Category Archives: Milestones

The stories of real couples on their journey of love, their proposals and engagements!

An Instagram Engagement: The Return

Summer is over and so ends our Summer Cocktail series. Yes, we’re sad, too! But get ready for cozy sweaters, Pumpkin Spice everything, and of course, romantic proposals! We’re bringing back our favorite feature, our favorite instagram proposal stories! We can’t wait so let’s get right into it.

Handwritten accents make things personal and intimate. Wonderful photo, gizemtokerphotolab!

A photo posted by Shona (@shonker1) on

Shonker1 shared a gorgeous shot of her beautiful ring. You really can’t go wrong with a view like that!

A photo posted by Lucy (@llucyd) on

You had us at coffee, llucyd.

A photo posted by Glad Trejo (@gladta) on

The ring circling the spot gladta got engaged at is such a sweet idea!

A photo posted by Constance (@genello_4774) on

Getting engaged in a hot air balloon is pretty fantastic, lovely share, genello_4774.

Finally, we found our first Snapchat to Instagram crossover. Stephaniesadventures shared a shot of her cousin’s snap announcing her engagement, times really are changing, we suppose!

Congratulations to all the happy couples! Remember, if you want to share your special moment with us (especially our Fina couples!) make sure you tag us on Instagram or use the #MichaelCFina. We can’t wait to hear your stories!

The Anniversary Ring: All You Need To Know

The Anniversary Ring is a tradition that allows for a little more freedom than you’d think. While there are themes for certain anniversary years when it comes to gifts in general, the gift of an anniversary ring is more dependent on the couple themselves.

What Kind Of Ring To Get

Truly, the possibilities are endless. Some couples choose to simply upgrade the engagement ring, either a larger stone, a more extravagant setting, or even turning a solitaire into a three-stone ring. However, there is always the option to not replace or upgrade the engagement ring, but to add a ring to the set, matching or not.

Anniversary Rings - Michael C. Fina
18K White Gold Crossover Right Hand Ring by Hearts On Fire

Some choose an additional band to wear with their engagement ring and wedding band, while others balance out their jewelry with a right hand ring. The former option tends to call for a piece that matches the style of the original rings, while the latter offers a wider range of options.

Anniversary Rings - Michael C. Fina
Truly Triple Row Right Hand Ring by Hearts On Fire

If you’re a bit more adventurous and you want to show it, try doing it in color. Mark Patterson knows how to balance style and colTagsor to create a stunning ring.

Anniversary Rings - Michael C. Fina
18K White Gold Sapphire & Diamond Ring by Mark Patterson
When To Get An Anniversary Ring

If you’re looking to try to follow a more traditional path, the ideal anniversaries to spring for diamonds are the decades, ie. 10th, 20th, 30th. These landmark anniversaries typically demand a bigger appreciation but don’t hold yourself to these rules. In fact, the impact of an unexpected surprise can sometimes make a less notable anniversary a big hit (don’t worry, we know your 11th anniversary is just as important as your 10th!)

Of course, when it comes down to it, the option is yours! Anniversary rings are the perfect opportunity to show how strong and long lasting your love is, but also how well you know your partner. If you’re in the market for an anniversary ring for your partner, make sure you pay attention! It’s easy to see when they’d love if you pose the right questions and notice the right details. And if you’re still not sure, make an appointment with the jewelry experts at Michael C. Fina, who can help you find the Anniversary Ring of your partner’s dreams. You can browse our collection of fine jewelry here.

Boston Marathon Survivors to Marry Today in The Knot Dream Wedding

The Knot Dream Wedding - Michael C. Fina

NEW YORK, April 4, 2014 —, the number one wedding planning destination, today announces the wedding day of The Knot Dream Wedding. Now in its second year, the program followed one couple through every step of the wedding planning process with each element voted on by America. This year, selected Rebekah Gregory and Pete DiMartino as the very deserving recipients of The Knot Dream Wedding. Today, America can tune in to watch the wedding take place at the Biltmore in Asheville, NC, live on starting at 11 a.m. See all photos from the day on Instagram and Twitter by following #TheKnotDreamWedding and @theknot.

Rebekah and Pete were at the finish line of the Boston Marathon cheering on Pete’s mother last year. When the bomb exploded, Rebekah’s first thought was to protect her son, so she shielded him. She has endured 15 surgeries over the course of the past year, as well as preparing for the upcoming amputation of her left leg. Pete lost 90 percent of his right Achilles tendon and suffered multiple broken bones in his ankle. He has undergone surgeries and months of physical therapy. Their shared experience as a result of the explosion and surviving their injuries brought them even closer together and strengthened their relationship.

