Their family was on board with the plan. They helped decorate the yacht beforehand with balloons that spelled out Marry Me and red rose petals scattered throughout the interior. Everyone was anxiously holding their breath and wondering aloud, were they coming? Finally, the soon-to-be-engaged couple and some of the other family members began making their way toward the boat. She stepped inside and immediately her jaw dropped. It was an emotional scene, some people tearing up and others cheering with excitement. So glad I was able to document their special moment for them.
This Vizcaya Proposal and Engagement Photography session was pretty special. They met at medical school and became best friends since.
The plan: We were going to take a “just because” couple session (this was during the holidays, the day before New Year’s) at one of my favorite places to photograph, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. He told me he often did silly magic tricks on her at home, so he would plan another one the day of the session.
The day of the shoot: We spent our time roaming around the beautiful gardens at Vizcaya on Sunday morning. There are elegant stairwells, archways, and Italian and French 17th and 18th century styled gardens that are perfect for couple or engagement sessions. Finally, we made it to the Tea house. He gave her a handful of red rose petals, told her to close her eyes, and said that after she threw them in the air he would magically have them transform back into their original form. The magic appeared instead in the form of a ring. There he was on one knee, the two of them surrounded by rose petals, overcome with emotion. She said yes, they kissed, and reveled in giddy smiles, her hand now adorned with a diamond ring.
South Beach Surprise Proposal Photographer: How it all went down. Read on 🙂
The plan: In advance Matt mailed me a bunch of fake dinner menu brochures from Joe’s Stone Crab (her favorite restaurant). Inside the “menu” was a collage of photos of the two of them from the years they’ve been together with a sweet personal message in the middle. On the bottom it said: Will You Marry Me?
The day of the shoot: At 4:30pm I casually went over to them as they were walking on the beach, handed her a menu and said “join us at Joe’s Stone tonight!”. She said thank you and I walked away from them. I quickly pulled out my camera and captured her reaction as she opened it and he went down on one knee. She was completely shocked and unsuspecting, and her reaction was priceless.
Their feedback after the session: (You can read it on google here.)
[Insert blushing emoji–so grateful for your extremely kind words, thank you Matt!]
I had worked with Tova in surprising my now fiancé during my engagement. She was extremely professional, kind, and super talented. The pictures came out incredibly well and we can’t stop looking at them. I would absolutely recommend Tova to anyone looking for a photographer! I cannot stress enough how big Tova’s role was in the most important day of our lives and how far she exceeded our already high expectations! Tova, thank you SO SO much, our day couldn’t have been half as special with out you! WOULD GIVE 10 STARS IF I COULD!!!!!