Oscar decided on a romantic surprise proposal to his girlfriend of three years, Irlee (pronounced “early”), on a beautiful summer evening in July. He put a plan into place with the help of local Colorado family and friends along with the bride’s family from Texas.
The Perfect Setting
Oscar implemented his proposal plan by first renting an Airbnb in Golden, Colorado that he knew had an open rooftop with open access to a sunset view.
Then, he set the scene with a large heart made of red balloons. A white neon sign glowed inside the balloon heart asking the question: “Will you Marry Me?”
He created a pathway in front of the heart. On each side, he placed a combination of real and LED candles, along with an assortment of red roses in crystal vases.
At the last minute, his friends and family strew rose petals. The timing needed to be just before the critical moment of arrival, or they would be blown off of the rooftop deck in Colorado’s winds.
Despite predictions of his being most likely late, Oscar arrived just shortly after his target time. He wanted the proposal moment to take place at the start of the golden hour.
After blindfolding Irlee, he led her up the twisted and narrow wrought-iron stairwell. While she probably suspected something, she did not know what waited as a surprise at her final destination.
Oscar took the blindfold off of Irlee and proposed to her on bended knee. Within the circle of family and friends waiting on the deck, he professed his love and asked her to marry him.
Irlee said, “Yes!” and they hugged, both crying happy tears of joy.
Everyone rushed up to extend their congratulations. After hugs, lots of photographs, and time enjoying the last bits of lingering sun, they went downstairs for dinner.
Attention to Details
For the dinner, Oscar spared no details with beautiful personalized decor. He placed bouquets of pink roses at the entrance and on the table. A circular wreath of balloons framed a laser-cut engagement ring with their names and dates inscribed. He showed the history of their relationship with photographs displayed in a wall-hung memory tree. Finally, rose-colored silverware and coordinating votive lights gave a beautiful ambiance to the scene.
As a photographer, I’m honored to have been Oscar’s last-minute substitute for capturing his proposal. Unfortunately, his photographer canceled at the last minute due to a case of COVID.
Despite setbacks, Oscar put together a beautiful engagement scene. His memorable proposal will be talked about by their families for years to come.
Congratulations Oscar and Irlee! Wishing you much happiness in your engagement.