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Kim+Devin: Proposal in the Grove

Words really can’t describe how special this shoot was to me but I will try anyway. Kim + Devin have become close friends of ours over the past year. I first had the pleasure of having them in front of my camera sometime last spring. They were such good subjects and  I couldn’t wait to get them in front of my camera again But this time I wanted to go all out with a styled shoot! I ran the idea by them one night while they were over and they both agreed it would be fun. A couple days later I got a Facebook message from Devin entitled “Kim”. Hmmm I wonder what this is? When I read the contents of the message I almost peed my pants with excitement! Devin asked if we could use the styled shoot as a means to propose to Kim. Oh. my. GOSH! I had always wanted to be a part of something like this, and the fact that it was Kim + Devin was the icing on the cake! The best part was, Kim had NO idea. I went about planning their “styled shoot” and even had Kim help me choose the location and outfits. She was planning her proposal and she didn’t even know it! Aren’t friends so sneaky sometimes?! I wanted this to be super special for them so I went all out making props and designing it. The theme was DIY shabby chic. I couldn’t have been happier with how the scene turned out. Meanwhile, Devin + I devised a plan of how it would go down at the actual shoot. We decided it wouldn’t be a good idea for him to have the ring in his pocket during the shoot. If he kept it in the box, she would surely see it and I didn’t want him to risk having it loose in his pocket. SO we decided that Joe was going to have to hold on to it. Gulp. So when K+D arrived I told Joe to “go to the car to make sure we had everything” and Devin offered to go with. That’s when the transfer went down. Phase one complete! Then I went about taking photos like I normally would, trying to act natural. Once it was time for the proposal, I suggested that Joe do photos of Devin somewhere while I took photos of Kim. That’s when Joe gave the ring back to Devin. Phase two complete! Devin knew that was the cue and that I would set them up for “one more pose”. I told them to act natural and pretend I wasn’t there. I could feel my heart pounding louder and my palms getting sweaty as I anticipated the moment. And then it happened. He got down on one knee and asked Kim to be his wife. It was SO hard for me to keep quiet because I just wanted to scream with giddiness. It was one of the most amazing things that I have ever been a part and I am forever grateful. Kim + Devin, we are SO blessed to have your in our lives. Your friendship is something we cherish and we can’t tell you how much it meant to be a part of this most joyous occasion in your life. Know that we will continue to be there for many other blessings that come your way. We love you both!

DIY goodness. Watch out Martha! ;)

I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind getting proposed to here.

Kim. looking stunning as ever.

Devin. looking quite dapper!

Joe snuck a photo of the ring before Devin handed it over to him. Gorgeous much?!

Starting the “styled shoot”

Could this couple be any more gorgeous?!

Work it Dev!

Kimmers. You are simply lovely.

love. love. LOVE.

Your love is so sweet.

I think they like each other a little bit :)

These book shots KILL me!  And it’s so “them”

Flawless. Simply flawless.

I love this about them.

How can someone so sweet be so fierce? LOVE it!

Perfect outfits.

Sigh. Shabby Chic Goodness.

The “last pose”. Wait for it…

….here he goes!

Woo hoooooooooooo!

So. perfect.

Show that thing off girl!

Admiring her new “accessory”

Way to go Dev!

Ummm I adore this.

Celebratory Martinelli’s. Check ou t her ring!

A perfect ending to a perfect proposal.

leave some LOVE!

  • January 26, 2011 - 6:36 am

    christina mccain - WOW !!! Just wonderful !!! You do wonderful work!!

  • January 26, 2011 - 6:37 am

    christina mccain - WOW!You do wonderful work!!

  • January 26, 2011 - 6:43 am

    Marcus - Great Job guys. To date, my fav. Keep it up! :)

  • January 26, 2011 - 12:47 pm

    Kirin - OMGosh, that is the sweetest thing EVER! And your photos are stunning! What a fabulous shoot, and and even more fabulous story to share for a lifetime. Thank you for sharing!

    Warmly,

    Kirin

  • January 26, 2011 - 2:54 pm

    MICHELLE - L O V E IT!! AND THEM :) Love you guys!! Congratulations!

  • January 26, 2011 - 7:50 pm

    Emily - Beautiful!!! So fun!!!

  • January 26, 2011 - 8:53 pm

    Jen - Are these people real? Was this day real? It all looks too perfect! What an amazing memory for them!

  • January 26, 2011 - 10:40 pm

    Rene' Joiner - Devin, YOU captured our Daughter’s Heart as we can all see.
    She is SO Happy, and more full of Love, if that can be!
    And soon, we’ll have ‘another Son’ to add to “Our Family.”
    As I view these photos, and wipe away my tears, know, that You are loved by us both, as you have Always shown us, that you’ll take good care of our little girl.
    Thank You Stacy & Joe, for capturing these precious moments and memories in the making!!!! love you too…… mom & dad…..

