When autumn rolled around the city, leaves turned red, clouds blanketed the sky, and the air was breezy and crisp. On one of those days, however, our team had the absolute honour of taking our clients, Kumar & Ash, to Daylesford for a beautiful afternoon shoot.
The day was cloudy like every other, but the nature we found was no less mesmerising. Autumn leaves are so vivid – with their blazing reds and oranges. Ash had on the perfect dress for the setting – a deep green turquoise dress, matched with green earrings, to complement the scene so well.
Ash & Kumar are as sweet and funny as they get. Originally starting out as a friends, they bonded over shared interests and eventually became a couple. They are also both doctors! Through shared experiences (relating to each other about the same struggles of medical school and a career in the same field), over time, their love has only grown and strengthened.
A sweet surprise came at the end of the photoshoot. After they were running around and having fun in the fields, our videographer Michelle pulled Ash away from the scene momentarily, blindfolded her, and played her an Ed Sheeran song. “Now, I want you to reflect back on your relationship,” she said.
With blindfolds over her eyes, Ash couldn’t spot Kumar getting down on one knee. After he stood in front of her, reciting his love for her, she was already giddy and smiling, confused as to what was happening. Seconds later, a group of people emerged from behind the lakehouse. Kumar had flown all their closest friends all the way from Malaysia, to surprise her on this specific day. And there they were. At Daylesford. Ash, still with blindfolds over her eyes, had no clue. She had no clue what Kumar had been planning, discreetly, and what her friends were preparing, even during the time they were doing the photoshoot with us. How Kumar managed to get them all to Daylesford, with matching T-shirts, carrying guitars and blackboards with letters spelling out, “Marry me?”
And so it was said. Ash finally opened her blindfold. Once she soaked in everything around her – the view, her friends, and the love of her life down on one knee, she burst into tears. She hardly said a word, utterly shocked but also ready to burst with joy. Kumar started laughing, and so did we, and everyone else there that day. “What do you say??” they shouted. “Will you marry him???” She was lost in laughter, burying her face shyly on Kumar’s shoulder. He was laughing, and everyone was getting emotional. Finally, wiping her tears and lifting her face, she nodded.
“Yes,” she laughed.
A unanimous cheer. From all directions, we were shouting and excitedly celebrating with them. The ring finally was placed and it was official – Kumar & Ash are engaged!!
What followed afterwards was rows of hugs and tears exchanged between the couple and their beloved friends. This time, they laughed, sang, hugged, shouted, all with a different energy. It was a new chapter – the day where their forever was only beginning. And we couldn’t feel luckier to have taken part in such a memorable occasion. A day they’ll continue to remember for the rest of their lives.
To Kumar & Ash, our two bright, intelligent, free-spirited friends. We love your tenacity, your openness, and the utter compassion and doting commitment you both have for each other. We wish you all the best in the road ahead. We have all the faith in the world that it will be an amazing ride.