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Reinaldo and Katherine's Perfect Parisian Proposal
06 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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Sidney and Etha Mohede: Christmas Tradition in Our Family
12 Dec 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Among the Indonesian Christian community, Sidney and Etha Mohede are extremely popular. Sidney is best known as an award-winning gospel singer-songwriter and one of the pastors of a Jakarta-based megachurch, while Etha is a social media influencer. This Christmas season, we had the opportunity to talk with The Mohedes about their Christmas tradition, how they're going to spend this year's Christmas, and the importance of photography for their family.

by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

1. Tell us about Christmas in your family!

We think our family's Christmas is just like any other family's. When we're in Jakarta, on Christmas morning we'd wake up and open our Christmas presents. But, since these couple of years we spent our Christmases traveling overseas, we'd open the presents before we fly off.

Also, we like to think that the trip itself is the present for the entire family, and we are happy to enjoy the trip together, just us and our three children.

2. Any particular Christmas dinner tradition?

Our family's Christmas dinner usually happens on the Christmas Eve, with simple dishes and no special table decorations. We always like to finish up all the hassle before Christmas Day itself. On Christmas Day we'd usually just eat simple take outs and just enjoy our time together.

However, we think that our family's dinners–be it Christmas or not–is a tradition in itself. We want to make sure that every family member sit around the table at dinner time. We see nowadays in modern families, at dinner time everybody's still busy with their own things; the kids watching videos on their tables, the parents still busy with their gadgets... We don't want that in our family. We make sure that everyone sits around the table and really enjoy our time together, including on Christmas dinners.

by Donny for SweetEscape in Bali

3. Where will you be spending Christmas this year?

This year we'll be going to Europe, namely Italy and the Netherlands. This would be our first time in Italy, and it's a 3-families trip. We're flying off to Dusseldorf, then we'll travel to Milan and meet the other 2 families there. Then we'd spend 7 days in Italy and 7 days in Netherlands, so in total it would be a 14 days trip.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

As for the detailed itinerary, we honestly have no clue, but we've already booked a car to drive around. We want to try a road trip-style holiday this time around, and we think it would be fun! It's going to be an adventure!

4. We know you travel a lot, especially Sidney. Do you take photos of your trip?

Of course! For me (Sidney) personally, I love photography because it is a way I can express my passion easily. I was an art major in university, and my first passion was drawing and painting. But drawing something takes a lot of time. With a camera, I can capture the beauty of what I was seeing wherever I go with a single snap. I can still use my brain and eye for the compositions and colours, and I can express my visual arts passion in an easy way, without having to spend more than 30 minutes to draw one picture.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

Which is why, we also love SweetEscape very much, because the idea of not being the one who takes the photographs and actually being photographed once in a while is really fun! Honestly, I'm (Sidney) not a big fan of being photographed, like most guys, I believe. But for a family photo, it's always nice to have, since most of the times we'd have to take turns taking pictures with the kids, or resort to selfies. With SweetEscape, we don't have to worry about this, and all five of us can be in the picture together!

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

SweetEscape connects you to thousands of local professional photographers in more than 500 cities around the world, so you can capture every moment and get beautiful photos directly to your devices in just 48 hours after your session. This holiday season, capture more with SweetEscape's JINGLE DEALS, where you can get sessions starting as low as USD 50! Download our app, book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!