Rewind to last week. Brandt and I spent 2 hours on the phone, going over what his hopes and visions for his proposal were. It's funny because I've had this conversation with clients before, so in a weird way it felt familiar, but it was a totally different thing when you're putting together the game plan for your brother!
Another thing that made it feel very different from a client: I was going to play a major part in getting Emily where she needed to be so that Brandt could propose. Usually I'm just hiding in some bushes somewhere, very passive, being as inconspicuous as possible, waiting for the moment to arrive to pop out and start snapping. This was very different, I had to play a very active role.
Brandt wanted to propose at the Blue Line L stop, where they had met up to take the train in together to the Lydia concert downtown Chicago. So how do you get Emily on to the platform, to go into the city, when she herself lives in the city, but we're both in the suburbs and both have cars at our disposal?
After a few hours of brainstorming, here was the story/plan we concocted:
My friend Nicole -- who is an actual person, one of my best friends from college, who moved from Illinois to San Diego, and recently had a baby -- and her daughter were coming to town, and I still haven't been able to meet her daughter. Nicole has a bit of time to kill before she was getting picked up by her parents, so we were going to meet up. But I had also made plans to hang out with Emily and her family. "Nicole" agreed to meet me at the nearest Blue Line Stop (because the blue line comes/goes from O'hare) which happens to be the spot where Brandt was planning to propose.
A few days before I texted Emily asking her if she wanted to hang out on Sunday because I was going to be in the suburbs for a friend's bonfire on Saturday. On Friday or Saturday I texted her asking her what she wanted to do. She told me her family was going to be getting back from vacation so she was actually going to probably hang out with her family on Sunday. So very rudely I invited myself over! "I've only met them once! I'll come with you!"