Kirsten & Kaleb
From picnics in the park to city skylines, at home celebrations and surprises on vacations. May we never ever get tired of the joy and magic of a proposal. Today’s misty mountain morning popping of said question certainly does nothing to slow the anticipation of seeing the excitement unfold. The unsuspecting Kirsten thought she and Kaleb were getting up early for a few photographs with the duo behind Wander & Follow Images at the stunning Purling Brook Falls. A 3 am wakeup call, a hike and when the sun started to rise, not twenty minutes into their shoot, Kaleb dropped to one knee and completely blew her away. “Kaleb and I are very ‘earthy’ people. We love nature and the wilderness, waterfalls are my personal favourite. To have our special moment amongst the beauty of the country made it even better” she shares. And what could be more romantic than a proposal as the mist rises over the mountain range?
It seems it has always been “meant to be” for these two, who were high school sweethearts! “We were both in school, your typical ‘high school sweethearts’ story. I’d noticed Kaleb a few times and found him quite attractive, from there I made my move!” tells the bride to be.
Photographer Joel shares his side of the story. “My mate Kaleb had approached me asking if I could capture his proposal to his soon to be fiancé Kirsten.
So when my wife Shannon and I had found this incredible, beautiful place one day, I knew that it would be the perfect spot for a shoot but even more perfect for a proposal.
I rang up Kaleb the next day and said “Bro, no pressure but if you’re keen, I’ve found an amazing spot, and you can use this opportunity to propose to Kirsten.”
A few days later Kaleb, our friend Zech, and I went to the spot at sunrise to see if it was the place he wanted to ask Kirsten to become his wife. And it was.”
“I directed Kirsten to face away from Kaleb looking out to the stunning view, as Kaleb and I signalled to one another that we were good to go.
Kaleb then grabbed Kirsten by her hands and began to whisper into her ear, and shortly after a few moments, he got down on one knee. He pulled out a little black box from his back pocket, looking at Kirsten with one of the biggest smiles I’d ever seen him do and he popped the question.
Completely unaware of the plan and a little shocked, Kirsten said “Yes”.
The ring Kaleb had chosen himself, was a perfect example of Kirsten’s unique style and personality.
I would be lying if I said I was not 110% invested in this! From the start of planning, through till the big moment, It was truly an amazing experience to witness…”
Kirsten and Kaleb? Their love story seems as strong as ever, Kirsten telling “I love his excitement every time he sees me. I’ll come home from work and after five years of being together he’ll still sprint from the other end of the house to grab me and lift me and twirl me in the air!”
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