When Brad and I first spoke a few weeks before he planned to pop the question, his plans were unclear. All he knew was that Sarah was the one, and he was coming to SoCal to ask her parents for her hand in marriage. Then of course, ask her.
He wanted to make it special. He wanted it to be a surprise. He wanted it to be perfect for his perfect girl.
So after 2,364 changes to the ‘plan,’ he settled on a surprise bottle of Dom in their decorated room at the Estancia Hotel where he could call her out to the balcony and propose from below, just like Romeo and Juliet, except that Brad and Sarah’s parents totally approved of course.
I hid a few balconies over and got into position to ninja-style-sniper-shoot the event. I couldn’t hear all that was said, but it was an amazing production to witness. Sarah was overwhelmed and excited and glowing from 100 feet away. She was absolutely stunning in her casual clothes and make-up-less face. And Brad was beaming from ear to ear. His smile lit up the whole courtyard.
When he finally told her the jig was up, I came out of the shadows and shot a few portraits of the freshly engaged pair. I worked fast so I could leave them alone again to continue their celebration. But I celebrated to myself the whole way home, because it’s always such a blessing to be a part of such special events. Thanks again, Brad and Sarah, for having me document this important moment in your lives. I’ll cherish it forever, as I know you will too!
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