You may love your job. But does your day-to-day include planning the ultimate proposal for a couple or hosting poolside game shows? Read on to learn about resort professionals who perform these duties—and more—during their 9-to-5.
LABOR OF LOVE
Their evening began with the perfect setting: Bella Vista tower overlooking the beautiful Arizona sunset. The table was set with a personalized menu and adorned with lavender rose petals. A bottle of Lindauer Champagne was chilled and waiting while the melody of a flamenco guitar filled the air. It was the perfect evening as our couple arrived at T. Cook’s, with the unsuspecting lady having no idea what surprise lay ahead. I suggested a guided tour of the beautiful historic estate; the couple obliged. Our tour led them to the romantic destination of the Bella Vista tower where their private table awaited. As the couple turned to Camelback Mountain, a banner, via plane, read: ‘I will love you forever. Will you marry me?’ She, of course, said ‘Yes.’ After that magical moment of acceptance, fireworks filled the air in celebration. All in a day’s work for Robert Vickrey, Director of Romance at Royal Palms Resort and Spa. Since 2007, Vickrey has made special events even more special by “planning everything from violinists, flamenco guitarists, poem readers, rose petals (lots of rose petals), diamond-laced desserts, white doves and fireworks,” he says. Whether he’s arranging grand gestures or intimate details for a notable birthday or a proposal, the end result is always the indicator that it’s a job well done for Vickrey. “The guests’ reaction to the detail and thought represented for each special touch is truly so rewarding.”