Our latest GIGroom is Stanley Savage from New Orleans, LA, USA. Stanley and his beautiful wife, Sydney are getting married later on in the year in Baton Rouge, LA. We had a catch-up with Stan and he shared a few of their favourite memories, including the surprise proposal as captured by Mosaic by MG.
How did you meet?
We met while we attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. We’d seen each other around campus for months before ever speaking to each other, but it was evident that we noticed each other. We finally met towards the end of the fall semester in an area called Tiger Land. Our initial interaction was pretty brief. We may have talked for a week at most. We were at different points in our lives; I was in grad school and she was in undergrad, so things were put on hold. Fast-forward a few years and we started talking after I congratulated her on her recent graduation. We went on a date a short time later and the rest was history!
How did you propose?
Well, I started planning the proposal during the summer of 2015. I was in the process of purchasing the ring around the same time. I knew that Sydney enjoyed bringing in special moments with loved ones, so I knew I had to have our families and friends at the proposal. The hardest part was coordinating the schedules of her friends and her dad. A few of her friends live outside the state and her dad works outside of the country every other month. After a lot of back and forth, it was determined that October 16th would be the date. The easiest part, believe it or not, was coming up with how I was going to propose. AJ, a good friend of mine, had recently gotten engaged and I knew that people sometimes had engagement parties to celebrate their engagements. The plan was to make it seem as if we were going to AJ’s engagement party, when, in fact, we were going to a surprise engagement party for her! The key to all of it was her saying “YES”, but, of course, I knew she would! Well I started dropping tidbits in Sydney’s ear about “AJ’s engagement party” months before October. With the help of her mom, we rented a beautiful reception centre and invites were sent out to our closest family and friends. Leading up to the proposal, it was evident that she didn’t have a clue the proposal was fast approaching. I would constantly ask Sydney what she planned on wearing to “AJ’s engagement party” and she didn’t seem the least bit interested in it. On the day of the proposal I made sure that everyone arrived at the venue before 7:15pm. Sydney and I arrived around 7:30 and as we walked towards the entrance, she scolded me the entire way because we were late to the engagement party. Once we got inside, all of our closest family and friends were there to surprise her!! I proposed shortly after and the party kicked off!
Did you get help from friends in choosing a ring?
No, I didn’t need much help in choosing a ring. Sydney made it pretty easy for me. She also made it quite clear what type of ring she wanted. I didn’t know much about rings when I began my search, but I knew exactly what to tell each jeweler I came across. A direct quote from Sydney herself, “round brilliant cut diamond, a skinny halo, and a skinny band”. I repeated that line each time I visited a jeweler. Sydney would also send me random pictures of the type of ring she wanted. I finally decided on a ring while visiting a jeweler with our mothers. They both confirmed I was making the right decision based off what Sydney wanted, so I rolled with it!
How involved were you in wedding planning?
I tag along for just about everything, but I mainly let her make most of the decisions. I have been given small tasks here and there, like reserving rooms for out of town guests and contacting vendors. I want the day to be what she’s dreamed about so I mainly defer to her when it comes to planning. I just want to make sure she doesn’t stress herself out during the process.
How did you choose your outfit and those of your groomsmen?
Well initially, I assumed I would go with a black or grey tuxedo for myself and the groomsmen, but when I came across a particular midnight blue Michael Kors tuxedo, I had to have it. I’m still in the process of figuring out what shoes we will wear and how I will distinguish myself from my groomsmen, but everything is coming along just fine.
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