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New York Proposal Photography: Eugene and Milana

Eugene reached out to Paparazzi Proposals to make sure his Central Park picnic proposal was perfectly planned and discreetly captured with New York proposal photography!

After a horse and carriage ride through Central Park, they walked towards Cherry Hill in Central Park, where a picnic complete with chocolate strawberries, chilled champagne and two dozen cowlilies awaited them.

Milana couldn’t believe how thoughtful Eugene had been!  And, the surprises weren’t over yet!  Smiling, Eugene pointed out the nearby Bow Bridge, and right on cue, a banner unfurled reading, “Milana, I love you.  Will you marry me?”

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Eugene pulled off an absolutely perfect proposal, and it got an amazing reaction!  After he popped the question, Milana brought her hands to her face to wipe tears of joy from her eyes before saying, “Yes!!!” And moving in for a kiss!  Passersby on the bridge broke out into applause as he slipped a sparkling Kay Jewelers engagement ring onto her finger.

How They Met:

Eugene and Milana first met at a mutual friend’s housewarming party in July of 2014. 

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Though they only exchanged a few words, Eugene was intrigued.  The pair had many mutual friends in common, and kept seeing each other at parties and events but never had a chance to exchange more than a simple “Hey, how are you?”  That is, until Eugene’s birthday this past June.

They struck up a conversation and Eugene felt instantly at ease with her.  He admired her easy-going attitude and fun personality, and wanted to get to know her better, but his shyness got the best of him that night and he didn’t ask her out.

With a little prompting from his friends, he gained enough courage to ask her out, and on June 19th, they went on their first date.

How They Knew:

It became apparent to Eugene as they spent more time together that this was the person he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. 

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Eugene said it was an initial instinct that simply grew naturally with time, and in October, he started thinking over creative ways to pop the question!

The Proposal Plan

Eugene knew he wanted a picnic in the park marriage proposal.

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He had been trying to plan a picnic all of last summer, but weather kept getting in the way.  Their engagement was the perfect time to give her the romantic picnic they’d been talking about for months!

After chatting with one of our proposal experts, he decided that Bow Bridge would be the picture-perfect proposal spot!  He booked our New York Horse and Carriage Ride Proposal Package, adding on thoughtful details like a bouquet of flowers, a park picnic setup, and a custom banner to help him pop the question!

The Engagement Photos

Little did Milana know, our discreet New York surprise proposal photographer had secretly photographed their entire engagement!

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Eugene wanted to make sure their entire proposal story was beautifully photographed to remember forever, so he booked a two hour post-proposal portrait session. After the couple had a moment to take in their new engagement and share a celebratory toast, our photographer introduced himself and joined the couple for a beautiful fall engagement session in Central Park. 

View their full proposal slideshow and some gorgeous engagement pictures from their couples photo shoot.

More New York Proposal Photography

Get inspired with more New York proposal photography by checking out our New York surprise engagement photography Pinterest board, full of great New York engagement suggestions.  Or, browse our variety of romantic engagement plans and customizable proposal packages to see which one best suits the two of you.  Still a bit stuck for ideas? Remember to Contact us today for a free consultation. We’re here with tips, tricks and local knowledge to help you pull off the perfect New York engagement, and discreetly capture it all with gorgeous professional photography!