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!!!!!
The plan: He told her they would have a photo shoot for their anniversary while on their trip to Miami. I would meet them at South Pointe Park, and start photographing them on the beach.
The day of the shoot: After taking some pictures and giving them direction on poses, for one pose I told her how to stand facing the water. She thought I was just setting them up for another photo, but that was his cue to kneel on one knee directly behind her. Now turn around to face him, I mentioned as I steadied the camera up to my eye. Her mouth dropped open in shock, then she wiped away the tears as the emotion of the moment hit her. He put the ring on her finger, they hugged and she began to laugh. We photographed a bit more on the beach, got a close up of their hands holding – except now there was a ring gracing her finger. For the last photo they stood on the rocks along the waters edge, his arms around her waist, her hand around his neck, kissing.
Their feedback after the session: They were so kind to leave me this super sweet review after the session. One of the best parts of working with people is knowing they had a great experience and love their photos.
I truly couldn’t say enough wonderful things about Tova and her amazing talent! She helped my fiance plan a surprise engagement at South Point Park and the pictures turned out beautifully. From the moment we met her to take our “anniversary” pictures, she was so easy to talk to and had a ton of great ideas for us to choose from since it was our first time visiting Miami Beach. The pictures are absolutely to die for and I am so thankful that my fiance found Tova to capture this amazing moment in our lives! If you are looking for the perfect photographer to capture precious moments with you and your loved ones, look no further. Tova will do the job perfectly!