August 19, 2015

Alim and Shabnum Proposal

Proposals

This whole afternoon was a Crazy. Fun. Event. The actual proposal was merely one part—the best part, certainly—but the one central event in a whole series of events. And the main event: Alim proposed to Shabnum and she said yes.

Shabnum's reaction to Alim's proposal Alim waits for Shabnum with smiles ~ Austin marriage proposal session ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com

A lot of planning went into this proposal. Alim’s plan was this: at several locations in Austin, he would leave Shabnum a box. In each different box, he put memorabilia that had special meaning to him and Shabnum along with a note for her. Each location was chosen because it also meant something to them both: Hey Cupcake! on South Congress, Rock Island at Zilker Park, Doug Samm Hill at Butler Park, the Capitol building grounds, the HEB grocery store where they hung out in college, the Tower at UT. The final destination was Mueller Park, a place that was entirely new and a surprise to Shabnum. Pretty long list of sites, but it all worked out quite nicely. Having two photography teams and several drivers definitely helped and the limo to take Shabnum everywhere was a nice touch. The plan also included an hour for Shabnum to get changed—nice because it was a hot day—and during that time, Alim, his best friend, his sister and her fiancé, carefully arranged jars of flowers around the exact spot where he was planning to propose.

From Shabnum herself:

Absolutely phenomenal!! I sometimes think back and still cannot believe how perfectly everything was planned and executed. From the locations, to the boxes, to the final proposal – there were no flaws. My fiancé is very creative, one of those outside the box thinkers, and I always used to tell him, “I have extremely high expectations for when you propose to me.” Now that that day has past, I can, with no doubt, say that he BEYOND exceeded my expectations!!! It was a complete surprise, I had not even a hint of a clue! And within 3 hours, I became the happiest girl alive 🙂 Exactly two weeks after the proposal, I was able to relive the best day of my life all because of the amazing pictures that were taken by Mercedes Morgan Photography! I’m not gonna lie, I was a bit conscious of my pictures not turning out good since I wasn’t prepared for the proposal, but each and every single one of her pictures made us, and everything around us, look flawless!!! Love them all!! Not only Mecedes, but her entire family played a huge role in capturing all the right moments and I am so thankful for that because this is one day I never wanna forget about! Incredible work!!!

The look on her face, you guys! She was so overwhelmed and so happy. So many hugs and smiles! Getting to spend some time taking engagement photos of the two of them afterwards was pretty amazing. Their happiness was so contagious! Just meander through the photos and you’ll see.

Shabnum examines the contents of the first box picked up at Hey Cupcake! ~ Mercedes Morgan Photography ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com The second box Alim set up for his Austin scavenger hunt proposal at Rock Island in Zilker Park ~ Austin proposal ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Shabnum smiles as she looks at the contents of the second box ~ Austin Wedding proposal ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Sign at Doug SAmm Hill, site of the third stop on Shabnum's scavenger hunt proposal ~ Mercedes Morgan Photography ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com A pigeon examines the third box of the Austin scavenger hunt proposal Alim planned for Shabnum ~ Mercedes Morgan Photography ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com  Shabnum examines the box contents ~ Mercedes Morgan Photography ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Shabnum and a portion of the Austin skyline ~ Mercedes Morgan Photography ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com The fourth box of the scavenger hunt proposal Alim planned for Shabnum ~ Mercedes Morgan Photography ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Sign guides her way at the Texas State Capitol, the fourth stop of the Austin scavenger hunt proposal ~ Mercedes Morgan Photography ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com  Shabnum catches sight of the box ~ Austin proposal photography ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Shabnum happily examines the contents of the box during her Austin Scavenger hunt proposal ~ Austin wedding proposal photographer ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Shabnum arrives at "their" HEB grocery store to pick up her next box ~ Austin wedding proposal planner ~ Mercedes Morgan Photography ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Shabnum arrives at "their" HEB grocery store to pick up her next box ~ Austin wedding proposal planner ~ Mercedes Morgan Photography ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Shabnum arrives at "their" HEB grocery store to pick up her next box ~ Austin wedding proposal planning ~ Mercedes Morgan Photography ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Shabnum tries to wipe away her tears as she exits to head to the next stop ~ Austin wedding proposal planner ~ Mercedes Morgan Photography ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com
The UT Tower stop on Shabnum and Alim's Austin Wedding proposal scavenger hunt ~ Austin wedding proposal photographer ~ Mercedes Morgan Photography ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com
 Shabnum finds the UT Tower box ~ Austin wedding proposal photography ~ Mercedes Morgan Photography ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com

