This session is very near and dear to my heart. I went to Florida this past weekend to photograph a destination beach wedding. My best friend, Tiffany, and her now fiancé were starting their vacation the day after the wedding. Tiffany and I had lunch a few weeks back and we were talking about the idea of her getting engaged. I told her that it'd be super awesome if Logan could let me know when he was going to propose so that I could photograph it. She texted Logan telling him that, but she didn't think he would actually listen. As soon as I got into the parking lot after lunch, I got a text from Logan saying "I'm going to share a little secret with you..." and told me his idea of proposing in Florida. Tiffany and I had already talked about having dinner and meeting up the Sunday that the got into town since it was the only day that we both would be in Destin so it wasn't going to be weird if suddenly we were going to hang out while we were all there. Logan said that he thought about doing a couples session and then proposing during the middle of it. He thought that he could easily get her to agree to a couples session but I knew that if he asked her, she would get suspicious. So instead, I asked her if she wanted to do the shoot so that I could shoot an "engagement" session on the beach too while I was there. Of course, she agreed. We knew that Tiffany gets suspicious about everything... so we came up with the idea to tell her that he wanted to take her to a nice restaurant one of the nights while they were in Destin so that's the night that she was looking forward to. We went dress shopping to find something that would work for the shoot and we found a shirt that coordinated for Logan as well.
Logan and I came up with a cue of "That's a wrap!" to signal that it was the right moment. I got plenty of portraits of them before he proposed since I knew that I wanted to give them some time afterwards, just the two of them, before we headed to dinner. We finished the session and I gave my cue. Logan said "Oh wait, can we do one more?" and then pulled out the ring and got down on one knee. The look on Tiffany's face was priceless and full of surprise and happiness. Of course, she said yes. She had no idea that it was coming, which was exactly what Logan wanted. She started crying tears of joy, and I was trying to fight ones of my own so that I could still see what I was shooting. It was gorgeous and absolutely perfect. Afterwards, I led them to a spot that Sammy was able to set up for them while we were shooting. We set up a cute little blanket and some champagne from France for them to have some moments alone to celebrate.
I've only known Tiffany for less than a year but I feel like I've known her all of my life. She's been my support system throughout this year and I've loved hanging out with her all of the time. We've bonded over crushing the patriarchy, feminism, psychology, and all of the crazy stuff we come up with. I'm so thankful to call her my best friend and I cannot wait to be a bridesmaid at their wedding.