A few weeks ago I was contacted by a gentleman from NYC who was looking to hire me to photograph a surprise wedding proposal, specifically in Syracuse and someplace outdoors. His thinking was that The Gazebo at Onondaga Park would be a good idea, right around sunset where the light would be beautiful.
Well, things didn't go exactly as planned. First, he had planned to buy roses for his soon-to-be fiancé, but flower shops and any number of other stores are closed on Sundays in Central New York. He asked for my help, so I made a run to Wegmans, bought every red rose I could find (there were not many), and with great help from my wife, put together a bouquet. Second, while the gazebo would have made for a great spot to pop the question, Syracuse Department of Parks and Recreation had yet to put in the footbridge across the water to the gazebo, requiring me to call an audible and suggest a beautiful, nearby stone bridge. Finally, while the weather had been lovely and warm in the days leading up to the proposal, the evening turned out to be blustery and cold, to the point where I actually brought hand warmers
All that being said, things worked out in the end, with the lovely couple having the park (and proposal location) to themselves yesterday evening.
It was a wonderful moment that I felt privileged to have chronicled, and I wish the future bride and groom a happy life together.