by Mark Elijah Rosenberg
May 24th, 2010

At Rooftop Films, we always like to put on a good show. We have live entertainment at every event, and try to personalize it to the movies. On May 21, 2010, at the Rooftop romantic short films show “Hopelessly Devoted,” the opening band was Frances, and after they played, in front of an audience of 1,200 people, I asked the singer/keyboard player to marry me.

I’m the Founder and Artistic Director of Rooftop Films, so it’s been part of my life for fourteen years. I met Steph because of Rooftop, and her band played our shows long before we were dating. She’s been in the band for four years, and because I snuck a fake listing for a film I made into the program, I knew we’d have a lot of friends and family out that night to share in our different endeavors. Steph was pretty surprised, the crowd was thrilled, and I think everyone had a romantic evening.

After the proposal, all night long, friends and strangers congratulated us—surely there were a lot more people at the proposal than will be at the wedding. On Saturday, a stranger even came up to Steph on the street and said, “Hey, I watched you get engaged last night at Rooftop. Congratulations!”

Everything worked out beautifully, as I’m sure it will for the rest of our lives together.

Video by Martha Shane and Joshua Z. Weinstein. Still photo by Irwin Seow. Special thanks to Dan Nuxoll, Curt Ellis, Ian Cheney and the entire Rooftop Films staff. Engagement ring designed and made by Bonbon Oiseau.


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5 Responses to “Love at Rooftop Films”

  1. mary hobbs says:

    How wonderful to be able to see the actual engagement.!!! Not too many parents’ can say they saw something as beautiful as their daughter getting engaged. Stephanie and Mark are a great couple and I know Steph and Mark will be a terrific married couple.

    Congratulations to both of you and much love.

    Steph’s Proud and Happy Mom

  2. Well done Mark! Congratulations Mark & Stephanie!

  3. Corrie Van Ausdal says:

    Wow!! Congrats you guys! That’s way way way cooler than the jumbotron at yankee stadium. Well done, Mark.

    Nothin but love,

  4. Katrina says:

    Officially crying in a cyber cafe in Nicaragua, even though I only met Mark once when he had just gotten his wisdom teeth out?a root canal? I now love him as much as Steph! Congratulations you guys!

  5. danilo parra says:

    wow…that was soooo f%$’in brave…i was nervous just watching this. you really earned that. amazing!!!

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