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How to Film Your Proposal Like a Champ

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

The pressure’s on. Your girlfriend has already been pinning this wedding and the proposal hasn’t even happened yet. Then there are all those YouTube proposal videos she’s mentioned. You want to live up to her hopes, but how should you film the big question to share with her friends and family later? Here a few tips to get the engagement kicked off in high gear.

Location, Location, Location

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Keep in mind where you’ll be proposing, so you have your personal paparazzi in the right spot. In this video, Lawrence proposed in a helicopter. As family and friends waited on the beach, he had the pilot set up a GoPro on the dashboard and the rest is history. Read more about their proposal story here.

Pro tip: Try to include video from as many angles as possible (including friends’ smartphones) when proposing at a gorgeous location. You can cut it all together later.

Line Up Your Paparazzi

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In this video, Kwaku told Kiana that they were going to the beach with friends to practice shooting sunset shots with her brand new camera. Of course, her friend convinced Kiana that she needed to borrow the camera to get some shots of Kiana (and so she could record the proposal)! Read more about their proposal story here.


Pro tip: Make sure to hold the camera sideways to avoid the black bars.

Know Your Equipment

Whether you film on a GoPro, DSLR or smartphone, it’s important to understand your equipment. Some things to look out for:

  • - Don’t put your hand over the microphone.
  • - Hold the camera/phone with two hands to get a steady shot.
  • - Unless you want a silhouette shot, make sure the light is in front of the proposal. If it’s behind the couple, they’ll appear in darkness.

Editing the Video

James proposed at his firehouse during a special banquet. One of his buddies filmed the proposal from the audience. Even the city mayor was in on this special presentation! See the full proposal story here. Jennifer also used the proposal video clip in her highlight video of the wedding.

Pro tips for editing:

  • Try to keep the video under 3 minutes, so more of your friends and family will watch it.
  • - Photos look great with video and can tell more of the story in a shorter time period.
  • - If possible, include scenes from when you were dating all the way through the proposal in one short video.
  • - Get photos and full resolution video clips from your friends’ phones. Low-resolution videos (such as those from texts, emails, or many photo apps) will make you look like a Lego mini-figure in an edited video.

For your proposal video, line up your paparazzi and equipment ahead of time, know where they’ll stand, and the rest should work itself out. Oh, and don’t forget the ring!

Have questions about editing it together later? We’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

About the author: Ariane Fisher is the Co-founder of Storymix Media. Their wedding video app WeddingMix is a fun way to crowdsource photos & videos from your friends into an edited wedding video. She is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and has been selected as a top 10 Emerging Entrepreneur of 2014 from Entrepreneur Magazine. Her great loves are bourbon, chocolate, and hockey. She is mom to 6, yes 6 kids. It’s loud.

 

Make Your Holiday Proposal Rich With Meaning

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

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The holidays are one of the most popular times of the year for engagements. In fact, there may be no time of year as perfect for popping the question. The crisp air, the beauty of falling snow and the twinkling lights provide the most romantic backdrop for a proposal. And it’s also usually a time when families get together, making the engagement announcement memorable. But even the most creative holiday proposal can be derailed by an engagement ring that doesn’t “wow” her.

These days, according to The Knot, almost 2/3 of brides are involved in some way with the ring purchase, but her focus is aimed primarily on the style of the ring. There are two more elements that you need to think about when choosing a ring so it will have visual appeal and be emotionally charged: quality and meaning.

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1/2 ct Halo Diamond Engagement Ring from LVE

To ensure quality in any product, it’s always wise to seek out a trusted leader in any field. This is even more vital when it comes to something as important as a diamond engagement ring. One of those leaders is LVE™ Diamonds, a part of Schachter & Co, the leading producer of fine diamonds in the world . The company’s founder, Leo Schachter, originated some of today’s most popular and brightest diamond cuts.  As a testimony to this precision, each LVE round-brilliant diamond is certified by the American Gem Society, as “AGS Triple Zero”, the highest grade for cut, polish and symmetry. LVE fancy shape diamonds are accompanied by a GIA report supporting their quality.

Every piece of LVE beautifully designed diamond jewelry is the culmination of passion and craftsmanship, achieved with the experience of four generations of artisans. When it comes to symbolizing meaning in an engagement ring or wedding band, LVE designs include an iconic thread, the symbol of the brand.  This proprietary design element is something you will not find in any other piece of jewelry and it represents a couple’s unique voyage together.

