A Surprise Boardwalk Proposal

Surprise Proposal On The Coeur d’Alene Boardwalk

Surprises are all about timing- and there are a lot of factors to consider. There was the timing of Addison being home from his Air Force Base in Mississippi. His then girlfriend (and now fiancee!) Rachel was going to be out of town for a couple of days, that timing was noted and capitalized on for planning purposes. There was the timing of my work travel and some aggressive driving from the airport to meet Addison on time to craft the plan. There was the time of sunset to consider; we had to plan it just perfectly so we were not too early or too late to capture the beautiful golden sky over Lake Coeur d’Alene. I had to be there at the right time to shoot the raw emotions of the moment. The logistical arrangements, spy-like sneakiness and, of course, timing of Addison and Rachel’s surprise engagement paid off. She said yes!

Lots of hugs and Rachel repeating “I can’t believe this is happening” followed. Rachel was shocked and surprised. “I got engaged to the most wonderful man and he planned a photographer! It was more romantic and thoughtful than I ever dreamed of, it was perfect,” Rachel gushed as she reflected on the evening. We executed Addison’s plan without a hitch. “I had a vision and you helped me realize it,” he smiled.

The Portrait Session

The engagement was emotional and the pictures during and after capture that perfectly. The session was a mix of candids and planned shots on the floating boardwalk and Independence Point in Coeur d’Alene. After seeing the shots, Addison said “some of the best photos were ones that did not require any planning, it was natural.” He was also surprised we were able to get so many different shots in before it got too dark. Rachel loves the water, sunsets, and Addison so it truly was the perfect location for a proposal and engagement photo session!

How To Plan Your Surprise Proposal

Feeling inspired by this surprise proposal? Addison offered up some tips for anyone else considering hiring a photographer and popping the question. He says the biggest thing is- you guessed it- timing. More importantly, leaving yourself enough time. If you’re planning on going out to dinner first, make your reservation at least 2 hours in advance so you don’t feel rushed or leave your photographer waiting at the location. If you want friends or family there to watch, make sure they don’t arrive early- that could cause your significant other to become suspicious!

According to The Knot, which surveyed more than 14,000 engaged or recently married people across the US, nearly half coordinated a photographer to capture the proposal. Rachel’s been planning for her big day for a long time, having Addison plan photography for the proposal was a fun surprise and “made picking a wedding photographer so easy!”

Addison said he wouldn’t change a thing about the way the surprise proposal went; the timing was perfect, the pictures are stunning, and he can begin planning his wedding and life with Rachel.


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