A melodious wedding in a timeless venue, Tina and Jonathan were the sweetest couple with unique ideas for their special day. We invested 10 months planning this wedding, all beginning with the couple’s engagement session. The ceremony was held at the Vibiana in Downtown Los Angeles. The formal Cathedral of St. Vibiana dates back to 1876. The cathedral is modeled after the Italian Baroque style, that is dramatic yet tasteful. Key elements to this wedding design were pieces of sheet music used in several different ways. The addition of candle light during the reception added warmth to the white floral and the venue itself. One of our favorite elements was designing and styling the dessert table on the vintage piano and vintage furniture. A special thank you to Callaway Gable for the amazing photographs!
The key to a great marriage proposal is to make it both memorable and meaningful, so that it will become the cornerstone of your romantic history together.
They don’t have to cost a fortune; often they hint at what life together might be like. You might think that I’d get sick of hearing proposal stories—potential occupational hazard, I suppose. But I’m happy to report that every last proposal story still gives me butterflies…
Here is one great proposal story I’d like to share with you. I hope you’re moved by their genuine love.
Here’s Kaycee’s side of the proposal story:
After being together for 2½ years, I knew that the long-awaited proposal is on the horizon. I vividly remember telling Don that he could never surprise me because he is not good at lying & keeping secrets.
I knew that Don was going to propose to me on the Memorial Day Weekend. Clues were out-of-town date, his phone & email were off limits & a quick trip to Robbins Bros. It doesn’t take a genius to put these together. After gathering all evidences, I hurriedly told my friends & colleagues, whose loyalty now I question because they in turn told Don that I knew about his intentions. Being the perfectionist that he is, he went back to his drawing board & rethought his plan. The best idea he came up with to divert my suspicion was that he left his cell phone purposely on the desk while I was studying one night, then used his dad’s cell phone & sent a text message to his phone (after switching the contact from dad to the “Robbins Bros.”) with a message saying the ring won’t be available until after the 4th of July.
I completely fell for it.
The weekend was amazing. Don reserved a villa at South Coast Winery with a backyard patio view of the vineyards. We got a couple’s massage, had a romantic dinner, then went back to the villa where he surprised me with rose petals on the floor & bed, a plate of chocolate-covered strawberries & wine by the patio. The moon was full & the night was perfect! Despite the cell phone trick he played on me, I was hoping he would pop the question every time he did something romantic. But he didn’t. Everything was just part of his well-thought surprise.
The following morning, we were up by 5am to get ready for the hot air balloon ride that he said he booked last minute. We had breakfast with mimosas, took nice pictures with the sun rising in the background & chatted with co-passengers. Despite my fear of heights, I found the takeoff surprisingly bearable with a cup of mimosa in my hand. Once we reached the very height of our balloon ride, our co-passenger Christine started playing her violin. I was in shock when I realized that she was playing my favorite Tagalog song! Then it dawned on me, it was a private balloon ride! The two other passengers turned out to be a Violinist & a Photographer. They got me real good. Don then took my hand & gave his spiel of how much he loves me & his intentions for our future together. It felt like a dream. I was speechless & in disbelief that it was actually happening! To add to his surprises, the ring box accidentally flew out of his hand & I stared down for a good two minutes with a shocked face. Then Don took the real box containing the ring & got down on his knees & said…
“Baby, we met on the dance floor dancing, may I have the honor of dancing with you on our wedding day?”
Oh dear, I’ve been a bad blogger lately! But I have a good excuse for my absentee posts – things have been straight out nutty here. Lots of weddings, beautiful brides, fun locations, and more fresh & great ideas which I will get to eventually. I’m not sure I will ever be as awesome at blogging them as I would like to be but here’s one sweet proposal idea that I’d like to share with you.
Wouldn’t this be an additional surprise on top of the ring?
Custom made engagement ring box based on the house from the movie Up.