Today I am thrilled to share this romantic downtown rooftop proposal in Pittsburgh.
Images were captured by Sandrachile.
Sandra Villarroel, the eye behind the lens was born and raised in Chile, but now lives in the beautiful city of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania (USA).
She is a passionate rabbit lover, a ferocious advocate for animal welfare, and a supporter of conscious living.
She is in love with taking pictures of fascinating individuals, whom like myself, are free spirited, wanna travel the world, like to laugh out loud, wanna eat without gaining weight and most of all, want to never be silent about things that matter.
She specialises in photographing FUN couples who like to do things a lil’ bit different, who treat their wedding day as a chance to celebrate their personalities, and who celebrate their personalities by embracing the spontaneity of life.
When you hire her, you will have a photographer who “gets you” like a friend would, someone who understands that you are passionate about living, and will capture this special day with the intensity and creativity that your soul deserves.
Sandra says of the shoot…
I choose the route of treating everybody with dignity and respect and to be an openly inclusive business.
As a part of that commitment, last summer I did a gay/lesbian model call for a photo shoot to portray inclusion where I met Phil and Keith.
After a little talking, I realized they were sweet, generous, hard-working, and committed to creating a better world through their career path. What a wonderful couple they were, totally my tribe!
So when a few months later, Phill reached back to me to plan a proposal, we decided to use the same excuse I used before: a photo shoot to portray inclusion.
I wanted to showcase iconic downtown Pittsburgh places, a protest from the heart of the city, against an industry where so many are still not inclusive.
We walked around downtown photographing them being in love, and we ended in a lounge set up on a rooftop, with an amazing view of some iconic Pittsburgh sights.
Phil hired the services of Vintage Alley, a sustainable company dedicated to styling through upcycling, giving character to celebrations like this one, with vintage furniture and decor, extending the life of furniture and items that otherwise would end up being wasted.
Once at the lounge, I asked them to make “the hipster pose” To stand, first, looking at me, then looking at each other, and finally, to pose back to back, looking to opposite directions.
Little did Keith know that at the other side, Phil was not looking to the other direction, but discreetly reaching out for a ring and getting ready for the speech of his lifetime…
Keith was totally caught by surprise, so much, that he ugly cried the entire time.
After he said yes, their closest family and friends joined to hug them and congratulate them, putting the cherry on top of the day.
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