Adam first contacted us in mid-October and introduced himself as Ariel’s other half. Of course, I knew exactly who Adam was, as Ariel is one of the talented ladies I’ve been lucky to have on the Fleur de Lis team for the past two (wedding) seasons.
Right away, Adam expressed that the ring would be ready in a few weeks time and he wanted to plan a surprise proposal that was extra special, which was really the way he described Ariel to us.
With our help, a few white lies and four weeks later, Adam not only proposed to his sweetheart but also managed to surprise her (again) an hour later for a “surprise” engagement party with their closest friends and family! Let’s just say there were quite a few (happy) tears involved that evening!!!
The Master Plan:
Adam would plan for dinner at a Vancouver restaurant they had been coveting (Hawksworth Restaurant) followed by a theatre performance, which was typical of their Friday night date night plans.
Myself and Ariel’s sister invited the guests to the surprise engagement party.
While brainstorming ways to discretely direct the couple to the private dining room (where the proposal would take place), Ariel, who also works as an event planner, contacted the venue (all on her own) and requested to view the private dining room prior to start of their meal for a quick tour of the space. This made for smooth sailing!
The private dining room was decorated with an aisle of candles and white roses leading up to the stain-glass window, and featured a solo guitarist who would later serenade the couple with their favourite love songs over dinner.
Once the couple entered the York room, Adam led his girl down the candlelit aisle and got down on one knee. It was the perfect moment and the pair shared an intimate dinner for two.
Apres dinner, the newly engaged couple departed for the theatre but soon returned to the restaurant as the Adam conveniently “forgotten his credit card”.
During this time, our team flipped the space to set up for an engagement cocktail party featuring a few of the couples closest friends and family.
Adam joined their guests and then called Ariel asking her to come up to the room as the restaurant required an I.D. card in order to pick up the credit card left behind. Ariel walked into the room surprised to find her family and friends gathered to toast their new engagement!
There were happy tears all around followed by laughter and clinking of glasses. It was a perfect evening celebrating the start of this new chapter surrounded by loved ones. We couldn’t be happier to have been a part of it all.
This event was featured on How He Asked.