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Aug 08, 2013

Surprise Engagement Party by Birds of a Feather Photography

Robin, another great industry friend and one half of the talented Be Inspired Tastemaker team GATHER Events, was recently engaged to her boyfriend of 4.5 years!  He whisked her away to a romantic weekend in Palm Springs, the same spot where their first getaway together happened when they were first dating.  Ray popped the question while sitting atop the same rock formation they hiked to all those years before and then a weekend full of engaged bliss followed at the Ace Hotel.

When they got back from their exciting trip, Ray had one more surprise in store for Robin…

The day we returned to LA we were scheduled to meet up with my best friend Heather and her hubby Lewie to celebrate HER birthday later that evening. We walked into our house after our roadtrip to find Heather and Lewie sitting on our couch! They led us into our bedroom where they had a brand new sparkly gold dress and earrings laid out for me and an outfit for Ray to change into. Puzzled, we changed and then followed them out to our backyard (no peeking!) and to my surprise, all of our close LA friends and family were there, along with a fully decorated backyard courtesy of GATHER Events, a food and drink spread and a film and photo crew to capture it all! My LA friends even got my Chicago besties to participate in the surprise via Skype. I’m pretty sure my facial expressions in the photos say it all. I.HAD.NO.IDEA. I think Ray’s face was even better though. He got me…twice!  Turns out, everyone was in on it. Before leaving for Palm Springs, Ray arranged everything through Sarah from GATHER and my friend Heather, they spread the word and dozens of people came together with 2 days notice to provide their creative and culinary talents and support to make the evening such a special, touching, and unexpected celebration for us. It was magical!

Be Prepared to Be Inspired…

Ray + Robin’s Engagement Party from Tower Films on Vimeo.

Event design, Planning and Florals: GATHER Events
Photography: Birds of a Feather
Videography: Tower Films
Catering and Specialty Cocktails: the redclay
Floral vessels: JL Designs
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Gourmet donuts: Leftcoast Donuts  (owned by Matt Turk of Tower Films)

  • Love this idea and the touches of gold! Oh yeah and congratulations you two!

  • The happy look of surprise on her face is so wonderful! What a fantastic day this must have been! Congrats to the happy couple!

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  • Sarah

    Would love to see a DIY tutorial on the marquee letter sign, that is so cool!!

  • Tareeda

    So cool! Congratulations, Robin and Ray! Your engagement party looked beautiful and cozy, Sarah and Gather team did a great job as always! <3

  • Congrats @gatherevents!!

  • Can’t wait to get home and look! Yay Robin!

  • Congrats Robin!! Can’t wait to check this out!

  • How fun.

  • @PRETTYBEEBE I love these lights I wonder where you could get those!! Bring Vegas to LA

  • @cutienoc looks like it could possibly be a D.I.Y. project

  • Inspired by Robin from @gatherevents Surprise Engagement Party by @brdsofafeather

  • Loooove it!

  • Thanks everyone!! @cutienoc @prettybeebe we did indeed make the letters. Feel free to get in touch if you’d like us to produce one for you!

  • I love surprises so what could be better than a surprise proposal AND engagement party!? Love it @gatherevents!

  • These marquee letters over the dessert table are super cute and an easy DIY!

  • so happy to have the surprise engagement party that I shot for @gatherevents on inspiredbythisblog today!

  • Such a fun party!“@inspiredbythis: Inspired by Robin from @gatherevents Surprise Engagement Party by @brdsofafeather

  • Skyping in with friends that are too far to make your engagement party…such a sweet idea @gatherevents! http://

  • RT @inspiredbythis : These marquee letters over the dessert table are super cute and an easy DIY !

  • @inspiredbythis Love! Where is the DIY for the letters? Did I totally just miss it on the blog post?!

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  • Nice video and nice details 🙂 And nice couple

  • See you like this photo, I feel you really happy! I hope you would have been so happy to go.Congrats to the happy couple!

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