Diamonds Direct Love Story: Joshua Owens and Ashley Chao

Joshua Owens and Ashley Chao met and fell in love here in Birmingham, but when Josh was ready to propose, Seattle seemed the perfect backdrop for the beginning of their new lives together.


“I chose a Verragio three-stone setting, with white gold on the outer band and yellow gold on the inlay,” Joshua says. “What makes this ring so special is the beauty and meaning of the three stones. Diamonds Direct was able to incorporate her mother’s diamond as the center piece, my grandmother’s diamond as one of the side stones, and they perfectly matched the other side stone. The three stones represent the past, present, and future of what we have to look forward to in our lives.”

“He picked out the most beautiful ring I could have imagined,” Ashley says. “I knew he was going to use something from his family, and something on his own. The best surprise was learning there was a part of both of our families involved in the actual ring.”


“A proposal is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and I wanted to make it extra special,” Joshua says. “I landed on Seattle as the place to plan a surprise trip to propose. After we arrived, a limo shuttled us around the city and saw the sights…and later we caught a water taxi across Elliot Bay. We walked to the end of the dock, I held her in my arms and said something sweet. Just before she turned around I dropped to my knee, and in that moment a dream became a reality.”

Ashley remembers, “When we got off the water taxi, I was thinking, ‘I just love this man so much. He has brought me to this beautiful place with an amazing view of the city skyline… and when he asked me to turn around, my excitement was at an all-time high as he asked me to marry him. Before I even looked at the ring I yelled, ‘Yes!!!!’”


Photography by Caron Nicole Photography

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