Lizzy & Nick | Duke Gardens Proposal Photography

Proposal: 1 October 2022 | Posted: 23 October 2022

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When you and your partner are doing the long distance grind, planning a surprise proposal is an omega-level trick, especially after seven years together; your love knows your tones, your tricks, and probably all your tells, too, whether you wish they did or not. You can be a little more obvious and plan a vacation, then propose in a beautiful destination; or, you can do what Nick did for Lizzy: Plan a vacation, sure, but use it as almost a proposal red herring, and instead, pick a random weekend, enlist the help of a friend / accomplice, fly all your parents in, and propose to your (somewhat) unsuspecting girlfriend at an iconic landmark in the rain.

This is how an only moderately suspicious Lizzy found herself facing Nick, who was down on one knee in the rainy Duke Gardens. She said yes, they hugged, kissed, and decorated her (freshly manicured!) left hand. Amidst hugs from her helpful friends and her umbrella-covered parents, her joy and delight shone like the sun that stayed hidden behind the clouds; I don't think she stopped smiling, laughing, or completely cracking up in the entire brief time we spent together. 

The misty rain kept the vibes romantic, not that Lizzy and Nick needed any help. We wandered around Duke Gardens with a helpful clear umbrella for a little while before they headed off to meet back up with family and friends for a celebratory sushi dinner and, hopefully, lots of champagne. It was a delight getting to participate in this sweet proposal, and I wish Lizzy and Nick so much happiness in this next stage of their life! Check out a few favorites from their session below!

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