Over the weekend I got the call that my best friend got engaged. And like any wedding enthusiast, I bombarded her with questions before uttering my congratulations.
How’d he do it? Where were you? What were you wearing? What was he wearing? Did you cry? Did he cry? What exactly did he say? What did you say? Did you expect it? Was he nervous? Were your parents there? Were his parents there? What’s the ring look like? How did it feel? Are you freaking out? Tell me everything!
OK, I admit that my questions may be teetering toward excessive, but I appreciate knowing all the details inside and out. I’m a romantic, and that iconic moment of when your guy gets down on one knee is so picturesque, it should be captured on film. And if he is an ambitious groom-to-be, or you drop enough hints, it just may be.
A few years ago, when a college buddy of mine popped the question to his longtime girlfriend in Chicago, I asked the requisite details of his bride-to-be when I heard the news. Expecting the usual, “He got down on one knee while we walked through the park and yada yada,” she instead surprised me with a collection of pictures from the afternoon.
Her groom, unbeknownst to any of us, hired a photographer to follow them while ice-skating in Grant Park, and the whole shebang was caught on film, from the pre-engagement skating to the teary-eyed yes.
Seeing that moment, and the look of surprise when she discovered the cameras post-engagement, made it one proposal none of us will ever forget. To say I was impressed is the understatement of the year. I was obsessed.
The pictures went on to play a dominant role in the couple’s website, and the wedding was even featured in a local Chicago weddings publication. And, here I am, three years later, still talking about it.
So, ladies, here’s my advice to you: If you want that moment caught on film for eternity, start dropping hints. A session like this doesn’t have to break the bank—your guy could even enlist the help of a friend to snap the big moment—and the results may be a fun alternative to the typical engagement photo session. Plus, it allows you to enjoy that private moment with your beau, yet still share the moment with friends and family later—without all the questions.
So there you have it: my favorite engagement story. What are your proposal stories? Any fun ideas to share with future brides-to-be? Let us know or post your favorite pics to facebook.com/mspweddings.