I met Mike in the spring. He contacted me to shoot his surprise proposal at Longwood Gardens. This is something I have done in the past and one of my absolute favorite parts of my job so of course I jumped at the chance! We explored Longwood together one afternoon while he was deciding on the perfect spot to propose. Finally he decided on getting tickets to a tour of the Italian Water Garden. It's a special tour where you can actually go down on the fountain lawn to an area normally closed off to visitors. Ashley's brother and wife came along as well and unknown to Ashley, her whole family was waiting in a restaurant for when they were done. I set myself up, located them in the crowd and photographed their beautiful proposal (even though Mike swears she never actually said "yes"). The plan was to keep the photographs a secret and present them to her as a gift later. He did give them to her on her birthday (is he the best fiance ever or what?!) and then they scheduled an engagement session with me. For the first time in public I am showing the proposal....
We also shot their engagement photos at Longwood Gardens, this time utilizing much more of the park and I didn't have to shoot from the bushes! Enjoy!
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Family Portraits - Engagements - Weddings in The Philadelphia/Wilmington and Coastal MD area