Earlier this summer we pretended we were photographers without models, looking to photograph a nice couple for sunrise at Moraine Lake. Since we’re terrible at lying, we ran through our story a few times to get it right before proceeding to try really hard at being cool as we approached two lovely visitors.
We asked Evan (one of our accomplices) and Anna (totally unaware of the plot) if they’d model for us. Anna, being the awesome person that she is said “Yeah! Let’s do it!” And off we went for their surprise proposal and what would be a beautiful morning.
Here’s a little more about their experience, in Evan’s words.
What made you choose a Moraine Lake Proposal?
Anna and I love getting away from the city (we live in Chicago) to explore the outdoors. We both have family in Canada, and Banff / Jasper were places she’d wanted to visit for a long time. I had visited the area before, but never to Moraine Lake, so it felt like the perfect location to pop the question (and guarantee a “yes”)!
What was it like planning this special morning? Were you nervous, excited, did anything surprise you?
It was exciting and nerve-racking! I’m not very good at keeping surprises so I was telling all her friends and family and praying nobody would spill the beans. I think I emailed Dave 30 times the week leading up to the proposal, and he did a great job of putting my mind at ease. My biggest fear was that we would get really bad weather or that the lake would be super crowded, but it all worked out perfectly!
What did it feel like being up there about to propose?
It honestly was a blur, so I’m glad we have the pictures to look back at! All I remember was walking up the rocks towards the spot where I wanted to propose and reciting what I wanted to say in my head a million times. Of course, I forgot everything once I got down on one knee, but the look on Anna’s face when she saw me is something I’ll never forget.
What advice would you give to someone planning their own proposal?
1) Find out what kind of ring she likes and go to multiple jewellers! It’s a purchase you’ll hopefully only have to make once, so spend some time looking into it and find a jeweller you’re comfortable with. Also, if you can find a wholesaler that makes custom jewelry, you’ll get exactly what you want and likely pay less than a retail store. Tip: steal one of her other rings and take it to the jeweller so you get the right size!
2) Do some research on what her ideal proposal would be. I would joke with Anna and tell her I couldn’t wait to propose to her on the jumbotron at a Blackhawks game, and quickly figured out I would be single if I went that route. Do some digging and see what she’s into.
3) Get a photographer to capture the moment. Having the pictures to look back at is incredible, especially since the moments leading up to the proposal were such a blur. A picture is truly worth a thousand words.
Why did you choose Abby + Dave?
1) Go to @abbyplusdave on IG. These two know their way around a camera!
2) Even more importantly, Abby and Dave made me feel comfortable from our first conversation. They walked me through the process, helped me pick the location, and answered all my questions leading up to the proposal. They went above and beyond just taking pictures and were so fun to hang out with the morning of the proposal!