Ashley and Charles

Marriage Proposal Ideas in Hi Emily

How We Met

One could say the ocean always has a way of drawing our hearts towards it. Wilmington, North Carolina is the perfect, quintessentially southern, coastal town where Charles and I met and fell in love while attending UNC Wilmington. Six years later, our heart was once again drawn to the sea. On the edge of the water, a Mexican sunset as our backdrop, Charles dropped to one knee and asked me to be his wife.

Ashley's Proposal in Hi Emily

how they asked

Though we currently make Atlanta, Georgia our home, Wilmington will always be special place to us. We always knew it was where we wanted to come back to be married. Capturing our engagement photos there was a no brainer. Taking a break in all the wedding planning to design such a special engagement shoot has been one of my favorite times during our engagement. After Charles proposed, the first vendor we secured was our amazing photographers, Michelle and Carl. It was important to me to do something a little different than the typical engagement shoot. There are so many gorgeous styled shoots out there, that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have our engagement photos be as unique as the wedding day will be!

Ashley and Charles's Engagement in Hi Emily

Since I already knew the ‘where,’ I turned to Michelle to help me brainstorm the ‘what’ for our styled engagement shoot. Her first thought? Smoke bombs. My first thought? Gorgeous florals (and champagne!).

From there, I spent the next several weeks curating the perfect pieces and outfits for the shoot, aiming for a more editorial feel. What turned out to be one of the best parts is the settee we found, that will be used again at our sweetheart table at the wedding! These photos truly capture our love for each other, and our love for our favorite town which continues to bring our hearts so much happiness.

Special Thanks

MAC Cosmetics
Island Passage