This past weekend I had the joy of celebrating the beautiful engagement of Jacqueline and Fernando. Now a days I feel like it is more typical than not to get engagement photos done before the official nuptials are said but this was unique because I was present during the actual engagement and the two families were secretly there as well.
About a month ago Fernando reached out to me and asked me to shoot his surprise engagement. He gave me the details and said that he wanted to do dress rehearsal before the actual engagement He decided to propose at Osaka Garden which is the site of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 aka the World's Fair. The park is on the Wooded Island on the south side of Chicago and is a small perfectly manicured Japanese garden. The plan was to pretend that the two were going to a fund raiser at the Museum of Science and Industry and to take a walk through the park on their way to the event. They were going to make their way through the park to the end of the path where a table was set up with champaign and a box.
Both Fernando and Jacqueline's families arrived at the park about 4:30 to help set up the table and the rose petals. Both families were so excited and helpful in setting up. Once the time got closer they headed off to hide behind the fence and wait. When Jacqueline and Fernando got to the Osaka Garden you can tell he was excited to propose. The two made their way down the path and I tried to set up to get the best shots. I was shooting with my Nikon 80-200 f2.8 so I could shoot them from across the park. As they made it down the path they crossed a small Japanese bridge which had a beautiful backdrop of the dome of the Museum of Science and Industry.
Shortly after they crossed the bridge they were up the path to the gazebo and the table. I had to sprint to get back in place to get the proposal and the reaction. It was magical to be in the presence of these two during such an emotional and special day. After the proposal was finished and she said yes (of course) the couple took a walk through the rest of the park where their families had clipped some pictures that they had taken while they were dating to the surrounding plants. As the couple turned the corner to come back the families had come out of hiding to embrace and to celebrate. It was such a special day with 2 special families.