December 14, 2007
Engagement on Ice: Ricardo & Ana Miguel
A few weeks ago I received an e-mail inquiring whether or not we could film an engagement at the ice rink at Rockefeller Center. I have never filmed an engagement and was excited by the request. Now all I had to do was work out the logistics.
The logistics with this one were a little tricky because Ricardo was writing me from Portugal and he wouldn't be arriving until a day before the proposal! We had to plan everything through e-mail with limited room for error. Forecasts called for rain storms, so we were prepared to reschedule for the next night if it was a downpour.
Ricardo and I planned to meet in the bathroom at the Rockefeller Skatehouse at 9:30 on Tuesday along with Peter, the manager of the rink. Ricardo left his unsuspecting girlfriend, Ana Miguel, to wait in line for skates while he snuck off to meet us. While Peter quickly gave him instructions as to what would happen, I hid a wireless microphone on his jacket so we could record every word of the proposal. Peter took a CD from Ricardo which would play two songs of his choice (one of which is used on the video below) during and after the proposal.
As soon as Ricardo left, we waited a few moments and discretely made our way to the steps overlooking the rink to get a good view. Ricardo and Ana Miguel eventually came out of the Skatehouse and joined the hundreds of skaters circling the rink. At ten, an announcement was made that the skaters must clear the ice. After the last few stragglers left, Ricardo delayed and handed his camera to a rink employee asking him to 'take as many photos as you can."
He then took Ana Miguel to the side and told her how much he loved her before getting on one knee and proposing. All eyes from the restaurant, the side of the rink and the tourists above were on the couple. A cheer erupted from all when Ricardo and Ana Miguel hugged, a sure sign that she said yes!
Peter made sure they did the ceremonial lap around the rink to celebrate and they said a few words on camera for posterity before heading off in to the night, which will be one they won't soon forget!