I still cannot believe this is real life! Let me preface this by saying that I am very hard to surprise and I usually like to plan everything, so Lane really had to think in order to pull this off.
We had made plans to pick out our Christmas tree at a local farm, and have my best friend Lauren come along to take some photos for Christmas cards. Lauren and I have been friends for ten years and are both wedding photographers, so her tagging along was a normal thing. She also brought her boyfriend Gavin so I could take some photos of them as well. So all of us including my 2 year old son River got dressed up and headed to the Christmas Tree Farm for some photos.
After snapping some photos of Lauren and Gavin…Lane, River, and I posed for some pretty family portraits surrounded by the most gorgeous and lush Christmas trees I’ve ever seen. The Portland weather somehow allowed us an hour of rain-free and cloud covered sky for perfect photos.
Lane was acting very nervous and sighing heavily, but I brushed it off as normal camera-shyness. Eventually, my toddler grew impatient and wanted to run around. Just as I said “should we wrap it up and head home?” Lane got down on one knee, said the most beautiful words I’ve ever heard, and asked me to marry him!
He and Lauren had planned the entire thing (even though I thought I had done all the planning!) She pulled a bottle of champagne out of her camera bag and we all celebrated. It was so special having my son there, and these beautiful photos will bring back the memory of this day for our entire lives.