Photography: Winter Thirst Photography
Proposal Planning & Event Design: Surprise Me Events
Cakes & Event Design: The Cake & The Giraffe
Florals: Special Moments Flowers

Adam and Alena met in residence at UBC over a decade ago. So when he decided to pop the question, he knew his proposal had to be something special. But much to his disappointment, he wasn’t able to make his vision for the perfect proposal come true. And that’s the surprising thing about this surprise engagement… Adam and Alena are already married!

“When I planned my proposal, I thought I had everything figured out,” says Adam. “It did not work out as expected, and I ended up settling for a proposal I was never happy with. I decided I wanted to make up for it and knew I needed help.”

Adam got in touch with Rebecca Aftergood of event planning company Surprise Me Events – and they took care of the rest.

As his ruse, Adam told Alena they were meeting friends at Buntzen Lake in Port Coquitlam. Meanwhile, his behind-the-scenes team of professionals had spent the morning there creating a beautiful picnic in the trees for his special moment.

This time, Adam’s proposal would be all about romance. Dreamy blush and white flowers hung from the trees, and a stunning handcrafted floral crown was there waiting for Alena, created by Special Moments Flowers. Amidst vintage décor supplied by the team, there were also several treats waiting for the couple, including a decadent dark chocolate ganache and salted caramel cake with a custom macramé topper, plus a few mini surprise bundt cakes hidden throughout the picnic – all created by The Cake & the Giraffe. Adam’s perfect re-proposal was ready and waiting.

When the couple arrived at their picnic, a few seconds of confusion followed. Then the surprise set in. Winter Thirst Photography was ready to capture Alena’s reaction. After her shock wore off (and she had a chance to change into something more romantic), Adam got down on one knee and asked Alena to marry him… again. And she said yes… again.

“It was such a wonderful surprise,” says Alena. “I didn’t feel that a second proposal was needed at all. Adam’s first proposal wasn’t exactly ‘romantic,’ but I was happy all the same (and it made for an interesting story). This just made me feel so special and loved.”