Nikki and Ben are both former students of mine, and last week I had the incredible pleasure and honor of meeting up with them for a photoshoot. It wasn't just any photoshoot, though... Ben had reached out to me the week before and asked me if I would photograph their proposal!! He had picked out Nikki's engagement ring and was ready to ask her to be his wife! She had no idea this was in the works, and he wanted me to be the one to capture this moment for them. Of course, I said yes!
We made arrangements to meet up at Struble Lake, in Honeybrook. Ben chose that spot because it is one of their favorite locations to visit as a couple. I needed to come up with a plan so Nikki wouldn't realize what was going on as soon as they arrived. It wasn't going to be easy for me to hide anywhere and get a good angle, so I asked my youngest daughter to come along and pretend we just happened to be at the lake having our own photoshoot. (I am not above bribing her with the promise of a Slurpee on the way home! Hey, it worked!) We got in place, and just as Nikki and Ben were supposed to arrive, a kid came by with his fishing gear and was about to cast out right at the location where the proposal was supposed to go down! I chased him away (as politely as I could) just before Nikki and Ben showed up! And then... well, I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.
Congratulations, Nikki and Ben! It was an honor having you in math class a few years ago, and it was even more special that you asked me to capture these memories for you! I wish you both a lifetime of happiness together.
And... thank you for helping me check "Photograph a Surprise Proposal" off of my photography bucket list!!