Ryan & Mayra

It's not out of the ordinary for Ryan and Mayra to spend their Saturday lounging in the sunshine with their pup, Max.  As huge fans of NYC parks, they often pick a new destination to visit each weekend to soak in the sights and enjoy the outdoors. On a recent park tour, they'd visited the Garden People on the Upper West Side, and Ryan knew when he saw it that it was the perfect place to pop the question.

Here's where I come in!

A week prior to the big day, master planner Ryan outlined a route for me to follow through Riverside Park  (complete with pictures!)  that led to the spot where he would lead Mayra and propose. Having met Mayra previously, it was super important to me not to be seen, so I spent my afternoon hiding behind bushes, befriending strangers for their view of the couple, and generally being a huge creep (huge glasses + baseball cap + a playground...) in order to capture all of the seemingly "normal" moments that would lead up to the big one!

After a quiet picnic in the park and a long, beautiful walk, Ryan led Mayra into one of the gated off garden spaces (having previously obtained permission, of course!) that he loved the most. After pausing for a few moments, he gifted Mayra a stunning silver engraved case with their names, date, and lyrics that are meaningful to their relationship.

Mayra was so completely taken aback and touched by the gift that she barely noticed when Ryan pulled out yet another stunning shiny object and got down on one knee!

It was such an amazingly sweet day, and I am so, so happy that I was able to capture this moment for them!

Congratulations Ryan and Mayra!!