I still remember the first moment Travis called to tell me about her. I was outside pushing my kids on the swings in the late August sun, and he randomly called - something he hadn’t done in a little while. He began to excitedly share all about Crown College’s welcome weekend, and finally he got to talking about her (the girl Josiah had hinted at in our family group text with a photo earlier that week). Emma was her name, and Travis was pretty smitten. We talked for the next few weeks about how things were going, what she was like, and what he could/should do with liking her. Flash forward to the day of our family photos – yes, on top of everything else in capturing a proposal we thought we’d try to throw Emma off by taking our family photos (pretty sure she was too smart still but we tried!) It’s not every shoot that you get to capture a proposal, and it’s even less likely for it to be your brother the one proposing. In fact, for me, that chance is two in a lifetime, as I had previously taken photos for my sister’s surprise engagement (no pressure to make it three, J ;D)! Anyways, when Travis shared he was getting ready to propose and that he wanted us there to capture it the answer was, “OF COURSE.” Josiah joining in on the fun again to capture the day? Yes, please! Who wouldn’t want three photographers in order to make sure we would get at least one solid angle! The tricky part was when he shared he wanted to take them in our area at Vermillion Falls. We LOVE Vermillion Falls, but if you’ve been there, you know there really aren’t that many angles you can take from with all the trees, bushes, and, well, falls. But we were up for the challenge, which meant that I went weeks in advance to take photos and videos while I walked the area to get an idea of what we would do.
Anyways, on the day of, we finished up our family photos at the other side of Vermillion Fallls in Hastings (aka Old Mill Park), and Travis said he and Emma were going to go on a walk. They started walking off, and we mad dashed between vehicles, trying to get the kids buckled and then moving their car without us getting left behind (picture Mark chasing a vehicle here). All this to say was that it was a rush of activity, and we made it over to the other side in time to realize… the hiding places left with the leaves and there isn’t really any place to hide now except in the overlook spot. So we ducked down, and Josiah daredeviled his way over the railing and onto his belly to get the shot. Once he gave thumbs up, Mark and I would run to catch up.
Except, the thumbs up never came. I peeked my head up to see that Travis and Emma were already in position, and there was no way for them not to see me now. So I took off running, know that they could definitely see me and praying that Josiah had a good angle for when Travis got down on one knee; all I could see was bushes up until right after the moment, where they laughed so hard at the whole situation and reveled in the fact that they were now engaged.
Travis and Emma, just writing this exciting afternoon down has me in a whirlwind again! It was so fun to capture this moment, and we are SO excited for you two! Emma, welcome to the Bondy fam – can’t wait to make it official!
Photos taken by Lindsay & Mark as well as Josiah Bondy to get all the fun.
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