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Gretchen Rossi Debuts Engagement Ring, Reality Star Proposed To Slade Smiley

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By Benge Nsenduluka , CP Reporter
April 24, 2013|3:47 pm
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    Real Housewives of Orange County star Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley

Gretchen Rossi and her fiance Slade Smiley have debuted their wedding rings after it was revealed that the "Real Housewives" stars are engaged.

TO SEE PHOTOS OF GRETCHEN'S ENGAGEMENT RING CLICK HERE

Rossi, 34, proposed to Smiley, 39, on April 14 after two years of dating and the couple is said to be happier than ever. The handbag designer disregarded tradition and ultimately popped the question to Smiley on top of the AT&T building in L.A.

"I don't do anything by the book. It was a really emotional moment!" Rossi told Life & Style magazine about the proposal, which took four careful months of planning.

"Life is too short, I'm in love with this man, and I needed to take the plunge!" Rossi went on explaining her decision to break tradition.

In the new issue of Life & Style, Smiley is seen posing with his black-gold and black-diamond band while Rossi flaunts her 4-carat yellow diamond surrounded by smaller stones.

Smiley surprised Rossi with an engagement ring five days after the proposal. The couple went to Newport Jeweler's in Newport Beach, Calif., where the radio host purchased the unique sparkler.

"I've never been so overwhelmed with just sheer joy and happiness!" Smiley told Life & Style of Gretchen's shocking proposal.

The engagement came as a surprise to fans who previously witnessed Rossi expressing reservations about marriage on the hit Bravo reality TV show.

In 2012 Rossi and Smiley, who has one child from a previous relationship, reportedly rejected an offer made by Bravo TV producers to get engaged in a bid to create a dramatic season finale for the show. Co-stars Tamra Barney and Eddie Judge reportedly took up the offer instead, according to TMZ.com.

Barney and Judge are expected to tie the knot in coming months however Rossi and Smiley are yet to set a wedding date.

TO SEE PHOTOS OF GRETCHEN'S ENGAGEMENT RING CLICK HERE

 

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