Lucy and Hoai’s Love Story: A Surprise Proposal at Granville Island

Lucy and Hoai’s Lifestyle Session was one of the most meaningful engagement sessions I’ve captured to date. I may be a wedding photographer, but it’s not every day I get to witness a marriage proposal! The funny thing about this session is that Hoai didn’t tell me his plans—so I was under the impression that these two were dating and simply wanted some beautiful pictures. Here’s the play-by-play:

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Getting stunning images of these two wasn’t difficult. They’re so obviously in love and it was nearing sunset at Granville Island, a time photographers call ‘golden hour’ because the light is perfect.

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As the session went on, Lucy noticed Hoai checking his phone every few minutes. When she asked him what was going on, he stopped checking and we continued on.
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We found a vintage bus parked on our route and took a few minutes to incorporate it into the shoot.

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As the light began to fade, I was sure we’d captured an amazing set of images. I turned to tell Lucy and Hoai that I was ready to call this shoot a wrap when I see Hoai bent down on one knee! What!? Whoah! I begin shooting like crazy.

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Lucy has tears running down her cheeks. Hoai forgets the speech he prepared, but what he says is heartfelt and a lot better than anything he could memorize. I feel myself getting emotional (c’mon how couldn’t I) as I realize how privileged I am to be documenting this milestone.

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Lucy says yes and Hoai slides a beautiful ring on her finger.

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We’re all a little stunned. I’m taking pictures of them as they embrace and quietly whisper their love for each other. After a while they realize I’m there and I burst into congratulations. Hoai confesses that he’d been trying to text me his plans throughout the shoot!

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As I capture my final set of images, Lucy and Hoai are beaming, and I am too. I walk them to their car and Hoai tells me that he’s taking Lucy to a celebration dinner with their closest friends and family. I feel even more privileged as I realize that I that I was the only person there to witness their proposal.

On the drive home I can’t stop smiling. I’m re-living how it felt to propose to Cec. I couldn’t love my job more and I can’t wait to share these photos.

…The End

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