The morning of the proposal dawned sunny, windy...and cold! Bundling up, my first stop was for the bouquet of sunflowers Joseph had requested. The flowers secured, it was time to scope out Harriet Island. Arriving at the park I looked about to find THE bench...the bench where the proposal would take place. Momentary panic took over as I tried to remember which one on the end of the pier was the the bench...was it the one on the right or the left?!
After determining the correct one, I nestled the sunflowers there and said a silent prayer that the winds would not blow them away! Then I quickly left before running into the couple.
At the pre-determined time, I again made my way to the park where I texted Joseph to let him know I was there. As I walked along the boardwalk, I saw the two of them, hand in hand, walking towards me. At that point, Sarah only knew that Joseph had asked me to take some nice photos of the two of them as a couple. This was something that they had both talked about and wanted to do for quite some time, so Sarah did not think it out of the ordinary.
The next half hour was spent walking along the boardwalk as these two laughed, smiled and danced their way down the pier. Braving the cold winds, they would shed their coats, pose and quickly bundle back up. All throughout the afternoon, Joseph carried a lunch box in the shape of TARDIS....
Bit by bit we were making our way towards the end of the pier...towards the place where Joseph had decided to ask Sarah to marry him. The two of them slowly walked to their bench only to have Sarah stop short. She had seen the sunflowers. Picking them up, she turned to Joseph exclaiming: "There are flowers on our bench!" "Why are there flowers on our bench?!" As Joseph's smile grew brighter and brighter, she looked up to him and whispered, "What is going on?!"
Joseph gently seated Sarah and slowly bent to one knee. Surprise, laughter and tears came in quick succession as he presented a ring and asked Sarah to be his wife.
And just in case you were wondering...an exuberant 'yes' was given to Joseph's question! And I don't believe I've ever seen so much laughter, squealing, tears and excitement brimming over from two people!
Congratulations Joseph and Sarah! What a joy it was for me to be able to capture your beautiful moment! I have to admit, it was hard to stay focused as I tried to blink away my own tears =)