I can remember the day as if it were just yesterday. Driving on the main strip down from Kure Beach to Fort Fisher, along the Carolina shore. The day Reg asked me to marry him. Five years later and I still remember the joy filled celebration of when I said most important “Yes” of our lives! The wonderful, excitement of planning, leading up to the wedding! It was one of the happiest times of my life. All those butterfly feelings came back to us at Haley and Steven’s surprise engagement session!
As most of you know, Haley is Reg’s little sister and my lovely best friend since grade school. Haley introduced Steven to our family almost two years ago and now they are expecting their little bundle of joy next month! We were obviously planning to do Haley’s maternity photos. But to our surprise, Steven told us a few weeks prior that during the session, he planned to propose to Haley! Y’all have no idea how excited/anxious/nervous I was for this. Keeping a secret like that, for that long from our parents AND HALEY was hard. Like real hard.
Steven had the plan but needed advice on where to pop the question. Luckily, our amazing friends at Hidden Hill were kind enough to let us make a trip up and shoot this special occasion with them. When people say Morganton, North Carolina, mountains and magazine views don’t exactly come to mind. The view from Hidden Hill is breathtaking. Steven absolutely loved the idea and it was the perfect spot for his surprise proposal.
Haley, having absolutely no idea what was about to happen, looked adorable in her blush tulle skirt! And of course, Steven + Suspenders + Beard = Stud status! We started out with a few cute maternity shots with the mountains behind them before moving to the rocks for the big question!
And here we go! The moment has come. As Steven and Haley are in place, he pulls the ring box out from behind a tucked rock. THIS IS IT! He gets down on one knee. The excitement is almost uncontainable! “Will you marry me?” They both looked so perfect! And then she said, “Yes!”. The joy in this moment was everything. We couldn’t be happier!
Steven and Haley, thank you for adventuring with us up the mountain and most importantly, letting us share this special season of your life! Here is a few of our favorites and a precious preview of their love story.