Andrew & Lauren, thank you so much for all the effort you put into this engagement shoot! It's so nice working with couples who are excited about their photos and who will go the extra mile. Andrew chose the locations and made all the arrangements necessary to shoot on the roof. I was a little freaked out when we got there. Security is always an issue and we parked right next to a place that looked like a chop shop. Eeek :) But in the end I'm so happy with the photos and our cars were still there when we got back.
I just love Andrew & Lauren's engagement story. Here it is in Lauren's own words:
How we met...
We met at a friend’s birthday party in September 2008. It was a dress up party and the theme was “I wouldn’t be caught dead in that...” Needless to say we didn’t look our best. After meeting Andrew and jokingly insulting him he thought I must be interested in him. He was wrong. I went on to dance the night away with other friends. But lucky for me he was oblivious and asked friends for my number and then asked me out on a date.
When I met him for the date I immediately fell for his big blue eyes(he looked much better in ordinary clothes!) and cool sense of humour J
The proposal... (or how Andrew never really popped the question)
The Mood... after missing our first flight from Manila we were relieved after two short aeroplane hops and a boat trip to reach our island destination, Apulit in the Philippines... but not that happy about having to leave our luggage behind and go out to dinner in travel clothes.
The ruse... the hotel would take us to another island resort by boat as their way of apologising to us for the mix up.
The truth... Andrew had very cleverly and lovingly set this whole thing up over the last few months AND kept it a secret from... ABSOLUTELY.NO.ONE... except me!!
He did all those good things like ask mom and dad for permission. He designed the ring based on what he knew I liked.
He told the hotel manager that the initial options provided for the proposal location simply weren’t good enough and that they had to come up with something better. And so the idea of a deserted island, used only for snorkel stops until then, was picked as the place he would pop the question... or would he?
We arrived at the island via speed boat to hotel staff setting up a table for our dinner, our own personal chef and lots of bubbly to enjoy on our blanket while overlooking the moonlit sea, surrounded by candles in the sand.
Well now that I’ve set this beautiful scene you need to know exactly what I said next... and I quote: “Jeepers Ards, if you’re ever going to propose – this is the way to do it!”
I turned towards him only to have a ring thrust at me!
So in the end I was crying(happy tears of shock, excitement, disbelief and most of all super mushy romantic love). (gross, I know)
And that’s how Andrew never did get to pop the question...I pretty much did it for him!