{A JLD Proposal} Ron and Tiffany

You know what’s funny is that after a couple of weeks off working starts to feel fun again. I start dreaming about projects I want to work on and clients I want to take on. I actually met with really awesome potential clients last week that made me remember exactly why I love my job. Hearing about their ideas, getting visions of gorgeous locations…just spending an hour with them brought back a million and one reasons why I love working in this industry. They might book their date with me, they might not. I’m putting that in God’s hands and letting him lead me wherever he wants to take in 2015. I’m not going to let the little stuff get to me :)

Anyways, I have A TON to get you all caught up on. But I wanted to start in a logical place with this surprise proposal featured on Wedding Chicks now over a month ago (where has the time gone??). I try to keep up with these and feature them on the blog the same day or shortly after the features go up, but October and the first half of November got completely away from me. We were traveling all across Texas and did four weddings in six weeks so this proposal got a mention on facebook and that was about it.

This proposal kind of looked like a styled shoot/advertorial when it went up on Wedding Chicks, but I assure you it wasn’t. Wedding Chicks decided to take it that route by titling the shoot “Using a Coordinator to Help Plan a Proposal”. I actually wasn’t a huge fan of them presenting it that way because a) it makes it look like an advertisement and b) I like the title “coordinator” about as much as I like poop in Phoenix’s diaper. ie. not at all. I consider myself a lot of things, but a coordinator isn’t one of them. Do I coordinate? Yes, but it is probably the part I enjoy the absolute least and it sounds so generic. Not to complain, I’m still stoked to be featured on Wedding Chicks any day of the week, I just wanted to clear that up since it kind of irked me. And no, I didn’t pay for this feature. And yes, I liken this to a problem one might have about his wallet being too small for his hundreds. And yes, I’m whining. End rant.

If you want to catch yourself up, here is the post and mood board from last summer. That seems so long ago and yet, 5 minutes ago all at the same time. I love Kristen’s photography style so much, I just want her to follow me around and capture me eating cheeseburgers and doing really unglamorous things like scratching my nose. It seems like she would make it look so elegant and beautiful somehow. But anyway…let’s start with some of the detail shots that Kristen grabbed before Ron and Tiffany showed up. We had planned to do the entire proposal at the Japanese Zen Garden at Hermann Park, which is in fact where we originally set up. Just imagine us dragging this desk, wing chair, and cake through half of the park to get to the center where the zen gardens are. #workout

Jennifer Laura Design | Surprise Proposal | Kristen Curette Photography

We were originally rushing to get everything set up on time and then rushing to get these detail shots before they showed up. But after about 15 minutes there were detail shots galore and no word from Ron (our proposer). We waited around for about 30 more minutes and started to get worried because the zen gardens were slated to close soon. At one point, Kristen even suggested we move everything, but afraid they could show up at any moment it seemed too risky.

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About ten minutes later, Kristen gets a call from Ron who is hopelessly lost. After all the e-mails back and forth and planning out every detail, Ron had forgot to mention that he had no idea where the zen gardens were! Kristen did her best to explain how to get there and then we waited some more. At this point, we had about 15 minutes before the gardens were going to close. Ron calls back and tries to get her to explain again how to get there. I furiously start texting him some landmarks that I can think of that I saw on my way in. Kristen finally agrees to meet the couple over by a nearby museum so she can walk him into the park. I walk part of the way with her and stand at the entrance to the zen gardens to make sure they don’t close the gate on us before they can make it back. A few minutes later, I see Kristen come around the museum followed by a smiling Ron and a not-so-smiling Tiffany. Both Kristen nor myself had ever met her before so I can only imagine how she felt getting dragged all over with no idea of what was going on (with her boyfriend on the phone with some girl she doesn’t know!). Meanwhile, I’m just praying we don’t get kicked out of the zen garden. Finally, we all make it back into the garden and to our set up, and although I think Kristen and I had originally wanted to be invisible we now know that Tiffany has seen us and is probably wondering who on earth we are. I still tuck behind a tree as they walk into the set up while Kristen tries to hide a bit too while snapping photos. I love these next few pictures so much because you can see the look of exasperation turn into complete joy once she realizes what is happening.

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And then they lived happily ever after….totally kidding. Then we got kicked out of the park. I even went up to the officer who was yelling at us to get out to let him know what had happened and if they could have a few moments to enjoy themselves, but apparently stuff like this happens there all the time and he really couldn’t have cared less about their engagement. So we decide to pack up and move so we can get a few more shots. Now imagine us hauling all of this stuff- desk,  wing chair, cake, once again out of the zen garden and to another pretty spot Kristen scouts out quickly. Set up again- and snapped the rest, these are all from our second location.

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We didn’t get too many different shots here, but since this was a real engagement I was just happy that Ron and Tiffany got to spend some time and actually enjoy the moment without some police officer yelling at them. It was a perfectly imperfect day that I know they will always treasure. Thanks for letting me be a part of it!

{Vendor Credits: Photography: Design and Florals- Jennifer Laura Design, Photography- Kristen Curette Photography, Cake- Dream Slice Cakes, Prop/furniture rentals- Recollection Vintage Rentals Bourbon and Bloom, Macarons- Macaron by Patisse}

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  1. […] These hand painted signs by Paper and Posies were GORGEOUS. I loved them so much I immediately commissioned her to make one for my surprise proposal I had coming up. We e-mailed back and forth and it finally came down to it that we were on too tight of a timeline and we didn’t have time to get it shipped, so I had to DIY one of these. You can see my sad sad imitation of this from Monday’s post here. […]

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