Read stories of when Nicole goes undercover to ninjastalk couples in order to photograph the magical moment where he goes down on one knee to propose!
Brandon e-mailed me to photograph his Boston Christopher Columbus Park Proposal to his girlfriend, Jess, in the Rose Kennedy Rose Garden.
Brandon and Jess’s story began in January 2011. They met on a Saturday night at Royale. Yes, Royale, Boston’s finest nightclub (cue laughter.) Brandon just returned from the Bahamas and Jess was back in the states after studying abroad in Australia. The best part of this story is that neither Brandon or Jess planned on going out that night, but as usual their friends (currently their bridesmaids and groomsmen, by the way) convinced them that a night on the town was better than staying at home. That night Brandon spotted Jess on the dance floor. He was stunned by her beautiful Australian tan. Jess saw Brandon and was blown away by his sweet dance moves. They met. They danced. Then they lived happily after.
Before the night ended, they exchanged phone numbers. A few weeks later, they finally planned their first date in Boston, in daylight. Little did they know, that date would be the first of many more. After that, they became inseparable. During their first year of dating, weekends were spent in either Newport, Rhode Island where Brandon was living or in Boston where Jess was finishing up her last year of college at Northeastern University. Since their first date, Brandon and Jess have built a beautiful life together. 7 years, three apartments, and one cat later, they’ve been through it all.
One of their favorite things about being together is our continuous support of each other’s ambitions and dreams. They are constantly striving to make themselves better for each other and know that anything is possible as long as they do it together. Brandon continues to pursue his business career at a large global payment company in New York City. Since graduating from law school, Jess continues her work with a special passion for criminal justice.
Thank you so much, Brandon and Jess, for giving me the honor of photographing your Boston Christopher Columbus Park Proposal!
Three weeks ago, their Amazon Alexa said, “Edgar, Your UNC tie clip package has arrived”. Edgar’s surprise gift for Tyler was disturbed by modern day smart technology, but there were so many surprises left for Tyler. Edgar needed to travel to Boston for work and Tyler selflessly came up to Boston with him to keep him company. 😉 On a sunny Friday afternoon, the two jumped into a Lyft and headed towards the Esplanade near the Charles River. I already knew what they were wearing that day and had been sitting in the area for a while waiting for them. I was excited and ready to photograph Edgar propose to his boyfriend of seven years.
The two met on the first day of orientation at UNC – Chapel Hill. Jason and I had met the first day of college too, and my heart melted a bit when I heard their story. After their freshman year, Edgar realized that he had feelings for him, and so, he finally asked him out! Apparently, Tyler had been waiting a while! They’ve been together ever since, playing board games, drinking coffee, and exploring local breweries.
Tyler, happy birthday. I know that this Boston trip was extremely memorable. I love that Edgar proposed to you with a UNC tie clip and I’m sure that the ring he did pick out for you is beautiful. <3
Edgar, thank you so much for sharing your incredible story. Well done planning an awesome proposal. Thank you for selecting me to be your Boston Charles River Proposal Photographer!!!
He told me I was sneaky. 🙂
A perfect day for a milestone
Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day in Boston. The perfect kind of day to go to the park and walk around. While most people were just out enjoying the weather, Kunal was orchestrating a big surprise. He planned to propose.
Lots of family members were waiting for the big reveal. Parents, aunts and uncles, and friends all flew in from Texas and North Carolina. They waited under a tree for Kunal and his beautiful fiancée to meet them. June 6th was already a special date for the two of them since it marked their 10-year anniversary.
He dropped down on one knee on the Public Garden bridge. People clapped and congratulated them as they walked by but I doubt they even noticed any of it. They were in a moment together and just loved each other. I loved seeing how happy, not only they were, but also their families. Everything laughed and smiled and hugged.
I’m so glad to have been able to capture this moment. Kunal and his gorgeous fiancée make complete sense. We wish them all the best as they continue on their journey together. Thank you for letting me encapsulate this precious milestone for you!
A proposal with mittens
Brian knew that a thoughtful present can go a long way. He also knew that he wanted to propose by doing something special that would mean a lot to her. He combined those two thoughts and crafted a day to remember, with the best present of them all. And Mary Anne had no idea.
A year before I took these pictures, Mary Anne and Brian had gone on an amazing date. First starting off at Sevens on Beacon Hill, they then made their way through the beautiful neighborhood, to the park, before walking across the bridge, when it started to snow. This time around, Brian recreated the date and gave Mary Anne special mittens that had been crafted specifically to allow two people to hold hands while wearing one. Since she likes to write him long, thoughtful letters, he did the same. In it, he wrote of giving her an early Christmas present because they sadly wouldn’t be together for the holiday. That present was a ring. On the bridge where, a year before, snow had started falling, Mary Anne now found herself looking at Brian on one knee.
It was a beautiful proposal and I’m truly glad I got to witness this special moment! Best of luck to the two of you!
When Andrew first contacted me from Florida asking me to photograph his proposal he already knew that it had to take place in Boston, because Katie is from here and having it happen in the city would bring it even closer to her heart. Plan A was to go to the Frog Pond in the Boston Commons. The couple would skate around for a while, an announcement would be made and he would drop down on one knee before his girlfriend Katie even suspected anything was happening. As the chosen Friday approached it looked like the January weather was going to be a problem, though. Rain was on the forecast and Plan B had to come into view quickly! Luckily, Andrew came prepared and the proposal was relocated to the magnificent Ritz-Carlton in Downtown Boston.
While waiting for them to arrive, we made sure the reserved area of the bar and lobby stayed empty. It wasn’t going to be a small proposal since a lot of family members had been invited to witness the event. After everyone had arrived, Andrew popped the question in front of the fireplace. Katie was laughing and smiling like crazy and I’m so glad to have been able to take part in this special moment.
There was lots of clapping and hugging and looking at the gorgeous ring. The rainy day was the coziest it could have been!
When Brian asked me to help him propose to Danielle for his Boston Public Garden proposal, nearly every facet of my adult life overlapped, and it makes me so happy to think of them.
Brian and I attended Bentley together. He was always the cool upperclassman. We ended up working at Deloitte together, and again – he was the confident and intelligent guy that had a zillion friends surrounding him. He was modest and extremely approachable. When Jason (then boyfriend, current fiancé!), and I opened up Trapology, Brian and Danielle played the Drunk Tank and he was a constant source of support and inspiration. He provided everything from game theme ideas to puzzle suggestions. The guy was a machine, and I was so thankful to him for it. When he asked me to find a way to help him propose to his girlfriend, Danielle, I leapt at the chance!