Mountain Inspired Surprise Proposal

I was so thrilled when Allison Slater Photography reached out to me about helping her with a styled shoot. Cameron had approached her about doing a photoshoot with his girlfriend, but he was keeping one detail from Mikayla…..a proposal!
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Setting up for this styled shoot was so much fun! It was just Allison and I in the middle of Pine Trail at Busch Wildlife and we were both so nervous and excited about what was about to take place. It was an unusually warm day for a fall-themed shoot, but you can’t even tell from the pictures and the smiles. We were nestled in our own little haven for a romantic, mountain inspired shoot with a picnic for two.

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Allison and I recruited the help of Sigalit of The Flower Bar StL for the gorgeous bouquet that you see in the photos. The florals really tied together all of the different elements for a stunning fall feel.Busch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography188.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography137.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography185.jpgThe time came and Cameron arrived with Mikayla who started walking up the path, unassuming and completely unaware. We let them settle into their roles, warm up to the camera, and have a little fun.Busch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography207.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography216.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography192.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography221.jpgThen Allison directed them to start dancing with each other.. After a few twirls and some swaying, Cameron stepped back and looking Mikayla in the eyes, told her he loved her and wanted to spend his life with her. He then got down on his knee and held out the sparkling ring. Mikayla’s shock and utter surprise was something I’m so happy Allison was able to capture on camera. Busch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography227.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography368.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography231.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography234.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography238.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography243.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography244.jpgThe love in their eyes…the joy I saw was so incredible. Being able to be part of these moments…these big, important, life-changing moments…is something I am so blessed by. To be able to witness and share in someone’s engagement, a first dance as husband and wife, their families celebrating…these are the occasions I live for and cherish. I thank God every single day that he has provided me with the opportunity to be part of these magical moments.Busch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography258.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography253.jpgThe rest of the shoot was a cozy little engagement session and their look of love was completely unparalleled. I’ve been swooning over these photos for days and nights on end. 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It will always have a piece of my heart. Busch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography425.jpg

Photography: Allison Slater Photography

Florals: The Flower Bar StL

Planning & Design: Allyssa Elaine Events