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Kevin & Heather’s Surprise Proposal

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A surprise proposal for an adventurous couple at Belmont Harbor

Adrenaline junkies? Thrill-seekers? Music lovers? If you’re talking about the lovely Kevin and Heather then yes, all of that is accurate! We had the pleasure of working with these two exceptionally adventurous and incredibly sincere humans a few weeks ago on their surprise proposal!

Kevin had contacted us to see if we could help him pull off a surprise proposal at the Belmont Harbor. If you know anything about this location, you’ll know there’s not really too many places hide our small camera crew. The peninsula that Kevin had in mind had a few trees but not much else for cover. Luckily for Kevin, we have an array of aerial drones and a few thousand hours of flight experience under our belt. We were capable and more importantly, very excited to work with Kevin on this surprise proposal.

I should back up and provide a little background about this darling couple. I had a chance to get both sides of their love story. I think I’ll call this one “Balconies of dance music”. Bad title? I guess, but you’ll understand why in just a minute!

“I remember the first time I saw Heather, I  had walked out on my balcony and noticed  Heather across the way on her balcony, lost in a book. Not too long after that, we were introduced by mutual friends at the fire pit outside of our building. It kind of all hit me at once. She was beautiful, bubbly, and so much fun to be around, and I just knew that she was the “one”.

I had never understood that sentiment until that moment. But in that instant, it all made sense. Following that, we went to Lollapalooza together and I guess that really was the time that we both point to as the defining moment of our relationship. We both knew that this connection that we had was as real as real could be. Fast forward 5 years and we are so happy to have built this relationship and I have no doubt in my mind that she is my better half. The future is so bright and I cannot wait to see what it will hold for us.” Kevin

“I used to sit on the balcony of my apartment and read a lot of books. Little did I know that someone was admiring me from the pool that my balcony overlooked. I specifically remember meeting this person a few weeks later at a holiday pool party. We hit it off immediately and a friendship was formed.

After many days at the pool, “family dinner nights” with friends and a few late nights at bars we decided maybe we were more than just friends. Falling in love with such an amazing person was easy but I remember the moment that I knew he was something special, Lollapalooza 2015! What an epic weekend and one which confirmed that he was not only an amazing person but the person that was the perfect fit for me. Standing in Millennial Park listening to Sam Smith, The Weekend, and countless EDM tracks…I knew I was in fact in love with this man. Little did I know this was just the beginning of our adventures together.

I can’t think of a single day since that point that I haven’t fallen more in love with him. Traveling the world together has been nothing less than extraordinary. From The Yacht Week Croatia to Turks and Caicos to Vegas and Miami we always have a good time. The part that is even better is the day to day, although I think he still likes my car more than he likes me 😉 Whether we are in Ohio or traveling the world we always have a smile on our face, warmth in our hearts and walking hand in hand to tackle whatever life’s journey brings us. I’ll sum up our story with a quote…“If you live to be hundred, I want to live to hundred minus 1 day so I never have to live without you” – Winnie The Pooh”Heather 

See? These two are an absolutely adorable and incredibly cute couple. A love built on dance music, adventures, and paradigm-shifting realizations are destined to be something extraordinary. The surprise proposal went better than any could have hoped for. Heather said yes of course! As if there was any question. These two are so perfect for one another; you only need to see the way they look at one another to understand.

Without further delay, help me join in congratulating Kevin and Heather on their engagement! We wish you the best on your #RoadtoHeavin

Kevin & Heather's Surprise Proposal [2 min 1 sec]

Demetra & Barry Engagement

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Dazzling Engagement Party at the Dalcy

Earlier this month, we had the pleasure of working with Demetra and Barry for their engagement party at the Dalcy in Chicago. These two just have a glow about them that I cannot describe. It’s an honor to be trusted with the responsibility of filming any part of someone’s life, let alone their engagement party. There’s only one chance to capture all the beauty and happy moments — there are no second takes.

