Surprise proposals are so much fun. From the secret planning of locations and times, to the hiding and occasionally asking strangers to leave an area clear because something wonderful is about to happen and I need to photograph it. When Steve and Anna talked about getting engaged she said that the one thing she wanted was for the proposal to be documented and it was. :-)
They met at a Santa-themed pub crawl in Connecticut and got engaged on vacation in Ogunquit, Maine. Steve proposed on the bridge that they had spent all week swimming under, Anna having no idea what was going to happen. I watched them arrive, smiling and talking. As they got to the bridge Steve stopped, just where I asked him to, took Anna’s purse and shoes and set them on the ground. At this point, she must have known something was going on. I changed my position from behind a fence to the beach just below them. I watched her level of joy increase with every word out of his mouth until he eventually got down on one knee.
The proposal was so moving, it stopped people on the bridge, who congratulated them. It also attracted the attention of a seagull, that insisted on flying near the couple the entire time. We took a little walk after for some couple photos as well. Here are some of the photos, enjoy!