A Surprise Proposal in North Straub Park | St Petersburg Engagement Photos - Colleen Putman


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A Surprise Proposal in North Straub Park | St Petersburg Engagement Photos

Jul 3, 2020

I LOVE a good secret (& I’m really good at keeping them)! So when my dear old friend from high school called me a few weeks ago and told me under the strictest confidence that he was planning something BIG and needed my help, I was THRILLED!

Chris and Amy are spending the month at the beach in St. Pete, and he knew he wanted to propose somewhere nearby. We brainstormed and settled on North Straub Park – a beautiful little park right on the water downtown, known for its immense Banyan trees.

The evening of the proposal, I arrived early and pretended to be very interested in photographing these trees, to be in the perfect position for when Chris and Amy took a stroll through the park after dinner.

Using my very long lens to keep a respectful/non-obvious distance, I couldn’t hear the heartfelt speech Chris gave Amy, but I could see the tears in her eyes and knew that her answer would be yes!

Well done, sir!

After Amy said yes and Chris gave her the most GORGEOUS ring (you’ll see some close ups in a bit), he pointed me out to let her know that their special moment was being documented with my camera 🙂 (And I finally got to meet the lovely Amy!!) We followed up the proposal with some celebratory portraits around the park – Amy was NOT expecting a portrait shoot whatsoever, did not have her hair or makeup done, and she still looks effortlessly beautiful!

Oh this picture below left is so swoon-worthy to me! They look so incredibly happy and in love!! And check out that ring!! I LOVE the art deco inspired sapphire and diamond setting! It’s so unique and beautiful!

Freshly engaged! So happy!

Back to “their” tree! I have a feeling Banyan will forever been their favorite type of tree.

The front terrace of the Museum of Fine Arts is a favorite of mine for portraits. And as the museum is currently still closed out of precaution, we had it all to ourselves!

These two photos may be some of my favorites! Chris and Amy, you both look so happy and relaxed here!

Did Chris purposely wear a blue linen shirt to bring out the sapphire on Amy’s finger? Hmmm…

Congratulations to Chris and Amy!! I’m so honored to have documented this momentous evening for you both! Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness! xo

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  1. Michelle Braswell says:

    Beautiful photos! You captured the surprise perfectly. Wishing them many years of health, happiness and love!

    • Colleen Putman says:

      Thank you so much, Michelle! Very kind of you to say 🙂 I’m so happy for Chris and Amy as well.

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