Proposing is a big deal.
Asking someone to marry you is, hopefully, a once-in-a-lifetime moment. You want everything to be perfect, everything to go just as you have planned. After all, most of us only get the one shot at popping the question and, for the one being asked, the proposal is what fairy tales are made of.
Those four simple words make up one of the most important questions you will ever ask in life. So, if you are going to ask, you might as well make it memorable. Edwin sure did.
Edwin is a romantic gentleman.
He didn't just pop the question without really, really thinking it through. He knew that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Yen (that much was apparent in my communication with Edwin). But, what he didn't know was how he was going to do it.
For months, Edwin and I communicated about his proposal. He had great ideas and I was determined to find a location in Tokyo that met Edwin's vision of the perfect proposal spot. I scouted locations and reported back to Edwin several times until finally, he had a perfect proposal plan.
The elaborate proposal started when Edwin and Yen's friends faked a trip to Las Vegas for Yen's birthday. Instead of heading to the glitz and neon of the Vegas Strip, Ed whisked Yen off on a whirlwind trip through Asia. After stopping off here and there in Asia, the lovebirds finally arrived in Tokyo. But here, in Japan, Ed had another surprise up his sleeve.
There on the moon bridge in Tokyo's Koishikawa Garden, Ed got down on one knee and found the courage to utter those four simple words. And with tears of happiness, Yen said "Yes."
I was honored to photograph Edwin and Yen's proposal.
Taking part in such an intimate moment in others' lives is an honor that few people get to experience. It is moments like this that solidify my love of photography and remind me of my love for my own wife.
Congrats Yen and Edwin! I wish you both the best as you move into the next chapter of your lives together.
Are you thinking about a surprise proposal here in Tokyo or somewhere else in Japan? If so, contact me today to find out how I can help ease the stress of your engagement proposal!
Who Is Andrew Faulk?
Tokyo photographer Andrew Faulk specializes in portrait, editorial, event, and commercial photography assignments. With over a decade of experience living and working in Asia, he works with individuals, families, publications, and corporations to create timeless images under any deadline. His work is frequently featured in a variety of international travel and lifestyle publications. He is a husband, father, and lover of fried food.