Mike e-mailed me a few months ago and asked me if I was available to photograph a surprise proposal. I was, and many e-mails later a plan was set in motion. They are from Texas so of course it seemed natural to plan a visit to see our beautiful skyline from the Adler Planetarium. Michelle thought nothing of me hanging around with my camera, since everyone takes photos of the skyline from there. Here’s Michelle admiring the view while Mike takes out the ring.
…down on one knee…she’s still admiring the view…
…she turns around….
She said YES!!!
Mike puts the ring on.
Mr. Jogger will probably never know that he will be a tiny part of Mike and Michelle’s proposal day forever.
These two were rock-stars for the photos it was freezing cold!
Here’s a closer crop, so the ladies can appreciate the size of this freaking rock!! Let me just tell you the small web size photos do not do it justice, it’s gorgeous!!
I asked Mike if he wanted to add something to the blog post, and in a few minutes he sent me this e-mail…get ready to swoon ladies.
Dear, Michelle –
I wish I could have told you all the things that I rehearsed to myself when you were at work or when you were working out just a few steps away from me at the gym. However, I choked when I was walking around with you leading up to my well-planned, yet forgotten proposal!
Ultimately, I wanted to capture every moment to ensure you understood how much I love you and the meticulous details that I pay attention to daily. Then the thought occurred to me … how about I just capture it all on film to give you something memorable, coupled with lasting images to live forever?
Insert Hilda, tons of e-mails, A LOT of coordination, forgotten speech, a custom engagement ring & box made by yours truly, and a beautiful Chicago skyline. However, at that time when I got on my knee, I became filled with anxiety of the unknown, even though you have reassured me time and time again that would always say “yes.”
Additionally, I was always nervous and battled getting engaged as I wanted my professional life to become PERFECT before getting engaged and taking that next step in my life. How daft my thinking had become because I vividly remember how every emotion from being scared to exuding confidence became perfectly protected by your warm smile and beautiful eyes.
In the chaotic life I live, you are my “PERFECT” and my life has become complete knowing that I have you by my side. This is only the beginning of our new chapter in our lives and I plan on making chapter 2, riveting, climatic, and filled with romance. I love you always and blessed that you said “Yes.”
Love you and miss you even when I’m next to you …
Congrats to you guys, I hope you will always be as happy as you were on March 4th, 2012 🙂