Nate and Ally first met online, but Nate decided it wasn’t a fit, so he deleted her. Then Ally accidentally “super-liked” him instead of swiping the other way. A year-and-a-half later, that one small “accident” snowballed into a proposal at Ally’s family cabin. While at the lake, Jax, the Yellow Lab ran from the cabin with a yellow bandana that said, “will you marry my dad,” and that’s when Nate got down on one knee. Both families watched for afar and afterward, Maverick, Nate’s second dog, came down with another bandana saying, “she said yes!”
Erik and Hannah met in the genetics lab at NDSU. Every day he would wait for his future bride just to hold the door open for her. On the last day of class, he asked for her number, and they have been happily together since. When they first began dating, Erik shared his passion for nature and growing trees. He told her about a particular old-growth forest in Northern Minnesota called the Lost Forty. The way he said it gave Hannah a suspicion that he would one day propose there. Erik finally brought her to the Lost Forty, and while walking the trail, stopped between a huge white pine and red pine, and before she knew it he was on one knee with a ring in his hand!
Shooting at a location like Seven Bridges Road always makes me appreciate the story behind the couple that I am photographing. Adam and Arianne met at work when they started new jobs in July of 2013. While playing for the company-sponsored volleyball team, they learned they both rode the same motorcycle and owned the same pickup truck. Their first date was a bike ride in a hail storm. That was certainly a wild way to get to know each other!
The first time Adam proposed to Arianne, they were just hanging out on the couch talking. He asked if Arianne would marry him, but she wasn’t ready to say yes yet. After two years, he decided to plan the perfect proposal, which would happen while on a trip to Egypt. It would be his second attempt, and it was going to be as unique and romantic as possible.
Just in case she declined again, he decided to wait until the second to last day. They were strolling the beach along the Red Sea looking for sea shells, and Arianne was busy searching for the perfect treasure. Adam took the opportunity to prop his cell phone against a rock so he could record the big event. He slipped the ring inside a shell and placed it with a group of others. She almost threw it into the sea before she realized what was hiding inside the shell. He then swept her off her feet with his words of love and devotion, so she could not resist his charm any longer.
I had a fantastic time with these two during their engagement shoot, and they made the most out of the perfect Duluth day. Adam and I hopped on our cycles for a cruise up the iconic Seven Bridges Road, which runs along the picturesque Amity Creek in East Duluth. Arianne drove the truck instead of riding so their beloved Great Dane, Duke, could be a part of the adventure too!
After getting some great shots by the creek, we headed to beautiful Brighton Beach on the shore of Lake Superior. There is just something special in this spot, and it shows in the photos of this fantastic couple. The beautiful surroundings and great company made this one of my favorite shoots this year. I hope that next time we take a cruise Arianne will join us on the bikes!
Congratulations on your engagement Adam and Arianne. I can’t wait for the wedding!