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Proposal Stories

When Joshua Morten, a student at UC Santa Barbara, decided to surprise his girlfriend Alessandra Coombs with a proposal (above), he also wanted to capture the moment on camera. Joshua hired videographer Thomas O'Hara of San Diego-based Aqua Vivus to secretly shoot the evening, from dinner to the candlelit dockside proposal.

"I thought they were going to be filming from just one angle, but I found out later they had multiple cameras," says Joshua. "Tom even snuck onto a nearby sailboat to shoot us from the water!"

The proposal video genre is in its infancy, explains Thomas—his company just recently began producing these films. "They're an opportunity for grooms to get creative," he says. "It's really exciting for everyone because it's such a huge moment in their lives." Thomas has discreetly captured proposals from behind beach dunes and even filmed romantic proposals in the rain. "It works best when I don't give the groom too many instructions and let him just work out a plan that's meaningful to him—as long as there's a good place for us to hide," he says.

All Stephen Clee, a professional photographer and animator from Vancouver, Canada, needed during a vacation in Grand Cayman was a picturesque place to pop the question to his girlfriend, Elena Janssen. "There was a beach Elena really liked that had beautiful views of the sunset," says Stephen. "That was a good ruse to go there, and when we arrived I told her I wanted to get a photo of us. But instead of pushing the timer, I set the camera up to record video. You see me walk into the frame and get down on one knee, and then her hands cover her mouth in surprise." When he returned home, Stephen created a video compilation (above) of the proposal and vacation footage. "I made the video just for her," he says. "But it's something we can show friends and family—it's a great way to share this moment with people we care about." Stephen's mother helped the video spread very quickly, sharing the film with her coworkers and friends. Stephen points out, "I think my mom started out by watching it six or seven times and crying."

Engagement Trailers

Ben Krebs, a photographer and videographer in Maine, wanted his and fiancée Annie Novak's personalities to be the focus of their movie trailer-style engagement video (next page). "Mannerisms, gestures, the way you interact—you can't fully capture all that in photos," he says. "It's more engaging to see how a couple jokes around with each other, so the video becomes a movie trailer of your relationship." After sharing his video online, Ben received a flood of inquiries from other engaged couples who wanted a similar product. "People are just becoming aware that pre-wedding videos even exist," he says. "What we're creating is an informal glimpse into who couples really are."

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