This is How Long PA Couples Usually Date Before Getting Engaged

Screenshot from Weddington Way

Screengrab from Weddington Way

If you’re among the fraction of our readers who has yet to get engaged but is eagerly awaiting a ring (yes, we know you’re out there), this new study may give you some insight into whether or not a proposal in on the horizon. Weddington Way, the keeper of all wedding-related stats, did a little digging into the engagement trends of couples around the country, and the data says a lot about when guys are most likely to pop the question.

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This Local Web Developer Proposed to Her Boyfriend with the Sweetest Speech Ever (Video)

We may not know a ton about the tech scene here in Philly, but we do know a good proposal when we see one—and this, dear friends, is a goodie. Very rarely do we see a lady propose to her boyfriend, but that’s exactly what local web developer Savanna Carr did when she popped the question to video game developer Will Stallwood last week. (They were at Fishtown’s El Bar celebrating Philadelphia Weekly‘s Hipster Hunks and Hipster Honeys feature, which they were both included in.) And it’s awesome.

To say her pre-proposal speech was emotional and heartfelt and adorable is an understatement—it may bring you to tears, that’s how sweet it is. Behold:

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PW Reader Ring: Alicia & Kevin!

Alicia's ring!

Alicia’s ring!

The couple: Alicia Torpey and Kevin McLeish, Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring has a princess0cut center stone with six smaller diamonds on each side of the band. We had never gone out looking at rings ,and I never showed him any pictures. When we talked about getting married, I mentioned the type of ring I like. From what I told him, he picked out my ring on his own (he went to Harzin Jewelers on Sansom), and the ring he chose was exactly what I pictured for myself.

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WATCH: 6ABC’s Action Cam Captured a Surprise Proposal on the Art Museum Steps

When Michael LaGrasta decided to pop the question to his girlfriend Jessica Goodheart on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Monday, he never expected to have the whole thing captured on camera. Little did he know, 6ABC’s Action Cam was stationed nearby and the tape was rolling as he got down on one knee and asked Jessica to be his wife.

As the Staten Island couple made their way back down the steps, Michael spotted the camera and the look of surprise on his face is just priceless.

We spoke to Jessica and she couldn’t be more thrilled with how the proposal panned out: “It was such a wonderful day on Monday and such a blessing that the strangers who saw Michael propose introduced themselves and sent me the photos they took. It was even more incredible that we were stopped by 6ABC when we got to the bottom of the steps and were told that it was all recorded! Now we have a keepsake of the most important moment in both of our lives. Every time we watch the ‘Rocky’ movies in the future, it will be a beautiful reminder of that day.”

Congrats, you two!

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Here’s All the Celebrity Wedding & Engagement News You Missed Over the Holidays

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This Pitch Perfect couple is just too cute.

Happy New Year, y’all, and welcome back to the real world! We hope you had a lovely break filled with lots of family time, good food (read: cookies) and some much-needed relaxation.

If your break was anything like ours, that also means that practically everyone you know (and plenty of people you don’t know but have mutual friends with on Facebook) got engaged at some point over the holidays. Our timelines were brimming with ring selfies and proposal stories galore—and that includes all of the celebrities who put a ring on it, too (and a few who tied the knot)!

In case you missed any of Hollywood’s wedding and engagement news over the past week or so, we’re here to catch you up. Read on for all of the exciting details.

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PW Reader Ring: Deonna & Sean!

Deonna's ring!

Deonna’s ring!

The couple: Deonna Baquero and Sean Wolf, from Marlton.

The ring: My ring is a round brilliant diamond with a custom halo setting into a split shank holding round diamonds.. It was a complete surprise! Sean designed it with some help from his friend who’s a jeweler at Sage Jewelers. I had showed him rings I liked before, and he took his favorite elements and created his very own masterpiece. The ring is perfect! I couldn’t be more grateful for the time and energy he spent creating this one of a kind engagement ring.

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Today’s Friendly Wedding PSA: If You Propose In the Middle of a Busy Highway, You’ll Probably Face Charges

As far as I can tell, Interstate I-45 in Houston seems comparable to our 76: It’s a busy highway, it heads into town, and at times both expected and not, it can quickly become a jam-packed nightmare.

Picture that: When 76 East just starts slowing down and the realization sets in that you’re about to sit for forever—and then imagine, please, that when you finally creep towards the offending thing causing the delay, you find, instead of a scene that provokes your sympathy (fender bender, or something worse), some idiot who has chosen the left lane to propose love and marriage to his lady friend.

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Eva Longoria is Engaged! Here’s Her Pretty Ruby and Diamond Ring

Eva Longoria is off the market (again), folks.

While in Dubai over the weekend for a Global Gift Foundation gala (Longoria is an ambassador for the organization), the actress got engaged to her media executive boyfriend Jose Antonio Baston. She made the exciting announcement on Instagram by posting an adorable photo of the two kissing in the desert—with her new sparkler on display, of course.

Here’s our first peek at Longoria’s ruby and diamond ring:

Ummmm so this happened….#Engaged #Dubai #Happiness

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So pretty, right? Let’s all celebrate with a day spent binge-watching Desperate Housewives.

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PW Reader Ring: Kelly Ann & Andrew!

Kelly's ring!

Kelly’s ring!

The couple: Kelly Ann Knorr and Andrew Laba from Willow Grove.

The ring: My ring features a round diamond surrounded by a floral setting and two sapphires on each side, all set in white gold. Andrew says he loves the sapphires because they remind him of my blue eyes, and they are his favorite thing about me.

We had looked at rings a few times, but the process was very overwhelming for me. We found my ring while shopping in Lancaster. He picked it out, and when I put it on, we both fell in love with it. Apparently, though, when he went to buy the ring, he was going to choose a different one—but the salesman told him not to! He said that if we had already found one we both love that he was ahead of the game! I am sure glad he listened because I am obsessed with my gorgeous ring and have gotten so many compliments on it!

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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Taking the Perfect Engagement Ring Selfie

Lauren Conrad, shooter of an excellent engagement ring selfie | @LAURENCONRAD/INSTAGRAM

Lauren Conrad, shooter of an excellent engagement ring selfie | @LAURENCONRAD/INSTAGRAM

We’re not sure exactly when the term “ring selfie” became a widespread thing, but it is, without a doubt, now a right of passage for any gal who finds herself with some new left hand bling. (Whether or not you post it all over social media, or just send it out to your close friends and family, of course, is up to you). In fact, the trend is so popular that people are actually getting plastic surgery to ensure that their hand looks flawless for the picture. Extreme, right?

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