So last month I'm at work editing photos like any other normal day and then BAM! my phone rings and it's one of my best friends (Wian VB) letting me know he is going to propose to the love of his life (Salma) and asks if I can help. "Of course I want to help! What do you have in mind?" I asked...
Wian made it clean from the start that this had to be a surprise, her friends had to be involved, and it had to be somewhere epic. After 300 top secret phone calls we had around 10 ideas on the drafting table, and we were getting closer to a game plan. What to do, what to do.....
Finally the light bulb went off and Wian called me with the plan. Since Sebastian and I get "influencer offers" from businesses pretty frequently, he had the idea of putting together a staged brunch photoshoot. PERFECT! Wian wanted the brunch spot to be top notch, so after a bit of research he decided on Barley Mac in Arlington, VA.
I created the staged FB event and invited all of Salma's friend, including her and Wian. I told them that Barley Mac reached out to Sebastian and I and gave us a $200 credit to highlight their Make Your Own Mimosas. They ate this story up! Everyone was on board and Wian's idea was coming to life.
Wian called Barley Mac to let them know his plan and when we would be coming. The manager on staff was thrilled to hear about the proposal and made sure that Wian was accommodated with everything he needed.
Fast forward to the day of the proposal and everyone has just arrived at the restaurant. We order a few "magnum" bottles of champagne for the table, the manager comes out to greet everyone, no one has any clue whats about to go down. Wian pulls me to the side and told me as soon as the round of shots that he ordered comes get in position. Aye aye, captain!
She said YES! Congrats Wian and Salma. I couldn't be more excited that two of my best friends will be spending their lives together!
Words and Images: Tim G