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Dakota & Katie's Surprise Engagement 

"The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the LORD." -Proverbs 18:22

I am SO excited to finally share with you all Dekota and Katie's surprise engagement! 

I met Dakota and Katie at our Gateway Young Adults Bible study (the North Ft. Worth campus) and I am so glad that I did! 

I was beyond thrilled when Dakota contacted me about photographing his proposal to Katie. As most of you know, I LOVE anything to do with love/weddings and I especially love surprises! So, of course I said yes! I am honored that I get to be apart of this special time in their lives. 

The day before Dakota asked Katie to marry him, I met up with Dakota, his sister, roommate and one of Katie's best friends so we could come up with a game plan on how he was going to ask her. 

We decided to use Katie's sweet and pure at heart nature to trick her into thinking that she and Dakota 'just so happened' to run into me while I was 'photographing' a friend, and of course Katie bought it!


As I could see Dakota and Katie fast approaching from the back of my camera and heard them call my name, my heart jumped in my throat and all I could thing was O.M.G THIS WAS ABOUT TO HAPPEN. 

One of the things that I really love about Katie is that she is just so sweet and genuine. When She realized that it was indeed me she was so happy and came over to give me a hug. She didn't suspect a thing. 

I introduced Dakota and Katie to my pretend model/best friend of all time Hillary and told them that " I was photographing her for Instagram material" and if they had a second I would love to snap a few of them as well. 

Katie immediately said YES and then said "Dakota, this will be great practice for when we get engaged!" Little did she know... ;-) 

I put them in a pose and then said "the lighting is perfect"! Which was kinda a cue for Dakota so he knew I was ready when he was. 

It was as if time stood still for a moment.

Dakota began to talk and within a few seconds it hit Katie what was about to happen. Her reaction was so precious and priceless. SHE HAD NO IDEA that Dakota was going to ask her to marry him that night and it was the best surprise! 

After the ring was placed on Katie's finger there was a very excited crowd of friends and family shouting as they watch from a birds eye view of what has just taken place. It was so perfect! 

I love that my job allows me to be apart of and experience the happy moments in peoples lives. I wouldn't trade it for the world.  Seeing them so happy warms my heart in ways I can't explain. It's amazing!   

I hope you enjoy this session as much as I enjoyed capturing it. 

Congrats, Dakota & Katie! 

Much love,