He said “Yes” — and so did she! The Real Housewives of Orange County star and bride-to-be Gretchen Rossi, 34, shows off his and hers engagement rings with fiancé Slade Smiley, 39, in this week’s Life & Style, after confirming that instead of waiting for her beau to propose, she decided to take matters into her own hands.
On April 14, after four careful months of planning, Gretchen stayed true to her word — “I don’t do anything by the book” — when she popped the question to Slade with a black-gold and black-diamond band, atop the roof of the AT&T building in LA. “It was a really emotional moment!” Gretchen gushes.
“I’ve never been so overwhelmed with just sheer joy and happiness!” Slade tells Life & Style of Gretchen’s shocking proposal.
But little did Gretchen know, Slade had a surprise of his own planned. Five days later, the couple went to Newport Jewelers in Newport Beach, Calif., where Slade bought Gretchen a ring of her own: a 4-carat fancy yellow diamond surrounded by smaller stones designed by Danny Arik for Newport Jewelers.
A blissed-out (and blinged-out) Gretchen says she’s not ashamed she had to jump-start the process herself: “Life is too short, I’m in love with this man, and I needed to take the plunge!”
For more on Gretchen and Slade’s engagement, pick up this week’s issue of Life & Style, on newsstands now!
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