A New Home Surprise Proposal!

A New Home Surprise Proposal!

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!

Vendors Involved:

Florals & Rentals :: A Garden Party // Diamond Ring :: Brilliant Diamonds Fine Jewelers – San Diego, CA  

Giovanni + Carol!

Giovanni + Carol!

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!

Rocco + Kait!

Rocco + Kait!

Ryan met Rocco many moons ago when they were both going to Rowan University and they have kept in touch ever since!  So, when Rocco confided in Ryan that he purchased an engagement ring for Kait, Ryan KNEW that I would want to be there – front and center capturing that moment!  So, for the past week, we have been planning the PROPOSAL around their upcoming trip to New York City, and with the help of A Garden Party Florist, we were able to pull everything off without a hitch!

Now, since Rocco graduated from Rowan, he has rocked the adult world and has moved his way up within one of my favorite places… Target! So, this big shot who runs his own stores just so happens to be able to thank said store for introducing him to Kait!  These two are so incredibly adorable together, and clearly meant to be!  The love and laughter and joy is so refreshing!  We could not be happier for a more perfect couple (and their fur-daughter Sage!!)

Congratulations Rocco and Kait!!  It was an honor capturing this moment in your unbreakable love story! <3 xoRocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0001 Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0004 Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0006 Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0009 Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0010 So, funny story… as Rocco and Kait are walking up, Kait was thinking “Awh…thats sad”… Why you may ask?  Well, when she saw the flower petals, she thought that there was a memorial set up for someone who died… Well, that is until she realized the photos were of the two of them!Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0012 Rocco pointing to a burlap scroll that was placed out, from their pup Sage…Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0017 Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0018 The scroll read “Will you marry my Dad? Love, Sage”Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0022 I started to tear up as soon as he started to get down on one knee!!! Eeeeeeeeee!Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0025 Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0031 Her reaction is PRICELESS!!Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0035 Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0036 Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0043 So excited!!!!!!!!Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0048 Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0055 Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0061 Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0068 Gotta have some champagne to celebrate!!!Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0079 Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0090 That ring! My heart! Rocco did GOOD!!!! <3Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0091 Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0093 All the laughter!Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0094 Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0097 Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0100 A few obligatory photos after she said YES!!!Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0102 Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0107 Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0109 Love this one!!Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0116 Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0117 … and then they were off… because Rocco being the sweet fiancé that he is, had a limo waiting for them at the hotel to take them home!! <3  Congratulations you two!  We could not be more thrilled/honored/flattered/etc to have been a part of such a special moment!  Cant wait to capture more of these moments in the future for you!  Love you!! <3Rocco-Kait-New-York-City-Battery-Park-Proposal-Surprise-0123

Gary + Emily!

Gary + Emily!

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

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First photo after arriving in Cancun!Gary-Emily-Surprise-Engagement-Proposal-Riviera-Maya-Cancun-Mexico=Destination-Engagement-Photography-0002The view from our hotel rooms!

Gary-Emily-Surprise-Engagement-Proposal-Riviera-Maya-Cancun-Mexico=Destination-Engagement-Photography-0003That night, at sunset, is when it all went down!  Here is Emily looking through the album!

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Gary-Emily-Surprise-Engagement-Proposal-Riviera-Maya-Cancun-Mexico=Destination-Engagement-Photography-0010Look at that smile!

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The book!!Gary-Emily-Surprise-Engagement-Proposal-Riviera-Maya-Cancun-Mexico=Destination-Engagement-Photography-0028A toast to the newly engaged couple!!

Gary-Emily-Surprise-Engagement-Proposal-Riviera-Maya-Cancun-Mexico=Destination-Engagement-Photography-0030And the next night, we were able to capture their engagement photo session at the resort!! 🙂

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Gary-Emily-Surprise-Engagement-Proposal-Riviera-Maya-Cancun-Mexico=Destination-Engagement-Photography-0049And then down to the beach where all the magic happened the night before…

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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

Brendon + Anna!

Brendon + Anna!

Brendon and Anna were actually dated back in high school, but went their separate ways once they went away to college because of the long distance thing.  Well, in 2010, Brendon and Anna both moved back to New Jersey… Anna from North Dakota and Brendon from Delaware… during the same exact weekend!  They weren’t really sure how to be around each other at first, but all the feelings eventually came back, and they’ve been together ever since!  I guess when its meant to be, its meant to be, and you’ll find your way back to the person you’re truly meant to be with!

We are soooo happy for Brendon + Anna and thrilled that we were able to capture this special moment in their lives!  Enjoy the sneak peek! xoxo

Check out that look on his face! Love it!  We knew it was coming at that point! 🙂Anna was soooo excited!!!!Putting the bling on!!Its at this point that Brendon pointed me out hiding behind a tree, and Ryan captured her reaction!!Check out those smiles!!!!  Soooo happy for them!!She couldn’t stop looking at her ring!  It was absolutely perfect!And of course we had some celebratory drinks with the newly engaged couple!!!  Congrats Brendon + Anna!! xo