PW Reader Ring: Katie & Franc!

Katie's ring!

Katie’s ring!

The couple: Katie Sieckman and Franc Marmero, Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring is a radiant-cut diamond with a French-cut diamond pave band. It’s perfect and I love the thought that went into it.

Franc and I have been together for almost 10 years now, and the last time we were in a jewelry store together was about three years ago. I always thought I wanted a halo, something more antique in style, but when I put it on my hand I just knew it wasn’t me. I also knew I wanted something that was not set too high, and either a plain or diamond band, but didn’t see anything that really made up my mind.

Fast forward a few years, and Franc started visiting jewelers. After going to multiple places, he ended up at Barsky on Jewelers’ Row, working with Nathan Barsky to find just the right ring. He’s an engineer, and nothing less than perfect will ever do, and I have since heard that he was once in there for about five hours designing, planning, asking women in the store to try it on and tell him how it felt, etc. Plus, it took him months to find a diamond he was happy with. (After giving it to me, he couldn’t wait to tell me this whole story and all the details.)

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VIDEO: This Aca-dorable ‘Pitch-Perfect’ Proposal Will Leave You Singing and Crying

I am just going to assume, readers, that you love a) so-sweet proposals and b) Pitch Perfect as much as I do, and that therefore, you will undoubtedly squeal and smile and tear up as much as I did while watching this.

A recent post on tells the story of Alex, who took his girlfriend, Anna, to see an a cappella performance at their alma mater, USC, and had some very tricky tricks up his sleeve. First, he arranged for them to be pulled up on stage—then he joined the group, singing a medley of aca-dorable love songs to her—and then, well, you’ll see:

I love everything about this, down to Anna’s shoes. You?

{h/t: Huffington Post

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PW Reader Ring: Christina & Rob!

Christina's ring!

Christina’s ring!

The couple: Christina Pagano and Rob Grundlock, from Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring is an oval-cut solitaire set with six prongs on a white-gold band. For my birthday last winter, Rob took me to brunch at Talula’s Garden and then afterwards, took me to Jewelers’ Row to look at rings. We agreed from the start what type of ring we both liked, and what we were looking for. Of course, from that day on I began looking for signs of a ring box in his pocket!

Rob actually ended up using a private jeweler to get the ring, and while it is not one of the ones we looked at, it is perfect and exactly what I had hoped for!

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Here’s How to Announce Your Engagement With Philadelphia Wedding (and Show Us Your Ring!)

Gina & Michael

Gina & Michael

We’ve been inviting you for quite a while now, dear readers, to share a shot of your engagement ring and your proposal story with us so we can feature it on the blog for our Monday-morning installments of PW Reader Ring (which, please still do! We love seeing your bling and hearing your stories!)—but we also wanted to be sure and direct your attention to another celebratory piece of our website: Engagement announcements!

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PW Reader Ring: Angela & Rob!

Angela's ring!

Angela’s ring!

The couple: Angela Sciumbata and Rob Cairns, from Reading.

The ring: My ring is 14-karat white gold with a center stone of Morganite, with diamonds going down either side of the band and two of them directly underneath the center stone.

It was custom-designed by Rob with the help of Belden’s Jewelers—I only helped select my center stone! I knew Morganite was the stone I wanted because of its rarity and beauty, and because the meaning behind the stone is love.

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This Guy Threw a Fake Wedding to Propose to His Girlfriend (VIDEO)

Ok, so I am going to explain what’s going on here to the best of my ability, but I also have a lot of questions.

This guy, Jack, is a wedding planner. He wanted to propose to his girlfriend in a rather elaborate way, so he put together an actual wedding—albeit not a real one—complete with a couple, a bridal party, a cake, flowers, music, dinner tables, and a first dance. (He “hired” past clients of his and various people from his life to pose in these various roles—including about 80 guests.)

During the wedding, he led his girlfriend Sophia to the dance floor, where he proposed:

So, my questions. I mean, I think this is very sweet and I smiled sappily at my screen just like usual when watching a proposal video—but I just don’t get a lot of this, logistically speaking, and it’s distracting me from the lovely moment that eventually happens.

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PW Reader Ring: Alyssa & Zachary!

Alyssa's ring!

Alyssa’s ring!

The couple: Alyssa D’Angelo and Zachary Beerger, from Roxborough.

The ring: My ring is 14-karat white gold with a matte finish, with six smaller diamonds on each side of the main stone and two “secret” diamonds along the side of the band. Zach got it made by Bendi Jewelers in Manayunk. He worked with the Sammi, the owner, to create it and kept it a secret from me for five months!

It was a total surprise. We had never gone ring shopping, and I had never shown him an example of a ring I would like. One night, we were watching TV and a commercial for Kay Jewelers’ chocolate diamonds came on, and jokingly, Zach asked if I would ever want one of those for an engagement ring. I freaked out and yelled, “Chocolate diamonds are the worst idea ever!” Then he asked what I would like in a ring to, which I replied that I would want something classic and timeless, something dainty and maybe even a little bit antique looking. That’s all the advice he ever got from me.

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How Did Someone Not Invent This Genius, Completely Flat Engagement Ring Box Before Now? 

The Clifton ring box/

The Clifton ring box/

Obviously, when my friends get engaged, the first thing I want is to hear the story from the very beginning. (Well, and to see the ring. Obv.)

But at some point after that—maybe later that night, maybe the next time I see them—I always want to hear the same story from the guy. First, it’s fun to hear it from his beginning—which usually includes fantastic details like talking to her dad and sweating and stammering at the jeweler’s—and it is especially amazing to hear the proposal story peppered with all of the little hiccups that inevitably occurred along the way, unbeknownst to their lovely soon-to-be brides.

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PW Reader Ring: Tricia & Jon!

Tricia's ring!

Tricia’s ring!

The couple: Tricia Brophy and Jon, from Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring is a white-gold band set with turquoise stones and a sparkly diamond solitaire. Because I’m a wedding photography, I have seen many beautiful rings, and always felt that I wanted something different than a diamond. Colors were always just more appealing to me for my own personal ring.

A few months before we were engaged, I told Jon I thought I would like turquoise. I have always loved turquoise, and when I looked into the meaning I kept seeing that it represents luck, happiness and trust. Without me knowing, Jon ended up contacting a jeweler in New Mexico and worked with him directly to design my ring. When I saw it, I definitely felt like it was made for me and made me change my mind about not wanting a diamond!

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Well It’s About Time: Here Is An Ice Bucket Challenge Proposal! (VIDEO)

Well, as is so often the case when a certain, I don’t know—fad? Meme? Pop-culture phenomenon?—takes over the world, it’s only a matter of time before it somehow seeps into the wedding world, too.

And I feel like really, just last week, I was thinking to myself that it was about time we saw the ALS ice bucket challenge engage in some way with the wedding world. Maybe a couple who held the cause close to their hearts would do the challenge after saying their vows? Or maybe, there’d be a proposal.

Ding ding ding! At long last, people, we have an ice bucket challenge proposal, and it’s pretty cute. I enjoy both that he sneakily and successfully gets on his knee just two inches behind her (and seems pretty pleased with having gotten away with it)—and that he goes ahead and pours the bucket over her head, anyway. Fun!

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