Sandy + Heather | Proposal at Howard County Conservancy!

April 15, 2014 Sandy + Heather | Proposal at Howard County Conservancy!

I have been looking forward to this for almost a year. Literally! Sandy and I first talked about her wanting to propose to Heather at her sister’s wedding last May and we’ve talked here and there about it ever since. It wasn’t until this August that we started talking regularly though, it was really going down and she wanted to get on the calendar! Sandy wanted to propose April 11th, the anniversary of the day they met, and she wanted me to photograph it. She had decided that she would book a portrait session and propose during it, which was an awesome idea, since there was no need for me to hide or be inconspicuous and possibly give away the surprise too soon. In January, Sandy asked if I could come up with some sort of gift card for her to give to Heather for Valentine’s day, saying that she had booked a session with me for them. Before I knew it, April was here and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of such a big moment for these two!

The day before the session, the forecast was looking very gloomy, with rain all day and thunderstorms during the time we were supposed to shoot. Sandy had arranged all of their closest friends and family to gather for a surprise dinner for them post-proposal, and there was no rescheduling at this point, no matter what the weather decided to do. So it was time to come up with a backup plan. The backup plan would be going to the restaurant and capturing Sandy proposing to Heather in front of everyone as they walked in, which would give away the surprise immediately and not quite have the same feel to it as what she was hoping for, but it would do.

Friday morning rolls around and it’s actually really nice out. I check the forecast again, and the rain isn’t supposed to start until 6:00 and even then it’s only a 40% chance. I called Sandy and asked if she still wanted to give the original plan a go, and bump it up a bit so we wouldn’t have to worry about the rain.

Her answer was YES!

That wasn’t the only yes we got that day :)

I’m also super excited that my good friend Lee from Clickspark was also with us to capture their proposal on video, under the guise of being there to do a promotional video for my business. Sandy thought of everything and it was truly amazing to be a part of!

We started off the session with them in their rival football t-shirts! Their basement is all done up in Redskins vs. Cowboys. One of these photos would make a great addition to that room!

20140411-1I3A0968 20140411-1I3A0993 20140411-1I3A0998 20140411-1I3A1005 20140411-1I3A100820140411-1I3A107220140411-1I3A1062 20140411-1I3A1080 20140411-1I3A1102 20140411-1I3A1111 20140411-1I3A1126 20140411-1I3A1148 20140411-1I3A1151She asked…20140411-1I3A117020140411-1I3A1174 20140411-1I3A1187 20140411-1I3A1191… and she said YES!20140411-1I3A1196This is after Heather asked Lee and I if we knew, and she laughed :)20140411-1I3A1215 20140411-1I3A1253 20140411-1I3A1266 20140411-1I3A1307 20140411-1I3A131520140411-1I3A1339 20140411-1I3A1345 20140411-1I3A1362And to end the post- some shots of the RING! It’s so beautiful!!20140411-1I3A1272 20140411-1I3A1433 20140411-1I3A1305 20140411-1I3A1423

Congratulations you two! I’m so excited for you and I can’t wait to watch your wedding plans unfold!



  • Caitlin
    Posted at 09:23h, 15 April Reply

    ahhhh these are beautiful!!!

  • Dani
    Posted at 09:36h, 15 April Reply

    That is the shiniest ring I have ever seen on this blog!! So happy for these two!!

  • Lauren C
    Posted at 09:42h, 15 April Reply

    Ahh!! This is like the best thing ever! What an awesome couple…..and what a lucky photographer! ;)

  • Heather
    Posted at 09:44h, 15 April Reply

    Brea thank you for doing an amazing job can’t wait for next year!

  • Kathy
    Posted at 10:12h, 15 April Reply

    OMG too sweet. So happy for these lovely ladies!

  • tPoz
    Posted at 11:44h, 15 April Reply

    love the story – got a little teary as the proposal went down!! great captures!!!

  • Sara Knotts
    Posted at 12:13h, 15 April Reply

    These photos are stunning!

  • Maria Linz
    Posted at 12:22h, 15 April Reply

    Great job Brea!

  • Teresa Simpkins
    Posted at 12:58h, 15 April Reply

    The pictures alone are beautiful! The colors were perfect, beginning with Heather’s hair, Sandy’ s sweater, the country, etc… What an awesome, surprisingly way to propose Sandy! You and the ring “rock”…..that ring is so beautiful and stunning! Congratulations on your hearts finding one another’s <3 Hugs and I love you girls, you are wonderful, loving people who deserve the very best!!!!!

  • Natalie
    Posted at 17:29h, 15 April Reply

    This made me tear up… oh my goodness… beautiful!!!

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