It was in November when I received an email from Sascha with the subject line: “I hope you are the right one…” In the email he described how much in love he was with Kathrin and that he would like to propose to her during their upcoming New York vacation. I loved the idea of photographing their secret proposal and so Sascha and I started planing.
We talked about location, timing, date, how we will recognize each other, and other fun details. We set the date for January 13. And as January days in New York go, especially when you are in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge, it was freezing. But nothing could stop the plan now. The question was, would I recognize Sascha and Kathrin who I never had met before? I only knew them from photos. However, at the agreed time I saw them walking up the bridge. No question about it that it was them. They were cuddled into each other and in their own world. I was in position and ready to go. I feared , however, that I needed to be very fast as Germans (and please forgive me here but as German myself I think I am allowed to say that) have the reputation of being less affectionate.
But what happened next might have been the best reaction to a proposal I have ever witnessed. And – on a related note – shatters the reputation of my fellow Germans. Not only did Sascha go down on his knee while he was proposing, Kathrin as well dropped to her knees and both embraced each other in the middle of the crowded Brooklyn Bridge. No one else mattered to them at that moment. People walked by and applauded but they were just sitting there, holding on to each other. It was just amazing.