The Big Proposal | {Ashley & John}

What started as a simple model call... turned into the day Ashley and John would be engaged. Just a few short days ago I received a message from John- the "guy" who was going to be our dashing model but more importantly it was Ashley's boyfriend. He simply asked if I would be ok if he proposed to Ashley on the same day as the styled shoot. My answer... OF COURSE!

So together we formulated a plan. A little "casual session" would take place as my way to say thank you to them... and in the course of this simple session John would take a knee.

It'd been easy to keep the secret from Ashley as we'd been corresponding through email but then one morning she called... and she kept talking about how she wished these pictures could be used as part of their engagement pictures and how she wouldn't have a ring for the shoot because her ring wouldn't arrive until next month... what does a girl say to all this knowing that she'd be sporting some brand new bling before the "Styled" pictures even began!?

I phrased my sentences very carefully and tried not to raise any suspicion in the tonalities of my voice... it wasn't easy I tell ya!

They sky was heavy and turning darker by the minute and when they arrived I pleaded for just a few extra moments to finish shooting our tables as it appeared the sky would open up at any minute. Thankfully these two are total sweethearts and patiently waited...

So off we went... I explained how we'd just treat the session like a typical session I do with my couples... and as the rain began so we began our shoot.

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They rocked it out.. even despite the rain! It started coming down harder though and so we all took cover under a reflector until an umbrella was found. Then off we went again...

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And just as we'd discussed he moved into position and Ashley was asked to turn around...

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Her first reaction, "Are you serious?!?" ...We'd given her a fake ring to use for the shoot so knowing her ring wasn't here yet she thought John had grabbed that ring and this was a joke or just part of the shoot

 

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Totally surprised and SO happy! Oh yea- she said YES!

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Still in misbelief.

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A big thanks to John for asking me to take part in such a special moment... and to Shane company for working with John to make this day possible! A very special thanks to Katie of Boukates and Callie of We Tie the Knots as well- Katie created a special bouquet for Ashley to use as a "prop" and if Callie hadn't helped design the original shoot... none of this would have been possible! If you're curious where the gorgeous backdrop of their proposal took place- were were at the Fox Hall Sporting and Events Club. Sweet Brielle did Ashley's hair and make up so she'd look extra fabulous for the big proposal as well as the styled shoot you'll see soon!
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