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One morning in May I got an email from Andrew with an urgent request. He was proposing to his girlfriend of four years – tomorrow. At 10am. And he wanted it to be a surprise engagement at the Lightner Museum in downtown St. Augustine. If you’ve never photographed at the Lightner before, you wouldn’t know that it requires a special permit that usually take a bit of coordination and time to get – time was something we didn’t have. So I immediately hopped on the phone with Kimberly who is the amazing woman in charge of special events at the Lightner and explained the situation. We scrambled up a plan and the next morning I was on my way to St. Augustine!
Their “plan” was to spend the day walking around St. Augustine, something Kate loved to do, before heading down to Daytona to spend the day with family. Little did Kate know what was in store for her! I spotted them as soon as they walked into the courtyard and quietly gave Andrew the signal. I waited until they reached the bridge and watched as Kate looked for the perfect place to take a selfie. While she was distracted Andrew got down on one knee and we waited and waited. Kate was just a bit distracted looking for the perfect photo that she didn’t realize Andrew had moved. But the look on her face when she did was perfection. She was so surprised and instantly so happy.
For Andrew, the smile didn’t leave his face the entire time. But the surprises weren’t over yet. It took her a minute to spot me but she was thrilled to know a photographer was there to capture their engagement. Look at that proud smile on Andrews’ face! They were giving me all the feels!
After the shock wore off and I was able to give them their first “congratulations!” we did some of their engagement photos at the Lightner Museum. Yesterday evening I was able to reveal their photos to them and catch up on the wedding plans. I had to let them know at this point I’m emotionally invested in their love story at this point and can’t wait to see their 2019 wedding – fingers crossed I just might be their wedding photographer. 😉
Congratulations Kate and Andrew!
Want to see another surprise proposal? Check out James and Heather’s Suprise Proposal!