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MICHAEL AND SHEA
how we met
Michael and I met in September of 2016 when we were both casts in a production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. We played love interests, Olivia and Sebastian, who get married at the end of the play. I have to admit our performances actually may have suffered because we were both trying to hide our real-life crushes on each other.
Immediately after Twelfth Night, we were both in a production of The Winter’s Tale with the same Shakespeare company. This process lasted a couple months and we got to know each other better during rehearsals every day. Michael was sure to stand near and talk to me whenever he got the chance and I probably laughed a little too hard at his jokes that may not have been funny enough to warrant it.
Once we were in performances Michael really stepped up his flirting, and we’d message each other on days that we didn’t have a show. Michael waited to ask me out until after we finished their final performance of The Winter’s Tale. After we finished striking the set, we walked out to our cars together. I didn’t know what else to say, so I told Michael to “Have a nice life!” (he will never let me live that down) and he responded, “No!” then gathered his composure to say “No, Shea. Would you like to have dinner with me?” I said, “Yes, yes I would like that.”
I found out the next day that everyone in the cast had been waiting for this to finally happen. One of our castmates sent me a message saying “Ok now that the show is over can I just say how hard I ship you and Michael!! Please date him please please please.” There was apparently a group text devoted to talking about us.
We were both very nervous leading up to our first date (we REALLY liked each other), but it went beautifully! We had a lovely dinner and realized after four hours of talking that it was time to leave since the restaurant was trying to close for the evening. We went on several more fun dates over the next few weeks and texted every single day. One night Michael was driving me back to my house when I tried to begin the “define the relationship” conversation. Michael interrupted
my opening statement to ask if I would like to be his girlfriend. I said yes and we shared our first kiss as he dropped me off. The rest is history!
how he asked
Michael and I knew very early on that they wanted to marry each other. We talked about our future lives together and of a timeline for getting engaged and having the wedding. So, needless to say, I’d known a proposal was coming for a while. In September 2017, Michael and I both moved from Dallas, TX, to New York to pursue acting. Michael apparently ordered my engagement ring before we moved. He picked it out totally by himself and carefully customized it to make it special for me. Because of the changes he’d made, the ring took longer to make and get to Michael than what he had planned. After a few months of being ready to propose, Michael finally had the ring in his possession, but not before he had to chase a UPS truck through the streets of Manhattan to get it.
Michael texted me that his friend Darrell had invited us to an industry mixer and asked if I wanted to go. I said ok and Michael began finalizing the plan. He told me the date and time of the event and said it would be at the Belvedere Castle in Central Park and that it was formal attire. On the day off, Michael picked me up and we began walking to the park. At this point, I was fairly certain that Michael was about to propose. I knew it was coming sometime soon anyway and had started overanalyzing several details about this industry mixer that didn’t quite add up. My suspicions were all but confirmed when Michael texted a description of what we were wearing to me instead of to the photographer he had secretly waiting for us. Amusingly, his improv training failed to pay off in the moment when he most needed it, and he fumblingly explained that he meant to let Darrell know so he could be on the lookout and give us our tickets to the event when we arrived. Sure… We got to Central Park and began walking towards the “event,” but Michael stopped me when we were in the Shakespeare Garden.
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Why proposing in Central Park?
Central Park is probably the most famous and romantic park in the world. It’s located in the center of New York City and I’m sure you saw it in many movies such as:Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Ghostbusters, Elf, Home Alone 2, John Wick, and The Avengers.
Central Park is beautiful no matter what the season and in any type of weather.
It’s unequaled in the summer when everything is fresh and green. In the fall when its eye-catching display of yellow/red and in at winter when it covered in snow and ice crystals. Even spring rain is very picturesque here.
How to propose in Central park. General tips.
Central park is open from 6am to 1am daily. You can propose at any time during the park’s open hours. However, you need to remember that central park doesn't have many lights. If you want to propose after sunset, it’s better to have some lighting decorations like candles or other sources of light.
Too, you can’t drink any alcohol beverages in Central Park. But, if you want to have some champagne on your photos, it can be replaced with non-alcohol cider.
