“It’s in the unusual circumstances of life, that God’s divinity surprises us with something as little as meeting somebody.”
Below is the beautiful story of Melissa and Jaime, and their hot air balloon proposal in Mexico.
How did it happen? Tell us all the details!
Meeting each other and establishing a friendship was key to what will later make us become closer and drive us into a relationship. As we first meet, we were both into going out, partying, and socializing, each on their own unique world, but always coming back to our “Latin” roots. It’s in these roots that we would both call each other to go out and enjoy a night of pure dancing, and fun.
In one of the constant backs and forth invitations, while one was at a Miami Heat Game the other was out with coworkers in the infamous “Tu Candela” (the original hole in the wall, not the newer one), coming over after the game, Jaime was there until almost the doors were shut, as he was leaving he bumped into Meli. Here is where Meli couldn’t resist going home without dancing a song with Jaime. At that very moment is when we first kissed, Jaime says that maybe it was the drinks they had, but Meli says it was the magic of the music. We will never know the how’s, but we now know the why, which is for us to be with each other. Ever since, many challenges and adversities have come our way, individually and as a couple, but is by overcoming each one of them, that has made our feelings for each other grow stronger.
We have turned into travel junkies, having visited Asia, Europe, Middle East, and various countries in Central and South America, as well as many cities throughout the US.
We share the love for adventure and exploring, it has become our thing, to pack up and compete to who packs the best and the quickest (Jaime currently leads the contest). Is certain that growing our faith in God and setting our eyes to him as a couple, is how we have managed to be happy, in love, and eager to see what the future holds for us.
We support, encourage, pray and rejoice with each other. As days go by we cannot wait to be able to do what we both love, and that is to share our happiness with our most loved ones.
Proposing can be stressful, and nerve-racking, but nonetheless, a moment that us men look forward to making a memorable one. For this day, I asked Meli to pack a change of clothes in a small backpack, with the excuse that she will sleepover for the next day’s endeavors.
Once I picked her up, I asked her for her passport, the suspense in her was clear, you can really tell she had an idea. Although I saw her “knowing” what was coming, little did she know-how. I had reserved a very distinct hotel in Mexico City and found in the Teotihuacan Pyramids a unique area for hot air balloon rides. We both have been longing to live that experience, this gave me the perfect idea of how to propose.
As we arrived at the airport, I kept joking about where we were about to embark until she sat on the plane, she realized it was Mexico City. After the chauffeur picked us up, on the way to the hotel, I was giving her small hints of what we were doing. While having diner, I told her we needed to wake up at 4 am, the shock on her face!
A van picked us up to take us to the place where we will ride the balloon. There, I lied to her, saying I needed to sign a special waiver. In reality, I went to plan with the pilot at what time to pop the question.
In mid-air the pilot made her believe we had some issues, and needed to decent, only to find a truck racing towards us, with a sign that said “Will you marry me?”.
When she finally noticed the sign held on the ground, she just looked back at me with a laughing mischief face, as I held the ring box just waiting for her to turn to me. At this very moment with a mutual teary eye, she whispered YES!
Once we landed, we had a champagne pop and Mr. Mario Bros (the balloon pilot) recited a beautiful prayer. From there we had breakfast and were in a rush to get back to the city, explore, and eat some real street tacos, all in just a few hours. We headed back to Miami that same day, very special 23 hrs in Mexico City.
What have you enjoyed most about planning your wedding so far?
Since I’m a Creative Director/Graphic Designer, for me; all the branding of my wedding, from creating a logo to designing the invitations, all the stationary, and personalizing the website, has been what I have enjoyed the most.
I get to do what I love the most, but now in a way that it will be showcased for my family and loved ones. I try not to be so hard on myself, as I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist (is hard to design your own brand haha). But I have enjoyed every single part of it.
I’m also an event planner, so working with my two event planners (that are all the way in Colombia) on my own wedding has been great. It is a relief to not only have the support of my soon-to-be husband but of my two amazing planners that are helping us from beginning to end.
What’s your secret to staying sane under the pressure of wedding planning?
Knowing that there are things we cannot change and that we are doing the best we can to have the wedding of our dreams!
Jaime is a very opinionated groom and has been very involved in all the wedding planning details, he has made sure we both keep sane and support each other during the process.
What is your favorite part of using WedSites for your wedding?
Since I’m having a destination wedding in my home country Colombia, it has been one of the best tools to put all the info I want my guest to know but in a very nice design layout, personalized by me. and the guest management tool has been key to keep count, RSVP, and edit my list as needed.
I love that I get to make any edits to the site as I want, and make it as simple, or as sophisticated as I want. I’m a designer; so for me, the looks, customization, and user-friendliness of the site were key when choosing WedSites.
What would you tell other couples to ensure they use WedSites to its fullest potential?
It’s a no-brainer, great price, lots of customization, and RSVP management. WedSites has all the things you would need on a wedding planning site and much more.
With WedSites, your wedding site would look completely different than any other wedding site you’ll see online, as mentioned before you can make it as simple or as sophisticated as you like, it is perfect!
What are you most looking forward to on your wedding day?
I can’t wait to walk down the aisle and see my soon-to-be husband waiting for me, and of course the amazing party and dancing we have planned.
I already got my bridal sneakers ready to change after, as I know there will be non-stop dancing haha!
Hot Air Balloon Pilot: Mr. Mario Bros
Proposal Location: Teotihuacan Pyramids, Teotihuacan, México
Engagement Photoshoot Location: Dania Beach Pier, Dania Beach, FL, USA