PW Reader Ring: Kelly & Neil!

Kelly's ring!

Kelly’s ring!

The couple: Kelly Appino and Neil Otte of Philadelphia

The ring: My ring is a cushion-cut solitaire with pave diamonds on a white-gold band. And it’s all the way from San Francisco!

Neil’s parents live out there, where he was able to connect with a wonderful jeweler, Amir Mozaffarian. Neil and I had looked at rings, and he had a few hints as to what I wanted: a very thin and dainty diamond band, with a cushion-cut diamond. Neil was able to work with Amir through phone calls and pictures emailed back and forth to create my perfect ring!

The proposal: I had some idea the proposal was going to be sometime soon, as Neil and I had been together for just about seven years and talked frequently about our life together. What I did not know was that the proposal would be spur of the moment in the snow!

It was about 9pm in late January, a night that was supposed to be a huge snow storm, and Neil suggested we go for a walk. We usually walk through the city at night, and have a favorite block with a cobblestone street and white lights up all year round. Neil and I walking huddled together down the street when all of a sudden he stops, turns to look at me and says, “Do you know why I like this street so much?” I respond with a “no.” He then proceeds to say, “Because it’s the street I’ve always imagined proposing to you on”—and then gets down on one knee in the snow!

He asked me to marry him, and I was honestly so excited and surprised I shrieked and am not 100-percent sure if I actually said “Yes!” but the sentiment was certainly there. I was so over the moon happy and surprised!

The band: Neil and I are going out to San Francisco soon, and I am going to meet with the jeweler to find a perfect band to compliment my ring. I am thinking something similar to the band of  my engagement ring—but there are so many possibilities!

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