Happy Friday! Today, not only am I sharing the details this adorable Spring top, but I’m going to dish on how Cody proposed last Saturday. It was a dream, and reality still hasn’t set in that we’re getting married.
I’m still waiting to get used to our conversations that revolve around venues and dates (I think that’s step one of planning a wedding, right?). It’s surreal but so exciting. Now I know you’re here to read about the proposal, so I’ll get on with it.
Cody and I planned a big date night on February 20 months ago. I made reservations at The Grape weeks in advance, because we didn’t do gifts on Christmas or Valentine’s Day and it was our two-year anniversary. We wanted to have a nice night together to celebrate the past two years and spend what would have been our gift money chowing down on some of the best food in Dallas (#priorities).
February 20 started like any other Saturday: we were off taking pictures around Dallas for the blog (he’s such a trooper). This day was a little bit different, though, because Cody wore a nice button down shirt and dress shoes when he’s usually in a hat, t-shirt, and basketball shorts. I thought that was weird, but we planned on going to brunch after we finished taking photos, so I didn’t press him on why he was getting all dressed up to stand behind a camera for two hours (both of us will usually go back to my apartment to change after we finish taking photos).
We left my apartment around 8:15 to shoot my first look, and the location was right around the corner, so we walked. When we finished those up, we went back to my apartment to grab the clothes for the remaining three looks and headed to Deep Ellum to find some cool walls and murals.
Normally when we’re driving around looking for a location to shoot, Cody is patient up to a point. When he starts getting hungry, I know that I have less time to find ‘just the right spot.’ Last Saturday, he was the most enthusiastic photographer I’d ever worked with, pointing out spots he thought would be great, getting really excited when we found an amazing place to shoot, and sitting patiently for 15 minutes while I weaved through the streets of Deep Ellum trying to find a wall I had seen once a year ago in an article. I figured he was just really excited for our date that night and thought nothing else of it.
When we got to the third look, the SIM card on my camera filled, so we had to delete some of them manually. Cody had the camera and was taking forever to delete these photos. I was walking around a parking lot, looking at the view of downtown, fixing up my hair, sitting back in the car, on and on, waiting and waiting. Finally he said he had deleted enough and we went on to take all of the photos we needed for the third look.
After finishing those, I wanted to find just the right spot for a little Spring dress and floppy hat, so off we went again through Deep Ellum searching for a place that looked bright and Summery. When I thought I found a good spot, we got out of the car, and Cody began adjusting the lighting like he always does when we move locations. At this point, he’s pretty good with the camera, so I trust him to get the lighting right.
On this particular occasion, he seemed to be really struggling with getting the settings situated. I didn’t want to interfere, so I, again, was walking around a parking lot, looking at the view of downtown, fixing up my hair, sitting back in the car, on and on, waiting and waiting. He took a couple of shots and kept looking back down at the camera, seemingly further adjusting the lighting. Finally he asked me to come over and check to see if the test photos looked good.
I took the camera and started scrolling to the left, stumbling upon some photos that had not been shot that day. They were photos of him; on his knee; with a little red box in his hand. All I could think to say was “What is this???” (as if it wasn’t clear). From there he got on his knee and asked me to marry him.
I could not have come up with a more thoughtful proposal myself. This blog is important to both of us, and it was the sweetest and most creative way for him to ask me to spend the rest of my life as his wife.
You might be wondering how the photos above were snapped? Well, our after-photos brunch happened to be with all of our closest friends and family. When we arrived at the restaurant, everyone was there as a surprise, and we sipped on champagne for what was probably way to long. This is the point when my friends Ashley and Tucker pulled out a second camera and let me in on the fact that they had been following us all morning (read: stalking us all morning).The reason Cody was taking forever deleting photos and “adjusting lighting” was because they needed time to catch up to us to take pictures from behind the bushes.
It truly was the most perfect day and the greatest proposal ever. We both feel so loved by all of our friends and family. Now it’s time to plan a wedding and get married! <3 XO, Cameron