In the middle of October, Andrew posted an ad looking for a photographer to assist in a surprise proposal to his boyfriend of 4 years, Judah. They moved from Louisiana about a year ago, and he wanted to propose to Judah at one of their favorite places. Both of their families flew to New York on the 5th (per Andrew's directions without Judah having any idea) to surprise Judah at the proposal.
The experience was amazing. I watched Andrew walk the love of his life to the fountain, where both of their families were awaiting their arrival, and there they stood with rose petals on the concrete and smiles on their faces. You can tell this is something they have been waiting on for a while. After Judah said yes and we captured a few family shots, we maneuvered our way through the neighborhood for a quick 101 with the newly-engaged couple. They were so sweet and you can just feel the love between them.
Later on that night, Andrew and Judah said their vows and tied the knot. To me, it was a fairytale from beginning to end. I want an "Andrew" in my life. Haha.
Words and photos by DAG Images
Meet DAG Images: Debbie-jean Lemonte is a lifestyle photographer, digital content creator, and writer, who advocates for people of color and the LGBTQI community through her art and through public speaking opportunities. After graduating with degrees in dance and psychology, she focused her passion for both studies and infused it with her art, using it as a therapy for individuals who’ve suffered emotional/mental trauma. Her photography has been featured in GQ Report, Timberland, Huffington Post, DapperQ, Go Magazine, Refinery29, BuzzFeed, and Mic, to name a few. Her photography series, We Are Queens, has been recently featured on renowned site, ForHarriet, receiving various praises for its inspiration to women of color. Debbie’s enthusiasm for inciting ingenuity is a combination of fashion, media, art, and travel.