Witnessing a flash mob engagement

When we took the ferry to Kingston a couple weeks ago we were privileged to see a flash mob. We heard music start and then singing, and looking up we noticed these couples dancing. Choreographed. Like you’d see in those commercials and episodes of Glee.

Then around the corner walks a very sharply dressed man. Singing. To a beautiful woman sitting on the bench next to us.


I sat there smiling, (thinking like a girl only and not a photographer) about how cool it was and how awesome, and wondering how long it was planned and how long they’ve been together, and what their story was, and ‘am I really witnessing a flash mob engagement?!’ Then I realized I was holding my camera in my hands. And while they had plenty of their friends buzzing around taking photos and videos I couldn’t help myself. So I got up and snapped a few more.

she said yes… and the crowd’s reaction is my favorite part of this next photo…

Congratulations you two. May your life be beautiful and full of seeing your dreams come true, of making new dreams and goals and reaching them together. May your disagreements be few and forgotten quickly. May you handle challenges and difficulties with grace and confidence – knowing your love will carry you through. May you always be as in love as you are in this moment.

About Danielle Nielsen

I am a photographer who loves to bring out the best in you and your life. Capturing those little moments that make you special are my favorite. I am an "on location" photographer and available for travel anywhere you'd like photos taken.
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11 Responses to Witnessing a flash mob engagement

  1. I am so happy to see this event through your photographer eyes. My daughters Heather and Natalee were part of the flash mob. This was so much fun for them to be a part of and I regretted being gone at work to have to miss it. Blessings to the couple and thanks to the sisters who made it happen~ Brenda

  2. Is it just me, or does the Groom look a lot like Tom Cavanagh (the actor)???

  3. Leona says:

    I am aunt of the bride to be and knew she was going on a ferry ride as I had talked to her on the phone the day before, but had no idea about the proposal. You have the best pic of the ring, thanks so much for sharing, their story is amazing, of course they are both amazing people.

  4. Robin Granath says:

    And I am the mother of the groom-to-be, the blue-haired sister and let’s not forget the other sister in yellow sweatshirt whose ponytail defys gravity! Many thanks to you and thank you so much for sharing your pictures, thoughts, hopes and wishes. My son was carrying on what I hope is a long-standing family tradition of marriage proposals aboard WA State Ferries for his father (my spouse) proposed to me on a ferry January 19, 1980. No flash mob and no photographer to capture the moment but sweet memories that forever linger.

    • Robin,
      Thank you so much for commenting. I love learning more and more about this proposal and the people behind it. It makes the story even more special than it was just witnessing it as a stranger. Congratulations to you on your son keeping the tradition. What a beautiful thing. :)

  5. Katy says:

    I was the girl with blue hair who was there! The dapper gentleman is my brother, and the girl in the yellow sweatshirt is my sister. We planned that flashmob for months, I’m so glad you got those reaction shots. :)

  6. Coleen McKinney says:

    Thank you for sharing these pictures. The young lady who said Yes is my daughter, and I am grateful that you stepped in and took the pictures for posterity. The crowd was organized by the groom’s sisters – and didn’t they do a wonderful job! Again, my thanks.

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