My New York City Marriage Proposal

So after our last wedding of 2016 in December I took my girlfriend Natalie to New York for 5 days in the run up to Christmas for a surprise New York City marriage proposal.

Horse and carriage ride in Central Park - New York City marriage proposal Photographs

Mist over the lake in Central Park - New York City marriage proposal Photographs
Before we got engaged in Central Park - New York City marriage proposal Photographs Photography

Quite a few of our friends knew what I had planned but luckily she had not found out. On the first full day there we packed in the activities. We took a horse-drawn carriage around Central Park, saw a show on Broadway, went shopping and enjoyed a restaurant meal. We headed back towards our hotel through the madness that is time square. Obviously I took my camera with me. I couldn’t help myself shooting away at the skyscrapers and bright lights that surrounded us.

Live on the big screen in Time square - New York City marriage proposal Photographs
Natalie in Time square - New York City marriage proposal Photographs

Down On One Knee In Time Square

“Can you take my picture?” Natalie asked as she stood in front of the bright billboards. I dutifully obliged and asked her “will you take mine?” As she looked through the viewfinder I took out the ring box (that felt like had been burning a hole in my pocket all day) and went down on one knee. Once Natalie had found me through the camera she proclaimed  “what the hell are you doing down there?” and managed to fire off a shot before she took the camera away from her face and actually realised what was happening. She captured the exact moment of my New York City marriage proposal.

Will you marry me? - New York City marriage proposal Photographs
Will you? - New York City marriage proposal Photographs
She said yes in Time square - New York City marriage proposal Photographs

As you can imagine there were one or two people about, who that stopped to watch. When she said yes our small audience cheered and clapped. Feeling light-headed I trustingly gave my camera to one of them and asked them to take some pictures of us. After this both of us a little giddy tried to head back to the hotel. In the excitement went completely the wrong way and had got quite far before realising it was the wrong way. That was it! I hailed a yellow cab and we were hotel bound.

Taxis in Time square from New York City marriage proposal Photographs
Crowds in Time square at night - New York City marriage proposal Photographs Photography
Time square from New York City marriage proposal Photographs
Fire truck in Time square from New York City marriage proposal Photographs

Back at the hotel we headed to the rooftop bar to celebrate (which just made both of us even giddier!). We couldn’t help ourselves sharing the news with the staff and the complete strangers around us. All of which congratulated us and even bought us drinks!!

Just Engaged In New York

Over the next four days we visited the various landmarks that you just have to do while in New York. We took a helicopter tour, watched a Knicks Basketball match at Madison Square Garden and even ice skated with varying degrees of success (I, ironically spent much of the time on my knees on the ice).

Statue of Liberty from Helicopter - New York City marriage proposal Photographs
One World Trade Center from Helicopter - New York City marriage proposal Photographs
New York Skyline from helicopter - New York City marriage proposal Photographs
Batman near Time square from New York City marriage proposal Photographs
Bryant Park Christmas tree from New York City marriage proposal Photographs
Ice rink at Rockefeller center from New York City marriage proposal Photographs

Kiss at night in front of Empire state building - New York City marriage proposal Photographs

On last day we left our shopping laden cases at the hotel and headed out for one last New York Breakfast. At the  Rockefeller center we took in the panoramic view from the famous ‘top of the rock’. From here we could spot places we had been like Central Park and Time Square. That afternoon it was time for us to say goodbye to the city and headed off in a yellow cab bound for JFK airport.

Central park from top of the rock - New York City marriage proposal Photographs
Panoramic view from top of the rock from New York City marriage proposal Photographs

New York wedding design- New York City marriage proposal photographs

Roll on 16/09/2017!

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