• Travis + Shannon | Proposal

are AWESOME to be a part of…. after they’re done. Before proposals take place I become a nervous wreck!! Why? Well because there is potential that I could single handedly ruin one of the most exciting days in a girl’s life! If I walk the wrong way, don’t disguise myself enough or jump out too soon, the proposal will be affected. It just makes me nervous…. but then afterwards, I LOVE being a part of it!!! :) So I just have to get over my fears and stick it out until the fun part! Travis and Shannon are friends of ours that we’ve known for quite a while. I remember meeting them when they were dating in

high school and thinking “Aw, now that’s a cute couple!!”.  Well, I was REALLY excited when Shannon’s stepmom (my youth pastor growing up) texted me and told me that this day was coming!! I started emailing with Travis and we came up with a game plan! We had a Plan A and a Plan B.  These plans were necessary because he was proposing in Maymont and that is by far the most popular park in Richmond. So when I arrived before they were on the property, I noticed that both Plan A AND Plan B location options were occupied. UGH! I racked my brain to figure out what to do. Travis was texting me to know what plan to go with and so I finally decided that I was just going to go up to some of the people sitting at the gazebo and ask them to move! Bold, I know. So I did just that and then I hid and started watching. Well, unfortunately, there were numerous people trying to take graduation pictures at that gazebo that day! Every time someone would walk up, they would hear a “Psssstt!!!!” from a girl in a hoodie who was hiding behind a bush with a big camera. I would motion for them to get out of the way and with strange, confused looks on their faces, they moved. Well, this worked for a while but then RIGHT when Travis and Shannon were walking up, two people went to the gazebo ahead of them. Travis and Shannon were too close for me to wave those people off but I tried anyway… no success. So Travis stalled and eventually, they were able to make their way down to gazebo and the rest is history!!!

Travis did an amazing job! After he proposed and Shannon was still squealing, he pointed over to where I was and there were even MORE squeals! :) It was so much fun being a part of this surprise!! I couldn’t be happier for this amazing couple!! Here are some favorites from the proposal!!

Love this! 

And then he pointed me out….

Bahaha!! Love it! She’s so cute:)

Love this!


Love them

Congrats you two!!!!!!!!


25 Comments Uncategorized
  1. Tara M. reply

    How romantic…*sigh

  2. Urška Majer reply

    So beautiful photos! And i love this stories that come with shooting proposals!

  3. Abby Grace reply

    This is SO cute!! I love her face when she realizes you’re right there :).

  4. Dajuan reply

    Love the embrace after he places the ring on her finger. Awesome!

  5. Alexis reply

    What a lovely story :)

  6. Annetta reply

    I feel like I’m there with you, you captured it so well.

  7. Kathryn Grace reply

    So sweet and cute!! And what a gorgeous spot to propose!

  8. molly stillman reply

    oh my gosh this is so sweeeeeet!!!!

  9. Sabrina reply

    Love it!! And I’m with Abby… my favorite is when she realizes you’re there! Is Michael there to get any photos of you disguised in your hoodies and turbans?? :-)

  10. Rebekah Hoyt reply

    I love when the girl goes in for a big hug before she even puts on the ring! It reminds me of when Matt proposed to me – I hardly acknowledged the ring because I just wanted to throw my arms around him!! This is precious and you did an amazing job!

  11. Shannon reply

    KATELYN!! thank you so much. They are absolutely beautiful and I am so happy! The shots are amazing and all the posing was definitely worth it. Thank you!

  12. Nicole reply

    I just cried looking at these. Especially when he pointed you out! So amazing. Every girls dream! Congrats to you both!

  13. Ashlyn reply

    I love it when you do proposals!! THESE ARE AMAZING. Wow. These are just awesome! Adorable couple and an amazing location. Wow.

  14. Sarajane Case reply

    I love that you’ve had so many redheads on the blog lately!! Gorgeous couple and what a sweet surprise face she has!

  15. Sarah Adams reply

    So so so adorable. :) Love the happiness you captured :)

  16. Beth reply

    I love how proud and happy Travis looks…the joy on Shannon’s face is amazing, but just as powerful is the transparency of his love and excitement you see on him. I’m so excited to have him for a son-in-law! THank you, Katelyn, for capturing this moment so that we could be part of it…GREAT JOB!!!!

  17. Amy Parker reply

    Congratulations Travis and Shannon!

  18. Linda reply

    As always, absolutely GORGEOUS! I love seeing proposals – their emotions are just so wonderful!

  19. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    Aww! This is so sweet! This is my favorite proposal yet, from the story to the location it’s perfect! I’ve shot in that gazebo at Maymont before so I was trying to figure out where you were hiding…the hedge? :)

  20. Kristina W. reply

    I love the story of how you protected the gazebo! So cute!

  21. Cecilia Flaming reply

    OMG, cure engagement! I love the shots you got and her reaction once you were pointed out! Gorgeous photos as always Katelyn!

  22. Fefe reply

    So Beautiful photos!!!!

  23. Deborah Zoe reply

    These are just so sweet, I love her reaction!!

  24. Caroline reply

    Aaahh!! SO FUN!!

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