Harford County Engagement Photographer // Brandon Pops the Question // A Surprise Engagement at Ston

So a few months ago, I started a photography "bucket list" - a list of events and ideas I wanted to photograph at some point during my career. If you read my Urban Ballerina post, you know I've already checked off one item, but this weekend I was able to check off another! A surprise proposal!

My friend Kate over at Emerald Event Design contacted me about a month ago and said she was working with a client to plan a surprise proposal at Stone Ridge Hollow and that he was looking for a photographer to document it all. I knew before she even finished her sentence, that I wanted to do it!

So why was a surprise proposal on my bucket list to begin with? I mean, I knew shooting an event like this would be crazy stressful - where would I hide...would the bride-to-be see me...what if the lighting wasn't great (because using a flash would completely blow my cover)?? Despite all of these "what if's," I knew how much joy these pictures would bring a couple for years to come... a treasure to share with their children some day.

I seriously LOVE a good engagement story! Maybe because I love my own so much. This year, my hubby and I will celebrate our 10-year anniversary, and I remember every detail of the night we got engaged (with the exception of the actual proposal itself of course). Overwhelmed with all of the excitement, I remember seconds before and seconds after, but the middle is a blur. We have this one picture (ignore the horrible quality of the actual photo) that was taken about 10 minutes before my husband proposed and this horrible, old school selfie (shot with a real camera, not a phone)... kudos for us for actually getting ourselves in the frame.