No prince needed.
When a woman found herself single three weeks before her scheduled engagement shoot, she decided to create her own fairytale. Brooke Lowry had booked a ‘Happily Ever After’ photoshoot at Disneyland with her fiancé to celebrate their relationship, but the couple called it quits before they could get to it.
According to Lowry, she had always dreamed of a “vintage 1950s” engagement shoot at Disneyland, and the bride-to-be booked the shoot last fall after her boyfriend popped the question. When the engagement ended, the young woman says she felt “incredibly disappointed, heartbroken, alone, scared, embarrassed, and rejected.”
But, she remembered why she loved Disney princesses, and realized she could be her own hero. Lowry explains: “These women are kind even when others are not. They are loyal and compassionate, inclusive and accepting, elegant and discerning, dreamers and doers. They look for the best in others, they bring honor to their families, and they work hard and stay true to themselves.”
She adds: “It was a bittersweet day. What was supposed to be engagement photos turned out to be a solo session because of unforeseen circumstances. I decided to show up anyways hoping to one day look back on the pictures knowing they marked the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new adventure.”
Lowry says that the whole experience was “cathartic”, and that she’s looking forward to to the next stage in her life. She concludes: “After wrapping up the shoot at Disneyland and watching the fireworks over the castle on my own, I left feeling like anything was possible.”
And indeed, it is.