We love events here at HELEN MILLS, but we love it even more when two people FIND love at one of our events! Such is the case with Ari and his now-fiancée, Shelby.
Four and a half years ago, Ari and Shelby attended a New Year's Eve party right here at HELEN MILLS. They spent the night laughing and talking, not knowing that this would be the first of many New Years celebrations together. As Ari started planning to "pop the question", he reached out to us with a unique request: to ask the woman he loves to marry him in the place where it all started.
We were so happy to oblige Ari's request. The plan was set - Shelby believed she was meeting her father at our event space after he wrapped up a meeting. When she arrived, we lead her into the event space by herself, where Ari stood alone in the center of a rose petal arrangement. After a short speech, he got down on one knee and proposed. Shelby, of course, happily accepted! After the initial shock wore off, Shelby realized they were standing in the same area they spent that fateful New Year's Eve. Talk about romantic!
After, family and friends surprised Shelby and joined in the celebration. They toasted to the engagement with champagne, exchanged excited congratulations, and captured the moment with some photographs. Their photographer, Matthew Raney, was there to capture every moment, and they kindly shared the below photos with us.
We feel so lucky to have played a part in Ari & Shelby's special day! Hopefully, we can play cupid once more in the future. :)
Have you had a similar serendipitous encounter at HELEN MILLS? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your story!