Maybe it’s just us—you know, because we work in the wedding industry—but we thought it was pretty common knowledge that the absolute worst place for someone to pop the question is at someone else’s wedding. Stealing the thunder away from a bride and groom on their Big Day is never a smart move, and upstaging them with a proposal (and therefore making the day about another couple entirely) is the ultimate no-no. (But you knew that already, right? Right?)
Well, this is sure to brighten your rainy morning: One Pitch Perfect fan got the surprise of a lifetime when her boyfriend popped the question after he and his friends elaborately reenacted the Treblemakers’s finale performance from the hit movie.
Both Lindsay Versage and Max Podell (and most of their friends) love Pitch Perfect and its soundtrack, so it made perfect sense for Podell to incorporate the movie into his surprise proposal. Take a look for yourself:
We’ve been fans of the talented ladies over at Love Me Do Photography for quite a few years now, and have very much enjoyed both featuring their work in the Real Wedding section of the magazine, in our Picture of the Week posts, and gazing at their pretty blog when in need of a little inspiration (or, you know, procrastination that just also happens to be super pretty and work-related).
This week, Carina and Amanda and their team posted what we found to be a super helpful guide to getting the most out of your engagement shoot, and so we’re sharing their advice here. It seems to us that often, couples sign on for engagement sessions either because their moms want the photos, or it simply comes with the package they’ve purchased from their wedding photographer … but it really can be a great way for the two of you to get to know your photographer before he or she is connected to your hip for ten hours on your wedding day—and to loosen up in front of the camera! Most of us aren’t used to having a lens trained on us for so long, and an engagement shoot can break that ice.
So, before you plan yours, take a look at these tips. We have a feeling you’ll end up loving your engagement photos as much as the ones from your wedding day.
There’s nothing like a proposal on live television, and this one, we have to say, is pretty perfect: During last night’s taping of Dancing With the Stars, model and Army veteran Noah Galloway popped the question to his girlfriend Jamie Boyd while being interviewed backstage after his performance.
Relive the tear-jerking moment with us:
The couple: Lauren Ellis and Ben Scott, Philadelphia
The ring: My ring features Ben’s 90-year-old grandmother’s diamond from her engagement ring. She gave it to Ben, and then one of their relatives who works in a jewelry shop where Ben is from in Maryland custom-made the ring in a Tiffany design from the 1920s. It has six diamonds altogether in an 18-karat-gold setting.
The couple: Anna Silvestera and Ken DiGiambattista, Philadelphia.
The ring: My ring is white gold, and has a center diamond surrounded by a double halo. Ken picked it out all by himself; he described one of my favorite rings that I wear all of the time (a vintage marcasite and diamond ring) to the jeweler to give them a starting point. And although he didn’t have a custom design, we were told there was no other ring like this one anywhere.
The couple: Cat McQuail and Joe Hauschildt from Philadelphia.
The ring: My ring is a pear-shaped solitaire diamond set in white-gold prongs on a yellow-gold band. My fiancé picked it out on his own, but called one of my good friends right before he bought it to confirm he was making the right choice.
While we had talked about rings in the past, we had never been shopping together and my Pinterest “Put a Ring On It” pinboard was private, so there’s no way he could have seen my ring pins—but luckily for me, his selection mirrored the rings I pinned on my secret board! As a recent law school grad, he likes to do his due diligence, so he did a lot of research and then purchased the ring online.
The couple: Maura Burns and Derrell Thompson, from Conshohocken.
The ring: My ring is a princess-cut solitaire diamond with platinum prongs on a white gold band. Derrell picked it out from Kay Jewelers. He knew I wanted something simple and classic, so he passed on some options with multiple diamonds and went for the style he knew I’d like best.
This week in highly produced (but still really sweet; what can we say?) proposals, we have a good one: there are professional dancers, and it takes place at Disney!
Gavin, the proposee in question, believed himself to be getting drinks with friends at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort—but instead, those friends popped up along his path with messages from his soon-to-be fiance, Patrick. Up next came the dancers—and the proposal (and the tears):
So sweet! I always love the moment when the proposee starts to fully grasp what is happening and starts crying.
To read about—and watch!—more proposals we love, go here.
The couple: Kathleen Beyer and John Politsky from Moorestown.
The ring: My ring is the Tacor Dantela ring in white gold with a round brilliant stone in the center with diamonds all around it.
John picked out the ring. I told him once that I loved the designs of the brand Tacori for their vintage look, but that he didn’t have to get the brand, just that I loved all the styles. (I had gone and looked and showed my best friend what I liked, then she secretly contacted him and said she’d help him if he wanted.)
He got the ring from Golden Nugget in Philly. They are so great there.