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Mitch & Amanda

After being together for 2 years, and living together in Roxborough, things really couldn't get any better. We made our house a home, and were truly living happily ever after.... But then on Friday, January 16th 2015, everything changed. Now, to say the least, Mitch is always doing kind and generous things for me. So when I walked in to my house that Friday night after work, and saw the front door cracked open with romantic music playing from inside, I couldn't say I was TOTALLY surprised. However, when I opened the door to see over 200 tea light candles lit and rose petals covering all of my floors, it took my breath away. When I tilted my head with a confused look on my face, I called out Mitch's name and began to wonder where my dog, Bentley was for all of this. Neither of them greeted me upon my arrival as usual, so I was quite confused. It was when I turned the corner, that I saw Mitch, on one knee with the most beautiful ring I had ever seen. In candles on the floor were those 2 words I will never forget "Marry Me?". That is when our happily ever after really began. I can't think Benari enough for helping my fiance find the ring of my dreams! (Not to mention that I literally get compliments on my ring everywhere I go because it's so beautiful!) Bobby and Rachel have been beyond wonderful during this entire process. Bobby is always willing to make time to see us and help us with whatever it is we need. Whether it's something for our wedding, or a gift for another family member or friend, they are always there with open arms. They have become like family, and I wouldn't ever recommend going anywhere else for jewelry! They truly are the best!

Jake & Jess

I grew up in a house with 3 brothers: Nick, Evan, and Steve (really my first cousin, but a brother to me). Given the testosterone level in our house while we were growing up, my mom got her fair share of intellectual discussion- philosophy, politics, sports… and farts. Fortunately for her, we never made it around to talking about shoes, weddings, and Kardashians (or whoever the 90’s version of them were).

Let’s fast forward about 15 years. By the time Nick & Amanda got married Mom was getting the hang of the feminine conversation thing (thank you, Amanda). Jess and I were dating at this time and one particular topic that they always talked about was shoes. They discussed shoes a lot. I can’t tell you too much other than that regarding the content of their conversations… I tend to zone out. However, one particular pair that they talked about were the pair that Grandmom Sutera wore on her wedding day (they are over 6 decades old and in pretty good shape, but are still stylish by today’s standards…a lot like Grandmom). Because Grandmom and Jess are still waiting for their growth spurts and are stuck at the same size (5.5) my mom always insisted that Jess needed to try these shoes on (hint hint).

I turned the corner toward our kitchen in our apartment, and David was there with the ring, ready to propose. To say that I was shocked, is an understatement. To see the love of my life down on one knee, giving me his heart forever…is something that I will never get out of my head. I am so unbelievably excited to say “I DO” and spend forever with my best friend.

When I bought Jess’ ring, I was really struggling with how I wanted to ask her to marry me. With a little help from mom, we put a plan together. This is how it all went down (cue Mission Impossible theme in your head):

On the 3rd of July every summer, Conshohocken shoots off fireworks from Sutcliffe Park. Since my Grandmom’s back yard faces the park she hosting a party on that day every year since I can remember. Jess has been there the last 2 years so nothing seemed all that different going into the night. I did, however invite her parents this year (I asked for their permission that morning). On that night, Jess was working until 5PM and everyone who knew about our plan was anxiously anticipating her arrival. She showed up at about 8PM and I greeted Jess, Greg, and Zory at their car and helped them carry the trey of mac n’ cheese Zory made for the party. Jess made her rounds to say ‘hi’ to everyone there and I did my best to introduce her parents to everyone at the party. After about an hour, we (Jess, Greg, Zory, Mom, and I) finally sat down at a table to eat together. After kicking mom under the table a few times, she finally delivered her line, “Hey Jess, when we were getting ready for the party we found Grandmom’s old wedding shoes. You’ve got to try them on. Jake, go get the shoes- they are sitting on the cedar chest in the house”. With an Oscar winning eye roll, I got up from the table and went into the house to get the shoes. As I walked out of the house with the box my heart was pumping. I don’t think I’ve ever been happier or nervous in my life. Jess was somehow positioned perfectly in the middle of everyone. As I approached her, I knelt down to “put the shoes on her feet” ;). When I opened the box and showed Jess the ring, I kept it simple, “Jessica… will you marry me?”

… See you all on October 28th (she said yes)!

Michael & Jennifer

I knew we were going to see a concert in Stroudsburg, but I didn't know it would become the most important night of my life! Michael told me had a surprise for me, and in walked my mother. What I didn't know is that he had also given my ring to the owner of the restaurant at the same time! After the first set of music - with a very clever ruse from the staff! - we went upstairs to a beautiful deck all awash in candle light! There was a circle of 13 blue candles and a small table with a very distinctive yellow box on top! In all my excitement, I barely remember his speech, but it was wonderful! Now we're planning a wedding in Ireland!

