She said YES at the Penn State Nittany Lion Shrine
A few weeks ago, I received a call from a friend, Karen, who was excited to share the news that her daughter, Madeline, was going to get married, but she didn't know it yet. Karen said the Madeline's boyfriend, Jason, wanted to plan a surprise engagement and she wanted me to photograph it. I was so excited for Karen and had so many questions at the same time, all of the where's, when's, and how's. Lucky for me Jason had this all planned out and just needed Karen's help and the talent of a sneaky photographer.
As the story goes, both Madeline and Jason have both accepted new jobs in Texas and plan to move in the near future. Since they spent so many wonderful years in State College, they have a special place in the hearts for Penn State. So they planned to take one last picture at the Nittany Lion Shrine. However, this wasn't going to be any normal picture, they would come fully dressed with their cowboy/girl boots and hats to add a little Texas flavor. And for anyone that has ever taken pictures as the Lion Shrine, you know that you need an extra person to get that perfect Lion Shrine image with the green foliage in the background. Little did Madeline know that she wasn't just inviting her mother to take pictures of them, but that this an elaborate plot for a surprise proposal.
On the day of the surprise proposal, the lion shrine was full of people wanting to get their picture taken with the Nittany Lion. So it was a great cover for me as I blended in well with the crowd of picture takers. When it was Madeline and Jason's turn at the Lion Shrine, Karen began taking some snapshots of them posing with the Nittany Lion. After a few pictures taken, Jason faced Madeline and whispered something in her ear and her mood completely changed. She quickly used her hands to cover of mouth and tears began to fall from her face as the shock set in that this was a life-changing moment. Then Jason lowered onto one knee and popped the question, and SHE SAID YES!!!! As Jason slipped the ring on Madeline's finger the large crowd behind us roared with excitement and applause.
I want to send a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Madeline and Jason on their engagement. I want to send an even bigger KUDOS to Jason for not only keeping this whole surprise from Madeline (which is a tough secret to keep), but to propose to her in front of a crowd of strangers who unknowingly were witnesses to one of the most important moments in his life.