Nothing can beat a Romantic VanDusen Garden Waterfall Proposal. I LOVE shooting Proposals! There is something so raw, so powerful when you get someone in front of the camera immediately following an engagement. It is so rich in emotion & excitement – my heart can hardly handle it! When you add in the fact that these two have been in a serious long distance relationship taking turns traveling across the states to visit each other, it makes it that much more special to be able to capture this for them. I’ve done long distance and it is tough – FaceTime is a god-send for sure – so I have a small idea of what these two have gone through and I am over the moon happy for them!
As far as Jui knew, they were simply on a week’s vacation together – splitting their time between Vancouver & Seattle before parting ways again. Little did she know…
One of the BEST parts of photographing engagements like this is that I don’t do just that. When you contact me to photograph your proposal I also provide planning services automatically included! From the start I help you with scheming, timing, location, logistics, optional add-on’s like champagne, etc! I’ll admit, I think I have more fun helping to plan than my clients sometimes do. 😉
From the start, Avi had the always-stunning VanDusen Botanical Garden in mind as one of his preferred locations and I’m so glad that’s where he decided to go with! I gave him variety of options within the gardens and Avi decided on a Romantic VanDusen Garden Waterfall Proposal. If you’re looking for an ideal proposal or portrait location, VanDusen really does have so much to offer and is one of my favourites!
Avi couldn’t have chosen a more perfect place & time of year to pop the question – EVERYTHING was in bloom and it was absolutely gorgeous within the gardens. I could’ve shot for hours on end but these two had a fancy dinner reservation in downtown Vancouver that they had to run off to! During our initial phone consult, we’d narrowed down the proposal location to a few areas and eventually decided on the waterfall. They came around the corner to walk across the rock bridge at the top of it and that’s when, just as they were about to cross, Avi dropped to one knee. The sound of the rushing water kept what was said to just the two of them but no words were needed.
As if a proposal while on a romantic getaway with your long-distance love isn’t perfect enough, Avi had another surprise up his sleeve. Jui’s sister, who had flown in earlier in the day (also from the States!), was there to celebrate with them and surprise the heck out of Jui before flying out the next morning. It was THE BEST, you guys!! The look on Jui’s face when she saw her was pure shock & joy – even better, she was able to FaceTime family from far away in for the moment as well.
We stole away for a quick mini-engagement session on the grounds of the Botanical Gardens and it was beyond beautiful. Vancouver was showing off for these two!
Here’s a little comment from the happy couple about the highlights of their trip:
“We had such an awesome time in Vancouver and Seattle! We loved the waterfront and walked around Stanley Park. We also took a cruise around the bay, which was beautiful. We spent time in Lynn Canyon Park and at Capilano. In Seattle, we hung out a lot around Pike Place Market and snacked our way through the city. It was a great week together!
These photos are so beautiful, and you really captured such a special moment for Jui and I so well. I can’t thank you enough for your help, kindness, and awesome service!! I’m so excited to share these photos with our friends and family.”
It really was such a privilege and pleasure to meet these two and be able to capture this for them. Have I mentioned yet how much I LOVE getting to be a part of proposals?! Loveeee it!
Here’s a few of my curated favourites from their Romantic VanDusen Garden Waterfall Proposal & Vancouver engagement…
All Photos here by Meg Kristina Photography.
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