PW Reader Ring: Samantha and Jarritt

Samantha's ring!

Samantha’s ring!

The couple: Jarritt Logan & Samantha Ljubich, from Philadelphia

The ring: My ring has a round diamond in a Penny Preville setting with a diamond-covered X on either side of the center stone, which represents the kiss in “XO.”

Our ring journey began last summer, when Jarritt asked me to go ring shopping with my mom and one of my bridesmaids while we were at the shore. Jarritt wanted me to be surprised with the final pick, so I only showed him my top few contenders. I knew I wanted something simple but special, and I truly fell in love with this Penny Preville setting! I chose a round diamond, instead the cushion cut stone it came with, for that extra sparkle! Jarritt later secretly went with both of our parents to Bernie Robbins in Somers Point to make the final ring decision. And I couldn’t be more in love with this one!

The proposal: Last year, Jarritt and I went to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., and decided to make an annual tradition out of it. After months of Jarritt putting fake dates into our shared calendar for me to “accidentally discover,” though, I was entirely sure that this year’s annual D.C. weekend would not be the time for a proposal.

As we were strolling along the tidal basin enjoying our luck at arriving just in time for peak cherry blossom bloom, Jarritt asked me to have a seat at the FDR memorial. He then got on one knee and proposed! After (correctly) interpreting my multiple “Are you serious?” repetitions as the intended “Yes!” he pointed out the photographer he had hired to capture the whole proposal.

The surprises were far from over! Jarritt told me about the dozens of friends and family who knew about the proposal, and had contributed to the fake plans and even a much needed manicure earlier that week. We headed to lunch where—surprise!—both of our families were waiting for us! Jarritt then gave me a scrapbook documenting all of his proposal preparations. It was the perfect proposal for us, and we can’t wait to relive the memories at next year’s Cherry Blossom Festival!

The band: My mom is giving us one of her wedding bands – a beautiful diamond band that will be the perfect complement for my engagement ring!

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