We were so excited when David asked us to photograph his wedding proposal at Blenheim Palace. We've often discussed how special photographing a proposal would be but we just haven't gotten around to advertising it as a service yet!
So when David called and told us the plan we just couldn't wait to get started. Now even though we photograph hundreds of lovely couples every year, this was completely new to us and as we started to develop a plan with David, it began to feel more and more like a secret mission, MI5 style! David had thought of everything, he had a beautiful bouquet of Autumn flowers delivered in secret by Cotswold florist Florabella, they arrived at my house the afternoon before the proposal and I carried them in stealth to our pre arranged meeting point.
Blenheim palace offers an abundance of stunning backdrops and scenery to shoot against and the chosen location was the fountain, a favourite spot of ours and a place with special meaning to the couple. We loved hearing the story of when David had jumped into the river at the waterfall to rescue Lindsay's shades, a valiant gesture and the perfect backdrop for a proposal.
We arrived at the shoot location early in order to get a good vantage point and we were dismayed to discover that the river was undergoing some annual maintenance work which meant that the waterfall was dry. Our dreams of a long exposure, cloudy waterfall proposal shoot were shattered but as we explored and fired off some test shots we realised that actually the shots looked awesome even without the water, such a romantic background.
As the time approached we discussed our strategy, we would pose as tourists photographing the swans, I was glad that I'd bought my emergency welsh cakes to keep the ducks interested and avoid blowing our cover! We felt like spies as we surreptitiously eyed up every approaching couple and when we did see them coming, my heart was racing as we moved into position.
Once they were on the bridge we started moving in and before Lindsay knew it, he was down on one knee asking her to marry him. The look on Lindsay's face when David presented the ring was just priceless, it is such a huge privilege to capture all of these once in a lifetime reactions, we felt so honoured to be there, capturing such a special moment.
After the proposal we grabbed the bouquet and David popped open a sneaky bottle of bubbly that he had carefully hidden in his bag. He really had thought of everything!
We followed the couple back up to the palace, taking some candid snaps of them enjoying the moment and stopping off to pay homage to Winston Churchill who himself had proposed to Clemmie at the palace. We left the happy couple then to go and enjoy their day, this really was one of the most romantic moments I've ever been privileged to witness in real life and a small insight into the world of spying!
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