Erin and Brian’s Engagement Session – Downtown – Toronto Wedding Photographer

If you know Brian, you know that when he does something, it has to be elaborate, over-the-top, extravagant, detailed, and purposeful. Erin and Brian officially started dating on October 2nd which is exactly 19 days between both of their birthdays. Even when he asked her to be his girlfriend, he planned an elaborate scavenger hunt that included chocolate, chips, a guitar, a romantic candle lit dinner, sharing some ice cream while taking a stroll at Victoria Park, all capped off with watching a movie together to end the night. He popped the question while standing on a rain-soaked bridge that crosses over a creek surrounded by trees (think Singing in the Rain!).

Of course, Brian’s engagement proposal to Erin had to be even more elaborate! So elaborate, in fact, that the whole plan took 6 Word document pages to outline (complete with all the necessary detailed charts and lists) and even had its own covert code name: Operation Snap Dragon (OSD)! In his own words, “the overall plan is actually quite complicated … for simplicity sake [there] are 4 main parts: the decoy, the scrapbook, the proposal itself, and the celebration”.

The “decoy” was a 3-day long adventure exploring and visiting the 3 most important cities to them: Chatham, London, and Toronto. Activities included tennis, bike riding, walks and strolls, movies, theatrical plays and musicals, and of course delicious food! Plus, not only is there ONE ‘fake ring’ and ‘fake proposal’ planned — there are THREE completely different ‘fake rings’ and THREE completely different ‘fake proposals’ planned (one at each city — don’t forget about the real proposal too)!

The “scrapbook” was a story book of their relationship so far filled with photographs printed that very same day! (Think Same-Day Edit!)

The “proposal” was where the ring, the scrapbook, a media team, a logistics team, and an unsuspicious busker (a mutual friend clothed under a hoodie with a fake moustache and beard) playing guitar enter. At the opportune moment and at the picturesque location, Brian took the buskers guitar, played and sang a song to Erin and proposes — she said “Yes!” :)

The “celebration” was a fun-filled party right after the proposal, with family and friends joining in from various cities all over who made the trip to celebrate the great news with them!  Laughter is the best medicine — these 2 love having fun!

P.S. Brian is a Larrivee guitar player too! A big plus in my books!

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Jonathan Tong
Jonathan Tong

Beautiful shots that capture the essence of beautiful people =).

andrea
andrea

woohoo!! great job, Chris! super excited now :)

carrie
carrie

love the cheesy smiles.. :) the ones from the eyes too! love you both!

Holly
Holly

Beautiful photos from a beautiful couple!! So excited for you two :)

Albert
Albert

wow stunning photos!! awesome proposal story. I like the photo from above view :)

JM
JM

Brian, I had no idea you planned (non-academic) things to this level of detail. Now that I think about it though, I can picture it...nice photos. Glad you made good use of that weekend :)

lydia
lydia

you guys look amazing! congrats again!!!!

Steve
Steve

Great pictures - the happiness is contagious :)

Vince
Vince

Awwwww. What a cute couple! Cant believe this was done in the winter time.

Anne
Anne

WOW!! What beautiful pictures! You two love birds look so happy...what a great couple you are!! I love the black and white one the best!! GORGEOUS!!

Eric Wong
Eric Wong

Gorgeous couple, especially the bride-to-be!!! (No bias from a proud uncle at all.) Am so very happy for the two of you love birds. The black and white one is my favourite.

Mary Chia
Mary Chia

You were right, Erin, the black and white is the best one for your canvas choice but I also think the runner up would be the one with the brown wall. You two look fantastic together no matter what. It's the inner beauty that is most beautiful!! Love it....mom

Winston Chia
Winston Chia

What a lovely couple...can't wait for that day where I will gain a new son.

Justin
Justin

LOVE the photos guys! You look awesome!

Erica
Erica

The pictures are beautiful! Congrats again!

Naomi
Naomi

Awesome Pictures!!!! I love the first one, Brian's expression is priceless! Can't wait until the big day!!!!!!

Hikari
Hikari

first photo if brian is the beeeest! you guys look AWESOME! :)

Lina Wong
Lina Wong

love the black and white one-great looking couple!

Mike
Mike

remember bri, i totally called this ;) great pics :)

Helen Sheh
Helen Sheh

Oh lalala!!! What a happy couple!!! So very excited for you! Beautiful pictures.

Kristen
Kristen

You guys look fantastic! You're such a wonderful couple and I'm very excited for you two! =)

Sam
Sam

Nice! I love how happy you guys are :)

Tara
Tara

Beautiful pictures! I love how natural the two of you are together. These pictures really show it. The closeness is so adorable - love that!!! Congrats you too. .

Abby
Abby

The colours in each photo blend really well :) Natural and beautiful!

Keira
Keira

You two look so cute :) Bri i love your face in the first one....actually made me laugh out loud!

x factor
x factor

Great shots of joy! looking good guys!

Gary
Gary

Great smiles guys!!!!! Looking forward to the big day !

Sharon
Sharon

LOVE the LAUGHS! You two are just beautiful!

Rachel Lim
Rachel Lim

I can totally see you making the face in the first photo while playing guitar at a rock concert :P. congrats brian and erin!

JTT
JTT

Beautiful pics!! Captures how much fun you guys have together. Can't wait to celebrate together! Love you guys. btw, way to rock a summer dress in Feb, erin!

Leslie
Leslie

Brian, you sure are happy in these photos. Nice pink tie!

Cathy
Cathy

Love all of these photos!!! You guys look great!!

Tim
Tim

HEY ERIN, NICE JACKET!!!!!!!!! :):):):):):):) I LOVE YOU GUYS! SO CUTE!

Derek
Derek

all the words above in the blog posting - "If you know Brian, you know that when he does something, it has to be elaborate, over-the-top, extravagant, detailed, and purposeful." ...yup that's my brother ;), and I'm proud of him.

Helen
Helen

yayayaya!!! the cold has got NOTHING on you guys!!! looking good and so in love you two! :)

Justin
Justin

SO CUTEEEE!!!!!!

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