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An epic 'I do'

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Iberostar wedding proposalEarlier this year Iberostar Hotels & Resorts and Zales, the nationwide jewelry store, partnered for the first time on a search for "The Most Epic Proposal Ever," asking romantics to detail how they would stage the most elaborate, over-the-top and creative marriage proposal ever at the Iberostar Grand Paraiso on the Riviera Maya.

More than 1,000 entries came in, but John Noojin of Lincoln, Neb., nailed it and won a chance to make his epic proposal come true.

After three months of intense planning, Noojin, on bended knee in front of a giant sand sculpture, gave his girlfriend Kylie Hauer the surprise of her life. (Watch the video below.) 

Proposal price tag? $65,000.

Answer? Yes.

Priceless.

So what did it take to pull off the world's most epic -- and expensive --proposal?

  • Eight days, and 6,614 pounds of sand to build a 10-foot-tall sandcastle, which required one person spraying the sculpture every 30 minutes for eight days so it would not crumble.
  • 50 Iberostar employees to plan the big surprise.
  • 30 dancers performing a Mayan ritual, complete with flames.
  • One tiara with 111 crystals.
  • One Zales Celebration Fire Diamond with 71 precise facets.
  • Five-person production crew to film every moment.
  • Two people madly in love.

"At Iberostar we go above and beyond for guests celebrating their wedding or honeymoon at our resorts, but we've never done anything on this scale before," said John Long, vice president of sales and marketing. "We forged a great partnership with Zales, which is also an expert in romance, to make this proposal a reality."

Iberostar and Zales footed the entire bill, including the ring. -- Gay Nagle Myers 

 

Sandals CEO 'playing with fire'

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Sandals Resorts is challenging Facebook followers to help "fire the CEO."

In a video message from Sandals CEO Adam Stewart, viewers are challenged to help Sandals' Facebook page reach 250,000 fans by encouraging friends and family to like the Sandals Resorts Facebook page. 

Once this goal is achieved, CEO Adam Stewart will zipline over 1,000 feet above the Jamaican forest through a four-foot ring of fire.

While this daredevil feat might seem crazy to most, Stewart believes "for Sandals, anything is possible!"

"Sandals represents fun, getting out there, and having the best time of your life," he said.

— Gay Nagle Myers 

 

End of the line for 'Love Boat'

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The MS Pacific, the ship featured in TV romantic sitcom “The Love Boat” when it was called the Pacific Princess, has reached its final destination — the scrapyard.

The ship, which was sold for scrap last year, has finally sailed to a ship-breaking yard off the coast of Turkey, reports Reuters. It will be stripped for metal and parts.
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