Nicole and Joi’s Surprise Marriage Proposal On a Yacht

Joi and Nicole’s engagement idea was an amazing surprise, and Nicole did a great job of keeping her elaborate marriage proposal a secret.
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Joi still cannot believe that a moment ago her girlfriend, Nicole, just proposed to her on a yacht

The Surprise Marriage Proposal Setup

Before the big day, she rented a yacht and organized a catered dinner, complete with a gorgeous bunch of long-stemmed, red roses, as well as glamorous outfits for them to wear for the post-proposal photo session.

Leading up to the surprise engagement idea was an afternoon filled with pampering. Nicole scheduled a spa day at their resort (the Excellence Hotel) including massages, a hairstylist, makeover, manicure and pedicure. Joi felt, and looked, like a queen.

Next came the surprise of dinner on a yacht. Joi had no idea where they would be dining that evening, so when they arrived to the waterfront she had a look of total surprise and amazement. Little did she know what else was in store!
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Nicole introduced the videographer and I as part of the yacht crew, and explained we were there to film a yacht promotion. Joi had no idea that we were actually there to document one of the most special moments of her life!

The Surprise Proposal

Once we were out on the water, the two of them went to the front of the yacht to enjoy the view and take it all in. And that was when Nicole dropped to one knee.

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The look in Joi’s face is so priceless when Nicole downs on her knee and gives her a surprise proposal. I’m glad I was there to capture the precious moment

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It was a priceless moment to witness. Joi’s surprise melted into tears of happiness and Nicole was smiling from ear to ear.  After the proposal, they changed into the outfits Nicole had set aside, and we continued with their engagement photo session, complete with champagne and red rose petals. Afterwards, we had a sweet, intimate interview in which they shared the story of how they met and how their relationship blossomed into love everlasting.

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After two hours of this beautiful affair, our crew took a boat back to shore, and the newly-engaged couple sat down to enjoy their romantic and celebratory dinner on the yacht.

The whole event turned out so well, that Nicole and Joi submitted their story to the How He Asked publication. The story and photographs from this beautiful session were published, and you can see them here: http://howheasked.com/howsheasked/joi-and-nicole/

It makes me so happy when my clients love their photographs as much as I do! And it’s an even bigger treat when they want the treasured images featured in another publication for all the world to see.  And, indeed, they were very happy.

Joi & Nicole’s Experience

Here is their feedback to me:

“Dorota – Thank you so much! As we just went through all the pictures we instantly teared up. We love ALL of them, they came out great and you captured some angles we didn’t expect. We are so grateful and Nicole is so happy she selected you in Cancun.”

“We loved your photography services. I also enjoyed your thoughtful communication before and after our shoot as well. You made it so easy for me to talk to you about my needs before we arrived in Cancun and also kept us updated afterwards, I truly appreciated that.

Specifically, I enjoyed that you captured unexpected shots of us on the boat, shots we didn’t even know you were taking. You were thoughtful enough to capture our shoes which was nice since we couldn’t wear them on the boat. And again, we really enjoyed your constant communication and professionalism.

You were simply perfect!! If we ever return to Cancun and I’m sure we will, we will definitely set up another photo shoot with you again!”

Have a look at some of the images from their very special day below.

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It’s a wonderful day for Joi. She really had the best day of her life

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Picture Perfect Cancun Engagement Idea – Angie & Johnny

Angie and Johnny came to Cancun from Los Angeles and knew exactly what they wanted—gorgeous photos which they could use to announce their engagement to their friends and families. Angie came to me with some photos and ideas she was interested in, and we worked together to make her ideas a reality. We took the concepts she liked and infused them with personal style and an individual flavor.

We began our beach photo session on beautiful Riviera Maya morning. Mornings are a lovely time for beach photos, because there are less people around and the sun is not as intense as it can be during the middle of the day. The early fall weather was gorgeous and the beach provided a magnificent setting for this session. The turquoise color of the ocean corresponded stunningly with the bright blue sky, and the few clouds in the distance added depth and complexity to make for a breath-taking background. The weather was perfect and the ocean was warm; we ended up taking some fun photos of them in the water, as well!

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Postcard perfect!
This is one of my favorite photos of Angie and Johnny


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What a wonderful weather in Cancun. A perfect day for Angie and Johnny to have their engagement photo session

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couple in balcony facing beach

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She said “Yes”

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man carrying woman on cancun beach

 

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woman in floral dress at cancun beach

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couple playing in the water on cancun beach

couple playing in the water on cancun beach

Angie and Johnny are definitely having a great time on their engagement photo session. Look how happy they are playing in the water

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couple laying on the sand on cancun beach

couple laying on the sand on cancun beach

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Glad that I could capture the moment where water splash to the couple while they’re laying down. Look how surprise Angie is.

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couple sitting down on the cancun beach

I wish this couple a wonderful wedding in the future

I had such a good time working with Angie and Johnny. Their carefree and easy-going demeanor really showed in their photos. They were happy and in love and it is obvious in each image.

They, too, had a wonderful time, and were very happy with the final photos.

Angie’s Experience

Here is what Angie had to say about the engagement photography session:

They look amazing, thank you so much. We also had a great time working with you. It was fun and easy!

 

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Ritz Carlton Romantic Proposal – Jessica & Euginio

Jessica and Eugenio have a long tradition of surprising each other (especially on vacations), and this last December, Eugenio arranged the biggest surprise of them all.

They planned a vacation to Cancun; however, Eugenio wanted to take this opportunity to surprise her by organizing a secret, incredibly romantic way to propose.

First, he found the perfect location—the Cancun Ritz Carlton, an elegant resort with an amazingly romantic setting, located directly on Las Casitas beach. Next, he contacted me to help him organize and choreograph the entire event, and together we came up with a marvelous plan for a romantic proposal!

The venue was to be a romantic dinner in one of the Ritz’s private beach casitas, so I arrived before them to photograph the beautiful scene as the sun began to set. Then, from a hidden viewpoint, I waited as the couple arrived and were led to their private casita. Romance was heavy in the air—candles were lit, the ocean breeze blew gently, and flowers adorned their casita.

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Eugenio and I had pre-arranged everything with the Ritz Carlton staff, and I continued working with them to keep the surprise going as smoothly as possible. Under the guise as the hotel photographer, I arrived with the waiter and took the first photos of the couple, supposedly for hotel marketing purposes. She didn’t suspect a thing!

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man and woman at dinner table

Next, came the special menu, which Eugenio had transformed to the story of their love. She began to tear up as she read their intimate love story, and this was the moment Eugenio dropped to his knee and proposed. It was a beautiful, emotional moment for both—Jessica said yes as they both cried tears of happiness!

But the surprise wasn’t over yet. The waiter brought their first course—her gorgeous engagement ring nestled inside a single rose, set on a white plate, with “Jessica will you marry me?” written out in chocolate. This was followed with a fun photo session of the happy couple on the beach. When we returned to the casita, Eugenio’s final surprise arrived—a Mariachi trio. They serenaded the happier-than-ever couple as they dined and celebrated their love.

The setting was beautiful and the evening was perfect. I do believe this may have been Eugenio’s grandest engagement surprise.

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