Vincent's Surprise Proposal

August 7, 2015

This spring I was contacted by my friend and fellow wedding industry cohort Lisa, of Events By Lisa Marie, who let me know she was planning a surprise proposal, and that the soon-to-be groom (Vincent) wanted to have it photographed. First of all, way to go Vinny! Take note, men, as this is how it is done. I really cannot say it enough, ALL WOMEN DREAM OF A SECRET PHOTOGRAPHER AT THEIR PROPOSAL! Including me . . . cough, cough . . . Anyway, Vinny is clearly awesome and already knew this. So I hopped on board and "Project Spring Ring" commenced. Vincent was out of the country and so our scheming took place via three way emails, until the big day, when I finally got to meet him in person. 

It was Holli and Vinny's anniversary. As Vinny was out of the country, Holli was not at all expecting to get to see him. Instead, with the help of Lisa and the couples families, what Holli thought to be a small family BBQ was planned at Cook Park, in Beaverton. I arrived early to pick the perfect hiding spot and also brought with me my boyfriend, the perfect cover story: What? we are just a couple of love birds enjoying the park, taking some photos of each other.  ;) Lisa had a romantic catered lunch set up in the pavilion, complete with flowers, candles, photos of the couple, lots of the brides favorite color, purple, and her favorite food, Mexican, prepared by Divine Catering. Once the stage was set, Vinny got all spiffied up (in a purple shirt, I might add, so sweet!), everyone else took cover, and I was on squirrel duty, repeatedly chasing a little guy away who as determined to partake in the fiesta, while we anxiously Holli's arrival . . .

When she arrived and found Vinny there she was overjoyed, thinking it was just a surprise anniversary gift. They laughed and held each other while enjoying margaritas and their delicious lunch, all while I was secretly capturing it all from afar. Then Vinny walked Holli over to a beautiful dock to give her the anniversary gift he had prepared; a very touching hand made book. While she was admiring it, he got down on one knee and proposed. Of course she said yes! She was so excited she dropped the book and jumped into his arms.

When I made my presence known the look on Holli's face was priceless! I made sure to capture a few freshly engaged portraits of the two cooing, cuddling, and grinning their faces off (they were too adorable for words), before they joined their families to celebrate their engagement. Their formal engagement session is scheduled for late September, and I will also have the pleasure of shooting their wedding in January. I can't wait! These two are so in love and so happy; this was honestly one of the most amazing photo shoots I have ever had the honor of being a part of. Thanks so much to everyone involved: the happy couple, Events By Lisa Marie (, and Divine Catering ( Big hugs to all!  :)

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