This past December, just a few days before Christmas, I had the pleasure of photographing a SECRET surprise proposal in Geneva. Let me just start by saying: SHE SAID YES. :)
Chris knew for sure he wanted to document the moment he proposed to Abby. Who wouldn’t? It’s a joyous occasion. He said he enlisted the help of some of his friends and they suggested THEIR wedding photographer (yours truly). Thanks to Ashley and Stu as well as Katie and David for sending this awesome couple my way.
We talked multiple, multiple times over the phone to discuss places to go and how to make sure it was a surprise. It was tough, because it was a cold time of year, but being a Chicago Wedding Photographer, we’re used to making the very best of a cold situation.
We decided on the river walk in Geneva just north of Riverside Receptions. He told her they were meeting her parents for dinner, but he wanted to walk up the river before it got dark to show her a townhome he had been looking into. Wink Wink. I think she may have thought it was a little odd because it was maybe 5 degrees, but she was a great sport about it. I donned my hat, scarf, mittens, and warmest snow boots and casually waited by the river pretending to be a nature photographer (which I definitely am NOT), until they got close enough for my 200mm lens to start shooting. He got down on one knee and proposed, and I was all choked up even though I’d never even met either of them. I’m such a sucker for love.
She was definitely surprised and so happy.
Abby loved her memories I captured on that day. She told me afterwards, “I was going to call you as soon as I got engaged, anyhow. Chris picked the right photographer.” I can’t wait for the November wedding. It’s going to be so much fun.
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