#ISaidYesAtSandals: Takasha and Vincent’s Proposal Of The Year
Imagine being whisked away on a surprise trip to Sandals Barbados to meet the man of your dreams who has only one thing on his mind- to ask you to be his wife!
With proposal season officially under-way, we couldn’t think of a better way to help kick it off than with this extremely well-planned, two-day, romantic proposal. When Takasha woke up that cold and snowy morning in Alabama to a camera crew at her door and a personal escort, she had no idea she would end it on the sunny and breezy shores of Sandals Barbados about to answer the most important question of her life. Planned with the help of Sandals’ engagement concierge and vendors with a huge sense of romance, Vincent and Takasha had THE proposal of the year. Luckily, you get to tag along through this incredible proposal (that went viral!) with their engagement video that you can watch below.
How They Met
“Vincent and I met two years ago and I thank God every day for that day! I’ve always been the kind of girl who believed in fate but right before I met Vincent, I have to admit that I almost started to give up on finally finding the one. At the time I lived in Alabama and was working 50 hours a week at a bakery and never really had time to go out and meet new people. I was never really the type of person to try blind dates or on-line dating but a co-worker of mine had mentioned this dating site and I decided to give it a try out of sheer boredom and curiosity. I was on the site for a few months and just as I was getting ready to delete my account and give up, I received a message saying, “You look interesting.” At first, I wasn’t going to respond because at that point I was pretty much over the whole dating thing….but out of curiosity, I did. My response to him was, “Is that supposed to be a compliment?” And from that point our journey began, we talked everyday after that.
We talked for two weeks via phone and then he drove to Huntsville for our first date. We always joked and said we hoped we wouldn’t get “catfished” because neither of us had ever tried a dating site before. In my mind, I still had my guard up and I thought it was too good to be true. We decided to meet at the restaurant, and when he stepped out of the car, I was so surprised, because he came up to me and literally swept me off my feet.” – Takasha
“On February 18, 2015, that morning a snow storm was coming and everyone was off work. I called Vincent when I woke up to see if he was going to come by my house and hang out for the day. I was prepared to stay in and watch movies. Vincent said he was on his way over to my house, so when the door bell rang I was confused. Why would he ring the doorbell was my first thought, but then I figured maybe his hands were full. So I opened the door, screamed and shut it back. At that moment I was freaking out because there was a camera crew outside my house and Vincent’s friend Stephen was standing holding gifts. I couldn’t let them see me with my robe on and head scarf!
When I was getting dressed, I was running in circles and my hands were shaking! Why is there a camera crew outside my house and where is Vincent? As you’ll see in the video, there was video instructions for the entire day. I was so overwhelmed. I was told not to try and call Vincent during the day because he wouldn’t answer my calls. That to me was the most nerve wrecking part because we don’t go a day without speaking to each other. When I found out we were headed to Barbados, I thought he was hiding behind the door and we would leave together. I would have to say the most shocking part was when he said he was already in Barbados! And I only had a few hours to pack and leave that night [from] Birmingham to catch my flight. Vincent truly thought about everything, I still don’t know how he managed to sneak my passport out of my house!” -Takasha
“I have always wanted to propose in dynamic fashion. Being an architect and a very creative person, I was seeking a way to be over the top. I always loved the movie “Hitch” with Will Smith, and got the [proposal] idea when he had the messenger deliver 2 gifts to the woman and had her choose one and then based the date off what she chose. When I met Takasha, within the 2nd month of us dating, I saw posted on her closet door all the places in the world she wanted to visit and Barbados was at the top of the list. So, in my mind that was the destination I wanted to bring her to. Once I booked the resort, everything else fell in place, I wanted to make sure I was able to show her how much I loved her mind, body, and spirit without me being there.
I would always joke with Takasha and tell her that my proposal if “she was” the one would be an over-the-top,viral hit, not being serious at all when I was saying it. I actually was quite nervous about any of the events going wrong. I flew to Barbados a day before she did , and had to meet with the videographer, driver, and resort to get everything together. When I walked into Sandals by myself, the staff and security were looking at me as if something was wrong, until I broke a smile and said my girlfriend is not here yet and I am planning a surprise proposal for her. Shanise and Deidra were a part of the engagement concierge that absolutely played a huge role in getting everything set-up at Sandals Barbados. Once I saw her walking on the beach towards me I knew it was real!! I wouldn’t change anything!” – Vincent
Watch all of Vincent’s planning coming to life.
The Happy Ending
“When I arrived at Sandals Barbados, I was so nervous and excited. As a Sandals Certified Specialist, I had always talked about going to the new resort with Vincent when it opened and I couldn’t believe he had already booked our trip a year prior. The staff at Sandals Barbados was so amazing! As I was sitting at Club Sandals, getting checked-in, I kept asking if they had any idea what was going on. I had no clue, Vincent had already talked with everyone at the resort and they helped keep it a surprise from me. The whole proposal was such a blessing and I’m so thankful! When the driver took me to the beach to meet Vincent, I still was in shock. I couldn’t believe he planned for a full day of pampering, showered me with gifts, flew me to Barbados, and asked me to marry him. Who does that?!
February 19, 2015 was the best day of my life! We had such an amazing time at Sandals Barbados and one of the coolest parts of the trip, was when we came back from the beach the night he proposed, as I stepped out of the car, I realized the man helping me out of the car and congratulating us was Butch! I nudged Vincent and said OMG the owner of Sandals just greeted us and congratulated us! How cool is that! We are seriously considering returning for our honeymoon because it was simply amazing!”- Takasha.
Did you get engaged at Sandals Resorts or Beaches Resorts? We’d love to hear your proposal story! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a photo (or two or three or four) and tell us about your engagement and you could find your story featured on our wedding blog! You can also share your engagement photos with us on Twitter or Instagram using #ISaidYesAtSandals for a feature.
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