Planning a proposal during the ongoing pandemic is not easy! After a lot of plotting, Neal was able to pull off the best proposal and Ilana had absolutely no idea what was about to go down.
How He Asked
Neal really wanted to propose at the restaurant where they had their first date, Testaccio. Unfortunately, the restaurant closed down and is no longer there but Neal had come up with the idea to make a special backdrop with restaurant’s logo. It even had special meaningful words that resonate with their relationship as a couple. How cute!!!
On the morning of the proposal, Neal left a letter for Ilana to read when she woke up and instructed her to wear the outfit he had gotten for her and to meet him at the restaurant. Neal and I thought that at this point, she was going to suspect getting proposed to, but Ilana told us that she had absolutely no idea! When Neal got down on one knee and popped the question, of course she said “Yes!!”
But that wasn’t all – in a well-orchestrated surprise, Ilana’s close friends and family members were hiding away by the waterfront just a few blocks away to congratulate them. It was so exciting to see how happy they all were.. Everyone was all smiles! After taking some portraits by the skyline, we walked over to Ilana’s old apartment – where the two shared a lot memories together. These are my favorite photos of Neal and Ilana because the location is so meaningful and you can really see in their faces how much they are in love with each other.
How They Met
Neal and Ilana met on Jswipe! For their first date, they went to an Italian restaurant (where Neal proposed!) and immediately hit it off. Since being together, they traveled so many different parts around the world including their favorite destination together, Costa Rica. They even went to Italy, Hilton Head, and Israel with there families. To say that I am jealous is in understatement!
Neal and Ilana are so sweet and laidback, I wouldn’t mind going back in time and photographing their day again. Congratulations on your engagement!!!