Who can be the best narrator of their beautiful story than George himself...
"Olivia and I met when I was 16 years old. I heard a lot about how beautiful and amazing she was from my friends, but I never got a chance to meet her because we were never at the same gatherings. Finally, on September 7th, 2007, I got to meet her at our mutual friends', party. (Shout out to Alissa! Haha)
Fast forward to April, 8 years later, when I found out that Olivia would have 2 weeks off from medical school so I spontaneously booked us a 2 week trip to Greece for the end of August. She had never been to Europe before and I always promised that I would take her someday. I knew that this would be the perfect place to ask her to be my wife. I own an event production company, BOLD Productions, in which my team and I help clients plan/create their special events. For the next 4 months, I would be planning the biggest event of my life and let me tell you, it was not easy. I contacted several venues, photographers, cinematographers and decorators, but from years of experience, I knew which ones I wanted to work with.
I booked Studio Phosart as my photographers/cinematographers to help capture our arrival in Santorini, the entire day walking through the streets of Oia, and the proposal.
George, Chris, Stella and the entire Studio Phosart team became like family throughout the planning process, they are the best! They met with me on Skype, followed all of my instructions and requests, while offering their own input on my ideas for the proposal. I am a perfectionist when it comes down to the details, as I strongly believe the little things are what take your breath away.
On August 27th, 2015, the day that I had been planning for months finally arrived. I was so nervous, but I knew that all of the planning and hard work was going to make the day run smoothly. After arriving at the hotel, we freshened up and got ready to do some sightseeing in the streets of Oia. The photographers gave me a specific route to take in order for them to be strategically placed among the tourists and capture all of our special moments together without being noticed. They were very well blended in among the tourists and even switched hats throughout the day to disguise themselves.
Olivia had no clue that they were even there, they were amazing! I had Olivia's father take pictures of us throughout our sightseeing to allow the photographers to get great shots of us from a distance. After a couple of hours walking through the beautiful streets, we headed back to our hotel to get ready for dinner.
When I saw Olivia walking with her father towards me, I got very emotional and my eyes started to water. I promised myself that I wouldn't cry, but at that point it was very hard to do otherwise.
When Olivia's father gave her away to me, I grabbed her hands and held them tight. I took a deep breath and removed her blindfold. Once I did, she instantly began to cry and so did I. After taking a few seconds to calm down, I looked her in the eyes, held her hands and began professing my love for her.
Meanwhile, the photographers, cinematographers and drone operator were capturing every moment. I got down on one knee, and asked her to marry me. When she said yes, my heart jumped and I was the happiest man in the world. Right after I got off one knee and we kissed, I had the venue play our song, No One by Alicia Keys, this made her cry even more. A few minutes went by of us hugging, kissing and dancing, then her sobbing father presented her with a huge bouquet of her favourite pink roses.
I then pointed out one of our videographers to Olivia and she immediately recognized him as Chris, our taxi driver. She couldn't believe everything that had been going on all day right in front of her eyes. That was the ultimate satisfaction. It all came together very smoothly because of the great work of the entire BOLD Productions team and the Studio Phosart crew. I am forever grateful for all of their hard work and dedication to making our day one that we will never forget."
Venue: Santorini Gem