SO HERE IS A FUN STORY. I met Classie a few months ago when we started organizing monthly meetups for local photographers. We instantly clicked and I just love everything about her. Her boyfriend (at the time!), Todd, came along to one of the meetings and, would you know it, he’s amazing too! These two are so in love and I just had to photograph them. So, naturally, we set up a “mock” engagement/proposal session a few weeks ago at Park on the River in Maumelle, Arkansas.
Maybe I’m weird, but I get actual chill bumps looking at these images because their adoration for each other is just so genuine, raw, and pure (even if the “proposal” was staged)!
And there is the obligatory “hey, thumbs up, Mission: Pretend To Get Engaged For The Sake of Pretty Pictures complete!” image because we all knew their friends and family would lose their minds with excitement when they “found out” these lovebirds decided to tie the knot.
Well, little did Classie know, Todd contacted me shortly after. They were just about to close on buying their first home together. “When Classie starts talking about our new house,” he said, “you should ask if you can take our ‘new home pictures.’ I may propose.”
Be. Still. My. Heart.
The highest of fives are owed to Todd for coming up with one of the most precious proposal ideas ever.
He sent me a photo of the ring and it was just perfect. (I could hardly contain my excitement and I wasn’t even the one getting engaged.) Do you know how hard it is to keep a surprise like that from one of your friends? For weeks!? Very. But we played it very cool because she had absolutely no idea. When I seized my opportunity to ask about the new home photos, she even told Todd: “it’s like she can read my mind!”
Finally, the day came: March 15, 2016.
The joy of their hard work paying off to become the owners of the most adorable house is heart-warming in and of itself, so when you couple it with the proposal and promise to cherish the love of your life forever – well, better days than that are difficult to top.
I am so beyond happy for these two and the beginning of an amazing new chapter in their love story. Congratulations, Classie + Todd! You deserve every bit of happiness this universe has to offer.