Now, this is a story all about how
A proposal got flipped-turned upside down
And I’d like to take a minute
Just sit right there
…I’ll tell you how they got photos in central park and became a pair
“Tinder, first date at a bar – had no intention to make us more than a hookup, but here we are!” – K and A
Okay, well let me give you a little backstory as to why Kristen (“K”) decided to propose. Both being women, they always got the question…”who will propose to who?” It was always funny to us how interested people are about certain aspects of our relationship but their questions sparked our own conversation on the matter and after talking about it, Angela told Kristen she really wanted to be the one to propose. One day while having lunch with a friend of hers she asked Kristen what her perfect proposal would be. Kristen told her, “my dream is pretty much impossible but if Angela really wants to know then here it is…” Kristen told her that if she had it her way Angela would propose to Kristen first and Angela would be able to give her a ring right back in that moment.
Kristen’s friend laughed, “how are you going to do that?!” K told her that she wasn’t sure because she wasn’t just going to carry a ring around with her everywhere and that she didn’t want to know when Angela was doing it because she love surprises! Months passed by since that conversation and K began falling more and more for Angela. They decided to book a trip to Vegas for February 2019 and while they were out there they’d plan to visit the Grand Canyon. It was right around Thanksgiving that they were finalizing plans for their trip when K decided that if Angela hasn’t proposed by February then K was going to do it in Vegas. So Kristen sent her “future” brother-in-law (Angela’s bro) a message and told him that she was ready to buy a ring. K sent him the setting that she wanted and they started the process of picking a diamond. Meanwhile, K + A are in the middle of planning another trip but this one is to NYC a week before Christmas to experience the city during the holiday season.
Finally, Kristen decided on a ring and made the purchase. This was Wednesday, Dec.12th and as soon as she agreed to buy it she had this urge…almost more like this NEED to give it to her future wife, Angela. In her mind she knows it’s too soon as Angela made her a promise to let her propose first but something inside K just couldn’t wait any longer…K wanted to marry her. So K asked her “future” brother-in-law when the ring would arrive in the mail (K was having it sent to Angela’s parents’ house) and he told K around Tuesday of next week (which would’ve been days after the NYC trip). After hearing the tone in K’s voice he asked what was wrong and she told him that it’s not a big deal but if the ring arrived in time then she was going to propose in NYC that weekend. He told K that he could make it happen and that he thought that was a great idea! So, the jewelry store had the ring for Angela sized Thursday morning and sent Thursday afternoon to arrive by Friday! K told herself if it didn’t arrive in time then she would wait and stick to her original plan of doing it while they were in Vegas at the Grand Canyon during their February trip.
As the hours passed K was having a moral dilemma…K thought that maybe she was making a mistake by pushing up the engagement because Angela had been so adamant about K waiting for her. K knew she was probably saving for a ring but she had made certain comments that made K sure it wasn’t happening any time soon, K did, however, think that it could possibly happen in Vegas. As Kristen went back and forth on convincing herself yes and then no…she needed a sign. It seemed silly but Kristen just needed something to make her feel like she was doing the right thing. she was so excited to propose, but didn’t want Angela to be upset that K didn’t stick to what they agreed upon. This is when Kristen reached in her wallet and pulled out a quarter and said, “okay universe, I need a sign. Heads I propose this weekend in NYC and tails I wait.” K flips…it’s heads…she smiles and decides that she needs more…best 2 out of 3. She proceeds to flip again…it’s heads again…and just for kicks and giggles, she flips the third time and it’s heads and jump right up and decides right then and there she was going to propose.
The next day Kristen wakes up and picks up the ring that arrived that morning from her parents and asks them for their blessing to marry their daughter. They gave K a huge hug and welcomed her into the family. Kristen leaves and that’s when she reached out to a friend of hers, Tiffany, and told her about the plan and she mentioned a photographer, Suess Moments ( Miranda Suess ), who could potentially photograph the proposal. This is less than 24 hours until it goes down- so time was ticking. I reached out to Kristen right away after Tiffany sent Kristen’s contact info. Since she wasn’t familiar with NYC, she went with my recommendations. We came up with a plan. I would show up at the Plaza Hotel with my photography gear and all and text Kristen when I was ready as Angela and Kristen walked around the area sightseeing. At this point, Angela was ready to go back to the hotel room but Kristen kept stalling her to stick around.
When I was ready, I texted me her the exact location and what I was wearing- she walked passed me and I had my phone out and Kristen stopped me and asked, “Hi! Do you know where this place is?” showing me The Gapstow Bridge in Central Park. I replied, “Yes! So weird, I am heading over there too for an engagement shoot- I can show you!”. Because K didn’t want to make it come off suspicious to Angela, she asked me to take out a photo in front of the Plaza Hotel (only because she acted like she wanted to see it so bad lol). We walked over to Central Park and had small talk and I pointed to the bridge and a great spot for photos.
Before (acted like I was leaving) could actually leave and say formal goodbyes for the “engagement shoot”…Angela, decided to ask me, “Can you take a photo of us (with her cell phone) over there?” I agreed and walked over to the perfect non-crowded spot. Angela handed her phone to me and takes a few photos. As I hand the phone back to Angela, she requested one more and that’s when KRISTEN got the best surprise…(WTF) Angela, whips out a box with a ring!!! And then, I got confused and thought Angela was Kristen and my mind played tricks on me.
So this is when Kristen collected her thoughts after what she thought the impossible had just happened and stepped back to get on one shaking knee and propose to Angela right back….
Want to know what the craziest part is? Both Kristen’s brother-in-law and Angela’s parents KNEW the entire time and Angela was planning to propose at Rockefeller center in front of the tree but it was so crowded that she decided not to. Kristen kept talking about Central Park all day to get her excited about going so as they were walking to the Plaza Hotel to meet up with me as the secret photographer Angela had decided she was going to do it at the park!
Kristen got her dream proposal that she truly believed was impossible and Angela got her dream to ask her first. Every time Kristen tells the story she gets chills because how unbelievable the proposal worked out.
Proposal photos of the just engaged same sex couple around Central Park to follow 🙂
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