Philadelphia Proposal Photographer | Longwood Gardens | Olu + Josette
Olu and Josette met 9 months to the day of their proposal. It took one 13 hour first date and they both knew that they had found their one.
Olu called me to talk about a plan for photographing his proposal. We talked and emailed extensively to come up with the perfect plan to surprise Josette. Since it was February and Josette isn’t keen on cold weather, we needed something that she would agree to. He considered Morris Arboretum and the Rodin Museum but both were ruled out as being too problematic with rain. Longwood Gardens was perfect unless she didn’t want to go quite so far away that morning.
We had our maps and plans. We had to move the shoot up a little early because they had agreed to help a friend move later in the day. There was no good way to convince Josette to dress up so Olu didn’t stress it for fear of arousing suspicion.
It all went down perfectly. We planned for them to come walking towards me in the Silver Garden and for Olu to pop the question as they rounded the corner.
Josette’s reaction was priceless! Her legs literally gave out from under her and she burst into tears.
She clearly had not seen this coming at all. He played it cool all morning, their standard dance party in the am, shrugging off his choice of nicer clothes, and finding a way to make it her idea for him to stop back at his place (to pick up the ring!). They had talked rings and figured maybe she’d see something on Valentine’s Day.
She got her parents on the phone soon after and they gushed about the ring, the proposal, and her father advised that she start keeping a journal of everything. Cute idea!
It was at an MBA event where they first locked eyes. She saw him enter and was near the door when he was leaving and they struck up a conversation. Their first date took them all over the city from coffee to ice cream to Penn’s Landing to dinner.
They bonded over their love of travel. Together they’ve already been to China, Thailand, California, Canada, and North Carolina.
It was so much fun to be with them. Josette stared in awe at her gorgeous ring more times than I can count. There was so much bliss and excitement. Man, I love photographing proposals!
Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.
~ Oscar Wilde