A wedding proposal is a once-in-a-lifetime moment filled with so much love and hope for the future. You’ll probably never forget yours; I know I’ll never forget Eddy’s.
I’m grateful he hired a professional photographer to capture the moment—the moment he asked, my surprise, and the raw emotions we both felt. The best part of having that moment documented is that I can now share it with our daughter, our loved ones, and you.
Once you’ve made the decision to hire a photographer to capture your surprise engagement paparazzi style, here are three tips to make it perfect:
All proposals are special. I particularly love those that incorporate something extra special about the couple—one that takes place where the couple met, where they first kissed, or on a date that holds special significance.
Eddy asked me to be his wife in San Francisco. The city steals hearts with its picturesque views, the colorful Victorian homes lined up on steep hills, and the beautiful bay.
The most special part of the engagement for me wasn’t the location though; it was the date.
Eddy and I met our senior year of high school, and on March 14, 2009, I told him that even if we would no longer be together in five years, I hope he’d call me to catch up.
I don’t really know why I said that except that we had applied for college, not knowing where we’d end up. I knew I wanted him to remain a part of my life forever.
He did call me five years later on March 14 while I was standing right in front of him on Pier Seven, and he asked me to be his wife.
Once you come up with a location, have a plan for the time and exact place where it will happen and talk to your photographer about the following:
What you look like
What your photographer looks like
What you’ll be wearing
The exact place where you’ll ask—Do a walkthrough with your photographer beforehand. It doesn’t have to be in person — you can FaceTime, send video messages or drop a pin on Google Maps and share it with your photographer.
The cue for your photographer to know that you’re about to drop down on one knee—Eddy’s cue was picking up his cell phone to call me.
The night before Eddy proposed to me, he told me that he had made lunch reservations for the following day at a nice restaurant in San Francisco, and he asked me for my thoughts on the outfit he had planned to wear. It was a nice outfit, and I made sure that mine complemented his. I made sure that my nails were done, that my hair was done, and I remember picking out a colorful scarf and a nude skater skirt. It was a lot dressier than what I had originally planned to wear that day, and I’m glad he gave me the heads up on the fancy lunch that actually turned out to be a proposal.
I ended up changing out of the skirt and into a comfy pair of jeans when I realized the weather was a bit too cold for a Miami girl like me. It wasn’t as fashionable, but I still love how the color of our outfits blended into our beautiful surroundings.
BONUS TIP: Celebrate this milestone with your future spouse and hold off on posting about it on social media or telling too many people too quickly. You’ll want to hold onto that rush and excitement for as long as possible, and getting a ton of congratulatory messages—albeit ones sent with the best of intentions—will take away from the moment.
Photos by: Red Eye Collection
“It really is an art. He was somehow able to exactly capture the fun, breezy, romantic vibe of our wedding day and our relationship, and allow us to completely relive this day through our gallery.”
"I never understood the skill and artistry of a good photographer until I met Eddy"
"He knows exactly how to set the scene to get the best shot. He will listen to your ideas and pays close attention to detail. He’s also very funny! We were so amazed by how beautiful our engagement photos and wedding video turned out! We will cherish them for a lifetime!"
"Eddy has a natural talent for capturing beautiful moments!"
"We can't say enough WONDERFUL things about our experience with Eddy—"
—the attention to detail, ease of working together, his fun personality and his dedication to his work are top notch. Simply capturing the people that were there was one thing, but Eddy captured the emotions and the story behind the entire day and for that we will be forever grateful.