I have known Justin for about a decade or more. He is a fellow photographer and has always been a huge supporter of the arts. I would see Justin at shows where I was creating art live. One time he even loaned me a prop for one of the shows. He trusted someone he hardly knew with something from his personal collection. That's when I knew for sure that he was a good human, and so I was incredibly excited when he asked me to photograph his wedding! I knew his fiance had to be equally as awesome as he is, and when I met her, I wasn't disappointed.
We talked about work, and art, and inspiration. Leah is a writer, so they got permission from Writer's Block Bookstore to come in at closing to take a few photos of the couple with their favorite books. After that, we walked around Park Ave, which has a lot of cute alleys for photos. Don't forget, if you are looking to do an engagement (or any other type of professional photos) in winter park, your photographer has to file for a permit, and it costs $25.
When asking them about how Justin proposed, he said, "By the time I got the ring, I'd lost most of the elements of surprise to popping the question; all that was left was where, when, and how. I also knew that if we went anywhere out of the ordinary, it would give away the surprise. I came across a place selling fortune cookies that had a proposal inside instead of a fortune, and thought 'I can do that even better.' We made plans to get Chinese takeout and watch a movie for the day I was planning to propose. At the beginning of the week, I stopped by the restaurant and picked up a couple of fortune cookies, printed out a personalized proposal fortune, and then swapped out the fortune for the proposal. To make the ruse even more complete, I was able to re-seal the wrapper on the cookie so it looked completely original.
The date arrived, and we ordered our food and picked it up from the restaurant. I managed to swiftly and discreetly add the proposal cookie among the others and now had to wait for the moment. After we had let our dinner settle, I asked "fortune cookie time?" and she said yes. I handed her the right cookie, and waited for her to read the "fortune." When she read the fortune, she did a double-take, looked at me, and said, "Are you kidding me?" To which I responded, "Nope" and pulled out the ring. I re-asked, "So, will you?" and she of course said, "Yes."
How cute is that???? Now, onward to the photos!!!!