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“I do”: two local businesses put the ‘pop’ in popping the question 

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Photo by Josh Hailey Studio www.joshhaileyweddings.com

"Early one morning I was hit by a bolt of inspiration," recalls Stacey Asaro, owner of Project Proposal, the New Orleans-based marriage proposal planning service. "There are countless resources in New Orleans to help plan weddings, but is there anyone specializing in proposals? I hopped out of bed and immediately began forming ideas and lists of services."

  In May 2015, Asaro launched Project Proposal to help local and out-of-town clients create customized engagements. "I've worked with both men and women to create fantastic memories. I am glad to help anyone who can't quite figure out the perfect way to pop the question," she says.

  Asaro grew up in the wedding business. Her parents, Sue and Bobby Asaro, own Southern Oaks Plantation, a popular wedding and reception venue in New Orleans.

  "Through the years, I listened to many brides telling tales of their engagements, with many stories lacking a 'wow' factor," she says. "Although the brides weren't unhappy, it seemed they were sometimes underwhelmed with the way the proposal unfolded. Some weren't dressed for the occasion, while others were hoping for a more magical memory. I offer the utmost attention to detail, which translates to a movie-like experience for both parties."

  Every proposal she plans is tailored to the individual couple's interests and personalities.

  "I send an in-depth questionnaire to my clients to learn their style and preferences, as well as sentimental places and unique aspects of their relationship," Asaro says. "I discover their shared interests, whether it be movies, music or other activities, and then research how I can incorporate those items into the rich tapestry of New Orleans and our local culture."

  With New Orleans as the backdrop, she offers her clients the option of becoming engaged at a meaningful location of their choice or in places she selects for their distinct character. "By getting to know each couple, I can recommend which would work best, based on their interests and atmosphere they've envisioned for the big moment," she says.

  "There is no limit to how elaborate and creative a proposal can become. Every package [starting at $700] includes a personal proposal concierge through every step of the planning."

  On the day of the proposal, a hidden photographer — primary photographers are Kirsten and Josh Waguespack with Aperture Photos — captures the big surprise. Packages also include custom decor designed around a couple's story and personal touches such as fireworks, a chauffeur or a New Orleans jazz band.

  "I walk each client through their proposal — as a dry run or dress rehearsal — to make sure no stone is left unturned and no ring box is left unopened," she says.

  With every detail planned and personalized, Asaro says, "The No. 1 thing my clients can expect is a memory that will last a lifetime."

  While Project Proposal focuses solely on marriage proposals, Frenchmen Street Productions offers proposal planning as part of its wedding, entertainment and party planning business.

  Amanda Thompson created Frenchmen Street Productions in affiliation with her management of the Kinfolk Brass Band, a local wedding second line band. She says the marriage proposal planning service evolved from clients' requests to have a unique and meaningful way to pop the question.

  "Each proposal is custom-tailored to the client's wishes," she says. "In planning a marriage proposal, our clients get the best of everything, including creative production and impeccable execution of the event — the setting, music, flowers, photo/videography, and any other personalized details." Packages start at $2,000.

  "We do our best to achieve our clients' expectations while working within their set budget," Thompson says. "Because the city has such glorious venues and backdrops for locations, the extra costs are kept to a minimum. When a client gives us a concept, we take that inspiration and devise a plan to see it through."

  One example of a favorite custom plan, Thompson says, is when she staged a second line led by Kinfolk Brass Band for a "faux bride and groom." The group traveled from St. Louis Cathedral down Pirate's Alley, where the real couple was having drinks. Joining the festivities, "the real couple fell in line and followed us to Royal Street. There, the band created a scene, encircling the couple as the real groom-to-be dropped to one knee to propose."

  After a happy "yes," the newly engaged couple were handed parasols to lead the second line through the French Quarter to a restaurant overlooking the engagement site.

  "With local clients, we strive to push the limits and enhance the experiences they have already shared living in the city," Thompson says. "We welcome male and female clients from all over the world asking for our help in making their marriage proposal one they will never forget."

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