Last week we shot a surprise proposal for Julia + Danny. These are always fun to help plan and to capture!
Danny had been planning this for months from San Francisco and had reached out to us to shoot it when he arrived in Nashville. He had organized it so family (including Wilbur the family dog), and friends would all be there to secretly watch, and then celebrate afterwards as well. The original location was at Cheekwood Gardens where we would be waiting with Danny, who would surprise Julia who thought she was attending a cocktail party for a new art gallery installation. However, all this planning, all the time committed and the stress of making sure everything was in place for this day, was thwarted by, of all things, bad weather :(
On the day of the shoot we start getting texts from Danny that his plane was being re-routed to St. Louis due to weather. At this point he was two hours out, and we had a tight window of time to get him from the airport to Cheekwood. So while Danny is stuck in St. Louis he adds us on his family's text stream. From there it's a flurry of messages trying to re-plan this surprise proposal. Should we do it tonight? Should we wait? Where should we do it? Mind you, while all of this is happening the sun is continuing to lower in the sky, and as photographers, panic starts to set in the pit of our stomachs. We finally decide on Centennial Park as the new spot and decided to still do it that night!
Danny arrives in Nashville and we pick him up from the airport Secret Service style! We shoved him in the SUV and we were off racing through traffic. It was destiny in the making. It was meant to be for us, Danny, and our mission to get him to the love of his life who has no idea he's in Tennessee and no clue any of this is happening.
We arrive at the park and meet up with the rest of the family, who are waiting with flowers and their dog Wilbur. We all hurried to get into position. From here, the photos tell the rest of the story. It was a close call, it got dark fast, but I think we captured the momen and the love, splendidly.
Enjoy the photos! Congrats again Danny + Julia!