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When I scheduled this Pike Place engagement session with Andrea and PK, no one knew what the weather was going to be like (story of my life), but we lucked out so hard.
We even saw sunshine!
Andrea and PK brought Andrea’s brother’s girlfriend along, and she was a delight. Thank you for the chats and for all your help, Grace!
These two met online, like good millenials–no shame, I met my partner the same way. But the engagement? Slick. PK knows what he’s doing. He did pick out the ring and show it to her ahead of time (she loved it), but the proposal itself was a complete surprise. He set up a coffee date for Andrea and one of her friends, then had the server give them tickets up to an observation deck. PK was up there waiting for Andrea; his friend was singing, and PK was pacing and nervous so didn’t notice when Andrea showed up!
“What are you doing here?”
He sang “Can’t Help Falling in Love” to her and proposed. Magic.
But then, (yeah, it’s not over yet), he faked a dodgy stomach while they were driving around so that they’d stop at a cafe. The cafe that he had pre-selected, rented out, and filled with 50-60 of their friends and family. Andrea almost didn’t go for it, almost waited in the car, but she eventually agreed and got her second surprise of the day.
The four of us walked around the market for their Pike Place engagement session, trying samples, looking out across the water, dancing on the deck, the usual. Then they changed clothes and we went up to a coffee shop that they like to visit, then we headed back down to the gum wall.
Have you ever heard of the gum wall…?
It’s a Seattle marvel, as fascinating as it is gross. It’s exactly what it sounds like: an alleyway covered in…gum. Apparently, it’s been power washed in the past, but it took less than 24 hours for the gum to be replaced. Charming! Andrea and PK made it cute though: they blew bubbles together, which is much harder to sync up than it looks.
I also saw a dog with pink nail polish on her toenails, so that helped.
To cap it all off, no Pike Place engagement session is complete without a quick pose under the iconic “Public Market Center” sign. On a busy day, you have a few cars to dodge, but it’s worth it. Especially when you’ve got sunshine; can’t pass that up.
Congrats again on your engagement, you two xx
Want to kick around Pike Place for your engagement session? Let me know! We’ll make it happen.