I will never, ever forget this sweet day. When I received the call from Jamie saying that he was getting ready to propose to Callie, I could not stop smiling! I was so excited for both of them. Callie and I have spent hundreds of hours in the studio together, so inevitably we talked quite a bit about their relationship. I knew it was coming soon, but I had no idea when. When the date was set, I knew that my job was to keep completely quiet in the studio, to act as if nothing was happening. When I was out “running errands,” I was secretly meeting Jamie at the proposal spot to discuss the best lighting and our hiding places. I was so nervous Callie would find out somehow – I was deleting texts on my phone and being super secretive! It was so fun to say, “Have a great weekend, Callie! See you Tuesday!” when all along I knew I’d see her Sunday. I was so nervous and so excited!
Will and I arrived in plenty of time to stake our our hiding spots. Oh I was just praying she wouldn’t hear the clicks of our shutters! They arrived at the “spot” and my heart began to beat faster. Thankfully, when Jamie got down on one knee, Callie was crying too loud for her to hear us at all! It was so sweet, and you better believe I was crying behind my camera. We were far enough away to not hear the words that were spoken, but close enough to see how carefully chosen each word was. Jamie did a wonderful job surprising Callie, and it was obvious how long they have waited for this moment – it was incredibly special. Jamie and Callie didn’t rush their relationship, but prayerfully waited on the Lord’s timing. There’s nothing in the world sweeter than that.
Will and I finally revealed ourselves and had a sweet film-session with Callie and Jamie in the gardens where he proposed. It was precious being able to walk around with the both of them filled to the brim with pure joy!
We said our congratulations and farewells, only to participate in Part 2 of Jamie’s surprise – to sneak off to a beautiful reception for Callie and Jamie at Callie’s parent’s home. All of their closest friends and families were waiting, ready with lots of tears, hugs, and words of celebration. It was so sweet meeting everyone so dear to Callie and Jamie! I can’t wait for their wedding in May!
Congratulations to the sweetest, most genuine couple. Each of you is filled with the selfless love of Jesus, and because of that there’s no doubt you two will have a beautiful, rich, long lasting marriage! Love you both. Can’t wait for your big day!
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