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Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring from LVE

For the most romantic backdrop for your proposal, think about the holidays. If you want her to have a sparkling engagement ring of impeccable quality that wows, look no further than LVE Diamonds. To see a full selection of styles visit http://www.lvediamonds.com.

About the author: Michael O’Connor is one of America’s leading voices on jewelry, style and accessories and has become the “go-to” resource for editors and producers seeking information on current trends and celebrity information. O’Connor as been involved in the luxury, jewelry and fashion industries in a career that spans over 25 years. Connect with Michael on Facebook and Twitter.

Is proposing during the holidays a good idea? Tell us why or why not in the comment section below.

The Best of the Web for Grooms – June 20, 2014

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

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To capture her amazing, candid reaction to the big question, our friends at bridal jewelry retailer Robbins Brothers and photography company Paparazzi Proposals have teamed to offer special pricing on proposal planning and engagement photos. Through the partnership, Robbins Brothers is offering its engagement ring customers exclusive pricing on any Paparazzi Proposals Package. Several future grooms have already taken advantage of the packages.

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Want to take your wedding day look to the next level? Enter the Wonderbund, a reversible tuxedo cummerbund that’s “business” in the front and “party” in the back (just like the infamous mullet ‘do), for the groom and groomsmen. Perfect for the ceremony, one side of the Wonderbund is traditional black satin. When it’s time to cut a rug at the reception, it flips over to reveal a variety of fun patterns, such as a gold-encrusted “Champ” wrestling belt, American flags, mustaches, lobsters, sharks and more. Go ahead now, show off your wild side.

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Ever wonder about the origins of the blessed game of beer pong? And what exactly are the official rules anyway? We’re a little foggy on that, too, for some reason. Depending on where you live in the United States, the answers can often vary. Our friends at the Thrillist break it down for you, once and for all.

See any groom-centric content or links this week? Share them with us in the comment section below.

5 Holiday Season Proposal Tips

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
A beautiful handmade Christmas tree ornament that asks if she'll marry you.

Photo courtesy of Little Wee Etsy Shop

Thinking about popping the question this holiday season? You’re not alone. According to national statistics, about 1/3 of couples get engaged around the holidays. If you’re planning your proposal now, here are a few tips for nailing it.

1. Plan ahead. While it may seem right to spontaneously ask her to marry you while you’re binge-watching “Homeland” together, she’ll appreciate it even more if she can tell you put some serious thought into your proposal ahead of time. Also make sure to sketch out a schedule of events beforehand to ensure that everything comes together as planned. She’ll be telling your engagement story over and over again, so make sure it’s a good one.

2. Make it about both of you. Love flying? You might think about popping the question during a helicopter ride. But is it her thing, too? If she’d just be going along for the ride, consider something that’s important to both of you instead. For example, if you both love wine tasting or cycling, think about ways to incorporate shared interests into your proposal.

3. Use the season for inspiration. If you’re not quite sure how or where to pop the question, use the season for cues. For example, if you both love hitting the ice skating rink, a favorite sledding hill or local holiday light display together, consider using one of these locations for your proposal. Incorporating nostalgia is another good option. Choosing the joint where the two of you shared your first cup of hot cocoa together could be the perfect, memorable proposal spot.

4. Add some bling. Including a ring in your proposal makes it official. Whether you propose with a diamond, sapphire, topaz, pearl, a simple band or even a placeholder ring until you can go ring shopping together — whatever makes most sense for her — she’ll know you mean business.

5. Include her loved ones. Really knock your proposal out of the park by incorporating her closest friends and family into this special moment. Consider enlisting a sibling to secretly lure her to the proposal location or size up her dream ring beforehand, or arrange to have her nearest and dearest meet you at a nearby bar for a celebratory drink afterward.

How do you plan to pop the question this winter?

 

Your Burning Proposal Questions: Answered

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

What are this year’s hottest engagement ring trends?

Should I ask for her parents blessing?

Do I need to have a friend hide in the bushes and record the proposal?

I was thrilled to join today’s From “I Will” To “I Do” Google Hangout and help answer these questions and more. If you missed it earlier, you can watch the entire video here:


Big thanks to Anne Chertoff, Sarah Pease and Josh Holland for taking part!

Gents, what advice did you find most helpful? Let us know in the comment section below.

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