When a young man calls you up and asks for your help in planning a White Point Garden engagement, you can’t help but say yes!
That was the case for photographer Charlie Martin and his client Ryan, who created a romantic and completely unforgettable moment for Ryan’s girlfriend Kristen. Remembers Charlie, “I am a hopeless romantic and always have been. So when Ryan gave me the chance and flexibility to style his engagement, I didn’t pass it up!”
The careful planning paid off in a spectacular style when Kristen realized what was happening. Her face as Ryan pops the question is so joyful that you can almost here her shout “yes!”
A House Divided
The Florida-Florida State rivalry is one of the fiercest in college football, but that didn’t stop these two lovebirds from realizing their fate.
Says photographer Charlie, “Ryan met Kristen while he was attending the University of Florida in Gainesville. They did not, however, share the same mascot. Kristen was a student at the rival school, Florida State in Tallahassee.”
Despite their division on college football weekends, Ryan and Kristen’s relationship grew and they made their long distance relationship work.
“When you two people who truly mean the world to one another it’s obvious. Ryan and Kristen displayed that love and then some. It came naturally, it was beautiful, it was perfect, it was love!” says Charlie.
The Perfect Plan
In a fun filled few days in Charleston, Kristen and Ryan had gone out to eat, wandered through the historic district, and met up with friends.
Their last day in Charleston was to be a laid back Sunday with dinner reservation at 82 Queen and a carriage ride. There was last minute glitch when the carriage ride ended several blocks from White Point Garden, and the planners had to scramble to get the couple to the engagement spot without arriving irritated and sweaty (it was August in Charleston—we’ve all been there!).
Remembers photographer Charlie, “Charleston Bike Company to the rescue! I gave them a call and one of the owners quickly came to my aide and had a bike ready to pick up Ryan and Kristen for next to nothing! The bike picked the couple up for the 5-minute ride down to the Battery and let them out on a pathway entrance on the side of Battery Park where I was pretending to do a portrait session with my fiancé Valarie.”
As Charlie moved into place to photograph the engagement, Ryan led Kristen along a pathway where he and Charlie had placed handwritten chalkboards.
“She like every other couple walking by and reading the boards assumed they were for some other lucky girl. Clarity finally set in when Ryan and Kristen reached the final board at the Gazebo in the center of the park,” says Charlie, and that’s when Ryan dropped to one knee and popped the question.
Venue: White Point Garden, Charleston, South Carolina
Photographer: Charlie Martin Photography