A month ago, I received an inquiry in my inbox on a surprise proposal consultation. Being the hopeless romantic that I am and a sucker for fairytale surprises, I jumped at the opportunity and was eager to start brainstorming and coordinating details.

Ali and Jade met during their undergrad at Queen’s University and have been dating for nearly four years. They have backpacked together across Southeast Asia and are constantly looking to try new things. Recently as of six months ago, they decided to take the next big step and moved to Ottawa together to start their new chapter. As they are both still very involved with their respective Master’s programs and campus activities, Ali knew that Ottawa would be the iconic and timeless destination for his surprise proposal.

Jade was described as the smartest and most adventurous woman Ali has ever known. When they first met on their campus pub, he knew that she would be “The One” for him! Ironically, she was dating someone else at that time and he wasn’t exactly her favorite person due to a few of his teasing comments. However, a couple years later, they bumped into each other at the exact same pub and that’s when he asked her out. They had their first date at the Kingston Penitentiary (talk about a memorable first date!) and the rest was history!

Ali reached out to me looking for a classy and memorable proposal idea for Jade. He had asked Jade’s dad for her hand in marriage during Easter and had arranged for both families to fly into Ottawa for a surprise engagement party following the proposal. After consulting over a few lattes, we decided to keep the proposal tasteful and timeless – starting with high tea at the infamous and iconic Chateau Laurier, followed by a romantic stroll down the locks. Although the weather locked heads with us that day and we had to switch up a couple aspects, Jade described the day as perfection as they begin a new journey together!

Congratulations Ali & Jade! I wish you both the best and am SO excited to see your wedding plans unfold!


Venue: Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Zoe’s Lounge; Ottawa Locks; Social Restaurant
Planner: En Amour Events
Photographer: Shabana B Photography

Jess P