Michael Proposed | She said “Yes!”

It all started with a Facebook message.  Michael sent me a message on August 3, 2015.  I wasn’t expecting what I’d read: He was planning on proposing to his girlfriend!  What!?

I know Michael from when The Hunk and I were pastoring on campus.  He is seriously a great guy.  Michael is friendly, gentle, and loves Jesus.  He graduated from OSU with a mechanical engineering degree and works in Cincinnati.

He gave two possible dates: September 19 or 26.

From there, we started putting together plans.  Most importantly, I wanted to be sure that we could make plans without Lizzy seeing anything pop up on his phone.  So we switched from Facebook messaging to email and used the subject line: Turbo Conference Updates.  This subject line, he said, would be of no interest to Lizzy.

I love keeping other people’s secrets!  I love helping people plan surprises, so this was so exciting to me!

This surprise was going to be easy for me to capture because I had never met Lizzy.

One think to keep in mind when you’re doing what I do–capturing moments: Plans are just plans.  They pretty much always change–sometimes for the good and other times not.  Keep that in mind as I proceed.

So, first, Michael and Lizzy sat down and Michael gave Lizzy a gift.
Michael Proposed at Drees Pavilion

Michael had made Lizzy a book of pictures of the both of them.  The Hunk and I were standing off to the side with my camera.

And, with no warning, the people at the pavilion decided it was time to clear off the gazebo.  So, we all got up and moved to the grassy hill.

One thing Michael didn’t tell me was that the book was really long.

Photo album proposal

It’s a good thing Michael had told me that Lizzy was expecting a proposal at some point; he was totally cool with me being invasive with my camera.  She knew what as up as soon as the book was opened.

I peeped Michael opening his bag to get the ring out of his bag.

Engagement ring hidden in camera bag

Of course, Michael proposed.  And from my vantage point, I could hear Michael ask Lizzy, “Will you marry me?”

Propose at Drees Pavilion, overlooking Cincinnati

And Lizzy said, “Yes!”

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And sweet Michael said, “Thank you.”

Isn’t that sweet?

Congrats, Michael and Lizzy!  I am so honored to have captured your special moment.  And, Lizzy, it was so great to meet you!  You are so cute and I look forward to seeing you again soon!  Enjoy planning your big day!

Michael and Lizzy

Photo album proposal

Photo Album Proposal

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Michael proposed.  Are you planning a proposal? If you’re looking for coverage of your special proposal, shoot me an email!

Jacob + Emily | She said “Yes!” –Proposal Photography

I am so excited to be involved in the capturing of this proposal!  Here are the deets on my first ever proposal photography session!

On May 11, 2014, I met Jacob, a friend and co-laborer of ours, at an undisclosed location.  The purpose? To practice his proposal!  Emily, of course, had no clue this was about to happen.

So, on May 18, 2014, my husband and I traveled for the exciting event–at Red Trabue Nature Preserve in Dublin, Ohio. My husband was an awesome helper.

We placed his message in the bottle on the bench by the location he’d planned to propose.

The evening was beautiful.

We waited for Jacob’s red VW to drive down this entryway.

It seemed to take forever.

And then they arrived.  He walked down the path, just as we planned.  When they got to the stone bench, Jacob had to encourage Emily to read the letter.

She was confused for a while.  But, from our vantage point, she seemed to figure out what was about to happen.  And then, the magic started!

She said yes!

And the people rejoiced!

Then we popped out of the bushes to capture the celebration!

And, of course, the ROCK! Dang, girl!  Gorgeous!

Jacob designed the ring.  The main stone was his mother’s.  What an honor, Emily!

Jacob and Emily are high school sweethearts.  They often go to the lake for family trips and Jacob once joked that he’d propose under a cottonwood tree there.

Long story short: They couldn’t be there soon enough!  Jacob couldn’t wait until another trip to the lake.

So, he made this, which is what Emily read before realizing he was about to pop the question.

Love it!

Jacob and Emily, congrats!  I can’t wait to capture your love more in the coming years.  May God bless your union and the process thereof!  We are so excited for you!

Thanks to my wonderful husband for capturing video!

Happy loving,
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