Platinum Proposals

HowHeAsked Platinum Proposal: Symon & Hillary

How we met:

You know the saying the best things happen when you least expect it? That’s exactly what happened to me and my fiance Sy. Neither of us were thinking about dating or trying to meet anyone new. We were enjoying our separate lives, making new friends and seeking new experiences.

My cousin had separately invited each of us to a three-day music festival called the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, Nevada. For both of us, it was our first time attending anything like this. We had no idea what we were getting into, but I was up for an adventure and wanted to experience something brand new. Little did I know, Sy felt exactly the same.

On the first day of the festival, we arrived as part of a large extended group of friends who didn’t know each other. An hour in, we were all separated and didn’t expect to see each other again. Exhausted and ready to go home towards the end of day one, my shoelaces came undone as I was exiting. hey had been fine for 10 hours of walking and dancing!) I sat down on a curb to re-tie my shoes and when I looked up, there he was. It was Sy.

He recognized me and beamed this INCREDIBLY handsome smile back at me. Call it coincidence. Call it fate. Call it serendipity. Whatever it was, in a sea of over 130,000 attendees, everything aligned for our paths to collide.

We found each other again the following day and shared a magical evening under the electric sky. Everything felt different together. I felt it. Sy felt it. And so he asked me out on our first date—to meet and finish our third and final festival evening together.

When we both returned home to Los Angeles, Symon took me on the absolute PERFECT date. It was a date I always dreamed someone would take me on, but never found someone who did. I would find out later this date was what he called, “The Glass Slipper Date.” And I was his perfect fit.

After this date, I started to look for a job so I could stay in Los Angeles (I was actually planning on moving back to Arizona before I met him). Symon, on the other hand, started working on a proposal that would later blow me away. The video explains it all….


How he asked:

I’m not an easy girl to surprise. Talks of our future and the idea of marriage wasn’t new between us. This was something we both knew was going to happen very early on in our relationship. So how do you surprise a girl who knows a surprise is coming?

You start working on it way before she even knew it was coming.

In the beginning of our relationship before we even started officially dating, Symon suggested we keep video journals of our dates. I thought it was a fun idea and we both enjoyed the idea of documenting our days together. We made over a hundred of these in our first year together. Little did I know, these were all part of his proposal plan.

In the months leading up to the proposal, he doubled down on our surprise dates. It became trickier to plan after we moved in together, but he continued to pull out all the stops to keep me guessing.

Here’s a few of the ways he did:

  • Enlisted help of friends and family by having them unknowingly invite me to get our nails done AFTER the scheduled proposal date. Nobody knew the actual proposal date!
  • Left fake emails in his inbox with subject lines like “November E-Day Photo Shoot” to see if I would notice. (I didn’t!)
  • Purposely carried a small ring box in his back pocket on many dates leading up to the proposal to see if would notice. (I didn’t!)
  • Acted nervous on many dates leading up to the proposal so I would think he was proposing on that day. (Again, didn’t notice!)

On the day of our proposal, he disguised our date as his one-year anniversary gift to me. He took me to OUE Skyspace in Downtown Los Angeles, where we spent the date 1,000 feet high at the top of the building. Set against the backdrop of the LA skyline, he surprised me with a video montage of our year together. It was a collection of photos of videos with some of the highlights from our first year together. I thought that was it.

I was wrong.

He later surprised me with a second video, which revealed that throughout our many earlier video journals, he was secretly asking me to marry him! Without my knowledge! He pieced it all together into a beautiful video. I’m not much of a crier at all, but I couldn’t hold back the tears that day. Happiest tears of my life!


Why platinum?

“I wanted the ring to be a worthy symbol of our love—that even with the weathering it’ll face over the course of our life together, it actually gets better and more beautiful each day. And while strong and durable, it is still soft and malleable enough for possible future resizing. For these same reasons, we’ll be looking for the perfect platinum wedding bands to exchange on our wedding day too!” – Symon



Stacy (Tasman) Stahl is the founder of– the digital destination for all things marriage proposal. How He Asked, acquired by XO Group, Inc. in September 2016 to allow The Knot to better serve its audience even earlier in the wedding planning journey, provides a platform for couples to share their engagement stories and has built a community of love-obsessed readers by sharing the best ones on their website and social media channels. With a library of 10,000+ proposals, the site also provides education, inspiration, and tools to help soon-to-be proposers plan their own life-changing moment. Stacy is now an expert in the pre-engaged world, and you can follow along with @HowHeAsked's half a million Instagram followers.


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