“We could not think of any couple more deserving of The Knot Dream Wedding,” said Rebecca Dolgin, editor in chief. “We are so thrilled to help them overcome their past and bring on their new beginning to an amazing life together.”

Rebekah and Pete handed off all wedding planning decisions to America. Voting took place weekly on where people around the country voted for seven weeks on every element of the wedding, including the location, overall theme, bridesmaid dresses, hair and makeup, rings, cake, flowers and even Rebekah’s dress.

“Solidifying forever with Pete DiMartino just makes my heart really happy. And the fact that we get to share our special day with so many others thanks to The Knot, that’s pretty cool to me,” said Rebekah Gregory, The Knot Dream Wedding bride. “Although we do not feel more deserving of this honor than anyone else, we couldn’t be more excited to have shared our journey with so many other people and to have had America plan our wedding! Everyone has trials in life and this just happens to be ours. But if we can inspire one person to keep pushing forward by sharing our story, it’s totally worth it to me. And I don’t care if I have to hop, wheel or roll down that aisle, I will get to the other end of it because the person waiting for me is the only thing that matters.”

Since Valentine’s Day, thousands of people across the country tuned in to help Rebekah and Pete’s wedding dreams come true. Additionally, Lee Brice, an award-winning country artist, is providing the couple with his new song “I Don’t Dance” as their first dance. Rebekah and Pete will dance to the perfect wedding song, along with enjoying the winning wedding elements:

   -- Location: Asheville, NC, the couple's favorite vacation destination, was 
      chosen for the wedding among other cities that the couple has ties to, 
      including New York, Boston and Louisville. A garden ceremony at Biltmore 
      was chosen for its fairytale setting next to a real-life castle. 

   -- Theme: The theme America chose is Enchanted Garden, a vision created by 
      celebrity wedding planner Marcy Blum of Marcy Blum Associates. With green 
      and brown woodland colors, plus whimsical elements like hanging lanterns, 
      this theme is a nod to Biltmore's gardens. 

   -- Rings: Classically Cool wedding bands were selected: a pave diamond band 
      for Rebekah and a titanium band for Pete, both by Michael C. Fina. 

   -- Bridesmaid Dresses: Rebekah's girls will don chiffon gowns in falcon, 
      complete with a trendy sweetheart strapless neckline by Watters. 

   -- The Dress: Rebekah will wear a gorgeous ivory fit-and-flare dress with 
      beaded embroidery, a dropped-waist and sweetheart neckline by Sophia 
      Moncelli for Kleinfeld Bridal. 

   -- Flowers: The romantic and playful whimsical woodland centerpieces 
      features a willow adorned tree trunk base and a secret garden of flowers 
      in shades of pink, plus blooming cherry blossoms designed by Holly 
      Chapple. All flowers are American grown from the California Cut Flower 
      Commission and will play into the enchanted theme with shades of pink, 
      lavender and peach. 

   -- Cake: Cake Alchemy will create a masterpiece of delicate white ruffles, 
      buttons and stunning peony sugar flowers to match the garden theme. 

   -- Hair & Makeup: Rebekah came to NYC for a hair and makeup trial with Alli 
      Web, founder of Drybar, and Kate Watson from Too Faced. The winning look 
      will be revealed on the wedding day.


About The Knot

The Knot is the nation’s leading wedding resource, reaching nearly every bride in America through the #1 wedding website,; The Knot national and local wedding magazines; #1 wedding planning and fashion apps The Knot Wedding Planner and Wedding LookBook by The Knot; The Knot book series; syndication placements across the Internet and regular television appearances. The Knot is the flagship brand of XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO;, a consumer Internet and media company devoted to weddings, pregnancy and everything in between, providing young women with the trusted information, products and advice they need to guide them through the most transformative events of their lives. Follow The Knot on Twitter @theknot.

Our 2013 Diamond Dash

Michael C. Fina’s fourth annual “Diamond Dash: Dash for a Diamond & a Cure” was held on Saturday, October 26, 2013.  Congratulations to this year’s winners, Rachel & Jordan!  They were the lucky recipients of a $20,000 platinum and diamond engagement ring from Hearts On Fire!

Want to see more from this memorable day?

Check out a recap of the day on the fabulous proposal blog How He Asked!

Also check out a slideshow from the award-winning photography team at Photomuse!


