Our Engagement at LACMA’s Rain Room

February 19, 2016
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Sean Montgomery and Melissa Klotz after Proposal
I have to interrupt your (ir)regularly scheduled food talk with a PROPOSAL STORY!!

While my unofficial new year’s resolution was to post a new recipe each week, I was completely thrown off track last week when I got engaged!!

What started out as a pretty ordinary Saturday — sleeping in, walking the dog, getting bagels, doing errands — turned into an extraordinary surprise with photos to prove it.

But first let’s talk about how we met.

how we met

In 2013, two of my best friends were in town from NYC celebrating their birthdays so a big group of us went out to dinner and drinks on the Sunset Strip. After bar hopping for a bit, we ended up settling in at a bar with games. Two of my girlfriends were sitting at the counter playing Jenga while I was chatting it up with my out-of-town friends. At one point, we noticed a tall guy in a sport coat — definitely the fanciest dressed guy around. I noticed he was trying to hit on my two girlfriends, both of whom had boyfriends. After a quick nudge from my friends, I approached him, tapped him on the shoulder, and said “Don’t talk to them, they have boyfriends – you should be talking to me!” Without hesitating, he said “Only if you kiss me first!” which I happily obliged! We spent the rest of the night talking until the bar closed and my girlfriends dragged me away. I insisted on putting my number in his phone, hoping he would call me.

The next day, he asked me out to dinner. We dated casually for the next couple months and slowly fell for each other. We made it official during a trip to Santa Barbara where he showed me around his college town and introduced me to his parents!

the proposal

We have lived less than a mile from LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) for a year and a half, but we’d never visited together. When I heard the Rain Room exhibit by Random International would be opening in the fall, I knew we needed to buy tickets right away, since the NYC exhibit had lines over 8 hours long to get in! Most of the tickets were sold out, so we had to wait until February. The exhibit is a dark room with a solitary spotlight in the corner. Rain falls from the ceiling, but when someone walks under, sensors detect the human body and the rain above you stops.

Sean had been asking a lot of questions about Rain Room in the two weeks ahead of our visit, such as how long are guests permitted to be inside the exhibit, how many people went in at once, were we allowed to take photos, etc. He asked me to bring the new camera he’d gotten me for Christmas so we could try to take some cool shots inside.

As we walked to the museum from our apartment we chatted about what we were doing later i the day — going to dinner for his business partner’s birthday. Once we got in line for the exhibit Sean started asking the museum attendant questions about the exhibit. He asked me if I felt hot, and it was an unseasonably warm day, especially after we’d walked there. “Oh good, I thought it was just me.”

I started taking a couple test shots because I was bored waiting in line. He started asking if my camera took video, but I’d never shot video with it, so I couldn’t get it working.

Sean Before ProposalSean waiting in line before the proposal.

Ring Test ShotTesting out the camera while in line. Little did I know there was a RING in one of those pockets!

When it was our group’s turn to go in, I told Sean to walk through first, so I could determine the best camera setting, take some shots, and then he could get some of me.

Melissa Klotz in Rain Room, LACMA

After our individual photos, he said he wanted to get someone to take a photo of the two of us. I’d already planned out a pose, facing away from the camera and into the spotlight, so you’d see our silhouettes. After giving the camera to a complete stranger, he joined me under the rain and held my hand and said “Let’s turn towards the camera for a minute.” I turned, and instead of turning too, he dropped down on one knee. He asked “Will you marry me?” and obliviously, I said “Are you joking?” Then I saw the ring and knew he was serious and that this was all planned. By this time, the other museum guests were clapping and cheering and we both had tears in our eyes.

Rain Room Proposal at LACMA

After hugging and kissing and reviewing the pictures we went to the museum’s restaurant for a celebratory glass of champagne. It was there that he told me the “birthday dinner” we were going to was actually a dinner reservation for the two of us at our favorite steakhouse, which was also one of our first dates, and after dinner we were going to the bar where we first met, where he had invited all of our closest friends to join us! He had even asked both of my parents for their blessing a few days earlier.

Round Engagement Ring with Micropave Band

Sean had originally wanted to propose in the Urban Lights sculpture, but he thought Rain Room would be more unique. Regardless, we took a couple photos there on our own afterwards.

Melissa Klotz at Urban Lights, LACMA

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One comment

  1. Shannon

    What an amazing, unique location for a proposal!!! Yay for someone capturing the exact moment.. something my hubby didn’t set up beforehand.. lol. We often give our camera to complete strangers to take our photo too… I no longer feel weird when I look back and cherish the photos they took!

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