Oahu Proposal Photography | Shah + Kayla

After months of planning his proposal and spending hours designing her custom ring, the day finally came for Shah to propose to his girlfriend of 6 years. After phone calls and many emails planning out their surprise proposal session at Magic Island, the day finally came! However that morning I got a text message from Shah saying their flight had been delayed and they wouldn’t get in until late that night and he would have to reschedule. Shah was understandably disappointed to have to wait another day to propose. I’ve been a proposal photographer in Hawaii for a few years now, and no matter how much careful planning goes into such a special event, changes that are beyond our control do happen, so I assured Shah that everything would go smoothly the next day.. and it was wonderful!

We met at our arranged meeting location at Magic Island and his planned went perfectly. I was cruising around taking photos, and Shah came up to me and asked me if I could take a photograph of him and his girlfriend in front of the beautiful view of Diamond Head with his camera. After I took a photo, Shah asked me if I could take a step back to get a wide shot, and that’s when I pulled out my camera as he turned to Kayla and told her how much he loved her, and then asked if she would marry him. She said “of course!” and then it was revealed to her that I was a professional photographer and had been part of the plan the entire time. After a congratulations and a quick compliment to Shah and myself for our acting skills, we got to have a little engagement session.

Thank you Shah for trusting me to capture such a special moment for you! Congratulations and best wishes on the exciting journey ahead of you!

If you are planning to propose in Oahu, I would love to capture the big moment for you (and to help you plan along the way)! Contact me today to talk ideas!

Chelsea Stratso is an Oahu proposal photographer, also specializing in family and wedding photography on Oahu and the Hawaiian islands. A Honolulu proposal was recently featured on The Knot’s How He Asked: Alyssa + Dave