PW Reader Ring: Nicki & Tim!

Nicki's ring!

Nicki’s ring!

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.

Tim knew the styles of rings I was interested in and had actually designed a ring with the help of his mom. However, a week before he planned to propose, he found out that the first ring was not going to be finished in time so he went out looking for another one. He went straight to Goldsmiths in Lambertville, NJ and, luckily, they had the perfect ring available and he bought it that day.

The proposal: Tim proposed at the finish line of the Hamptons Half Marathon in Montauk, NY. Out of breath from the race, he told me to grab something from his Camelback (which he wore the entire time in order to keep the ring safe). I pulled out the ring and burst into tears immediately, even though he didn’t get down on one knee in fear he would never get up.

Running has become very important to us in the past year. We’ve always been athletes, but decided to take up running half marathons and marathons in memory of my cousin who lost her life to domestic violence two years ago. Tim and I started training for our first half marathon together last spring, and it became a way for us and our puppy to spend time together running in the morning before work and to raise awareness for a cause that’s important to us. Tim knew he wanted to propose at this race since the day we signed up.

The most meaningful part of the way Tim proposed was that it was on my maternal grandparent’s wedding anniversary. My grandmother passed away three weeks after we got engaged and it meant the world to me to know how excited she was about our engagement and for her to know that she was influential in the importance of the day. I may have been sweaty and makeup-less, but it was the perfect proposals.

The band: I am planning on pairing my ring with two thin bands. I would like one to be a simple band of diamonds and the other to be a thin braid.

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