Proposal at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Eduardo + Traci; Proposal, Fairmont Grand Del Mar
When Eduardo reached out to us about his elaborate plans of a surprise proposal at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar in Carmel Valley, we were just smitten by the details! We asked Eduardo to share a little more about their relationship and to give us some insight (and maybe tips for our viewers) on how he planned the perfect proposal.
How Eduardo planned the perfect proposal
“Traci and I have been together for quite a long time, almost ten years! As such, I wanted to make her proposal as special and magical as possible, as she deserved nothing less. I began planning the proposal by discretely taking notes for months prior of anything she expressed an interest in: rolling hills, sunsets, roses, and of particular songs she had come to love. My goal was to create her dream proposal, one that combined the many elements that I knew she would adore. To show my commitment to her, I created this experience from scratch. I planned everything right down to the minutia so as to be specifically tailored to her desires. I designed her engagement ring (which took about three months). And I researched for weeks for the perfect location (I wanted one that had beautiful views and fairy tale-like grounds and structures within which to set up the proposal). I ended up electing the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, a 5 star resort nestled in the rolling green mountains and golf greens of Carmel Valley. I reserved a room for several nights and created an elaborate plan.
Working with the Fairmont Grand Del Mar
I worked with the resort’s concierge staff, (Ms. Kierstie) for several weeks to create the perfect proposal. I visited the grounds prior to the big day to scope out the perfect location to pop the question; I researched the weather for that week, and the sunset times to ensure the lighting would be perfect. I had concierge de-petal a dozen roses, and spread them across the floor of the ivory colored gazebo, which was located at the end of a crystalline blue reflection pool and had a backdrop of beautiful green rolling hills. I had a table set up in the gazebo with a beautiful one dozen rose arrangement, a hidden Bluetooth speaker which would be playing her favorite romantic songs and I placed several framed pictures of us to remind my beloved of how amazing our relationship had been throughout the years. I had her favorite champagne chilling on a stand. The proposal was to be done at four pm sharp, with pictures to follow.
To get her from the room to the proposal site, I created an elaborate story. I wrote out several notes with instructions for her to follow. I placed them throughout the room for her to find whilst she showered, which ultimately resulted in her finding 6 gifts under our bed. Four boxes contained dresses that I picked out and purchased for her; another contained high heel shoes; and yet another contained a shawl and jewelry. Her instructions were for her to pick the dress she liked best and for her to be ready by 4pm, as at that time she would be picked up by hotel staff: she was under the impression that we had dinner reservations at a restaurant in the city.
The result was a scene from a Hollywood film. She was driven to me, as I stood waiting for her at the gazebo. Music was paying, the sun was setting, and the red rose petals scattered throughout the ivory colored gazebo. After our proposal we were driven to a five star French restaurant called Addison, where we enjoyed a multi course meal paired with wine and champagne.
The evening was magical. The concierge staff of the Grand was absolutely stupendous and made it all happen without a hitch. My fiancé was in absolute awe, as was I. It could not have resulted in a more romantic and perfect evening; the event was precisely how I envisioned. The goal was to launch our lives together on a beautiful note, and that is precisely what happened. We are both excited for the next chapter in our lives, and will forever remember the beautiful scene that occurred on the evening of December 17th, 2016″.
Of course, we wanted to know if Traci had ANY idea this was going to happen.
“I did have a hunch that it was going to happen when we arrived at the hotel the day before. It was such a beautiful place and he was slightly secretive about our plans for dinner on Saturday which kind of tipped me off that something was in the works but I could never have imagined that it was going to be so romantic. That was truly a wonderful surprise!!”
Erica: Traci, What was your favorite moment of the day ?
Traci: “As for my favorite moment-besides the engagement itself- I would have to say dancing with him before hand to the song “Can’t help falling in love” (originally by Elvis Presley but this version was performed by Haley Reinhart). This was such a special moment and a song we both truly love. I also loved taking all the amazing pictures so we can look back at this wonderful time in our lives”
We couldn’t agree more! We LOVED photographing your surprise proposal at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar! We even had guests on the upper balcony on pins and needles waiting to see if Traci would say yes, and she did!
Congratulations again Eduardo and Traci! If your proposal was this magical, we certainly can’t wait to see what dreamy wedding plans you come up with next!
– Your “stealth” photographers (as one guest called us) lol!, Erica & Brock