On a stunning spring morning, Mother Earth and two of her inhabitants came together in a moment of bliss and passion… On Earth Day, April 19th, 2019, in the center of Audobon Park in New Orleans, Ralph surprised Sugar when he bent down on one knee. Her wet eyes, narrowed by tears and joy accompanied her grand smile and enthusiastic “yes!” at the unexpected proposal. The Tree of Life stood nearby, gazing down at the couple, smiling.
Though Sugar was completely surprised, her family was in on it from the start. Ralph had told them his intentions before they even came out for their New Orleans vacation. With her family’s approval and a ring secured, all Ralph needed to complete this inconspicuous caper of the corazón was a photographer! Ralph contacted Nola Darlings to tell us of his plan and to ask for some guidance. We helped him set the scene by picking the plainly picturesque Tree of Life and Audobon Park, with all of its majesty and magic to memorialize the moment.
How it all went down that morning: Ralph urged Sugar out of their French quarter hotel early to get some “breakfast.” He wanted to get there early to beat the crowds. He convinced her they needed to go through the park. When they got there, they walked all the way from the main gate to get to the Tree of Life! As I watched them walking up, I saw him checking his back pocket over and over, making sure the only thing he would lose was his nerve, not the ring! They took a few pictures themselves first, maybe so Ralph could get her smile all warmed up for the big surprise! Much like the nearby Butterfly River Park, or ‘The Fly’, Ralph’s stomach was filled with butterflies aflutterin’! Finally, after a few minutes that I bet felt like an eternity for him, he got down on one knee and proposed! She was so caught off guard, I heard her ask, “Are you sure?!”
Once the moment had passed, I finally met the beautiful couple eye-to-teary-eye for a mini-session. Sugar hadn’t even noticed that pictures were being taken through the surprise of it all.
If you’ve got your heart set on surprising your sweetie in Nola, make sure to talk to Nola Darlings! We’ll make sure to capture every magic moment of this special day! Before you do, take a look at some more photos of the lovely soon-to-be newlyweds! Get some ideas flowing! I love taking pictures of all of you sweethearts!!