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  • Writer's picture Becka Mckiness

A Whirlwind of Emotions: A Surprise Proposal at Chicago Botanic Garden

Updated: May 19, 2023


On a sun-drenched day at the stunning Chicago Botanic Garden, I had the privilege of documenting a surprise proposal that unfolded with an extraordinary level of thoughtfulness and excitement. With hidden loved ones, a clever plan, and a heartwarming surprise awaiting, this proposal would forever be etched in the couple's memories.


Chicago Botanic Garden, a haven of natural beauty, served as the idyllic setting for this romantic surprise proposal. Bathed in golden sunlight, the gardens offered a picturesque backdrop of blooming flowers and winding pathways. With each step, anticipation and nervous excitement filled the air, as Rob led Amanda to the proposal location.


Rob had devised a plan to surprise Amanda, completely unbeknownst to her. Under the pretense of showing her a specific spot, he skillfully maneuvered them towards the proposal location. Little did Amanda suspect that their mothers and their adorable daughter were hidden nearby, ready to unveil the surprise of a lifetime.


The Innocent Messenger:

As they reached the proposal spot, Rob pretended that they were lost, leaving Amanda waiting momentarily as he sought assistance from a nearby employee. In those suspenseful moments, he made his way to where their mothers were concealed, a sense of anticipation and excitement building. It was time for their daughter to take center stage.


Rob approached Amanda, his smile barely contained, as he held their precious daughter, who was wearing a shirt that said: "Mommy, will you marry Daddy?"


A Moment of Realization:

As Rob returned to Amanda's side, holding their daughter with a mix of nerves and anticipation, she was initially taken aback. It took a moment for the surprise to sink in, but as Amanda read the message on their daughter's shirt, time seemed to stand still. In that split second, realization washed over her, and tears of joy welled up in her eyes.


With trembling hands and a heart full of love, Rob got down on one knee, presenting a stunning engagement ring that shimmered in the sunlight. In a voice filled with emotion, he poured out his heartfelt words, asking Amanda to marry him. Amanda joyfully accepted. The moms came out from their hiding spot to celebrate with love, hugs, and tears.


As a witness to this extraordinary moment, I felt privileged to capture the raw emotions, the unfiltered joy, and the profound connection between Rob and Amanda.






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