Surprise Engagement Session: Style Me Pretty Feature

Screen shot 2014-01-23 at 2.07.43 PMA few days before Christmas I was able to be part of something very special. A surprise engagement of a dear friend! The funny thing is that it was a surprise to me as well! My friend Melanie Duerkopp (who is a photographer in San Francisco) comes home to Seattle for the holidays every year to see her family and her Grandmother who flies in from Germany. Melanie and I are longtime friends from college and we have made it a tradition that I take a big family portrait of her entire family every December. The last few years she has brought along her boyfriend Chris to join in the fun. This year we shot at the Sculpture Garden on the waterfront of downtown Seattle. I always pull each couple aside to get a few shots of just them during our session. So while waiting for Grandma to make it up the hill I pulled Melanie and Chris aside for a few quick photos. Well, what was a quick sweet moment all of a sudden became very serious when Chris got down on one knee and pulled out a ring!!!  The whole family erupted in cheers and her parents, who knew this was going to happen, had champagne waiting back at the car for a toast. Needless to say it was an incredible morning and the pure joy on Melanie and Chris’s face is just contagious! I couldn’t be happier for my dear friend, congratulations Chris and Melanie!

See all the happy images on Style Me Pretty’s Northwest Blog.

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