Most of you know that surprise proposals are one of my favorite things to photograph. Like, EVER. I don’t know why, exactly… probably something about the real emotions, the unexpectedness, oh – and being a part of the surprise! I was thrilled when Ben asked me to tag along when he asked Aviva to marry him at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool!! In my opinion, this is hands-down one of the most peaceful and romantic locations in the city. A perfect place to get engaged!
I arrived at the lily pool while these two were enjoying an afternoon picnic in Lincoln Park. Aviva thought they were just enjoying a post-picnic stroll by the pond, when all of a sudden Ben was on one knee! A small crowd of onlookers cheered when she said yes, and two joggers also stopped to take photos of the happy couple. There were smiles, applause, and lots of happy tears 🙂
After the surprise, it was time for some “just engaged” photos around the park! We got lucky with the most lovely summer afternoon (thanks, Chicago!). Aviva couldn’t keep her eyes off her diamond (I mean, would you?!)… not to mention her new fiancé, of course! Ben was all smiles, which made our time together a total breeze. But the surprise was not over! After our session I chauffeured these two home, where friends and family were waiting to congratulate them. There were more cheers, more happy tears, and a night of celebration ahead!
CONGRATULATIONS, Ben and Aviva!!! Your engagement day was such a joy to capture. Wishing you two a lifetime of happiness together!