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Boyfriend Proposes, Plans Surprise Wedding Using Girlfriend’s Pinterest Page

By Hanssie on October 3rd 2013

ad_117193344Ryan Leak secretly planned his girlfriend Amanda Roman’s dream wedding for over a year before he proposed using her “Dream Wedding” Pinterest board as inspiration.

Last June, Ryan overheard Amanda telling a friend that it would be cool to get engaged and married on the same day and so using Amanda’s 220 pins on her Pinterest Board, he set out to make her dreams come true. Literally.


Although Amanda’s flight was cancelled, they finally got her on a flight to Miami under the pretense that they were helping friends move. Over a hundred of their family and friends were already there secretly waiting.

Five years after their first date, Ryan proposed to Amanda. When she said yes, he took her to the hotel lounge where their guest held up a sign that read, “TODAY?”

Amanda was then whisked off to get her hair and makeup done by her favorite hair and makeup artist, whom Ryan had flown in. He even had her dream dress on hand. Their wedding photographer, friend, Meshali Mitchell, was on hand to document the entire magical day.

“The day was even better than how I would have planned it. Realistically I never thought that I would be able to pull off some of the things I saw on Pinterest, but Ryan is a risk taker and he didn’t settle for my watered down version of my ‘dream wedding’ – he went for the gusto.” Amanda said.



Photographers seem to have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest, but as you can see Pinterest can be a valuable marketing resource and a great tool for creating “mood boards” for your clients, getting to know them better and helping them re-create their dream wedding.

For more info on why and how to use Pinterest as a photographer, check out the following articles: Pinterest: Why and How Photographers Need to Use This Photo-Friendly Platform and Create Personalized Lifestyle Portraits by Creating a Moodboard.

(via @SWNS)

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Lukas

    The whole wedding doc is here:

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  2. Mary

    Where can I see more photos of the wedding? I want to what he came up with!

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  3. Chris Renton

    Wow, I’m impressed! Lovely story.

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  4. Ruby

    This is so cool!! What a great guy to do all of that:-)

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