The Shard Shangri-La, central London, proposal photography

This was an unusual one for me – to photograph an actual proposal! I was contacted by The One Romance – a company that plans wedding proposals – to take part in a planned proposal at the Shangri-la Hotel at The Shard in central London. My job was to capture ‘the down-on-one-knee moment’ as it happened – the emotion, the reaction, the answer! Eek – no pressure there then. I just hoped she’d say yes!
The room had all been prepared while the happy couple dined downstairs at the restaurant. Rose petals were strewn romantically around the room, spelling out ‘Will you marry me?’ on the bed, candles lit the way to the view across nighttime London.

I laid in wait for them to return from their candlelit dinner and I swear I was probably as nervous as the bridegroom-to-be! My heart was hammering when I heard the key in the door. In they walked, down on one knee went Sam and the question was popped.I’m pleased to say she did say yes!

As a London family photographer, it isn’t often I’m there at that moment when a couple decide to make their lives together and start out on the road as a family. So it was a real privilege to be asked to participate.

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