A month ago, I received a mention from someone that I hadn’t talked to in a while, but it put a huge smile on my face. I had photographed him before, so when he wanted me to be involved to help capture a proposal to his amazing girlfriend, I was beyond excited. A Cathedral Park proposal sounded absolutely divine!
Over the last month, plans have changed and adjusted. We altered the plan, talked through some nerves and overall were ready for anything to happen.
But we were blessed because Saturday went perfectly.
I brought a friend with me to use as cover while we waited in Cathedral Park. The plan was to have them start down by the river and end up in the major architectural marvel that is the bottom of the St. John’s Bridge. In order to make it look as natural as possible, my friend and I sat at the top. We were just chatting and waiting patiently while they explored the rest of the park, blending in to the crowd. Messages occasionally would come from Matt, things like how many pictures she was taking and how they were enjoying themselves, even though I am sure he was freaking out. I also had configured Find My Friends with him on his iPhone, so I could watch his dot move around the park.
Then I got the notification that they were on their way…and then we got ambushed! Another photographer was doing an (adorable) couples session under the bridge and so they had to pause momentarily before continuing on to be in the perfect position.
An echoing “Are you SURE?” erupted from her mouth when he asked. At this point, there were several people at the top of the stairs, watching the magic happen. You could feel the sheer joy and happiness that laid over the entire park. It’s a connection you get when magical moments occur in the world. I don’t know who those people were and will never talk to them again, but we all have this moment together.
Emotions were obviously running high. All of the work put into this, and it was over. The relief was palatable. He could finally breathe and not have to lie or keep secrets from her anymore. She had told him that those kinds of lies were okay, but I could tell it was a relief to not have to stress about that part of it.
Now came the fun part! The pressure was off. I could reintroduce myself to her (we had met before, at a community movie watching event last summer) and we could do some fun engagement photos to commemorate this moment even more.
The love and joy and happiness just was rolling off these two in waves. I had tears in my eyes as I got to witness this moment.
And how perfect was her outfit? She couldn’t have planned what to wear for a photo shoot any better. She looked flawless!
Thank you, Morgan and Matt for letting me a part of this magical Cathedral Park proposal with you. I am so excited for your wedding and hope that you are able to keep this joy in your hearts in the coming months and future years of your marriage!