Engagerazzi Photographer | Graydon and Gina
All photographs by Lansing Wedding photographer Heather K. Please, no downloading or editing without permission.
“I remember meeting Gina on June 6, 2009. I remember coming home from a friend’s house the following morning and telling my sister: “I think I met my future wife.” At first glance, I knew she was very special – a woman that just doesn’t come along very often. I had been waiting a long time, knew what I wanted and seized the opportunity as soon as I discovered it.”
Graydon is a tough-looking type. With a quiet way about him and a motorcycle at the ready, he’s not the kind that you would expect to be poetic. But love inspires us. It makes us reach into the deepest things we can feel and find a way to express them…
Graydon contacted me last month, asking about my Engagerazzi services. As he began to tell me his plans and talk about his girlfriend, Gina, it was clear to me that he was over the moon- gone, man, gone! It was wonderful hearing from him how they met and fell in love, and all the beautiful qualities that make her The One.
We laid out a plan that demanded strict secrecy. Unlike most Engagerazzi sessions, which only require secrecy up to the moment of the proposal, Graydon wanted to do something even more special: surprise Gina a week after the proposal with a keepsake book filled with photographs of the proposal happening that she didn’t even know had been taken! This would require my hiding in the woods like a redneck ninja, dodging mosquitoes and following the action as they strolled through Dewitt park toward the patch of forest where he would pop the question- all without making a sound, missing a moment, or being spotted! Was I up to the challenge?
You bet your sweet yams I was.
Browse my favorites below, see all the proposal photographs here, or flip through the keepsake book here - the large, gorgeous spreads feature more of the proposal, with beautiful storytelling from Graydon throughout. Use the slideshow button at each link to view the photographs or spreads full-size!
The evening was drawing in, and I was settled in among the trees, waiting for Gina and Graydon to appear around the path’s bend…
As he led her to the agreed upon place, they talked and laughed. My heart was pounding as I prepared to shoot- would she see me? Hear the camera? If she caught me, could I come up with a plausible cover story? “No, I was photographing that bird above you. See it? Oh, well, it’s gone now. Just ignore me, la la la!”
After some tentative test shooting, I could see that she didn’t suspect a thing. After some time to gather himself, I saw Graydon take one knee. I had a perfect line of sight to capture Gina’s wonderful reaction!
From my hiding place, I could make out what she was saying between tears… “This is amazing! It’s so beautiful!! You could have gotten me a cracker jack ring, I would have still said yes! You didn’t have to… it’s so gorgeous!!” (Kudos, BTW, to my friend Jon at Arendsen Designs in Dewitt- he helped Graydon make sure he had the perfect ring for Gina. He’s a real sweetie and I recommend him to anyone ready to propose!)
Soon Gina and Graydon began strolling through the park, sharing a quiet walk as they excitedly talked…
All too soon, they were ready to take off together- getting ready to spread the news to family and friends! I remained hidden behind (1) a garbage can (2) a tree and (3) a mini boulder (Yay for being a tiny person!) as I continued to shoot…
The following is my personal favorite- I love how this private moment in caught in the reflection of the mirror!
And as they rode away, a celebratory fist-pump was in order. Kudos to Graydon for pulling off a legendary proposal, and congratulations to you both!!
Want to talk to me about your proposal plans? Let’s make it EPIC. Contact me here!