Photography Courtesy of Sheraton Photo Studio
Photos Courtesy of SimplyTwo Photography
The 56th annual Grammy Awards is usually a star studded night filled with amazing music from a variety of talented singers and musicians, and recording acts, and this year included weddings. Hilton Hotel & Resorts has been a long time sponsor of the Grammys, and this year’s ceremonies has special meaning to Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City hotel. Robyn Monks, one of our Lobby Lounge bartenders, was among the couples who said, “I Do.” Robyn and Adam Gropman, expecting their first child in April, heard about this opportunity in November 2013, and jumped at the chance to say their nuptials on national television. Robyn, a recording artist herself as half of the country duo Shaker Sisters, said one day she would be at the Grammy Awards but this was not what she had in mind in her wildest dreams.
The Grammy organization (The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) was looking for interesting and diverse couples to exchange their vows on the show, and only thirty couples were chosen. Robyn and Adam were thrilled to be among them. “They kept the details secret until the night before the event. A 30 second wedding is really the best,” said Robyn. “It was an emotional event for all of participants as well as the onlookers. I walked by Keith Urban and he was in tears. It is emotional enough to be married for the first time, but to add the millions of TV viewers around the world made it quite the night to remember”.
Following the awards show, all the newly married couples were invited to the after party where Boyz 2 Men and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy played the night away. Robyn and Adam were overwhelmed by all the attention and congratulations from the popular artists and celebrities in attendance. “I felt like a celebrity all evening. So many a people came up to hug and congratulate us,“ said Robyn with a big smile.
We congratulate Robyn and Adam on their marriage and the new addition that will soon grace their lives.
When Camp Pendleton Marine, Ryan Fosner, called to ask if the Hilton would help him arrange the most important moment of his life, the answer was easy. Making memories and creating special moments is what the hospitality industry is all about, and the team was happy to be a part of this significant event.
On break from his military duties, Ryan had decided that March 29, 2013 was the day he would ask his three year girlfriend, Jessica, to be his wife. When he phoned the hotel he explained that he wanted Universal City to be the backdrop to his proposal. “Universal City is so special to the both of us because this is the first place we went together,” explains Ryan. “It was where I told her I loved her for the first time… and the first time she said it back.”
Ryan and Jessica have known each other since High School in Texas. However, it wasn’t until just over three years ago that they started dating. It was just after graduating and around the same time he joined the Marines, which meant spending time together was difficult. “I was constantly away in California training in the infantry while she was working back in Texas, but we always seemed to make things work due to how great the short times together were. Making lasting memories throughout, we grew closer together while developing special places in our hearts for the locations we visited.”
The Hilton was among the greatest of these. “Looking out of the window of the Hilton down to all the spectacular lights was the first time I told her I was falling for her, so it was only fitting that I should propose on the rooftop with a similar view.“ It was an elaborate and detailed plan that the hotel staff could not help but be a part of. Starting with a note in a bottle waiting on the bed for Jessica, the journey continued with consecutive notes that lead her to their special places – where they stayed while their relationship was long distance; the ice cream stand that was their first date; the burger joint by their first apartment; and finally the place they said I love you. Once she drove up to LA and arrived at the hotel, she was directed to the rooftop of the Hilton, and he proposed.
Every memory is held dear, but sometimes the moments created are just magical. That was this moment and the couple and the team at Hilton Universal City will remember it for a long time to come.
Congratulations on your engagement! Now it’s time to have some fun planning your wedding!
The Premier Bridal Event is an upscale bridal show that will be held on Sunday March 10th from 12 to 5pm at the centrally located Hilton Hotel in Universal City.
Harsanik.com is very excited about our venue this year as it is one of the largest ballrooms in Los Angeles, much larger than any of our previous venues. We are looking forward to having a lot of open space to allow brides and guests to walk around and mingle with vendors.
Harsanik.com has once again partnered with Fancy That! Event Design & Coordination to bring together some of the best vendors in the Southern California wedding industry. In addition, live entertainment, a couture bridal gown fashion show, wedding cake tastings, and raffle prizes are just a few of the highlights of the 2013 Bridal Show!
Here’s a list the vendors you will meet:
Fetish Beauty Lounge
This will be an event you don’t want to miss! Pre-sale tickets are now available for $20 at www.harsanikbridalshow.com/tickets and will be sold at the door for $25.