Devon Windsor is going from strutting down the catwalk to walking down the aisle: the former Victoria's Secret model just got engaged—and in the most epic way. Think: A private plane, an idyllic deserted beach, and a stunning engagement ring. This is what proposal dreams are made of. See the gorgeous video and photos of the proposal, exclusive to Brides.
This week, the 24-year-old model took to Instagram to announce that she was engaged to her love, Jonathan Barbara, sharing with her 1.2 million followers that she boarded a private plane, believing she was flying to a photoshoot, when her fiancé popped the question. Barbara shared exclusively with Brides what went on behind the scenes as he planned the proposal of a lifetime in less than a week!
"I wasn't supposed to get her ring until July, and had been asking her agent for a weekend that she would be free. All of a sudden he lets me know there's a window, but it's the following weekend," the groom-to-be shared with Brides. "Luckily I got the ring ahead of time, and was just scrambling to plan all of that in just seven days." The Bahamas is a special place in this beach-loving couple's lives, so he knew the islands would have to factor in to the proposal.
After looking through thousands of proposal videos online, he settled on this magical idea, with the element of surprise being key to making the moment extra special. “Surprising her is always pretty difficult,” Barbara told Brides. “I worked with her agent to set up a fake job, we faked a client she usually works with and set up fake call sheets and travel details. Then I came up with the sea plane idea, which is the only way I can logistically get her to the island.”
Barbara also had to ensure Windsor wasn’t aware of his whereabouts—the beauty of Find My Friends. The groom went as far as to have a friend take his phone to a golf club and post a photo to Instagram so she wouldn’t suspect he was up to something. Now, that's what we call dedication! He even planned what Windsor would wear to accept his proposal: Barbara outfitted the Victoria's Secret model a custom white caftan and swimsuit from his own clothing line, Alexis. We see a future as a proposal stylist for this groom!
Jassi Lekach Antebi of J Group Events and Jennifer Ashley of Jennifer Ashley Productions helped pull off the proposal, with the big moment taking place on the sandy shores of Exumas. There, after all that painstaking planning, the groom-to-be awaited for his love to fly in on the chartered sea plane. And what did his model bride see as she was flying overhead? "Marry Me?" written in rose-covered letters on the sand below. Casual.
As for the moment it dawned on the bride-to-be that she was about to be proposed to, Barbara says the second time the sea plane flew over the sign, it was so low that the couple made eye contact. And the rest, is epic proposal history.
In the video of the dreamy day, Lifestyle Production Group captured the supermodel's ecstatic expression when she caught sight of her now-fiancé and those two terrific words. And as she rushed out of the plane to greet him, Barbara dropped to one knee and revealed an oval-cut engagement ring.
Cue the couple twirling around in the sand and smooching in the sunshine. The photos—taken by photographer El Marco Rojo—are so perfect, we want to get them framed. (That's not weird, right?)
If the proposal is any indication, we can only imagine how picture-perfect Devon Windsor's wedding will be!