Best Places to Propose in Central Park
10 - Belvedere Castle
The Belvidere Castle is located near 79th street and Central Park West entrance and has a few proposal spots. The first one is on the terrace with a lovely view of the tower. The second one, and my personal favorite, is the area by the Turtle Pond where the complete castle will show up in the background.
9 - Pinebank Arch
The Pinebank Arch is located near the Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park. You can either propose on the Arch or with the Arch in the background.
8 - Gondola Proposal
The Gondola rides in the Central Park Lake. Two of my favorite Gandola proposal spots are by Bethesda Terrace and by Bow bridge. We recently planned and captured this romantic gondola proposal. The couple who were on the gondola ride from the Boat House stopped by the Bethesda Terrace to take some pictures. Our musician was already set up and playing their favorite song. You can see full proposal video by this link - Youtube proposal 007
7 - Cop Cod
Cop Cod is a nice gazebo located just by 59th street and 7th ave entrance. This place is perfect if you have a large group of people involved in your proposal.
6 - Cats Rock
Cats Rock is located by 65th street and 5th ave entrance to Central Park. This rock has a gorgeous view of Central Park along with the NYC high-rise scenery.
5 - Bethesda Fontaine and Terrace
Bethesda Fontaine and Terrace are located near 72nd street and the 5th entrance. It’s likely the most recognizable place in Central Park but it’s also the most crowded place in the park. If you want to propose with such a great scenery in the background, and don't want to have hundreds of other people right next to you, I will recommend you go there in the early morning. It’s also an interesting place to propose when its raining outside because you can be covered under the terrace.
4 - Wagner Cove
Wagner Cove is located near the 72nd street and the Central Park west entrance. This is a quiet spot for intimate and night time proposals. For an extra light source, you may want to bring some candle decorations.
3 - Shakespeare Garden
The Shakespeare Garden is located near 81st and Central Park west entrance and it has few special proposal spots. The first spot to propose is a bench near Swedish Cottage. It’s located off the beaten tourist path so there is privacy. if you want to make your proposal even more romantic, we can decorate it with some flowers, pictures and bring a musician to play your favorite song. The second spot is by Whisper Bench. It’s a quiet spot with pleasant green scenery. Link proposal video from The Shakespeare Garden
2 - Gapstow Bridge
The Gapstow Bridge is located near 61st street and the 5th ave entrance, which is just next to the famous Plaza Hotel and 5th ave Apple store. This is a very beautiful place and with the classic Central Park scenery, however, you need to know few tricks for successful proposal here.
- The first tip is DON’T propose on the Bridge because it’s tiny and usually has a crowd people on it!
- The best place to propose is north from the bridge with the bridge in the background.
- The second tip is that you can get there by a horse carriage ride because it’s located just next to the path.
1 - Bow Bridge
Bow Bridge is the most famous place to propose ever!! It’s located near 72nd street and the Central Park west entrance. I personally have shot more than 500 proposals here. I think this bridge needs to be renamed The Bridge of Love! Here, you can propose on the bridge, a cross of it with the Bow bridge in the background, and even on gondola under the bridge. It’s been under partly construction for past few years, but last year it’s been finally completely open. If you do want to propose on the bridge, I would recommend to go there in the early morning before it gets to crowded.
But my personal favorite spot is across the bridge and it’s called Wood Chip Vantage Point.We can also decorate it for you, bring a musician and make lovely heart out of flowers. On this video, you can see one of proposals we did there. So, if you decide to propose on Bowbridge, it will work out if you follow my tips. You just need to pick a spot and time which fits your personality and how you want to propose. Link proposal video from The Bow Bridge
If you are planning to propose in NYC, please let me know and I will help you with ideas, locations and, of course, photography.
What was your favorite spot? Where do you want to propose, or if you already proposed to your loved one, let me know in comments the below?
September 12, 2014 - Comments Off on Proposal in Shakespeare Garden at Central Park
Far from the more arid climate of their native Israel, PJ and Raz made the first steps toward their future together in the lush, verdant landscape of the Shakespeare Garden in Central Park. This was not the first time that PJ had managed to surprise Raz, who is a student at Columbia University. On another occasion, he had come to New York without telling her ahead of time, and on this memorable second visit, he hired a guitarist to sing their song in the background as he asked her to share her life with him. New York will never be the same place again for either of them!