Ross & Alex’s Proposal
Big Ben Proposal, The London Eye & St James’s Park
I shoot a lot of engagement sessions at this time of the year. Especially around Big Ben. However this one was rather special. This is because Ross and Alex weren’t actually engaged yet…
Ross & Alex’s Big Ben Proposal
Ross and Alex were visiting London from Houston, Texas. Alex had suggested that they have a couple shoot whilst they were here. Ross however had other ideas, he had contacted me and asked about the possibility of proposing during the shoot. “Of course! We can definitely do that”.
I shoot fleeting moments for a living, like the bride walking down the aisle and the groom seeing her for the first time. However, these are things (generally) in a church with relatively predictable lighting.
Of course, the British weather being, well, British weather. There was torrential rain for much of the afternoon before the sun darting in and out between the thick clouds. Needless to say, exposing this could be tricky. Added to this, was the oblivious tourists walking into shot and it was probably hard to say who was more nervous in the few minutes before the proposal, Ross or myself. However, thankfully it all fell into place.
It really was a magical moment and one I felt very privileged to capture. Alex immediately said yes, and we could set about capturing the first few moments of their engagement.
The above is one of my favourite shots, I had composed the image and the sun just crept through the clouds. A quick shuffle and it perfectly shone through between them before disappearing behind a cloud once again.
A prize to anyone who can see Big Ben in this image!
*DISCLAIMER! My friend Liam who is a tour-guide will be correcting me over the title of this post. You can’t actually see Big Ben. What you can see is the Elizabeth Tower which houses the “‘Big Ben” bell responsible for those famous tolls over London.
Alex and Ross had been together for around 5 years. Ross had done a good job of keeping his intentions quiet from everyone. The 10 minutes after the proposal was full of the “Does So-And-So Know?”.
We then moved to St James’s Park, a green oasis in the central London hub-bub.
Congratulations to Alex and Ross!
Find out about where we were:
You currently can’t tour Big Ben as it’s being refurbished. You can however visit the Houses of Parliament.
St James’s Park
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