Mike & Brianna

Everything went better than could have been planned! First off, she said yes! In addition, we have had several parties at the house since we moved in 1-year ago and, literally, every single party has had bad weather. Sunday was forecasting rain and thundershowers, but it turned out to be a gorgeous day, hot as hell, but perfect for the occasion.

Mike and Brianna
Katelyn & David

David and I began dating November 19th, 2011. We met while attending Kutztown University together. We ended up in the same Geography Class and with David’s clever ideas for “study dates” and sharing a book, it didn’t take long for us to spend every moment we could together. After graduation, I moved to the area to be with David. We leased our first apartment together where we currently live with our two fur babies.

The engagement happened on January 30th, 2015. David proposed in our apartment, a few weeks sooner than he originally anticipated. The moment was right and it made the surprise even greater. David asked my parents for their blessing, the weekend before the engagement and was able to show them the ring in person.

I turned the corner toward our kitchen in our apartment, and David was there with the ring, ready to propose. To say that I was shocked, is an understatement. To see the love of my life down on one knee, giving me his heart forever…is something that I will never get out of my head. I am so unbelievably excited to say “I DO” and spend forever with my best friend.

Thank you Benari for helping my fiance pick out the most gorgeous ring!

David and Katelyn
Jessica & Tony

My Fiancé and I have been together for 6 years. We met at the young age of 20 and 21. We were introduced by our families; my mom is good friends with my Fiancé’s now stepmother.

We came to Benari’s back in October of 2014 and met with Tara. I had it in my mind that our engagement would be in the summer of 2015, because we just started looking for homes and were saving for that. However, after our wonderful meeting with Tara, my Fiancé was overjoyed and excited to start the next chapter of our lives together. So, on Christmas morning, there was a big wrapped box under the tree addressed to me. I unwrapped the box and inside was another wrapped box, and inside of that box was another wrapped box. Finally, inside the smallest wrapped box was a blank piece of paper.

At this time, my Fiancé started to explain that on this piece of paper we should write down our hopes and wishes for the upcoming year, and then place it in an ornament that we will keep on the tree. He then proceeded over to the tree and picked up a beautiful hand painted ornament. He informed me that the ornament opened, and that he already placed his wish inside. He then walked over to me, opened the ornament (which was playing Silent Night), and then he got down on one knee to ask for my hand in marriage! I was completely shocked, but of course I said yes! For the rest of the day, his motto was, “Why use mistletoe when you put a ring on it!”

Tony and Jessica
Kathryn & Nicholas

When I became a flight attendant three years ago, my number one rule was that I was not going to date a pilot because it was so cheesy! Little did I know that I would meet the love of my life a few months later, a pilot named Nick.

Although Nick and I worked for the same airline, we did not work the same flights and we actually had to live in different states, him in Virginia and me in Maryland, because of the bases we worked out of. Although most people would be hesitant to start a relationship off knowing that distance and unpredictable schedules would make things difficult, Nick and I knew that the struggles were worth it. We were inseparable during our time together even if it meant making the five hour drive together and flying back alone the very next morning.

After a year, I took the biggest risk I’ve ever taken in my life and quit my job to be with Nick in Virginia. I had always wanted to be a nurse and my plan was to start nursing school. Nick was very supportive of this decision. However, I did not get a chance to start nursing school in Virginia because Nick was offered his dream job a few months later. Our next step was a move to Pennsylvania.

Today, three years and three re-locations after we met, Nick and I live in Pennsylvania where we have been able to start building our lives together. I just finished my first semester of nursing school and he is loving his job. We have been each other’s biggest supporters and I know that I wouldn’t have been able to pursue my dream to be a nurse without having Nick in my life.

Our engagement occurred on December 1, 2014. I came home from my last clinical of the semester and heard a train horn in the other room. This did not surprise me since Nick had mentioned that he was going to get a toy train for around our Christmas tree. When I came into the living room, Nick was on the ground playing with the train on the other side of the tree. I told him I was going to change out of my scrubs, but he told me to wait a second for the train to come around because there was “precious cargo” on it. I suspected it was a chocolate bar because Nick knows how much I love sweets. However, I had no idea that what was coming around on that train was something that no sweet in the world could compare to. When the train came around and I saw the ring in the box, I was in shock. Nick got on one knee and asked if I would marry him. I was speechless and crying like a baby, but I managed to get a “yes” out at some point. Nick and I will have a long engagement because I still have a year left of nursing school; however, we are excited to take this next step in our life and are in no rush because we want to take in and enjoy every moment we have together for the rest of our lives.

Rob & Phuong
She came. I saw. I concurred.
Maria & Albert

I thought we were going into the city for dinner at Butcher and Singer to celebrate our anniversary. Well, we never made it to dinner because we stopped at Dilworth Park where in the garden was a gazebo lit up with rose petals and candles in the shape of a heart. Albert proposed and my sister, her boyfriend and a friend were hiding and captured the moment on camera. From there we went to a restaurant where Albert rented out a room and our families and friends were there to celebrate with us! Best night of my life!

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