Derek + Courtney//Proposal  

Derek had planned to surprise his girlfriend Courtney with a proposal for some time. He worked so hard coordinating all of this in secret and it came together perfectly!! Most of this was planned with his son as he invited family members for a winter beach day, which is one of Courtney’s favorite activities. I couldn’t wait to photograph this moment at Horseneck Beach. They lucked out with some pretty moderate winter temperatures and overcast!!

John from Big House Films and I pretended to be photographing the ocean while Derek, Courtney, his son and daughter, and their family arrived. We felt like paparazzi as we kept sneaking in shots of them. They set up chairs and picnic blankets, and some of the kids were collecting rocks and shells. Everything seemed like a pretty chill family day. Little did Courtney know what Derek had in store. As Courtney went on a walk down the beach with some of her family, Derek and the rest of the crew started setting up for the big surprise. John and I came out of hiding to capture it all!! It was so awesome to see this come together as a group. Derek had signs made to put up with sentimental quotes that he, his son and daugher, and Courtney share, the kids also had ring pops along with the engagement ring to ask to her to marry them, others were on the lookout making sure she didn’t see, and some were making a big heart out of shells with “C+D” in the center. Derek and the kids waited at the very end of the row of signs with an even bigger sign that read “Will You Marry Us?”. This surprise proposal was one of the most genuinely happy moments that I’ve ever captured; all the nerves leading up to it, the excitement as it unfolded, and the celebration afterwards. I am so grateful to have photographed unhearsed joyous times like this!! This literally made my heart explode!!

CONGRATULATIONS to Derek, Courtney, the kids and the whole FAMILY!!!

Keep Scrolling down for Big House Films video of the proposal and also to see Derek’s POLAR PLUNGE as he dives into the next amazing chapter of his life!!!