A year ago today, dear friends of mine got engaged. It was so fun to be part of the planning for the proposal, and I'm excited to share the story on the blog today.
Andrew, a close friend of my husband and I, starting talking to us about how he wanted to propose to his girlfriend. He knew he needed a bit of help pulling it off, so we started to brainstorm. First, we needed a location. Second, we needed a reason and a story to get Andrew's fiance Sarah to Fort Langley on the day of the proposal. Third, we needed an excuse to get Sarah to the exact location of the proposal without her questioning it.
Andrew decided that Fort Langley, where him and Sarah had their first date, was where he wanted to propose. Andrew, my husband Nic, and I then came up with a plan to get Sarah to Fort Langley. We decided to tell her that we were going on a double date that would start in Fort Langley for lunch and end at Castle Fun Park for mini golf. We excitedly relayed these plans to Sarah, trying to act as normal as possible, and she seemed to buy it without question.
A few days before the proposal, we met with Andrew to plan the exact location, go over the details of the proposal, and pick up a few items (including the ring!!!). We found a beautiful clearing overlooking the water in Fort Langley, and knew that it would be the spot. There were enough trees around to hide the location until you came around the corner, and there were some perfect spots for the photographer, Natasha Priya, and the amateur videographers, Nic and I, to hide to capture the proposal. Once the location was selected, we determined how it would be set up. We decided that Sarah would be situated on a stool facing Andrew, and that he would have his guitar setup on a nearby bench for easy access. We decided exactly where Nic, myself and Natahsha would hide. One big aspect that we brainstormed was where we would hide the ring and ring box. It was a big ring box, and would be difficult to hide in Andrew's pocket. We came up with the idea of hiding it inner pocket of Andrew's guitar case. After he was finished playing a song to Sarah on the guitar, he would put the guitar back and grab the ring at the same time. With the details in place, we went to Andrew's to pick up a few items from him: a stool, his guitar, a tuner for the guitar, red rose petals, and of course: the ring! We also arranged for Andrew to order pictures of him and Sarah to be picked up at a print shop near our house.
On April 19th, Nic and I were very excited and were really hoping that the proposal would go off without a hitch. We collected everything, picked up the photos from the print shop, and picked up a single red rose. We then met with Natahsha in Fort Langley and began setting everything up. A pathway of roses leading to the stool where Sarah was going to sit, a single red rose on the stool for Sarah, the guitar case open on the bench with pictures of the two of them displayed, and the ring nestled safely inside the box. Nic and I hid behind one tree and Natahsha behind another, and then we had to wait. Waiting is the hardest part.
Andrew kept texting us to keep us updated on where he was. Once they were in Fort Langley, he told Sarah that Nic and I were running late for the double date and he suggested that they go for a walk along the water while they wait. He sent us a quick text to say that they were close and before we knew it, they had arrived. Andrew began playing a beautiful song to Sarah that had us all tearing up. Sarah's back was to us, so after the song was over, Nic and I inched closer to film the proposal. We had the privilege of witnessing the entire proposal, from the song to the sweet words to him getting down on one knee and asking Sarah to be his wife. It was so beautiful and I was definitely in tears. After the ring was on her finger, Andrew gave us a thumbs up. Sarah spun around to see Nic and I sitting there. She had no clue we were there. And she honestly had no clue that Andrew was about to propose until she saw the pathway of roses. We rushed over to give them our congratulations and to celebrate this big moment in their lives. The whole proposal was beyond perfect and I was so privileged to be a part of it.
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