This Blogger Unknowingly Styled Her Own Proposal

Cara Greenstein had no idea the photo shoot she was planning was actually her own engagement.
by Emma Baty
Riverside proposal in Memphis
photo by Creation Studios

Cara Greenstein, creator of the Memphis, Tennessee–based food and lifestyle blog Caramelized, got the surprise of her life. The foodie had no idea that when she was planning a "photo shoot for Whole Foods," she was actually setting the stage for an epic proposal.

Surprise picnic proposal

Just before Memorial Day, Cara was asked to style a picnic featuring apple pies and hamburgers for the holiday weekend. Throughout the planning, she was totally unaware that her future fiancé was copied on all the emails between her and the photographer—Whole Foods was even in on it. Cara kept insisting the shoot be casual—T-shirts and flip-flops only. When the photographer suggested they make a behind-the-scenes video, she knew she had to step it up a notch. Cue a new dress and a manicure (phew)!

As Cara was staging the foods on the picnic blanket the morning of the shoot, her future fiancé, Alex, surprised her with flowers and a stunning sparkler. Cara said "yes," of course, and their family and friends were waiting nearby, eager to celebrate—basically a #dreamproposal.

Want to see more of Cara's proposal picnic, including a picture of the ring? Head on over to her blog for a full recap. And we've rounded up a few of our favorite products for planning the perfect afternoon in the park.


  1. Picnic Blanket

    Crate & Barrel picnic blanket

    Crate & Barrel Blue Gingham picnic blanket, $40, CrateandBarrel.com


  2. Picnic Basket

    Williams-Sonoma picnic basket

    Williams-Sonoma Wicker picnic basket, $350, Williams-Sonoma.com

  3. Comfy Chairs

    Target folding beach chair

    Target folding blue beach chair, $15, Target.com


  4. Wine Glasses

    Wine Enthusiast wine glass

    Wine Enthusiast indoor/outdoor wine tumblers, $30 for 4, BedBathandBeyond.com

  5. Weatherproof Speaker

    JBL splashproof speaker

    JBL Flip 3 splash-proof speaker, $100, JBL.com

  6. Picnic Cooler

    Crate & Barrel picnic cooler

    Crate & Barrel picnic cooler, $70, CrateandBarrel.com

  7. Food Tents

    Bed Bath & Beyond food tent

    Bed Bath & Beyond food tent, $7 for 2, BedBathandBeyond.com

  8. Lawn Games

    GoSports portable bean bag toss

    GoSports portable cornhole set, $62, WayfairSupply.com

  9. Portable Grill

    Weber portable grill

    Weber Smokey Joe portable grill, $30, HomeDepot.com

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