williamsburg proposal

Williamsburg Inn Proposal | Williamsburg Wedding Photographer | Steven + Rachel

Williamsburg Inn Proposal | Williamsburg Wedding Photographer | Steven + Rachel

I will forever remember the moment when Nathan asked me to marry him. He was down on one knee in front of the fountains at City Center in Newport News and I bawled my eyes out. I knew at the time I would never forget that life-changing gesture, but when a photographer popped out of the bushes (before that was a common thing!) I was filled with joy knowing that I could visually relive the moment over and again for the rest of my life. I'm still SO thankful we have those pictures, and when I get to photograph a proposal for someone else I get extra excited because of it!

Steven and Rachel decided to go on vacation from Pennsylvania with his son and her daughter. All she knew was that they were spending the weekend in Williamsburg - and she was pretty sure he wasn't going to propose this trip. All he knew was that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with this woman, and he would ask her on the last day of their vacation before they headed back home. He contacted me, planned a fancy dinner at the Williamsburg Inn, and showed up early to walk around with the kids…

Colonial Williamsburg Proposal | Williamsburg Engagement Pictures | Giff + Taylor

I can very vividly remember the day Nathan proposed to me. I was expecting it to happen at some point, but I didn't know when. The moment he got down on one knee I was overcome with emotion and started crying so hard I forgot to say yes for several minutes. This was over 7 years ago, before hiring a photographer for the proposal was normal, and yet he had done just that and our emotions were captured forever. I'm so grateful it's a day I can always look back on through memories and pictures that we have.

Because of this, I was incredibly excited when Giff and I started talking about photographing his upcoming proposal. He and his girlfriend Taylor live in South Carolina but were taking a trip up the East Coast to visit family and have a fun vacation. Her favorite place in the world is Colonial Williamsburg, so he knew he had to propose in front of one of the best spots there - the Governor's Mansion...