Barry and Demetra initially met through mutual friends at a trolley party bus event about 5 years ago. The first stop of this event was at Buckingham Fountain, this spot would later become the spot where Barry would ask for Demetra’s hand in marriage. The success of this relationship may be due to a strong dedication to communication that was established early on in their time together. Not so long after these two started dating Demetra left for Greece to study abroad. Long distance is hard on all couples but these two managed to keep the fire going and maintained consistent daily contact throughout Dematra’s time away. Demetra even noted that this experience made their relationship stronger in the end and when she returned home they picked up like nothing had changed. I have a feeling that these two knew earlier on that they were perfect for another and that no distance would’ve stopped their love from growing deeper each day.

This engagement party was beautifully designed by Manikas Designs. As you can see from the video, there were so many fabulous features that were carefully placed throughout the venue. Every piece sparkled with a kind of intentionality that most designers could never pull off. They have a special way of creating unique designs that complement the space and the couple’s style so unbelievably well. I really don’t know how they continuously provide such an exceptional service. Maybe it’s not something to question, only to admire.

Happy people are just the kind of people we want to be around. I don’t think there was a moment where the room wasn’t full of smiles. Too many great moments to mention here, you’ll just have to take our word for it. To be honest, I’m not quite sure how they will top this beautiful evening. Knowing these two, this wedding will truly be one for the records.

I could go on and on about this lovely couple, but I think I’m going to stop here and let the video speak for itself. I’m elated to present to you: Demetra and Barry’s engagement party! Congratulations again on your engagement!

Demetra & Barry Engagement [2 min 51 sec]

Danny & Deirdre Proposal

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Engagement stories this unique do not come along that often. Today we are so delighted to share the heartwarming story of Deirdre and Danny and the extraordinary circumstances that Danny went through to pull off this breathtaking surprise proposal.

Determined is the most applicable word to describe the commitment this couple has for one another. Deirdre shared with us that even from the beginning Danny was immediately interested in her. They initially met at work, and Danny wasted no time trying to get to know her. It was only a few short weeks between when these two first met and their first date. Danny set the tone for their relationship by taking Deirdre to the renowned NoMi Kitchen for the couple’s first date. Not long after their initial date, Deirdre decided to move across the country to be closer to Danny. While living in the San Francisco area, they embraced every opportunity they could get to tour the Napa Valley region, shred in Tahoe, or find any reason to be together. Less than a year into their stay in San Francisco, they decided to pack up and move cross-country one more time to New York City.

We initially met Danny while shooting a wedding for Deirdre’s best friend, Pari. The couple had been together for some time when we met, and Danny had intentions to seal the deal in a surprisingly big way. Having been together for about a year in their new home of New York City, Danny knew it was time for the next step. Danny had the vision: a surprise proposal to Deirdre on a rooftop in downtown Chicago. Luck would have it that we met Danny at the right time and were able to help craft his vision and devise a plan to capture this surprise proposal in an unforgettable way.  Danny wanted perfection, but the rooftop space he picked had certain space limitations. A single camera shot would not suffice. Fortunately for him, we are experts not only in videography — we are also the region’s leading drone cinematographers with all of the means to commandeer this rooftop engagement, capturing not only the close-ups but the aerial shots as well.

As the day approached, all details were in place. Along with RED Weddings, Danny had carefully crafted the location, timing, camera crew and had everything meticulously all lined up for the perfect surprise. He spared no detail for this special moment. Then, the unthinkable happened. News broke with Danny that the jeweler (in New York) would be unable to deliver the ring on time. Danny was not going to let this stand in the way of this dream moment. Without hesitation, he jumped on a plane and flew to New York City the morning of the engagement to retrieve the ring. We can only imagine the thoughts racing through his head during that flight. Any small error or inclement weather conditions could have brought this whole plan to a halt. Luckily, Danny was able to pull off this last minute fix and return to Chicago without a hitch, or should we say…for a hitch?

As you can probably tell by now, Danny’s commitment to Deirdre is nothing short of epic. This type of dedication to crafting the perfect proposal is something that most people only dream of. It is clear that Danny’s overwhelming love for Deirdre and his commitment to their future together is second to none. We are so blessed to share Deirdre and Danny’s story with you. 

Stories like this are why we are here and why we are committed to our craft. At Red Weddings we want to help capture the most intimate details of each unique story. Stay tuned for more stories like Deirdre and Danny’s surprise proposal, and enjoy the trailer below.

Danny & Deirdre Proposal [2 min]