Are you considering proposing to your love this holiday season? Did you know November is one of the most popular months to get engaged? Fun fact: it is the month Brent proposed to me. I can see why it is one of the most popular months for good reason. 😉 One reason for it’s popularity is it’s around the holidays, which is a great time to celebrate with family and friends. The holidays are a wonderful time to share the exciting news, and it allows for plenty of months to plan a wedding or elopement for the upcoming summer and fall without needing to have a long engagement.
While this couple obviously didn’t get engaged this November, they traveled to Bend, Oregon for a special weekend where Mr. K proposed to his sweet girlfriend. Of course she said ‘Y-E-S’ and they were all smiles!! There is no better way to celebrate than documenting this monumental moment in time with an engagement photo shoot. I’ love helping clients plan the perfect day before capturing their surprise proposals.
Hot to propose:
- Get the ring – Remember, the size of the ring isn’t the answer to a successful marriage but it is helpful to know if your partner has their heart set on a certain style (diamond, certain cut, family heirloom or simple band). There are tools on the web that can help with getting the size right or if you have discussed marriage maybe ring shopping together is in the cards.
- Speak to their parent(s) – Is this considered an old fashioned tradition? I’m not sure how many people still do this, but if your partner feels like it is important or their parent(s) do, I feel like it can still be an important step to take or at least consider. My husband asked my dad when we were visiting and apparently my mom wasn’t in the room when he spoke to my dad and then my dad ‘forgot’ to tell my mom. Let’s just say she wasn’t happy at my dad after she heard we were engaged. Haha.
- Choose a date – Do you have plans for an upcoming trip or special night out? The date doesn’t have to be a date of significance but picking a date can help you mentally prepare to keep your nerves at a minimum.
- Choose a location – Again, this can be local or a destination. Will you be vacationing, visiting a favorite place, or going home for the holidays? Do you want this moment to be private or have family/ friends there? If you are doing it on a trip, choosing a place that isn’t too crowded or overwhelming may be helpful.
- Come up with a valid backstory (and by back story, I mean…. lie). The reason for this is you want to make sure your partner is dressed properly for the occasion ESPECIALLY if you are hiring a professional photographer.
- Take a deep breath, drop to your knee and pop the question!!
Who’s proposing this holiday season?!
Bend, Oregon is the perfect location to get engaged for any couple year-round: Mt.Bachelor, Drake Park, Dining out in Downtown Bend, Smith Rock State Park, Tumalo Falls, a romantic weekend getaway or staycation. The possibilities are endless.
Contact me to schedule your proposal or engagement session today!!
Check out this Mt. Bachelor engagement session.
Gwen Shoemaker is a seasoned professional photographer with 14 years of experience capturing the beauty of human beings all around the world. From Iceland to Antarctica, and Colorado to Bend, Oregon, Gwen’s passion for love and adventure has led her to specialize in wedding photography. Known for her ability to capture moments of raw emotion, she’s been humorously described by a client as an “emotion vulture,” always ready to swoop in and capture the perfect moment. Gwen’s love for travel and new experiences began when she studied abroad in rural Spain at the age of 17 and has since taken her to 15 different countries. Interestingly, it was in the least populated continent, Antarctica, where she found her true love. Gwen seeks to work with clients who share her love for the universe, are madly in love with their partners, and are full of joie de vivre.