A few months ago I was hired as a professional photographer by Thomas, a fireman from California who was planning his trip to Venice with his girlfriend, Heather. He wanted to take this chance to make a surprise engagement proposal to her and asked me to suggest a suitable place to “stage” it.
I suggested the San Giorgio Maggiore Island which is located in the lagoon in front of San Marco Square. This is a very special place: an island hosting a church in neoclassic style by Andrea Palladio, and a cultural foundation with gardens and a theatre. It ensured a quiet environment for the couple and a beautiful background for my photographs.
The couple quickly reached the island by ferry and Thomas pretended to planning to see the remarkable view from the Church’s bell tower. I was waiting on the island with hidden cameras after having left a dozen of red roses on the ground. Thomas took the roses and gave them to Heather one by one while uttering sweet words. Then he took the ring, kneed down and made his proposal.
Needless to say, Heather was overjoyed and the two hugged and kissed again and again. I shot photos of all the most romantic moments then left them alone for a while. They visited the tower of the church, then we went back to San Marco Square and had a quick photo walk in the Castello district.
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