Proposal at Detroit Athletic Club
Early in the week, Jeff called me and nonchalantly mentioned that he was going to be proposing to his girlfriend later that week. He inquired whether or not I was available to photograph the event. I have photographed many proposals before and loved it so much that I even started a sister company – She Said Yes! Detroit – to help guys plan and document the best moment of their lives. After a quick check of the calendar, it was confirmed I was able (and excited) to help Jeff turn his vision into a reality.
Jeff told me he was planning his proposal at Detroit Athletic Club. The Detroit Athletic Club, or DAC, is one of Detroit’s most revered landmarks. It speaks of elegance and class. He told me a few of his ideas and I suggested we meet up at the DAC to talk logistics and specifics of the event. A few days and a few practice rounds later, the plan was in place.
We arrived early to set up for the proposal. Because we wanted to capture the perfect shot, additional lighting needed to be set up inconspicuously. Jeff and Andrea’s families were anxiously waiting in a nearby room. Right on time, and as fate would have it in-between large groups of guests, Jeff arrived and brought Andrea to am empty room and beautiful Christmas tree. Little did she know, her best gift was yet to come.
After a long embrace, Jeff turned Andrea, held her hands, and began speaking to her. After a few moments, her knees began to jiggle as Jeff inched closer to her, speaking softly of his love, appreciation, and dreams with her. As he knelt down and pulled out the ring, Andrea’s excitement grew and nearly overtook her. “Yes!” she voiced, as the realization of the moment began to sink in.
Andrea’s excitement and emotions were so genuine. I love that Jeff invited us there to capture the moment both of their lives changed.
Waiting around the corner, unbeknownst to Andrea, were both for their families, ready to congratulate and celebrate.
Huge, champagne, tears, teasing, stories, and excitement all flowed throughout the room.
After much celebration, we took a series of family formals to commemorate the day. A proposal isn’t only important and life-changing for the couple, but the whole family as well. Images like this will only take on meaning and be cherished by all of those present.
Jeff had dinner reservations for the family; however, I asked to 10 minutes to photograph a short session of their proposal at Detroit Athletic Club.
Jeff and Andrea met nearly two years ago at the opening day for the Tiger’s. It only seemed fitting to photograph them where it all began, so I called in a favor and had them turn on the lights for one last shot. (Ok, that is totally fabricated but it does fit perfectly!)
Congratulations Jeff and Andrea. As appreciative as you are for our work, we are so humbled and blessed to have been chosen for the honor of documenting the best moment in your life. Best wishes to you both!