Oh, you guys. This post makes me melt. It will make you melt too but there is a rule for viewing this post... take your time. Scroll through slowly :)
This is the most emotional session I've ever shot, and for good reason. Rachel has been my best friend since middle school. We have been through the ups and downs of life together and she has always been there for me, and I for her. I am so happy for them.
Now for the story... I was so incredibly excited when Steve and I started talking about the possibility of me secretly shooting the actual proposal. At first, he told me that it would be a few weeks as he had to have some repairs done to his great-grandma's ring for Rachel. Then I received a text Thursday night. The proposal would take place early Saturday morning, on Rachel's birthday...
Steve, Alaina, and I arrived a couple of hours early to set up the balloons.
Then Steve made the phone call. He told Rachel to wake up and get ready for a birthday breakfast, then meet him in the park down the street from her apartment...
Steve couldn't stop messing with the ring while we were waiting :)
Then Alaina and I hid in the bushes... I'm pretty sure we were just as nervous as Steve! Ok, maybe not quite as nervous.
At this point, Rachel still thought this was just a birthday surprise...
At this point, she figured out it was not :)
After the question was asked, and the answer was "yes", they hugged for a long time. I whispered to Alaina "awww, she loves him". And then I cried some more.
I love how Steve looked over at us, and the walkers in the background are clapping.
Then Steve told Rachel we were in the bushes and we got to come out to congratulate :)
Mini engagement session!
I love all the emotion in these shots.
Good idea on the balloons, Steve. LOVE it.
She loves him.