'When in Rome' - When in Love! Robbins Brothers Hosts a Surprise Red Carpet Proposal

Fairytale Engagement of U.S. Navy SEAL to his Bride-to-Be Took Place at World Premiere of Touchstone Pictures' 'When in Rome'

Jan 28, 2010, 09:41 ET from Robbins Brothers

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for Valentine's season, Robbins Brothers, The Engagement Ring Store™, gave a lucky couple an unforgettable experience last night: a one-of-a-kind surprise marriage proposal on the red carpet at a Hollywood movie premiere.

Touchstone Pictures' "When in Rome," which hits theaters nationwide on January 29, celebrated its world premiere last night at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood.  

The groom-to-be is Chad Williams, 25, a U.S. Navy SEAL from Huntington Beach, CA.  Chad proposed to his girlfriend of seven years, Aubrey O'Boyle, 23, in front of the assembled national and international media at the premiere of Disney's new date-night movie.

Stunned but overjoyed, Aubrey answered "yes" -- and is currently wearing a one-carat, round brilliant cut diamond set in a Scott Kay engagement ring, which Chad bought for her at Robbins Brothers' Mission Viejo store.  The retailer will give Chad and Aubrey a gift certificate towards wedding bands in celebration of their upcoming wedding day. The couple also enjoyed a complimentary dinner from Fleming's to celebrate their engagement.      

A short behind-the-scenes video documenting Chad's surprise red carpet proposal is available at Robbins Brothers' YouTube channel.

"When in Rome" stars Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel and Danny DeVito in a story about an ambitious New Yorker who is disillusioned with romance and takes a whirlwind trip to Rome. There she defiantly plucks magic coins from a fountain of love, igniting the passion of an odd group of suitors. But when a charming reporter pursues her with equal zest, how will she know if his love is the real thing?

More about Chad and Aubrey

Coincidentally, Chad and Aubrey first met at Disneyland -- standing in line for Space Mountain.  The couple has built a lasting relationship despite Chad's various deployments around the globe.  Now that his contracted time with the military is coming to a close, Chad wanted to take the next step with Aubrey.  He went to his local Robbins Brothers store location to shop for a diamond engagement ring, and the rest is Hollywood history.  

"Aubrey stuck by my side through thick and thin," Chad wrote in an email to Robbins Brothers.  "We have always wanted to get engaged and get married."

He added, "It's time to marry my Aubrey, who has been good and faithful to me, enduring so much as she has paid a huge price to our nation -- allowing me to fulfill my dream of serving as a U.S. Navy SEAL."  

"This was an incredible, one-of-a-kind marriage proposal for a real-life American hero," said Larry Gomperts, EVP of Marketing for Robbins Brothers.  "We were delighted to give Chad and Aubrey this unforgettable romantic experience, and would like to thank our friends at Disney who helped us make this happen."

Robbins Brothers' "Romantic Wishes -- When in Rome" Sweepstakes

Just like the movie "When in Rome," Robbins Brothers' "Romantic Wishes -- When in Rome" Sweepstakes allows romantic hopefuls to dream big and wish for the impossible.

The destination engagement ring retailer asks people to share their "ultimate romantic wish" for a chance to win fairytale prizes including a trip for two to Rome, Italy, an Amsale designer wedding dress, and a private screening of the film.

Known for helping committed couples fulfill their engagement and wedding dreams, Robbins Brothers invites every romantic to share their own fanciful wishes at www.robbinsbrothers.com. No purchase is necessary and one must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

The sweepstakes is currently running and ends Feb. 14.

About Robbins Brothers:

Robbins Brothers is an engagement ring retailer that is focused on offering couples an incredible ring selection and an unmatched customer experience. With freestanding destination stores in Southern California and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, the company specializes in extensive product education, exceptional value, unique engagement and wedding planning services, and onsite jewelers who can customize any ring.

Robbins Brothers services over 100,000 couples a year and provides a warm and friendly shopping environment for all. Women can create a Wish List in-store or online, while men often relax in a de-stressing lounge stocked with coffee, soda and ESPN.

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