Detroit Institute of Arts Proposal at the DIA

The emails came three in a row.  For a second, I thought I was getting spammed.  All three emails had out-of-state phone numbers.  I took a deep breath, not expecting the number I was calling to lead to anything.  To my surprise, a pleasant and excited voice answered the phone.

“Hello?”

“Hi, this is Brian with She Said Yes! Detroit.  You just emailed me regarding your upcoming proposal!  Congratulations on taking that step.  So what are you thinking for your proposal?”

Jensen and I spoke about his relationship with Jiji and what he was thinking regarding his proposal.  I always encourage guys to plan their proposal around the personality of their partner.   Jensen described Jiji as a classy, down-to-earth woman who is loving, supportive, and doesn’t like to be the center of attention.  Initially, Jensen saw photos of another shoot I did at the Belle Isle Fountain; however, after many phone calls back and forth with the DNR, the fountain wasn’t going to be available on the day.    We needed to think of another location.

Jensen was going all out on this proposal, flying in Jiji’s family and planning additional surprises throughout the day for her.  With that being said, the proposal had to be on a specific Saturday.  The problem was, I had a wedding to shoot that day as well.  Jensen was a committed champ.

“You let me know when and I will be there to propose,” he told me.

“How does 8:00 a.m. look for you?  Think you can be down there ready to go around that time?  That should leave us enough time for the proposal, a short engagement session, and enough time for me to drive out for the 10:30 a.m. start to my wedding.”

“I will see you at 8:00!”

Jensen was right on time.  He convinced Jiji that his work was having a private event to celebrate something at the DIA, a legitimate business connection of his work, before the museum opened.  At 8:00 a.m. on the dot, I saw Jensen and Jiji approaching the east entrance.  He slowed their walk as they passed the stone arches.  After sharing a few words with her, Jensen took a knee and proposed.  Jiji enthusiastically said “Yes!”

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It didn’t take long before Jiji spotted me and her Detroit Institute of Arts proposal began to sink in.  Detroit Institute of Arts Proposal

After a quick wave of acknowledgement, I moved back and let them enjoy their Detroit Institute of Arts proposal.

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After a few minutes of letting Jiji and Jensen soak in their occasion, we decided to fully document the day by photographing a few engagement photos.

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Congratulations Jiji and Jensen!  Your Detroit Institute of Arts proposal was beautiful and I wish you the best in this next phase of your relationship.

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