Do it right, photograph your wedding proposal 

click to enlarge Bruno proposed to his girlfriend Brittany along the west side of the lake at The Broadmoor. - SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
  • Bruno proposed to his girlfriend Brittany along the west side of the lake at The Broadmoor.
A couple of weeks ago I got a phone call from Bruno. He wanted me to photograph his proposal to his girlfriend Brittany. He planned the proposal with the help of a good friend and decided to pop the question at The Broadmoor, a place they both love to visit.

I worked with Bruno’s friend beforehand to stake out the location: a favorite bench on the west side of the resort’s lake.

We left a bouquet of flowers and a candy ring on the bench for the Bruno and Brittany to "discover" as they strolled around the lake. Then we waited on a patio nearby that was concealed by a stand of trees.

A short while later, Bruno and Brittany reached the bench and Bruno grabbed the candy ring and got down on one knee to propose. I walked out towards them and began photographing them with a long lens from a distance as the proposal ensued.

Brittany's initial expression of surprise was followed quickly by pure joy and happiness. Bruno then showed her the real engagement ring and Brittany’s expressions lit up even more.

For a moment they were lost in their own world and barely noticed a crowd had gathered not far from them. As they embraced, the onlookers offered a round of applause.

Photographing a moment such as this is a wonderful part of my job, but I don’t get to do it often. Small suggestion: If you want to begin a life together, do it right and make sure to have someone there to capture this moment.

Here are some pictures from Bruno’s proposal to Brittany to help inspire you if you’re thinking about popping the question.
Sean Cayton is a wedding photojournalist of 19 years and operates a successful, award-winning wedding photography studio in Colorado Springs. He's also an award-winning photojournalist. Sean is happily married to the love of his life (also his business partner) and is father to three beautiful children. When he’s not working, Sean can be found outside flying kites with his kids, hitting golf balls or casting a fly rod to hungry trout.


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