Bree + Jason (Proposal)

ABERDEENSHIRE, SCOTLAND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

 

My sister had been waiting on this proposal for awhile. I would get text after text with her saying that she thinks it’s going to happen and then texts of annoyance when it didn’t. I remember when the texts began and being so bummed out that I wouldn’t be there to photograph it! In my wisdom as big sister and photographer, I decided to contact Jason to offer up my photographer friends as contacts should he decide he wanted to have the proposal photographed in my absence (since I live in Scotland and my sister is in Virginia). He assured me that he had it taken care of but thank you! No worries, I said. Just glad it was going to be taken care of.

Month after month went by with no proposal.

Then, a month before my family and I were meant to be heading to Virginia for my sister’s graduation, Mother’s Day and my birthday, I get a message from Jason asking if I will photograph the proposal when I’m there! Of course I shouted! Or rather texted loudly with many exclamation marks. And thus the planning and scheming began.

He knew he wanted to propose in a spot with a view of the city in the background knowing that Bree loves the skyline of Richmond. So we chose the Boathouse at Rockett’s Landing. Then as the perfect excuse I asked my mom and sister if they wanted to go out for drinks with me for my birthday…to this exact restaurant. The hard part though was convincing my sister after only one drink and some nibbley food that it was time to go down and look at the water since the annoying photographer in me wanted to take some photos of the sunset.

I head down the stairs while my mom and sister head to the bathroom as I frantically text Jason saying that I’m coming down and that they are in the bathroom and to get into position fast! He doesn’t get my text though and so as I’m heading out I see him strolling along next to the restaurant in no hurry whatsoever. I signal to him to hurry the heck up because they will be coming down any second! Luckily he gets into position just in time.

However, my mom then leads my sister to the wrong stairs down to the docks almost revealing that Jason was sitting on the dock waiting for her. I strategically wait until bushes crowd the view and tell them to go back  the other way. My sister must have thought I seemed really uptight at this point!

Jason stands on the dock with his back turned as my sister walks up having absolutely no idea who he is. She later said that it looked like his stance but assuming that he was with his family didn’t think anything else.

Until he turned.

And the rest is what you’ll see.

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