Keith and I have been planning this surprise engagement for a few months (although he has been scheming for much longer than that), and I am just beyond excited to share the story with you! Keith and his now fiancée, Virginia have an amazing dairy farm in Upstate NY. A while back, Virginia said to Keith – “We don’t have any nice pictures together”. Insert proposal plan: Keith wanted to make the engagement really special and wanted it documented. For her birthday, he got her a couple’s session with YTK! (Awesome gift if we do say so) – and then he reached out to me and talked about wanting to put in the “Pop the Question part.” They wanted to do the shoot on Keith’s property owned by his family – some 500 + acres with amazing views like the spot where Keith got down on one knee.
I knew that Virginia had been hinting around at an engagement so I wanted to make sure that she didn’t suspect anything while I was around. I also knew that as soon as he asked her she was going to be flooded with emotions and I didn’t want her makeup to be ruined – so the “ask” had to be at the end of our shoot. Instead of starting at the overlook we went all around to scout some cool locations. We found this amazing barn and started there. After some great portraits I knew we could head back up the hill. Prior to our shoot, Keith and I came up with a secret code so he knew when to pop the question – I told him when I say – Kiss her on the Hand, that is when you get down on one knee. It worked flawlessly and there is a little kiss of kismet….
Virginia was beside herself with emotion and the images speak for themselves…but the little bit that I learned after was that Keith often grabs her hand and kisses it. It’s a random sweet thing he does in the kitchen or when they take a walk just something to make her smile. HE DID NOT TELL ME THIS… so you can imagine how excited I was that the stars aligned in this way and what an amazing moment to capture.
To top it all off, Keith’s family all came in to celebrate the proposal including his Grandmother who passed down her ring to Virginia. It was such an emotional and amazing experience. It was an honor capturing these memories for you.