Love is in the air at the Festival of Arts.
Art imitating life took on a new meaning Saturday when two couples got engaged on the festival grounds, both with the help of commissioned art from festival artists.
Patrick Moss proposed to his girlfriend of four years, Sophia Phan, at the booth of fine art photographer Barbara White. On display: a photo of Moss down on one knee. In real life: Moss down on one knee.
"She didn't even notice the photo at first," Moss laughed.
Moss, a Huntington Beach resident, had been thinking about proposing for about six months.
"The whole point was to sort of have her be shocked," Moss said. "Turns it out it worked."
Moss said White was more than happy to help with the plan.
"She said, 'Well, I'm a true romantic at heart, too,'" Moss said.
After the proposal, the newly engaged couple went to the Lumberyard restaurant. Moss planned for a band to be there playing Train's "Marry Me," which is one of Phan's favorite songs. Inside, family members waited to surprise Phan with cheers and champagne.