His hands were shaking as he pulled the sparkling ring from its box. He dropped it in his palm, his heart pounding in his chest as he looked up at her from one knee. She smiled bigger than she’s ever smiled, her hands covering her mouth in shock while trying to wrap her mind around what was happening. This was the third big surprise in such a short amount of time, so her heart was so incredibly full. They had flown to Chicago, where she was born, for his “work” as a surprise for her birthday. Then, her friends and family all surprised her at a restaurant for what she thought was a birthday party, but little did she know her life was about to change forever. He lifted his champagne glass to make a toast for the birthday girl, starting by looking around the room at all the familiar faces, and ending on one knee, only looking at her. And there, in her hometown surrounded by all her favorite people, they became fiancés, and everything changed for the better!
When I met Kelsey and Chase, I instantly knew that I would connect with them because we knew so many of the same friends. What I didn’t know was how much I would adore their story and their sweet love, and how much they would make me smile during their session! They love Beauty and the Beast (and I’m a Disney freak), so it was only fitting that we shot at the castle-like Chateau de Vie! And I’m so elated to capture their wedding at this romantic estate next year as it will literally be a fairy tale come to life! We had so many smiles as we explored the grounds, getting sprayed with champagne and sprinklers on the way, laughing the entire time as we celebrated this exciting chapter in their story. Kelsey and Chase, I am so grateful I get to be a part of this amazing experience with you two. I can’t wait to witness your I Do’s and watch your love thrive throughout the years. Let’s raise a champagne glass (but don’t shake the bottle) to this time that flies so fast, and to your story book future! Cheers!
The Gear Used for This Shoot…
Kelly Moore Songbird
Lighting Essentials (Natural Light)
ExpoDisc 82mm White Balance Filter