A few months ago, Chris called when he found out about me while getting a haircut. As he was telling his stylist of his intent to get engaged to his girlfriend and having no idea what to do, fate intercepted as a dear friend, and a long-time, well-known wedding consultant happened to be at the station near him getting her hair done.
Rebecca’s ears perked up and, without hesitation, convo-bombed (my word) them. She proceeded to tell them about “this guy he needs to talk to.” That would be me. He looked me up, called me and, since we were geographically close, he drove in for the initial meeting.
Within a couple of minutes, I knew Chris was an outstanding guy. I rarely refer to another man as “sweet.” Chris was kind and polite…and madly in love with Yuri. He wanted to do it right. As we talked for about two hours, it was obvious this proposal had to be special. She was special.
It is not uncommon for my clients to tear up in our initial meeting. While many men often get a bad rap for not being emotional or expressing his feelings, I work with the opposite. It doesn’t matter if he is a CEO of a Fortune 500, a big Harley rider or a professional athlete…my clients open up, trust the process and, perhaps the most important, put her on a pedestal!
Since the proposal is all about who is being asked, we eventually got to the question, “What do you admire most about her?” This stopped Chris in his tracks. As he reflected, he started to answer and then stopped, holding up his forefinger to give him a minute. While his answer will stay between us, his dream proposal can be shared. I introduce you to…Chris and Yuri!
When first meeting a new client, the first thing I want to see is pictures. It gives me an idea of their personalities and with whom I’m going to be working.
Yuri came from Miami, loves fashion and Chris felt she would want a private proposal. As I continued to learn more about her, two words kept coming to mind. Classy and mansion. This had to take place at the Aldredge House in a historic part of Dallas, TX.
The back of this venue would be the backdrop of Chris and Yuri’s proposal. A table with candles, a floral arrangement, a chilled bottle of Prosecco (her favorite!) and champagne flutes was waiting for them after he popped the question.
Selfishly, one my favorites pieces of any proposal is when the couple is captured paparazzi-style before the “moment.” She has no clue what is about to happen. As they approached the back door, Yuri walked out and simply said, “Oh, it’s so pretty!”
Then, “it” happened. Chris brought her down, shared some of his thoughts, took the traditional knee, presented her a custom-made stunning ring and she said “YES!” My favorite: Her expression when Chris popped the cork.
With such a beautiful location and already dressed for the runway, it made sense to do a real engagement session. I was excited to work for the first time on this engagement with professional photographer, Natalia Zamarripa. Natalia is someone whose work I’ve admired since first meeting. Her kind soul and gentle spirit come through in her pictures.
We also caught some private moments of them video chatting after with family in Miami.
As the sun set, it was time for the couple to head to dinner. Chris decided on Dragonfly, an upscale, trendy restaurant in Dallas. It is located in Hotel ZaZa, where they also stayed overnight. During dinner, the restaurant accommodated the couple with several personalized requests. When the couple first met abroad, and before dating, they actually rented a scooter and Chris thought he would impress her with his driving skills. What happened next was priceless. The scooter fell over and so did Chris and Yuri. Notice the toy scooter on the dessert plate and the personalized message. The marriage proposal should never be about how much money is spent. It’s about the small, personalized details that make it all about her. Those details which give her a story to tell.
After dinner and a little time at Hotel ZaZa’s pool, which turns into a nightclub after hours, the couple went back to their room. A few more touches and this proposal was one that she’ll never forget.
They both love telling the story about how “it” happened. Congratulations, Chris and Yuri! Thank you for letting me be a part of something so special and intimate. May you be together for an eternity!
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