Emma and Austin

How We Met

Austin and I met when we were both in college. We both worked for Intramural Sports at Virginia Tech. He was a soccer referee and I was the scorekeeper so we were already the perfect match. The night we met, most of the games were canceled due to teams not showing up so Austin and I had lots of time to chat and get to know each other. I fell for him the very first day and I remember that I would always check the schedule as soon as it came out hoping we would work the same shift. We got to work together for a few more shifts but we never exchange phone numbers. During the last shift of the semester, he asked if I was going to the football game that weekend and I said I was, so he said that he’ll see me there. I was excited but also didn’t want to get my hopes up because I was doubtful that we’d run into each other in a huge stadium during a football game. So I guess it was fate when we did bump into each other at the end of the game leaving the stadium with 66,000 other people. He finally asked for my number then and we had our first date that night and the rest is history.

How They Asked

For Thanksgiving, Austin and I planned a trip back to South Africa where I grew up. Since it was Austin’s first time in South Africa, and our 4-year anniversary, I wanted to a way to properly capture this vacation. So I reached out to a photographer friend in Cape Town and planned a couple’s photoshoot. I picked out the location of Lion’s Head mountain which has the perfect view of Table Mountain and overlooks the city of Cape Town. I decided that sunrise would also be the ideal time because it wouldn’t conflict with their sightseeing itinerary and golden hour offers the best lighting. So we woke up at 4am and hiked up Lion’s Head for the photoshoot. During the session, I asked Austin for the 500th time if he was ever going to propose. And right there and then, Austin dropped down on one knee, pulled out the ring ( which he had kept in his back pocket, without the box, while they hiked up a mountain) and popped the question! I don’t remember anything Austin said, and Austin couldn’t remember if I actually said yes but everything was perfect and the photographer was able to capture every moment of it. Later on, I realized that I basically unknowingly micromanaged my own proposal.

Special Thanks

Sian Owen
 | Photographer