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A Brilliant Proposal: Lily & Kevin

Few things are as romantic as watching the sun set over New York City. The only thing that could possibly add to the magic of the sparkling skyline is a groom-to-be popping the question!

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Kevin flew Lily* to New York all the way from their home in Beijing under the guise that the NY branch of his company was having a gala charity event. Directly before the gala, Kevin planned to take Lily for a drink and to enjoy the view at Ramscale Studio, an intimate townhouse in Manhattan with stunning views of the city skyline.

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When the bride-to-be arrived at Ramscale, she was greeted by a member of our staff disguised as check-in staff for the "bar"! When the couple entered the townhouse space, they were met by the glow of the sunset and the smooth sounds of On The Move's jazz trio playing "All of Me" by John Legend to set the mood.

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Kevin took Lily's hand and led her to a stunning floral arch, created by Belle Fleur, framing the skyline in the background. The archway was dotted with images of past vacations and his favorite memories from their relationship - an amazingly thoughtful touch!

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Once under the archway, Kevin dropped down to his knee and proposed with a stunning, custom-designed, Cindy Chao diamond ring. At Lily's resounding "Yes!" the couple's entire immediate family on both sides emerged from a side room with congratulatory cheers to the immense surprise of the bride-to-be!

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Family and friends mingled with the happy couple and enjoyed passed bites and bubbly served by Cobblestone Catering!

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The final surprise was a 5-course dinner with all of their friends and family at Quality Meats - one of the couple's favorite NYC spots!

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Congratulations and best wishes to the happy couple!

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Venue:  Ramscale Studio | Photographer: Craig Paulson Studio | Florist: Belle Fleur NY | Videographer: Orange Films | Band: On the Move Entertainment | Caterer: Cobblestone Catering | Dinner Venue:

*Names have been changed and faces excluded at the request of the couple for privacy.

Kiss that Cliché Proposal Goodbye!

Hey there love birds, planning on proposing? We at Brilliant Event Planning already showed you how to make your proposals pop,  now let us help you avoid the trap of the dreaded cliché proposal. Here are our Dos and Don’ts for sending you on your way to wedded bliss!  

Do: Prep your man or lady properly

Whether you ultimately decide on bringing your significant other to dinner, or some other special event, it’s important to let them know that you two will be going somewhere special.  We guarantee your significant other will want to look extra spiffy the day they get proposed to, so make sure you accurately set up the situation, without giving anything away!

 

Don’t: Borrow your Playbook

While every hopeless romantic loves a good RomCom, don’t take the easy way out by copying a scene straight out of a movie or novel.  You want your significant other to feel special on this day, they deserve your own personal design!

 

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Do: Do the Unexpected

We guarantee any fianceé-to-be would swoon over a unique proposal tailored just for them, but how about kicking it up a notch?  No one knows your significant other like you do, and now’s the time to prove it!  Think about what they love, what makes them tick, and find a way to incorporate your insider info and you may just catch him or her by surprise.

 

Don’t: Choose a Touristy Spot

Unless a particular landmark has special significance to the two of you as a couple, leave it out.  Especially in New York, there are thousands of proposals daily at spots like the Empire State Building, Times Square, etc. – save the crowds and choose a romantic scene that you’ve hand-picked.

 

Do: Have fun!

We know that proposing to your lady or man is a big step in your relationship, and we understand the nerves that come along with it! However, remember that this day is for both of you to start a new journey, focus on the beauty in this big moment and all the pressures will melt away!

 

For more *brilliant* proposal inspiration, check out Brilliant Event Planning's proposal section on the blog!

 

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Thank you to Blue Daisy, and Paparazzi Proposals for the beautiful photos!

 

The Proposal Planner: Jay and KT

Jay and KT, pilot and flight attendant, met in the air and have been on cloud nine ever since! How does a pilot propose? With paper planes, of course!  

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After treating KT to a surprise shopping trip to find the perfect dress, a delicious lunch with a friend, and hair and makeup, Jay had her meet him at a restaurant with a view! When KT walked into the room, she was greeted by a romantic pathway of rose petals and candles. At the end, Jay was waiting for her with many paper airplanes, as well as a diamond!

 

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After reading each of the love notes on the paper planes, Jay dropped to one knee and proposed! After receiving a "YES!", these lovebirds enjoyed a private dinner for two overlooking Columbus Circle.

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Congratulations KT and Jay and a big thank you to Mikkel Paige Photography for the amazing photos!

Sarah Glick on Wedding Paper Diva's Small Talk Big Day

Our superstar wedding planner, Sarah Glick, sat down with Amber Harrison of Wedding Paper Diva's Small Talk Big Day to give some awesome tips on proposal must-haves!

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Check out the full video:

https://youtu.be/Xgro7SrPwkg

The Proposal Planner: Iain & Jane

Iain and Jane's proposal took place on a breezy autumn afternoon in Manhattan. The couple flew in from the UK on what Jane thought was just another (amazing) vacation. Little did she know, Iain had plans to make the trip their most memorable one ever! That day, the couple was scheduled to tour the parks of NYC. The final stop was to be Bryant Park where the couple had plans to get dinner after their long day of touring. Full disclosure: Iain's last name is also "Bryant" and he planned to use the park to his full advantage! When the couple arrived, our team was already covertly in place, posing as the maitre d', ready to whisk the couple up to the rooftop of the Bryant Park Grill where Jane would get a "better view" of the park. As the couple made their way to the edge of the rooftop, Jane looked down to see an enormous banner that read "Jane, Please become a Bryant. Will you marry me?". A band, that had been posing at restaurant, patrons, rose and began to sing the couple's special song as Iain got down on one knee to pop the question. Needless to say, the bride-to-be accepted Iain's proposal and they celebrated their engagement with a private lunch at the Grill.

Congratulations to Iain & Jane!

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Thank you to Paparazzi Proposals for the pictures!

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Thank you to Edward of Orange Films for the amazing video!

The Proposal Planner on Yahoo!

Check out my advice in Anne Chertoff's article "The Do's and Don'ts of Holiday Proposals"!

Read the full article here.

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