There are some days a photographer, that even after years of capturing special moments, you get to capture a truly spectacular occasion. I had that happen this week.
Brady contacted me several weeks ago and wanted me to suggest a family portrait session to his girlfriend Abby with their dogs. We had taken pictures last year but Nova the pup is now a full grown dog and Nellie is just always a lot of fun. And as excited as I was to capture their adorable critters it was what he was planning during the portraits that had even me nervous. He wanted to propose to Abby during our session.
I have been so fortunate to capture Abby’s senior portraits, her twin sister’s senior portraits and their family portraits over the years. She also works for me at Painted by Prairie during our season of Christmas Chaos.
With such a wet and often dreary fall I was so thrilled that the day of their session was a beautiful day (even if it was a bit windy!). I brought along my hubby, Douglas to be our videographer for the day, and dog wrangler, my daughter, lovely Leona. I know that Brady was so nervous but I promise I was almost just as nervous. We did a few pictures with the dogs to ‘warm up’ in a grassy area and then we moved to the bridge where Brady got down on one knee.
I don’t know if I’ve ever seen Abby more shocked! She truly was not expecting him to propose during our session! And I had tears as I kept clicking the shutter. Lots of hugs (and more tears from me) and we finished up our session with the newly engaged couple. Brady was certainly a lot less nervous and sweet Abby was just beaming and couldn’t stop looking at her beautiful new ring (it’s really stunning!).
Brady did such an amazing job planning to make this special for Abby and to keep it a surprise. He’d hidden the ring since June! He arranged to have her family meet them for supper after the proposal and for friends to get together that evening. He even had one of her girlfriends suggest that they get their nails done before hand. How sweet is that?!?! Ladies – find someone who will treat you like a queen. You’ll never regret it.
It was such a incredible honor to capture one of the most unforgettable moments in Abby and Brady’s story. I know it’s one that I will certainly never forget. Here’s to happily ever after!
Want to see the whole session unfold?? I thought you might!
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