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:

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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Dorota Jamal

Dorota Jamal

Cancun Wedding Photographer at Life Wonders Photography
I am a Mexico destination wedding photographer and I will ensure you look your best in your wedding photos by creating a fun and relaxed atmosphere during our photo shoots.

Based out of Cancun & Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya Mexico, Dorota has extensive experience of photographing weddings at exotic locations like Mexico, Bali, India, and South Africa.
Dorota was a wedding photographer in San Diego, California and brings this modern photography style and personalized service to Mexico.

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