Congratulations again, Rachel & Jordan!

One of Our Own…

A huge congratulations to our very own jewelry consultant Lauren on her recent engagement!  She has helped so many couples get engaged during her time at Michael C. Fina and it is only fitting that she now gets to celebrate her own engagement with you!

Her fiance Erik surprised her with a GORGEOUS Christopher Designs engagement ring (see below).  And be sure to check out the video of Erik popping the big question above.

Congratulations and best wishes to Lauren and Erik!  We couldn’t be happier for you and wish you many years of love and happiness!


Platinum & Diamond Setting by Christopher Designs

Every Little Thing She Does is Magic!

Victoria & Christopher - Milestone Engagement

In January, we reached out to our clients and Facebook fans so they could share their milestones with us in our “Celebrate Your Memories” contest.  Congratulations to Victoria and Christopher for being the winners of this contest and on your recent engagement!  We’re very happy to celebrate with you!


Here is the winning submission from Victoria:

My boyfriend Christopher and I have been dating for almost 8 years now and we finally got engaged on December 22, 2012.  First, let me say Christopher is my one true soul mate and I am truly lucky to have found him; the way he proposed to me was perfect, fun and memorable!  Christopher’s brother Mark is in a band and they always put on a show around the holiday time.  Sting is our favorite musician and Christopher decided to ask the band to learn one of our favorite songs, “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic.” Without me knowing about it, they practiced in secret for over a month. On that wonderful night his brother Mark, the drummer, called us up to the stage area, then they started playing that song.  I had to make things difficult because I didn’t want to go up front where the crowds of people were standing enjoying the show, but Christopher assured me everyone would make room for us and once we got up there we started dancing and enjoying the song.  A few seconds later I started to realize everyone was watching us and even taking pictures of us, which made me think something was going to happen.  The lead singer proceeded to sing Sting’s lyrics: “I resolved to call her up a thousand times a day and ask her if she’ll MARRY me in some old fashioned way.”  Then when the lead singer said the word “MARRY,” the music stopped and Christopher proceeded to get down on one knee.  He presented the most beautiful ring to me, a Maevona Eriskay design, rose gold and platinum engagement ring in a beautiful Michael C. Fina box!  I then exclaimed, “Of course, yes, yes I will marry you,” and then the crowd cheered and clapped hands for us! It was a magical moment and I couldn’t be happier!


Here is Christopher’s story about their relationship:

Victoria and I have been together for nearly eight years.  We both knew at first sight that we were looking at someone special, but just how special took a little bit longer to find out.  I tried everything I could to win her over; I cooked dinners, baked sweets, and meet her friends and family.  I just knew it would be worth it in the end.   Eight years have flown by, and I only hope the rest of my life will slow down a little because I want to savor every moment with her.

We met very young, she had just graduated college and I was still in college, so we took things slow. We definitely wanted to be more financially stable before making a bigger commitment.  I had been looking for the right time and perfect moment to propose, but things were never quite right… So I took things into my own hands and began to make a plan.

Victoria has very particular taste in jewelry and loves to be different, so I knew just any old gold band wouldn’t do!  She had hinted a few years ago that she had liked this designer MaeVona, and even showed me some of her rings.  I came to find out that designer was only in two stores in all of New York State, and one of them was Michael C. Fina.  That’s when I got in touch with Sarah Schwartz at Michael C. Fina; she made everything really easy for me and worked with me for many weeks over the phone and in emails.  I couldn’t make it into the store because of my two jobs and living over an hour and a half away in Riverhead out on Long Island.  What little free time I had, I spent with Victoria and that made it even harder to surprise her with the ring!  Sarah was great and explained everything about engagement rings to me, which was quite a task since I knew little to nothing!

Victoria and I met at one of my brother’s bands shows and it was pretty much love at first sight!   I almost didn’t go to the show, but my close friend Amy said to stop being lazy “and who knows, you might meet the person you’ll marry.” She couldn’t have been even more right!

To pay homage to how we met, I felt the only way to propose would be at another one of my brother Mark’s shows.  It took several months of planning and everyone who knew was so excited for the big night!  I was scared since so many people knew, that Victoria might find out, but luckily it was a complete surprise!  I wasn’t nervous about proposing but more nervous about keeping to Victoria next to my side for when the band would play our song!  When that big moment came, everything went smoothly! I’ll remember that moment for the rest of my life!


We look forward to celebrating many more milestones with Victoria and Christopher!