Kyle had a problem figuring out when and where exactly he could surprise Keri while they were on trip to Austin.
He knew he wanted me to photograph the proposal but with the pressure of planning a trip without a rental car and hiding a ring the whole time, we pressed pause on booking.
Flash forward a couple weeks and Kyle texts me out of the blue asking if I was available THAT AFTERNOON because he wanted to finally propose and could I help figure out a spot that would be romantic and walkable from their downtown location.
There was no chance for a romantic sunset or a candlelit dinner for 2 with signs and flowers since this was now or never (I think the ring was burning a hole in his pocket). My mind sprung to the new Central Library. The weather was unfortunately cold, constant drizzle, post-rain and basically completely unappealing for anywhere without covering or indoors. I knew there was a beautiful butterfly garden on the roof with views of downtown and what would be more romantic than taking in the views from there?
The hardest part was keeping it a secret from Keri and from the onlookers who had no idea I was trying to photograph this proposal at any minute and walked through my shot a couple times. Of course no Austin photo would be complete without a grackle making a cameo. (Scroll to see him appear and then disappear)
Ultimately, the photos ended up gorgeous and I’m so glad I finally got to photograph a session at the downtown Library. Now if I can get a wedding there next, I’d be extra happy.