• Tamara Merri

Austin Capitol Building Proposal | Austin Proposal Photographer

Updated: May 21

Ryan proposed in front of the Austin, Texas Capitol Building.

I met Ryan at a wedding I photographed back in March. He called me in October to tell me he was planning to propose and that he wanted me to capture the moment. (hooray!) His vision was to propose in front of the Austin Capitol at dusk. He'd tell his then-girlfriend that they were going to a show that was next to the Capitol, and being from out of town, she had no idea that there wasn't a venue there.  As the date got closer we hashed out details, from Ryan sharing his location with me, to exactly where they'd stand and at what time. He even had a plan which would allow him to get down on a knee more than once to ensure we got the shot (keep reading to see why).

Mother Nature decided to grace us with a torrential downpour, but Ryan insisted on the same date, time, and place. And thank goodness he did because LOOK AT THIS PHOTO. 

The rain enhanced the moment so incredibly much. The reflection of the lights on the ground, the addition of umbrella, the emptiness of the area (I didn't have to photoshop a single person out of any of these shots); everything was perfect. It was actually almost pitch black during these photos since the storm brought night earlier than usual, but my trusty ole camera powered through. 

 "A million times yes!" - Laura

Ryan's now-fiance, Laura, would always say "I'd marry you even if you proposed with a pipe cleaner ring". So that's exactly what he did. He got down on his knee, proposed with a ring he made out of pipe cleaner, pictured below.

Then got back down on a knee and proposed a second time with this perfect, round solitaire diamond set on a classic gold band. 

 Ring goals. 

Congratulations to the happy couple. I can't wait to watch their love story!! 

Did a photographer document your proposal? Were you happy they did? Why or why not?

And of course: If you're planning to propose and want it documented, contact me!



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Massachusetts based Wedding & Elopement Photographer