On March 14th, 2017 I had the honor of photographing a surprise engagement proposal for Joe and Paige in Houston, Texas.
Joe and Paige started dating in 2011, their Senior year of High School, so all of their loved ones had been expecting Joe to pop the big question. So Joe got creative and still managed to make it a big surprise for Paige.
Let me start from the beginning.
Joe and I met up about a month before the proposal and discussed all the possibilities on how this shoot could happen. We decided on me asking Paige to be a model for one of my shoots and not even including Joe in the shoot. So before Paige said yes to Joe she had to say yes to me and my shoot! This way there would be two surprises, Joe showing up to the shoot and Joe showing up on one knee to the shoot.
I came up with an email to send to Paige so that she would agree to be a part of this photo shoot without her suspecting Joe having any part in it. She said yes to me! And Joe’s big plan went into action. Joe and I then met up again at the location where he wanted to propose and made a game plan. Our plan was to have Paige turn little by little so that Joe could be able to sneak up from behind and her not see him walking our way. But he wouldn’t walk up until I gave him the secret signal.
The day finally arrived and we were all excited, even Paige, but she had noooooo idea! Joe couldn’t even sleep the night before. The day was so perfect it could have been the definition of the phrase “when the stars align”. Joe arrived to the location 30 min before me and Paige so he could get in place, hide and wait for my signal. I captured some of Paige’s last photos without a ring on her left hand and she looked like an absolute goddess. When I wanted her to smile, all I had to say was "now think of Joe" and out came that natural smile. I pretended to be texting my mom and let Joe know we were headed to the spot and to look for our signal. He started to walk up, I started to move her, he came closer and closer and my heart started raising!!!! Paige went to turn around and without thinking I may have yelled a little when I told her”look right here” as I pointed at a leaf on the ground. AHHHHH!! At that point all I could think was “she probably thinks I'm crazy!” but I was not about to let her turn around before I got into place. “Perfect! Don't move, this looks really good”. Once I was in Position I told her, “Ok you can turn around now Paige!” and she turned, very slowly, to Joe on one knee showing off a sparkly diamond ring as he confessed his love to her. SHE SAID YES! There was tears of joy, laughter, hugs, kisses and Joe could finally tell her everything!
And that my friends is how it all went down!