McKinsey and Dana met in college. It wasn’t something that happened right away, McKinsey had to chase Dana for some time, but she eventually said yes to a date! Their first date was definitely one for the books! While on their way to dinner, after ice skating, Danas car was rear ended by a police car. Even though it was not her fault, she was given a ticket, and could have easily ended the date right then and there. However, she decided to go to dinner, and its been a crazy journey since!
There was a distinct moment that McKinsey knew he was going to propose to Dana. While they were in California, he had just decided to take another position to further his career. Dana helped him transition out of his first job after college and really pushed him to consider a third career change, as it set him up for future success.
Dana is afraid of heights. However, sky diving was on her personal bucket list. So, while in California, McKinsey pushed her to go sky diving – and she did!
Before her jump, that is the moment that McKinsey realized that they were exactly what each other needed in their lives! To push one another to get out of their comfort zones and pursue what they really want in life.
While in downtown San Diego, the following day, he visited Brilliant Diamonds Fine Jewelers and placed a down payment on Dana’s engagement ring! Ariel, the owner, helped him out, and he had a phenomenal experience purchasing the perfect ring for his future wife!
Fast forward to a few months ago, McKinsey contacted us through our mutual friend Rocco! (We captured Rocco proposing to his girlfriend last year in New York City!) McKinsey told us about his idea to propose in the house that they are having built in Philadelphia. But we had to go one step further, and since Dana loves The Bachelor, we got A Garden Party involved, and created the perfect Bachelor-themed set-up for their proposal!
Dana thought she was coming to their new home to go over the punch list and take some measurements. Little did she know what was waiting in the front room of their future home!
Florals & Rentals :: A Garden Party // Diamond Ring :: Brilliant Diamonds Fine Jewelers – San Diego, CA
There really isn’t anything quite like capturing a surprise proposal. The joy. The happiness. The surprise. The raw moment that we get to capture in time. We love when we are contacted to capture such a memorable moment for a couple. This moment has been well thought out and planned and there is such a build up of excitement and nervousness, and the fact that Giovanni wanted this moment frozen in time shows us how much he truly loves Carol!
It was Friday night, February 10th at the Blue Cross RiverRink on the Philadelphia Waterfront. We arrived early to just wander around the area in hopes that we’d just blend in with the surroundings and the other people at the rink. We arrived to Giovanni and Carol playing a very competitive game of air hockey. We knew at that moment how much fun of a couple they were. They then went into the locker room to get their skates on, and Giovanni so sweetly tied Carols skates for her. They then snuggled by the heaters until it was time to skate. Then, well, take a look…
Giovanni and Carol arrived early before the ice session and played a very competitive game of air hockey! Tried to capture a few candids without Carol noticing! That moment when you realize something life-changing is about to happen… Because we don’t know what exactly was said in that moment… Instead, I will share what Giovanni wrote on Instagram about this moment and his amazing fiancé…
“I’m so lucky to have found my counterpart, my forever competitor in anything even resembling a game, my confidant, my motivation to be better, my fellow food and movie critic, my suntan lotion applicator, my personal singer/songwriter, the best (and worst) dancer, my best friend — all in one person.
She’s the most beautiful, smart, and funny woman i know, and she doesn’t even know it. she’s selfless and kind. she’s super talented, and good at everything she does. most importantly, she puts up with my crap (and let’s face it, i put up with hers lol).
Yesterday i asked her to marry me, and after some short consideration, she said something along the lines of “yes!”
I can hardly contain my excitement. I am so grateful for the amazing outpouring of support we’ve already received.”
This photo says it all! The excitement. The surprise. The joy. The LOVE. As soon as Giovanni proposed, there was a roar of excitement and cheers and applause from the side of the rink of family members who were there to witness this awesome moment! And then Giovanni told Carol about US!! She was so shocked! We love that she had no idea that we were there that entire time to specifically capture these moments for them! Even more family was waiting by their personal cabin at the rink with Champagne, Congratulatory signs and lots of love and hugs and excitement! Carols sister gushing over her beautiful engagement ring! Of course, we had to steal the newly engaged couple for a few photos before continuing the party! After spending just a little bit of time with these two, you could tell that they were meant for one another. The way they look at each other, the way they make each other laugh, the way he holds onto her, swoon! They are perfect together! Since Carol LOVES ice cream, we, of course, had to get a photo at the Franklin Fountain! This is how you know how loved a couple is… Look at how many people came to support them and their love and this journey that they are about to take together!!! This night was the first night in a new chapter of their love story!
We started planning our summer vacation together a while back, and throughout the planning process he mentioned he may want to propose to his girlfriend Emily. So, we decided to plan our vacation during their one year anniversary! I got rather excited, so as soon as he mentioned it, I knew I wanted to photograph it and have Ryan video it! So, the months leading up to it, we went ring “shopping”, I helped him to create a beautiful book of memories of their first year together, (basically to use as a decoy – that this was her gift) and on the very last page of the book, he asked her to Marry Him!! (Shout out to Madera Books for such a beautiful memory book!! LOVE it!!)
The days leading up to our vacation were so exciting – getting everything ready, planning when and where Gary would ask her… etc! It was so hard to keep the secret, but of course I did, because I couldnt wait to see her reaction!! On the day we arrived, we mapped out where it would take place, right at sunset… Swoon! So, when the time came, it was perfect… there were a bunch of people on the beach watching baby turtles being hatched, so after we found a quiet area on the beach, Ryan and I said we were going to take photos of the turtles… Little did Emily know that we were actually just getting far enough away from them for Gary to do his thing! I am soo excited that Emily said YES! and even more excited that she is going to be my new sister!
I am so incredibly happy for the two of them! Happy they found each other, that they truly complete one another and the love/friendship between them is just perfect! From buying their first home together next month, to getting married in Spring of 2015, I am so proud of my little brother and could not be more excited to have gotten to be such a big part of the beginning of their happily ever after!! Gary + Em, we love you both, and hope you love all the memories we were able to capture for you!! xo
First photo after arriving in Cancun!The view from our hotel rooms!
That night, at sunset, is when it all went down! Here is Emily looking through the album!
As she turned to the last page, Gary kissed her, and got down on one knee…
Love love love!!! She said YES!!!
Look at that smile!
This is the part where we got yelled at!! Haha! We were “tricksters” according to Em for being so sneaky!! 🙂 Totally worth it!!
The ring is so perfect! My brother did a great job!!
The book!!A toast to the newly engaged couple!!
And the next night, we were able to capture their engagement photo session at the resort!! 🙂
Seriously, I love these two together! I’ve never seen my brother so happy before! And that is not an exaggeration!
Oh Em, you are going to make an absolutely beautiful bride!!
Of course we had them get into the fountain! 🙂
And then down to the beach where all the magic happened the night before…
Yes, I even bought a cute sign! LOVE!!
Sunset the morning we left beautiful Mexico…
One last photo before we boarded the plane to come home… You love their shirts, RIGHT?! C’mon, I couldnt help myself!! 🙂
SO, NOW IS THE ULTIMATE “I WISH I HAD THIS’ MOMENT!!
Below, is the video of Gary + Emily’s journey to/during Mexico and their beautiful proposal!!! Enjoy!! xo
Song: “Marry Me” by Train
This is the song that I used to walk down the aisle to Ryan! <3 <3