Dn. Shawn & Lijin-Proposal

A few months ago Dn. Shawn got in touch with me about taking pictures for when he planned on proposing to his girlfriend, Lijin. It's a small world because 1. Shawn & I share a few mutual friends in Chicago and 2. Lijin is someone I've known for a very long time. My sister & I would always hang out at their church for random events ever since I was in high school. As soon as I heard about the proposal, I was in! 

The proposal took place on the docks at White Rock Lake. Shawn had sent Lijin on a big scavenger hunt during the day, leading her to the docks as her final destination. When she arrived, Shawn met her at a table filled with some of her favorite pictures. He then walked her down to the dock and proposed. I'm not going to lie, I even shed a tear watching such a sweet moment between the two! What I really loved about this proposal was right after Shawn gave her the ring, Lijin stopped and said, "Angie has something in my car...I need to have it right now!" I ran over and got a small package that her best friend Angie had in her car. Apparently, months ago Lijin had bought a gift for Shawn and told Angie to hold on to it and keep it for the day when she gets proposed to. Lijin had wrote a really sweet letter to Shawn and bought him a watch! She said, "I know you think this day is supposed to be about me, but it's about us...and I want you to have something special to remember this day too." Yall, that is the most thoughtful thing I have ever seen. Ladies, we've got some work to do! 

Afterwards we took some pictures on the dock and later went to dinner where she was surprised by family and friends. Lijin & Dn. Shawn, I had an absolute blast taking pictures on such a big day for you two. Your love is Christ-centered, sweet, unselfish, and goofy. I was touched just by observing the two of you within a couple of hours. Best of luck to both of you as you get ready to embark on this new chapter of your lives! Thanks for letting me capture your day. :) 

 

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Jayson & Anpu-Proposal

Although they seem super stressful at first, proposal shoots are some of my favorite. Mostly because I get to hide like a ninja for a little bit :) Really though, it's just fun to capture such a beautiful moment filled with anticipation, stress, nervousness, joy, and love.  In this case, I have the honor of knowing both people from different parts of my life. Anpu & I grew up in churches that did a lot of youth activities/programs together. Eventually she made her way to TWU while I was ending my time in college. I had the privilege to be her small group leader for a year as well! Now fast forward a few years. My husband's (at the time boyfriend's) brother Dennis got married to my now sister in law, Betsy. Betsy's brother is Jayson. We met when Betsy & Dennis were planning their wedding and I usually have the pleasure of seeing Jayson here and there when we're in Houston. Basically, we're family :) 

Jayson got in touch with me about a month ago to let me know he wanted to propose to Anpu in Dallas. We talked through some options and decided on Vitruvian Park in Addison since that was a common spot for the two of them. We set up a little bit before sunset and I found a spot in the bushes. Anpu's friends led her to the location and she walked up. Apparently, she is VERY near sighted and didn't even realize what was going on. She even said, "aw look someone's getting proposed to!" I think she finally realized it was all for her when she was about 10 feet in front of Jayson. It was by far the most hilarious reaction I've seen. Jayson, for your next gift please invest in some glasses for Anpu ;)  Later, we headed over to a bridge at the park where she was surprised by family & friends. It was such a beautiful moment to capture and I'm so incredibly excited for the two of you! 

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