BunchesDirect is currently running a contest for the best engagement story we can find. The winner will receive a $1000 Shopping Spree for Wedding Flowers from BunchesDirect!
We’ll be unveiling the entries over the next little while as we receive them. Here’s Mickey’s entry. he’s a photographer, and worked to set up this picture-perfect proposal.
I recently proposed to my girlfriend and she said yes! We wanted to share the story of the proposal, as many have asked us about it as we have been telling people about our engagement. I’m a photographer, so I had to make sure to get a stunning photo of our proposal! I had my remote trigger ready for this event as I wanted to take a shot of my proposing out under the stars! I proposed at Teter Rock out on the Flint Hills near Cassoday, Kansas. This spot was memorable for us. The second time we ever hung out was during a blizzard in February at Teter Rock. That time we spent at least 6 hours shooting photos, talking and becoming friends! She very quickly became my best friend, and on the night of July 26th, 2013 we became officially engaged!
Over the years, I had decided that I had always wanted to propose in Italy at a place called Via dell’Amore in Cinque Terre on the Mediterranean Sea. Having only dated for a shorter period of time, however, meant that a Europe trip wasn’t happening in time for this engagement! As I was thinking of something special to come up with, I remembered the story of the Via dell’Amore. Cinque Terre is a rugged area on the Mediterranean Sea that consists of five beautiful villages. Between two villages is the Via dell’Amore (the Pathway of Love) where in the past, the guys and girls of these two villages would get together to propose or marry. Up until this trail was made, contact outside the villages was rare because of their remoteness and ruggedness of the region. One of the traditions of the Via
dell’Amore is the “Love locks”. A couple will take a padlock and lock it together, then throw the key off the cliff into the Mediterranean Sea, meant to symbolize the locking of their love together. So I bought two locks and had them engraved with our initials. One lock to seal at Teter Rock, a special place for us, and one lock to take to Italy someday and lock at Cinque Terre, as traveling is something we both want to do a lot of!
So last Friday, the weather was showing clear skies and wonderful temperatures for the middle of summer. I picked her up and we grabbed some dinner, along with candles, blankets and such for what she thought was a date night under the stars to watch a meteor shower. When we got to Teter Rock, the last light of the sunset had just faded and the stars were bright and shining! I knew the moon was supposed to come up around 11, which would illuminate the scene, but would dim the stars. So I set the camera up to shoot a scene with the Milky Way in the background that I would layer onto the proposal scene to create the photo this story is attached to. I snapped a few exposures, all the while she’s asking me to come eat with her instead of messing with my camera. She didn’t quite realize I was getting it ready to photograph her proposal.
So after getting the camera ready, I came to sit and eat with her. She was a little cold so we got her wrapped up in the blanket and finished off our food. At this point, a few coyotes decided to howl in the distance. While I know the coyotes out there are more afraid of us than we are of them, that didn’t help her desire to hightail it to the car and camp out to watch the stars in the comfort of safety. I wasn’t sure what to do at this point. I knew I needed to propose, but I didn’t want to do it while she was freaking out.
I considered waiting for another time, but realized it might be a while before I got her out here again. After sitting in the car warming up a bit (and honking the horn and blaring the radio to scare off the coyotes) I talked her into taking the photo. She had calmed down and seemed fine at this point, so I went back out to get the camera settings changed for the new moonlit sky. I had her come out to model the settings, with her totally expecting to get a nice photo of us together. The settings were right. She was happy and not freaking out about coyotes. It was time! The moment had arrived! I walked over to our little romantic candlelit picnic area, and we took a photo together. After taking the photo, I told her “Oh, I want to get one more photo”. She looked at me, and at this point, I dropped to one knee and asked her to be my wife. I’ve never seen so much happiness before, as she was literally shaking and grinning from ear to ear. She said YES! I was also clicking away with my remote, grabbing the proposal scene as I wanted it! Under a nighttime full of stars at a special location!
After we enjoyed the moment for a few minutes, I gave her the locks and explained the story. She already knew of Cinque Terre and the Via dell’Amore as I had told her I wanted to visit it someday. Before we left Teter Rock, we left one of the two locks there, with the promise to lock the other one in Italy someday and throw the key off the cliffs into the sea below.