Photography by: MLM Photography | Bride: Shruhi Modi | Groom: Ravi Patel
An Engagement Story by Shruhi:
"After 3 and a half years and a year of asking “when are we gonna get married?” it finally happened. So the Thursday before Father’s Day weekend, Ravi shows up at like 10pm out of nowhere at my house. My parents are like “uhh Shruhi did you know Ravi was coming?” And I’m like “no he didn’t tell you guys at least?!” So everyone was shocked to see him and he surprises me and shows up out of nowhere all the time, so I didn’t think anything of it. And so every year all my aunts and uncles in my hometown get together on St. Simons island for Father’s Day and we grill and hang out. So my dad had mentioned that the Father’s Day Get Together was on Saturday and I was like “oh okay sounds good, Ravi and I will be there.” So Saturday comes around and Ravi says “oh let’s go a little early and we can get just spend time together and get ice cream at Fuse” (it’s a frozen yogurt shop on St. Simons and every time Ravi and I are together we get frozen yogurt, so again I didn’t think anything of it.) So we get to the island and we get frozen yogurt and walk around and Ravi says “oh hold on I forgot napkins I’ll be right back.” So I’m just sitting on the bench eating my ice cream and he comes back with napkins and says “oh they were having some kind of raffle at Fuse so I entered our names in.” (So Ravi is literally always entering raffles at his job every few months and he’s always winning, it’s crazy.) So when someone called him 15 minutes later saying he won the raffle, I didn’t think anything of it. So we go back to Fuse and they’re like “you guys won tickets to the lighthouse! Enjoy!” And I’m like oh that’s awesome, I’ve only been once when I like 8 years old. Little did I know, that when he went back to “get napkins” he actually gave the people fake Tickets to the lighthouse and asked the Fuse worker to call him saying he won the raffle. So we go over to the St. Simons Island lighthouse and Ravi hands the desk clerks these tickets. They look at him a little weird but I have to go to the bathroom so again, I don’t think anything of it. Again, little did I know they were fake tickets and he had the real ones on his phone in an email that he conveniently showed them while I had to go to the bathroom, without me knowing. So I go to the bathroom and come back and Ravis like okay let’s go up. So we start walking up and get to the top and it’s just us and some random lady who looks like a classic tourist with a camera and fanny pack. So then I, myself, go to this lady and ask her to take a photo of Ravi and I. Little did I know, this lady was the photographer Ravi had hired to take photos of the proposal. So she takes a photo on our phone and then she says “oh here, I have a professional camera I can take a better photo of you guys and just send it to you. You guys are so cute.” So in my mind I’m like well that’s a little weird but that’s really nice of her so sure. So I pose for the photo and she says “look turn around!” And I turn and Ravi is on his knee with the ring and he’s like “look down.” So I look down from the lighthouse and there’s someone at the bottom holding a sign saying “will you marry me.” And of course I’m freaking out. So after the whole freak out he puts the ring on and we take some more photos and then walk down the lighthouse and from behind the lighthouse my entire family and all of Ravi’s family come out with flowers and I’m again shocked to see everyone. And then we take more photos and everything calms down and Ravi and I take some his family walking around the island and on the Pier. Then he and I finally head back to my house and we walk in and my whole family and everyone is there and they’re like “surprise!” and they had decorated the house and had food and we had a small engagement party with everyone that’s close to us. It was absolutely the most perfect day of my life."
The Photographer's Favorite Moments:
"My favorite moment was when she told me she was really convinced that he was never going to propose to her. That even as he walked ahead of her on the path to the lighthouse she was looking at his pockets to see if she saw a ring box bulge and she didn't. So this surprise proposal was exactly what is was suppose to be a ......TOTAL SURPRISE!"