It was a Sunday morning in August 2018. I woke up, stared at the ceiling for a couple minutes without moving (you know, the usual morning ritual) then actually got up to get ready for church. I got dressed then picked up my phone and that’s when I saw an instagram notification:
“@joshuanichols wants to send you a message”
At that point in my photog journey, getting message requests was a pretty rare thing, so my very curious self opened it right away. Keep in mind that at this point in the morning I wasn’t all the way awake yet (lets be real, who is). But then I read this message from a stranger I never met. It went something like this:
“So I know this is last minute, but I’m going to propose to my girlfriend in an hour…can you take photos of it?”
0_o <—- that was probably the face I made in that moment
I think I sat there staring at it + rereading it over and over to make sure it was real. (hint: it was) So many questions were swirling through my head. “Should I do it? It’s so last minute. What about going to church? Who even are these people?? (#introvertthoughts) What if I give away the surprise by looking way too conspicuous?”. But through all those doubts I kept feeling a little tug in the back of my head saying, “HECK. YES. DO IT”.
Flash forward 6 months to a gorgeous wedding weekend + a very thankful photog, happy she took the leap on photographing a surprise proposal. It was such an honor to hang out, adventure, and party with Felicia, Joshua, and their rad family and friends on their wedding day in Fresno, California. There are just so many words swirling through my head trying to express how beautiful + kind these sweet people were to me + my second shooter Kortni. These people are some of the most amazing, Jesus loving humans I’ve met. They took us in with open arms and within minutes of meeting them, they already felt like family. Also they let me spoil their two pups, so that automatically means we’re friends (obviously).
Felicia + Joshua I’m SO thankful I got to meet you guys + capture a bit of your love story!
Dress: Madeleine’s Bridal Boutique
Makeup: Hailee Lee
Hair Stylist: Britny Lee
Calligraphy: Brushing Balti
Venue: Lomac Winery
Second Shot by: Kortni Maria