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.
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.
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.
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.