Chris and I spoke on the phone about a week ago. He had asked me if I would photograph his proposal to his girlfriend Katie. I immediately told him I wished more people would think of this. I was thrilled to do. We conspired with Joe, the manager of Downtown Ice to make sure everything would work out perfectly.
I arrived early on Friday, which was also the silent opening night of Downtown Ice, to scope things out since I had never met Chris or Katie in person. It wasn’t too long before I saw two people who looked very much in love. I knew it had to be them! Joe, the rink manager, confirmed to me that I was looking at the right couple.
Chris and Katie had met freshman year of college but they didn’t get to know each other well until they serendipitously became roommates Junior year in a house full of mutual friends. As they shared more time with each other, they recognized similar passions and traits. They started dating January 16th and Katie’s favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. Chris knew November 16th was the perfect day to propose. T
hey could celebrate with family and friends shortly thereafter. After a wonderful dinner full of surprises, Chris took Katie to Downtown Ice to skate amidst the palm trees and Christmas lights.
I found a good vantage point and pretended to photograph random people skating. Katie wasn’t in on the plan and I didn’t want her to think something was up. As they went around and around I secretly captured a few frames of the moments leading up the proposal.
Then Tracy Chapman’s Open Arms started playing and I knew it was about to happen.
Chris spun her to the center of the ice rink, got down on one knee, and asked one of the biggest questions of his life. He got the answer he hoped for.