“It didn’t take long after I met him to realize this was the person I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. I started gathering pieces of a puzzle that would one day be the first day to the rest of our lives together. Planning our proposal was very special and magical. Living in Arkansas I knew I wanted to propose in Dallas. Dallas has a special place in both of our hearts and it’s where we plan to move in a couple years time.
His best friend who lives in Dallas was my secret agent, she helped create the illusion that would lure him to Dallas for a “birthday weekend”. We share everything, Robert and I, we have the same music accounts, we have access to emails and search engines. So to hide any ideas of the proposal I had to become very sneaky. I created a second Amazon prime account just so he wouldn’t see my search history. I bought decorations, tools, and lights as I started planning where I wanted to propose and how I wanted it to look. I had everything shipped directly to his friend in Dallas so that he would never know.
A week before leaving for Dallas on our “mini birthday vacation” I told him that I had hired a modeling, fashion photographer for a high fashion photo shoot that we would be doing. He has a passion for the fashion industry so naturally he was excited! Little did he know I hired a photographer to capture not only our fashion shoots, but also the planned moment of our lives that would change everything. The day of the shoot/proposal we were staying at his best friends house in Dallas, he had left early in the morning for a hair cut, this was my chance, I woke up Maria, the best friend, and we rushed to the site of the proposal and decorated the scene with 75 feet of cafe lights….in the pouring rain.
We were drenched, we rushed back to the apartment after decorating trying to come up with an excuse to why we were soaking wet, luckily he believed our little white lies and the day went on exactly as planned, we started with casual wear and individual shots, group shots, and couple pictures. We traveled all over Dallas to express our fashion inspired creativity, the last stop of the day was a beautiful park in the heart of Dallas. I told him that the photographer requested our suits for these picture, we got dressed in our suits in the middle of a park (behind a tree) this made it all the more fun.
We went for our couple pictures and after 4 or 5 I asked him to take a funny picture with me, I knelt down to one knee and he pretended to be shocked since it was a “funny picture”. I pulled a ring box out of my sock and opened it, he looked at me, captivatingly looked at Tara as if he was wondering “is this real” when he looked back at me I smiled and asked if he would spend the rest of his life with me. He said yes!! I let out a loud “HE SAID YES!” that seemed to echo through the park, our family came running around the corner with a sign that said “he said yes” he was so shocked and taken back by it all he started to cry when he realized his family was all right there with us to experience the special moment in our lives. Seeing him so happy only made me realize even more how much I wanted to see that smile every day, and now. I get to relive the moment every time I look at our beautiful engagement photos.”
Photographer: Tara Arseven Photography |