Elizabeth & Alex - Schooner Hindu Proposal - Key West Engagement Photography - Freas Photography

Elizabeth & Alex – Schooner Hindu Proposal – Key West Engagement Photography

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So you’re going to propose to your girlfriend?  You’re doing it in Key West, and you’re going to need a photographer.  Well that’s what Alex had on his mind when he contacted me.  We chatted a bit about the best way and place to do it, and we settled on the Schooner Hindu.  We wanted to create the greatest engagement photo in Key West.  Usually this is the part where I end up writing 300 words and telling you all about our day.  This time is different.  We are going to take it from the words of the special woman, whom Alex chose to spend the rest of his life with.

Here is what she had to say:

“A week before our trip to Key West Alex asked me if I wanted to go on a boat – maybe fishing or sailing. I remarked,” since when are we big deep sea fishers!?!” He sold me on the sailing though, and a thought Flashed… wouldn’t that be a romantic proposal? However, any daydreaming about that went out the window at the airport when Alex checked his baggage and offered me his jacket on the plane. With nowhere else to hide a ring, I was certain a proposal wasn’t on his mind!

Fast forward to our vacation, I thought it was strange that Alex, far from a fashionista, was suddenly interested in what I was wearing to dinner that evening. I had picked out white jeans and a white top, to which he said “we are in Key West, why don’t you wear something festive?” Little did I know, he was thinking about how I would look in photos on the water up against a light colored sky.

We arrived at the marina just in the nick of time! After we boarded, the captain announced that a photographer would be taking shots for the company’s social media account. I turned to Alex thrilled thinking we might get one great photo of us dressed up. Unbeknownst to me, Alex had hired Mike Freas, a professional photographer from Key West, to blend in as a deckhand and capture the proposal.”

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Alex had some great ideas too:

“Funny enough, Elizabeth and I booked our Key West trip in late fall. I had no idea then, that this would be where I would be asking Elizabeth to marry me. It just so happened that the timing of the trip coincided with me purchasing a ring. I had dinner with her father two weeks prior to our departure to .k his blessing. Once Mario said yes, and I stopped sweating, I realized I needed a plan! We love travel and warm weather, and some of our best dates were spent watching sunsets on the water. A sail at sunset on a schooner sounded ideal. Now I Just needed the sun to shine, the wind to hold, and the seas to stay cahn. No pressure, Mother Nature! That week I spent as much time checking the Key West weather as I did my work email. Friday morning, the captain and the photographer assured me all was perfect. And boy was it perfect. An hour in, the captain lowered that front sail signaling it was go time. The excitement of the moment was setting in, and I was thankful Elizabeth suggested we move to the bow for a photo. A million thoughts raced through my mind! Is she facing the camera? Is Mike ready? Am I going to be able to get the ring box out of my pocket? Will the ring go flying into the sea if I open the box to hard?!  Which knee did I want to kneel on? In the end it all felt natural, and the right words came out”

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Elizabeth: We stood at the bow of the schooner talking for a moment, and I could sense Alex was becoming nervous. I had butterflies in my stomach, so I started babbling about absolute nonsense! I looked over Alex’s shoulder and saw a boat with a shamrock on the sail_ I started to tear up. With my mother’s Irish background, I felt it was a sign from her. I knew then Alex was going to propose. I don’t remember the words, but I will never forget that feeling. Alex looked at me so earnestly and so genuinely .I realized this was that moment, when all I needed to say was yes. Unfortunately I, woman of many words, could not get that three lettered word out. When I finally came to my senses, he asked again, and I said, yes, yes, and yes!!

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