Emotional South Maui Proposal
This emotional South Maui proposal is what love is all about. Manny met Simmi about five years ago, and they started dating a little over a year ago. A few months into their relationship, Simmi, a resident who had just finished med school, was starting to feel incredibly sick and there were days where her head hurt so badly that she wasn’t able to get out of bed. Sadly, she was diagnosed with brain cancer, and she’s been battling ever since.
Manny is so in love with her. Like, the real deal, no question about it, love. So in love, in fact, that in the midst of Simmi’s aggressive chemotherapy, radiation, and a clinical trial at Stanford, Manny started to bring up the idea of getting married. Because of Simmi’s rare form of brain cancer, she doesn’t know what’s in store for the future. So she kept telling him if he proposed, she’d say no. But, like I said, he loves her, so “no” was not an option for Manny.
He told me, “I decided that I would marry her no matter what, and she smiled, agreed, and said ok. There is no point living in fear, and I know I want her to be my wife. After all the terrible things she has gone through, I want to bring hope and happiness to the love of my life.” Like I said, this is the real deal love.
Manny contacted me and wanted to do a romantic proposal at sunset on a Maui beach. He had secretly planned for her family to come in and surprise them at the end of the session. We planned to start at one beach where he would propose, do a sweetheart session at another beach, and surprise her with the family at a third beach.
Because the left side of Simmi’s body is now partially paralyzed, Manny carried Simmi out to the spot on the beach where he was going to propose. When he got to just the right spot on the South Maui beach, Manny dropped to one knee asked her to marry him. She of course said YES!
THE ENGAGEMENT SESSION:
We went down the street a little bit to shoot some of their session at a unique beach in South Maui. We got some great shots of the happy couple. Simmi just exudes joy and happiness. The camera doesn’t lie about chemistry, and these two have it!
The best part of this proposal, other than her saying yes and their emotion-filled love story, was that Manny coordinated with her family to meet them at the last location. As I was driving over to the beach, I touched base with her family to tell them we were on our way.
The family entered from one side of the beach as we entered from the other side. I had Manny and Simmi turn around to face the far end of the beach away from where her family was coming from. When the moment was right, I told them to turn around and look at me. At that point, Simmi saw the WHOLE family coming down the beach. She was in shock! She had to grab on to Manny to steady her. Some people were wearing shirts that said #SimmiStrong that they wore throughout her therapies to support her. We were able to get some candid photos of the family while the sun set. It was an emotion-filled, great proposal.
Manny and Simmi: I was truly honored to be a part of your emotional South Maui proposal. Thank you for sharing your incredible love story with us. I wish you all the best of luck on your journey to health!