“I want to practice couples photography,” I told my friend Meredith.
I really had wanted to take more photos of people, after I had enjoyed doing a beach yoga photo shoot a few weeks prior.
However, there was an ulterior motive behind my photo shoot suggestion of going to the Grand Floridian on the first morning of Meredith and Jake’s Disney World vacation.
Jake and I had been scheming about the best place for him to propose to Meredith. We wanted somewhere picturesque that also had meaning. So after considering a proposal right in front of Cinderella’s castle, we decided that it would be less crowded and more intimate if he did it at the Grand Floridian Resort wedding pavilion, where you can see Cinderella’s castle just across the lagoon.
Our plans were thwarted when we got to the Grand Floridian and found the gates to the wedding pavilion closed. We quickly regrouped and found a beautiful place on the resort’s beach. There wasn’t a castle in sight, but we decided that we liked the view anyway.
I set up my tripod and got a few shots of them before Jake asked Meredith to close her eyes. When she opened them, he was kneeling in front of her with the ring.
Though it was early morning and we mostly had the area to ourselves, there was one person who walked by and yelled, “Did she say yes?!”
“Yeah!” we cheered.
At this point, we decided to see if the wedding pavilion was open yet, and we were in luck! We went to the wedding arches and got our pictures with Cinderella’s castle in the distance.
Then we went back to the main building of Grand Floridian and sat by the Mary Poppins topiary, where Meredith FaceTimed with her family to tell them the big news.
With the proposal finished and family members informed, we spent the rest of the day at the parks, where the fun continued.
I am so incredibly happy for Meredith and Jake, and I feel so lucky that I got to be part of such a beautiful and important moment.