how we met
We met at a party in college, and have been together for six years. Our first date was dinner and a movie, and we’ve been smitten pretty much ever since. I’d known from the day we met that I was going to spend the rest of my life with Stu, and we knew we were going to get married, but figured that after six years of being together we’d just announce an engagement. Never one to miss an opportunity to do the absolute most, I spent four months secretly colluding with family, friends and college roommates across the country to help make this an amazing, special day.
how they asked
4 months before this video was filmed, I hatched a plan to propose to my boyfriend of six years, Stu, to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in favor of same sex marriage in Dallas, Texas, where we live. I work in digital marketing and video production, and am also the founder of one of DFW’s most successful improv troupes, so I spent four months using every resource at my disposal to make this an amazing experience for Stu.
Texas received record amounts of rain and flooding that weekend (something that wasn’t factored into the equation when I set the date four months earlier), so we had to change venue at the last minute in order to have a backup indoor location just in case we got rained out. It even sprinkled briefly during the shoot, but we persevered!
I’ve always been fond of the dramatic, so this proposal includes a grand total of four costume changes on my end, marching band uniforms purchased in bulk on Craigslist, shiny rainbow choir robes direct from eBay, Confetti Cannons, a dance troupe, flag twirlers, ribbon dancing, and over forty of our closest friends in family. The only people who had rehearsals were the dancers – everyone else (the driver, family and friends, guys in robes, our families) met an hour before we arrived to rehearse on the spot. I kept them in the loop with a production document, a secret Facebook event page and videos from the rehearsals. Each group of people that comes on camera is a huge surprise for Stu – some he hadn’t seen in years. Also, my mother is known for her hats. I’m sure you can spot her when she makes her entrance!
He thought we were going to a fancy brunch, and as we got closer to the location, I pulled over and told him that I’d actually planned something amazing for him, and put a blindfold on him before taking him to the location. He was shocked!
My favorite part is his laugh (Stu has the most unique, adorable laugh) when he sees his friends and family pop out. Some of them he hasn’t seen in years, and some drove in from Austin and Houston. I chose the song “Closer” by Tegan and Sara because we’d seen them open for fun. back in 2013 and immediately became hooked on the song. I’m very much a Beyonce man and his musical tastes lean more towards OK GO and Brett Dennen, so discovering an anthem that we both loved was very exciting for us! We have a joint Spotify playlist that we both add music to so we can jam out in the bathroom while we’re brushing our teeth or driving. This is the only song that never got skipped!
Cinematography: Jeffrey Townsend, Chris Townsend
Transportation: Allan Vela
Photography: JerSean Golatt
Movement & Choreography: Danielle Georgiou Dance Group
Costumes: Samantha Rodriguez