New Year’s Day – a time to celebrate change and look forward to what’s coming in the next 365 days.
What better way to celebrate than to ask someone to marry you? I personally think that’s pretty romantic, but throw in the fact the proposal is taking place at the annual Oakville Polar Bear Dip, a Canadian guy is asking a Florida girl, and that girl has never experienced winter in Canada – let alone decided to brave heading into a freezing Lake Ontario….. well, you’ve just upped the adventure factor exponentially, and created a perfect photography scenario.
That’s exactly what I thought when Matt’s inquiry came to my inbox a few weeks before Christmas. He had all the details planned, he had the plan down, and he knew she’d say yes — after I knew all this, how could I refuse!
Mind you – this was my first time out at this annual event too. ( The closest this Cali girl has come to a polar bear dip is to watch the evening news reports.) Fortunately, this winter has probably been the best of any since I’ve arrived here to spend an afternoon at the lakefront.
Matt and I had worked out all the details about meeting, so I tried to blend in with all the other photographers and locals at Coronation Park that afternoon. I didn’t want Andrea to get too suspicious as to why I kept taking photos of them, so I kept my distance, which was great because it was so fun to document the two of them together just having fun.
Matt had told me they were entering the costume contest, in case you don’t remember or haven’t see the movie Castaway – think Tom Hanks and ‘Wilson’.
There was some tough and creative completion out there. Cute kids, the New Years ball, Star Wars movie characters, the Oakville Piggy, and the Santa Gang including their pug.
But in the end Matt and Andrea WON! … And were surrounded by even more paparazzi who wanted to get their photos and story. This afternoon was getting even better…
Afterwards, it was time to get into the water, and it was announced that the mild weather had brought out over 800 people to take the dip…
Yes Andrea – you really went into Lake Ontario, and I don’t even want to know how cold that water was!
Finally, it was time to get dried off and changed, and then time for the real reason I was there.
Loved so much that Matt did it all perfectly as big flakes of snow started to fall…
He got down on one knee, told Andrea how much he loved her, and asked her to marry him! Which took her completely by surprise.
And he had a photographer there to document it all (yaay!) – exactly what he knew Andrea had wanted.
She said yes — but of course we knew she would 😉
So that’s the story of one very happy New Year’s Day 2016 ….
Thanks so much Matt and Andrea for letting me be there to shadow you and capture this moment in time for you. And if your wedding plans include a big adventure – you know I’m your girl! 🙂
xx’s and oo’s