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Engaged! (La Palapa, Puerto Vallarta)

Location: La Palapa Restaruant, Puerto Vallarta Mexico
Couple from: Chicago
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Reed was really excited to propose to Rhonda and wanted to find the perfect location. So many options here in Puerto Vallarta. It became a decision between a place up high with a great view looking down on the bay or a romantic spot on the beach.

I feel very lucky that he chose to hire me to photograph the proposal. It would be a bit of a paparazzi shoot because he everything to be a complete surprise. I asked him to send me some photos so I’d know what he and Rhonda look like and we made a plan to meet at La Palapa, one of Puerto Vallarta’s oldest and well-known restaurants.

I arrived a little early and scoped things out and talked with the staff so they knew what was going on. They had prepared a pretty table for two close to the water.

My assistant Jonathan was there to keep a lookout for the couple and act as my model. We saw the couple arrive and I was pretty sure Reed saw me too. He directed Rhonda to take a walk down the beach. It was easy enough to photograph from behind but photographing other angles without being seen was a little tricky. That’s where Jonathan came in, pretending to pose for me which allowed me to pretend to photograph him but really photograph over his shoulder.

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This shot in particular amazes me. I think it’s a great shot of Rhonda and it’s so cool that she’s looking straight into the camera but was completely unaware that I was taking her photo.Vallarta La Palapa engagment photos 005

It was such an emotional experience to be there with them, even if just from a distance. I felt so lucky to be a part of such a special event.

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July 6, 2010 - 9:32 AM Lynette Piper - Hi Christine! Saw your photos and nearly cried. My partner Mark and I got engaged at LaPalapa in March of 2006, and it's been a long journey to getting married in front of that fabulous restaurant exactly five years later. I really hope you're available March 2nd and 3rd, 2011 to photograph our wedding. Crossing my fingers... Lynette Piper

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