“My name is Corey and my girlfriend is Amy. We are originally from Alpine, Texas where we grew up and went to school together; but now reside in Chicago. We have been together since August 22, 2008. I have made her wait far too long for this proposal, as we have lived and been moving around together for over seven years. The engagement and wedding has taken a backseat to my career. I work with Customs and Border Protection and began my career on the border in Presidio, Texas, where after five years of service I transferred to Chicago in June of 2014. We have been up here ever since and miss Texas with all our heart. My mother’s side of the family is originally from Austin (and Burnet) so Austin has always held a special place to us. Amy’s brother and sister now live there.
I originally planned for this proposal to take place on August 22, 2017 aboard the Disney Dream cruise ship in the Bahamas. We had gone on a cruise in September of 2013 and had the time of our lives. However, around mid-May of this year, Amy’s mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. I actually purchased the ring about a week before we found out. Her mom began treatment at an oncologist in the Austin area last week. Her mom is staying in Austin with her sister and will be attending chemotherapy sessions for most of this upcoming summer. I feel that the importance of her family being around at the proposal is paramount to anything I could ever do on my own…”
And so a plan was hatched. Corey arranged for a visit from Chicago to Austin. The day before he planned to ask Amy to be his wife, he asked her dad for his blessing. So the only ones who knew what was about to happen were Amy’s father, Corey’s brother and Amy’s best friend who Corey flew in just for the occasion. To distract the family, a nice dinner was arranged but before that, Corey told Amy it would be a nice surprise for her mom to see the bats that evening. So Amy thought the surprise was all for her mom. Off to the boardwalk everyone went and Corey wasted no more time: he got on his knee and Amy’s reactions were just, well, the best.
Impromptu rock, paper, scissors. Amy 1, Corey 0. This happens a fair amount of time during our sessions. I don’t know why, but I love it!
And you wanna know what was an unexpected but really neat part about that evening? They did get to see the bats!
The entire experience was just too perfect for words. Amy was so happy and her friends and family were just as overjoyed.
There was a fair amount of planning, heart and soul that went into photographing Corey’s proposal to Amy. If you or someone you know is planning to propose, let’s get in touch! We don’t just photograph the event, but we walk you through planning and timing the event. That way, we’re are sure as possible to give you real, lovely photographs to help you remember just how giddy you felt in that moment.