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Reinaldo and Katherine's Perfect Parisian Proposal
07 Sep 2018STORIESBY SweetEscape

Is there any better city than Paris to propose? Well, we’d like to believe that this city of love is definitely one of the top ranked destinations for everything romance-related. And Reinaldo, our client, agrees too.

Despite being famous as proposal destination, Katherine though, had no suspicion when she and Reinaldo went on their annual holiday trip. This lovely couple has always loved to travel, most often with their families too. How awesome is that right?

For this special Paris trip on Eid holiday, it was Reinaldo’s turn to join Katherine's family. Katherine had expected a fun family trip with them, but again, everyone involved was such a great secret-keeper that she didn’t look forward for something life-changing at all!

When we asked Reinaldo about why he particularly chose this time to pop the big question, he said that "Paris and romance go together flawlessly. Like champagne and oysters." For him, Paris has always been the destination for ultimate love profession, for passion and everything in between. He adores the beautiful moments, twinkling under the showers of night lights, the dreamy atmosphere, and breathtaking views of the poetic Eiffel tower.

Reinaldo had made it clear, the Eid holiday was going to be his chance to say “ I love you” to Katherine in front of her family. The fact that Katherine’s favorite childhood movie that quoted “Paris holds the the key to her heart”, only further confirmed his intention with the secret proposal.

Well, for Katherine, Paris or not, Reinaldo is the one true deal. “He makes me the happiest version of myself. He never fails to bring out the best in me," she told us. Needless to say, it all boiled down to the execution itself, Reinaldo got on one knee, handed out the beautiful ring, and popped out the one million dollar question. With shock and happiness still on her face, she said YES!

by Lisa for SweetEscape in Paris
by Lisa for SweetEscape in Paris

In our fair share of secret proposals all around the world, Katherine and Reinaldo’ was not just sweet but perfect too. Going on a dreamy holiday in the company of your loved ones, you can’t help but feel at ease, confident and joyful at the same time.

Still, proposing can still be a very big deal with nerve-wrecking emotions, which is why we encourage them to take all the time in the world, and leave the rest to us. “Working with SweetEscape has been wonderful. Not only are they so well connected all around the world, everything is so effectively and efficiently done too. No hassle, no rush!”, they both said.

by Lisa for SweetEscape in Paris
by Lisa for SweetEscape in Paris
by Lisa for SweetEscape in Paris

We’re glad to say that it’s all part of being a professional holiday photography for SweetEscape. Sometimes it’s not just about having mad photography skills or the best camera gears. It’s always about honoring the moment, capturing the feelings and ultimately, making it lasts forever.

Congratulations again Katherine and Reinaldo! Thanks for sharing your story with SweetEscape.


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Social Media Influencer Cecil Xu Shares Her Los Angeles Travel Hacks
11 Feb 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Who would ever travel to a city that's probably more than a thousand miles away from her hometown? Well, if you've got spare time, budget, and a penchant for unique and interesting experiences like Cecil Xu, then, why not?

As someone who's lucky enough to be able to set foot in Los Angeles for three times already, Cecil Xu, an Indonesian social media influencer, gives us a hint: It's a totally different feeling compared to Europe — the sight of the Hollywood sign alone makes a trip to this southern California city worthy enough to save up for.

Instagram-famous for her hashtags #thewayxulives and #xutravelingdiary, Cecil shares with us her top travel tips that best apply to your first or next trip to Los Angeles:

1. Pack neutral-colored clothes.

Especially if you're going on a long vacation, avoid bringing too many clothes and pack neutral-colored clothes instead. Just as how Cecil does, she wears nude, white, or black clothes that may be paired with other pieces of clothing. In that way, people may not notice that you've repeated them, especially if you're that conscious of your fashion style.

2. Don't bring too many coats.

For winter, it's best to bring a versatile and comfortable coat. Bringing too many may eat up your luggage space. Besides, you don't need a bulky coat to hide your OOTDs, right?

3. Shop on your last day.

You don't want a travel photo ruined by shopping bags on your hands, right? Save yourself from the hassle of carrying too much stuff as you roam around the city. Cecil, on her travels, does shopping at the end of her trips, including buying new luggages.

Especially for your trip to Los Angeles, the city of stars:

4. Never miss Santa Monica Beach.

If you're looking for a place to chill for downtime, this one's for you. Cecil, together with her family, enjoys sunsets in Santa Monica Beach, which is a famous spot in LA. Everything's here — hotdog stands, lively beachside, classic carnival rides, snack shacks — which give romantic and fun vibes at the same time.

5. Be touristy — take photos in famous tourist spots.

If you're ever too shy to strike poses in known landmarks in LA, then what else did you fly for? Well, admit it, photos make the experience more memorable. As Cecil suggests, her top LA spots that you should also visit are Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the famous palm tree-lined streets of Beverly Hills, and the OUE Skyspace.

6. Always bring a travel buddy.

For Cecil, it's her sister, Isable, who she usually travels with. For her, it is really important to bring someone who you enjoy being with and who you trust because you will never worry about where to eat, which places to visit, or on which angle you look better in.

To inspire you more, here are a few snaps from her recent trip to Los Angeles:

by Bryan for SweetEscape in Los Angeles
by Bryan for SweetEscape in Los Angeles
by Bryan for SweetEscape in Los Angeles
by Bryan for SweetEscape in Los Angeles
by Bryan for SweetEscape in Los Angeles
by Bryan for SweetEscape in Los Angeles

For this trip, SweetEscape has joined Cecil Xu as she explored the cinematic cityscapes and vibrant neighborhoods of LA. If you're planning to visit this city as well, book a session with us and never worry about saving all those priceless memories — let a SweetEscape professional photographer do that for you.

Book using the code FIRSTESCAPE and save $50 at checkout.


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