Kris emailed me several weeks ago to ask if I could photograph him asking his love to marry him. Of course I was game! He wanted a beach location with lighthouse, dunes, etc…of course Covehead is a beautiful setting for that. We came up with a plan and I even got my good friend Jennifer (Jennifer Moar Photography) on board to capture from a different direction than I would be positioned.
For several days leading up to the “proposal day” the weather called for possible thunder showers that they never came so I was quite positive that the thunder showers that were to happen on the “proposal day” wouldn’t arrive and we’d have a beautiful sunset! Not the case! An hour before arriving to Covehead, the clouds rolled in. Then darker clouds followed and soon rain drops were felt. I was still optimistic that the weather would clear and we would be able to capture this great moment without any hiccups!
Jennifer and I set out to Covehead. Upon arriving we found it extremely windy, rainy, and even flashes of lightening off the water was seen! Ughhhhh….not at all what I envisioned and I am sure neither had Kris. He wanted to propose on the west side of the bridge but the parking on that side was blocked and it would have been a lengthy walk from the parking lot on the east side, across the bridge, through the dunes, and down onto the beach. How was Kris going to convince Kim to walk through the rain and wind to find the “heart” made of rocks that Jennifer and I were to set up for him to stop at to propose??!! I had to change the plan. A quick text to tell him the weather was the shits but I’d go ahead if he wanted to. He did…he had faith that the weather would clear. Here are photos to tell the rest of the story:
Jennifer and I donned with plastic bags to cover our gear and umbrellas for us to take shelter under got into position on the beach!
We waited and waited, the rain finally eased a little and we started to remove the plastic bags and umbrellas. We photographed the lighthouse over and over again…lol.
And whatever else fancied us.
Finally they arrived!…I saw them out of the corner of my eye as they approached and walked by me. My heart pounded…will he see the heart made of rocks? I am sure he was probably more nervous than I was.
Here is a view from Jennifer.
By now several things have happened in a mere few minutes that made me panic…one, Kim looked directly back at me as I took their photo…I immediately thought, “BUSTED!” I recovered by continuing to photograph random things. Then they walked by the heart of rocks…did they see? I didn’t think so. Then they walked to the lighthouse and disappeared…Was I to follow? Will he propose up there? Will he realize I am not following? Oh shit! By now, Jennifer and I came together. What was the next step? How can I get him to realize where he needed to be? I saw a huge octopus sand sculpture. As Kris and Kim retreated back from the lighthouse I pointed to the octopus and said to Jenn “this is cool!” Hoping Kris would realize I was pointing to the place I needed them to be. I walked away from the sculpture and just hoped! I turned and saw him get close to her and finally it happened!
Then he told Kim that the cameras were there for them!
Introductions and congratulations were exchanged and we let them have a moment together. To end a great proposal we followed up with some photos. 🙂
We wish you a lifetime of happiness and love.
Thank you for allowing us to capture this special moment in your lives.
Cheryl (and Jennifer)