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Okay so get this, I get an email from David whose from Ireland and he’s telling me he wants to photos of him proposing on the Santa Monica Pier to his girlfriend who’s from Portugal. It sounded kind of sketchy, but I went with it. Then I spoke to David on the phone, and he sounded like the nice guy ever (and he is!) and plus he’s got this super cool Irish accent. And as it turned out, it was an amazing event and sight to see. I found out that I’m the only person, other than the ring shop, and hotel to know that he was going to propose today.

I gotta tell ya, it’s pretty difficult being incognito in bright day light having to follow David and Tania for about a quarter mile from their hotel to the pier. I felt like a stalker! I had a huge camera with a huge telephoto lens, I stood out like a fat pimple on a forehead. Everytime they paused during their walk I had to pause as well and look around like I’m doing something. But at the same time I had to still look at them, because I wasn’t quite sure when he was going to propose myself.

But then finally, under the pier, David got down on his knee with a cup of coffee a backpack and some shoes tucked under his armpit and popped the question. She said yes! That’s when I came into the picture and introduced myself, but not before wiping a couple of my own tears away. It was so beautiful! Congratulations to you two! Thank you so much for the beer afterwards! Post-shoot beer is awesome!!!

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I’m going to tell you the story of how this happened. Not the story of how they met or how long they’ve been together but of the story of this day through…me.

8:32AM Wednesday.
Dino calls me. I’m still asleep. I ignore the call.

8:32AM
Dino calls me again. I don’t recognize the number, but I figured it must be important. I pick up the phone and answer with my normal response when I don’t recognize the number, but since I just woke up I responded very very slowly…

Me – “Helloooo….this..is..erich”

Dino -”Hey this is Dino” I thought he said Tino, I had a friend named Tino who recently needed headshots.

Me – Heyyy!! Hey Tino!” in the tone I use when I think I know who I’m talking to.

Dino – “Hey Erich can you do my wedding photos today?” I paused in utter confusion. Wedding photos?!? I suddenly had no idea who I was talking to and I started to panic, and I thought for a second it was a Saturday and I was supposed to be at a wedding. But then I maybe he said “Tony”, the groom I recently photographed in Hawaii and he wanted me to edit his wedding photos. There was a long pause and I was still really confused, and I finally admitted defeat.

Me – “Wait…who is this?”

Dino – “Dino, Dino Bangara” I could sense the frustration his voice which only made me more confused. I was so lost! I used to call him Dinesh which is his legal name, so his name didn’t register at first. And then when I realized that he meant engagement photos, and not wedding photos I finally realized who I was talking and what he wanted after minutes of talking and lots of awkward pauses.

Me – “Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh! Got it!”

So it turns out he’s surprising his girlfriend with a proposal at the end of Santa Monica Pier. Here are the photos! icon smile Meet Dino and Marge! Hes proposing to her.

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