this long weekend up at panorama mountain resort i had the absolute pleasure of photographing the very moment when crawford surprised his girlfriend lisa with an engagement ring. he had been carefully planning it for quite a while and was hoping to catch his beautiful soon to be fiancé completely off guard. it was a complete success.
it was the first proposal i have had the honour to photograph and it was so much fun planning the shoot with crawford in the weeks before their trip to panorama resort.
i could tell by the way he shared his ideas and how important it was that it be the perfect surprise that crawford is a really sweet and thoughtful guy. he was so dedicated to making the experience special for lisa… it was something i wanted to be a part of from our very first conversation. it was easy to tell that lisa is not only an amazing person but someone who deserves this kind of epic wedding proposal.
crawford had plans to surprise lisa with a beautiful ring, a secret photographer and a helicopter ride to the summit of the mountain where they would enjoy a fondue. after discussing a few options, crawford and i decided that proposing on the valley trail along the toby creek would be a quiet and romantic place where they could celebrate. it was so exciting waiting with my assistant terri for the two of them to come walking down the pathway and into view. i pretended that i was photographing terri as they walked past caught a quick shot just before crawford paused on the pathway (in our previously determined perfect spot), turned and gave the love of his life a kiss.
like a fairy tail he dropped to one knee and pulled out the ring. just out of ear shot, it was a lovely way for crawford to share the precious moment with lisa as he asked her to be his wife. i didn’t need to hear what he was saying to know that it was everything lisa had hoped and dreamed of. i just kept thinking… ‘it’s happening!!!’
the finest little snowflakes were drifting through the trees as lisa said yes and crawford slipped the ring onto her finger. with the help of his sister in the design process, it was exactly what lisa had wanted and had been kept a secret.
the rest of the day was as perfect as these two… we took some photos along the trail and then headed up to the rk heliski where crawford surprised lisa again by telling her we were taking a helicopter to the summit. it was so fun to watch them call various family members to share the big news.
it was a fun ride up (a first for all of us) and my boyfriend chris was there to greet and unload us at the top (yes it’s part of his job). our pilot steve was awesome and summit hut owner ray served these two a fabulous fondue meal. i can’t think of a better way to spend a friday afternoon and this surprise photo session was everything we had hoped it would be.
crawford and lisa, i am so happy for you both and thank you again for the honour of not only capturing but witnessing this moment in your lives. it will always be a treasured highlight for me.