Do you know how exciting it is to get to be part of one of your favorite peoples surprise proposal?!?! VERY!!!! After seeing Chelsea & John together it was evident they were made for each other and would eventually get engaged, get married, and officially start their lives together. Knowing this was going to happen, I let them know that I wanted to be there to capture that moment for them. So when John called & asked me to meet him at the store in 10 minutes because he had something to show me, I knew exactly what he had & was on my way. Seeing her ring, I KNEW it was totally her & that she was going to LOVE it! Then it was operation plan this out where she would be completely surprised and have no idea what was going on. (Since she knew I would be photographing this big event, this made things a little more difficult to make sure she was surprised.) Since I already had a session scheduled with Chelsea’s cousin Stephanie & her family, we thought that would be the perfect set up so Stephanie told Chelsea she wanted her and John to be in their family pictures ;). The day was here & we were downtown having a family session, walking around, laughing, playing and having fun. Towards the end of the session, we decided we needed pictures of Stephanie & Chelsea in front of the fountain and then John & Jeff (Stephanie’s husband) in front of the fountain while the girls kept Julian (Stephanie’s super cute little boy) occupied – this gave everyone a moment to get prepared for the moment while Chelsea was pre-occupied. Calling over to the girls telling them we were all done & ready to go to dinner, here they come around the corner. As soon as John got down on his knee & grabbed her hand, she knew everything that had happened that day was leading up to this. She was so excited!! She was not as excited about being embarrassed, and told me that she hated me (but of course she doesn’t!!). I was very honored that John let me be a part of this moment & capture some true raw emotional images that they will have forever!
Chelsea & John were married this past Saturday, August 17, 2013 at a small back yard ceremony at John’s parents’ house in IN – unfortunately due to time restraints I was not able to be there, but I can’t wait to see their wedding pictures!! Congratulations MR & MRS ARMATO!!!! I love you guys !