The couple: Anna Silvestera and Ken DiGiambattista, Philadelphia.
The ring: My ring is white gold, and has a center diamond surrounded by a double halo. Ken picked it out all by himself; he described one of my favorite rings that I wear all of the time (a vintage marcasite and diamond ring) to the jeweler to give them a starting point. And although he didn’t have a custom design, we were told there was no other ring like this one anywhere.
The couple: Cat McQuail and Joe Hauschildt from Philadelphia.
The ring: My ring is a pear-shaped solitaire diamond set in white-gold prongs on a yellow-gold band. My fiancé picked it out on his own, but called one of my good friends right before he bought it to confirm he was making the right choice.
While we had talked about rings in the past, we had never been shopping together and my Pinterest “Put a Ring On It” pinboard was private, so there’s no way he could have seen my ring pins—but luckily for me, his selection mirrored the rings I pinned on my secret board! As a recent law school grad, he likes to do his due diligence, so he did a lot of research and then purchased the ring online.
The couple: Maura Burns and Derrell Thompson, from Conshohocken.
The ring: My ring is a princess-cut solitaire diamond with platinum prongs on a white gold band. Derrell picked it out from Kay Jewelers. He knew I wanted something simple and classic, so he passed on some options with multiple diamonds and went for the style he knew I’d like best.
This week in highly produced (but still really sweet; what can we say?) proposals, we have a good one: there are professional dancers, and it takes place at Disney!
Gavin, the proposee in question, believed himself to be getting drinks with friends at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort—but instead, those friends popped up along his path with messages from his soon-to-be fiance, Patrick. Up next came the dancers—and the proposal (and the tears):
So sweet! I always love the moment when the proposee starts to fully grasp what is happening and starts crying.
To read about—and watch!—more proposals we love, go here.
The couple: Kathleen Beyer and John Politsky from Moorestown.
The ring: My ring is the Tacor Dantela ring in white gold with a round brilliant stone in the center with diamonds all around it.
John picked out the ring. I told him once that I loved the designs of the brand Tacori for their vintage look, but that he didn’t have to get the brand, just that I loved all the styles. (I had gone and looked and showed my best friend what I liked, then she secretly contacted him and said she’d help him if he wanted.)
He got the ring from Golden Nugget in Philly. They are so great there.
Our peeps over at Philly mag’s Ticket told us last night that there was going to be proposal on stage at that evening’s performance of Dirty Dancing at the Kimmel Center—and there was, and it was so sweet!
The lucky lady in question was definitely shocked—but we’re guessing that was in part due to the fact that her boyfriend lives in LA! He secretly flew in for the performance, knowing there was no way his Philly-living, Dirty Dancing-loving girlfriend would miss the show. At the end, he appeared on stage. Commence tears and awws:
Yesterday, on the Instagram account of Mr. Chris Harrison, who you all know and love and welcome into your home many Monday nights as the host of the Bachelor, posted a picture of a dude proposing to his lady:
The couple: Amy Bloomfield and Tom Curry, Northeast Philly.
The ring: My ring is a round solitaire diamond on a 14-karat white-gold band. Tom designed it through Blue Nile. We dated for six years prior to getting engaged so he knew exactly what I was hopping for: a timeless engagement ring that I would cherish forever! He has similar taste when it comes to rings, and after a ton of research and shopping around, he was set on this style.
It’s National Proposal Day! Why, you ask? Because someone named John Michael O’Loughlin from Irving Texas declared it to be so one day. (Something about his cousin taking forever to propose to his gf, so John declared a designated holiday—side note: can anyone just do this?—for proposing, to give any dilly-dallying man a day to just do it already, and here we are.)
We’ve seen all kinds of roundups today on everything from proposal stats to diamond shapes, but to commemorate this most sacred day in our world, we thought we’d involve this lovely city of ours. And so, we did a quick survey with our wedding-planner friends to see what their favorite spot is for a proposal in Philly.
The ring: The gorgeous center diamond in my ring is a fourth-generation stone passed down from my fiancé’s great-grandmother to his grandmother to his father to him! The stone is a miners-cut diamond—the pre-cursor to today’s cushion, and it’s set in white gold with a halo of diamonds.
What really blows my mind is that this stone was very likely cut by hand. My fiancé worked with a local family friend, Stephen McCarthy Goldsmith in Newtown Square, to reset the stone in my dream setting. He took me shopping to get an idea of what I liked, but never told me he had his grandmother’s diamond! It was such a wonderful surprise and the most beautiful way to be welcomed into his family. I think about Dora and Rosalind Rosenbaum every time I look at my hand.