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Matinee: 'How to Propose to a Wedding Photographer' Share This on LinkedIn   Tweet This   Forward This

17 August 2019

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 215th in our series of Saturday matinees today: How to Propose to a Wedding Photographer.

If last week we featured a slide show of wedding photographs, it's only fair that this week we turn the lens around on the wedding photographer. And just to make it a level field, our wedding photographer Neil is about to walk into a marriage proposal from his girlfriend Komal.

She explains the setup to us.

They're in London's Waterloo graffiti tunnel where she has engaged a couple of graffiti artist to spray paint a "Neil, Will You Marry Me?" on the wall near the end of the tunnel.

He thinks he's going to a shoot.

But when he gets to the end of the tunnel where the proposal has been painted, she's going to turn on a little music (that would be Aretha Franklin singing I Say a Little Prayer, which is playing throughout the video), do a little dance and hope he says, "Yes!"

"It's really nerve-wracking," she laughs. "Don't know how guys do this."

We have it on the authority of a young woman thoroughly versed in contemporary marriage cultural behavior that these days one doesn't ask unless one knows the answer.

And we have never forgotten the sage observation of a novelist and filmmaker of the last century who told us it's the woman who chooses, not the man.

Which, putting both those caveats in a bowl and whisking until soft peaks form, suggests Komal knows exactly what she is doing.

But it takes Neil a moment to realize that the scenario he just described as his own idea for a marriage proposal is exactly what's staring back at him from the wall.

"Are you kidding?" he says. "Are you serious?" he adds. "You are too much!" he finally stops talking.

She took that as a yes.

And now, we presume, they're looking for a wedding photographer.

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