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{Lauren and Chance} Orange County Surprise Proposal Photoshoot

September 25, 2013

When I first met Lauren, several years ago, I had no idea of all the ways our paths would eventually cross. Like that she would end up attending my first branding workshop, becoming a great friend of mine, and that eventually…I would be photographing this special and exciting event in her life!

I had never met Chance, but had heard so much about him from Lauren. I knew, from her adoration for him and the stories she told, that he was the man she would marry. The first time I spoke to Chance, he messaged me on Facebook, telling me his plans to surprise Lauren with a photoshoot for her birthday. I thought it was the sweetest thing for him to think of! But my excitement escalated when he said the words “There will be a ring involved”. I can’t explain how grateful and honored I am that he reached out to me to be a part of this! We decided that he should tell Lauren about the shoot, so that she could plan out the details with me…just keep the whole “getting engaged” part, a secret ;)

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, at a gorgeous location, I met up with Lauren and Chance. Chance and I “introduced ourselves”, pretending that we hadn’t be co conspiring for weeks! We jumped right in, to what Lauren thought was a thoughtful birthday gift from her boyfriend….

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I came up with a little game…..

I explained to them how this was something I had “come up with after checking out The Beloved Collective”. I made up a bunch of stuff about how it would bring connection and emotion into the shoot, but by writing it down instead of speaking it…they were able to remember what was said and share it with the “audience”. So I gave them prompts on what to write…. “Your 3 favorite characteristics about the other”, “Your favorite memory together”, “What do you love most about the other”

As discussed in advance…Chance already knew that his answer to the third prompt was going to be a very special question of his own……

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Congratulations Lauren & Chance!!! I am so excited for this amazing journey you are embarking on. Thank you for having me be a part of it!!!

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  1. Kathy LoBue says:

    So adorable

  2. Kayla Leppelman says:

    This made me teary-eyed! I love this!!!

  3. Danielle Wise says:

    Again, I got teary-eyed! Haha this is really cute :) congrats to the couple!

  4. Courtney Lynn says:

    AWWW.I just barely missed the teary-eyed party.

  5. Jessica Rodriguez says:

    I got chills :) Amazing job as always but this was especially great :)

  6. Magan Burks says:

    You can see how much bigger and brighter her smile got after he proposed!!!! SOOOOO CUTE!!!!!!

  7. Dennis Herbabody Schaefer says:

    I’ve known Lauren for several years now and have had the opportunity to meet Chance several times. This proposal is very romantic, original and amazing!! Fits both of their personalities very well.

  8. Lauren Schaefer says:

    Lauren, I am so happy for you! What a special day and it’s all captured for you to live over and over again. I wish you both so much happiness! Enjoy the bliss of being engaged. And it only gets better once you are married. :)

  9. Jamie Mott says:

    Omg magic! Love them!!

  10. Emily Shineman says:

    Totally made me cry

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