Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer

Where in the world do I even begin?  These two....... gah!  They are just the sweetest  and most IN LOVE couple that I have ever seen.  I feel so blessed to even have the opportunity to be around couples that radiate genuine LOVE!  I had scheduled a regular couples session with Patrick and Dakota and planned to meet them at Sandbridge's Little Island Park.

The day before, I got a text from Patrick telling me that he was going to PROPOSE during their session!!!!  Propose--yes I said PROPOSE!!!  I was so giddy with excitement for two reasons:
1.  I've always wanted to capture a proposal!
2.  I felt so honored to be a part of such a huge moment in their lives! 

Patrick and I schemed up a plan to start off the session by taking regular pictures like any other.  I would direct them and have them interact in front of the camera.  I told him that when I felt like we had found the perfect spot, I would stop and say "OH MY GOSH, the lighting is PERFECT HERE!  Patrick could you turn towards me and put your thumb in your pocket."   

Continue reading below to find out what happened next............

Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer

After shooting in some direct sunlight, we made our way under the pier and it just seemed like the perfect place!  I did several shots and then told them I needed to change my lens.  I switched my Canon 85mm 1.2 L for my Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS II  so that I could stand back further and let them have their moment!  

Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer
Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer

After giving Patrick the cue.... "THE LIGHT LOOKS PERFECT...."  it seemed as if it was an eternity before anything happened.  Literally, I thought he had changed his mind.  I started to panic a bit because I tend to do that sometimes (just ask my husband! haha!)   I freaked out, so I asked them to come up and take a look at a few shots on the back of my camera.  When Dakota looked down, I gave him the wide-eyed LOOK that pretty much said, "Are you going to do this????"  He gave me the nod/smile and then they went back to their spot and that's when he started talking to her.  What he said, I don't know, but their sweet interactions lead me to believe that it was PERFECT!!!!

Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer

And smiling......Seriously, how cute are they!?  

Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer

And then BAM!  My man Patrick got down on his knee and popped the question!!!!!!  He later told me that he was so nervous and was trying to compose his thoughts when I told him "THE LIGHT WAS PERFECT." hahahahah   Poor guy!  I hope I didn't put too much pressure on him!

Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer
Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer

After the proposal, Dakota was all smiles!!!! And she has the most gorgeous smile, doesn't she!? 

Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer
Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer
Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer

I love the pure excitement on her face!   We closed up the session with some official engagement pictures.  

Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer
Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer
Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer
Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer
Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer
Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer
Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer
Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer
Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer
Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer
Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer
Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer
Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer
Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer
Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer

Patrick had me rolling with laughter!  When we were in a different spot and I was gushing over the perfect light, he pretended to get back down on his knee to propose all over again.  We were laughing hysterically!!!!!!!  I just love these two!

Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer
Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer
Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer

Thank you Dakota and Patrick for letting me witness this beautiful moment in your life.  I will always remember it!  I am so excited for your upcoming wedding in July!  You two are just PERFECT!!!!!! 

XOXO,

Emily

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