This is one of the best engagements I have ever seen! I call it the Romantic Princess Engagement because they are dressed up as Beauty and the Beast and he surprises her with a ring! SO romantic! This was captured at The Lodge at Stillwater (located between Park City, Utah and Heber City) and both of them told us about the exciting day...
Patricia 's side:
To begin with the day started off terribly! We went to Matthew's friends wedding and it was a blizzard outside so I was numb by the time everyone got done with pictures and everything. After that I just wanted to go home, drink some hot chocolate, and snuggle up with thousands of blankets, but he told me he had made a dinner reservation and it didn't start till seven. So having 3 hours to kill we got some ice cream (naturally since i was frozen!) and went on a little drive. We ended up going through parley's canyon in a blizzard so i started to suspect something was up because why would he risk our lives driving in that terrible weather just for a dinner reservation? We got to the lodge at stillwater where Matthew's mom and sister-in-law were waiting in the lobby. They whisked me away to one of the hotel rooms where a custom made belle dress from Disney's Beauty and the Beast was hanging there. I climbed in the dress and got my hair and make-up done up before we headed off towards the ballroom. Matt was standing there in a full on beast costume waiting for my arrival as well as three unknown people taking pictures of me with Huge cameras. I was So embarrassed i couldn't even eat the fancy meal his dad had cooked for us. They had set up a candle lit dinner, with a dance floor, Disney love songs playing in the background, and a little rose in the glass jar sitting on a table. After dinner we danced to the Beauty and the Beast theme song and I asked him if the rose was real or not. Apparently that was a perfect question because he lead me over it, lifted the glass off the rose, knelt down, and opened the ring box rose to present me with the ring. It was so wonderful and I couldn't have imagined a better way of getting engaged to my best friend! Now we get to return to the lodge at stillwater and have our wedding reception and we couldn't be happier! Thank you!!
I had known how I wanted to propose to Patricia for a while but I was biding my time for the right moment. When The time came I started to gather everything I needed. I got the rose ring box and the case pretty easy and the dress took some time but I got it easy enough. The real challenge was finding the right place to do it at. I started looking for ballrooms and most of them were way out of my price range so I broadened my search. That's how I found the Lodge at Stillwater. I sent an email and the I was surprised at what the response was. It was well within my price range, a larger room than I thought I would get, and it was at a beautiful location. The week before I called to check on things and I was told that they had a dance floor and speakers up which I didn't they had. This was perfect so I had them leave those things up. The morning of the proposal I had my sister-in-law casually do her hair because I wanted it to look nice for the night. I tried to fill the day with activities to keep her mind off of what might be coming, but I ran out of things to keep her distracted so she got suspicious of why I wouldn't take her home. It had started to snow and things were pretty miserable. So now I was getting stressed and to top it off my photographer said his wife wouldn't let him drive in the weather so I thought I had lost part of my plan. My family was going to be catering a dinner for me but the got behind because of the snow as well so I had to find a way to stall more time. Eventually I was able to head up to the lodge. This is when she started to ask even more questions and I just kept silent. When we arrived my mom and sister-in-law were waiting to take her to change into her dress and I went and changed into the beast costume and made sure everything was ready. Somehow my photographer was able to call his wife and made it up. So even though I thought things were falling apart, it all came together in the end. Patricia had taken a lot longer to get ready than I thought she would which worked out because I was able to get all the music ready that I wanted to be played. When she came in she was wearing her bell dress and was very embarrassed due to my photographer taking pictures of her every move. I led her to the dinner table and we ate dinner. We were both so nervous that neither one of us ate much of our five course meal. After we ate I took her to dance and we danced to A Tale as Old as Time from the beauty and the beast. Just as the song ended she looked over to the rose ring box I had made to look like the rose from the beauty and the beast and asked me if it was real. I told her to come with me to check it out. When we got there I pulled it out and got down on one knee and asked her if she would be my happily ever after. She said yes, after she got over the shock of the moment. We took some more pictures and then left to go enjoy our special moment.
Congratulations! I can't wait to see how the wedding turns out!!
The Lodge at Stillwater
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