Dustin called to enlist me into his plan to surprise his longtime girlfriend Kate with a Detroit style wedding proposal and he wanted me to photograph not only her reaction, but to take immediate engagement photos. He wanted the event thoroughly covered and brought along Kate’s Dad as another surprise so he could witness the wonderful proposal.
There was only one little possible hitch to all the well laid plans. It was snowing (which as we all know hasn’t happened much in Detroit this year) after pretty balmy temperatures, but this biggest, most challenging part of the surprise engagement was gaining access to where he’d taken Kate on their first date. What had been an abandoned building in downtown Detroit six years ago had served as an eclectic and not typically romantic first date spot. They’d climbed into the wreck of a Detroit high rise and perched themselves on a balcony over -looking all of Detroit, sipping cocktails.
Their abandoned secret lair was now a full blown construction site. So what’s a romantic guy prone to sweeping gestures to do? He enlisted the Broderick Towers construction team, of course. With their blessing, help and supervision, we all piled into the elevator with a baffled and blindfolded Kate.
Dustin guided her out onto the rooftop of the Broderick Towers, untied the blindfold and dropped to one knee. She said, “Yes”!
After a short while, Kate eventually noticed one of the men in hard hats was actually her father! We took photos on the rooftop as well as on the balcony where they’d had their first date. Let’s hear it for incurable romantics!