3 Reasons to Have Your Proposal Photographed
Photography of wedding proposals has become more and more common over the last several years. While we were dating, I told my husband, Ryan, stories I heard from my photographer friends about proposal shoots they had done. Well, he must have been paying attention. The evening that Ryan proposed was a Monday night date night. June is a super busy month for me, so that was the only night that would work with my schedule. He took me to the North Carolina Museum of Art for a picnic. There are miles of walking paths on the grounds surrounding the museum. We sat down by a weeping willow tree and made ourselves comfortable. I wanted to sit under the tree, but he insisted that we sit beside the tree. At some point he asked me to stand and I gently protested because I was feeling lazy. He yanked me up to my feet and I could feel his heart pounding. I suspected that this could be the night, but right then and there I knew. He got down on one knee and for the life of me, I can’t remember a thing he said except, “Will you marry me?” I said yes and we hugged and kissed. But, Ryan had one more surprise for me. He told me that my photographer friend, Amaris Hames, was across the pond photographing us. I shrieked and jumped up and down because I knew she had captured some beautiful images. (The image above is from our engagement.) But mostly I was so excited because Ryan had gone to so much trouble to make the proposal special. We even did a mini engagement session right after the proposal.
To some people, having a proposal photographed is a bit much. And I get that. Maybe they feel like it adds a whole additional layer of complexity to something that is already nerve-racking. They may also feel like it is a bit extravagant or unnecessary. But, let me tell you, when I realized that Ryan had orchestrated the proposal so carefully and that we would have a beautiful photograph to remember the moment by, I was elated. Truly, elated. And the photographs are stunning. We had it printed and matted to 24×30 and used it as our guest book at our wedding. We now have a beautiful piece of art for our wall.
So if you are on the fence about whether or not to have your proposal photographed, here are a few reasons to go for it:
- Photography lovers will ADORE the photos of the engagement. It is a unique memento of the experience.
- Your fiance will love how much time and effort you put into the planning of the proposal.
- Women can get so swept up in the whirlwind of the moment that later on they can’t remember very much of what happened. The photographs give them a way to remember the experience.
Whether you choose to have your proposal photographed or not, any heartfelt proposal is going to be well received. I think the most important thing is that the setting and the proposal reflect your personality as a couple. But, if you would both be game for someone to hide in the bushes to capture that special moment, you won’t be sorry!