In my opinion, marriage proposals need just a few key elements… romance, originality, surprise, thoughtfulness. Nate’s proposal to Hillary had all those, and more. I was already impressed that Nate thought to have the proposal photographed, but that is just one of many details Nate thoughtfully considered and planned.
Nate chose the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool as the site of the proposal because of their love for the outdoors and the beauty of nature, a perfect spot that reflected them as a couple. And bonus points for it being an absolutely stunning background for our images. He schemed for weeks, setting up a fake dinner with his boss as the reason for their outing. He chose an incredibly gorgeous engagement ring. He had Hillary’s mom take her for a manicure earlier in the week (I told you he was good!) He hired cello and violin musicians to play their song, Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are The Best Thing” during the proposal.
The musicians and I took our places and waited for Nate and Hillary to arrive. I was in my “undercover” outfit of Lululemon workout gear so as not to stand out as a photographer. Who me? I’m just a girl out for a walk, taking pictures of flowers – nothing suspicious going on here!
They arrived and the music started…
And she said yes!
The looks on Hillary’s face are just awesome, right? Complete surprise, madly in love, totally giddy – and everything all at once. I am a photographer because I love to capture, convey and preserve real emotions. And this event was overflowing with them, I was in heaven…
After our time together, they were headed to dinner at Girl and The Goat and the following morning Hillary was whisked away to Vail, Colorado for a long weekend of celebrating.
Yep, pretty perfect. Well done Nate, so very well done.
So here they are, the newly engaged Hillary and Nate… Won’t they will be such a beautiful bride and groom?
Nate and Hillary, it was such a joy and honor to not only witness but be a part of your marriage proposal. A great big congratulations on your upcoming marriage!!