Pulling off a surprise proposal and
engagement party is quite a feat, but the results can be amazing! One of our dear friends and member photographers, GH Kim Photography, recently captured one
such surprise proposal (from their very own nephew, David) and the results were, naturally, nothing short of adorable.
Throughout their relationship, David and Christina had been crossing the
US-Canadian border to see each other, so it was fitting that the
proposal happened on middle ground at the Peace Arch border crossing. The surprise didn't end at the
proposal though. Back at home, all of the the couple's friends and
family were waiting, unbeknownst to Christina, to help them celebrate
their special occasion. Check out how it all unfolded, straight from the
How it all happened...
I had told Christina
that we were taking a day trip to Canada with my
family (including my brother, sister-in-law, and Grace and Hun of GH Kim Photography) for my
The premise was that GH Kim offered to take pictures of my brother and
somewhere cool and different. They also
"offered" to take pictures of Christina and myself. I emphasized that
one ever declines an offer from GH Kim, and that was the story that got
to the border. When she arrived, we had GH Kim strategically
pretending to take photos of Paul and Gloria.
Standing off at a distance, I motioned Christina to come over to me
and that's when I sang to her, confessed my love for her, and proposed
as GH Kim captured every moment!
day, I was expecting to meet David and his family at the Peace Arch
border as the first stop to our day celebrating his brother's birthday. I knew they were going to take a couple shots of
me and David as well but didn’t expect us to be the main focus of the
day. When I got to the Peace Arch, the scene looked pretty normal - Paul
and Gloria had their “photo shoot” going on, off on the side, and David
was in front of the arch with his guitar in his hands. I thought to
myself "oh boy, of course David would bring a prop to a photo shoot". He told me he wanted to play the song he wrote
for me, and he started singing and playing. It was really
sweet but I felt confused as to why he was doing it in front of
everyone. After the song, he took my hand and gave a very genuine and thoughtful speech, and as soon as I heard
the words “so I talked to your parents...” I knew right away and was
unbelievably shocked that this was really happening. I faced the others
and even had to ask them if this was “real”. I was so overwhelmed by
joy that I felt like I was walking on clouds the whole day.
Looking back, what stood out most that day was...
remember her walking toward me at the border and thinking
that my heart couldn't have pounded any harder. I
remember singing to her with everything I had in me. I vividly recall her
taking - precisely - up to 3 minutes to answer my 'will you marry me?'
question. After she realized I was serious (knee covered in mud), I
remember the look on her face when she said yes and when I placed the
ring on her finger. Also, the moments as I was guiding Christina up to
the front door (blind-folded) and feeling the level of excitement of
her friends who were watching was something I'll never forget.
remember most vividly how surprised I felt to see my close friends
gathered in one place to surprise me and congratulate us. I remember
their happy faces - some with tears of joy.
After what we are sure was a joyous whirlwind of a day, the couple
can now look back on these sweet photos and reminisce about all the moments the GH Kim captured. And of course, they each have their favorites. David loves the photos that show him, as he says, "singing to the
love of my life, a song I wrote, and confessing that I wanted to grow
old with her". Christina's favorite is the one where she can see the exact moment that she "realized David was asking
me to spend the rest of my life with him and it completely overwhelmed
me with joy".
Love it! Check out GH Kim Photography's blog for more darling images and information on this creative surprise proposal.