Getting engaged is one of the most monumental decisions you’re going to make in your lifetime. It falls in line with buying a house and having kids or conversely, becoming an excursionist or a high-flying careerist. Bottom line: a lot can go wrong. A proposal can crumble or it can serve as the cornerstone of life-long marital bliss. To ensure it’s the latter, make sure you abide by some basics.
New York City-based portrait photographer Carl Chisolm has been capturing couples’ engagements for about two years—under the radar, of course. Hiding in the backdrop, summoned only by the drop of a knee, Chisolm says he serves as a “set of eyes, a point of memory for the couple,” swooping in at just the right moment to capture the tears, the smiles, and the ‘I do.’
Here, Chisolm offers a blueprint—some dos and don’ts for proposing to your significant other. Listen to the guy; not just because he’s married, but because he’s never seen a proposal go awry. He’s never witnessed a ‘no.’
Follow these tips and you’ll have smooth sailing all the way to the altar.