Engagement part 1 on the blog today! These photos have been a LONG time coming! We took these back in January for our Save the Dates. It was absolutely freezing and I swear by the time we got to our location and started shooting my hair had gone completely limp. We took them near the place we got engaged, and the location was perfect for a winter shoot...in the snow and surrounded by trees!
It just so happens that my sister is a pretty amazing photographer. I was excited for her to capture these images! We decided that because of having a photog in the family, we would do a few different engagement shoots, so we ended up doing these, which are a bit more serious, and just did some fun spring ones that I can't wait to share with you!!
You can see more of my sister's work at haleychristine.com!
If I told you I hadn't been hinting for a ring, I would be lying. I think I always knew E was the one, but moving back and being in the same place again definitely made all of that very clear. When you know, you know. The hinting was subtle at first, but sometimes I even pulled a Beyonce, doing the single ladies hand move...you all know the one. E was patient with me...waiting for the right timing. I'm not the easiest to surprise and I can read him like a book. But it all paid off when he got me with the surprise of a lifetime.
Little did I know, E was planning an amazing proposal right under my nose and I had no idea. He later told me how he painstakingly planned out our entire day and even scouted for the perfect place to propose. All I knew was that we were going to Leavenworth for the day...a nearby Bavarian village inspired town where we have had multiple special dates, to meet up with his family. As the days got closer, things started to go wrong...
With a full belly I was in a much better mood, but both of us were soaked. As we headed for the park, I started questioning what his family was doing down there in the miserable weather. He replied with comments like "they just love the outdoors." Looking back on this now, I realize what a poor excuse this was. Poor E was nervous! I was too cold to think anything of it, but the whole way I kept thinking to myself how ridiculous this was. When we finally reached the park and were near the river, I got a little bit more adamant about meeting his parents elsewhere. Not only was it still pouring (it was actually raining harder than ever), but the rain had made the snow a huge wet mess, which we proceeded to slosh around in up to our knees. I'm sure we were quite the sight. Two people huddled under a small umbrella, sloshing through the wet snow. "Let's just call them! We can meet them in town! I really can't feel my toes anymore, can you just call them?" I fired these thoughts and questions at him as we slowly made our way through the park, looking for his "parents". I could just see the river, when E stopped suddenly.
"This is not what I had planned..." was all I really heard. Before I knew it, E was dropping to one knee in the wet snow. I don't really remember this part. I was truly swept up in the moment. All I really remember was crying...scratch that, sobbing, and the wet snow didn't matter anymore. In his moment of nervousness, he handed me a small round wooden box. I looked at it confused, before he quickly took it back and produced my ring. I don't remember even looking at the ring, as he put it on my finger, or saying anything besides YES and "You really want to marry me??". We ended up hugging, and stayed that way for quite some time as the rain continued to fall around us.
After some of the shock started to wear off, we aimlessly continued to walk around the park. Both of us completely caught up in everything that had just happened. I don't remember the rain, or being partially frozen, as all of that had completely slipped my mind. He proceeded to tell me what he really had planned (a sleigh ride, a walk through falling snow in the park (it was supposed to snow this day), and gazing at christmas lights), and how the rain had truly turned his plans upside down. Honestly though, I wouldn't have had it any other way. The proposal was absolutely perfect.
And that's how it happened. Pretty simple. Very sweet. An unforgettable moment.
and August 1st we say 'I Do'!
Stay tuned! Engagement part 2 coming soon!