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"When she says, "ARE YOU SERIOUS," instead of "yes"

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CaptainPolyester

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. . . is that a bad thing?

Not if it''s because you caught her completely by surprise!!

Just got engaged and returned from my trip to do so.

Recap:

Girlfriend (fiance) lives in Australia, I live in Manhattan, and I''ve been working for almost six months on putting together a ring.
Here''s the links to my other ramblings (if you''re that bored)
https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/so-thats-what-a-diamond-looks-like.48641/
and a bit more:
https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/lets-build-a-ring.48709/

anyway,

flew down to australia, spent a week with her, and on the last day (she thought), we were strolling down the boardwalk of Sydney harbour, and I started talking about us, our relationship, the hurdles we''ve overcome, and how much it means to me (which may sound romantic, but I wax on about this almost every time I fly over to see her and am about to leave).

This time though, at the end of the boardwalk, with the moon out, a warm breeze, and the lights flickering off the harbour. . .
I proposed.

oddly enough, the first thing out of her mouth was, "are you serious?"

to which I responded by holding up a small wooden box.

after a moment of silence I opened it to reveal the ring I spent so much time on.

she was just able to squeak out a "yes" before she started crying.

The best part was pointing to the restaurant next to us, at the crowd cheering on the second floor balcony, and telling her it was her friends and family who had come to watch.

Off to the airport the next morning to see me on my way back to manhattan.
I pulled out my bags at the curb side. . . and then proceeded to put them all back in except for a backpack.
Confused, she kept asking me what I was doing.
Eventually she understood that I was actually staying for longer, and that the friend she thought she was meeting an hour later to go on a trip with her wasn''t actually showing up.
Instead we flew off to go sailing on the great barrier reef for four days.

So. . . anyone want to see a few hand shots that I snapped?
 

Ellen

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Awwww!
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Congrats!

Now what do you mean asking if we want to see pics??
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onedrop

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How sweet!!! Of course we want pics! And congrats on the engagement.
 

CaptainPolyester

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well. . . I always think it''s nice to be polite.

Whiteflash diamond. 1.8 VS2 J
Vatche royal crown with pave
platinum setting
ring size 5.5

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CaptainPolyester

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most of these are shots I snuck while she was asleep on the beach or wasn''t really looking.

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CaptainPolyester

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the water was fantastic.
we spent a great time diving, hiking, and for me (who sits inside almost all day, even in the summer), was able to get a bit of sun and color.

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CaptainPolyester

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Well worth the time if you''re in Australia in the warmer weather

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CaptainPolyester

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salt water makes it a bit cloudy, but you can kind of make out the arrows in the diamond.

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CaptainPolyester

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here''s a shot of the two of us on the sailboat.

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belle

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how sneaky (and romantic!) you are! congratulations captainp. i''m very happy for you both.
the ring looks stunning. it was meant to be!
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Kaleigh

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Aww CONGRATS Captain!!!! That is so sweet, and you two are just adorable. The ring is gorgeous. Best wishes to you both!!!!
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Ellen

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Well done. Beautiful ring, and couple!
 

Dee*Jay

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What a wonderful proposal and a truly beautiful ring! Congratulations on your engagement!
 

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Wow, honestly I wasn''t sure about that setting in it''s 1000x magnified state, but it is really gorgeous in reality! And what a wonderful diamond, too! Your proposal story is just perfect! Congratulations to you both!
 

canuk-gal

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HI:

Stunning ring and couple. All the best! Congrats!

cheers--Sharon
 

wifey2b

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Congratulations!!!!!!!!!! What a sweet story...and no it''s not impolite to say are you serious giggle. You two look awesome together...wow - she looks like Sandra Bullock if you don''t mind me saying...I am a big fan of her''s giggle. All the best to the two of you! I bet she is in looooove with that ring - what a beauty - great job!!!
 

FireGoddess

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What a great story!!! Love the picture of you two on the boat and the ring is just divine! Congrats!
 

kcoursolle

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What a wonderful story! I love her ring too!!! The vatche settings have lovely scoup shaped prongs and delicate pave, you did a very nice job picking out this ring. The diamond looks amazing.

Congratulations.
 

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Congratulations!!! What a beautiful story and ring!
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CaptainPolyester

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Thanks everyone!

I owe a lot of thanks to all of you for your excellent advice and also to Whiteflash, Wink Jones, and Vatche.
Everything went together perfectly.

Despite me being involved in the planning.
 

CaptainPolyester

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here''s a couple more ring shots.

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CaptainPolyester

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and another

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CaptainPolyester

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and a gratuitous shot of us the day before, when were were just "dating."

Gotta work on calling her "fiance" too.

"Girlfriend" keeps slipping out.

guess I''ve been saying it for so long!
 

bling*diva*

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~~The ring is beautiful!!! Congrats!!
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CaptainPolyester

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pic

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sevens one

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your ring choice is amazing
That stone is on fire.

Congrats to you. That was a very sweet proposal.
Thanks for sharing the pics of you two.
 

DiaDiva

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That''s a lovely proposal and the ring is just beautiful on her. Congratulations! You two look fabulous together. May you have many happy years together.
 

hlmr

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You two make a very handsome couple and you are a very sweet captain! The ring looks perfect on her finger, congrats!
 

gailrmv

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Congrats! You two are so cute!
 

diamondfan

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Wow, you did a great job and you two make a great looking couple! Every happiness to you both...
 
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