Early 2013; a now-groom contacted me to help with his big question, I mean THE big question. He had high expectations and big plans. It was a rare opportunity for us and an unforgettable life-event for the couple.
Josh Weisman and Jamie Smith met each other at a birthday party at Carol’s Pub on North Clark Street in Chicago. After five years as partners, Josh decided it was time for the next step.
Josh planned to propose on Valentine’s Day and did a great job coordinating the perfect surprise for Jamie. As New York and Massachusetts natives, Josh felt it was the perfect event to see the Chicago skyline at a whole new angle. Add some AEG magic, and he had one of the most epic proposals ever!
Josh decided to forget the typical sleek Limo and brought in the services of Sun Aero Helicopters for luxurious ride from Lansing, MI around Chicago and then back. Excitement, anxiety and curiosity were hitting Jamie all at the same time. It was her first time riding in a helicopter.
When they stepped into the chopper there was a bottle of champagne waiting for them. Jamie knew something was up, but she quickly dismissed it as an elaborate romantic plan inspired by Valentine’s Day tradition.
Meanwhile, John and I were at the Adler Planetarium setting up one of our custom GOBOs to shine the eternal words onto the pavement as Josh and Jamie’s sweet ride passed over it as Josh had ordered. A last minute dose of intuition told us that it would look much better from the sky on the dome of the planetarium. Check out what it ended up looking like!
As Josh and Jamie approached the coast of Chicago, Josh had “a whole speech prepared,” but “it happened so fast…She saw it before me so I wasn’t ready.” With the ring stuck inside of his jacket pocket he managed to get out ‘will you marry me?’ Jamie exclaimed ‘YES!’ The two sat back to enjoy the Chicago skyline while they drank their first glass of champagne as a newly engaged couple.
It’s a great moment when you realize that your job is to supplement a moment in someone’s life to make the awe-factor a few notches better. Josh and Jamie tied the knot at the Chicago Illuminating Company on July 5th!
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