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NYC’s The High Line Surprise Wedding Proposal
Diana and John Engaged!
John’s surprise marriage proposal to his girlfriend Diana at the High Line in New York City took many months of planning. When, where and how? There was one thing that John knew for sure. He knew that Diana was a big fan of mine so he wanted me to be there to document that very special moment without her finding out that I was there. When John first approached me to photograph his proposal, my first inclination was,”I’d love to”. However, when John informed me that his girlfriend Diana was a fan of mine, it immediately drew up red flags for me.
First off, marriage proposals, even if the girl thinks they know or suspects when it’s going to happen, they truly never know exactly when. And more times than not, they are surprised. This surprise reaction is what we as photographers want to capture for the couple. It’s also what I’ve become really good at. However, when they spot a professional photographer following them around, well…. it’s a dead giveaway. It becomes even more challenging when they know exactly who you are. Just Youtube “failed proposals” and there are countless ones out there. Once the girl sees the photographer…. their reaction to the proposal changes. For me, I always want to capture the moment in it’s rawest form so knowing that Diana would immediately recognize me, I told John that attempting to document his surprise proposal might not be the best idea. After several emails going back and forth and ideas that I thought would work, John finally convinced me that it would all work out in photographing his proposal.
On the day of the proposal, the plan was for me to secretly rendezvous at Chelsea Piers to capture the couple enjoying a picnic. After photographing the picnic, I would head over to The High Line to our designated proposal spot to wait for them and capture the big moment. The plan pretty much went off without a hitch but we did have a minor close call. Normally when I photograph proposals, I do this solo. But because I feared that Diana would possibly recognize me, I brought my assistant with me this time and she acted as my model. It actually worked like a charm because, as I feared, Diana did in fact recognize me. Although she recognized me, Diana had no idea that I was actually photographing them because it looked as though I was on a photo shoot with another client.
After the shots of the picnic, I then proceeded to The High Line. The rest was up to John. As you can see by the images, I think he did pretty well. Congrats to Diana and John! I look forward to their wedding. Enjoy!
BTW… Did I mention that it was probably one the windiest day of the year?
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Palm Events Center Wedding, Pleasanton, CA
Grace & Kevin
Wedding Photography: Josh Wong Photography
I must say that I’ve traveled across the country photographing Grace and Kevin. From our initial meeting in San Francisco, then to the engagement photo session in San Antonio, TX and ending with their gorgeous wedding at the Palm Events Center in Pleasanton California. Over 10,000 miles flown, but I would do it all again in a heartbeat. Grace and Kevin are an amazing and fun couple to be around. They make you happy when you are around them. Their carefree nature, hospitality and generosity made this day unforgettable. The day started early for both wedding parties who stayed at the Hyatt House. While everyone was still hanging around, having breakfast and goofing off, Grace was practicing her vows while her hair and makeup were still being done. Kevin on the other hand, well… seemed a bit antsy and was making sure everything was going according to schedule. When the afternoon finally rolled around, all the hair and makeup was done, all the bridal party gifts were handed out, and everyone headed to The Palm Events Center for the “first look”. This was also where the ceremony and the reception were to take place. The Palm is a luxurious winery estate. The estate room is wrapped with wine barrels from floor the ceiling and lit with several tea light grand chandeliers. Outside are breathtaking views of the vineyards and gently sloping foothills. Perfect for sunset wedding photography. We also had our fun Fashion Studio Booth setup for Grace and Kevin as well. Be sure to check out of the montages at the end of this post to see additional images. Enjoy!
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Photo of the Day: The Harvard Club of New York – Geneva School Gala 2014
March 7, 2014
I’ve been in New York City for nearly 7 years now and yesterday was my first time shooting inside the The Harvard Club of New York. Here is a little sneak peek. Subscribe if you want to see the full feature.