When Cole first reached out to me about doing his proposal, I knew it was going to be something special. It was evident that he genuinely cared about making this an affair to remember because of his attention to detail and dedication to making it special and unique. At first, he wanted to do it at the War Memorial in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, but, unfortunately that wasn't in the cards because he could only propose on a particular date due to the fact that he flying their entire family in to celebrate after he popped the question. AWWHHHH! So instead of opting for the same ol' locations people typically utilize in Metro Detroit, he actually convinced a park owner in Grosse Pointe to let him set up a beautiful proposal at the end of their pier that had never been done before!! I worked with Cole closely on the minor details and gave him florist recommendations to make the scenery perfect.
When the big day came, we had had torrential rainfall the night prior and I was worried the big moment may not happen, but I went early to scoop out the location to make sure it wasn't flooded after convincing the park security to let me in lol but it wasn't flooded and we were good to go. Cole had planned to have Amanda's friend meet me at the location to get the flowers, champagne all set up and after some coordinating, we both knew it was perfect. We waited anxiously in position. Me with camera in hand and her friend ready to record with her phone. I was actually a little nervous because I knew how much time and effort Cole had put into it and I just wanted it to go perfectly for him. As they began to approach the location, I was ready to go and then HALT. Cole stopped and turns to get down on one knee just before the elaborate setup the we had spent making. I start wailing on my shutter just as he starts going down to his knee and captured the moment that would change both of their lives.
It was beautiful. She started to cry and then I started to cry while shooting and, obviously, she said yes. It didn't matter that it wasn't executed perfectly and it didn't matter that it was everything that Cole had envisioned, because it was a perfect moment for the two of them without the picture perfect placement. At the end of the day, we can all try so hard to do, make, say everything perfectly and sometimes it still wont end up with the result we envision and that's okay as long as we are genuine with our intentions and who we are and that's why this moment still ended up being beyond beautiful, because it was authentic.
After we all stopped crying, we poured some champagne and took some beautiful portraits to celebrate the occasion and it was truly magical. I am so happy for you Amanda & Cole and I am grateful I was able to capture your beautifully authentic moment. It was a true Michigan proposal inspiration!