Beth + Dean
Close to her skin
Beth and Dean had been dating for about five months when MLK Day rolled around in January 2011. Dean had the day off from work and thought it would be fun to take Beth engagement ring shopping as he had already promised that “when it got warm” that spring, he’d be popping the big question and had no idea what kind of ring Beth would like. Beth and Dean spent the day trolling the big box jewelry stores in Manhattan only to find the service terribly impersonal and at times, quite snooty. However, having tried on more than thirty rings that day, Beth knew she only wanted an emerald cut stone with baguettes on either side.
Two months later, Beth and Dean visited Beth’s best friend from college, Katie Jaffe, and her family in Atlanta. While there, Katie’s husband, Brilliant’s Jamie Jaffe, let Beth play with all of his fancy jewels while he took Dean to look at stones. When they returned, Beth could just tell from the look in Dean’s eye that he had found exactly what she was looking for and that Jamie would be making a beautiful customized ring.
Four weeks later, Dean received Jamie’s work of art and couldn’t wait to propose. Jamie had even added two small diamonds to the interior of the band as a special gift to Beth and Dean meant to represent the couple and their love. Jamie inserted the diamonds on the inside so Beth would always have them close to her skin.
After a long week at work in New York City, Beth came home to a bouquet of flowers on Friday, April 8, 2011. Dean was planning on proposing the following day, on the Highline or along the Hudson River – it was supposed to be nice out for the first time all year, and Dean told Beth he would propose “when it got warm”. As Dean mulled over whether or not he should accelerate the plan to cheer up the love of his life, the couple ordered in dinner. Dean had to run an errand before the delivery arrived, and while he was out, Beth noticed a white jewelry box among Dean’s healthy supply of white socks, in a dresser drawer he’d accidentally left open. Whoops! Beth called her friend Rikki, who advised her to tell Dean to hide it somewhere else. When Dean came home, he saw a different look on Beth’s face, one of excitement, elation and utter confusion. Beth explained that Rikki was insisting Dean be “more creative with his proposal now that Beth knows where the ring is” and handed Dean the phone so Rikki could personally deliver that message. But Dean knew there was no going back – it was the time to ask. So he “subtly” retrieved the ring from the sock drawer, cordially ended the phone call, got down on one knee and asked Beth to be with him for the rest of his life. Needless to say, Beth said yes. So there they were, engaged, and just plain happy together! It was the best day of Beth’s life – and Dean’s – that is, of course, until their beautiful wedding in Naples, Florida, on June 2, 2012.