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January 26, 2011

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!

  1. christina mccain

    January 26th, 2011 at 6:36 am

    WOW !!! Just wonderful !!! You do wonderful work!!

  2. christina mccain

    January 26th, 2011 at 6:37 am

    WOW!You do wonderful work!!

  3. Marcus

    January 26th, 2011 at 6:43 am

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

  4. Kirin

    January 26th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    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

  5. MICHELLE

    January 26th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

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

  6. Emily

    January 26th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Beautiful!!! So fun!!!

  7. Jen

    January 26th, 2011 at 8:53 pm

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

  8. Rene' Joiner

    January 26th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    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…..

  9. Uncle Tom

    January 27th, 2011 at 6:03 am

    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.

  10. Gina

    January 27th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

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

  11. Candice

    January 27th, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    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 :)

  12. Aunt Pam

    January 28th, 2011 at 12:42 am

    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

  13. Kelly Lister

    January 28th, 2011 at 1:12 am

    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

  14. Laura Yee

    January 29th, 2011 at 3:39 am

    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

  15. Alyse French

    January 30th, 2011 at 12:41 am

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

  16. Jennifer

    February 9th, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    So cute! :)

  17. Amanda K

    February 9th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

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

  18. Lauren Wakefield

    February 9th, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    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!

  19. Rita

    February 9th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    I love! Very very Beautiful

  20. Stefanie

    February 9th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

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

  21. Marie

    February 9th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    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!

  22. Marilyn

    February 9th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Wow. What a fabulous story! Looks amazing!

  23. Lindsey VanTiem

    February 9th, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    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!

  24. Deniz

    February 9th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    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

  25. Amber Ellen

    February 10th, 2011 at 12:04 am

    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! :)

  26. Beatrice

    February 11th, 2011 at 1:11 am

    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 :)

  27. Alana Meyer

    February 11th, 2011 at 6:22 am

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

  28. mag

    February 11th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

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

  29. Tracy

    February 13th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    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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