Everyone seems to recognize Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day as proposal season. Lots & lots of shiny diamonds are being slipped onto ecstatic fingers during this time & I absolutely love being a part of it. Proposal photography could be my absolute favorite thing ever – it is SO exciting. I love being part of the planning & the mystery & being in on the secret – knowing something amazing is coming, its all so fun.
Over the holiday season my friend Travis contacted me about shooting his proposal to his love, Meredith. We planned an elaborate ruse, had all the factors in place & were excitedly waiting for the big day.
Enter the flu.
My stepdad & aunt both had the flue & I was exposed to both of them Dec 23rd & 24th. By the 26th – I was incapcitated – rendered useless for anything beyond sleeping or tv watching. Travis’ proposal was scheduled for the 27th. I hoped, prayed, ate my bodyweight in vitamin C & drank every fluid I could get my hands on. The big day came & I was feeling marginally better so I got up, showered, began getting ready – completely determined not to miss this moment. When Michael came home from work he found me, eye shadow brush in hand, doubled over, coughing to the point of vomiting.
Ever the realist, he said, “You can’t do this.”
In between racking coughs, “But its Travis & Meredith’s proposal – its kind of a once in a lifetime thing – I’ve got to do it.”
“Its planned for a confined space, you’ll make every person there sick & they will hate you.”
I pushed forward for a few more minutes, was completely overtaken by another round of coughing & finally succumbed – I couldn’t do it.
But I couldn’t leave them hanging. What was I going to do?
Again, Michael to the rescue – he suggested finding a camera-familiar friend & sending my gear with him/her to the proposal. Thankfully I have a couple friends who fit this criteria & my dear friend Jennifer was down to take on this unexpected project.
So, she came to grab my gear & off she went, to the Escape Experience in Chattanooga where the big moment was to take place. If you aren’t familiar with the Escape Experince – its an interactive game where a group of people are locked in a room, given minimal clues & the goal is to escape. Both Travis & Meredith were part of the group & the big surprise came if/when they were able to escape. A huge thank you to Jennifer for capturing these moments & to Travis & Meredith for asking me to be a part of such a great moment in your lives.