Julianne Hough Just Revealed the First Photo of Her Gorgeous Engagement Ring

Thank you, Julianne Hough, for causing a serious case of engagement ring envy: The professional dancer/actress just revealed the first close-up photo of her gorgeous (and massive!) oval-shaped sparkler—which her hockey player boyfriend proposed with last week—and we’re totally in love with it.

The six-carat stunner, which was designed by Lorraine Schwartz, is very similar in style to one of our favorite celebrity engagement rings of all time: the one Ryan Reynolds gave to Blake Lively. Hough teased the ring’s reveal on Instagram today, posting the below shot which directs eager fans to her blog post about the proposal. Check it out here.

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Today’s Friendly Wedding PSA: Please Do Not Propose On a Dock With Slats Big Enough For the Ring to Fall Through 

I literally emitted a pained Eeeeeee as I read this story, and then heard my female colleagues make all matter of the same noise when I IMed it around to them: It’s about a boy named Matthew who decided to propose to his girlfriend Kayla while they were vacationing with her family in North Carolina.

The whole group had gone out to dinner when Kayla spotted Matthew’s mother; when she turned around to ask him why she was there, he was already on his knee.

Matthew opened the ring box, and before he could even say anything—before Kayla even really got a look at it—it seemingly leapt from the cozy confines of its box onto the dock where they were standing, through the crack, and then into the dark waters below.

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PW Reader Ring: Jessica & Rob!

Jessica's ring!

Jessica’s ring!

The couple: Jessica McAllister and Rob Fisher, from Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring is a yellow gold with a solitaire oval diamond and pave diamonds around the band. He picked the ring out himself, though went in knowing that I an oval diamond and a yellow gold band. I didn’t send him too many hints on what I wanted, though, because I didn’t want him to think I was being a crazy girlfriend!

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Watch: Hilarious Satirical Video Suggests You Maybe Don’t Need to Instagram Your Proposal the Second It Happens 

I have seen this video floating around, but only watched it today, and OMG, I am still cringing. It nails our overly social-media-ed world right squarely on the head.

Alicia MacDonald, the writer and director of the satirical short film that shows the engagement of a fictitious couple peppered with video recording, selfie-taking, posting, and ‘like’-tracking, chose such a clever way to shine light on how out of hand the whole Look at my life! aspect of social media can get, especially when you are literally interrupting life moments as they happen in order to capture and share them.

Just watch, and you’ll see what she means. Perhaps it will remind you of someone you know? Go here, too, to see an interview with the filmmaker.

Otherwise Engaged from Jack Sidey on Vimeo.

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PW Reader Ring: Caiti & James!

Caiti's ring!

Caiti’s ring!

The couple: Caiti Becker and James Ferguson, from West Chester.

The ring: My ring has one round diamond with a halo of small diamonds set in white gold, with diamonds that go around the top half of the band. I hinted a bit about the cut I wanted, and then James went on his own to Benari Jewelers. He picked the ring out himself, and it’s exactly what I wanted!

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Kaitlyn Bristowe Got Engaged on Last Night’s Bachelorette Finale—Here’s the Ring!

It seems like not so long ago that we were oohing and ahhing over Andi Dorfman’s enormous diamond ring (Josh Murray proposed to her on last year’s finale of The Bachelorette; they called it quits in January), and now thanks to last night’s episode of the famous dating show, we have another sparkler to swoon over.

Kaitlyn Bristowe’s search for love ended with Shawn Booth (the Ryan Gosling lookalike) down on one knee and a stunning 3.5-carat Neil Lane ring on her finger. The happy couple graces the cover of this week’s People magazine, where you can see Kaitlyn’s ring on full display.

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Ed Sheeran Helped His Friend Propose On Stage During a Concert Last Night

Ed Sheeran must really love weddings. Earlier this year he surprised an Australian couple by performing for their first dance, and just last night he helped his buddy Jake Roche, of the band Rixton, propose to his girlfriend on stage during his concert in Manchester.

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PW Reader Ring: Kristin & Zachary!

Kristin's ring!

Kristin’s ring!

The couple: Kristin Reiley and Zachary Safris from Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring is a morganite center stone surrounded by diamonds and set in white gold.

I had done some ring research, knowing we’d probably get engaged soon and that I wanted something different. I came across morganites and thought they were gorgeous, and that they also had a great meaning to them. I found a jeweler I loved—SamNSue out of Hawaii—through Instagram, and that’s where Zachary ended up getting my ring.

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Survey Says: Most People Prefer a Private Marriage Proposal

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For as many elaborate, meticulously planned and public proposals we feature here on the blog, we’ve always been partial to the more intimate ones, where the couple can enjoy the moment together without a crowd of onlookers. (Plus, this cringeworthy rejection is reason enough to think twice before putting on a huge production.)

And as it turns out, most people feel the same way: From a survey of 400 newly-engaged and newly-married individuals, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin discovered that 69 percent of people prefer a private proposal with just the two of them there, as opposed to a public proposal or a semi-private one with friends and family in attendance.

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PW Reader Ring: Audrey & Johnny!

Audrey's ring!

Audrey’s ring!

The couple: Audrey Johnson and Johnny Caputo from Philly.

The ring: My ring is actually Johnny’s grandmother’s white-gold engagement ring with additional diamonds added to it. He went to Helzberg and also a small local jeweler to put the ring together.

I knew he was planning to propose because he didn’t keep the ring planning a secret entirely; he had also asked me to show him what I’d prefer, style-wise. But I had no idea when it was coming.

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