A Pretty Decent Proposal!Saturday, March 8, 2014
Remember the 1993 movie, "Indecent Proposal" with Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson and hunka hunka burning love...at the time anyway...Robert Redford?! You Do?! Good, so we don't have to explain the title of our blog then and can get on with this awesome story!
So, two days ago late Thursday night, we're in the studio conducting our Wine Up-Whine Down art session and our phone rings...and the conversations goes something like this:
Us: Good Evening. Pinot's Palette. (speaking louder because of the music in the background) May we help you?
Male Customer: (sounding stressed and hyped) Uh...hi my name is Eric and I have a question to ask you and you're probably going to think I am totally out of my mind.
Us: (nervous laughter) Okay...Yes, how can we help you?
Eric: Well, I'm thinking of coming to your art session tomorrow night and I wanted to propose to my girlfriend there.
Us: (sounding pumped) Cool! Yes, we can do that! We've had a number marriage of proposals in our studio. What did you have in mind?
Eric goes on to explain that he wants to surprise his girlfriend with the proposal and he wants their friends to also be there. After we shared several options of how he might do this, he asked if we could paint a custom painting for him with the marriage proposal on it and then he and his friends would come out of hiding from somewhere in the studio to surprise his sweetie, Samantha. Well...at this point, we're all in and begin plotting and planning right along with Eric! We have had at least two other couples make reservations to paint and then at the end of the art session, the guy has proposed. However, as Eric kept talking, it became clear that he was suggesting that he and his friends just do the proposal in our studio but not paint.
Us: So wait, you want 15 reservations for you and your friends to paint with us and then afterwards you'll be proposing? (sounding eager and excited at the possibility of more reservations)
Eric: No, I was thinking that we could pretend to have reservations there for Samantha and her friends to paint and then me and our other friends would be hiding in the studio and you all could unveil the painting in front of the whole class. Would that be a problem for the other customers? Could you do that?
Us: Oh that sounds great! Yes we can do that, but not sure where we could hide you and all your friends because our studio is kind of an open floor plan so the only places to hide are our bathrooms or the storage closet.
So, after a bit more plotting, here's the plan we and Eric came up with! Two of Samantha's girlfriends would tell her that they have reservations to paint. They would be arriving a little after 7:00 pm which made us a little nervous because we generally begin our art sessions on time and didn't want our customers getting restless. Eric assured us they would arrive no later than 7:10 pm so we agreed to "sing and tap dance" for our customers until Samantha arrived.
We also agreed that Eric and his friends would hide outside our studio back door where we could signal them from the bar area when to come in to spring the surprise.Around 10 pm that Thursday evening after we finished talking to Eric, one of our awesome Artists, painted the custom proposal painting and the plan was set. Eric came into the studio late afternoon on Friday with one of Samantha's friends to scope out the place and finalize the surprise logistics...and then again around 6pm this time looking excited and a little nervous.
Us: Eric, what are you doing here?!
Eric: Just popped in to make sure we're all set and to thank you again for doing this for us.
Us: Oh it's our pleasure and we're all set to go! Here, come meet James, the artist who's going to do the painting unveiling....
So, we updated Eric that we had decided to hold a fake "surprise painting giveaway," so that the customers and Samantha wouldn't be so curious about what was covered up and sitting on the easel at our artist counter. James would go through his normal introduction which would take about 5 minutes, then he would explain to the painters that we had done a special raffle drawing of one of their names earlier in the day, and then James would pull out a "fake" envelope, open it and then announce the winner...which of course would be Samantha!
By the way, the rest of the painters were just as surprised by the proposal as Samantha and we definitely heard some sniffles, oohs and aahs!
So who knows, next time you come to paint and sip with us, you might just get to experience another of these awesomely "Pretty Decent Proposals"! And to top it all off, they were featured on the cover of Central Arkansas Wedding Ideas Director in December 2015!
But enough talking, let us show you the rest of what happened....check out our video!