When and where did the proposal take place, and how did it unfold?
SYDNEY: The day of the proposal, James called me and told me he was swamped with work and needed me to pick up a book from the library for one of his client’s sons – a book that was sold out everywhere and only available at the New York Public Library. I thought it was odd, because James never asks me for help, and I also thought it was weird to give a client a library book! I did not expect to be getting engaged, so I just thought he was acting strange due to stress with work. When I got to the library, I saw the photographer that photographed my friend’s engagement. I quickly processed that I was, in fact, getting engaged. I called up James and said “I know you’re proposing.” He denied it and directed me on the phone to a gorgeous hallway with a huge stained-glass window. In the center of the hallway, there was a red box on the floor behind a red velvet rope. I went to pick up the box and inside was a story book of our relationship from start to finish. The last page of the book said, “He tricked her into going to the library for him so he can ask her a question…” and then he appeared from behind a door and got down on one knee to propose! The fact that he chose to do it at the library made the proposal so special, because it shows how well he knows me. My happiest and calmest place is in bookstores or libraries. I love reading and being surrounded by books, and NYPL is one of the most gorgeous libraries in the world! We left the library to meet our families at a steakhouse. We had speeches and a great dinner! James also planned for all of our friends to meet us at a rooftop bar overlooking the city. It was such a special night to have an intimate proposal with just the two of us, then a beautiful dinner with our families, and then ending the night with all of our friends at a rooftop bar!
JAMES: The New York public library! I couldn’t figure out for the life of me how to propose. I went back and forth for so long and finally I decided to do it at the NYPL- Sydney loves libraries and this one is obviously beautiful. I decided to make a children’s book on our love story and I wanted to put it in a bookshelf and have her find it. I had Sydney go to the library that day, but when I got to the library earlier in the morning, they wouldn’t let me do anything. Security said no to almost every request I had, and I ended up looking for a place to leave the book for hours. Finally, I just took a red rope from the corner of the room, and sectioned off a tiny little area by a beautiful window. There, I left the book and directed Sydney there via text. After she finished reading the book, I popped out and proposed. Right after I proposed security yelled at me for sectioning off an area, but totally worth it.