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.
The couple: Christina Climaldi and Mike Glogowsk, from Sewell.
The ring: My ring has a cushion-cut center stone set in white gold and surrounded by pave diamonds. And my fiance let me fully design the ring! This was so special, because I love jewelry.
I saw the ring of my dreams years ago at Cartier. It was a pave halo setting, and the entire underside of setting was covered in pave, as well—no metal was showing from any angle, just pave! I loved this look and we couldn’t find a setting like this anywhere.
After visiting countless jewelers, we decided to work with a CAD specialist and designer at Barsky in Philadelphia. We picked the diamond, and then I got to customize the entire ring around the stone.
I approved the final design, but Mike went to pick the ring up himself. The jeweler did a big reveal for Mike and he got to see the final product. I didn’t get to see it until the big day, which was a total surprise!!
I mean, I know that this guy filmed his proposal video over four years (and in 26 countries), but I still think that this new guy here is now right up there with him when it comes to well—and far—thought-out proposals.
Dean here proposed to his girlfriend Jennifer in Aruba via a little video he had prepared—a little video that shows him proposing to her, over and over, every day for the past year with the help of one handy whiteboard. What do you mean, every day, you ask? Just watch:
Tiffany & Co. sure knows how to tell a love story: On the heels of last month’s “Will You?” print campaign—which features a gay couple as well as other non-traditional images—the iconic jeweler just released its first TV spot celebrating the same message.
The 75-second ad shows a handful of couples (including the real-life same-sex duo from the print ad) on the road to engagement, and, as you’ll see in a second, it’s really quite heartwarming.
The couple: Nicki Notarianni and Tim Kianka from Fairmount.
The ring: My ring is a miner’s cut diamond with a square halo surrounding it. It is set on a delicate, platinum thin band of diamonds. Holding up the main diamond is an intricate design of diamonds, resembling a crown. A miner’s cut diamond catches an unbelievable amount of light and it always seems to be sparkling.