Paradise Valley Surprise Proposal at Sage Lodge

This Paradise Valley surprise proposal was so sweet!

When Landon contacted me about his plans for a surprise wedding proposal I was so excited to work with them. Proposals are a joy to photograph, hiding and waiting and being part of all the fun! They traveled from Michigan for a Montana adventure and worked with Sage Lodge in Pray, Montana to make this dream come true. The team at Sage connected him with a wonderful drift boat guide (and boat builder) Jason of Cajune Boat Building. I worked with Genevieve and her team at Sage Lodge to coordinate the drift boat and our location on the property. The Sage Lodge is a luxury hotel in Pray, Montana just 35 miles from Yellowstone Park. Featuring 2 restaurants with amazing views of the mountains and complete with fly fishing pond, and riverfront property for access to the Yellowstone River. We planned for the proposal to take place down at the riverfront property in late afternoon. Besides it being rather windy, the whole things went off without a hitch!

It took a long time for concept of photographing surprise proposals to to land here in Montana but when it did a few years ago it has been exciting. There is quite a bit of planning that goes into the right location, at the right time for good light preferably and even where to stand. I include all of this in my services! I can even bring chilled champagne and glasses or help arrange other things as needed. It is really a lot of fun and the excitement is contagious. There isn’t much of a minute that goes by when waiting for the moment, the ask and all the joy that I am not grinning from ear to ear. I am seriously blessed to be part of this joy.

Surprise proposal photography

1.Location – it doesn’t have to be complicated, everywhere in Montana is pretty

2.Time – Making sure there is good light (preferably not in the middle of the day – harsh light)

3. Planning – How to get them in your location, how and where to stand

Part of planning is creating a decoy – a story of where you are going and why. You know your partner best, would they want to be nicely dressed? I don’t know too many folks who want to have professional photos of themselves in a sweatshirt and no mascara : ) A story of a nice dinner date is often a good story, get creative! I have helped people come up with all these elements and so far, SO GOOD.

Final advice: whatever you do, don’t’ sweat it. Smile, laugh and enjoy the real moment it is, even if it doesn’t work out perfectly.

Congrats Brittany + Landon, thanks for all the fun. Wishing you both all the joy in the world.

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