Proposing is the ultimate gesture of love, the prologue to “I do,” and now there is a booming business around making popping the question as perfect as possible.
With the wedding industry now topping $55 billion a year, more and more couples are spending big money for proposal services, creating new opportunities for entrepreneurs.
British-born James Ambler, 35, is an expert in capturing those once-in-a-lifetime moments. He a former paparazzo turned “Shark Tank” entrepreneur. His company, Paparazzi Proposals, works with wedding hopefuls to capture the proposal moment.
His base price for a proposal scenario, which includes portraits of the magic moment, starts at $495 and can go up from there. Ambler offers proposal setups that are as extravagant as bringing in a team of photographers, hooking up multiple GoPros, drones, flowers and a live band.
“It depends on how deep your pockets are,” he said. “We've had proposals in the tens, twenties of thousands of dollars.”
“It’s been crazy busy,” he said. “But typically the busiest months are November and December.”
A letter from the female American ISIS captive Kayla Mueller was released by her family today after the White House confirmed her death.
Mueller's family received the letter in the spring of 2014 while the Arizona native was still in captivity.
It is unclear how the family received the handwritten note from their daughter, but she tells how "just the thought of you all sends me into a fit of tears."
In the emotional letter, she does not say anything negative about her captors, writing that she is "completely unharmed + healthy (put on weight in fact); I have been treated w/ the utmost respect + kindness."
Instead, she puts the brunt of her emotional turmoil on herself.
"If you could say I have 'suffered' at all throughout this whole experience it is only in knowing how much suffering I have put you all through," she wrote.
ISIS has reported that Mueller was killed as a result of a Jordanian airstrike, though that has not been verified by American or international intelligence forces. The Jordanian airstrikes came after the terror group released a highly-stylized video showing a captive Jordanian pilot being set on fire and burned to death.
Some 400 feet of the electrified third rail sliced through the first car of a Metro-North train after it plowed into an SUV stalled on the tracks, burning the entire interior of the car and killing five passengers, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board investigation confirmed this evening.
The accident, which happened during the Tuesday night commuter rush near Valhalla in suburban New York, was caused by the train hitting a Mercedes SUV that, "for whatever reason," was on the tracks, NTSB vice chairman Robert Sumwalt said.
The car was "pushed about 1,000 feet down the tracks" and "during that time, the third rail penetrated" the first passenger cabin of the train, Sumwalt said. The third rail, which supplies power to the train, began breaking apart in 80-foot segments which started to pile up in the first cabin, but a section also went into the second car as well.
The 21-year-old Brown was hospitalized over the weekend after being found unresponsive in a bathtub.
“Bobbi Kristina is fighting for her life and is surrounded by immediate family," the Houston family said in a statement. "As her father already stated, we are asking you to honor our request for privacy during this difficult time. Thank you for your prayers, well wishes, and we greatly appreciate your continued support."
Brown, the daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Houston, was rushed to an Atlanta-area hospital after her husband, Nick Gordon, and a friend found her face down in a tub. Police arrived at the home at 10:25 a.m. and took over life-saving measures until rescue personnel arrived.
"Can't say how sad this is," Roswell Police Department spokeswoman Lisa Holland said. "It's a difficult situation for a police officer to perform CPR on any person."
Two former Vanderbilt University football players on trial for sexually assaulting a female classmate in a campus dorm room were found guilty Tuesday.
A Nashville jury took just a few hours to decide Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey were guilty of four counts of aggravated rape, one count of attempted aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg was also found guilty of tampering with evidence and unlawful photography after prosecutors claimed he recorded the sexual assault on his phone and shared it with friends.
Vanderburg and Batey's bond has been revoked and they will be sentenced on March 6.
Two other ex-players accused of being involved in the incident, Brandon Banks and Jaborian McKenzie, also face charges of rape and sexual battery, but have not yet gone to trial. All four pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors say the 21-year-old woman -- a former neuroscience major and dance team member at the university -- was allegedly drunk and passed out when the 2013 incident occurred. ABC News has declined to name the victim.
College sophomore Bobby Christman was sitting in his friend Jenn’s parked car near a nightclub in downtown St. Louis when the unthinkable happened.
An attacker forced open the back door of the car to grab Jenn’s purse, and when Christman, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, tried to intervene, he was shot in the head and later died at the hospital. Christman’s funeral was held last week, and his attacker remains at large.
Veteran detectives say that while Christman’s actions may have been courageous, people can learn lessons from the tragic outcome. Often times, thieves aren’t looking to steal your wallet, they’re after your car. Almost 700,000 cars were stolen in 2013, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
1. Just Give The Theives What They Want
If you have a child in the car with you, Giacalone said always take the child with you and tell the thieves you have a child in the car.
2. Beware of Bumper Taos and $20 Tricks
3. Park Close To Parking Exits, and Back Into Spaces
The film “Exodus: Gods and Kings” isn’t due out for another two weeks, but the movie's focus on the life of Moses is already being criticized because the actors in its major roles are whites playing Egyptians.
The movie stars Christian Bale as Moses, Aaron Paul as Joshua, Sigourney Weaver as Tuya and Joel Edgerton as Rhamses.On Twitter, the hashtag #boycottexodusmovie is trending, with posters airing their displeasure with the casting.
One poster wrote: “I actually wanted to see #BoycottExodusMovie but I won't waste my money on something some historically inaccurate.”
Another added: “Blacks only cast as slaves, thieves...Not the Kings and Queens? I hope @ExodusMovie bombs at the box office..”
There are several other actors of color in the film’s cast, including Ben Kingsley, Dar Salim and Indira Varma.
Ramin Setoodeh, an editor with Variety, says Hollywood has a big diversity problem.
Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson has spoken out to ABC News for the first time publicly since fatally shooting a black teenager, Michael Brown, and he said that he would not do anything differently.
Speaking exclusively to ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, Wilson said that Brown reached into his police car and grabbed for his gun, causing Wilson to fear for his life.
"All I wanted to do was live," said Wilson, who the grand jury declined to indict in connection with the fatal shooting in August.
He told ABC News about the struggle he faced with Brown as the teen allegedly punched Wilson in the face.
"I didn't know if I'd be able to withstand another hit like that," Wilson said.
"I had reached out my window with my right hand to grab onto his forearm 'cause I was gonna try and move him back and get out of the car to where I'm no longer trapped," Wilson said.
It was 11 o’clock in the morning when Luann and Betty Ann’s world was shattered with a single phone call.
“He says, ‘Do you have a daughter or a son?’ And I said, ‘Yes, I have a daughter,’” Luann said. “And he said, ‘Oh boy, there’s been a terrible accident. Four cars at an intersection. Everyone is unconscious.’”
“He said, ‘What kind of car does she have?’ And I said, ‘It’s a Kia,’” she continued. “And he said, ‘Oh yeah, there’s a Kia here. She’s unconscious.’”
The two women, who asked that their full names not be used, didn’t know who the man on the phone was but, terrified for their daughter’s life, they jumped into their own car and headed out to look for her, staying on the phone with the stranger.
“I am thinking my daughter is laying on a highway somewhere unconscious,” Betty Ann said. “And the scariest part was we didn’t even know where she was. They wouldn’t say exactly where she was.”
But then, the story took an unexpected, and even more frightening, turn.
“I never felt terror before in my life,” Luann said. “This was absolute terror, having your child’s life in your hands.”
A heightened emotional state, such as the con artist claiming he has kidnapped someone’s child.