In Spring of 2009, Yash realized that he was going to ask Jessica to marry him.....so he had to figure out how he was going to do it. When Jessica’s friend Mirna was visiting them in Tucson, he enlisted her help to find out what kind of ring Jessica would want. That Mirna is a clever girl and was able to find out that Jessica wanted a vintage style ring with an old style cut like a cushion cut.
Fast forward a couple of months and Yash and Jessica were heading to Seattle for the summer. They never made it. While stopping to visit Jessica’s friend, Erin, in Santa Barbara, they decided to stay in Santa Barbara for the summer. This presented the perfect opportunity for a very romantic proposal. And so this adventure began...
With some help from his dad, who had long owned his own jewelry business, and Mark Nimeh, his friend from Blueground Jewelry in Rochester, NY, Yash designed a vintage ring with a gorgeous cushion cut diamond. The ring was finally finished in August! With the ring in hand, Yash had to figure out how to propose so that Jessica would never forget that day. They had been talking about going horseback riding all summer and Yash thought “what better way to propose to a Southern girl than on horseback in the country!”
With a little research, Yash found a ranch in the beautiful Santa Ynez valley in Southern California that also was a vineyard. The ranch offered horseback rides through the ranch and vineyards at sunset and then provided a gourmet meal afterward in Los Olivos, a small wine town nestled in the mountains nearby.