Friday, July 27, 2012

A Little Vacation Engagement

She knew he had the ring, but he made her wait...and wait...and wait.  

He had a plan.  And after a long, excruciating wait, for three months, the plan was finally put into action.  Luckily, I got to be a part of that plan.  

Our family and extended family (quite extended) all congregate up in Sister Bay, Wisconsin in Door County every July at the same location where our ancestors have been doing the same things for years and years and years.  Fish boils, jumping off the Sister Bay dock, boat rides, amazing sunsets, hiking, goats on the roof, skipping rocks, go-karts, and Swedish pancakes.  We look forward to it year after year.  It was only fitting to make Sister Bay a new special place for a new addition to our family.

My cousin, Matt (a/k/a "Matty") let me in on his secret of the upcoming proposal on our annual trip, but not because I am his favorite cousin, well, maybe I am now, but it was because he wanted me to use my best paparazzi moves and capture this moment for them forever.  I was game.

I hid behind the boathouse while he worked his magic.  And the rest is history...

The unsuspecting bride-to-be, just before the proposal.  You can't see it in this picture, but I think Matty's knees may have been a little wobbly.

We had to find the perfect location to include sentimental value, good lighting, as well as somewhere for me to hide out.  That is the Sister Bay dock in the background.  One of my happy places.  Hopefully now it will be one of Kaci's too.

She said "Yes!"

Fellas, no better way to impress your lady than by proposing in a super meaningful, beautiful place and also having it documented secretly so she will never forget.  To say I loved shooting this engagement would be a huge understatement.  It was amazing and I was almost as nervous as Matty.

Then we did a little impromptu engagement session.

They're taking the plunge!!

Congrats Kaci & Matt.  I wish you both all the happiness in the world.  You both deserve it.


  1. Thank you so much Kelly for the wonderful photographs of this very special event. You made me feel like I was there and you captured their emotions very well. Beautiful!!
    <3 Janet Clemons (Kaci's mama)

  2. Ah-MAZING!!! Seriously. There are no other words.

    Except maybe....JEALOUS! ;o)