August 14, 2019
Zhi Qi + Yunwei | Marriage proposal in Venice for a young couple in love
Marriage proposal in Venice for a young couple in love
A carefully planned marriage proposal on a gondola ride in Venice
Yunwei carefully planned his marriage proposal in Venice on his girlfriend’s birthday. We exchanged emails for a couple of months to be sure we could find the right spot and the right time of day. As usual, I am happy to give guidance: most of the couples who write me have never been to Venice before. We decided to meet in San Giorgio island and then have a gondola ride on the Grand Canal. He wanted to plan a fun day with Zhi Qi and ask her to marry him in the most romantic possible way.
A young love in Singapore and a long distance romance, with Venice as a fil rouge
Yunwei and Zhi Qi met while in high school, in Singapore. I photographed them and created a video to celebrate their love, and make memories of their big decision to get married. It was a pleasure to see such a beautiful couple. Happy to spend the rest of their lives together, exploring hand in hand. They have been together for 8 years now (and yes, they are still as young as they look!). He had spent some time in Europe to complete his naval studies at University, so he knew a lot about Venice and its history.
This is why it felt right for them to be taking the first photographs in the island of San Giorgio. Here there are two harbours managed by Compagnia della Vela, and an incredible view over St. Mark’s Basilica. After San Giorgio we headed to the other side, Saint Mark’s Square, to take a gondola. Once we reached the Grand Canal, and Zhi Qi was amazed by the view of Rialto, Yunwei proposed. She knew it was going to happen, but she still couldn’t stop the tears. It was so raw and emotional, a beautiful moment captured on camera, both with photographs and with a short video.