I’m pretty sure Michael and Kensey will remember their trip to Ireland for the rest of their lives. Michael really put a lot of thought into his proposal to Kensey and it was a very special moment to capture for them.
I was more or less hiding in a bush near the Martello tower in Sutton and my heart started pounding when I saw them coming down the path. I had brought a tripod with me and was pretending to take landscape (or birds??) photographs. My cover wasn’t that great considering it was drizzling and we couldn’t even see the other side of the bay, but Kensey didn’t even glance at me until it was all over.
We had agreed on the exact spot he was going to propose that same morning, and it just happened exactly as he had imagined.
He dropped (threw) his blue rain jacket on the ground (which I was grateful for) and got a letter out of his pocket, which he read to her.
Once the letter was finished, Michael dropped to his knee and… I wish I could tell you what he said but I was too far away. What I know is that she said YES! and I just love the moment where she realises it was actually happening.
He also had a video on his phone with congratulation messages from family and friends back home in the States. They were both alternatively laughing and crying looking at it.
Three of their friends were in Dublin with them that weekend, and they had plotted together to let Kensey believe that they were flying back that same day.
The rain had stopped by then, and we went for a little walk up the hill for some more photos before they all went to a celebratory dinner in Clontarf!
Congratulations again Michael and Kensey and I’ll always think of you now when I take the cliff walk in Sutton!
You can read Kensey’s side of the story on “How he asked”.