Top-secret Proposal Photography is the best!!! A lot of strategy goes into a surprise proposal, and I love being on hand for the planning stage, and the photography–of course.
Neil reached out to me back in October to tell me he was going to propose. Neil and I have known each other for at least 5 years, so I knew that he wasn’t joking when he insisted on something extra special for the proposal.
He engaged their friends and family and came up with a few ideas including a helicopter tour proposal. When he told me he was ready to propose, I was super excited!!! Then, we got to work and conspired about how Family Creative Imagery could capture the proposal without giving up the surprise. Ack! It wasn’t going to be easy.
Meg and I sat down for a little brainstorm. We came up with a plan—a devious one that was bound to make this sneak attack proposal a whole lot easier. Oh em jee, I knew this would be super fun.
We drafted a letter for Neil. We needed a couple of models for a shoot that we had arranged with Sky Helicopters. The tour would be free to Neil and Shann, but they would have to join me on the tour. Shann agreed 🙂 She had no clue that all of it was staged.
Yikes, the weather was at it again! It wouldn’t have been the first engagement session I’d postponed in recent weeks. Thankfully, we called and the pilot was happy to go.
I was super excited on my drive over to meet Neil and Shann in Pitt Meadows. It was my first time in a helicopter too. But, more than that, I loooove being a part of a big surprise!
Alec, our pilot, came to say hello! He’d just been out on a short tour — a fly by, as the mountain top was socked in with fog. It was drizzly, but you could see the valley for the most part. We got the rundown on safety. It was awesome…and a wee bit scary.
We made our way to the helicopter. Eeep! It was tiny. The four of us packed in tight. Alec flew us up over the river and onward to Pitt Lake. He was an exceptional pilot and tour guide with a ton of local knowledge about the salmon run.
I peeked into the back of the helicopter. Neil looked nervous. I chalked it up to the proposal.
The tour that Neil had booked included a mountain top or riverside landing – weather permitting of course. The visibility made the mountain top out of the question and the river was running so fast that a riverside landing was too risky.
Alec chose a spot that you’d never expect. It was super unique. We flew over the cranberry fields and landed between a few farmers harvesting their crop.
Neil, Shann and I climbed out for a little “modelling session”. Neil and I had a code word – pant leg. As we walked along the dyke that separated the fields, I looked for the perfect spot for a shoot. “Hey Neil, can you do me a favour and fix your pant leg?”
He kneeled on one knee. It was a moment or two before Shann realized the reason behind our trickery. The proposal was cute and sweet. Shann had a hard time keeping it together. Her legs were like jelly. She was confuzzled about so many things that led up to the proposal and excited all at the same time. It was AMAZING!
All of the behind the scenes juggling was super worth it. In fact, Neil had asked Shann’s dad for her hand in marriage—eep! So cute. And, Shann’s mom worked so very hard to keep the secret. So much so, that when Shann was talking about getting married, her mother told her she shouldn’t get married anytime soon. How’s that for super weird, Shann said as she remembered the conversation.
We went for lunch at Sky headquarters. We laughed like crazy over the top-secret mission, while we ate wonderful cranberry and turkey sandwiches. Lunch was included and a great ending to an exciting adventure.
Oh, I thought you should know that Neil was looking nervous in the helicopter because he was toughing it out for the proposal. After the first landing, Neil confessed that he was afraid of heights, but was trying his best not to show it because he knew that his adventure seeking bride-to-be would love love love it! So sweet!
At Family Creative Imagery, we love to be a part of your adventure. If you’ve fallen in love, give us a shout we can help you plan the sweetest Top-Secret Proposal Photography Session.
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