Blake surprised his girlfriend (now fiancée!) with a proposal at Turtle Pond in Central Park this weekend!
Blake had been planning the surprise for weeks, secretly asking Amanda’s dad for her hand in marriage, hiding the ring so Amanda wouldn’t find it, and hiring me to capture the moment on camera!
Blake lured Amanda to this spot in front of Turtle Pond, got down on one knee, and asked Amanda to marry him, with onlookers cheering & clapping!
Amanda said “yes!”, Blake put the ring on her finger, and then revealed that I was there to photograph it!
Congratulations, Amanda & Blake!!
Read their proposal story in Amanda’s own words (I got chills when I read it!):
Friday night at drinks with two of my best friends, we hypothesized when Blake would propose. I mentally went through my calendar, crossing out possible weekends that were consumed with birthdays, graduations, and weddings. “We don’t have a free weekend until July, it will definitely not be before then.” We toasted to July and sipped on our prosecco.
Saturday came and with it our usual weekend routine. We went to our respective workout classes and walked home together afterwards. All week, Blake had been talking about getting a pedicure for the first time. I volunteered to go with him without hesitation. Blake is insanely ticklish (something he was VERY worried about pre-pedi). It would be hysterical to watch him squirm a bit…and plus, I’m always down for a mani/pedi. I laughed uncontrollably as Blake bit on his finger for the entire pedicure. I got it on camera, posting it to my Instagram story… sorry, Blake!
After our trip to the nail salon, Blake suggested that we go for a walk in the park. He mentioned he wanted to change into jeans before he went, but I had no interest. “Jeans? For a walk in the park? I’m going just like this” I pointed to my leggings and sweatshirt. He said, “Okay, I guess I will too.” Off we went.
We started walking towards the Turtle Pond. As we turned onto a large patio overlooking the water, a thought went through my head: “Is he going to propose? I think he might. But, if he doesn’t, I’m going to tell him that I thought he was going to, he’ll get a laugh out of that.” We neared the edge of the patio, a few steps from the water. Blake asked me “Do you remember what I said was so special about this day?” Hmmm… nope. It wasn’t our anniversary. Did I miss someone’s birthday? “I don’t remember.” I responded guiltily. I looked at him in shock as he slowly got down on one knee and pulled a box out of his pocket, “Because this is the day that I ask you to marry me.”
I heard clapping from onlookers, but in that moment, in all of New York City, in all the world, it was just Blake and me. Time stood still as I tried to find the words that Blake was waiting to hear. “So is that a yes?!” he asked. “Oh my god, yes!” I cried. “Okay great, now please put this ring on because it’s been stressing me out having it in my pocket all this time.” Ever the charmer, my fiancé.
Blake put the ring on my finger and we kissed and embraced. He pulled away and turned to wave and give the thumbs up. I looked over in confusion. “Say ‘hi’ to Lin, our photographer!”
“Hi. Lin. Oh. My. God. I. Have. No. Makeup. On.” I managed to say in between sobs. Blake took me in his arms. “You look beautiful, baby, like you always do. Now smile for the camera!”
Little did I know, Blake purchased my ring about month before he proposed, hiding the ring in his nightstand in our apartment. While home for Easter, Blake snuck over to my house while I was out running errands to ask my parents and my brother for their permission to marry me. He then hired Lin, a photographer, to be waiting for us in the park, ready to capture our moment. We spent the rest of the day taking pictures with Lin and calling friends and family to share our happy news. The weekend ended with us celebrating with close friends.