I (Lindsay) am not sure what it is about Michaela & Josh and their engagement photos, but I keep humming the Cinderella lyrics whenever I see them! “So this is love, Mmmmmm. So this is love. So this is what makes life divine; I'm all aglow, Mmmmmm; And now I know; The key to all heaven is mine” (“So This Is Love”). Young love is just so precious and so innocent – especially amidst a world of so much change and uncertain times right now. We met up with these two first on Zoom and finally got to meet in person for their engagement photos at Afton State Park.
These two met on Christian Mingle and would describe their first date in person as the “best first date ever” – meeting at Caribou and then going on a walk with the cutest of moments in Josh picking Michaela up and carrying her over some large puddles (hence, recreating the carrying moment in their engagement photos). Flash forward to February 14th – a date with a fancy dinner and Josh leaning over to Michaela, explaining to her why she is the most precious women in his life and that he wants to spend the rest of his life with her. Then, reaching slowly into his pocket, fumbling around, and pulling out… his wallet. Say what? Yeah, he totally got her on that one! Not actually a proposal. Cruel? Not too much; it was all a part of him trying to throw her off his path and also to be able to say the things he’d want to say when proposing but knowing he might stumble with his words then.
The NEXT day the two wanted to go to Buck Hill to go skiing, but it just wasn’t working out, so they went to A&W and found Hidden Falls State Park to go hiking. They went to the waterfall, and Josh set up his camera on a rock, saying that his client would love it. Michaela had mentioned she’d love if he somehow got the proposal on tape, and she is also apparently a sucker for a good ice slip – always laughing at those AFV and YouTube moments! So, Josh set it up and then ran over to Michaela, purposely slipping on the ice. She busted out laughing. He laid there trying to get the ring out of his coat pocket, but the zipper was stuck! Like STUCK, stuck. So he continued to lay there, pretend moaning and trying to get it open. Michaela was no longer laughing and was starting to get worried with how long he was laying on the ground, so she started to walk over, which caused him to try harder to open the pocket. He finally jammed his fingers in and busted the pocket open to get the ring out! He quickly turned around, got up on one knee, and asked her to marry him. Her response amidst it all was, “Are you serious?!” He had successfully shocked her!
Josh & Michaela, you two are so natural together, and the way that you look at each other with such love and respect melts our hearts! (Cue the “So This Is Love” soundtrack!) We are so excited to photograph your wedding day at Hope Glen Farms in Cottage Grove in a few short months!
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