The bride-to-be of a passionate
The custom-made ring features a white gold wave surrounded by red rubies to mimic the classic
“We work so well together because we have our own interests and we respect each other,” said David, who also works as a DJ. “She knows I have a passion for
That passion started small and grew over time. After college, David worked in a gift shop where he saw a print of a crushed Coke can. “I bought it just for fun,” he said.
From there, his love for
But as shoppers began to dwindle, he shut it down. “I was frustrated because I wanted to share the museum more than anything,” David said.
His solution? What he likes to call a "traveling museum.”
That museum, which was actually a semi-truck, featured the story of Coke, including its different bottle designs over the years, and a TV monitor playing Coke ads.
“Visitors could sit on a Coke bench and watch commercials before heading to the second part of the museum,” he said.
The truck, which he drove to festivals across Illinois for four years, had
But none of these artifacts compare to his cherished
“Originally, we tried to find Coke wedding bands but couldn’t find any,” David said. “Laura said if it’s not out there, we’ll just make one.”
And the ring wasn’t the only way Laura has shown her support for David's collection. Just after their wedding, the couple left for their honeymoon: a trip to the national
When they return, the couple will purchase an old train station to remodel into their new home. The station features a side building, which David plans to turn into a new
The space fits his entire collection, and the ceilings are high enough for him to display both of his
“They made 100 of these, but there’s only 17 left now,” David said of the 1976 vehicle. “I have one of the 17.”
David isn’t sure exactly how many
So out of all the items he could’ve collected, such as stamps and baseball cards, why
“I like everything about it,” David concludes. “It’s a good drink and a fun product.”