When a client inquires about a proposal session, I cannot help but jump around in my seat with excitement!! This wonderful couple lives in NYC and were visiting Austin for the first time on a weekend trip. When Cong reached out to me, he said he wanted the perfect backdrop to propose to in Austin, so we chose the Town Lake (Lady Bird Lake) Boardwalk with it's skyline views. I'm sorry, as an original Austinite, I just don't think it will ever be Lady Bird Lake in my vocabulary. Since he was from NYC, we had to do a lot of planning via phone, text, and email, but it all paid off because the proposal went off without a hitch! I was hiding on the boardwalk "taking pictures of the skyline" when they walked up into my frame. Cong's soon-to-be fiancé took a picture on her iPhone of the skyline and then started walking away...that is, until he told her something along the lines of "I have a surprise for you..." She spotted my camera and then a second later, Cong was down on one knee in front of her. I'd say that she was completely caught off guard! A few moments after the proposal happened, Ali's phone rang and it was her mom calling! As she looked at the new sparkly ring on her finger, she said into the phone, "MOM! Cong just proposed!!" This was a special moment to witness and capture with my camera! After they shared the good news, we took a few more pictures and then they went on their way to a nice dinner to celebrate! Cong and Ali, congratulations again! I am so excited for you two and wish you a beautiful life together! If you're ever back in Austin, I'd love to show you more of this beautiful city!
If you're considering booking a proposal session with McKenzie Coronado Photography, I urge you to read a review that Cong wrote about his experience below. I know that proposals are already full of nerves and adrenaline, so I try to make the moment as care-free and relaxed as possible for my soon-to-be grooms!
"After careful consideration, I decided to propose to my girlfriend in Austin. However, I'd never been to the city before, and we were only there for a three-day vacation. After doing some research (mainly Google), I found McKenzie as a top recommendation. I contacted her to take our engagement/proposal photos.
I really didn't have any ideas other than a few recommendations from friends. However, given McKenzie's background, she was able to suggest several options. She was super engaging and really dedicated herself to this challenge. She even went to all her suggested places and took photos of them to send to me. In the end, I choose to propose at the boardwalk.
For the big day, we decided to meet at the last pier at 7:15pm. She had suggested this location because it overlooked the Austin skyline. We contacted each other throughout the day, and she was there way before our scheduled time to prepare for our arrival. She was great at blending in as a tourist taking pictures - my girlfriend at the time had no idea. When the big moment arrived, she was there to capture all of it. A few moment after I proposed, she came over, and took more pictures of us in various ways. A few hours later, she had sent five great pictures to pass along to our families, and about a week later, the other pictures arrived via email.
I am really glad that I choose McKenzie to capture our special moment. The pictures turned out great! She was a true professional from start to finish. "