Candlelight In-Home Proposal | Riverside, California // Neel + Jenita

I’ve known Neel since elementary school and I was so honored when he asked me to capture such a huge moment in his life. He planned a party with his loved ones during New Year’s Eve weekend and that’s what Jenita thought she was showing up for – that explains why she had a homemade dish in her hands! When I walked in the door and saw Neel’s masterpiece, I already wanted to cry. The furniture had been moved from the living room and he created a full beautiful proposal setup for the big moment with Jenita. There was a giant heart made of rose petals on the wooden floor, surrounded with tea light candles, and white and red rose petals across the entire floor. Behind that was a table draped with a silk blush tablecloth covered in photos of the two of them, more rose petals, and white “Marry Me” letters. To top it off, hanging on the wall was a magical backdrop of twinkle lights! All of the party guests hid in the backyard to give them some privacy and I was on the staircase waiting for the magic to happen!

When Jenita arrived, Neel opened the door and she walked in with her homemade dishes ready for a dinner party, and then she saw it! Her face of surprise and her smile said it all. Neel led her to the living room where he was about to chance both of their lives. He had a beautiful speech prepared and I’ll admit I was shooting through misty eyes through the whole thing. He got down on one knee and popped the question among twinkle lights. She said “YES!” and after some time to themselves, I also left the room to give them a moment to soak it all in. Then they scurried to the backyard to tell all their loved ones the good news and celebrate the night away!

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