Surprise Proposal at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park

I Love Surprise Proposals in Central Park

I just love an amazing surprise proposal in Central Park!  On August 2, John and Bailey were engaged at the beautiful Bethesda Fountain in New York City.

About a month ago I received an email asking if I was available to secretly shoot a wedding proposal in Central Park.  I was over the moon with the idea!  The plan was to meet near Bethesda Fountain and introduce myself as a roaming photographer, and when given the signal by the future groom get ready for the proposal shot!

And it all went according to plan.  I introduced myself:  "Hi, my name is Brian and I would love to take pictures of you two!"  The future groom played right along, saying "We were just thinking about how awesome it would be to get a photographer to take our pictures here!"  She was a little more skeptical, and with her focus on me did not realize the setup as she moved closer to the fountain.   John gave the signal by going down on one knee, preparing to propose to the future bride, Bailey.  And the rest is history.

 

Congratulations to John and Bailey on such an amazing proposal in NYC!  This one goes down as one of my favorites of all time!

An Emotional Welcome Home That Was Well Overdue...

This year during our Air National Guard annual training in St. Petersburg we were invited to attend a homecoming for veterans on their way home from Washington DC. Hosted by a non profit called Honor Flight of West Central Florida, their mission is honoring veterans with all-expense-paid "Honor Tours" to their memorials in D.C.  This day an honor tour was set to arrive for Vietnam and World War Two veterans.


We were invited to stand and cheer as the war veterans left the plane.  With the entire airport filled with Veterans, Airman, Coasties, Soldiers, Seamen, civilians and volunteers, the emotions and excitement swept the room as veterans began to arrive.  So many cheers, handshakes, high fives, and hugs to go around.  One man exclaimed that for his homecoming from Vietnam fifty years ago there was not a soul in the airport.  In the end we were in line welcoming, hugging veterans for over an hour as they made their way past us down the terminal...welcome home veterans.