I can not say for sure who was more nervous about this romantic surprise marriage proposal in Vienna. The moment Steven and Pamela walked past me I was almost breathless with excitement!

In the past few years I have had so many shootings, accompanied so many weddings and captured so many spontaneous moments with my camera. But a surprise proposal like this in Vienna is something quite unique.

Steven and I have been writing back and forth for a few weeks to work out the perfect plan for his surprise marriage proposal in Vienna. I was looking for a suitable, not too crowded place in Vienna with a nice background which was not too far from the hotel they were about to stay in. For me, the plateau of the Albertina Museum seemed to be the perfect place for it. Due to an event, tents were set up in front of the museum. Many tourists probably thought the plateau was closed therefor and did not bother to go up the stairs to enjoy the unclouded view of Vienna´s State Opera. That means we had the plateau almost completely for us alone!

When Steven and Pamela finally came around the corner half an hour late my heart was pounding. Pamela spent more time in the hotel room than planned which made Steven even more nervous and fingers freeze off while I was waiting in the icy wind for them. However, as soon as they arrived I felt warm all over again. They were standing up front at the balustrade talking when all of a sudden Steven went down on his knee to propose to his Pamela.

As you can imagine, Pamela was speechless and overjoyed. With tears of joy in her eyes she said: “YES” and let Steven put this beautiful engagement ring on her finger. After I introduced myself and told her about our master plan, she was totally swept off her feet and smiling head over ears. We spent the next two hours in front of the Albertina Museum and the Palm House before we walked to the nearby Burggarten for an engagement photo session. We had such a wonderful morning which we all will remember for the rest of our lives.

Thanks to Steven and Pamela for this the beautiful and funny day, to Steven for trusting me and to my dear Michelle for your great support!
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6 thoughts on “surprise marriage proposal in Vienna

  1. Pamela

    Oh Melanie, thank you for capturing this special moment for both of us. You are amazing and I am so grateful that Steven found you!!

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  2. Teresa Hardebeck

    Melanie,
    Thank you for capturing such a memorable, unforgettable moment in my son and soon to be daughter in laws life!!
    Your work is magnificent and it tells the story to family and friends of that special day.
    You are right, Steven trusted you from day one and he was so excited to meet you!
    Thank you!! Teresa (proud mom)

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  3. Patricia

    Stunning couple! Beautiful and most genuine love is radiatinh everywhere!
    Patrícia (proud cousin of the bride to be:)

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  4. Carmen Jaronek

    Melanie,
    I am Pamela’s mother and I was ashonished to see such a wonderful pictures of Steven and Pamela. He certainly did a great job looking for the perfect spot and you certainly completed the wonderful engagement surprise.
    Thank you so much and I know both, will remember you always.
    CARMEN.

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