3) It All Started with a Text Message

Brian and I met almost two years ago through
a mutual friend. Our first date started with a text message over
the phone that I sent to him saying, "I want to watch the
stars with you." That night we sat under the stars and talked
for hours. Brian and I have been together from that moment on.
We like to travel and take spontaneous little vacations as often
as possible. This vacation was not spontaneous nor was it short;
we were planning a vacation the week before Easter but almost didn’t
go. On March 29, Brian totaled his motorcycle and had quite a few
bumps and bruises, not to mention the large amounts of road rash!
I thought the vacation was a sure loss, but I was so thankful that
he was OK, it didn’t matter. After a few days of tender loving
care, we decided to still go to Raleigh to visit my dad for 5 days
followed by Myrtle Beach visiting friends for 4 days. It was a
very uncomfortable ten hours from New York to Raleigh for Brian
to sit still, but he really wanted to go, regardless of his discomfort.

While in Raleigh, we relaxed most of the time
and let him heal before heading
to the beach. We got to the beach around 9pm on Thursday night. Brian wanted
to go for a walk on the beach at night but myself and our two friends all said, "No." The
next day we laid on the beach, and relaxed a little more. That night he started
bugging us to go for a walk on the beach. I finally said to our friends, "Come
guys, let’s just go so he’ll stop bugging us!"

So there we were, walking on the beach under
very few stars and no moon. Brian stops me and hands me a folder.
As
I’m struggling to read it our friend Lisa
tries to help. We finally read the front that said, "Name a Star." I
opened it and it said something about such and such a star has been named Danielle
Marie. He wrote in there, "I told you I would find a way to give you the
stars, and this is my way, Love, Brian." I spun around and hugged him then
turned my back (so the little bit of light was over my shoulder). I was looking
at a map of the stars when I saw, out of the corner of my eye, Brian getting
down on one knee. I spun back around and he said, "Now I want you to be
my star forever, will you marry me?" My first response was, "Are you
joking?" then he repeated his question and I said YES!!

Come to find out, Brian told my father his intentions
while we were in Raleigh and my step mom was also informed. He
kept the ring a secret since January
with only his sister knowing where it was. Brian designed the ring himself
at a local
jeweler. It has four points just like a stars light in the middle of the
night sky. It’s a marquise diamond with three rounds on either
side. The rounds are
formed into a triangular shape. I couldn’t have designed anything better!
We are getting married October of 2005.

Proposal Story By:

Danielle Stickane

Endicott, NY

The founder and president of Diamond Cutters International, is one of the world’s top diamond experts, as well as a three-time Guinness Book record holder in jewelry design.
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