Calling off a wedding is one of the most public and vulnerable scenarios possible for any given relationship — particularly if the engaged couple has already spent a considerable amount of time and money planning their impending nuptials.
However, there are some who manage to see the silver lining in such an uncomfortable situation. One woman chose to make lemons into lemonade (Bey would be so proud) when she and her fiancé called off their engagement: she turned her Disneyland engagement photoshoot into a celebration of herself.
Brooke Lowry booked the photoshoot at Disneyland last fall, after she became engaged. “Disneyland, like a fairy tale, is almost like my favorite place outside of this world, and I knew this milestone in my life wouldn’t be complete without incorporating such a magical place,” she tells BuzzFeed.
However, after breaking off her engagement, Brooke was dealing with a whirlwind of emotions, and was unsure of how to proceed. She considered canceling the photoshoot (as one typically does when a wedding is canceled), but then she remembered what she had learned from all her favorite Disney princesses.
“These women are kind even when others are not,” she continued. “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.”
So, Brooke chose instead to go through with the photoshoot and create a magically memorable (and incredibly empowering) moment for herself.
“Instead of being the cutesy couple out for a Disneyland date, it became the ‘I am a Princess, long may I reign’ shoot,” she said. “Having Disneyland itself as the backdrop was symbolic, too — a place for me to begin a new dream and imagine a new narrative for myself.”
The photos, taken by DPark Photography, were obviously stunning, and Brooke looked like a true princess, traipsing around her fairytale kingdom.
She even took a spin in the enchanted teacups at the Mad Tea Party — because princesses are allowed to have fun, too.
Brooke says that even though things didn’t work out between her former fiancé and herself, she’s still maintaining a very princess-like attitude toward the situation.
“He really is a lovely man. The slippers just didn’t fit this Cinderella.”
And, while it was initially difficult for her to see the final photos, Brooke says that she is ultimately inspired by the the underlying theme of the beautiful shoot.
“When I look back on those photos, I see a princess choosing to have a perfect day amidst an imperfect situation.”