3) No Cliche for Me


I had planned on proposing to my fiance on New Year’s Eve but I wanted it to not be cliche and really wanted to surprise her.

We worked for the Oxygen cable channel and recently the company was acquired by NBC. So the previous CEO of Oxygen decided to have an early holiday party before the buyout. I thought what a perfect opportunity since she knew that our financial future were very uncertain, she would never suspect I would buy a ring now. Little did she know I had purchased the ring months prior and was thinking of a great moment to pop the question. So I went to my CEO and asked her if she would be okay with the proposal. She thought it was a wonderful idea and was willing to give a speech that would lead her handing the mic off to me to say something about the company.

Now it was up to me to think of what to say in front of the whole company that would eventually lead me to my ultimate goal. After a week I knew what I wanted to say, that was the easy part. The hard part was not to mess up in front of over 300 of my fellow coworkers. So I practiced in front of a mirror using different expressions on my face, changing the pitch of my voice, and emphasizing different parts of my speech. Hoping that all my effort wasn’t all in vain and I’d forget everything when the time came.

The night came and I was so incredibly nervous but of course I had to seem like everything was fine in front of her. All I could do was keep repeating my speech in my head; it was all that I could do. If she only knew how I really felt she would understand why I wasn’t drinking or eating.

The CEO finally gave her speech and handed me the microphone. It was my moment of glory and it went off without a hitch. She was so incredibly surprised that even when I brought her on stage she thought I was going to ask her to dance and had no clue until I dropped on one knee.

It was the best night of my life. I’m just glad that she was happy and everything went according to plan. But most of all I’m glad I was able to have a coworker record it so I can have it for us to watch for years to come. I would like to share our special moment with you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rv9xWM8SEZU


Proposal Story by:

Sherwin Yee

Staten Island, NY


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