It was just four days before I met this beautiful couple in Door County when I received an inquiry from Mike to see if I was available to capture his proposal to Katherine on Sunday October 14th.
Since it was Fall Fest weekend in Door County, Mike and I were trying to get in touch Saturday to potentially meet during the festival, but cell service was not working. Having never met Mike or his soon to be fiance, I’ll be honest I was getting a little nervous.
What if I capture the wrong couple? What if I totally miss them walk right by me when they arrive?
But it truly worked out perfectly. I arrived 15 min prior to Mike with my two friends, as we pretended to take selfies on Anderson Dock. I told Mike if he could give me a signal right before he planned to get down on one knee it would be helpful. When we made visual confirmation that Mike & Katherine arrived I quickly grabbed my camera and waited for his signal.
Mike gave her a quick twirl and got down on one knee…..
It wouldn’t be official if they didn’t mark this date on the wall of The Hardy Gallery! Mike planned ahead and brought some paint to put their initials up.
But this wasn’t the only surprise, Mike hired me to capture not only his proposal, but a quick mini engagement session for them! I packed an emergency cosmetic bag for Katherine with tissues, mascara, a compact mirror, dry shampoo, and chapstick if she wanted to touch up before we got started. (She looked flawless without touching up either way)
After we finished up at Anderson Dock, we headed into Peninsula State Park and downtown Ephraim for more engagement pictures!
When we finished up our session, we met with both Katherine & Mike’s parents to tell them the exciting news. No one knew the proposal was planned for this weekend! :)
Congratulations Mike & Katherine! It was such an honor to capture this special moment for you and to see the beginning of a new chapter unfold in your love story!
Wishing you both nothing but the best in the years ahead!
Anderson Dock - Ephraim, WI
Peninsula State Park - Ephraim, WI