Edith and Justin met me downtown in the Historic District to begin their session. We photographed in and around the Jones Street area, the Meldrim House and near Monterey square. When we were about halfway through the session, I had asked Edith if she wanted her engagement ring photographed and that was when she had explained that it was taking a long time for it to arrive in the mail. I thought nothing of it and we continued on with our session and walking tour of Savannah. When we came to the close of the session, Justin asked if we could take a few more photos over by the wrought iron gate of the Meldrim House. To Edith and I, nothing seemed out of the ordinary until we saw “Will You Marry Me” written on the blackboard, and Justin on one knee! Before we knew it, onlookers were clapping and yelling “Congratulations!!!” It was a very emotionally charged five minutes! When you think of a surprise engagement, its usually just the woman being proposed to that is surprised, but I didn’t know it was going to happen either! It was amazing to be a part of this special proposal and to catch it on camera. Stay tuned for this couple’s second portrait session at Tybee Beach!
How did you meet? We went to High School together; Justin is a year younger than me so I really didn’t notice him much back then and even though he had a crush on me since then, he never had the courage to talk to me until after High School I guess enrolling into the Navy gave him the courage he needed to talk to me ha ha. We talked and dated few years ago but things didn’t work out for us as we wanted them to, after almost a year of not having communication with each other, he contacted me again and was very persistent to get another chance, it took a while but finally persistence paid off for him and I decided to give him a second chance when I realized that he was serious about us, soon after that we decided to get engaged. Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters, we loved each other and we couldn’t let this second chance be taken for granted.
Where do you currently live? Where are your home cities? What has it been like being separated? I am originally from Puebla, Mexico, I moved to Dublin few years ago with my family, I have been working in a construction company for almost 6 year, currently working in the Human Resources department which is something I love to do. Justin has been in the Navy for 6 years, born and raised in Dublin, Georgia and currently station and residing in Sicily, Italy. Being away from each other can be difficult but we allow God to be the focus and foundation of our love because we know that he is the only one that can help us build a stronger relationship. So far our communication and trust are excellent, we try to keep each other inform of everything that is going on around us and we also constantly remind each other of the reasons that keep us together. Distance is not easy but it is worth every moment we have together, being separated means so little when someone means so much.
Edith, What made you pick the Jones Street Area of Savannah for your Engagement Session? I am in love with Savannah, I love everything about it, the beautiful historic district, the streets with the big beautiful trees, the culture and all the history behind the city, I had so many places in mind to take our pictures at, I wanted a natural/cityscape look and after looking at some pictures of the side streets in Jones Street and getting feedback from friends I figured it would be the perfect place for our first session.
Justin —Can we talk about the Proposal and the “Ring”? How did you come up with the idea for the proposal? It was a lot harder than I thought it would be. It took me nearly 6 months to pick the ring. I wanted it to be perfect so I asked Edith to pick out three rings she liked best and then I’d choose one out of the three that way I couldn’t go wrong with my decision. I ended up taking the one she liked to an Italian jeweler and showing them the picture of the ring. I had them make a new one similar to the one she liked and engraved a message in Spanish on the inside of the ring because I really wanted her to have something unique. Once I had the perfect ring, I came home and I hid the ring in my back pack in her closet and man let me tell you I watched that thing like a hawk! LOL. Next, I needed to pick the place to propose and that’s where I really struggled. I was planning on doing it when she picked me up at the airport but I thought that would be too typical. I then I thought about proposing at a family get together but her family couldn’t be there so it didn’t feel right to do it. Then it hit me, why not propose in Savannah during our actual engagement pictures? After all, this whole time I had her thinking the ring was still in the mail After the last pose on Jones Street, Edith thought we were done. I mentioned I had an idea for one more pose. I then went to the car to grab a couple of props (which it was the ring and a blackboard where I wrote “Will You Marry Me.” When I got over to where she was I placed the blackboard down to where she couldn’t see what was written…I hid the ring behind me and she ask me, “What do you want to write on the blackboard?” I turned the board around and said read it and when she did—BAM! I hit one knee and next thing you know, our tears of joy and happiness were captured on camera.
Edith were you surprised that Justin had the ring the entire time? I was extremely surprised, he had the ring the whole time and I didn’t even notice, nor did I bother to check his bags since he made me believe that the jeweler was going to mail it from Rome. I knew deep inside the ring was not going to make it on time for our pictures and maybe not even before he had to leave the states, I was a little upset to take our engagement pictures without a ring but mostly I was excited and happy about our session and spending time together which in our situation we don’t get to do that often so when he actually proposed I was speechless and extremely excited, he did a great job hiding it from me, it was perfect and I loved every second of it!