  • January 27, 2011 - 6:03 am

    Uncle Tom - Wow! That was just awesome to read and watch. Made me feel like I was right there while it was happening.The work put into this and the quality was amazing to say the least. Thank you for doing this for my niece and I wish Kim & Devin nothing but the best in their future togather. Can’t wait till the next photo shoot.

  • January 27, 2011 - 7:37 pm

    Gina - So beautiful! Love the photos. Congrats Kim and Devin!

  • January 27, 2011 - 9:25 pm

    Candice - This looks like a scene from a fairy tale! They are a gorgeous couple! And I love this spot! Congrats Kim & Devin! Stacy, your pics always make me cry :)

  • January 28, 2011 - 12:42 am

    Aunt Pam - BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL!!! As I sat here watching, I was also listening and I could hear the excitement coming from you both. It brought tears to my eyes in watching each picture and the life that jumped from each picture. Stacy, you are an amazing photographer, unlike any I’ve ever seen. We wish you both a lifetime of happiness as you begin your life together. We love you both so much!!! Enjoy the moment…and all that is to come! Your Colorado Family

  • January 28, 2011 - 1:12 am

    Kelly Lister - I am so happy for Kim and Devin! You deserve all of this Kim! These pictures are beyond beautiful!! I sat here and just cried my heart out! XXOO

  • January 29, 2011 - 3:39 am

    Laura Yee - Devin, you must be an amazing young man to have captured our precious Kim’s heart. Always love and respect her as we do. Kim, I believe in karma and that you are receiving back what you have sent out to others and out to the universe. Stay true, stay you.
    Love you always, Laura Yee

  • January 30, 2011 - 12:41 am

    Alyse French - Umm, WHAT?! This is incredible!! AMAZING job, girl! :)

  • February 9, 2011 - 4:54 pm

    Jennifer - So cute! :)

  • February 9, 2011 - 4:55 pm

    Amanda K - Just discovered your beautiful talent, spirit, and heart. You captured this couples true essence. BRAVO! blessings, AK

  • February 9, 2011 - 4:59 pm

    Lauren Wakefield - I LOVE this! I just saw your link on Style me Pretty and I am officially obsessed with your work! Especially this post! Internet high five!

  • February 9, 2011 - 5:14 pm

    Rita - I love! Very very Beautiful

  • February 9, 2011 - 5:38 pm

    Stefanie - wow this is amazing, awesome and it nearly moved me to tears :) thank you for this :)

  • February 9, 2011 - 6:12 pm

    Marie - That is truly the best engagement shoot I’ve seen, the build up as I scrolled down the images was incredible. And to capture every detail, fantastic!

  • February 9, 2011 - 7:06 pm

    Marilyn - Wow. What a fabulous story! Looks amazing!

  • February 9, 2011 - 9:27 pm

    Lindsey VanTiem - You are simply amazing at what you do. A great photographer brings out the emotions from a session and my dear you did that in every image. Beautiful Stacy!

  • February 9, 2011 - 10:11 pm

    Deniz - OMG I just saw this! I had the priv of doing a suprise engagement for the first time too a couple of weeks ago! (http://shutterdee.blogspot.com/2011/01/1-11-11-1111-am-santa-monicalos-angeles.html) So i was YIPPY-ing it for you….and i LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS. I cried…beautiful work! <3 Dee

  • February 10, 2011 - 12:04 am

    Amber Ellen - This was so beautiful!! I Love this series, your work is gorgeous.

    What a great thing to be part of, and how beautiful is it that they have these amazing photos of their proposal?! Congratulations to your friends, wishing them a lifetime of happiness! :)

  • February 11, 2011 - 1:11 am

    Beatrice - OMG! This made me teary eyed…it still gets to me…the joy that we are privileged enough to capture!! Bravo…superbly captured!! LOVE it..and how cute are they?! Major points for him…smart guy :)

  • February 11, 2011 - 6:22 am

    Alana Meyer - Amazingly captured and K+D are so beautiful together!!! Such a gorgeous shoot!

  • February 11, 2011 - 4:02 pm

    mag - Absolutely perfect! congrats to the couple and congrats on capturing such a beautiful moment. you did a fantastic job.

  • February 13, 2011 - 8:40 pm

    Tracy - Absolutely gorgeous! Made me teary eyed. Such a beautiful story and the photo’s say it all. Well done and all the best to Kim and Devin :)

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