Where to begin.
It all started last Monday. I was contacted by one of my favorite clients, Jeannie. She said a friend of her niece was getting engaged in Central Park on Friday. They needed a photographer and I immediately came to her mind. I was THRILLED. This was on my photography ‘bucket list’, and I moved 3 things around to be able to meet them. I was so excited, and I’m pretty sure I was close to being as nervous as the groom-to-be.
Speaking of… meet Tyler.
So this romantic guy was out to propose to his girl friend Brooke. They are both from down South, he is from Georgia, and she is from Alabama. They met in college and are as cute as could be. The plan – Brooke was visiting New York with three girlfriends. She had NO IDEA that Tyler had flown up to surprise her with a proposal in Central Park on Gapstow Bridge. Both of their families were there too, and I have to tell you, I felt like I was part of the family by the time we were done. They are just some of the most warm and loving people – couldn’t get enough of them.
There are so many images of this proposal, I’m going to show you a lot. I decided to keep this post just about Brooke and Tyler – there are a ton of family shots too – but thought to keep it focused on them because it was their special day.
After a LOOONG wait (lol, Tyler!) we finally got the call that she was getting out of the cab. All the parents hid up on a big rock so they could see, but not be seen by Brooke. Tyler and I waited by ourselves for a moment and got ready for her arrival. He is smiling at his family up on the rock…
Finally, Brooke arrived. This is her reaction shot. When he turned around, she dropped her purse she was so shocked to see him there.
She started to walk to him… closer… and closer… gotcha!
a few words before…
he got down on one knee… (they had an audience by this point)
and, of course, she said yes!
This is sort of is an outtake, but I love how he is so excited and giving the families a clue as to how it went!
After all the congratulations from their families we took about 15 minutes to do a quick engagement session.
I think Gapstow Bridge will always be special to them!
Oh, and guys? In case you ever wanted to know – this is how to kiss a girl. I like that moment of anticipation before the kiss… it’s my favorite shot.
Something special between Brooke and Tyler – they put their initials EVERYWHERE. So her brother did this for them while we were taking some pictures.
NYC – TSW and the future MBW were here!
Tyler and Brooke – it was an amazing day. I can’t thank you enough for having me be a part of it. You are both such kind and wonderful people – I can only imagine the great life you will have together!! Congratulations. With all my heart.