December 2, 2014
Dylan + Casie
A Styled Shoot with a Surprise Proposal
“I often imagine that your mind wanders through the same forest as mine.”
Ive been wanting to do a styled shoot for some time now and as soon as the cool air hit us I started planning. Paul Michael was generous enough to let me loan all of the furniture and decor. Talk about fun; I had a blast walking around the store and picking out everything! Cassie with Southern Fete helped me make my vision come to life. We wanted the shoot to have a romantic and whimsical feel so I knew Mia with Root Floral would be perfect for the floral needs. She supplied the stunning center piece arrangement and bouquet. I was inspired by a berry and blush platte and wanted it set against the lush greenery of the woods and Oaks at Rip Van Winkle Gardens.
When Dylan told me that he wanted his proposal to be documented I knew that my staged shoot would be the perfect backdrop for him to propose. A photo shoot with many moving parts, what she thought was a stylized shoot she had volunteered to model for, turned into her very own surprise engagement! The scene was set: a carefully constructed scene staged in the woods, a table set with plates and silverware, with antlers and tiny pine cones dusted with glitter. A gorgeous dress, a bouquet that exuded “fall”. A settee placed under the mossy limbs of an aged oak tree, glass vases filled with red berries swaying gingerly over the couple. As they posed and enjoyed the scene, her always thinking she was nothing more than a model for my photography business, he nervously said, “This just isn’t a photo shoot. This is OUR photo shoot.” On one knee he buckled, slipping the ring he had carefully concealed in his tuxedo jacket onto her shaking finger. What a surprise! As I cried behind my camera I realize why I love my job so much! What a day. What a moment. And forever captured on film. The power of the camera used to catch the rawest and sweetest of sentiments. I mean who wouldn’t want a fairy tale proposal! We couldn’t be more excited for Dylan and Casie! Congratulations!
Location: Rip Van Winkle Gardens
Dress: Only Rose gown by Marchesa Notte- Rent the Runway
Flowers: Root Floral Design
Suit: Acadiana Tux and Limo
Planner: Southern Fete
Furniture and Decor: Paul Michael