Store Hours:

Mon, Tue, Wed:11 - 7

Thu, Fri:11 - 8

Sat:10 - 7

Sun:11 - 5

   View Best Engagement/Proposal Story Contest

Joanna & Ryan's Epic Proposal
(131 Votes)

Please comment below what you liked the most and what you think is the most romantic, crazy, and funny in their story. And more important, why do you think they deserve to win the contest.

You cannot vote for this story anymore, as this story participated in constest that ended on June 30, 2014

  View Previous Story   View Next Story
* Please click on the picture to enlarge
Joanna & Ryan's Epic Proposal

You cannot vote for this story anymore, as this story participated in constest that ended on June 30, 2014



My fiance, Ryan, is a man of surprises. When I think he's outdone himself, he goes up and beyond what anyone thinks possible. Let the story unfold....

I am a singer/songwriter in Toronto and got a call from an amazing soul/r&b band that I used to sing with asking me if I was available to do a gig with them on Dec 11, 2013 at the Drake Hotel because there was a wedding client that wanted to book the band for their big day in the summer. The band already has 2 singers but wanted a third singer to fill out the sound, plus saw me sing with them in the past and really liked how 3 singers looked and sounded with the band on stage. Ok, fair enough, not an odd request at all. Since I do a lot of wedding jobs, I thought, "cool! I get to be on stage with my friends again and make awesome music!". So naturally, I said yes.

Eventually, lots of friends started sending me messages asking me when my next show was and I told them about the show at the Drake and another HUGE charity Christmas show I was singing at on Dec 12 with the St Royals. A lot of friends said that they would love to hear me sing with The Digs again (band i used to sing with) and really wanted to check out the Wed night show. Cool. Great!

Then something really awful and freak-accident-like happened the week of these big shows: I COMPLETELY lost my voice. It was like I was poor Ariel and evil Ursula stole my voice away! This happened the Sunday night, so I had Monday and Tuesday to get my act together before the two big shows on Wed and Thurs. I was panicking and felt utterly helpless and very very depressed. On Tuesday night, I accepted my defeat and messaged the band leader of The Digs to say that I was unable to sing with them and that I was so very sorry. He convinced me that I should still come because the client was being very "weird" and that he was afraid we would lose the wedding gig altogether if they didn't see all 3 singers or at least get to meet the whole band. Ok, a little weird I thought, but I really didn't want them to lose the gig so I agreed to still go to the Drake, and at least meet the clients.

So Wednesday rolls around and my fiance picks me up with my best friend who really wanted to go out that night for some weird reason, and off we go to The Drake. I was so miserable at the beginning of that night because I still had no voice! And so many people I knew started to showing up to the Drake and I felt like I had to try and use my voice to talk and at least be a courteous human being! When I asked the band leader where the 'client' was, he told me that they were running late and will be there soon. So, the band went on without me because of my voice issues and I had a little time to chill out a bit, but SO many people I knew kept walking in to the Drake. Some people that I hadn't seen in a WHILE and some of them were my fiance Ryan's friends. So when I asked them what they were doing there, they all gave me the same response: "To hear you sing!! Wait, what do you mean you're not singing?" They all expressed their concern for my voice and wished me well but I felt really bad that all these people came out and I wasn't even singing that night. Oh well, it still felt nice to have a lot of familiar faces in the audience. Too familiar...hmm..

The Digs finished up their first set and one of the singers announced that there was a special 'duo' staying on stage to do one more song. The keyboard player and other vocalist stayed on. I thought "cool! i love those guys! I wonder what song they're going to do??". That's when they launched into "All of Me" by John Legend. This song made me cry the very first time I heard it in the car with my fiance Ryan. It was "our song" as cheesy as that sounds. That's when it dawned on me all of a sudden...wham! Cameras were out, spotlight was on me, my videographer friend Aia was filming the whole thing! Everyone was! I turned to Ryan and whispered, "what's going on???!" And he replied, "So you know that client you were supposed to meet tonight?... Well, that client is me." I started to cry because then and only then it sank in and everything that went wrong that week, all of a sudden, didn't matter anymore. This moment was everything. Ryan then proceeded to the stage and gave the most beautiful speech (in front of a sea our friends...and random strangers!) and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. He planned the whole thing with the help of my amazing and awesome friends. Everyone was in on it. Except me, of course.

You can watch it all here: http://vimeo.com/81880371.

Enjoy!

Joanna & Ryan
  View Previous Story   View Next Story


BEST for BRIDE = Best Dresses, Best Quality, Best Service and Best Prices!


   View Best Engagement/Proposal Story Contest

 


SEND US YOUR ENGAGEMENT/PROPOSAL STORY AND WIN $1000 GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR YOUR BRIDAL AND BRIDESMAID DRESSES
AND EVEN IF YOU DO NOT WIN GET 15% OFF YOUR WEDDING AND BRIDESMAID DRESSES PURCHASE
If you win and purchased dress from Best for Bride before the contest ends, we will REFUND you the money you win.

Upon attending the sold out Chase Rice concert in Kansas City, Nick got on his knee and began to propose to me in the middle of the crowd. Chase Rice saw what ...

CLICK TO READ MORE AND VOTE ...


After dating for 3 and a half years, and having 2 beautiful daughters, Javier finally proposed! The moment I have been waiting for, for what seems to be an eternity.. was finally ...

CLICK TO READ MORE AND VOTE ...


I'd like to say that our engagement story was picture-perfect but, the truth is our engagement was as real life as it gets. Kurt was coming over and on his way in he gave me a ...

CLICK TO READ MORE AND VOTE ...

