Jaren's Central Park Proposal
In July of 2010, I shot my first NYC wedding for Matt and Di on a rooftop of Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. When Matt contacted me last week to tell me a friend of his was planning to propose to his girlfriend, asking me if I would be interested in working with them, I of course said yes. I know that friends of my clients must be awesome by the transitive property of awesomeness. I quickly set a time to speak with Jaren about what he was looking for, and we agreed to work together for his proposal.
The weather for the morning of his proposal was nice and warm, it wasn't windy, and basically was just what I had hoped for, and what Spring in NYC so far has failed to deliver. Jaren's friend Terry, the distraction for Mary Beth while Jaren got in position to propose, and I chatted for a bit waiting on Jaren and Mary Beth to arrive. Moments before they were to get to the bridge, it seemed a tour bus of people came to the bridge to take photos, chat, enjoy the scenery, and in one ladie's case to begin pre-run stretching in a hot pink jacket exactly where Terry was to be positioned to meet Jaren & Mary Beth.
Thankfully, just moments before they were to arrive, the crowds thinned leaving only Terry and me on the bridge as Jaren and Mary Beth arrived. All the planning, misdirection, and preparation led to a quiet proposal on a bridge by the Jacklyn Kennedy Onassis reservoir in Central Park. Moments later, at the conclusion of an emotional proposal, Mary Beth said yes, leaving nothing for Jaren to do but stand up and embrace his new fiance. As we walked to meet a cab to take them to see their friends for the first time as an engaged couple, Jaren and Terry laughed about the effort that Jaren had put into planning the event, causing Mary Beth to perk up: "I was just thinking last night that it's a good thing I know you so well, otherwise I might think you'd been cheating on me with all these late nights working!"
Mr. Pittman, Thank you so much for agreeing to capture this special moment for Jaren and Mary Beth (my daughter)! Jaren put so much thought and effort into making this a once in a lifetime experience for her and I'm grateful that there are pictures to capture this incredible point in time. Thanks also to Terry, Matt, Di, Carlos, John, and Jenny for being there to celebrate with them and for being such good friends. It makes me not worry about her being so far away knowing that she has Jaren and all of you looking out for her!
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