About a month ago, I received an email from Ryan saying that he was getting ready to propose to his longtime girlfriend, Hannah. He told me that she had mentioned to him that when he proposed, she wanted me to photograph it…
Umm, YES PLEASE?!
Oh my goodness – I LOVE proposals!
I could not have been more excited to receive Ryan’s email! So long story short, we discussed the proposal plan, some things Ryan wanted to incorporate into the proposal to make it more personal (more on that later), and we discussed locations and the fact that sunset would be the perfect time of day for the best, most stunning light.
We decided to do the proposal about a week later at Arrington Vineyards in Franklin, TN. It was all of our first times there and it did not disappoint! They were hosting their first Music in the Vines event. It was a chilly and VERY windy day but it was still such fun!
The plan was for me and Will to drive up to Arrington Vineyards, find a perfect, private spot that would show off the gorgeous sunset for the backdrop for the proposal. We found said spot, then proceeded to try to secretly text back and forth with Ryan (hopefully without Hannah knowing) as they were traveling up there to explain to him where he was to walk. Ryan put me in his phone as “Zack” (his best friend) so that Hannah wouldn’t get suspicious. Genius!
Me and Will decided to disguise ourselves as “a couple in love” (though I guess it wasn’t really a disguise, because it’s true! ;-) snuggling on a blanket just off to the side of the private proposal spot. We didn’t want to run the risk of Hannah seeing me with my big ole camera, recognizing me, thus ruining the surprise, so me and Will just snuggled and snuggled — keeping my face and camera hidden — until Will whispered to me that I could turn around and start photographing them.
I’ll tell more details of the story throughout the rest of the blog… enjoy!
We found our spot :) Ryan was able to get Hannah come with him to this spot off to the side, away from everyone, without being suspicious because he told her there were cows and deer out there (which she happens to love). The photo below shows them “looking for the cows and deer” as Ryan begins to pull the ring out of his pocket. Haha! I love it! YAY! That sunset. I mean, come on! It could not have been more perfect for us! Time to jump out and say “Surprise! We’re taking photos!” :) Putting the ring on her finger. I love Hannah’s expression here <3 So the Starbucks cup…. when I met with Ryan to go over the details of the proposal, he mentioned that they both love coffee — like LOVE — and always have a Starbucks in their hand. He mentioned that Hannah couldn’t wait until the day she could get them to write “Mrs. Newman” on her cup, so hewanted to incorporate a “Mrs. Newman” Starbucks cup into their proposal by giving it to her and letting her see it just before he got on his knee. So sweet! Gotta get a ring shot on those vines! What a stunning ring!! Great job, Ryan!
After the proposal, we had about 5-10 minutes before we lost sunlight, so we quickly jumped into a mini engagement session. This photo below is one of my favorites… Another favorite! Also, can I please talk about how GORGEOUS Hannah looked?? She didn’t know she was going to be photographed, it was an insanely cold and windy day, and she had just gone through a wonderfully emotional moment (the proposal) where she cried a few tears…. and yet she looked AMAZING and photo ready! How in the world? Teach me your secret, Hannah! Love <3 Yay! They’re engaged!
Some behind the scenes photos before and after the proposal….
Me and will “snuggling”, waiting for Ryan and Hannah to walk by. Also, it was SO windy out!
After the proposal :) Yay!
Ryan and Hannah are such a wonderful couple. I loved every minute of photographing this for them and getting to know them better as a couple afterwards. We’re so lucky to have been able to be a part of this special day in their lives. Ryan and Hannah, I am so excited for you guys and this new, exciting adventure you are on!! Thank you for having us there to celebrate with you! Love you guys!