Look Who Said Yes to The Dress
At Best for Bride Bridal boutique, we are proud to offer our Lowest Price Guarantee.
Lowest Price Guarantee

We will beat any price you find in authorized retail store in Canada by 10% of the difference. Just bring in or email us the lower advertised price or the price quoted along with the store name.

Price match applies only to purchases made within 14 days excluding alterations, clearance products and cleaning. Price match requests can not be combined with any other special offers. Lowest price comparison is based on the actual cost of the merchandise before taxes and shipping. Best for Bride does not match online or U.S. prices. All price matches are subject to management approval. Management reserves all right to remove or modify the lowest price guarantee at any time.

Buyers beware! If you find a website selling designer gowns at very cheap prices compared to the regular price, you are buying a knock off.

Hi Denise,

I only have two pictures right now. I think she was so stunning in her dress that everybody looked a her and forgot to take pictures :-) If you are curious, our facebook have the picture posted already and the website will have it soon.

thanks again and I'll send a better picture as soon as I received it.
Melanie


READ MORE TESTIMONIALS ...



Dear Alla,

I would like to thank you very much for your help last week. Everything was just perfect on my wedding day (last Saturday), I just loved the dress! I attached two pictures taken at the City Hall and this is a slideshow made by one of our friends: http://www.photodex.com/sharing/viewshow.html?fl=2920311&alb=0. Hope you like the pictures!

Once again, thank you for your attention. Hope you'll have a great week!

Kind regards,
Ana Carolina


READ MORE TESTIMONIALS ...

Good morning,

I bought two "mother of the groom" dresses from Denise at Best for Bride in Barrie. The first wedding was on April 29, 2011. I have attached a picture showing the mother of the groom dress. The next wedding is June 25 - I will send the picture after that. The bride wore a dress that was made by a friend. I would like to thank Denise for a wonderful experience I had.

Thanks again!
Lynn Morton


READ MORE TESTIMONIALS ...

Best for Bride Boutique offers professional in-house seamstress services for Wedding Dresses, Evening Dresses, Prom dresses, Mother of the Bride dresses and almost any kind of women's formalwear. Click here for more details.


Teresa West recommends everybody to come to Best for Bride

How was your experience at Best For Bride today?
It was wonderful. We have been here for 3 hours and we had the best service and my daughter has ... is all set she can't decide which one and the people here the two consultants have just been very wonderful and have been so patient and encouraging and we recommend everybody come here and don't go anywhere else.
Thank you.


WATCH MORE VIDEO TESTIMONIALS ...

Veronica and Angela Cook got her Bridal Gown and Bridesmaid Dresses

Please tell me your ladies experience at Best for Bride. I had a really positive experience at Best for Bride.
We have been to over 10 different bridal shops and this was the one and this was the best one so far. We were ignored in other stores and then some places were to high then the other ones and this one just worked perfectly. We got her bridal gown (fantastic). We got her bridal gown and bridesmaid dresses. Fabulous. Thank you ladies.


WATCH MORE VIDEO TESTIMONIALS ...

Adriana Gutierrez - Everybody thought I was crazy for waiting two weeks before my wedding

I just want to thank everybody at Best for Bride for helping me select my dress. Everybody thought I was crazy for waiting two weeks before my wedding to get the dress and I came in yesterday and purchasing my dress today and I am getting it altered tomorrow and it will be ready in five days. Thanks guys!

WATCH MORE VIDEO TESTIMONIALS ...

Wedding Expert Minute Tip 31 - Three Wedding Favor Ideas to Give Your Guests

Wedding favors are very important elements of a wedding. It is that little something couples give away to their guests as a token of appreciation for them coming.



WATCH MORE WEDDING EXPERT TIPS ...

Wedding Expert Minute Tip 15 - How a Bride Can Follow Old Traditions

Some old traditions are also superstitions and for the bride that is following the "Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue," mantra, there are ways that she can ...

WATCH MORE WEDDING EXPERT TIPS ...

Wedding Expert Minute Tip 10 - Should You Self tan Before Your Wedding?

If you're planning a spring or summer wedding and you'd like to enjoy a beautiful summer glow, without the sun damage, you may be wondering if using a self-tanner is ...

WATCH MORE WEDDING EXPERT TIPS ...


Special Offers
Wedding Dresses

Wedding Dresses

Huge Selection Of Designer Bridal Gowns. Size 0-36

Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids

New Collection, Size 0-28. All Color, Many Designers, Shop Now!?

Mother of the Bride Dresses

Mother of the Bride

Shop New Collections!? Huge Selection. Variety of Colors and Sizes

Alterations

Alterations

Professional in-house seamstress for Bridal Gowns, Bridesmaids ...

Bridal Accessories

Bridal Accessories

Veils, Headpieces, Wedding Jewellery, Shoes, Hair Combs ...

Bridal Fur Capes

Fur Capes

A lot of Fur Cape Designs to choose from suitable for any dress style.

Wedding Favors

Favors

Wedding Favors, including Novelty, Candle, Fashion and Accessories.

Wedding Invitations

Invitations

Wedding Invitations Unique as You.
Easy to Design and Customize.

Brides Fashion Emergency Kit

Emergency Kits

Bride's Emergency Kit
Saving the Bride On Her Big Day

Petal Wishes

Petal Wishes

A fun and easy bridal shower idea.
Enjoy for a lifetime.

Flowers & Decor Toronto

Flowers & Decor

Ceremony Decor, Flowers, Centerpieces, Head and Cake Table

Cakes

Cakes

Delicious and Beautiful Wedding Cakes for any Budget



Top