Surprise wedding proposals are one of my favorite sessions to photograph. From all the detailed planning to being there to document such a magical moment, I love every minute of them. Alec reached out to me with a plan of a sunset proposal at Blackrock Summit on a Friday in November. Our original plan had Alec and Melissa arriving at the trailhead around 4 pm so they could enjoy the beautiful hike to the rock summit, find a cozy rock to share while having a moment together before Alec got down on one knee.
Sunset was scheduled for just about 6 pm this day. In the mountains we can always plan on losing the golden light 15 -20 minutes earlier than true sunset. But if I’ve learned anything from photographing proposals we can plan for specific start times, but they can always run late. When you’re trying to surprise the love of your life with a proposal you can’t exactly say, ‘Hey we have to be on top of this mountain at 4 pm for something I can’t tell you about.’
This is exactly what happened for Alec & Melissa. They were traveling to the mountains from Richmond for the weekend after Melissa finished up an especially difficult semester in school. No matter all the planning Melissa’s final took a bit longer to complete than expected which put them on the road about an hour later. But because my Type A brain plans for all possibilities I was ready for this possibility. With this addition in the timeline, Alec’s sunset proposal was able to happen right at the Golden Hour peak making for spectacular images!
Getting to watch the sun set over the Appalachian Mountains is really a magical moment. And adding your charming partner’s proposal to spend the rest of your lives together, that’s real magic.
Are you thinking about proposing to your partner on a mountain top in the Appalachian Mountains? Are you looking for the perfect photographer to capture that moment and help plan it down to every last detail? I would love to help you make it happen. Like seriously all my proposal shoots at least include: