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Key Biscayne Florida Proposal Photographer

Key Biscayne Florida Proposal Photographer

Key Biscayne Florida Proposal Photographer
Key Biscayne Florida Proposal Photographer
Key Biscayne Florida Proposal Photographer
Key Biscayne Florida Proposal Photographer
Key Biscayne Florida Proposal Photographer
Key Biscayne Florida Proposal Photographer
Key Biscayne Florida Proposal Photographer
Key Biscayne Florida Proposal Photographer
Key Biscayne Florida Proposal Photographer
Key Biscayne Florida Proposal Photographer

Key Biscayne Florida Proposal Photographer

Spencer reached out to me wanting to have his surprise proposal captured. He is a talented filmmaker and wanted this special moment documented. He mentioned that the beach is Megan’s favorite place in the world, and Key Biscayne was their favorite spot to spend time. So we set up a day and time, and made up a specific meeting spot by the beach near the Cape Florida lighthouse in Bill Baggs State Park. Once I saw them walk toward the beach, I followed them from a distance and captured the entire proposal including her surprised reaction! Photographing their proposal was a joyful moment for me. Here is Spencer’s story of how they met in his own words:

I met Megan when I was 18 years old, three weeks into Freshman year at the University of Miami. I moved 1500 miles from home and was regretting my decision. I felt alone and was homesick.

I decided to venture out of my comfort zone to go to a Foam Party at a now condemned nightclub in Miami. I wore a bathing suit and my new memory foam flip flops. I met this beautiful girl who made me laugh and I asked her to dance. I Serenaded her with my rendition of sweet child of mine and eight years later here we are. (Those flip flops were destroyed by the foam. A worthy sacrifice)

From painted faces at football games to playing quidditch to late night walks home from TCBY we did it all at Miami. We even studied… Well at least she did.

Then the biggest test of our relationship. 2 years apart from each other. It was tough but we had Skype dates, cooking dinner together and late night phone calls. Always looking forward to that moment where we would be together again.
It came two years ago when she moved in with me (and Vinny) to our own place in Boston. We picked up right where we left off and have been living the dream ever since.
When we arrived on campus the day I was going to propose to her I took one step out of the Uber and started to cry. And not just a tear, like a full on meltdown. It was not attractive. She asked me what was wrong and I brushed it off saying that I was just so happy to be back on campus. In reality it was because deciding to go the U was the best decision of my life because it led to her.

As I’m writing this she is passed out on the couch next to me after falling asleep during the bachelor and I’m just smiling at her because soon I’ll get to call her my wife.

I love you so much @meggiegray124 and I can’t wait to get home and cook some Mac and cheese for you and finish the bachelor. 

As for the day of the proposal, Spencer says it best:

I took Meg through a tour of all our favorite places in Miami to arrive at the beach around magic hour.

I walked her down to the water and then eloquently gave a beautiful speech I prepared. The End… Actually I blacked out once we got to the water and bumbled through my speech. I couldn’t remember if I even got down on my knee until @tovaphotography showed me the evidence. 😂

Anyways despite my lack of consciousness she still said yes!
Happy First Valentine’s Day as my fiancé Megan ❤️ Here’s the little speech I wrote:
Megan, asking you to dance at nocturnal was the best decision of my life. The next eight years with you have been the most amazing adventure I could ever ask for. You are my partner in crime, adventure buddy and best friend. I love you so much. Will you marry me?

Check out all of the surprise proposals and Key Biscayne photo sessions on the blog. Contact me here to book a session or email info@tovaphotography.com.

