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Quote this post and reply to it Post#1 @ 03-17-03 , 08:00 PM


You can see the ring below and here is the story:

ENGAGEMENT STORY:
We had planned to go to Orlando for Spring break and have a Disney good time. We had set aside one day to travel to Melbourne beach, just South of Cocoa Beach. I called a hotel there and made reservations to stay the night, but didn't tell Michelle. She had an idea that I wanted to propose, but she did not know when and thought it would be later. We arrived in Melbourne and I mentioned that it would be great if stayed at a hotel and saw the sunrise. She told me that we were trying to save money, so only if I got a great deal. I promised to bargain hard. She went to the beach by the hotel and I went and checked-in to the hotel. The weather was beautiful that afternoon, so we laid out on the beach in front of the hotel. It reminded us of that first day on the beach together in Brazil. Then the weather turned for the worse and started raining that evening. I thought my plan was in trouble, because I had wanted to propose on the beach at night. We went to dinner and just before we left I slipped the ring, some sea shells, and a poem I had written into my pocket. I was unsure of what to do. We went to dinner at a romantic Italian restaurant.

Except for the weather, everything was going well. When we returned to the hotel, the rain had stopped, and I asked her if we could walk on the beach before retiring to the room. So we went down on the beach and she had her back against my chest as I hugged her and we watched the waves. I told her I had a present for her. I took out the seashells and slipped the poem inside. She kissed me on the cheek and opened the seashell. She tried to read the poem, but it was dark, so I read it for her. Half-way down the poem as I got to the words bride and wife, I started to choke up. Apparently she was crying, but I could hardly hear her over my own cries. After I finished reading the poem, she turned around. I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. She said, "yes, yes, yes, I will love you for the rest of my life," and I stood up and hugged her. I was still in a bit of shock (shock that she'd actually said yes) so I asked her if she really said yes and she screamed, "yes, I want to marry Tom."

We up to the room where I had ordered champagne and strawberries and spent the evening cuddling and smiling while watching the surf crash on the beach.

I bought the ring through Bill Pearlman who was great!!! You can hear about my shopping experience at:
http://www.diamondring.com/forums/s...&threadid=29118

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Very pretty ring. Congrats on your engagement, Tom!!

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I was born in Melbourne and grew up in Cocoa... it rocks !! congrats,,,,beautiful beaches, beautiful ring...

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Congratulations Tom!!! What a wonderful proposal story!!!!!!! I love how you planned it and also were "in the moment" at the same time!!! It sounds like a night she will never forget!!! The ring is REALLY GORGEOUS!!! So delicate looking!! It looks PERFECT on her hand!!

I wish you both a long happy life together!!!

Thanks for sharing!
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What a great story and a beautiful ring!!! Congratulations!!!!!!
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I read Cocoa Beach and of course the first thing I think of is "I Dream of Jeannie," one of my favorite shows from childhood.

But I digress...congrats on your life together and a very thoughtful, romantic proposal. As Seagulls said, it was great that you put thought into it but also "rolled with the punches" when the weather didn't cooperate at first.

How sweet!

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I should have added the details on the ring.

The ring is a Michael B. petite lace ring w/ 6 diamond clusters around the band. Each cluster has 7 diamonds w/ pave settings.

The diamond is a .902 carat, G, SI, with ideal cut, polish, and symmetry.

I had initially wanted to spend less on the ring and get a bigger, better center diamond(since Michael B. rings are a little more expensive) but decided that the the beauty of the whole ring was more important. Also, because my girl has tiny hands, a .9 carat looks pretty big on her.

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That was a lovely proposal, I could almost imagine the love and emotion the two of you were feeling when you were reading the poem.

And the ring is delicate and beautiful! I've seen some of his designs and this ring is one that caught my eye immediately! You made a good choice. I'm sure your lady is thrilled..any woman would be.

Congratulations! ~song

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An engagement ring and a Disney trip-lucky girl! Congratulations.

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That is so sweet

Congratulations on a gorgeous ring and a great story

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Congratulations Tom. :jum p4:

Your fiance's ring is quite beautiful. I've never seen a band quite like this with the diamond clusters. I like the style a lot. Good luck to you both.

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Sweet story to match a sweet ring
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Quote this post and reply to it Post#13 @ 03-18-03 , 11:09 PM


I'm a little late, but congrats! It is a wonderful story and a stunning ring. I can see why she cried with such a good man who obviously loves her reading her words from the heart and then being surprised with an incredible ring. Thank you for sharing with us. Good luck with the wedding planning.
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Congratulations on a beautiful proposal & ring! And of course, welcome to DT (hey, better late than never, eh?)

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