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I have found myself doing these shoots quite often…. I’ve actually done 2 in the last 10 days. PROPOSALS. YIKES! Talk about a nerve racking job!!! Jr is one of our good friends and so when he asked if we were available to document this, we told him we would love to be there. It really is an honor to document a proposal but GOSH it’s scary!! Picture this…. Michael and I are waiting in a little parking lot on the side of the James River anticipating JR and Sarah’s arrival. One downfall of having red hair is that it’s VERY noticeable. So in situations like this, I have to be covered up.

The last thing I want is for Sarah to see a redhead sneaking around in the woods. She would totally know what’s about to happen! So I have my grandma’s scarf wrapped around my head like a turban… which is probably even more suspicious considering that I was also wearing riding boots and a teal shirt. I didn’t think that part through. Anyway, we were hiding in my DAD’S car because I didn’t want them to recognize our Toaster.  We hid in there until they parked and we saw them walk to the beach. I snuck out of the car and ducked behind a pickup truck because I noticed Sarah had started to walk in my direction!! AHH!! I was greeted with a low voice that asked “Wacha taking pictures of?” The owner of the truck that I was squatting behind was an old man in overalls and he was watching all of this unfold from his drivers seat. While ducking and glancing back at the beach, I whispered “Someone is getting engaged!”.  He immediately said “Well congratulations to ya!!!”. I didn’t even try to set him straight. I just ran for a thick pine tree and hid behind it as fast as I could!! (Please picture me doing this with a scarf turban on my head and camera in hand…. it’s hilarious).

I got to the pine tree at just the right time. As I was figuring out settings, I heard JR start talking. I peeked around the tree right when he was getting down on one knee and the rest is history. WHEW! One more mission accomplished! After the squeals and “OH MY GOSH’s” from Sarah, JR pointed me out in the woods and she screamed again! It was such an honor to be a part of this.. turban and all. JR and Sarah, we’re so excited for you guys and this new journey together!!!! Love you both!! xoxo

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  1. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    So cute! I love that story of you hiding and the guy in the pick-up truck! How hilarious…I only wish you had posted a picture of yourself with the “turban”. Congrats JR and Sarah!!

  2. Natalie reply

    These two are so cute! Oh my goodness! Amazing moments!

  3. ashley link reply

    hahaha you hiding with the “turban” on your head behind the truck then the man talking to you and running to the tree! hahaha. that was fun to picture in my head! glad you were able to capture their special moment! so awesome!!!! :)

  4. Katie reply

    Hahaha I love this! You are a ninja!!!! These images are so awesome! I know they’re overjoyed to have had such a special moment documented!

  5. Katie reply

    What a gorgeous couple!! I’m sure they will cherish their proposal even more since you wore a turban ;)

  6. Deborah Zoe reply

    Michael should’ve taken video of this!! :)

  7. Sarah reply

    Katelyn thank you SO much for being a part of our engagement!! I cannot tell you how much this means to us to be able to share these memories with all of our family and friends as if they were there!! We are so grateful and love you and Michael lots!!!!

  8. Brittany Haskell reply

    Sarah you are SO GORGEOUS & I am beyond happy for you!!!! I can just hear you saying “Oh my gosh” over and over! And THAT RING!! Fantastic job JR. & great job capturing their love and excitement Katelyn :) These photos are stunning as always!

  9. Bethany McDonnell reply

    What a great adventure! And the moments you captured are beautiful! Such a fun idea to have pictures of the proposal.

  10. Bethany McDonnell reply

    I think the turban pic (if you have one) should be included in another blog post :) I’m sure we are all dying to see this!

  11. Ashlyn reply

    Hahaha! This is too funny!! But the photos are ADORABLE. I absolutely love it when photogs do proposals. :) I so want my future husband to get someone to shoot ours!! :)

  12. val reply

    LOL @ the pick up truck guy!! Too funny!!

  13. Molly Stillman reply

    i loveeeeeee proposal shoots! so fun!

  14. lindy reply

    oh my goshh, my love for you just grows post by post,. HYSTERICAL. If only someone were there to secretly document YOU! haha i love it.

  15. Caroline reply

    WOOHOO!!! Congrats JR!

  16. Kristina W. reply

    How exciting! :) Great story! Congratulations JR & Sarah!

  17. Mandy reply

    Love these!!! Yay JR and Sarah! Y’all are models!!! I am so excited for you both. Enjoy this awesome time in life! YAY!

  18. Julia reply

    Stunning couple and pictures! I could not be any happier for you guys! :)

  19. Karen reply

    These images are stunning!! I am so glad you were there to capture such a perfect moment – I know Sarah will make an absolutely beautiful bride!!

  20. Annetta reply

    Love your story!!! A good laugh for the day!

  21. Jennifer Krieg reply

    LOve Love Love this story!! How sweet!!! Where is the turban shot of you? Too cute!

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