Ok, first off, thank you to all on here for your advice along the way to finding the right ring/diamond and such. I thought I'd post how I did the proposal, now that it is finally over.
I have to start off by telling you some details of her engagement ring. We were at the mall here one day around Thanksgiving this past year and were killing time before our dinner reservations at the Cheesecake Factory. She noticed a jewelry store in the mall with "going out of business" sales and drug me in to look at rings. We had looked at rings before, and I had a good idea of what she wanted. Of course, they had a really nice ring, that is exactly what she wanted, and she fell in love with it. She had no idea, but I had just started actively looking at getting her a ring. She of course tried it on, and damn her for having a standard size 6 finger that the one right out of the freaking case fits her! So long story short, she kept complaining to me that this ring was exactly what she wants, and this one is a huge bargin because they were going out of business and blah blah, I can't believe you didn't buy it! I heard this for nearly 3 months! She even called my sister and mom to try talking me into buying the dumb ring. Little does she know, that I went back 1-2 days later and bought it. So I had this ring since Thanksgiving and she had NO idea. Of course, if you read my other threads on here you can get a sense of the pain I went through getting the main diamond for the ring.
So the proposal....First, we had a 3 day ski weekend planned at a resort in NY state. In fact this ski resort was the place we took our first major vacation/trip together back in the first year or so we were dating. Back then, we had an awsome queen loft suite room that was slopeside. It was an awsome room with a fireplace, jacuzzi tube, loft, nice bed, pull out couch for guests, mini kitchen, spiral stair case to over look the living room, balcony facing the slopes and about 20 feet from a chair lift! Pretty awsome, if you're a skier. So of course, knowing I was going to propose, I reserved the same room.
The day we arrived, check-in was 3pm, so I conveniently scheduled her for a spa day, at a spa at the resort from 3-5pm so I could smuggle the ring and all our stuff into the room and prepare. I had a wine/cheese tray delivered to our room as part of the resort's "couples package". When she came back, I asked her if she wanted to get a drink and get some dinner, but she had been watching the skiers all during her relaxing spa time and was eager to get on the slopes. So we first went out for a couple hours of skiing as soon as she got back.
After we skiied a few hours, we came back in the intention of going to dinner and getting a couple drinks. While she was taking a quick shower, I opened up some of the wine and poured it into a pair of swarovski flutes. Now if you don't know, these glasses are really nice. They cost $400 a pair, and have crystals in the stems. Here's a link so you can see: http://www.swarovski.com/Web_US/en/255678/...(set_of_2).html
Now she had been talking about these glasses since we first met. She used to always say that she wanted to do her "first toast" at her wedding with them and blah blah blah.
So about this time, she got out of the shower and got dressed and noticed I was opening and pouring wine and asked "what are you doing?" I told her that I was getting us a drink so we could relax a minute and get ready to go to dinner. So she sits down on the couch, where I have my back toward her, because I was pouring the wine in the kitchen area. When I turned around to walk toward her, she noticed right away that the swarovski crystal glasses were in my hand and that I was giving one to her to drink from. She was kind of puzzled, and was in shock at the glasses. She obviously knew they didn't have these glasses in our room and that I brought them. So I told her that she always talked about wanting them for her wedding toast, and I just couldn't bare the thought of paying that much money to only use once, so I got them for her now, so we could at least use them twice. She still was puzzled and not realizing I was about to propose yet. She just kept looking at the glasses, and the authenticity enscription on the bottom.
At that point, I sat next to her on the couch, and told her the mushy stuff about how the last time we came here was one of the best trips i've ever taken, and it was really special because she was there and everything was different from that point. I told her that this time I wanted to make the trip special to her, and I that was why I did the glasses....and (as I get down on one knee), I opened the ring box as I'm saying that I think this will make everything special for her trip. At that point is when I told her I loved her, and asked her to marry me. She did notice it was the same ring RIGHT AWAY! Of course she said yes, and has yet to be more than 2 feet from the ring! lol.