The Set Up
Chris decided to propose on Seal Beach, California, as they both love the sand, the surf and the sunshine. The location was also very convenient for his plan: there will be enough space so their friends could “photobomb” the couple’s picture without Heather knowing.
You don’t have to be a celebrity to shop for engagement rings like one. Take it from private jeweler Michael Greene of Michael Greene & Company. For seventeen years, he has been the go-to jeweler for pro-basketball players, socialites, movie stars, politicians, musicians, and customers of all backgrounds and income levels.
So, if you want to learn how to shop like some of his clients: hip-hop star Ne-Yo, socialite Paris Hilton, singer Joss Stone, actress Jaime Murray, singer Adrienne Bailon, or NY Knicks star Mike Bibby, read on for Michael’s six tips to shop like a celebrity with a private jeweler!
Ruth & Justin
I knew my birthday was going to be special, but I had no idea it would be the best day of my life. I just returned home from a relaxing morning of manicures and pedicures with my mom, and was getting ready for the day. Justin made fantastic plans for my 29th birthday. He arranged for fifty of our friends and family to join us at a Los Angeles Dodgers’ game. As an extra birthday bonus he also arranged with his friend and former co-worker, Afton, to take us on a tour of the stadium before the game. I thought, “Wow, I have the most amazing boyfriend! I get to go behind the scenes of my favorite team!” I was a lifelong fan and I was so excited.
How They Met
Nicole and Ricky dated for 3 ½ years before getting engaged, but this couple knew each other a lot longer than that! They met in the first grade. Ricky was her neighbor. They played together until he moved and they lost touch. Nicole was working as an adapted physical eduaction specialist and Ricky was working as an editor and producer in television. One day Ricky’s mother came into Nicole’s work and recognized her after all those years. She said her son Ricky would love to hear from Nicole and gave her his number. She gave him a call and they picked up where they left off! They reminisced about the past but they didn’t waste time building new memories doing things they both loved- snowboarding, wakeboarding, and wine tasting. The sparks started flying!
How They Met
It all started with a mission trip to Japan in 2002. Gabe stayed in touch with his new friends Kari and Pajai from Simpson, California but he never dreamed his friends would try to set him up. He lived four hours away in the Bay Area of San Jose, after all. The way Kari and Pajai’s coworker Angie described the man of their dreams just sounded exactly like Gabe! They looked at each other and decided to try to get Angie and Gabe together.
Cali girls have a little extra renegade in their blood- a little bit bohemian, a little bit edgy, and definitely stylish. You don’t go for the same look as everyone else, which explains why there are so many different options in engagement rings today. There’s no better way to express your personality than picking something very personal. We turned to Mulloys Fine Jewelry in Carlsbad, California, home of the world famous Gemological Institute of America, to identify the top five trends in California engagement rings.
How They Met
Katherine got married for the first time at age 48. It took a long time to reconnect with a high school friend- but Kathy’s love story was worth the wait! She is a fundraising consultant and Joe is a film and media academic advisor at the University of California Santa Barbara. They had a class together at Santa Barbara High School in 1978 and they even signed each other’s yearbooks. Joe wrote,”Kathy, Here’s to the short time we spent together in our economic adventures. Well my little creampuff, perhaps this summer or next year we can meet again and begin where we left off?” One year turned out to be thirty years!
For Silicon Valley loving techie types, proposing with interactive technology tools like apps, social media, or a video might be a no-brainer. Just remember- a proposal isn’t about showing off your programming or video editing skills. It’s one of those once in a lifetime moments you’ll share together, and it should be about her. There are definite DO’s and DON’Ts when it comes to electronic interactive proposals! Here are our top tips to get your Silicone Valley style tech proposal right.
How They Met
Sydnee and Wayne met on the job- they both worked at the local children’s hospital in Fresno, California. As a registered nurse, Sydnee often took her patients to get X-Rays and Wayne was often the Radiology Technologist on-duty, and Sydnee says, “I flirted my butt off each time he would come by!” She noticed how Wayne talked about his dogs as if they were his own kids and like it- she felt the same way. Sydnee asked Wayne out three times over a year and a half before he finally said yes.
Finding the right jeweler can be as hard as finding the right partner. San Diego Native Lisa got lucky- she met her fiancé Sean on a Manhattan Beach sidewalk. Despite six years apart and being from opposite sides of the country (Sean is originally from Detroit,Michigan), Sean says “we have way too much in common and look at the world in the exact same way. She is definitely my soul mate and very best friend.” When Sean decided to pop the question, he certainly did his homework for Lisa’s engagement ring. Read on for his five tips to selecting the perfect California jeweler and engagement ring.