Oh man, I’m so excited to share these images. I’ve been wanting to photograph a proposal for some time now and this entire experience of photographing Tom and Abbie’s was a perfect reminder that hey, you don’t know where you could be a week from now! You never know what can happen in a day much less an hour. Always keep your chin up because you don’t know what’s waiting for you around the corner.
The truth is, as of 14 days ago, I had never met these two. I came home after shooting a wedding two weeks ago to find an email from Tom in my inbox. We exchanged a few more emails and I asked what his plan was!
“I am planning on having Abbie dropped off at the soccer fields where we coach at (and where we first met) located on 91st street between College and Meridian. The soccer fields are surrounded by a large wooded area. There is a large parking lot adjacent to the soccer fields where there will be a path of soccer balls, mason jars with candles in them, and rose petals leading up to a soccer field where I will be standing. There will likely be some candles and soccer balls around us. My plan is to spend about 3-5 minutes dancing to one of our favorite songs. I am planning on proposing at the end of the song.”
YUP. You got it, Tom. But seriously who wouldn’t clear their calendar for this? I was elated to be free that day anyway. I met with Tom to check out the space and hear his plans in person and immediately he felt like a friend I’ve know since I was 5 years old. When I showed up on the big day to him setting the scene, as a female, I kind of couldn’t help but melt. This guy went above and beyond.
A few of Abbie’s loved ones secretly joined in on the fun.
Oh you know, just a handsome guy waiting to propose. NO BIG DEAL.
There she isssss!!!!
Please keep in mind I’m almost completely submerged in a bush at this point. A bush with thorns. Tom didn’t mind if Abbie saw me but I wanted to be hidden away for at least the beginning and let me tell you those thorns were worth it!
Tom had a city car pick up Abbie from her apartment and drive her to the site. He even had a note and outfit set out for her. That shirt Abbie’s wearing? The same one she wore on their first date! : )
This entire shoot was a challenge for me to be honest because I typically shoot really tight and close up. But honestly I love the simplicity and space in these photos.
Tom and Abbie danced for a bit at the end of the aisle. The moment I knew Tom, Abbie and I were destined to be friends was when he told me they were going to dance to K-Ci and JoJo’s All My Life. I cannot tell a lie.. I know every word to this song and I’m not even a little bit ashamed.
Tom on his new fiancée: “Abbie is incredibly smart, thoughtful, and passionate. She is absolutely my angel. I have never felt more comfortable being myself around anyone. She loves me for me, but challenges me daily to think beyond myself and my comfort zone. I have never met anyone with such passion for life. Her commitment, dedication, and faith to all things are so contagious. Her smile lights me up and her eyes make my heart skip a beat. I still get butterflies when I see her. She makes me laugh until I cry, she let’s me drink all her bottled water, and eat all her cereal! She is absolutely the greatest blessing in my life.”
The moment Abbie turned around and realized we weren’t alone.
Hey Tom – well done, my friend.
You’re ENGAGEDDDD!!!!!! Yessss!!
These two are awesome.
And of course I got a few photos of them doing soccer tricks. What kind of photographer would I be if I didn’t? That is, after all, how they met. But really Tom could kick the ball down the length of the field without letting it touch the ground. I’m impressed. ; )
And this kind sir jumped in to wish these guys congrats! Can’t make this stuff up.
Awesome. Soo awesome. Congrats, Tom and Abbie! Nothing but love for you two.
Have a great weekend, everyone!