ANDREW + KENDYLL // TERRANEA RESORT // SURPRISE PROPOSAL
Typically my 4th of July’s are spent relaxing on the beach with friends, grilling steaks on the BBQ and then taking the trolly into town to watch the fireworks; this year I witnessed fireworks well before the sun went down! I was hired to capture Andrew and Kendyll’s surprise proposal at the Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes.
Surprise proposals are always such a nerve-racking/exciting/fun/joyous occasions for me to photograph. I love photographing surprise proposals–there is no planning or primping for the bride-to-be. Just emotions, excitement and blissful love.
It was 4pm in the afternoon when I arrived at the little cove, I got down to the beach about 15 minutes before Andrew and Kendyll so that I could scout out the location and get into position. The beach was crowded so I picked a quieter spot on the right hand side and waited. Andrew came down hand in hand with his soon to be fiancee Kendyll and took a seat on the ledge of the beach. He and I made eye contact as our ‘sign’ that he was going to get into position and that I needed to be ready to capture every single moment!
The small cove was completely silent as Andrew got down on one knee and asked Kendyll to spend the rest of his life with him. The ocean’s powerful waves was the only sound that could be heard of the private and romantic proposal. Kendyll said yes, wrapped her arms around Andrew’s neck and kissed him. The beach erupted with clapping and the couple laughed in joy! The newly engaged couple shared a few moments together before we began our impromptu engagement session.
The photos that I captured of Andrew and Kendyll are ‘in the moment,’ honest, and beautiful. Whether or not they use these photos as their ‘actual’ engagement photos or not does not matter to me as that it not the point. The point of hiring a photographer for a ‘surprise proposal’ is a way to commemorate a truly momentous time in in a couples love story.
Thank you Andrew for allowing me to capture such a day that will NOT be soon forgotten by you or Kendyll!! Wishing you all the love in the world!