seth + melissa | surprise proposal

When Seth first contacted me last March and asked me to photograph his surprise proposal to his girlfriend, I was full of questions.  What did he and his girlfriend look like, so I could spot them from afar?  Did he think she would be expecting his proposal?  What was the plan for the day?  What were they like as a couple?  Playful?  Passionate?  Down-to-earth? I always want to know as much as possible about my clients - to understand who they are and what they love - so I can capture the essence of their personalities in my photographs.  But I wanted to know even more about Seth and Melissa since I wouldn't get to meet them at all before this secret operation.

Seth was full of answers and plans.  We emailed back and forth.  An elaborate plot was hatched; I would pose as a photographer for the winery.  Seth emailed me an aerial map of the winery, with hand-drawn secret routes and instructions.  This was a spy mission!  So I was on tenterhooks when the big day finally came, dawning clear and bright in the upper reaches of Yamhill's most beautiful wine country.

As I drove out early to the beautiful WillaKenzie Estate Winery and scouted the tasting room and the picnic location Seth had found, I already knew I was about to witness something pretty special.  It was obvious from Seth's careful planning that he loved Melissa endlessly, and I felt lucky to get to be a part of their story.  But I never could have imagined how amazingly special it would actually be....

Check out the slideshow at the bottom.

P.S.  The pink ribbon on the signpost is a secret landmark Seth gave me to find the spot he'd chosen for the proposal....