Surprising a King!

Oh boy do I have a great story to tell you guys today! You are all in for a real treat, this is such a heart warming story I couldn't wait to start writing about it. Lets jump right into it then...

A while back I photographed a very special ladies birthday party at a popular night club in Austin Texas. Her step mother contacted me because her "soul sister from another mister" was looking for a professional photographer to photograph a very special occasion. That's when she introduced me to Johanna.

The Set Up
Johanna's boyfriend is turning 50, their birthday's are actually very close in days and so she wants him to think they are going out to dinner for her. The twist is that they have invited about 20-25 very close friends and family to be a part of this surprise birthday dinner. Chris "King", the guest of honor is very close with his family and hasn't seen them in over a year. Not only that, his parents do not live in Texas, so it makes it even more difficult to see them on a regular basis. Johanna secretly contacted them and is flying them out along with Chris' sister and brother to be a part of this surprise. Chris has no idea, get ready for a very emotional and wonderful experience!

Before the Celebration
I showed up about an hour early, took some photos of the set up and even staged a few photos just for Chris. Johanna mentioned to me how he loves his skulls, I staged these photos just for him!

 Dinner Table for the Birthday King

Dinner Table for the Birthday King

 Nicely prepared

Nicely prepared

 Final touches: shiny skull

Final touches: shiny skull

Everything looked great, The Lonesome Dove did a great job providing excellent service and preparing everything for Johanna's surprise birthday party.

 "Aged to Perfection" Birthday Cake

"Aged to Perfection" Birthday Cake

 Prepared by The Lonesome Dove Bistro

Prepared by The Lonesome Dove Bistro

Chris and Johanna showed up on time to the restaurant and everyone got into position, ready to yell, "Surprise!" It was like clockwork.

 Everyone patiently awaiting Chris's arrival.

Everyone patiently awaiting Chris's arrival.

Chris walked in smiling and immediately thought all this was for his beautiful girlfriend Johanna. But as her best friend, Thao point out, "This is all for you Chris!" It took Chris a second to fully understand that Johanna just pulled one over on him. You can see his heart melting with joy as the realization that this party was in his honor. 
 

 Chris thinks this is for Johanna..

Chris thinks this is for Johanna..

 Thao explains " no this is for you Chris"

Thao explains " no this is for you Chris"

 Chris taking it all in..

Chris taking it all in..

 Realizes whats going on

Realizes whats going on

Friends and family stepped forward hugging and wishing Chris a Happy Birthday. Everyone was full of cheer and it warmed my heart just being in their presence. This wasn't the full surprise though, the main surprise was still yet to come! Chris had no idea who will be showing up in just a few minutes.

 Friends and family hugging Chris

Friends and family hugging Chris

 A day of celebration

A day of celebration

 Can't believe his girlfriend and all his friends pulled this off on him.

Can't believe his girlfriend and all his friends pulled this off on him.

As everyone settled from greetings and laughter, I received the signal that the parents have arrived. I had one of Chris's friends distract him for a minute so that I could get him in the right position of the room to capture the look on his face when his parents walk through the door. Everything was set, it's go time! This is the main reason why I was hired, to capture this very moment.

We distracted Chris by asking him to take a few photos with friends. He was facing the door where his parents would walk through. As he was posing, his parents walked through the door way and into the room with smiles. Chris looked over and forgot all about the camera and had a look of disbelief and pure bliss! It had been a whole year since he had seen his parents.

 Distracting Chris while the real surprise gets ready to walk through the door.

Distracting Chris while the real surprise gets ready to walk through the door.

As she extended her arms out, Chris immediately found himself being embraced in his mother's loving arms. It was a very emotional moment, she had tears of joy running from her cheeks. Chris then reached over and hugged his dad, sister, the whole family was reunited once again. To say it was a very special moment would be an understatement. The whole room lit up with warmth and joy. 

 Oh man, guess who showed up!?!?!

Oh man, guess who showed up!?!?!

 Surpise!

Surpise!

 Son and mother reunited

Son and mother reunited

I stood back and watched the events unfold through my lens. Everyone was so happy, introducing family members to friends. There were a lot of hugs in that room that day. :) 

As everyone was settling down from the ecstasy of surprise and a beautiful family being reunited, I took a few photo requests just before dinner started. 

 Tricia and Jeff 

Tricia and Jeff 

 Veronica and Tim

Veronica and Tim

During dinner, I snapped a few photos of some of the meals they were bringing out. All of it looked fantastic and delicious! I will definitely have to reserve a table here in the near future! ;)

Just before dessert, they wanted to share a few stories with family and friends about Chris growing up. I will keep those stories private, but everyone really enjoyed the stories and we laughed pretty hard. Good times! LoL

Finally, it was time to light the candles on the cake and have Chris make a wish.

 Lighting the Cake

Lighting the Cake

 Grand Finale

Grand Finale

 Delcious birthday cake

Delcious birthday cake

With a successful surprise birthday party on the books for Chris King, I would like to sincerely thank Johanna for choosing me to be her professional photographer for such a special and wonderful moment. 

 A special kiss shared between two special people!

A special kiss shared between two special people!

And to Chris, Happy Birthday sir! It was honor to be apart of this special day for you!

 Thank you for letting me capture and share your beautiful story through my lens.

Thank you for letting me capture and share your beautiful story through my lens.

 

Thank you all for reading this beautiful story. If you know someone in need of a professional photographer please send them my way. Thank you all so much and God bless!