My client from Canada wanted to propose to his girlfriend during their trip in Los Angeles. They come here regularly because his dad lives in Southern California, so she didn't expect this to happen even though they're traveling, as it's a city that's familiar to the both of them. He arranged to have me photograph the proposal, under the pretense that I was a "garden photographer" as they tour the LA Arboretum for the first time, That way he could have an excuse for her to dress up more than usual as well, since she already knew there will be photography involved. She didn't suspect anything! We started the tour at the fountain, then moved on to different nooks on just the south side of the garden as the grounds are vast and impossible to cover everything. The plan was to move slowly to the rose garden, where he would find a moment to propose there.
It was a really hot day (I think it was 95 degrees) at 1pm, so we were trying to not melt and just be as cheerful as we could be, while finding little interesting spots to shoot. They did amazing looking so effortless and happy despite the intense heat!
We started out in this beautiful little nook under an arch of pink blooms on the trees.
On the way to the rose garden I spotted this little nook with thick tropical looking vegetations and ferns, and big trees. Even though it requires a climb up about 4 feet on a mount of dirt, they didn't mind and followed my lead. It was worth it! It looked like they were transported somewhere magical and does not look like it's super hot during the mid day at all!
I think she was laughing at how much it hurts to be poked by one of those gnarly leaves there. They were sharp and seriously hurt when poked by one! I went ow ow ow a few times moving between the clients and my shooting spot.
We kept walking and stumbled upon some cool bamboos that was perfect for a slight change of scenery.
When we were at the rose garden, he found the right moment to get down on one knee and asked her to marry him.
It was incredibly sweet. She said yes!
She was in awe with the whole planning!
That's a stunning engagement ring!
We finally made it to the waterfall feature above the big waterfall. We were all sweating bullets.
Location: LA Arboretum in Arcadia
Proposal Coordination: The Heart Bandits https://www.theheartbandits.com