Every now and then, the weather tries to put a damper on plans. Nothing could stop Mike proposing to Lauren this past Saturday, though, and we gladly embraced the conditions (it always makes our job adventurous to brave the elements). The planning Mike put into this was nothing short of extraordinary. Every detail, from the exact time to exactly where he’d have Lauren stand, was meticulously planned and coordinated with us. He wanted to make sure this was a memorable day for both he and his bride-to-be and he totally nailed it! We love shooting these kinds of moments and this Columbus Circle proposal was one of our favorites!
Mike and Lauren started their day at the Eugene O’Neill Theater to see the matinée showing of Book of Mormon (which they loved).
In the meantime, we warmed up and went over our game plan in a Starbucks near Columbus Circle. Mike texted as soon as he and Lauren left the theater, and we moved outside and manned our posts (planned to within a few feet, of course). Mike and Lauren walked through the circle and up to the statue of Columbus. Mike knew he had to get Lauren up to the top of the steps and had a reason prepared to wanting to look at the copper relief. We saw Lauren hesitate through our viewfinders (the steps were snowy, she was in heels – we’d have hesitated, too!) but Mike gave her his hand and helped her to the top. Then it was time for the big moment! We’ll let the photos speak for themselves – look at the surprise and incredible joy on Lauren’s face!
Once they’d had a moment to themselves, Mike revealed our presence to Lauren. She later said, “We were walking up and I thought you guys were taking pictures of the family having a snowball fight!” Looks like our disguises (as tourists, apparently) worked perfectly!
After the big moment, Mike took Lauren to a beautiful, romantic French restaurant called Picholine.
Finally, the night ended with a get-together of family and friends at the Stone Rose Lounge.
We hung around for a little bit and took some cityscapes of the area – Columbus Circle really is gorgeous at night!
For more, and a nice fusion of photos and video from the big moment, check out the proposal slideshow we put together for the happy couple!
Lauren and Mike, congratulations again. It was an absolute honor to be on the sidelines for your big moment and we’re so happy you asked us to document it. We look forward to the rest of your story together and all the incredible moments you’ll have in the future!
– Antonis and Pak