Abe & Jess • 062219 / by Kelly McCormick

A few months ago a close friend of mine, Abe, had asked if he could hire me to take photos at his 30th Birthday party, being such a milestone. I immediately agreed and noted it down in my calendar. I spent the first couple of hours at the party, taking photos of people playing games with one another, of Abe with his family and it seemed to be a pretty laid back kind of shoot.

Little did I know what was to come. As Abe went to make his speech, thanking everyone for coming, he dropped a bombshell on all of us as he reached into his back pocket in a surprise proposal to his girlfriend, Jess. Both Abe and Jess welcomed me with warm open arms when I moved to Boston and have been a huge support to both my relationship and my photography. So naturally, I was totally honoured that Abe thought to ask me to capture this moment (though it was as much of a shock to me too). These are some of my favourite images of that particular part of the day.

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