Last week I got to be part of a wonderful surprise for this lovely lady. Her now fiancé planned the most romantic proposal on a French Quarter corner during a carriage ride on a recent visit to New Orleans. Pretending to stop and take a photo of Lauren and their kids on a picturesque corner, Matt instead dropped a knee and brought out a stunning ring. Lauren was completely surprised, as was Grandma, as she said “Yes!” with her son Briggs and soon-to-be stepdaughter Josi watching closely. There is nothing like capturing pure joy and the love that clearly surrounds this couple. Despite being a few feet away, Lauren was so taken with the moment that she didn’t even notice me circling with a camera. All was soon revealed as Matt beamed with pride in planning the perfect proposal. After their carriage ride by Royal Carriages (who were in on the secret) Lauren and Matt danced in Jackson Square showing off that ring. We took a few more portraits celebrating the day and family in Pirate’s Alley. Congratulations Matt and Lauren, it was such an honor to photograph your love story!