You know those people who go to their favorite restaurant like every week and are friends with all of the waiters and hostesses? That's kind of what it's like when your photography clients become your friends. Maybe a poor example, but hey, friends eat food together so...
That's what happened with Andrew and Nadine. They were staffing my (Olivia's) YWAM media + missions school in Colorado Springs, and I barely knew them apart from introduction and casual conversation. I was about a week and a half into school when I was approached by Nadine's sister Anita, a fellow student, about whether or not I was willing to work during our lecture phase. Since our school is only 5.5 months in total, I had assumed that, being a full-time student, I wouldn't get a chance to do any photoshoots, so I didn't even try to put myself out there as a photographer. I was surprised, but elated to be given the opportunity to do my favorite thing! We began meeting with Andrew to conspire our plan.
Honestly, it was the cutest thing in the world to see Andrew's elaborate web of planning for the proposal. He had chosen the perfect location - their favorite star-gazing spot in Garden of the Gods. He had gotten her favorite flowers, figured out where I would hide and her friends would stake out, determined the best time of day for lighting, and even gotten her to dress up without being too obvious. He even custom designed her ring. Like, c'mon, how perfect?
It was their 9-month anniversary, and they were on the way to her favorite restaurant when he made the surprise stop. He had (somewhat) successfully alluded her to believe that he would propose the following weekend (but by this point, she was getting suspicious). He didn't give her long to think, and pulled her out of the car and walked her to their spot. Here's what happened:
Slow down there, partner.
Also, please appreciate Nadine's reaction - "Oh my gosh, what are you doing?!"
Talk about precious overload.
It was such an honor to capture such an important memory for these two. Their light-hearted love was and is so tangible. Every moment was pure bliss and full of laughter. Now, we are lifelong friends. Andrew is currently leading my outreach team in Nepal, and Nadine is a darling heart that I adore. Even now, seeing the way that they love each other whilst in separate countries is inspirational.
Congrats, you guys! So thankful and humbled to be a part of your story.
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