PW Reader Ring: Jodie & Albert!

Jodie's ring!

Jodie’s ring!

The couple: Jodie Saueraker and Albert Riccelli, III, Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring is a family heirloom on Ccelli’s mother’s side. The original white-gold ring had a blue stone in it, which he had removed and replaced with a round diamond, and he also added small diamonds on the sides. (His mother then had the original blue stone set into a necklace for my “something blue” to wear at the wedding!) He took the original ring to DeBear’s & Co. Jewelers in Sewell to rework it into my engagement ring.

The proposal: Something about Ccelli that is important to note is that he loves chicken. It’s pretty much the only thing he eats. So it was a Wednesday night after work and I was doing what I always do in the evening—making chicken!—when he walked in from work with white lilies and prosecco, two of my favorite things.

I asked him what the heck he was doing. It was just a Wednesday night after all. He said we had to celebrate the greatest night of our lives. I looked at him and started laughing, and said, “Really? And why is that?” His response was simply, “Because it’s the day we got engaged.”

Before I could turn off the stove, he was down on one knee. I was speechless for a few good minutes. And he was right … it was the greatest night of our lives … so far.

The band: I went with a sterling silver band that has channel-set diamonds half the way around.

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