November 11, 2012

josh + emilee | proposal


Weddings are great. Okay, they are more than great. They are meaningful and wonderful and filled with beautiful moments. But proposals? They have to take home the first place trophy, ribbon AND plaque.

There's something about that moment. You are standing with the person that you love and you want to spend the rest of your life with. And then it happens. You will spend the rest of your life with the person you love. It's beautiful.

I got a call from Josh's mom a few weeks ago asking if I would be able to take pictures when Josh proposed to his girlfriend Emilee. I immediately said yes, there was no question in my mind. I have never photographed a proposal before, but I was so ready. And I was so honored that they asked me to be there for it. Truly honored.

So last Saturday, I drove to a park where I met Josh and some family members. We hiked to the spot where she would come (after completing an adorable scavenger hunt) and Josh would propose. Emilee's dad was telling me, "Josh is a great guy. Every dad wants a good man for his daughter. Josh is amazing. He does so much for Emilee."


Josh and his mom. He kept getting updates about where Emilee was on the scavenger hunt. "What, you didn't see her? Well she should be gone by now! Okay, she's on her way from Panera? She's on her way to the next stop." 


We waited for quite a while in the field. We laughed and chatted and more family members showed up to be part of the congratulations committee.


His mom gave him one last hug. :)



Finally, Josh got the call that Emilee was on her way. Emilee's dad gave Josh a hug and a few last words and then went up to meet Emilee and her mom.


The family was hidden. I was hidden. And Josh waited.



He saw her coming and he smiled. He ran back and crouched down. 




I sat in the grass and watched the whole thing unfold. Emilee saw Josh and began running. When Josh emailed me the details he said, "When Emilee sees me, she's probably going to start running! It's just her thing!" It's a cute part of her personality.


So much love.


As the proposal unfolded, Josh told Emilee that she was his best friend. That he loved her so much.




Then, he got down on one knee and before he could even finish asking, Emilee said yes. 



And they gave each other the happiest hug I have ever seen. I can't really tell you in words what was going on in that moment. A beautiful thing had just taken place and the joy in that place, that field, was amazing. I was crying behind my camera. :) 



Josh gave his family the thumbs up and they all came up to celebrate with more hugs, tears, and lots of "let me see the ring! oh congratulations!" We all journeyed back to the parking lot and talked for a while as the sun set. It was a gorgeous, beautiful afternoon.





Love the way he looks at her.




I snapped a few pictures of them "freshly engaged." I think they are adorable and so so happy.





Congratulations again you two. Can't wait to see you again soon! :)

38 comments:

Kiley Marissa said...

ahh. I love this, I wish I could do something like this. These are so precious and beautiful.

Hannah Therese said...

Ellie, these pictures just make me so happy. You did an UNBELIEVABLE job capturing the pure emotion. Fabulous :)
-hannah

Hannah Elise said...

Ah so adorable! How beautiful you got to capture this!

Catherine Marsh said...

These are adorable and gorgeous, and I love love the negative space in some of the photos. This is amazing.

Emily said...

preshhh. ahhh, so perfect! Love them all!

Arianna said...

Ahhh. Amazing. ♥

Meredith Sledge said...

Awww! I want to get engaged. Hahahahaha.

simi said...

love this, ellie! you captured their fresh love so beautifully :)

Capturing the Moment said...

AWWWWWWWW these are so beautiful, amazing!!! I LOVE the way you tell the story with the pictures!!!! So great!!!!!

Nela said...

This is so beautiful. :D Great captures, Ellie!

Madison said...

you did SUCH a great job at capturing these moments, Ellie.

You had me tearing up with the pictures and story.

SO SO happy for them.

Blessings!

~Madi

Olivia said...

oh goodness, this is beautiful and adorable and awesome. i LOVE your shots, ellie! :)

Emily Ruth said...

Ohmyword. This is just amazing. Such wonderful memories that need to be captured! They are just too adorable!!!

Mikailah said...

these are so beautiful, Ellie! just LOVE these! you captured their joy and love and excitement so beautifully it makes me tear up. ♥ you are totes photographing my {someday, God willing) engagement. ;)

xx, mikailah♥
www.maid4him.blogspot.com

Mal said...

Aww...those are so cute :) Wonderful job, Ellie :)

Jocee said...

FEELINGS.
oh Lord, i have just died. SO PRICELESS!

Emily Nichols said...

Soooo precious! I love these so much, Ellie. Wonderful job. ;)

Jessica said...

THIS MADE MY INSIDES GO ALL SQUISHY. So incredibly precious. :D xo

marcia said...

gah. gah. gah. yesyesyes!! this so darling!!

Jennoelle said...

these are beautiful in every way. lovely job, Ellie!

Megan said...

Kill me now. This is too cute. Gahh!!

Hannah Nicole said...

SO WONDERFUL. :)

really, you did a fabulous, honest, beautiful job. :)

hayley said...

this is so sweet. the second to the last is the winning shot. :)

Catrina said...

AHHH! SO GOOD! Love the love these two so obviously have!! Beautiful work Ellie!

Elisha said...

OHMYGOSH.

SO cute. And I love her little skips to him. D'awwh!

Rachel Greene said...

Hooray!! You did a wonderful job! These make me smile :)

Olivia said...

oh my gosh! what a privelege! how sweet :) AMAZING ELLIE.

carlotta said...

ahhh cutest thing of my life <3 <3 <3

Petie said...

oh, ellie, these are so precious! i love the lighting on the last two, especially.

i've never commented before, but i've been following your blog for a while, and i do believe we have some mutual friends... the morris family from oklahoma? i've known them for a long time!

anyway, i love your photography! =)

Sarah said...

awwwww!!!! I so love proposals. love, love, love. you did a perfect job capturing every moment!

Abbie said...

OH MY GOSH these are SOOO cute! <3 I love the pictures of her running.

Hannah Braboy said...

Oh my goodness. These pictures are so happy! I love this.

Simply me said...

AWWWW!!! Such a cute story had me smiling my face off. You're photography skills are insane, Ellie. Seriously girl. Wow.

Oriana said...

oh my word, sweetest thing ever. and it's so great that you could capture it on camera for them! xoxo

Grace Taylor said...

It may be possible to die of cuteness overload. He is SO SWEET to her.. and those shots of her running to him.. Ah. Okay. I should go before I pass out of excitement.

Kristyn said...

awwww! you're right, proposals always take the cake. these are SPECTACULAR and my stomach flip-flopped and i couldn't stop grinning as the photos progressed. :] congrats to a beautiful couple!

Mary Blendermann said...

Oh, my goodness. This is just too perfect! The light. And the wheat. And the running...and running...and still more running. That was a lot of running. But then he proposed! And it was too gorgeous. Oh yes, and I enjoyed your pictures as well.

BRIGHTLIGHTS said...

These photos are lovely and so beautiful!