Alim leaves a cowboy hat for Shabnum to wear for her scavenger hunt proposal ~ Austin wedding proposal ~ Mercedes Morgan Photography ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Setting up the decor for the proposal ~ Austin wedding proposal ~ Mercedes Morgan Photography ~ www.mercedesmorgan.comDecor for Alim's proposal to Shabnum ~ Mueller Park Austin wedding proposal ~ Mercedes Morgan Photography ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Setting up the decor for the proposal ~ Mueller Park Austin wedding proposal ~ Mercedes Morgan Photography ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com
Setting up the decor for the proposal ~ Mueller Park Austin wedding proposal ~ Mercedes Morgan Photography ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Decor all set for Alim's proposal to Shabnum ~ Mueller Park Austin wedding proposal ~ Mercedes Morgan Photography ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Decor set up for Alim's proposal to Shabnum ~ Mueller Park Austin wedding proposal ~ Mercedes Morgan Photography ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Alim's best friend helps him get ready for his proposal to Shabnum Decor for Alim's proposal to Shabnum ~ Mueller Park Austin wedding proposal ~ Mercedes Morgan Photography ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com The final box that contained the engagement ring for Alim's proposal to Shabnum ~ Mueller Park Austin wedding proposal ~ Mercedes Morgan Photography ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Shabnum-Alim-Proposal-115
Alim waits for Shabnum with smiles ~ Austin marriage proposal session ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Alim hugs Shabnum ~ Austin marriage proposal session ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com  Austin marriage proposal session ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Alim gets on his knee Alim waits for Shabnum with smiles ~ Austin marriage proposal session ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Alim proposes Alim waits for Shabnum with smiles ~ Austin marriage proposal session ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com
Alim shows her the ring ~ Austin marriage proposal session ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com
Shabnum's reaction to the ring ~ Austin marriage proposal session ~ www.mercedesmorgan.comHugs ~ Austin marriage proposal session ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com kisses ~ Austin marriage proposal session ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Alim puts the ring on Shabnum's finger ~ Austin marriage proposal session ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com
Alim puts the ring on Shabnum's finger ~ Austin marriage proposal session ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Alim puts the ring on Shabnum's finger ~ Austin marriage proposal session ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Alim puts the ring on Shabnum's finger ~ Austin marriage proposal session ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com
Shabnum says yes to Alim Shabnum and Alim ~ Austin Engagement session ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Shabnum and Alim ~ Austin proposal session ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Shabnum overcome after she says yes to Alim ~ Austin Engagement session ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Everyone stops to take a look at Shabnum's engagement ring ~ Austin Engagement session ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Alim and Shabnum have a chat Shabnum and Alim ~ Austin Engagement session ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com
Shabnum and Alim ~ Austin Engagement session ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Shabnum and Alim ~ Austin Engagement session ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Shabnum and Alim ~ Austin Engagement session ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Shabnum and Alim's Austin engagement session ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Laughs at Shabnum and Alim's Mueller Park Austin engagement session ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com
Laughs at Shabnum and Alim's Mueller Park Austin engagement session ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Longhorns show spirit during their Austin Mueller Park engagement session ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Alim and Shabnum at Meuller Park Austin ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Laughs at Shabnum and Alim's Mueller Park Austin engagement session ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com Shabnum and Alim at their Austin Mueller Park engagement session Alim, Shabnum and company share a laugh after the proposal and engagement session ~ www.mercedesmorgan.com

Shabnum and Ali have a moment to themselves after their engagement session at Mueller Park

This ring shot? One of my recent favorites. When you haven’t got a macro—and travelling light to shoot a proposal—a flipped around 50mm lens does nicely.

The engagement ring ~ freelensing ~ freelens macro

 

A FEW PROPOSAL TIPS

Planning to propose and you’d love to have a photographer capture those moments for you? Here are a few helpful things to note during your planning process, from a photographer’s perspective:

Before you propose, choose the right spot and the right time.

Pick a spot that’s not only pretty and meaningful to you both, but offers your photographer a place or two to hide. We would hate to miss a great expression on her face when you pop the question, so a site visit is very helpful and leaves much less to chance. When helping Alim with his proposal to Shabnum, we did a run-through at each site so we could pre-plan where she would stand, where Jesse or I would hide and where to place the boxes so that it would give the best view possible of Shabnum’s reactions. We also timed everything so that we had beautiful late afternoon light available during their engagement photo session.

Make it a team effort.

Before you propose, enlist a sister or best friend and get their help. Since we usually plan to do an engagement session afterwards, I recommend that you have someone close to them discreetly raid her closet. Have them select a couple of outfits with accessories and shoes to go along with each. Just in case, have them bring a freshening up kit—make up, hair brush, etc.—as well as a pair of flats for walking.

Consider their comfort.

Be sure to bring along a few helpful things. Bring lots of tissues. You might even need them yourself! Make sure you have lots of water as well. Whether you have a long scavenger hunt like Alim planned or a very simple proposal moment like Oscar chose to do, you’ll want to be sure to have a few minutes alone with each other afterwards.

Those are just a few things to consider when you’re planning to have a photographer to help you record and remember such a special moment. If you’re contemplating a proposal and need a little help to plan, get in touch! I would love to help you remember that moment in pretty pictures you both will enjoy and walk through the planning process with you.

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Marcela Pulido : 18:00 August 24, 2015
This is so stinkin' cute! You were so sneaky and captured some great expressions, great job!
Sarah : 19:36 August 24, 2015
These are precious! I love how you guys followed her though the whole thing!
Heather Kanillopoolos : 17:56 August 25, 2015
AWWWWW Oh my gosh these are SO PERFECT!!!!! You made me start crying!!!
kong wai : 03:16 August 26, 2015
Love the idea, props, dressing, color.....everything. so cool
naomi : 10:56 August 26, 2015
this is so sweet.
Sabrina K : 22:32 August 26, 2015
Such a fantastic shoot! You got some incredible moments
Darren Gair : 11:19 August 27, 2015
Wow, Alim really went all out! Brilliantly documented Mercedes
Albert Palmer : 20:05 August 27, 2015
I loved looking through these - absolute perfection!
lisa lacroix : 06:46 August 28, 2015
What a clever way to propose. This looks like it was a blast to photograph!!
Luke Hayden : 13:37 August 31, 2015
Really stunning work!
Briana Morrison : 19:57 September 1, 2015
Aww, what a cute idea! <3
Simi : 20:31 September 9, 2015
Gorgeous work Merc! Well planned proposal... and sweet <3!

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