This past weekend one of my best friends got engaged (EEP!!) and her awesome boyfriend invited me along to capture it (I may have brought it up just a few times and am so glad he took me up on the idea hehe).
Ryan had planned a weekend trip with Shannon to Asheville, NC and wanted to propose at the end of their hiking spot at Catawba Falls in Old Fort, NC on Sunday. I researched the trail and we coordinating his ideas. We brainstormed how to get her to look cute hiking without being suspicious (told her they were going out to a nice dinner after so she'd have her hair and makeup semi done hehe). He bought rose petals and little candles and dropped them at my house on Friday before he headed over to pick up Shannon. My fiance came along to help me out and because he loves Shannon and Ryan as much as I do.
We arrived at the falls and started hiking the 1.7 mile trail about 45 minutes before Shannon and Ryan were ready to start hiking. Ryan was updating me when they arrived and I would text him pictures of landmarks he needed to tell me when he passed so I would know how far away they were. It took us about 30-45 to get to the main falls and it was BREATHTAKING. We immediately started looking for a place to set up the blanket, rose petals, candles and the bottle of champagne we grabbed on the way there. The water was pretty overflowing from all the rain over the past couple weeks and it was a little hard to set up the blanket on the large rocks directly in front of the falls than we thought. We decided to set up on one of the lower rocks to the right of the falls.
There was a steady very light dusting of snow throughout the entire afternoon which was amazing. It was pretty cold and had rained the day before so the trail was super lightly trafficked (photographer's dream). After we set up, we found a good hiding spot and began waiting. Some of the other hikers were started to head back down the trail right as Ryan texted me that they were passing the bridge right before the main falls. CUE THE BUTTERFLIES. Andrew and I ran to our hiding spots. They slowly walked past and walked toward the blanket set up. Shannon (being oblivious to what was going on) was like "Ryan we have to move away from this blanket, it looks like someone's doing something!!" He put his backpack down on the rock and was like "Come over here.."
Side note Shannon LOVES alpacas so obviously Ryan pulled out a stuff alpaca to give her before ring.
This is the point where I popped out of the bushes to make sure I got the shot.
She was totally surprised and excited and it was so sweet and amazing. BUT that's not the end because after we all hugged and admired the ring and got over the shock then we took some time and did a little mini "we are engaged" session in front of the falls and on the trail and it might be my favorite shoot thus far...