Surprise Proposal Vizcaya Gardens Miami Photographer

Surprise Proposal Vizcaya Gardens Miami Photographer

Surprise Proposal Vizcaya Gardens Miami Photographer
Surprise Proposal Vizcaya Gardens Miami Photographer
Surprise Proposal Vizcaya Gardens Miami Photographer
Surprise Proposal Vizcaya Gardens Miami Photographer
Surprise Proposal Vizcaya Gardens Miami Photographer
Surprise Proposal Vizcaya Gardens Miami Photographer
Surprise Proposal Vizcaya Gardens Miami Photographer
Surprise Proposal Vizcaya Gardens Miami Photographer
Surprise Proposal Vizcaya Gardens Miami Photographer

Surprise Proposal Vizcaya Gardens Miami Photographer

Joe wanted to propose to his girlfriend at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. They are both from England and were in town for the Superbowl LIV in Miami. He sent me the signed permit and fees in advance, a requirement to photograph in the gardens at Vizcaya. I sent him a map and directions of where to go when he got there. He also sent me a photo of the two of them and what they’d be wearing that day so I’d know who to look for.

It was a relatively quiet morning at Vizcaya, most likely due to the events occurring in South Beach during the Superbowl. While waiting on a bench outside of the Tea House, I spotted them both from a distance near the water. He walked with Emma into the Tea House and taking advantage of having the place all to themselves, he quickly got down on one knee. He sweetly took her hand and kissed it and asked her to marry him. After placing the ring on her finger and embracing, he pointed in my direction. Love those photos showing their excited and shocked expressions!

We then spent the remainder of the hour walking to some of my favorite spots in Vizcaya. I even discovered a new area that was empty of people and had gorgeous light streaming in. Some areas of Vizcaya can have mosquitoes depending on the time of year, so mosquito repellent is a good thing to have just in case.

I had such a blast working with these two! If you are interested in booking a surprise proposal, engagement or a just-because couples photo shoot, contact me here. You can also send an email to info@tovaphotography.com or tovaphotography@gmail.com.

Check out all of the photo shoots at Vizcaya. Take a look at the surprise proposal sessions on the blog. Here are some of my other best locations for a photography session in Miami.

Vizcaya Tea House Proposal in Miami

Vizcaya Tea House Proposal in Miami

Vizcaya Tea House Proposal in Miami
Vizcaya Tea House Proposal in Miami
Vizcaya Tea House Proposal in Miami
Putting the ring on her finger in Vizcaya's Tea house
Couple portrait Vizcaya
Vizcaya Tea House Proposal in Miami
Vizcaya Tea House Proposal in Miami
Romantic couple Vizcaya gardens
Vizcaya Tea House Proposal in Miami
Vizcaya Tea House Proposal in Miami
Sweet couple embracing Vizcaya
Vizcaya Tea House Proposal in Miami
Couple portrait Vizcaya gardens
Couple on steps of Vizcaya gardens
Vizcaya Tea House Proposal in Miami
Vizcaya Tea House Proposal in Miami

Vizcaya Tea House Proposal in Miami

One early Saturday morning, I waited for this couple to arrive at the Tea House in Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. I spotted them from a distance as I sat on a bench just outside the Tea House (a structure located next to the water behind the museum). Elegantly dressed, they walked hand in hand, descending a few steps into the house. He got down on one knee, perfectly framed by the archway, and handed her a red rose. They kissed passionately and then he placed the ring on her finger. We spent the remainder of our time photographing in some other areas of the garden.

See all of the Miami surprise proposal photography sessions. You can also take a look at the photo sessions at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. Vizcaya charges a photography permit fee to photograph in the gardens (photography is not permitted inside the museum). I can help you plan a Vizcaya proposal or family/couple photo session. Fill out the contact form or reach out via email: info@tovaphotography.com or tovaphotography@gmail.com .

Three romantic surprise proposals ideas in Miami

  1. South Pointe Park on the beach. Sunrise is a much quieter time. Sunset is beautiful too but the beach could be very busy depending on the time of year. Alternatives to the beach could be: the rocky pier (best at sunset), one of the rocks by the water, by the palm trees and water on the west side of the park. I always send photos and directions in advance so you’ll know where to go when you get there!
  2. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens: in the Tea House or on the second floor of the gardens there’s a beautiful structure that makes for a perfect place to propose in front of.
  3. Cape Florida Lighthouse in Key Biscayne near the beach. Early morning is the quietest time.