A Picture Perfect Proposal by Michelle Sereno


From professional ballets to award-winning orchestras, The Long Center hasn't seen an intimate and sincere performance quite like this one. Last Spring, Jon Vincent proposed to his long-time girlfriend Jackie, in the most unique fashion. With the iconic Austin skyline as the background and a professional to capture it all, in Jon's own words, he takes us back to how the magical moment was preserved...

"I wouldn't call myself an adrenaline junkie, but when I decided to propose to my girlfriend, Jackie, last Spring, I added on another layer that certainly increased the excitement: photographing the proposal!

I contacted Scott Stater Photography a few weeks before the engagement. I had the ring (finally). I knew when and where I would propose (The Long Center's grassy grounds). Scott helped me choose the time of day to get the best sunlight. The trickiest part was how I’d explain Scott’s presence nearby. The plan was hatched when we decided to tell Jackie that Scott was looking for couples on which to practice his photography. It was half-way true! As every artist knows, constant practice is part of the deal!

The pieces fell perfectly into place: we arrived for our Sunday afternoon stroll on the grounds of the Long Center, with Austin’s skyline in the background. We “bumped” into Scott, he started clicking away and I asked Jackie to marry me. She was ecstatic and I was beyond thrilled! And Scott said it was a fun moment to witness.

Scott captured all of our joy and Jackie’s surprise in these photographs. And now we have a wonderful keepsake in these photos. All-in-all, I’m so glad I proposed the way I did. Jackie agrees! She says it was an awesome idea to capture and preserve this once-in-a-lifetime moment.”

Photos Courtesy of Scott Stater Photography

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