This Blogger Unknowingly Styled Her Own Proposal

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

Picnic Blanket

Crate & Barrel picnic blanket

Crate & Barrel Blue Gingham picnic blanket, $40,

Picnic Basket

Williams-Sonoma picnic basket

Williams-Sonoma Wicker picnic basket, $350,

Comfy Chairs

Target folding beach chair

Target folding blue beach chair, $15,

Weatherproof Speaker

JBL splashproof speaker

JBL Flip 3 splash-proof speaker, $100,

Picnic Cooler

Crate & Barrel picnic cooler

Crate & Barrel picnic cooler, $70,

Lawn Games

GoSports portable bean bag toss

GoSports portable cornhole set, $62,

Portable Grill

Weber portable grill

Weber Smokey Joe portable grill, $30,

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