Manny & Nora // Balboa Park // San Diego Proposal

I’ve known Manny for some time but I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting his girlfriend (now fiance) which made me the perfect stranger to be inside the beautiful church. Manny and I met beforehand to plan everything out. I was going to be in the church 30 minutes early and pretend to be admiring the wonderful architecture. We had a signal planned out that and even a back up plan. We drew up schematics and and floor plan of the church. We had it covered.

And of course we had to improvise it all since nothing went as planned, Manny got so excited that he arrived at the church 1 hour early. That’s 15 minutes before I was supposed to be there, so I had to sneak in through the back while he ate a snack outside the church. As soon as I walked in I heard nothing. Pure silence; there was no one at the church. I stuck out like a sore thumb and figured I should hide by the side and let them walk by. Once they did I saw the ‘signal’ and I started snapping away. It happened so fast and it was so beautiful… and of course she said, “Yes.”



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  • ElissaJuly 28, 2011 - 2:31 pm

    That story makes me so happy! I love that you two planned it all out… such guys, with your schematics and plans :) The portrait session after the proposal is soo beautiful… love that wide one of them underneath the arch (5th from the bottom).. so good! I’ll stop gushing now.

  • Joanna DayJuly 28, 2011 - 7:39 am

    Great cinematic quality to your storytelling here! awesome session!

  • RaychelJuly 27, 2011 - 1:55 am

    Perfect work, perfect location, perfect couple!

  • RochelleJuly 18, 2011 - 3:37 am

    You did an outstanding job!BRAVO!

  • KelleeJuly 12, 2011 - 11:45 pm

    Brilliant shots. I wish more guys would think to do this!

  • Matthew EvansJuly 12, 2011 - 2:02 pm

    This is awesomely stylish mate, love it.

  • SamJuly 11, 2011 - 9:26 am

    These are absolutely gorgeous. Proposals are the best! I can just say, I get my face blown a lot, but mind, that only happens once in a blue moon ;-)

  • Eric YerkeJuly 10, 2011 - 11:02 am

    These are damn good.

  • BrittanyJuly 8, 2011 - 4:48 pm

    Oh Luis. Oh Luis. Oh Luis. Love! These are just so gorgeous and awe-inspiring. Congratulations to Manny and Nora!

  • Caitlin McWeeneyJuly 8, 2011 - 11:41 am

    Perfect! Wonderful captures of the proposal, Luis. You’ve definitely inspired me to push myself. The one of her eyes smiling over his shoulder just kill me. Love love love.

  • Dale FosheJuly 8, 2011 - 11:35 am

    I love the fresh, natural style of these shots!

  • KyleJuly 8, 2011 - 10:53 am

    Luis. You were always good. But these are even better than good. These are incredible.

  • benj haischJuly 8, 2011 - 10:06 am

    so good, luis.

  • Albert PalmerJuly 8, 2011 - 9:11 am

    Beautiful work Luis – that one of her peeking over his shoulder is first rate!

  • francis josephJuly 8, 2011 - 9:08 am

    Great coverage, Luis! The engagement session pretty much rocks!

  • nadineJuly 8, 2011 - 8:49 am

    beautiful work! i like the ones of them under a tree!

  • MannyJuly 8, 2011 - 7:50 am

    Luis was a trooper, great improvisation – he worked around all the delays and kept the surprise going until the dinner. Great work sir!

  • Paul RowlandJuly 8, 2011 - 7:45 am

    Luis you did a fantastic job of documenting the moment of proposal. Those fountain pictures rock also.

  • J ShodaJuly 8, 2011 - 7:41 am

    Nice work homie!

  • PorterJuly 8, 2011 - 7:17 am

    so cute!!! your framing is perfection and this couple couldnt be any cuter. also looks like he nailed it with the ring!!

  • alexis sweetJuly 8, 2011 - 5:25 am

    look at that megawatt smile! lovely work!

  • ALMAJuly 8, 2011 - 4:24 am

    Awesome frames!

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