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I had the pleasure of helping coordinate and document six surprise engagements at Walt Disney World this spring. ESSENCE launched the Storybook Wedding contest in the June issue of the magazine. The men told their ladies they had simply won a contest to visit Disney. Once in Orlando, we styled the couples and told them part of the prize included being photographed enjoying attractions at the park for a Disney brochure. Little did the women know the outing would end with an engagement ring. One couple will also win the storybook wedding prize package to get married.

After one of the surprise proposals and tapings concluded, I went back over to the couple to ask one final question. As I approached, I saw the groom-to-be bent down as his lady stood. When I got closer I could see he was buckling the strap on her sandal. No camera was in sight and this wasn’t for show. He saw a need for her and filled it. That’s what love is about.

Check out the magical proposals on ESSENCE.com/storybook and vote now! Voting ends on June 10th.

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