Perfect Proposal NYC: Where Are They Now?
Aside from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s also a great time to reflect on our good fortune, family and friends and to recall the fond memories of the past year.
Our thoughts quickly turn to the fun we had in helping plan a holiday proposal in New York City last year, as part of our Perfect Proposal contest. We are in a bit of disbelief as we celebrate the one-year anniversary of Matt and Linda’s marriage proposal at the top of the Empire State Building.
As you may remember, that’s where Matt got down on one knee and placed a beautiful diamond and platinum engagement ring from Gem Platinum on Linda’s finger and she tearfully said yes.
It was undoubtedly one of the happiest moments in the couple’s lives and it was magical for us to be a part of as well. In fact, we won’t soon forget it.
Matt and Linda sent us this creative thank you card shortly after their proposal.
We still have it displayed to remind us of the lives we were so fortune to touch.
One year later, here’s what Matt had to say about his and Linda’s engagement journey. For all the newly engaged couples out there, Matt offers some great wedding planning tips that may help in your own planning.
Everything has been going great ever since our Perfect Proposal.
Since we got engaged, we moved in together into our own apartment. Our wedding date is set for July 30, 2016. We are getting married at Jericho Terrace in Mineola, N.Y. We probably went to 10-15 different venues. Most of them were nice, but they always had one thing that wasn't quite right for us, and we wanted our wedding to be as amazing as our proposal. Jericho Terrace is so nice, and we can't wait to get married there!
The countdown is on! Matt and Linda created these Save the Date cards,
which showcases the couple’s great sense of humor.
Wedding planning hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be!
One MAJOR piece of advice I would give to any engaged couple, is to make a wedding email. You give your email address out to every vendor you look at (DJ, flowers, wedding expos, etc.). All of those emails will go to your separate email. Also, get a joint bank account and debit card. That is where we deposited all of our engagement gifts. The joint account is an easy way to evenly pay for deposits for different vendors you book.
People say wedding planning is all about compromise, which it is to an extent.
I personally have taken a different route. I give Linda a bunch of ridiculous "non-negotiable" requests. She will automatically dismiss most of my requests, but she feels bad so a few of my amazing ideas somehow are making it through to the wedding!
So far, I am getting cardboard cut outs for ourselves for our cocktail hour for our guests to take photos with us (we will miss our cocktail hour due to taking photos), and I am getting a grooms cake ... however I think my awesome cake is getting pushed to the rehearsal dinner ... but beggars can't be choosers! However, on the other side, our wedding has an ever increasing amount of pink in it ... but I am okay with that — I will do anything for her!
All of our groomsmen and bridesmaids said yes!
She gave them personalized wine bottles with pictures of them on it, and I have my groomsmen personalized shot glasses, with a bottle of their favorite liquor. I had to do a shot of their favorite liquor with them to solidify the unwritten contract of our bromance. Everyone has been so supportive and being engaged has been so awesome.
Now onto our honeymoon!
We have decided to be the most stereotypical people ever ... we are going to Hawaii! We are planning a 12-day getaway a few days after our wedding. I knew I definitely did not want to go away the day after our wedding. After all of the planning and partying I am guessing we are going to need a few days to recuperate. We are island hopping in Hawaii. We are planning on going to Oahu, Maui, and Kauai.
Waikiki Beach is one of the most popular spots on Oahu. Will Matt and Linda check it out? A post-honeymoon update may be in order. Photo courtesy: Destination Weddings & Honeymoons
My nonnegotiable items for our honeymoon are going to see a volcano, zip lining, and too many drinks, which Linda is 100% on board with. Also, whenever I am saying "we" I mean "Linda". She has been planning everything, and I am so grateful — she gets the best deals and I am sure it will be unbelievable!
The most viable piece of information I can give to any newly engaged couple, is don't take everything too seriously.
Wedding planning can be stressful and overwhelming, but if you don't have that partner you can laugh it all off with, then it can consume you. Everyone is going to give you their input and suggestions, but you really need to stay true to yourself. Being engaged has been better than I could have ever imagined, so I have no idea what it will feel like to be married ... I am so curious as to what it will feel like to wear a ring every day for the rest of my life!
Thanks to the entire Jewelers Mutual Family!
You have truly changed our lives, and we will never forget any of you. Also, we took insurance out with your company for the ring and it has been so easy and great!
This is why we do what we do. To be part of these special moments and to share in the couples’ joy brings us joy too. Stay tuned as we visit with our Perfect Proposal Chicago couple, Jared and Whitney, next.
Photo courtesy: Jared and Whitney
Happy holiday proposals, everyone!
Did you get engaged over the holidays?
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