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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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Five Easter Traditions Around The World To Welcome The Holy Week
12 Apr 2019IDEASBY SweetEscape

Easter is coming! As Christians everywhere commemorate the death and resurrection of Christ, some might plan to go overseas to spend the long weekend and holiday. We've complied a list of several unique Easter traditions from around the world to inspire you in making your Easter more memorable!

1. Visita Iglesia

Manila, Philippines

by Carlo for SweetEscape in Manila

As a predominantly-Catholic society, people in the Philippines take The Holy Week very seriously. Although the more secular people would make use of the long holiday to go overseas or to visit beautiful beaches around Manila and other cities around the country, most people would take part in the week-long Easter celebration. One of the most unique tradition there is for the faithful visit several churches–sometimes seven, sometimes fourteen, sometimes no set number depending upon the particular practice–to pray before the Blessed Sacrament in each church, in a tradition called Visita Iglesia or Visitation of Churches.

2. Easter Egg Hunt and Egg Roll

Washington D.C, USA

by Janice for SweetEscape in Washington DC
by Janice for SweetEscape in Washington DC

One of the most popular Easter traditions in the world is the Easter Egg Hunt. Children get to paint hard-boiled eggs in bright colours, and the adults will hide them for the children to find, with the Easter egg itself was defined by early Christians as an Easter symbol of the resurrection of Jesus: the egg symbol was likened to the tomb from which Christ arose.

The White House Easter Egg Roll is a timeless tradition that dates back to 1878 under President Rutherford B. Hayes, held on the White House South Lawn in Washington D.C. each Easter Monday for children aged 13 and younger and their parents, hosted by the current President and the First Lady. The Egg Roll is basically a race, where children push an egg through the grass with a long-handled spoon, while other activities such as live music and decorated Easter eggs exhibition happen around the lawn, encouraging kids and young people to live healthy and active lives.

3. Semana Santa

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

by Guilherme for SweetEscape in Rio de Janeiro

A lot of Brazilians will travel abroad during the Semana Santa (Holy Week), but as a country with one of the biggest Roman Catholic populations in the world, a lot of age-old traditions are still taking place in Brazil for Easter. One of the most beautiful traditions in Semana Santa is the decoration of streets for the Sunday procession. Many cities do it for Corpus Christi, but in Ouro Preto, a town near Belo Horizonte, for example, people create colorful carpets with wood shavings, flour, coffee, flowers, and other elements the night before Easter Sunday for the procession to walk on.

4. Easter Parade and Tamborrada

Madrid, Spain

by Leticia for SweetEscape in Madrid

Easter is famous for its' Easter Parade, and the most famous of Madrid's Easter parades is that of the Cristo de Medinaceli (Christ of Medina), which takes place on Good Friday, April 4, and runs through the main streets of the city from the parish of Jesús de Medinaceli. Whether you're religious or not, a traditional Easter procession is worth seeing for the emotion that fills the Madrileños who walk their saints through town and how the city centre's streets are decorated. All around Spain there seem to be traditional desserts for every holiday, and Easter is no exception. It doesn't matter if you fancy yours with milk, wine or in the purest form, you'll find all types of 'torrijas' in bars and restaurants throughout the city. To officially bid adios to Easter week, on Sunday there's a spectacular 'tamborrada' (drum parade and festival) in Plaza Mayor. Hundreds of official drummers meet at noon to create a thundrous event with their drums, cymbals and bugles that sends tingles up and down the spines of locals who come to watch as well as anyone not in the know happening by and startled by the first whack of the stick.

5. Osterbrunnen

Germany

by Sophia for SweetEscape in Munich
by Sophia for SweetEscape in Munich

The Osterbrunnen (Easter Well or Easter Fountain) is a German tradition of decorating public wells or fountains with Easter eggs for Easter. It began in the early 20th century in the Franconian Switzerland region of Upper Franconia but has spread to other regions. The decoration is usually kept from Good Friday until two weeks after Easter. Decorating a well for Easter honours water, essential for life, and Easter, the feast of renewed life. Over the time, these decorated wells became interesting tourist attractions, such as the wells in Heiligenstadt and Bieberbach which become destinations for bus tours from cities such as Munich and Dresden; Heiligenstadt is visited by some 80 buses a day, while the fountain in Bieberbach was listed in 2001 in the Guinness World Records for 11,108 hand-painted eggshells!

by Leticia for SweetEscape in Madrid

Wherever you plan to go for Easter, make it memorable with SweetEscape! We connect you to 2000+ professional photographers in more than 400 cities around the world, so all you have to do is to create your memories, while we take great photos of your every moment! Use the code FIRSTESCAPE on your first SweetEscape booking to get USD50 off and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!

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