Have you heard of stealth missions or covert operations? The ones they show in spy movies like James Bond or write about in thriller books. Where some spies or really clever government officials try to get a task done without anyone noticing and especially the so-called target of that mission. I recently completed one such mission successfully and also got incredible results. Doesn’t that sound exciting? Hahaha… Now, that this mission is over, I can actually share the details with the public and show the results as well. LOL. This one was ‘Mission Proposal’ by Joe, and the target was his ladylove Courtney. My role? A photographer who must get amazing images of all those special and heart-melting moments without being spotted by Courtney no matter what. This role and the camouflage it required was definitely one of the most difficult things I’ve done in life! More on that later. So, we did this session at Homestead Farms in Walpole, New Hampshire, and it was so much fun. The proposal and the images I got straight up sent me to a winter wonderland. I hope you guys get the same vibe!
Courtney and Joe are a super awesome couple! Joe had contacted me in the middle of November with hopes of planning a surprise proposal for his sweetheart Courtney. With every awesome plan, there’s always going to be a chance of some hiccups along the way. Firstly, this was Joe’s second attempt at pulling off a proposal. The first time was going to be this past fall at an orchard. But funnily enough, everything happens for a reason. And, here the reason was that winter is Courtney’s favorite season! So, even though Joe couldn’t propose to her then, he actually made it more special this time by popping the question during winters, surrounded by the snow-covered conifers at the Homestead Farms.
However, one of the hiccups this time around was that the farm ended up selling out of trees and was closed on the day of the proposal. But, after getting in touch with the owner, we were still able to proceed as planned! That being said, there was nobody at the venue. So, this made it hard for me to stay incognito. At other locations that have people around, there’s still some scope of hiding somewhere in the crowd. Therefore, I literally had to stalk them… quietly. As I was dodging in and out of the trees to avoid being detected by Courtney… Joe finally got down on one knee to ask her to marry him. I wasn’t in the best position, but that tidbit just adds to the story. It’s something my couples and I both love!
After that, Joe had arranged for their immediate families to come to the farm to surprise her! Which they did. A few others joined them over a video call. It was the most wonderful celebration. Photographing a bunch of happy faces was such a pleasure. Later, I photographed that sparkling engagement ring by placing it on one of the branches of a conifer. Covered with snow, the ground looked like a fluffy white carpet, and creating my couple’s portraits against this winter wonderland was a lovely experience. Even though my bride-to-be was taken by surprise and was brimming with excitement, she helped me get some of the most beautiful shots. Joe and Courtney looked so great together and the way they included their loved ones in their celebration was really heartwarming.
Courtney and Joe, you two are true gems! I can’t even tell you how much fun I had trying to camouflage myself while documenting your special moments. Though it seemed challenging at that time, now, there’s only a fun story to tell along with some gorgeous images against those picturesque winter backgrounds at Homestead Farms. Also, how lucky were you guys to have the whole place to yourselves? That’s gotta count for something! And I truly hope that it made your proposal even more special. Joe, I have to say, your choice of venue was perfect! Kudos to you! I want to thank you for trusting me with your proposal photography and wish both of you a very happy life ahead. I look forward to photographing you guys again in the future.
To all my lovely readers out there, if you enjoyed reading Courtney and Joe’s proposal story and liked the photos I took, I’ve got more light and airy images for you to take a look at. You can check out the photos from Katie + Alden’s engagement session, Ann Marie + Chad’s engagement session, and Taylor + Marcel’s Wedding on Wildcat Mountain. If you or someone else you know is looking for a similar photography experience, you can contact me right away! In case of questions, you can email me or call me at (603) 703-2626. To see more of my work, you can follow me on Facebook and Instagram, and Pinterest.
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