On the 9th of July Rajan proposed to Anupa in Regents Park and booked me to document the occasion. I've photographed engagements and weddings, but never an actual proposal.
Rajan and I together with one of his friends, met in Regents Park on the Saturday before to scout out a suitable location. He was considering Primrose Hill but in the end we opted for Queen Mary's Gardens. This a section of the park that I had not previously visited, but as soon as we saw it we knew it was the perfect location for a marriage proposal.
Queen Mary's Gardens has the largest collection of roses in London - approximately 12,000 roses and 85 varieties. Lots of colours to give us a vibrant backdrop for the photographs and the smell was incredible too.
Rajan got Anupa to Regents Park on the pretext of having a picnic before going for a few drinks and then a show. I arranged to 'meet' them at the Triton Fountain, taking pictures using a long lens so that Anupa wouldn't spot me.
I then walked around to Queen Mary's Gardens and they followed a short while after, allowing me time to take up a position where I could shoot their approach. I signalled to Rajan when he should do the deed, again to enable me to get line of sight.
Anupa's reaction was just perfect. It was a glorious day on so many levels - the occasion, the surroundings and the weather. Once Anupa had accepted and the ring was in place, I came out of hiding and we made good use of the gardens to complete the official engagement photo shoot.
I'm going to start a campaign for more couples to photograph their marriage proposals!!
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