I’ve been waiting a month to tell this story.
I’ll start with a confession: I’m a romantic. It’s not like I am glued to the Hallmark Channel or have “P.S. I Love You” on DVD or anything like that. But I’ve been known to tear up at a dog-human reunion on YouTube or when I’m speaking about something I am passionate about or, yes, when I hear a love story. So you can imagine my excitement when my friend Ryan called and told me she was going to propose to her girlfriend Tori. And you can further imagine how that excitement built when Ryan asked me to play a part in her proposal. Yes ma’am, let’s do it!
I met Tori in early 2012 when I was looking for a pet sitter for PJ. I learned about Endless Pawsibilities, the company Tori runs with her co-founder Megan, and was immediately impressed with how they conducted business. Professional, friendly, organized, detail oriented…everything I could ever hope for in a group that would care for my boy. They were so good that I knew it would behoove me to connect with them with my photography business somehow. In the last year we have collaborated on a number of projects and had a great time, and through those collaborations I came to know Ryan.
This was the plan: Ryan would sneak their two dogs out one day and come to my studio for some portraits. One of the pictures would include the dogs holding a sign that read “Will you marry Mommy?”. Ryan would wrap the framed collage and give it to Tori as a gift on their 7th anniversary. Unsuspecting Tori would unwrap the present thinking it was a nice print or something, and *BAM*, a marriage proposal would jump up and bite her! It was a masterful plan. But could she pull it off?
Ryan and I got together in early April and we went to work. She had a few good ideas of how she wanted the shots to look, and I had lots of fun collaborating with her to come up with some fun ideas. The dogs were great models and made our work easy. And Ryan did an amazing job managing the dogs and being a terrific model herself. It was awesome to harness her excitement, and she had a glow about her all morning. She was amazing. We sat together while I did the post-production edits and she left ready to make things happen. (See the gallery below to view the photos Ryan selected.)
And then I had to wait. And wait. And wait. C’mon already!!
Until last night. April 27th is Ryan and Tori’s anniversary and last night they celebrated. A little after 9:00 my phone buzzed and there was a text message from Ryan with this photo attached to it. Underneath the picture it said three words: “She said ‘Yes’!”
I’m so happy for Tori and Ryan and wish them years of joy and wonderful times together. I hope they will always feel as they do just now: happy to be together and happy to be in love. I am certain that will be the case.