Nick was excited when we talked in January. He was planning a trip to Englewood with his girlfriend of two years and was going to propose. He wanted to make it really special and make sure they'd remember it forever. We came up with a plan that I'd be at the beach before they arrived and photograph the entire proposal. He was confident she'd say YES and then we could take engagement photos afterwards. We also discussed special places for them to go for dinner and he made reservations at The Waverly.
They flew from Michigan to Florida on Wednesday and he messaged me that they were in town. We had discussed meeting up that evening but he couldn't sneak away from Bekka. We finalized our plan for where he would do the proposal on Blind Pass Beach on Manasota Key. Mike and I arrived to the beach around 5:30, scouted out the light and the amount of people at the beach and sent a couple of final texts to Nick. At 5:50 I got a text that said, "Here".
They walked down to the beach, made a quick right and Nick dropped down on his knee. We were standing down the beach using our long 200-500mm lens and captured the proposal as planned.
He was right. She laughed, then cried, said YES, they hugged and kissed. She finally looked over and saw us with the cameras so it was time to approach. She admitted a little while later that this was her dream. The proposal, the ring, beautiful photos, a great sunset...it was a perfect evening that went off as planned.
What she didn't know at the time was there was still more in store for her. Nick had not only arranged a great dinner but had organized a surprise engagement party back in Michigan after they got home. All of her friends knew that he was going to propose and he was able to use the engagement photos to create a beautiful slideshow of their time together to show to everyone.
I haven't heard when or where they will finally get married but I can see how much they love each other and know they have a great life ahead of them.