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Marriage Proposal at The High Line, New York City

Marriage Proposal at The High Line, New York City
May 20, 2011

Several weeks back Jon called me to see if I would be willing to document his proposal to his girlfriend Lisette at The High Line in the heart of the Meat Packing District in New York City. The forecast predicted about a 75% chance of rain, but Jon didn’t mind. I agreed, so a couple of days before, Jon and I met at the planned proposal site to hash out several areas and ideas where I would station myself without Lisette noticing me and to discuss what Jon envisioned his proposal was going to be like. Jon’s plan was to bring Lisette to the Chelsea neighborhood and the High Line after a day at a Gun Show to meet up with Lisette’s sisters Jenelle and Marisa. From there they would all meet up with other family members for dinner. Both sisters didn’t know that there was going to be a proposal as well. The only people who knew about the proposal were Jon, his brother and myself. His brother was advised to be on stand by if we needed to stall.

On the day of the proposal, it rained all morning but when the proposal time came around, the blue skies emerged and boy was it was going to be great! I normally arrive early to get situated, but when I got to the spot, it was sectioned off preventing access. I thought to myself… ok, this was unexpected. I strolled to the second location we planned…. also sectioned off. Keep Out! … Hmmm. We didn’t plan for a third spot so I scrambled a bit. While I was scrambling, I saw Lisette’s sisters coming up. They quietly sat themselves down on the bench not knowing what was about to take place. And because it was scheduled to rain, the High Line was virtually empty. I knew that they noticed me walking around. I also knew that Jon was probably close by. I quickly found a third decent spot and texted the new location information to Jon. Luckily, he was running a bit late and was able to get my text. So we were all set again.

Because Jon was late, Lisette’s sisters had to sit around for a bit. I was sitting around as well, trying to look nonchalant but with barely another soul at the High Line, it was kinda impossible to hide myself from them. Also, I feared that Jon and Lisette would be approaching at any moment. They didn’t know exactly who I was but I knew that they were probably a little creeped out because I was carrying this huge camera and occasionally snapping shots. Eventually, I’m sure they figured it out.
Jon and Lisette finally made it to the new location and the proposal happened without a hitch. And we all officially met.

Below were some of my favorites. Enjoy!

Jenelle and Marissa,
Sorry for creeping you out at first! =)

Congratulations to Lisette and Jon!

© Josh Wong Photography

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