Thursday, May 1, 2014

A Springtime Engagement

Amy in disbelief, Central Park with the New York skyline in the distance.
A few days ago I planned a last minute picnic for Amy and myself in New York City. The weather forcast was for a beautiful spring day. I easily convinced Amy to take the day off work and we caught the train into Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. We strolled the streets of New York to Central Park, one of our favorite spots in the city and wandered the walkways and paths through beautiful spring blossoms and fields of daffodils. Quite surprised by the business, we still managed to find a quiet spot near the boat lake and bridge. Atop a big rock I set up our picnic of ham rolls and chips proceeding to take a knee and flip out the ring and ask Amy to marry me.
The highest quality diamond money can buy!

Conveniently being surrounded by 10 million people there was likely to be someone on hand to snap a few photos of us in the moment. Just after I proposed, I saw a guy framing some shots of us and a few minutes later he came over and asked if we just got engaged. He was a Aussie working in NY as a professional photographer and was out in the park on assignment to take 'Springtime in Central Park' photos and saw us. I guess he thought we fit the bill. We got his card and he emailed us half a dozen shots, one of which he edited and put on Instagram (Insider Images).

The backdrop to my proposal.

South Street Seaport.
We had our picnic, despite Amy not eating much-she was completely in shock, and couldn't even comprehend what happened for at least half an hour.  We continued to wander the park, then jumped on the subway to Battery Park to walk waterside up to South Street Seaport. We found this area under a lot of construction and most of the shops near the water closed. Later finding out this was due to Hurricane Sandy, with renovations and repairs still taking place. We did find a nice craft beer bar for a drink a block or so back, that had only just reopened. Seeing the chalk line representing the water level after the hurricane around the height of the door, shows how bad it was. To finish the day, I had a beautiful hop monster and Amy had her favorite beer from Colorado, couldn't have been a better day.

As it appears on Instagram - "Moments after she said 'yes', congratulations mystery couple".


  1. Congratulations guys.

    Love mum and Dad

  2. Congratulations Thomas and Amy! woohoo, so exciting and so cool to have photos of the moment!