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One of my couples’ sweet proposal story was caught on video!

I met with such a sweet couple last night for their March 2012 wedding.  We sat for quite some time and got to know each other and discussed their wedding day plans but also their lovestory and proposal story.  I think we all cried at some point just telling each other sweet stories, but they have one that was all caught on video.  Luckily a friend of the groom is a videographer and was there to catch the secret proposal.   It was Ashley’s birthday, and they had been at seaworld all day but eventually took a walk through an Orlando park where he popped the question.  Check out their story and video below.  A shout out to their friend, Brent, with BrentBuffington.com for more of his work. =) 


He proposed; She said YES!

For Ashley’s 22nd birthday, Matt planned a whole day of surprises. What she didn’t know was the big surprise that waited for her at the end of the day!

Seasons Are Changing

Had it been any other day I probably would have been suspicious, but since it was my birthday I attributed all suspicious behavior to my birthday surprises – smart move on Matt’s part! Matt gave me my first birthday present after he brought me breakfast – it was a CD that he made me and two tickets to Sea World inside. When Matt turned 18, I made him a CD with songs that were special to us so for my 22nd birthday, he did the same and called it “Seasons Are Changing” – inspired by a song that we have recently come to love by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus called “Your Guardian Angel”. We listened to it on the way to Sea World, and I don’t think it’s left the CD player in my car since!

Waves Are Crashing

We spent the whole day at Sea World, which is what I had asked to do for my birthday. We had a great time together riding rides, seeing shows, and probably our favorite, feeding the dolphins. It was such a blast! During the Shamu show, Matt was sitting in the seat next to me bent over. When I asked him what was wrong, he told me that he didn’t feel well because he had been up late and because it was so hot outside. Later that night he told me that he felt sick because he was so nervous knowing he would be proposing that night!!

Stars Are Falling

For dinner Matt took me to one our favorite dinner places in Downtown Orlando, 310 Lakeside. They have really yummy food and a fun, chic atmosphere. Matt later told me that he picked 310 Lakeside for our now wedding date, March 10, 2012 (3/10). After dinner we took a walk around Lake Eola, a place where we have spent many afternoons and evenings relaxing and spending time together. When we arrived at “our spot”, our friend Brent was there with his camera. I was a little thrown off and Matt then informed me that he was there to take pictures of us because we had recently talked about how we wanted some nice pictures taken of us together. Matt gave me some sparklers (which is a special memory of ours) and we played with them & posed for pictures. After that, Matt gave me a gift bag and inside were sky lanterns like the ones in the movie “Tangled”. I was so excited to try them, but before we did, he got one his knee and asked me to marry him! I was shocked and excited and kept saying how it didn’t feel like real life! The best part is that Brent was really there to film and we are able to watch it over & over! It is beautiful! I am so thankful to have it because when people asked me what he said I didn’t know because it was so surreal. When we watched the video for the first time, I told me what a great job he did! It was absolutely perfect.

I would love for you to watch it here!

Matt Proposes to Ashley from Brent Buffington on Vimeo.

All For Us

We are thrilled to finally be starting this chapter in our life, and our big day isn’t too far away! We have been celebrating with family and friends and getting excited about planning. We are so thankful that God designed us for each other!

One Response to “One of my couples’ sweet proposal story was caught on video!”

  1. I’m tearing up! What a beautiful, adorable and sweet couple! Best wishes to them in their wedding planning and their happily ever after lives together 🙂

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