Toronto Islands Proposal :: Mariam & Raul

In August I had the pleasure of photographing my first ever proposal and my goodness was it a ton of fun! To actually witness (and document) the moment of surprise when a groom-to-be gets down on one knee with a ring in hand was both exhilarating and incredibly emotional. It was an honour to be part of such a moment that I nearly paused to gaze in awe as everything unfolded below me, but knew that I had to continue snapping away and capture every reaction.

How how did we make this happen? Raul had hired a private boat to tour us around the Toronto Islands, and the scheme we cooked up was that I was taking photographs of a "private couple's session" for the boat company's website. Oh how sneaky we were as I casually captured Raul and the lovely and unsuspecting Mariam enjoying the cruise and the views. Once we were in position with the city skyline providing the most perfect backdrop, Raul got down on one knee and told Mariam just how happy she made him and that he wanted to spend the rest the rest of his life with her. I had such a blast yelling "Congratulations!" with the boat's crew before we docked at Centre Island to do a mini portrait session as the sun begun to set. I loved shooting these portraits as there was both an excitement and peacefulness to the moment, as Raul and Mariam embraced this special time together and took everything in. Naturally we had to do a little Titanic reenactment at the end because hey, when do you have the chance to do it on your own private boat right after getting engaged?

Raul, thank you for having me tag along on your most special surprise, I loved every moment.


Thank you to the fine folks at Heritage Coast Charters for the smooth trip around the islands!