Today, we're showing off why we over-the-moon ADORE the idea of having pro photos of your proposal taken. Summer loves the movie Tangled, with its amaze sky lantern festival scene... so Alex just, you know, whipped up a recreation (nbd, right?) as a surprise proposal, bringing Peachy Keen Photography along to capture it!
Months before he popped the question, Alex was working on his plan: getting access to Vista View Park after nightfall, and gathering their friends, family, and two photographers (about 40 people in all!) to help pull everything off. On the big night, Summer was invited to a "classic movie showing" at the park - a ruse, of course - by her cousin and her fiance, who insisted on picking her up. As they drove up the tallest hill in the park, Summer began to see the lights through the car window.
Summer still thought it had something to do with the movie until they stopped the car, she was told to get out, and she saw Alex's silhouette in the night: "Behind him, hundreds of lanterns had been set free into the night sky, second in beauty only to the huge, glorious moon itself!" The lanterns, being released from the bottom of the hill, were floating up into their view at the very top.
I finally reached him and at this point I knew what was going on, but still I didn't know the extent. When he grabbed my hands in his he asked "See? You didn't have to wait that long did you?" I couldn't answer because I was just taking everything in: the gorgeous floating lights in the air, and all of those people at the bottom who were letting them off. He walked me to a tree, got on his knee and officially (FINALLY) proposed, but the ring box was empty! He grabbed hold of a random string hanging down from what seemed to be the shining stars, wrapped it around my finger and the ring slid down. I was so ridiculously happy, the scene was beautiful and so was the ring.
At that point, Summer finally looked down at the bottom of the hill and realized who the people releasing the lanterns actually were! Congratulations, laughs and stories about the planning followed. Later, on a beautifully sun-filled day, the couple returned with their photographers, Moriah and Jared, for their engagement session at the park.
Alex and Summer's fathers have known each other since childhood (says Summer, "We still hear basketball stories from them to this day!") and now, all of their kids are also still friends. The couple had always known each other and been friendly, but never that close. As they got older, the connection between them grew; even as they dated other people, they were that couple that everyone just knew would be together eventually.
Says Summer, "We were meant to be from the beginning... it just took both of us a while to realize it. And how happy I am that we did!"
The two will be saying their "I do's" in February at The Woman's Club of Coconut Grove, and of course Moriah will be there to capture every moment. Congratulations, guys!