Ladies, this is a spoiler alert…you’re going to have a serious case of Boyfriend Envy if you read further about the proposal I had the great pleasure of photographing over the weekend by the amazingly romantic Jake, to the sweet and beautiful Pauline! Yes, I’m an Orange County wedding photographer, but proposal opportunities are not nearly as frequent as I’d like.
They were on a weekend getaway from L.A., and Jake had reserved a 1400 square foot ocean view suite. Of course, there were flower arrangements of her faves waiting in the suite. He’d told Pauline that he’d contracted with a photographer to shoot with them on the property (yours truly) for about an hour, which we did.
Considering Jake was just recovering from ankle surgery, we did a great job hitting some of the iconic spots in the hotel in a mere 60 minutes.
I was crazy about them both immediately, and could totally feel their HUGE love for one another. Upon my “fake” departure, I suggested they visit the serene Botanical Garden for a sunset glass of champagne.
Immediately after bidding adieu, I hightailed it over there myself, where the proposal was to take place. There were four St. Regis staff members, including a butler to pour the chilled Dom Perignon, plus a guitarist, vocalist, and the incredible Gundula, Chef Concierge of the hotel, making sure everything was top notch. Which, of course, it was. No less would be expected of the St. Regis, right?
The gazebo was strung with lights, heaters were provided lest Pauline get a chill, and a car to deliver them to the site. Outside the gazebo were votive candles spelling out “MARRY ME?”, and red and white rose petals along the votive lined pathway.
We were behind the rosemary hedge when they arrived at this magical spot, and I do believe it took Pauline a minute to realize that this was all for her.
The look on both of their faces was indescribable and actually, such an intimate moment, I don’t feel comfortable sharing the actual proposal 😦
But you’ll get the idea.