PW Reader Ring: Ashley & Kyle!

Ashley's ring!

Ashley’s ring!

The couple: Ashley Leoncini and Kyle Shollock from Northern Liberties.

The ring: My ring is a pear-shaped solitaire on a platinum petite cathedral style setting. I’ve always wanted a pear ring since I was a little girl; I once bought a $6 costume ring with a big pear rhinestone and always said that when I grew up I wanted the real thing.

We originally went to Barksy’s to look at various shapes and bands and Kyle was so happy that I wanted a different shape than what most people have and a solitaire so that the diamond itself could steal the show. He ended up designing my ring by himself on Blue Nile—I had no clue!

The proposal: I was completely caught off guard by the proposal. In fact, that morning I was kind of pestering him because my sister was leaving the following week to go to Italy for nine months and I was sad when he told me he wasn’t going to be able to do it before she left. (He later joked that the ring was sitting two feet from me!)

That night we were supposed to meet his brother, but Kyle “missed the turn” on 21st Street so we swung around in front of the Art Museum and he stopped. We always work out together there in the summer and he said he wanted to go to the top to see the new AMOR statue. I was confused because it was 8pm and about to downpour and we were already late, but we got out and ran up the stairs together holding hands. When we got to the top, I turned around to look at the city and he was down on one knee. I was screaming and crying and said yes! Then to top off the surprise, my sister and his brother popped out from their hiding spot to celebrate with us.

The band: I’m debating whether to go with a fancy band since the ring is simple or to keep it small and delicate to mimic the engagement ring’s band.

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