Have you ever had a best friend that you just like wanted to hug and make happy like all the time?
Yeah, weird way to start a blog post, I know, but this blog post is all about my best friend’s PROPOSAL.
Megan is my best friend from high school and sometimes I’m not sure why or how we became friends because I was/am so weird and she was/is so pop-u-lar, but at this point she’s stuck with me and I just adore her. She does live on the other side of the country now, which sucks because I miss her but is also awesome because she’s happy and her soon-to-be husband is a awesome and she’s got a puppers named Halibut and things are good.
So, likeeeee where do I begin.
Memorial day 2018 – my friend Jimmy and I went to visit Megan’s family at their beach house in Bethany. While there, Meg’s mom Nancy told me that Alex was surprising Meg with a flight home for a weekend to come to the beach. I crossed my fingers and hoped that I wasn’t shooting or anything the weekend he chose so she and I could sit on the beach and get bronzed. At this point, I’m not sure if anyone knew he was planning to propose, but I do know that I didn’t know he was planning it.
A week or so later, I was chatting with Meg and she was like “I’m coming home in June!” and I learned that crossing my fingers worked and I wasn’t shooting a wedding the weekend he picked! We were giddy to lay on the beach and I sent many gifs of sunshine and happiness.
Then like 3 days later, I was sitting in my office, and Meg’s cousin who lives the college/beach life (ugh to be 19 again, she makes me feel old), was like “Yo can you facetime?” and I was like “Homie, I’m in a meeting!” But I was also like ~wtf Caroline why do you wanna facetime me~ and she was like “ft when you can it’s about Meg and Alex” and I was like “OH SHIT” and immediate realized what was happening and did a little happy dance while in the meeting.
So, Caroline and I facetimed and started plotting how I could capture some images of this monumental moment. Then Nancy and I chatted about it. Then like a week before the scheduled proposal date, Alex and I chatted about it. Alex was nervous, I could hear it in his voice. Because he’s got his intense doctor schedule, Meg was flying in on her own a few days before he would be flying in – and she wasn’t supposed to know he was coming. He was planning to fly in on Saturday, propose Saturday night, and fly home with her Sunday (they live in Oregon, so this sounds exhausting).
How it worked out isn’t exactly how it was planned, but that’s typically what happens.
The weather report was iffy – but he wanted to propose on the beach – and luckily it got beautiful right when he arrived at the beach house. He was like “Meg, want to walk to the beach?” and she was like “yeah!” and then it was GO TIME. The house is like a 5 minute walk from the beach so we had to beat them up to the beach in order to capture this whole thing going down.
Meg’s cousin Julie, Julie’s husband Robert, Caroline, my boyfriend Jeff, and I all piled into a car and zoomed up to the beach to find/hide from them. Whenever I capture proposals, I always feel creepy, but a lot of the time the couple doesn’t really know me so hiding from them is easy. Meg knows me and her family, so she would have gotten suspicious had she seen us up on the beach – me with a camera, Caroline with her cell phone recording, and Jeff with champagne.
ANYWAYS, ALEX PROPOSED AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL AND EVERYTHING IS RIGHT IN THE WORLD. Check out a few photos of their Bethany Beach proposal!
I’ve never felt more creepy than in this moment. Meg and Alex walked up one pathway, Caroline and I walked up one over, we were crouched down and there were dudes just staring at us like wtf.
Also, just as a funny note: I cry at every proposal like always except for when I’m photographing them. You’d think I would be a bucket of tears photographing my bestie and her bestie getting engaged but I wasn’t. And I was so confused. I celebrated with her, no tears. I edited the photos, no tears. It wasn’t until I decided to go through the gallery and select images for this blog post that I got SO CRY-Y. I was sitting at my desk just weeping.