Video Production

The Proposal

Fast forward to June of 2015… By this time we were 2 yrs into our relationship and we had talked about getting married, but I was under the impression Omar wasn’t thinking about proposing until the end of the year. Little did I know Omar had something else up his sleeve… 

I graduated earlier in the year from receiving my Masters degree. Omar had organized a late surprise graduation party at Blue Jacket Park in Winter Park, FL in order to get all of our friends and family to come. He was worried that if they really knew about the proposal, someone would spoil it. In the meantime, he told me we were going to Blue Jacket Park to help film a birthday party. 

The only people who knew about this were our friends filming it and the dancers (that's right, I said dancers). Omar worked with a young lady, Nicole, who is part of a professional dance team called The Squad. They compete all over the country and she agreed to help with the proposal. Omar and I love to shake our booty and "Shut Up and Dance" by Walk the Moon was becoming popular on the radio during this time.  

Allow the following video to tell the rest of the story (and grab a tissue or two)... 

So everyone was thrown off as much as I was. For the record, when I was crying at the beginning, I still had no idea. I was just emotional over the thought that all of my friends showed up to celebrate my graduation. When the dancing started, I thought to myself... "Oh my, this is a bit over the top for a graduation." But within minutes I knew what was going on. 

When Omar got down on one knee he said, "Will you be my dance partner for the rest my life?" I may have just blubbered like an idiot rather than saying yes, but I think everyone got the point. 

Allow myself to introduce... myself

Hey there! How are you?! Hope as you are reading this post you are having a fabulous day so far! 

First, let me introduce myself... my name is Marianthy Troupos Mendez, but my nickname is “Mudd.” Most of my friends, family, students and colleagues know me as “Mudd,” How did I get that nickname you ask? Well, it’s not terribly exciting. In fact, it might not translate so well on paper because you can’t hear the actual pronunciation of my given name. “Marianthy” is Greek and when pronounced properly it sounds beautiful. Buuuuttttt most people can’t pronounce it. When my younger brother was little he tried to mimic how my parents said my name, but it kept coming out “Muddyonthy.” “Muddy” stuck (pun intended) and since I played sports most of my life, it came out faster than “Marianthy.” Great story, right? Ok, great. 

Where does Omarvelous come into play? Well, my husband’s name is Omar. He and I had met playing in a social kickball league back at the beginning of 2013. The back of his jersey said “Omarvelous” and I thought that should be the name of our company. 

We didn’t start dating until a few months after we had met because I had originally just wanted to be friends, but I couldn’t deny the fact that this was the nicest guy I had ever met and I was incredibly comfortable around him. If you’ve read my and my husband, Omar’s, bio page you'll know that we both have a background in production. He in film and I in live TV & events.

We bonded over the love for movies, understood the terminology when we spoke about production, and that working 10-15 hours days was normal. But we also knew that film and live TV are just two completely different monsters.

Next week I will share with you how Omar proposed and bamboozled everyone in order to get us all into one location (psst, there’s even video of it!).