Alex, who lives in Burlington and Shantal, who lives in Montreal, are in love.
On This beautiful Fall Thursday evening, Shantal arrived for the weekend from Montreal to visit Alex. At his apartment, she was greeted with a bouquet of flowers, a new dress, and a note telling her that a taxi would pick her up at 5:45 and deliver her to him.
And while Shantal got ready for her date, Alex anxiously sat in Battery park–a ring in his pocket, sweat on his brow, and ME, lurking in the shadows and ready to photograph this HUGE event.
The late-day sun glowed on the horizon and the waterfront view was spectacular. As with most nights in Burlington, many gathered at this popular spot to watch the sunset, so I didn’t actually look out of place with two cameras draped around my neck.
Now, before moving forward, let me tell how Alex and Shantal come to this point in their story…
Shantal‘s best friend Katia and Alex‘s best friend Max met, got married and they moved to Montreal. For the the longest time, they tried to match up Alex and Shantal but neither of them were interested in meeting the other and starting a long distance relationship. After all, Alex lived in Maryland, and Shantal in Quebec. It would never work! Right?
But, after so much time listening to their friends talk about each other, Alex and Shantal finally relented and took a leap of faith.
First, they started to talk on the phone. And talk. And talk. Day after day and night after night, they continued talking.
Then, after countless phone calls, Alex headed to Montreal to meet Shantal.
It took only a few more visits before it was clear that they wanted to be in each others’ lives forever.
So, what’s a man to do? Alex moved to Vermont to be closer to his girl and to show her that he meant business.
Every weekend, Alex either went to Montreal or Shantal visited him in Burlington.
And so, here we were… Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:00 pm, at Battery Park:
A bewildered Shantal arrived at he stroke of 6 o’clock, and immediately, a nervous Alex got down on one knee, held up the ring box and asked her to be his bride.
She said YES.
WOW! It all happened so fast (and I was trying so hard to look casual and NOT like a paparazzi) that I almost missed the whole thing!
After a short and sweet portrait session, the sun was gone and Alex and Shantal went on to a celebration dinner at the Blue Cat Bistro and then to phone friends and family to tell them the big news.
Here’s a nice little video recap of the big proposal, set against a song chosen by the newly engaged couple: “Waiting All My Life” by the Rascal Flatts
Congratulations, Alex and Shantal. I hope I get to photograph the big day!!