Andy Walmsley has made a career of designing sets, winning an Emmy for his dazzling work on “American Idol.”
But he’ll never top what he staged Wednesday.
Employing one of Las Vegas’s greatest props — the marquee at Westgate Las Vegas — the bald Brit and longtime VegasVille resident proposed to his girlfriend, Amy Rouse.
But this was no ordinary proposal. It was a spectacle typical of Andy, who has designed the sets for “Idol,” and also “Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas;” “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire;” “Idaho! The Comedy Musical;” and “The Muppets Take The Bowl” musical at the Hollywood Bowl.
Andy worked with Westgate Las Vegas entertainment exec Laura Ishum to display the message, “Amy Will You Marry Me” for 15 minutes on the hotel’s marquee facing Paradise Road. Conveniently, Walmsley lives at Turnberry Place, facing the legendary sign, which has trumpeted Elvis, Liberace, Wayne Newton and Barry Manilow over the years (when the hotel was the Las Vegas Hilton).
Andy hired Las Vegas singer David DeCosta (known for his tribute to Frank Sinatra) backed by Bob Sachs and Darren Shandor to perform Sinatra’s “Once In Love With Amy.”
Just as Amy took note of the sign, gasping at the visage, Walmsley took a knee and opened a customized “Muppets Take The Bowl” jewelry box, which housed a 3.5-carat diamond ring.
Soon, Walmsley texted, “She said yes!”
A stretch limo filled with flowers swiftly pulled into Turnberry valet and the couple was whisked away to Sinatra’s restaurant at Encore Las Vegas. From there, they drove to a log cabin in Zion National Park.
Andy and Amy, who works at the spa at Encore, met 18 months ago at a charity event. They are still discussing where, when and — especially — how the wedding will happen.
“Andy has a reputation for doing things on an over the top scale,” Amy says. “What I loved about his proposal is it was the perfect combination of romantic and creative without being too over the top. It was typical Walmsley showmanship.”