Masked romance: a quirky masquerade-themed engagement story in the rain

I'm no Cinderella. As a child, I was one with the sword saving the prince-in-distress. But somehow I was the one, 20 years later, with a fairy godmother, the gown of my dreams, and a magical masquerade ball. Just after midnight, instead of the dream melting away, my very own button-nosed Prince Charming poured out his heart, asked for my hand, and sealed it with a kiss and a sparkling sapphire.

Eight-year-old Lydia, eat your heart out. Here's how my real life fairy tale engagement story played out…

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A surprise proposal engagement in Philadelphia

Jill proposed to her partner Duby (in that hat!) a few months prior to their engagement session. But here's the twist: Duby decided to propose back to Jill during their shoot when they arrived at the Race Street Pier in Philly for some more photos. Jill didn't expect to get a ring until the wedding day, so this was a total surprise to her, as you can see! It was quite a surprise proposal.