget it because we couldn't afford it.' I had no idea they actually knew each other!"How did he propose?
"As we were heading to the airport to catch our flight back to London, Nicolai wanted to stop at Dyrehaven, a magical forest park full of hundreds of beautiful deer just North of the city. It was humid and muddy from a recent rain. I was wearing all white, and had spent all morning de-frizzing my hair. Nicolai asked me to follow him because he had to show me something, so we hiked and hiked. I was in my new gold sandals. There was deer shit everywhere. I was miserable. I complained the entire time until finally we reached the stunning Eremitage Palace at the top of the hill. Then, I witnessed the most beautiful sight I have ever seen. About 70 deer were completely still, and the whole 11-square-mile park felt like ours at that moment. Then, after a bit of fumbling, out came a silk black box that had been stuffed in his jean pocket — and it was the
ring. It fit perfectly. I was in heaven and when he asked the question, I just fell into his lap."What was your first thought (besides yes!) when you laid eyes upon what you'd be wearing the rest of your life?
"He was waiting for me to kiss him, to say yes, to cry, to react in some way, and I couldn't even look up! He hugged and kissed me, asked me if my answer was yes, and then we took a photo with his cell phone. We rushed back down the hill to the Copenhagen airport, had oysters and champagne, boarded our flight, met up with the Iuul's in London, and headed to the opera. It was all pretty fabulous."Anything else special or memorable about your romance or ring that we should know?
"The ring symbolizes all things Danish, everything that Nicolai represents, with a bit of royalty thrown in (in fact, Nicolai's great-grandfather was the Danish Prime Minister). I could wear it every day, but I don't. It's something in my life that is irreplaceable, like Nicolai."
Photographed by Daniel DiScala