Lauren + Ariel // Pulqueria,- Manhattan, NY
While a lot of people's first week of a new year start off with hangovers and resolutions that they may or may not keep, my 2018 New Year started by capturing a beautiful and intimate proposal for a super sweet couple in New York City!
Ariel reached out to me about photographing his proposal to his girlfriend of 3 years at Pulqueria, a restaurant that they both loved in China Town. Being a DJ for a few years, Ariel planned to use a fake gig as an excuse to get Lauren to come meet up with him. With his DJ equipment hooked up and ready to play Lauren's favorite song, I helped him to hang up photos of the two of them throughout the years in the center of the bar area. He told me about how they met on the dating site "Coffee Meets Bagel" and how they had an instant connection over 16 Handles Frozen Yogurt. She was "his biggest fan" whenever he had a gig and he knew pretty quickly that she was the one for him. C'mon now, is that not just too friggen sweet??
As Lauren walked into the room, Ariel played "Eyes" by Kaskade and danced her into the middle of the room. With all of their wonderful memories surrounding them, Ariel got down on one knee and asked her what he says was the "easiest question of [his] life". Can I just say that Lauren had the best reaction to this question!! I literally cursed at my husband when he asked me to marry him so she did like 10x better then I did haha! It was so beautiful--I was definitely tearing up a bit (ok a lot) while trying to not miss any of this happy moment for them. Of course she said YES! Lauren had no idea that he was going to propose but it was exactly the way that she always wanted it to be; simple, private, and personal. And we all got tequila shots to celebrate!
So many congratulations to you, Lauren and Ariel!! I'm so happy and honored that I was a part of such a special moment for you both!