Addie + Reece | A Beloved Proposal in Roanoke, VA

A couple weeks ago I got a call that started out a little strange.

"Hi Emily, I have something I need you to photograph but no one can know about it."

Really that can only mean one thing...PROPOSAL!! Guys, I love telling love stories! I've said it a million times and I don't care. Love is beautiful in all stages of life but there is just something so beautiful and special and exciting about a proposal! I get there early, scope out the area, then sit in my hiding spot until just the right moment--heart pounding out of my chest with excitement!! Ok, ok, you get the picture! Now back to the story. 

So I was talking to Addie's mom, on behalf of Reece. She filled me on all of his elaborate plans, gave me the date, and things were ready! She also sent me Reece's number so we could begin all of our last minute planning and so he could keep me in the loop on their ETA the day of.

Sunday, June 12th rolled around. After church, Mike, Ellie, and I (+ Mike's friend who was tagging along) grabbed a quick bite to eat then hit the road to Roanoke, VA! After 2.5 hours on the road we pulled into Downtown Roanoke and explored a bit. We ate some tasty pizza at Fork in the Square, grabbed my gear from the car, and headed up to the rooftop of Center in the Square. I'd only seen a few photos online so I was already excited to do a rooftop session in such a beautiful venue but WOW it was even better in person! After I checked it all out and found a good hiding spot I sent my crew off to go check out the aquariums so the waiting could begin. About 10 minutes later I got the text..."heading up"...ahhh! 

Reece + Addie walked out of the elevator on the 7th floor landing and walked around to the platform overlooking all the city. I quickly scurried around making sure I was perfectly out of eyesight but still able to get the best shots. And so it began! As they were looking out over the city I could see Reece trying to find the right moment. He grabbed Addie's hands with a smile on his face. After telling her all sorts of sweet stuff (I assume ;) ) he reached into his pocket for something special and got down on one knee to ask his girl a very important question...

She said yes!! Congrats you guys! Yesterday couldn't have been more beautiful for the two of you! Reece, thank you for asking me to capture such an exciting moment in your lives! I can't tell you how honored I am to be in on the secret plans for Addie! =]


And now, here's that special moment for you to relive all over again!!...and share with all of your family + friends!

Heath + Elizabeth | Beloved Proposal

About a month ago my brother told me that one of his closest friends, Heath, was planning to propose to his girlfriend, Elizabeth (EJ to her friends and family).  I had known Heath since we were all just kids so I was super excited! Will asked me to secretly photograph it while he helped set up some details. Heath is currently in training with the U.S. Navy so EJ had her suspicions/hopes that he would propose over Christmas break. 

So back to today. Will was the curve ball to keep EJ from guessing what Heath had planned! The two were going hiking up to the overlook at Hidden Valley Lake then they would come out to the lake and have a fire and just hang out with Will. So around 9:30 this morning Will and I headed up the lake to start a fire. Unfortunately it was very cold and windy and NOTHING wanted to light. Finally, we got a small pile of dried weeds and sticks to stay lit long enough to catch some larger dry wood on fire. About 3 minutes later Heath and EJ pulled up, giving me just a moment to dart into the bushes and grab my camera. Will cleverly offered to grab some blankets from his truck and it gave Heath the moment he had been waiting for...

Congrats Heath + EJ! I'm thrilled for you both!