Peter & Rachel – The Proposal!

Warning: Large post with many pictures!

Ever since Cassie and I have gotten together, I’ve been getting to know her friends whom she grew up with on the East Coast. Spanning over many years, the friendships are deep, they’re fun, and they really know how to have a good time! =) From this group, I had the privilege of meeting Rachel and her boyfriend, Peter. We went on some double dates and I even did a portrait shoot with them in New York City last summer!

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Fast forward to this past weekend – Peter popping the question!  He’s been planning this proposal for a few weeks and boy did it show from the many extensive emails outlining his plans.  Cassie and I returned to NYC this week so it was a perfect excuse to go on another double date together!  His original idea of us ice skating together in Central Park was ruined by 70 degree spring weather, but we can’t complain about that =)

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Gunny & Lynn: The Proposal!

I got an email early last week that read:

B/c in Genesis 2:18 “The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone…” and b/c I believe Lynn’s the most awesome person in this whole wide world, I have decided to propose to her this Thursday!

How exciting!! The proposal itself was a private moment between the two so I don’t have any pictures from that.  (I hear it involved a lot of candles, a teddy bear, and a whole ton of good old fashioned Gunny romance)  But I did get to be part of the surprise party with family and friends later that night at Lynn’s sister’s house!

We ran into a minor hiccup when we first arrived; Gunny emailed us the wrong address!  No one answered the door.  Fortunately for us, directly across the street was a house with a lot of activity going on.  We guessed that was probably the correct house, and we were right!

Now all we had to do was wait in the dark for the couple to arrive so we could surprise Lynn! She came in sporting a beautiful ring on her finger so I assume she said yes. Good job Gunny! The rest of the night was filled with fun & festivities with the great couple.

I did manage to fire off a couple of shots throughout the night to capture it. It was a joyous occasion -the smiles in the pictures tell it all =)

Waiting in darkness (brightened so you can see the people!)

The Wait (Lynn's sister & niece)

beautiful decorations

surprise!!

speech by Lynn's father

welcome to the family!

"auntie!"

look at the smiles! truly the way to a girl's heart =)

did I mention the food was delicious??

practicing for the big day

if you don't know Gunny, this pic sums him up!

cute dog! it was so happy to see Lynn

I got to take a picture with the groom-to-be

Friends. (don't let the smiles fool you. these ladies are fierce)

Lynn's adorable family

4 must be Lynn's lucky number ;)

Taste of New Yawk: Peter and Rachel

Last weekend, I had a chance to shoot for Cassie’s friend Rachel and her boyfriend Peter.  Cassie and I have gone on a double date with them before so I was really excited to have another pseudo one with them -this time behind a camera!  Cassie came to help with watching our gear and doing what she does best by being my emotional support =)

During the shoot, Peter turned to me and asked, “So how many of these have you done so far?”  My mind raced to visualize the pictures I’ve done before.  I rattled off a number, “you guys are probably the third time.”  It’s hard to put a number to it, but that’s probably about right.  But now that I think about it, Peter and Rachel are probably my first couple where it’s just me and them.

Unless, you want to count the gag shoot I did with the cute Suggey & Mikey

No dumping

So it’s a landmark shoot for me and I couldn’t have asked for a better couple!  We worked Central Park, some random side streets, alleys, and the New York Palace.  It’s amazing how ordinary environments can make for some pretty pictures!  (With the right lighting and models in place ;))

Peter tickling the ivories with some romantic tunes

I had asked Cassie to help me scout out some possible locations and she turned to Gossip Girl, a TV show that she loves, for reference.  I make fun of her for watching it, but I can’t complain because it came through!  The Palace was a nice, upscale environment and I think it worked out quite well.  It was a bit crazy due to a wedding that was taking place there so I had to ditch one or two of the shots I had in mind, but we grabbed a lot of great unexpected ones which more than made up for it =)

Later that night, Peter had a crazy encounter with getting his iPod stolen right from his hands and chasing him down at a subway! It’s an amazing story.. head over to Facebook and read his note about it!

Our first double date together last winter

Thanks Peter & Rachel!