There’s an old Irish expression, “Má tá sé i ndán duit, ní himeoidh sé díot,” which means, “What’s meant for you will not go by you.” When you find your perfect match, you do everything in your power to tie yourself to them, beginning with a proposal. Whether it’s an extravagant choreographed dance number with friends and family, or a quiet simple question between two people, the proposal is a special step in a couple’s life together, so it makes sense that a lot of couples want to capture that magical moment on film. Engagement photo shoots are becoming all the rage amongst modern couples – both photos/videos of the proposal itself and photos of the couple post-question to announce that their family and friends better be prepared for a wedding.
At Marry Me Ireland, we’ve heard hundreds of proposal stories, some that will bring tears to your eyes, others that will make you chuckle. One of our grooms was determined to capture his bride-to- be’s reaction on film, so he set up a timed camera in the middle of a botanical garden and caught the moment he dropped to one knee. Another man popped the question in a glass capsule on the London eye amid excited Chinese tourists who snapped pictures like crazy. Someone else had his daughter politely ask her mother, “Will you marry Daddy?” in front of all their friends and family. Another man asked his partner to be his forever in a Cartier shop where they had supposedly gone to pick out a watch as a birthday present. And one man finally got his girlfriend to say yes on the bridge of the Luxembourg gardens in Paris. We’ve also had others who made the decision to propose in the heat of the moment, no pre-planned event, no rings and no regrets, but many people do seem to ask the question with friends or family around to witness and capture the moment on film.
Obviously, proposals that take place in the heat of the moment are difficult to photograph, but a photo shoot after the fact is just as popular among couples today. You can theme your shoot to reflect something that you both really love (maybe you watch Game of Thrones together every week, and you want to dress up like characters who have somehow survived this long). You can take your photos where you first met, where you had your first date, where you popped the question, or in the park where you take your dog for a walk every day. The options are endless, and your engagement photo shoot can be as quirky or as traditional as you want it to be. And, if you decide to have a professional take your photos, this could be a great chance to get to know a photographer that you want to use at your wedding!
An engagement photo shoot isn’t necessary by any means, but it can be great fun and give you a great way to look back on the moment your partner agreed to be yours forever as well as giving you the perfect photo to use for your Save-the-Dates!
Here at Marry Me Ireland we have a wide variety of exceptional celebrants who can deliver the wedding ceremony of your dreams – traditional, unique or otherwise. So get in touch today and we can start planning your special day!