I've shot a lot of Century Tree proposals, but this was unique in that the bride-to-be was TOTALLY caught off guard! Usually be the time the lucky gal gets to the Century Tree, she has either seen a huge group of her family and friends waiting, or she has been on a romantic scavenger hunt around campus. Basically, she has an idea as to what is happening. Not this time, though!
Austin wanted Caelyn to be surprised until the moment he dropped down on one knee. To keep from spoiling the surprise, I sat on the steps of the Communications Building, pretending to be a college student. Austin had made up a story about having to go sign some paperwork at the ROTC office, and they were just strolling in that direction. I didn't pop up until he stopped her under the tree and bent down, pretending that his shoe was untied!
It was so cute to see someone so genuinely surprised, and it also gave me a reason to shoot a proposal from the opposite direction, as I usually face north. I also very much enjoyed getting to snap some pictures of her beautiful ring. It's been forever since I've seen a yellow gold engagement ring, and it looked perfect with their Aggie rings. Check out the awesome vintage style halo around her oval-shaped diamond!